Style: Dolce & Gabbana find inspiration in Opera

An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I’ve left the opera house. – Maria Callas

For the love of Fashion (and for those who love Opera) here is peek from the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Spring 2017 Show in Milan

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Held at the backstage industrial area of the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, which is one of the Italian fashion capital’s most suggestive and evocative places, the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda spring 2017 couture show was an all-round fashion event, as it captivated the senses with both fashion and theatrical motifs. “This place is very magical,” Domenico Dolce explained. “We were fascinated when we came here a year ago. We both go to the opera–we’re Italian, drama is in our blood!”opera2

The theatrical vibes were captured and then brought to life by the designers not only through the structured figures and imposing silhouettes of the staples, but also after a well-thought, all-embracing journey into the characters, stories and notes of some of the opera’s most remarkable and trailblazing pieces, the costumes of which served as the main source of inspiration for Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda revolution. Motifs from works such as The Magic Flute, Madama Butterfly, Falstaff, La Traviata, La Bohéme, Lucia di Lammermoor, played in our heads as soon as the first pieces were presented onstage, charming us with timeless aesthetics that exude haute couture vibes indeed.opera3

For these reasons, the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda spring 2017 show looked equally familiar yet new, with standard Dolce & Gabbana patterns, such as intricate lace embroideries and opulent jewelry designs going hand in hand with more street wear-inspired attire options, like oversized sweatshirts and animal printed coats.

My notes: I’ve visited the Teatro alla Scala di Milano years ago.  I think at the best of times Dolce & Gabbana ready-to-wear (and couture pieces) are a bit theatrical mixed with romanticism but not necessarily practicality.  And that’s exactly what we need at times like this.  Take what you will from this.  Sometimes it’s okay to be over the top!

Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive. – Moliere

Photos: courtesy of Vogue

Story: Virginia Cafara for Fashionisers

 

 

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Follow your Heart

February 14th is not only Valentine’s Day20170207_103704

It’s also Jia Jia’s birthday. Today he turns 14 years young!20170119_212932park3

He offers sound advice for those who ask how come he’s doing so well for his age.  His answer: “live in the moment, eat well, sleep well, find time to play, be selective with who you kiss, go for lots of walks, hang around with younger dogs, look like you’re smiling even if you’re not, go with the flow of the waves whenever possible, when someone throws you a bone just eat it,  but most of all make sure you are with someone who loves you for YOU!”

You can always learn something from an older dog
Make no mistake – you can always learn new tricks from an older dog

He’s in touch with his feminine side

Although he did not want the Barkin bag or the Manolo Barknik. It was between the Chewy Vuitton & Sniffany & Co.
Choices, choices….although he did not go for the Barkin bag or the Manolo Barknik. He was torn between the Chewy Vuitton & Sniffany & Co.  We settled on a sock monkey.

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If you follow your heart you might make a few wrong turns but you’ll never get lost

Happy Birthday my Love on the most LOVELY day of the year!

Very recent photos: d. king

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Notice how as the sunset is coming to an end the colours become even more intense, brighter and vibrant? – paraphrasing a line from the playdancelesson1

I just saw a wonderfully thought out play about life, unlikely friendships, loneliness and aging presented by Coyote Stageworks at the Annenberg Theatre, which is part of the Palm Springs Art Museum.  Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks warrants discussion on several life issues such as what it’s like for a woman living alone, toleration and discrimination but with exceptionally witty dialogue.

The play stars Loretta Swit (most recognizable as Hot Lips Houlihan from M*A*S*H TV series) and Broadway Actor David Engel, both of whom I met recently at Village Fest while I was out walking my two dogs among the madness. Infact, I found out about this play from Loretta Swit. Coincidentally and funnily enough when I called to tell my husband about meeting her, he was at home watching an episode of Mash.

Michael (David Engel) teaches Lily (Loretta Swit) how to dance
Michael (David Engel) teaches
Lily (Loretta Swit) how to dance

Swit plays Lily, an elderly widow who hires Michael (Engel) a gay dance instructor to come to her home to give her lessons from Tango to Swing to Viennese waltz.

Both actors compliment each other incredibly well and are really fun to watch amidst some enjoyable dance moves.  They lie and they argue but ultimately they share more similarities than not and what enfolds is revealingly heartfelt. The audience also enjoyed two stagehands who entertained us while swiftly re-arranging the room in between each of the scenes.dancelesson3

They plan to take the play on tour.  When it comes to your city I highly recommend seeing it.

