have beauty – will travel

Skin so Divine natural skincare line has come out with a convenient travel package with four complete products to hydrate, moisturize and soothe all skin types.

Skin so Divine Travel Set

Skin so Divine Travel Set

My skin is very sensitive. I was using this set in a very dry climate for over a month and my skin has never looked or felt better. Okay maybe when I was 15 it did but now that I’m older I want something that retains moisture and the oils in these products were sourced from the best around the world.  All ingredients are top-notch!

The set includes:

Ready for Take-off Makeup Remover, Refresh Facial Mist, It’s a Luxe Life Facial Oil (don’t be afraid of oil – it’s amazing for your skin) and Moisture Balm for eyes, lips & cuticles.  This is the only balm that works on my ragged cuticles.

It comes conveniently packaged in a *PET plastic carry bag which is BPA-free.  *PET is globally recognized as a safe, recyclable packaging material.  This makes it easier to travel on board with but you can also store it in your suitcase.  When you open the box It’s shipped in, it comes packaged inside a cute take-out lunch box.  Just for fun.

You can order under SHOP NOW at: http://getspoilednow.com/

Have you ever found a good trusty travel skincare set?

Vintage Style – the thrill of the find

They don’t make em like they used tovintage2 (2)

Some Vintage shopping advice:

I don’t know about everyone else but I enjoy searching for a good vintage piece.  Something that is considered a “good find” so to speak.  This is not entirely true because I have never searched very hard,  most of the vintage things I’ve bought was found by accident. In other words I wasn’t really looking for anything specific, the stuff just found me (they find me everywhere). But it’s amazing what you can come across if you know what to look for and have some patience.  I’m usually delightfully surprised by at least one item.  The best places to shop of course are upscale areas in metropolises like New York, London or L.A.  I still have a pair of pants purchased from a flea market on Portobelllo Road in Notting Hill.  Well made clothes never go out of style.

This kind of shopping comes by way of specialty vintage boutiques (like Decades in Los Angeles where I once bought a small Gucci bag), vintage2vintage clothing fairs (where I scored my Pucci wedge sandals), consignment stores (make friends with the owner and they’ll let you know when something special comes in), auctions, on-line sales sites (1st Dibs?), flea markets, estate sales, even yard or garage sales. I bought a one-of-a-kind Fendi baguette from a yard sale of all places.  Never used (by the seller that is).  In fact it was so cheap that I wondered if it was a knock-off at first.  The “best-ever”bag find was bought by a friend of mine – a real steal.  She purchased a Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag for only $5.00 and It’s real (major bag envy because I paid full price for mine).  So we can benefit from the relatively small group of people who don’t know what they have or just don’t care.

If it’s an estate sale, head for the bedroom where the clothes of the lady of the house are often laid out.  Here you could be face-to-face with the situation vintage shoppers dream about – the discovery of an entire wardrobe of a person whose taste is much like your own, and in your size.  Keep dreaming, and make her a rich person who shopped in Paris, whose heirs care more about her Sisleys than her Schiaparellis.  It can happen. I came thisclose to scoring a vintage Chanel jacket that fit me to a tee rummaging through someone’s closet.  I no sooner put it down (never do this) before someone else snapped it up.  That opportunity has not presented itself again.  I think of it as “the one that got away” but I’m still dreaming….

Such sales in resort areas like Palm Beach, Long Island or Santa Barbara (I just bought a pair of Chanel costume earrings in *Santa Barbara) offer particularly rich possibilities but other suburban places and outskirts have yielded legendary vintage finds.  I have friends who are experts at recognizing quality vintage jewelry (a category onto itself) which really helps.

Here’s what you really need to know:

Obviously just because a garment is old does not automatically make it better. OLD is just OLD.

