Feel-good Friday: the little things

Here’s a few fun gifty ideas for the person who has everything, is hard to buy for and/or appreciates something uniqueand none of these items will set you back a whole paycheck.

A tile for a person who loves the beach - how about me?

A tile for a person who loves the beach

For the Gourmand in him/her - Gourmet salts. This is Toasted Onion &

For the Connoisseur  in him/her – Gourmet salts.  This is from Laguna Salt Company but you can buy exotic salts in many specialty stores now.  You can cook together.  Steak and Risotto immediately come to mind here.


A delightful body lotion? Hmmm.....

A delightful body lotion? Hmmm…..

Again; someone who loves the beach and likes to clean up afterwards

Again; someone who loves the beach and likes to clean up afterwards.  Run a bath?

And what woman wouldn't love to get her clutches on a lipstick clutch bag - this is from Nordstrom (couldn't help myself)

And what woman wouldn’t love to get her clutch on a lipstick clutch bag? – this is from Nordstrom (couldn’t help myself) – it had to be included.  MAJOR HINT HERE (just kidding). Seriously, I’m kidding!

Body Lotion & Soap from Los Olivos General Store

Finish with something HOT?

Finish with something HOT!!

Photos: d. king

A few romantic quotes:

There’s a long life ahead of you and it’s going to be beautiful, as long as you keep loving and hugging each other – Yoko Ono

Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey – Lord Byron

“William Hurt has a painful last name. Kevin Love has a name perfect for February 14th. But what about Johnny Longdong? Where does he fit?” – Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE.  (again; couldn’t help myself – it had to be included).

For me by Brad King

“If my Valentine you won’t be,
I’ll hang myself on your Christmas tree.” – Ernest Hemingway, 88 Poems

Have a loving weekend folks!


If I had a flower for every time I thought of you I could walk in my garden forever….awwww!

beauty: in the buffing

It’s pretty common at this time of year to experience chapped lips.  It doesn’t feel good and it doesn’t look good when your lipstick flakes because your lips are too dry.

What RED suits you best?

What RED suits you best?

We’ve spoken about face scrubs  before and the importance of exfoliating to keep our complexions looking dewy and glowy and perfect (ha ha) as much as we can.  What about our lips? We shouldn’t forget about them….especially with Valentines Day around the corner.  Get them REDdy!

I’m not so sure if Benefit Cosmetics still sells their lip duo (a balm and exfoliant which I bought years ago and still have –  see photo) which is a natural more gentle exfoliant geared specifically for lips with little beads packed with AHA and jojoba to scrub away chapped lips and dry lines.

Benefit - Dr. Feelgood combo

Beauty with Benefit – tubes of Dr. Feelgood

If you can’t find this product then you can use any regular face exfoliant but don’t rub so hard over your mouth.  It should work almost as well.  It’s just that the little tube from Benefit is so convenient to carry around and for travelling.  I think the cute packaging is what drew me to the product in the first place.

 It really helps to smooth the lips, make them softer so lipstick applies easier and lasts longer and your lips...well they’re much more kissable this way.


That’s what we want!


Style: what to wear UNDER what you wear

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again… it’s what’s underneath that counts”

jesus fernandez lingerie from Buenos Aires

jesus fernandez lingerie from Buenos Aires

It’s the slipperiness of the silk, the sauciness of satin, and the delicate lingering of lace that can make lingerie so arousing.

Lingerie (including corsets, camisoles and a few garters) has been a passion of mine for a very long time.  It still is,  but to a lesser degree because I already own so many pieces. It takes a special man to appreciate your lingerie…because when it comes right down to it we women know that most all men don’t care how nice your lingerie is.  They just want to see us naked.

JF lingerie - I LOVE this complete outfit

JF lingerie – I LOVE this complete outfit

On the other hand, as you begin to remove whatever you happen to be wearing overtop (remember it’s Valentines Day this Sunday) isn’t it much more seductive to be seen in a lacy, racy number than in granny underwear?  I’m just saying…..I think he’ll take notice even if he never says anything.  Men have it so much easier.  A nice pair of boxer shorts that aren’t torn to shreds (eww) – perfect!

JF lingerie lace triangle bra & panties

JF lingerie lace triangle bra & silk/lace panties

But honestly I’ve always been attracted to beautiful lingerie whether it be retro romantic, sexy, plain pretty or terribly trashy (reserved for special occasions).  Keep in mind that interpretations of what makes underwear sexy varies from woman to woman, and from man to man.  The sexiest part is the way it makes you feel…kind of like a signature perfume.  In fact, nothing except your perfume gets as close to your skin.

