Jun 182013

I just got back (sob) from Paris and France. From Los Angeles, a non-stop flight to Charles de Gaulle may not be the longest flight there is, but 10 hours to arrive and an 11 hours return trip isn’t exactly a walk in the park. I decided quite awhile ago to try to combine the best of both worlds while flying; a stylish, put together look that manages to be comfortable and still look like you haven’t slept in it when you queue up in customs. In fact, this year I went a bit far and wore Michael Kors sky-high platform sandals (which looked great, but I wasn’t so happy with my choice when I ended up running to the international terminal to catch my flight!!)

So I have to say I agree with J.J. Martin, the author of the Wall Street Journal article “An Argument for Flying in High Style.” In fact, I may even wear a faux fur overcoat she suggests on my next flight (considering the extremely high rainfall for May in Paris!)

Look at how they used to treat air travel, in the day….

1950s plane fashions

Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Laraine Day, mid 1950s

Plane fahions 1950s

Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn off the plane

For me at least, any travel is worth it, and I want to look good going there and when I’m walking in the rain.

Paris Rain

Sparkling Paris Street Rain

Paris Bridge

The plane ride is worth it


This weekend I drove up the beautiful California coast to San Simeon, in central Cali. It is always a pleasure to escape the city of Los Angeles and all of it’s hubbub. The Golden State is gorgeous, and although the weather forcast predicted rain, it was a rare, sunny weekend (lucky me!) It is easy to see why William Randolph Hearst purchased the land above San Simeon Bay to build his castle for himself and Marion… a more spectacular setting would be difficult to find. The castle is as awe inspiring as it must have been in it’s prime party days of the roaring ’20s.

Hearst's Castle for Marion

I have always been fascinated by Marion Davies. According to Wikipedia, she was a much better actress/comedienne than history has claimed (due in a large part to a sad portrayal in Orson Welles movie “Citizen Kane”), but Hearst’s love, devotion and immense wealth did nothing at all to help Marion’s career. She was doomed to throwing lavish parites and drunken revelries, and never achieved the success as an actress that she so dearly wanted. In later life, she worked tirelessly for charities.

Still partially intact is Marion’s beach house in Santa Monica; I pass it often and think of her. It is now a private beach club. She is the ultimate story of someone who had it all, and at the same time, had nothing. Hearst’s wife would not divorce him so they never married, and her talent went unacknowledged. Though I rarely focus on this era for my art prints, the trip up north and the sad story of Marion inspired me to do a image of her. It is the Golden Age of Hollywood in the Golden State!

Charlie Chaplin Hearst Castle

Charlie Chaplin Entertaining

Cary Grant

Cary Grant (the one before George Cloony!)

Marion Davies Beach House Santa Monica

Marion's house in Santa Monica, as it was then

You can purchase the piece here, or click on the picture:

Marion Davies by Trolleyla


Quoted from Wikipedia’s entry on Coco Chanel:

In 1926 Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel published a picture of a short, simple black dress in American Vogue. It was calf-length, straight, and decorated only by a few diagonal lines. Vogue called it “Chanel’s Ford.” Like the Model T, the little black dress was simple and accessible for women of all social classes. Vogue also said that the LBD would become “a sort of uniform for all women of taste.”


Classic Coco, the creator of it all

In homage to the classic and iconic dress (like it’s creator!) I recently added a canvas art print of my own rendition of “Little Black Dresses.” You can buy it in my etsy shop now (I will soon be adding it to my website.) It is a lovely 8 X 10 X .75″ canvas print, ready to hang on the wall or place anywhere you want color (and black!) Of course, it is based on older fashion image and all gussied up.  Click on the image to see more views.

art piece, black dreses, trolleyla

"Little Black Dress" print on canvas, by trolleyla

Here are more images, just food for thought on the classic and immortal “Little Black Dress.” I actually own the last image, the book based entirely on the theme. Available on Amazon.com, of course!

Assortment of Little Black Dress

"Little Black Dress" to infinity and beyond

Little Black Dress_1964

Little Black Dress ca. 1964

pictue of the book on the little black dress

"The Litle Black Dress" available on Amazoncom


I just finished a pop art interpretation of the one and only Audrey Hepburn. It took awhile for me to do a image of her. I think because she is the ultimate in my retro-love obsession. She is so iconic, and so loved by all; the epitome of chic retro style and glamour.

I read a biography of Audrey and if you have the time, I highly recommend reading more about her life. She suffered malnutrition and starvation as pre-teen during WWII, and she was deeply affected by her father’s abandonment of the family. (She found him years later and supported him the rest of her life.) You may know that her first dream was to be a ballet dancer, and I am happy she was often able to find roles that featured her dancing talents. Her actual success as a movie star was a bit accidental, which (I think) adds to her allure. She was truly “discovered.” She never felt very beautiful, she was very unlucky in love, she was a great advocate for children, and from what I have read, a wonderful and devoted mother. No wonder she is still so adored and worshipped!

Here is my art canvas piece of her. It is digitally mixed with a vintage photo and my original paintings. It is only available in my web store

Own it here!