Have you seen any good plays lately?

http://www.coyotestageworks.org

PhotosBroadwayWorld.com

Feel-good Friday: Doggone it!

It’s time to let the mouse out of the bagjack1

Jack celebrated seven years of age on February 7th and It’s been two years since he moved away from Thailand.  He wanted to share some feel-good photos with you.20170207_144801

He loves to go shopping. His favorite grocery aisle is the meat department.
He loves to go shopping. His favorite grocery aisle is the meat department.
And then he loves to rest after a busy day...usually on my pj's.
He loves to rest after a busy day.
He chose this dish towel for me.
He chose this dish towel for me as an early Valentines Day Gift.  Oh, how sweet!

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YEAH!

Do you know what I’m talking about?

Beauty: just Browsing

She will look completely normal tomorrow except she’s just going to have some rock star brows,” said Kate Shaughnessy, the owner of Lash and Brow Design Co. in Carmel, Ca.

Shaughnessy Keely Webpage
Shaughnessy Keely Webpage

If there is one tattoo (that’s not actually a real tattoo) that I would consider getting it would hands down have to be the brow fill-in I know someone who got it done and upon close inspection her brows look natural and fuller than before.  It helped to fill in the over-plucked spaces and make them a little thicker than before.  Loved it!

The correct term is called microblading. It goes on like a tattoo using small needles to apply color to your brows in a shape that fits your face. Leaving the brows even and filled in.  And in the long run less time consuming than filling them in with a pencil or powder (if that’s what you do – c’mon you all do it!)

It lasts about a year. They tell clients one to three years but it varies on everybody. If you’re in the sun a lot it might come off faster.

The product goes three layers deep compared to seven layers like an actual tattoo, creating more natural hair like strokes.

Shaughnessy Keely Webpage
Shaughnessy Keely Webpage

At the present time I’m keeping my eyebrows as is but in the future if need be I am recommending (on the advice of another friend) the brow artist/studio below for those of you lucky enough to be living in Vancouver, B.C.

But it appears that anyone with the name “shaughnessy” will be a good bet!

My cousin Liz who lives in Montreal just informed me about a great place for microblading there.   Technicians name is Eli Ross. Studio Eli. Ross Inc. – Montreal For all info call 514-692-4545 or info@studioeliross.com

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Right on!  You tell them Groucho Marx!

SHAUGHNESSY KEELY

http://studiosashiko.com/shaughnessy/

The link below will provide you with answers to all your frequently asked questions:

http://studiosashiko.com/faq/

 

 

 

 

 

Style: beanie babes

A stylish way to stave off a winter chill apart from your warm down coat and gloves is wearing a beanie topper.

Soia & Kyo Olivia Cable Knit Hat
Soia & Kyo Olivia Cable Knit Hat

Beside the fact that it keeps your ears warm and it’s a good excuse to hide a bad hair day (naturally) I think they look really cute in casually chic sort of way.beanie2

 Sarah Jessica Parker - New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
Sarah Jessica Parker, New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)

The plus factor is they look as good on adults as they do on children!

What do you think?

 

Food: FARM

What can be more comforting than having a savoury crêpe on a country-chic flower decked patio that makes you feel like you’re in Provence, France?farm4 Even though the secluded setting is located behind retail shops in “La Plaza” a Spanish style center off Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

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Farm serves locally sourced, French & Spanish-inspired fare.  It was built in the 1930’s as studio residences to house local workers.

The waiter told me Farm restaurant comes with a story…and I always love a good story. Along with a white picket fence.farm3

The story:

Liz Ostoich, owner of Farm Restaurant, told us that La Plaza was developed by the wealthy Julia Carnell, of the National Cash Register Company. The story goes that she was friends with Palm Springs pioneer Nellie Coffman, who built the Desert Inn and invited Carnell to visit.

Apparently Carnell loved the village, but lamented that shopping, entertainment and dining was too spread out. So she built La Plaza in the center of town that encompassed not only shops, a theater, probably a restaurant, but also housing for those working in the shops. Automobiles could park in the cobble-stone plaza near the shops; La Plaza was actually the first “strip mall” in California, if not the country.

“The idea of combined residential and retail units [is] not new,” said Ostoich. “Carnell built the plaza for $2 million, which during the Depression was a lot of money.”