Having said that, I also really like some of the sporty combos I’ve been seeing (since it doesn’t make any sense to wear lace to the gym).  It gives you an underlying (ha, ha) confidence just knowing you have it on.  A little secret.

That’s why I added lingerie to my repertoire of things to sell in boutiques and online.  I found a special brand in Buenos Aires when I walked by a store that was closed – the  mannequin in the window was wearing a set I wanted.  It was very simple but extremely lovely and feminine (with no wiring, padding or anything of the like and I had never seen anything quite like it in North America) so I went back the next day and bought it then asked to speak to the owner.  We had a meeting and I ended up getting the exclusive rights for sales in Canada at the time.  The line sold very well to repeat customers who understood the workmanship, guys who wanted something special for their ladies and an actress who starred opposite Tom Cruise (filming a few scenes in Vancouver) who came into the shop directly from the airport specifically looking for lingerie. She mentioned seeing the ad I had put in the Vancouver Sun (for the first time) on the flight over from Los Angeles.  She took several pairs into the dressing room and left with five sets.

It was a good run even with the complicated European sizing difference, but I decided to end the lingerie business to concentrate on other areas.

I like this quote from a Passion for Lingerie – “You know it’s a bad day when you put your bra on back to front and it fits better”

La Perla - LaPerla.com Bra: $408 Thong: $128

La Perla – LaPerla.com

Here are a few ideas of lingerie sets I think are simply sublime – although they won’t replace your can’t-live-without seamless t-shirt bras and commandos.  Still…….necessary!

Kiki de Montparnasse - sold at net-a-porter.com Bra: $225 Panties: $155 Garter: $150

Kiki de Montparnasse – sold at: net-a-porter.co


L'Agent buy Agent Provocateur. Sold at net-a-porter.com Bra: $110 Panties: $50 Garter: $65

L’Agent by Agent Provocateur. Sold at: net-a-porter.com



My Love of Lingerie Board on Pinterest at: https://www.pinterest.com/girlwhowould/love-of-lingerie/

Food: Savoury Soufflé  

VALENTINES day is this coming Sunday so why not make something different and surprise him or her with a super tasting savoury spinach/cheese soufflé?

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Photo: d. king

 You were probably thinking chocolate right?

A soufflé (I love the sound of the word – it rhymes with “to play”) is likely something you don’t make very often if at all, and most people love them.  A perfect soufflé is always crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.  This recipe comes courtesy of my friend Ruth who recently made it to rave reviews including mine.  Now I’m making it too.  I might even double the decadence and make *chocolate soufflé (my recipe below) for dessert.  Chocolate is good for the soul especially for Valentines Day.  Enjoy!


(serves 4 -6 with a side salad)

Set your oven to 375F

3 Tbsp. butter

3 Tbsp. flour

1 cup milk

dash cayenne

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

1/2 tsp. salt

1  cup grated cheddar cheese

4-5 eggs separated

1 bunch spinach

Make a *roux with the butter & flour 

*To make a roux heat the butter in a pan or skillet over medium heat until just melted.  Then add the flour.  Use a whisk and begin stirring the mixture constantly.  Break up any lumps with whisk and distribute mixture evenly.  If  you’ve never made a roux you might want to click on the link below – it’s pretty easy.

 blend in milk, cayenne, dry mustard + salt to the roux

Cook, stirring until thick.  Add the cheese and stir until melted.

Add de-stemmed, cooked, chopped spinach.  I prefer to steam it first.

Remove from heat and beat in egg yolks

Beat whites until they peak

Using a spatula, fold in egg whites, half at a time.  Do not stir!

Pour into buttered 1 1/2 quart soufflé  dish.  Draw a circle with knife an inch or so from rim

Place in middle of oven – Bake at 375F for about 35 minutes (I add 5-10 extra minutes so it’s well done in the middle)

How to make a Roux:  http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Roux

Chocolate Soufflé Recipe:  http://girlwhowouldbeking.com/2013/02/05/simple-satisfying-chocolate-souffle/


Life&Style: on two wheels

Four wheels move the body; two wheels move the soul


Came across a cool find in Sonoma, California that had nothing to do with wine. I was on the lookout for a coffee shop.scooter3scooter6

 Something  reminded me of driving along for miles on a very long stretch of road with nothing in sight except for dirt in Marfa, Texas.  At the time, my husband who was driving the VW Camper casually said “I think there was a Prada store back there.”  Me, almost asleep in the back seat: “Whooah…go back, go back – just to make sure it’s not a mirage you’re seeing.”  It wasn’t.