Audrey Hepburn pop art canvas

Audrey by trolleyla, 2011


As usual, the Christmas season is SO busy.  I don’t have to list the reasons, you know all of them! I am very thankful to all of you who purchased something from my art store or my vintage clothing store; I was ecstatic to have a pretty good holiday season.  One thing that is very upsetting to me, however, is the fact that I don’t have the most PERFECT, AWESOMEST,UGLIEST, Christmas sweater!  So, in the spirit of UGLY Christmas sweaters, I show you a mere few…

I searched on Google to see if vintage Christmas sweaters were more attractive, and I found this one. Believe it or not you were SUPPOSED to knit this! That just blows me away. The fact that this was a pattern for a handknit sweater just validates my adoration for vintage.  I guess we had much more time then, and cheap stuff from China wasn’t a huge deterent for making handmade sweaters!


The Wall Street Journal featured a fun article yesterday stating that Pantone has announced that the color of the year is an intense pink it calls “honeysuckle.” The journal writes “It’s very ‘Mad Men’ pink…there’s a retro aspect that’s going to be very popular.” Jonathan Adler, the uber-important interior designer says “There is an innate optimism to pink…in fact, I’m wearing a hot pink shirt right now.”  Hmmmmm…

Read the entire article here, and learn more about the history of Pantone.

I say that’s just fine by me, as Pink (or Honeysuckle, or whatever) is always the magic number!

Nanette Lepore dress, spring 2011

Nanette Lepore dress, spring 2011

Jonathan Adler Pillow

Pantone Chart, circa 1960s

Mark Rothko Painting

I’m way ahead of Pantone’s game. Here are some of my “Hottest Color of 2011″ interpretations available in my trolleyla etsy store and my trolleyla vintage store, right now!

"The Blond" by trolleyla

"Luxembourg Garden" by trolleyla

"mod Mod" by trolleyla

1970s Hot Pink Velveteen Skirt

Aug 192010

If you’ve read my blog or seen any of my etsy pieces, then you know that Andy Warhol is one of my favorite artists. I love everything about him; The Factory, his art, his early commercial illustrations of shoes, his wigs, and his quiet, quick humor.  Being fabulous in the 1960s also helps.  I found a promo photo of Ann-Margret playing cowgirl, and I just finished adding it to my etsy shop.

It is obviously influenced by Andy and his “Elvis” portraits, and how appropriate!  Cuz we know Annie and Elvis had a fling back in the “Viva Las Vegas” days.   I have united them through Andy, forever in art.  I want to blow this one up to room size!

"Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by trolleyla

"Elvis" silkscreen, Andy Warhol

The One and Only

Do you think my art will ever sell for $10 to $15 million (est.)??? Well, I would have had to been inventing this stuff first, but I’m happy honoring Andy. There will never be another!


Here are some new images I’ve been working on. I quite like them.

"Three Hats" by trolleyla

"Pig Tails" by trolleyla

As always, visit my etsy store to purchase these. I hope to get my store page filled out here soon.


Whenever I sell a piece of art, no matter how large or small, I am so grateful. The economy is so tough, jobs are still scarce, and it seems like most of us are still scrambling to make sense of how fast everything changed. But it makes me happy to know that others are like myself— still wanting to surround themselves and their space with something that makes them feel good, either through glorious color, a beautiful image or just because they like the vibe. I see so much wonderful creativity on the etsy.com site, and I’m looking forward to seeing lots more at the Renegade Craft Fair in two weeks. I’m just very happy when I get to create ANYTHING, and I am thankful beyond measure when someone else likes what I created! I’ve always believed that creating was truly the most important thing in life. I often feel that our collective level of appreciating a craft has been diminished by the influx of super, super cheap stuff from China. All we seem to think about is how cheap we can buy something for, but you know the saying… “you get what you pay for.” When you buy even a small piece of art, you truly get something of value!

So on that note, here are a few new creations, and thanks to all those who buy art and make art!

And thanks to the one who helped make anything possible, Pablo Picasso. Viva España!


renegade craft fair los angeles

Renegade LA and Trolley LA together!

I’m very excited to be bringing to share (and sell!) all my beautiful art with you at the second annual Renegade Craft Fair on July 24 and 25, 11AM to 7 PM. Renegade is the mother of all craft fairs, full of great indie artisans showing one-of-a-kind creations that you won’t find in all those CORPORATE malls. (Don’t you get tired of seeing the same stores everywhere?) Renegade started in Chicago, and is now going strong in San Francisco, Brooklyn, NY, Austin, TX, and of course, Los Angeles! I hope to participate in the out-of-area shows, too.

If you are anywhere near the Los Angeles area, please come by and tell me you saw my art on this blog or on etsy, and you will get a 40% discount off anything! I have been working extra hard, and I will have many beautiful LARGE canvas painting prints, amazing pieces for home decor, as well as small pieces for any budget. My new experiment with purses and makeup bags will premiere as well.

This weekend my honey and I made a mock-up of my booth so it will go up easy and with no surprises… looks good, but it will totally rock by showtime!

MEET JODI THE CHIHUAHUA, TOO ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ "Call Me" bag by trolleyla


Mock Up Booth for trolleyla

Mock Up 5