Saturday, January 29, 2011


Dear 27,
It was one of those weeks. Over-scheduled. Too much to do. But every night I came home (rather late) with my cheeks sore from smiling. (Yes. That's a ridiculous thing to say.) I'm having more fun this January than ever, and that's due in part to all my Art Noir friends and events.
(Photo credit. Thanks DMAC.)
This week I met Anselm Reyle. Like face to face. I said (outloud) I had Bieber-fever-like feelings meeting him. Luckily his first language is German and he didn't understand that. You can see photos of his incredible exhibit or visit and see the neon and glitter for yourself.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Best of 2010: Mixtape Exchange--UPDATE

Dear 27,
It's been far too long since I updated you on the Mixtape Exchange. After the frenzied excitement calmed, I spent hours pairing partners and mixing things up and double checking myself. I'm sure I made a few mistakes (Mixtape people: If you did not receive an address email me) but it was a bigger undertaking than I'd originally thought.
So many people have sent me their best-of playlists, have tweeted about it, and even posted pictures! I'll be posting playlists HERE soon. (Or I will try to post soonish.)
January has been a blur of awesome. Lots going on. A whole lot of fun.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

31 days to V-day.

Dear 27,
Valentine's Day is the one day, every year, where my quirky lil postcards are fun, charming and perfect to send to those you love. Began work on this year's cards today.
Some tried and true designs (because we all know someone who is so fly) and new stuff. Hoping to get these in store at Ephemera and online soon.
xo- LP

In bigtime LIST news-- I sold 100! I have the check to prove it!

Monday, January 10, 2011

A whirl of activity.

Dear 27,
Since January 7th my blog readership has increased about 142%. And while I'm under the weather today- I thought I'd give you the update on just what kind of hullabaloo has been my first 10 days of 2011. (I've been trying to work hullabaloo into a blog post since July. Still not sure I'm working it in correctly. But either way. Hullabaloo.)

There was my return to the kitchen with Tom and Sara that included many gadget failures (the tortilla press was surprisingly fragile, or Tom is remarkably strong.)
So the tortillas we used were made by someone else? We macguyvered up the chicken filling, mixed up some cabbage slaw and a roasted corn+avocado salsa, and played Green Bay dice. (And then the fryer didn't work. We improvised, again.) The end result was a flauta dinner even Imelda would have been proud of.
Then there was the wildly successful #karaokeup that while I was hesitant, surpassed my expectations, was a festive night of new faces and sweet dance moves, and Jenni and I snapped some silly pics.
You remember back in November, or as I called it "Yesvember," when I put together that bonus list-- well this weekend I crossed off a few extra items. (Better late than never...right? Thanks Amy J for keeping me on task!)
The Flying Mango was as tasty as everyone said it'd be- the ambiance, the brisket and the company were splendid.  And, if I didn't get enough of Amy, Justin, Blake and Joanne after dining together (and really, there never is enough), we hit the Science Center for the last week of DaVinci: The Genius on Sunday.
There was a mirror box. And a no-photo policy.
Really though, this man was a genius. He was a brilliant dude: there were inventions (the tank, the bullet, this thing that mowed down people during battle), scandals, long curly hair as depicted in the BBC movie we were able to see, a parachute, masterful paintings (the Mona Lisa room- amazing) and that's just a few things. The man had one hell of a resume.

Mixtape buddies have been sent after hours of emails.

See what I'm sayin? Hullabaloo.

Friday, January 7, 2011

There's hype surrounding it.

Dear 27,
THIS JUST IN-- there really is actual HYPE. (The title was meant to be funny. And slightly untrue. I mean 25 participants was cool, but the mixtape list keeps growing! With more than one person talking about this, I think I can actually consider the exchange legit.) Read more on The Nerdist, Perfect Porridge and Give Me Electro. Now all this exchange needs is Rob Sheffield.
Only about 24 hours left to send an email to and be a part of the ever-growing list of mixtape exchange participants. (Emails with your buddy's name and address come out on Saturday.)
Sign up. Send it to your friends. Mix a delightful playlist. It'll be fun.

The Rules:
(Sign ups for the 2010 mixtape exchange have closed.)

With the help of a few mega-cool bloggers, my lil blog and this mixtape madness have seen quite a bit of traffic this week. Over 95 people have signed up to participate-- THANK YOU!

Be sure to send your carefully packaged mixtape (in CD form of course) by January 27th. Don't forget to include a list of the tracks you deemed the greatest of 2010. All buddies were chosen randomly and you will receive a mixtape from a different person (you will not be technically "exchanging" with someone, it increases the suspense.)

Other details:
1- Please send me a copy of your playlist you send out! I'll put together a "best of the best of" list to post on my blog.
2- Feel free to snap a picture of your mixtape playlist, the rad package it came in, or you enjoying your new tunes and post it to the flickr group created here: 
3- If you want to tweet about your mix (so we can all see what you're working on) use this: #bestof2010mix
4- Email me with any questions or problems you encounter.
5- Don't forget to send your mixtape with care (a CD will likely break if not packaged kindly.) Be sure to send your mix to your buddy by January 27th.

Happy mixing. Thanks for making this exchange a bigtime success!

Check out this article from Psychology Today that talks about how your music preferences can tell a lot about your personality!
(Thanks to Jill of On Pitch Media for the link).

Sunday, January 2, 2011

two thousand eleven.

Dear 27,
I don't make new year resolutions. I treat the birthday like my own new year.

But in the spirit of the calendar change, here's to a 2011 filled with adventures.