So you can imagine my interest and surprise to discover just at the very moment I wanted a cup of coffee and some scooters (after some wine tasting in Sonoma) a café pitstop to end all pitstops.


And again; a drive-by which happened so fast that I had to say “whooaa…what was that back there?  It looked like a really cool vintage scooter shop and I caught signage for coffee…(I have a sharp eye for certain things if I’m not sleeping) go back, go back.”

And there it was…scooter heaven with a latte on the side.

It’s everything I was looking for in a bike shop/café and to top it all off they serve you breakfast right there while you wait for repairs.  You can buy vintage vespas…and I found the helmet I was looking for.  A nice rare find with excellent coffee.scooter2




*Next time I’ll bring my scooter to have them install two side cars – one for each dog.

Photos: d. kingvespa1

Website: http://www.sorento-imports.com/

My Scooter board on Pinterest:



Healthy Ginger & Turmeric Latte

I’m always looking to incorporate new healthy ingredients for smoothies and teas but never lattes –  so this recipe which was originally featured in a recent GOOP newsletter for Great Skin – Inside and Out kills two birds with one great caffeine-free latte.  I used my favourite creamy almond milk from Califia Farms (California) in Toasted Coconut which is only 45 calories per cup. YUM!
20160205_173000Both ginger and turmeric have incredible anti-inflammatory properties, which means this soothing and delicious latte is also really good for you.

Ginger + Turmeric Latte


1 heaped teaspoon peeled and finely chopped fresh turmeric

1 teaspoon peeled and roughly chopped ginger

1 tablespoon organic coconut sugar, maple sugar or raw blue agave sweetener

2 teaspoons organic virgin coconut oil

pinch himalayan salt

1/4 tsp. high quality green matcha powder (optional)

1 cup almond milk

  1. Combine turmeric, ginger, coconut sugar, coconut oil and a pinch of sea salt in a powerful blender.
  2. Heat almond milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until just simmering.
  3. Pour the hot almond milk into the blender and blitz everything until smooth and frothy.

TIPS: If you can’t find fresh turmeric, use 1 teaspoon of ground. I added a sprinkling of cinnamon on top – delish!  *Try adding half a banana for additional silkiness & flavour.20160205_173413Beauty Tips:

Jean Godfrey June, goop Beauty Director

I think food makes an enormous difference in the look of your skin. Too much sugar starts an inflammatory glycation process that’s not just super-aging in the long-term, it makes you look puffy and lethargic in the short-term. Inflammation has been proven to be a huge factor in aging in general, and in the way your skin ages, in particular, so anti-inflammatory foods help—my current personal anti-inflammatory obsessions are turmeric and sour cherry. And avocados, like everyone else on the planet!

Fats got such a bad name for so long, and I truly believe they’re critical, especially for people with dry or aging skin: Avocado, sunflower, olive, and coconut oils are all incredible, plus I like to take wild salmon oil capsules. And eat oily fish: My boyfriend and I grilled some fresh herring from the farmer’s market and they were—so good. I’m a huge egg person also. I’m in favor of full-fat milk if you’re going to have milk for the same reason.

And again, antioxidants—in many of the foods I’ve already mentioned, but pretty much every fruit, vegetable, and nut in existence—are important to take internally as well as topically.

Turmeric is incredibly anti-inflammatory and incredibly delicious. My boyfriend got a pound of turmeric powder one day, and that started the whole craze. Fresh turmeric takes it to whole new level; put it with fresh ginger and the flavor is just…heaven.

This latte is pure comfort food, the creamy almond milk, the rich coconut, a little salty a little sweet, warm, spicy: Everything I love!

Photos: d. king

Recipe: GOOP

If you make it let me know how you like it
































Feel-good Friday: it’s all good

Like when my sister comes over to visit and steals my thunder and I’m okay with it but not totally

I had a sneaking suspicion that little Jack was a womanizer. Photos: d. king

I had a sneaking suspicion that little Jack was a womanizer

Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell. – Emily Dickinson

In our hotel room in Oregon

In our hotel room in Oregon

No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you feel rich.” – Louis Sabin

not to mention beautiful, silly, smart

and at times overindulgent

This week at a coffee shop with a friend. Photo: Colleen Kohse

Sitting inside a coffee shop this week.           Photo: Colleen Kohse

like when you stop for coffee and can’t take them inside 20160130_112840


and they just keep staring at you

Photos: d. king

you tend to weaken over time

you tend to weaken over time

This is a long weekend in British Columbia.  Monday is Family Day and these two little fellows who brighten up my days and bring me so much enjoyment are family members.  I hope you have an enjoyable weekend with yours.  XO




Beauty – Suzanne Somers Organics

Well; why not? There may be more competition in the skincare department but when the packaging has Suzanne Somers cred, listen up ladies.