Fresh squeezed watermelon mimosa
Fresh squeezed watermelon mimosa
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fresh selfie

The vibe

For Ostoich, travels in the south of France gave her an appreciation for farm-fresh cuisine and French country living. La Plaza’s human-scale Spanish architecture is reminiscent of European country sides where hand-built farmhouses seem to spring from the ground like the plants around them.

A white picket fence and gate encloses Farm’s outdoor garden dining areas and a worn pavement path leads to the patio covered by a tangle of vines and bougainvillea. The patio bisects two adjoining bungalows on either side; two are the dining rooms, two are now the kitchen.

Les chiens

Jack's birthday is today - he turns 7!
Jack’s birthday is today – he turns 7!
Jia Jia will be 14 on February 14th
Jia Jia will be 14 on February 14th

Did I mention they’re dog friendly?

The fare

As the kitchen is small without a microwave or freezer, Ostoich’s Provencal-style breakfast and lunch menu is simple but flexible, based on artisanal meats, local produce and organic eggs. Dishes are made to order with great attention to detail.

My Crêpe: Chicken. Mushrooms. Crème Fraiche. Herbs. White Wine.
My Crêpe: Chicken. Mushrooms. Crème Fraiche. Herbs. White Wine. Salad.

Farm Restaurant

6 Plaza, Palm Springs (760) 322-2724  www.farmpalmsprings.com

Source for story: Pamela Bieri “The Desert Sun”

Photos: d. king

Inside
Inside

Beauty: the instanatural

Message to those of you who PAY ATTENTION to my beauty posts:serum1

don’t think I’m repeating myself because my last post was about skin serums.  I promise it won’t be a weekly event.  Well it might; just not on serums every time.  But I was excited to share this one with you too because you knowI’m an authority on the subject this is one of my specialties

Last week I mentioned some ridiculously affordable serums from Canadian beauty start-up company Deciem which offered one active ingredient in each bottle.  Great if you want let’s say…Vitamin “C”, or Hyaluronic Acid, etc..

But let’s say you just want MORE

You might want to consider the Age-Defying & Skin Clearing Serum from Instanatural for just under $25.

As skincare products go this is a pretty appealing price and name.  I mean anything with “age-defying AND “skin clearing” claims must be at least looked upon.  This is the holy grail of skin ingredient listings:

Retinol? Salicylic acid? Niacinamide? Vitamin C? Hyaluronic acid? Tea tree oil? Lavender? In one little bottle?

One beauty editor experienced what she referred to as a skincare-induced bout of hyperventilation. These were all the ingredients one could wish for in one product to plump skin, make it brighter, clear blemishes and blackheads, and hide fine lines.

The serum has a milky consistency to it and a lovely citrusy scent.

Granted, I have yet to try it (still trying to get through all the rest of the products that I’ve either purchased or were sent to me for review).  But I can tell you that it’s high up on my list.

What are your all-time favorite skincare products?

Style: Who’s Next

Cool..Comfy..Casual..Colorful..California Wear.. with a French Twist

While wandering around the usual familiar shops on Palm Canyon Drive a few weeks ago I came across a store that escapes the ordinary.

Shirts, Pants, Shorts, Sweaters
Shirts, Shorts, Sweaters, Sunglasses, Pants, Body care, Accessories for men and women

Who’ S Next  (that’s the name of the store) specializes in exclusive French fashion brands with an obvious crush on Brigitte Bardot.  I mean who else to better embody a chic laid back St. Tropez resort style than Bardot…Riiight??whosnext4

I’m not such a fan of wearing images of famous people or slogans for that matter, however I ended up leaving the store with a few items, one of which was a faded image of Bardot on a lovely top with three quarter length sleeves and V-neck back. The other was the kind of shirt I want to live in. A long-sleeved light-weight cotton shirt that comes in 25 colors. Lots of variety.…reasonably priced. I only bought one but I want the other 24.whosnext5

There were linen shirts a plenty.whosnext2
whosnext6whosnext8What’s next?  The pants!  I’m told they are a must something to consider.

The owner, Benjamin Perdereau lived in Aix Provence in Southern France, and visited his parents often in Palm Springs. He owned and operated a store in Southern France and believed it needed to be recreated here.  Thank you Benjamin!whosnext3

Seriously!
Seriously!

Unfortunately I discovered the store after the November opening complete with entertainment, fashion show and French crepes.

C’est la Vie!

Photos: d. king

Shop online @ http://www.whosnextpsp.com/

Address: 184 N. Palm Canyon Dr