April 19th, 2011 by Naz

Everyone is an amazing filmmaker coop. Their work is both subtle and in-your-face. Here are a few of their videos. Check out their site for more: http://www.everynone.com/ (Can’t believe they got that URL.)

Symmetry from Everynone on Vimeo.


April 6th, 2011 by Naz

rodarte ©nr 2011

Last weekend I finally made it to the Rodarte exhibition at MOCA in the Pacific Design Center. And while there were certainly aspects that captured my attention, overall the exhibition was underwhelming. Read the rest of this entry »


April 5th, 2011 by Naz

Video from Jay-Z’s new lifestyle magazine Life+Times, capturing a brief moment in soccer prodigy Charles Renken’s life, as he heads off to play for a German club. I’m dying to know more about him, how he became so good, who his adoptive parents are and more. You mean we don’t need fancy equipment and professional trainers to be good at something? You mean all it takes is passion, patience and practice? OK, fine, some talent too.

occupied: painter

April 1st, 2011 by Naz

todd ©2011 nr

After meeting Todd Anderson, who is also a recent New York transplant to Los Angeles, I thought how wonderful it would be to feature him in the first installment of Occupied. He is a painter, after all, and is there a more romantic and enduring pursuit than that of art—of painting? Read the rest of this entry »


March 1st, 2011 by Naz

Yell Softly asked me to write a guest post about what I love about NYC. It, once again, turned into something of an, “I moved to LA and here’s what I miss” but hopefully better written. And just for the record, I might bee starting to like it here.

Read more at Yell Softly.


February 15th, 2011 by Naz

rodarte paris-la ©todd cole

I cannot wait for the Rodarte exhibition at the Pacific Design Center, which happens to be within walking distance of my house! Rodarte: States of Matter opens on March 4 and the Mulleavy Sisters and L.A. natives will put up their gorgeous garments and let the foolishly romantic inspect up-close the delicate cuts and seams and textiles. If you don’t already know much about them, read the New Yorker profile from about a year ago—you’ll learn, among other things, that Anna Wintour—oh, Anna!—put the sisters on a diet and provided a personal trainer to get them in shape for a Vogue shoot!!

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February 14th, 2011 by Naz

downtown l.a. ©2011 nr (click to enlarge)

On Saturday, I spent a few hours at my friend Todd’s loft in downtown L.A. I was there to interview and photograph him for Occupied, a new series on the blog in which I interview people about their work and photograph them.

Ever since I was thrust into the “real” world from the safe and comfortable confines of college and Bellingham, and as I’ve tried to forge a path for myself, I’ve been endlessly fascinated by the idea of work/occupation/job. Where does what people do for a living intersect with their passions and what trajectory lead them to where they are now. For example, how is my friend Eve and editor at Vogue — seems so unreal — and when did my brother decide to become a pilot? Are they passionate about what they do? How did they get to where they are?

Anyway, stay tuned. I’ll post some photos as well as a Q&A with Todd this week. He’s a talented painter with some strong opinions about the art world and where he fits in.

And, by all means, if you have any suggestions of people I should be interviewing, make an introduction! You can email me at naz {at} ilivewelive {dot} com.



February 7th, 2011 by Naz

I’ve always loved Crystal Renn, or at least the idea of her. I thought (and think) that she was stunning as a size 12 (size 14 is standard for plus-size modeling) and as a size 8 (although, I think she’s more of a 6–and yes, I recognize most people don’t lie about their size to say they’re bigger than they are). In any case, this interview made me not like her very much. There’s a dull undertone to her forceful and flippant nerd/model/airhead manner of speaking that’s like nails…I watched a few more videos of her and this one’s not a one off.


January 9th, 2011 by Naz

the poet wrote on the sidewalk

On New Year’s Day we did pretty much nothing but watch movies. You see, finally and to the delight of my father-in-law, we had bought a TV the previous night—suddenly inspired by the thought having the Yule log burning on its enormous screen during our New Year’s Eve party. We looked exhaustively online (and by we, I mean  Jason), visited a few stores and finally settled on a Samsung (they all looked the same to me). Our only point of contention was the size. Jason wanted a 47 inch (can you imagine?) and I wanted a reasonably small one.  Something I could tuck away behind a few house plants. Anything bigger than my laptop screen seemed reasonable. We agreed on the 40 inch and though I worried that it would overwhelm our house, it didn’t. Actually, and  sadly, it really brought the living room together. Anyway, all this is to say that we watched movies all day on January first and so we felt like we ought to do something good for the soul the next day.

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December 21st, 2010 by Naz

brooklyn, july 4, 2010

I left my heart in NYC and moved West. Here’s the most epic portion, of an epic year, in iPhone photos.


day 1, july 29, 2010

We covered 12 states in 4 nights and 5 days. New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska,  Colorado, Utah, Nevada & California.

west side book shop in ann arbor, michigan

west side book shop in ann arbor, michigan

Ann Arbor was our first stop. Both because I wanted to cover as much ground on the first leg of the trip as possible, and because we couldn’t think of a better place. I’d always wanted to visit and was delighted by the town. It is so beautiful and quaint and academic. With some amazing restaurants and gorgeous architecture.

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