What you are looking for is vintage clothes (accessories, etc.) of great quality and interest.  One of the primary reasons for shopping vintage is the chance to buy a garment as beautifully styled and made as the couture clothes of today for less than you would pay for the cheesy, cookie-cutter stuff at the mall. This is easier to accomplish than you might think.  Many pre 60’s clothes were made by hand, using beautiful fabrics that are now too expensive for most manufacturers to use (like a perfectly cut navy gabardine blazer I once bought in Toronto with nice buttons) or they have ceased to be made at all.

You should not settle for anything other than perfect or near-perfect condition.  If the item is in the almost-perfect category make sure the problem is something you can fix.

Look for great styling, expensive or intricate fabrics, interesting finishing touches, and first-class hand workmanship.  These are the qualities that make a vintage garment a wearable classic.

You can always mix classic with your contemporary clothing, in fact it looks best to do so. Most of all have fun looking.  Remember, there’s only one of everything!

*the shop where I bought the earrings had one pair of Manolo Blahnik ornate jeweled flats that fit me. The store owner was going to let them go for only $20 but the toe was pointier than I like so I didn’t buy them.  Sometimes even if the shoe fits and the price is better than…you might have to unfortunately say “no” if the style doesn’t suit you.  You loss is someone else’s gain. Omg Only $20???  You ask yourself, should I have bought them anyway? Shades of Carrie Bradshaw…

Have you made any great discoveries?

Other Sources: Vintage Style – a great overall guide by Tiffany Dubin (former founder & director of Sotheby’s world famous fashion department store in New York) & Ann E. Berman (well-known freelance writer on art collecting and design for publications such as Town and Country, Architectural Digest, Martha Stewart Living & The Wall Street Journal) – Harper Collins. vintage1 (2)vintage1 p.s. buy the way, I bought the hard cover book at a garage sale during Modernism week in Palm Springs while out riding my bike.

Food:  Sablefish Salad

This recipe is from Steve Clifton, the proprietor of Palmina Winery in the Lompoc wine ghetto, Santa Barbara county.

edible, Santa Barbara

edible, Santa Barbara

The fish is so buttery, high in omega-3’s and really, really flavorful” he says.  That’s why you don’t need to add much to it.  Black Cod (Sablefish) also happens to be one of my all-time favourite fish and so I look forward to trying this dish.

Makes 4 Servings:

1 ½ pounds filet of black cod (sablefish).  Filets need to be no longer than 8 inches.

3 Tbsp. chopped dill

2 Tbsp. and 1 tsp. lemon zest (from roughly 2 small lemons or 1 large)

1 Tbsp. and 1 tsp. olive oil (divided)

½ tsp. kosher salt

½ tsp. ground black pepper

For the SALAD:

2 cups baby arugula

Juice of ½ lemon

2 Tbsp. olive oil

Pinch of salt

1 cooked fingerling potatoes, sliced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450F.  Lay the filtets out, remove any bones.  Brush the top side of the filets with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and sprinkle the remaining ingredients evenly on the filets (2 Tbsp lemon zest, dill, salt & pepper).

Roll up the filets lengthwise into a spiral and tie with kitchen twine.  Place on an edged baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Drizzle filets lightly with 1 tsp. olive oil and 1 tsp. lemon zest, and salt/pepper.  Bake fish for 25 minutes.

In a small bowl mix arugula, lemon juice and olive oil until all the arugula is coated.  Remove fish, plate over arugula and serve with 2 sliced fingerling potatoes.  Yum!

Wine pairing:  look for medium bodied whites with high aromatics and rich full-bodied whites aged in oak.

Source: Edible Santa Barbara: Celebrating the Local Food and Wine Culture of Santa Barbara County.

 

 

Travel/healing SPA/ – Two Bunch Palms

Find your “Better Self” at this famous spa/resort with healing waters that have been flowing for over 600 years.two1Nestled within 77 lush park-like acres is the legendary Two Bunch Palms, built in 1919.  A 70 room, hot mineral springs spa resort that offers healing waters, gourmet farm-to-table cuisine, movement & enrichment classes and an award winning spa that offers a “gangster wrap” spa treatment.  You’ll find out why when you read on.two3

two6It comes with panoramic desert and mountain views, meditation ponds, gardens and wildlife, labyrinth and relaxation pool.  But that’s not all…..