I haven’t tried or even seen the skincare line but a friend of mine let me try her coco mango body butter and let me tell you….it was simply divine…ssbody1    I immediately felt like I was somewhere tropical.  Actually we were somewhere tropical but never mind those details.  It really felt luxurious and moisturizing.  And well…mango & coconut – what’s not to love?  These are two of my favourite ingredients in frozen yogurt & gummies too.  There is also Peppermint Cream and Rain Body Butter (which more than likely includes actual rain – well, living in Vancouver I could have made that one). Apparently they’re all food grade, so you know……extra benefits there.

Coco Mango, Peppermint Cream & Rain

Coco Mango, Peppermint Cream & Rain

 Here is all the nitty gritty:


  • SUZANNE Organics utilizes a natural, non-GMO (not genetically modified) new generation thickener and stabilizer derived from olive oil. Richly hydrates and protects skin, allowing it to retain moisture without clogging pores.
  • This luxurious, moisturizing body butter nurtures your skin. Abundant rich moisturizers create the look of smooth, beautiful skin rich with antioxidants.
  • Your skin’s barrier is fortified by this formula to prevent loss of important moisture. *The aging process is affected by moisture loss.
  • Enjoy a healthier, more youthful appearance on your skin with a natural scent that will make you feel like you are on vacation (yeah!).
  • No synthetic, toxic fragrances based on phthalates.
  • Created with certified organic, therapeutic grade essential oils and fruit juice essences. The essences are certified organic flavors used by organic juice, ice cream, yogurt, etc. manufacturers.
  • Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil supports the look of healthy skin, softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking. Helps improve the look of sagging skin, and age spots.
  • Shea Butter (Butyrosperum parkii) is a superior moisturizing agent. It contains a vast quantity of Vitamin E, and aids in the look of optimal skin health.
  • Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) Oil is high in oleic oil with balanced amounts of high oleic acids, vitamins and minerals. Provides high performance moisturizing benefits to soothe, nourish and soften the skin.
  • Made in the United States.

Apply liberally wherever skin is dry. Glide over skin and rub in lightly. Excessive “rubbing-in” is not necessary as this formula is designed to leave a layer to help promote moisture into the skin. Can be used as a hand cream and foot cream as well.


I think SS is Stunning!

I think SS is Stunning!

Have you tried any of the products?





















Style at the Beach/Pool – What suits you

Getting ready for a little WINTER GETAWAY?swim2You don’t want to pack too much but you want to make sure you have everything you need.

Canyon Beachwear

Canyon Beachwear


A bathing suit is always one of the most essential things to consider for your resort/vacation stay… but what about all the little extras that go along with it….like your beach towel, sun hat, after swim cover up and beach bag.  Don’t you love beachy accessories?

It’s weird that I still have a thing for bathing suits even though I have a whole drawer dedicated to them.  I just love a nice swimsuit – either a one or two-piece and I have a collection from various travels.  This time on holiday I took only two – one of each kind but the problem was I didn’t want to ruin either of them in the hot tub.  The hot tub (après swim or in the evening) tends to stretch your suits from their original shape over time. You have to immediately run them under cold water after being in the Jacuzzi.  One time I had to have a designer swimsuit altered a size smaller because the bottom got stretched out. Normally I wouldn’t care but this one was too nice to throw away.

I keep thinking that I’ll take along an old suit that I don’t really care about for hot tub purposes only but I can’t bring myself to wear something I don’t like.  Anyway, I wasn’t planning on it only scheming but I ended up buying a few new bikinis on sale that I planned to use only in the hot tub because the prices were too good to pass up (ha, ha, that’s what I told myself).  Problem was they’re really nice and as I ended up liking them so much I had to limit my time in the hot tub altogether.  It’s not the worst problem someone could have in the big scheme of things. But still…

In Palm Springs I came upon a swim wear store that caught my eye because of their playful display at the front entrance.  I loved the brightly coloured little zippered bags to enclose stuff like sunblock, lip balm and the like and also believe it or not, old fashioned bathing caps.

