For her first Dior Cruise show Maria Grazia Chiuri showed off the undiscovered side of Los Angeles by taking the fashion set into the picturesque desert of California’s Santa Monica Mountains.
The runway unfolded against a scenic sunset and mountain view, complete with two floating Dior hot air balloons in the distance. Taking inspiration from Georgia O’Keeffe, the laid-back, Wild West-infused collection paired perfectly with its Californian backdrop. From the star-studded front row to the standout accessories, here are highlights from the show courtesy of Harpers Bazaar.
To reach the show’s location, guests went off-roading out to the Santa Monica Mountains via ATVs.The fashion pack was seated in safari-like tents featuring couches and cushions in lieu of a front row.
Two Dior Sauvage hot air balloons made for the ultimate Instagram bait.Throughout the show, the balloons served as an airy backdrop to the runway, but afterwards proved to be the Instagram gold of the night.
Rihanna, Demi Moore, Jaimie King, Charlize Theron and many more graced the front row. The star-studded show hosted a gathering of A-listers, all dressed in Dior.
Maria Grazia Chiuri’s inspiration from the show came fromwall paintings in the Lascaux cave, which Monsieur Dior himself was also inspired by back in the early ’50s.The hand paintings could be seen reimagined atop wide-brimmed hats and embroidered into airy dresses on the runway.
Every look was topped with a wide-brimmed hat, setting the tone for the ultimate Western vibe.Following Dior’s Fall 2017 runway filled with leather berets, the hats of this season took a more laid-back vibe, many of which were adorned with turquoise beads and cave-like paintings.
Following suit, the collection itself featured dresses, jackets, cardigans and more taking influence from the Lascaux paintings along with Georgia O’Keeffe.
Here’s a foolproof simple, healthy happy hour dip. It’s a creamier and delicious alternative to hummus.
1 (14-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
roughly 1/3 cup olive oil, plus a little extra to drizzle over top
1/4 cup (loosely packed) fresh Italian parsley leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary (you can also use oregano – fresh or dried)
a little sprinkle of cayenne
*Zaatar (optional but worth it if you can find it)
Tip: if you want a thicker consistency you can always add some Tahini (sesame seed paste used for making hummus) or less olive oil. Play around with it. It will be great either way.
Place the beans, garlic, lemon juice, 1/3 cup olive oil, and parsley in the food processor or blender. Pulse until the mixture is coarsely chopped. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer the bean puree to a small bowl. Garnish with rosemary and/or other spice.
**ZAATAR (an exotic middle eastern spice mix made of sumac (from a flowering plant), thyme, roasted sesame seeds, marjoram, oregano, course salt. FYI: also great sprinkled over plain olive oil & balsamic for dipping.
Serve with pita, tortilla chips or fresh crusty french bread.
Sidenote: I have this thing for lazy susans. My fridge is full of them – it makes life easier if you have lots of jars, condiments + such. Now I bought a large round bamboo serving dish which I place overtop one of my lazy susans to place a variety of stuff on when company comes over. People don’t have to reach over you to get another slice of cheese or whatever…they can just rotate the tray towards them. I think it’s a better serving alternative.
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Scent of a Woman:
NEW Perfume Museum in Paris
As if Paris isn’t magical enough….
If Willy Wonka made perfume instead of chocolates, his factory would look just like the Grand Musée du Parfum, the new museum of perfume in Paris. Because of course there’s a perfume museum in Paris…and it’s absolutely dreamy. You will step into an unforgettable experience of sense, emotion, pleasure, and understanding.
Located in a stunning Parisian mansion previously owned by Christian Lacroix, the scent-driven exhibits encourage visitors to sniff their way through a far more fragrant culture and history lesson than you probably would have ever imagined—did you know Cleopatra and Louis XIV used scent to woo their lovers? Now you do.
ITHAA UNDERSEA RESTAURANT AT CONRAD MALDIVES RANGALI ISLAND: MALDIVES
Just in case you need yet another reason to add the Maldives to your list of swoon-worthy vacation destinations, check out this totally unique dining experience. Guests are taken 16 feet below the ocean’s surface to a glass-domed restaurant where they sample fresh Maldivian-Western fusion dishes—all while enjoying panoramic views of marine life. Just don’t look in Flounder’s eye before you take a bite. And hope the ceiling doesn’t cave in!
Chic Peek – Street Style
I like what she’s wearing. Classic white blouse with a dash of glitter & panache. Very pulled together in an elegant, effortless (so it appears) way. She looks interesting. And those shoes!
Every Day should be Mothers Day because it’s not easy being a mom…so I was told!
I remember her telling me with having had three sons the only way she was going to get a daughter was to get them to marry. She was a great knitter too. All I had to do was show her a photo in a magazine and presto…she’d make me a sweater just like the photo. Yes, of course I took advantage! I still wear a few of them.
That’s right! You’ve gotta listen to your momma. She knows best.
One of the first things my mom told me when I met my husband was to see how he treated his mother. That way I would get an idea of how he would treat me. Sound corny? Not really. He looked after her & treated her like gold. So there you have it….
Every fashionable woman owns at least one pair of hoop earrings.
At Marc Jacob’s Fall/Winter 2017 show models stomped down the runway with shiny gold hoop earrings. They ranged from giant three-tiered hoops to a single thin hoop with a diamond encrusted key dangling from it.
The collection, which was also full of oversized fur collared jackets and monochromatic tracksuits, was inspired by the early days of hip-hop.
“It is an acknowledgement and gesture of my respect for the polish and consideration applied to fashion from a generation that will forever be the foundation of youth culture street style,” Jacobs explained in the show notes.