It also comes with a fabulous story

Nearly a century ago Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa welcomed its most elusive visitor even more so than us – Al “Scarface” Capone.  Legend has it the infamous gangster long pursued by the Feds transformed the private Desert Hot Springs, CA property into his winter desert hideout, outfitting his “fortress west” with a network of hidden escape tunnels, a gambling hall, a brothel, and a stone sentry tower for machine gun-toting bodyguards. We saw the outside of a multi-bedroom suite where Capone once slept and narrowly escaped assassination, evidenced by a mysterious bullet hole in the mirror.

The "room" although the stained glass came later.

The “room” although the stained glass came later.

A security guard told us that every weekend for years a man by the name of John Walton, who is the illegitimate son of Al Capone and Gladys Walton, would give talks in the restaurant about his family.  He wrote the books “Gladys and Capone”and “Capone’s Fortress West”.  The books are filled with information about prohibition, the hideaway, action packed roaring 20’s and bootleggers.  Walton is still alive and living somewhere in California.  Perhaps he’s living at Two Bunch Palms although they won’t say for sure.

The resort continues to be a hideaway for the less conspicuous kind, not only for those escaping Chicago’s chilly winters like Capone, but also for business executives needing to unplug, Hollywood celebrities looking for anonymity and people like us, seeking a luxury escape

ducks, turtles and fish a plenty

also ducks, turtles and fish that like to relax

and a nice healthy lunch.

Classes

Classes

Photos: d. king

Health MATTERS – facts about mayonnaise

 Last Tuesday I posted a few simple DIY recipes for making mayo because I had a difficult time choosing a relatively healthy brand (as far as mayos go) from the grocery store. I saw many reduced-fat varieties that were not very good for you.  Too bad because we use it often to make dips & for sandwiches. In the end you have two choices: go to a health food store or make it yourself.

simplyfreshcooking.com

simplyfreshcooking.com

Whatever type of mayonnaise you eat, however, you should limit your intake as much as possible.  Here’s the deal:

Calories

One tablespoon of typical mayonnaise contains about 90 calories. That is roughly 4.5 percent of your daily recommended caloric intake in a single tablespoon. It can be easy to forget to factor into your diet calories like those from mayonnaise and similar foods. So, individuals who eat mayonnaise regularly may find themselves dramatically overshooting their daily caloric recommendation without realizing it, which can lead to weight gain and even obesity.

Fat

Each tablespoon of mayonnaise contains 10 g of total fat, which is 15.4 percent of your daily recommended intake, and 1.5 g of saturated fat, which is 7.5 percent of your daily recommended intake. Although limited fat consumption is acceptable for active individuals, many people regularly consume far more fat than is healthy — particularly saturated fat. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, eating too much saturated fat can drastically increase your risk of developing harmful health conditions, such as heart disease.

Cholesterol

A tablespoon of mayonnaise contains 5 mg of cholesterol, which is about 1.7 percent of your daily recommended cholesterol intake. According to the Centers for Disease control, excess cholesterol intake can lead to buildups in your arteries. This can also potentially lead to heart disease, stroke, and similar health problems.

Sodium

Each tablespoon of mayonnaise contains 90 milligrams of sodium — that is 3.8 percent of your recommended daily intake. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, your body needs some sodium to help keep systems like your nerves and muscles functioning, but most people include far too much sodium in their diets; this can lead excessively high blood pressure and similar complications.

Hope I didn’t ruin your day.