Canyon Beachwear

Canyon Beachwear

Did I really say that?

Canyon Beachwear

Canyon Beachwear

Bathing caps are normally not something that attracts my attention but these were kind of fun and reminded me of something old time movie star Esther Williams might have worn in “Million Dollar Mermaid”.  Maybe they’re making a comeback.

  Because let’s face it, there’s nothing less attractive than covering your head in one of those ugly stretchy caps and then wearing swim goggles to boot …..nothin!

Unless you're Will Ferrell - of course then, anything will look good on you.

Unless you’re Will Ferrell – of course then, anything will look good on you.

My INspirationCanyon Beachwear @


Art/Food – MoMA Artists’ Cookbook

Art is a form of nourishment,” Susan Sontag wrote in her diary

Art/Fashion/Food/Culture – it’s all one big melting pot. It’s everything I’m interested in and it is all that (along with money) which makes the world go round. So I wasn’t too surprised to find out only recently about the now vintage MoMA Artists’ Cookbook.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In 1977, a pair of art and cuisine enthusiasts, Madeleine Conway and Nancy Kirk, collaborated with New York’s MoMA on The Museum of Modern Art Artists’ Cookbook (public library) — a marvelous compendium of favorite recipes and reflections on food by thirty of the era’s most prominent artists, including Salvador Dalí, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Indiana, Will Barnett, Larry Rivers, Andy Warhol, and Willem de Kooning.

I got a kick out of looking up some of the recipes which I’m not at all planning to make. What interested me was finding out about each of the artists relationship to food.

Of particular Interest:

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol, who had collaborated with his mother on a little-known and lovely cookbook(called Wild Raspberries) eighteen years earlier, tells Conway and Kirk that he no longer eats anything out of a can but — a statement that comically dates the book and tragically reminds us of a culinary downturn — believes that “airplane food is the best food.”

In a confession that reminds us just how much Warhol blurred the line between person and persona, just how deliberate he was about the construction of his own myth — this, after all, is such a thoroughly Andy Warhol thing to say — he tells the editors:

I always thought cereals like corn flakes and Rice Krispies were a natural thing — that they came from a cereal bush.  He shares a befittingly on-brand recipe:


a 10 oz can Campbell’s condensed tomato soup
2 cans milk

In a saucepan bring soup and two cans milk to a boil; stir. Serve.

Willem de Kooning, in his early seventies at the time, looks back on how his formative years in Holland and his immigrant experience shaped his relationship to food:

Willem de Kooning

Willem de Kooning

It was hard to overeat when I was a boy because when you had dinner, it was always brown beans. We were poor. When I came to America I had never seen so much food in my life! I came to America as stowaway. When I was discovered among the pipes, I became a kind of cabin boy and washed the decks. I got off when we landed in Boston and took a train to New York. I went right to Wall Street. I recognized from the silent movies where the Stock Exchange was.

We went to Hoboken because it was a Dutch, Italian, and German settlement. I got a room, and I got a job as a house painter; America seems to be a land of wonder because, you see, I worked and I made six dollars a day. Then I made nine dollars. In one week I could buy a suit, Thom McAn shoes, sets of underwear. Socks were ten cents a pair and it almost didn’t pay to wash them. You could throw them away! This was such a revelation, such an overflow! Here, everything was so big and had such a style I said, “Oh, hallelujah, here I come.”

The first food I remember eating? A hamburger. Lunchtime I went to a place on River Street and I saw on the bill of fare that I could read “Hamburger,” so I said, “Hamburger. The next day I took a hamburger and on the following day I took a hamburger, and then I thought I’d change and ordered a sirloin of beef and I tried to say it but the waiter gave me a hamburger anyway.

Even as he rose to fame in the art world, De Kooning retained this capacity for delight in the simplest of things and cared little for the snobbish charade of sophistication that all too often bedevils high society. More than half a century after the hamburger experience, he shares his favorite unfussy dressing for cold shrimp, lobster, or crabmeat, made with ingredients one could buy at the most rudimentary convenience store:


Makes 2 ½ cups

8 ounces heavy cream, whipped until stiff
8 ounces mayonnaise
1 ounce cognac
1 ounce sherry
4 tablespoons ketchup
salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl fold mayonnaise gently into the whipped cream with a whisk. Add remaining ingredients and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve.

Endearing, Refreshing & a tad Artistic right?

Source: https://www.brainpickings.org MoMA Artists’ Cookbook