DIY mayonnaise: http://girlwhowouldbeking.com/2015/02/09/food-making-mayo/

 Source for Facts: Livestrong.com

 

 

 

Feel-good Friday: a salon for swingers

A good haircut always makes you feel better.IMG_20150204_100819

Feeling like some weights been lifted – at least on my head.  Even a little trim can make a big difference in lightening up your day.  I found a cool salon in Palm Springs called “Spectrum Salon & Spa“.  The owner Christine, is originally from Denmark.

a customer painted this

a customer painted this for her

She loves boxers (the dogs not the sport) and has fun stuff to look at like clothing and accessories, some vintage.
 But most of all I love the swings.

A lazy dog waits while his owner gets a hair trim

A lazy dog waits while his owner gets a hair trim.  He’s wondering how much longer….

 

Style/Design: BeDazzled

Style is so much more than just about clothing.blog1

It encompasses our lifestyle choices in general.  Our décor, art, kinds of food we like and restaurants we go to, books we like to read, where we prefer to shop, places we like to travel to, hobbies, movies and people we like to hang out with.  Lots of likes!  Our tastes are a blueprint for our personal style.blog3Sometimes we can appreciate other people’s tastes even though it’s not “our style”.  In any event there’s a lot of choices out there and lots of exciting things to discover, new and old.  The key is to appreciate the whole.blog8

blog2blog7Stepping into Dazzles, a Palm Springs Vintage Department Store has a unique style of its own. It’s a definitely a step back in time. 

Owners Mike and Keith are often asked if their things are reproductions.  They’re not.  They’re all original items ranging from the 1920’s – 1970’s and everything is in near perfect to perfect condition.  Impressive.  I was with my sister at the time. It was fun rummaging around and the more time we spent looking, the more we found stuff we liked.  Because it’s always nice to mix ‘n match.  And stepping back in time has a special feel.  Can’t exactly describe it in words – it just does.

with Mike, co-owner

with Mike, co-owner

enter through the driveway

enter through the driveway

Photos: Lisa King (double click on any to enlarge)

 

Food:  Onion Pie

This delightful dish that’s very similar to quiche comes courtesy of our friend Ruth.  IMG_20150208_184532She brought it over for a Grammy party and everyone raved about how amazing it tasted so it was only right to ask her to share the recipe.  She said she didn’t have one (don’t you hate it when people say that?) but thankfully she wrote down the steps:

For the Pastry:

To make one 9” pie crust:

1 cup of *pastry flour (either whole wheat or white)

½ tsp. salt

1/3 cup butter

3 Tbsp. cold water

Directions:  Cut cold butter into small cubes.  Then with a knife cut cold butter into sifted flour/salt mix.  Add water until you have a workable dough.

Roll out and line pie plate.  Place in freezer until the filling is ready.  Doing this helps to make the crust flaky.

For Filling:

1 ½ cup finely chopped onions or combo of onion & mushrooms – sauté onions until caramelized.  Ruth sautés the onions and mushrooms separately.

½ cup of grated sharp cheese like Cheddar or Gruyère

½ cup milk

1 Tbsp. of **non-instant powdered mik

2 Eggs

¼ tsp. salt

1-2 Tbsp. fresh Thyme

2-3 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast

1 Tbsp. Oil (your choice – olive, avocado, coconut or grapeseed)

Directions:

Mix milk (both wet & dry), eggs, salt, thyme, nutritional yeast and oil in blender.

Layer onion (then mushroom if using), then cheese in pie plate.

Pour blended mixture over top.

Bake at 375F for 10 minutes then turn oven temperature to 350F.  Bake an additional 15-30 minutes until brown.  Check with a toothpick inserted in the middle to make sure it’s not too wet.

Enjoy!

*make sure it’s pastry flour & not all-purpose

**There are two basic kinds of powdered milks, instant and non-instant or “regular”.  They are processed a little differently so the end results are not the same.  The texture is also different. Some instant powdered milks look flaky but the non-instant is definitely “powdery”.  Non-instant milk is denser and more concentrated. Maybe not as easy to find as regular.