Hoops are one of the most attractive styles of earrings and they come with a story. Anything interesting comes with a story.
Unfortunately, not everyone who borrows from street culture is as eager to acknowledge the contributions of people who created it. The round jewelry has been a favorite accessory for decades from Cher in the 1960s to Madonna in the 1980s, but hoop earrings have a deep-rooted history in communities of color.
This cultural significance of the hoop earring was brought to light recently when three Latina students painted a message to their fellow classmates at Pitzer College in California about their earrings. They scribbled “White girls, take off your hoops” in bright yellow spray paint on a wall outside of a dormitory, after they noticed an influx of their peers wearing oversized hoop earrings.
Alegria Martinez, one of the students responsible for the graffiti, wrote an email to the student body that stated that they were sick of white women appropriating styles that “belonged to black and brown folks who created the culture.” The controversy came shortly after Elle dubbed the hoop earring a must-have accessory for fall, thanks not only to Marc Jacobs, but others like Fendi and Michael Kors.
Designers, celebrities, and even retailers have been long accused of taking styles from marginalized groups they think are “cool” without any consideration for the context. Last November, people took to social media to call out Urban Outfitters when it attempted to re-brand oversized gold doorknocker earrings. “The same earrings that people find ratchet or ghetto on black women are now $16.00 and sold at hipsters R us. These are literally a dollar at the nearest black hair store. My culture says you’re welcome,” one woman wrote in a Facebook post that has now been shared over 21,000 times.
Hoop earrings have a very long history dating all the way back to the ancient Sumerians from modern-day Iraq in 2600 B.C. Different variations of the hoop have been adopted by a range of cultures around the world, from the Hmong women of Vietnam to the Gadaba tribe of India, as Vogue points out. But, in America, the style has often been adopted by women of color in an effort to reclaim their culture and celebrate their history.
Hoop earrings became especially popular among African American women during the Black Power movement in the 1960s when many were embracing Afrocentric dress. From activists like Angela Davis to artists like Tina Turner, more women were adopting an African-inspired look that embraced natural hairstyles and hoop earrings.
As Tanisha C. Ford writes in her book, Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul, “In African-inspired clothing and large hoop earrings and sporting Afros and cornrow braids, Americans and Britons of African descent envisioned soul style as a symbolic baptism in freedom’s waters through which they could be reborn, liberated from cultural and social bondage of their slave and colonial past.”
The statement jewelry carried on into the 70s when it was embraced by disco divas like Diana Ross and Donna Summer. When the 80s rolled around, their thin gold hoops were traded for thick gold “door knocker” and bamboo hoop earrings by hip-hop artists like Salt N Pepa and MC Lyte.
By the 1990s, oversized hoop earrings were a fixture of Chola style, which was embraced by working-class Mexican American women in Southern California. The radical look was defined by slicked-down baby hairs, dark lip-liner, and door-knocker hoop earrings.
But, it was about more than just fashion. As Barbara Calderón-Douglass writes in her piece “The Folk Feminist Struggle Behind the Chola Fashion Trend,” “The chola aesthetic is the result of impoverished women making a lot out of the little things their families could afford.”
Martinez, who grew up in Southern California, says she sees the style as a form of resistance. “We are women of color from Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Bernadino and that is where this cultural style comes from,” explained Martinez. “Whenever we wear our hoops, or when I wear bold eyeliner and red lipstick, I feel really proud to be from that background.”
Fashion has always taken influences from different cultures. The problem with appropriating styles like hoop earrings is that many women of color still can’t wear these “trends” without facing discrimination for looking too “ghetto.” Not to mention, many of those who are eager to slip on a pair of hoop earrings fail to use their platform for any meaningful discussion about race.
Just last season Marc Jacobs faced a fury of appropriation accusations when he sent a predominantly white cast of models down the runway wearing colorful pastel dreadlocks. The designer had attributed the collection to the style of club kids, but failed to mention that the hairstyle has history in African culture. So, when the designer made a point to attribute his fall 2017 aesthetic to the early days of hip-hop and the people of color who created it, many were eager to praise him for finally appreciating the culture rather than merely appropriating it.
(a.k.a. the party of the year) is always held on the first Monday in May. The MET GALA had celebrities and designers arriving at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s iconic steps on New York City’s Upper East Side to walk up the red carpet for the opening of the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition. The theme is “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” a show that examines the work of the famed 74-year-old Japanese fashion designer over the span of 40-some years. It’s a subject that has inspired incredible fashion choices this year, some of which will no doubt go down as some of the most memorable ever.
Here are my choices for the top ten best dressed post-worthy looks. I choose sublime over plain outrageous although each women owned their look!
With the return of this free, family-friendly festival is also the return of the ticketedSpotPrawn Boil. The boil sells out every year and tickets are going fast. Get yours here.
Each Spot Prawn Boil ticket grants a wristband for a specific time slot, for access to a plate of three succulent BC spot prawns plus a selection of side dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients from Windset Farms, Grain, and freshly baked Terra Breads. Wristbands also include access to the drink tent for free samples from R&B Brewing , Evolve Cellars and Mogiana Coffee.
Just announced: these BC chefs will take the demo stage at the festival.
Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia is a non-profit society comprised of BC’s leading chefs and culinary professionals. It is a chef-administered, province-wide collaborative dedicated to creating a foundation for the exchange of information between culinary professionals. The Society supports innovative and sustainable programs that will inspire, educate and nurture BC chefs, producers and the local food industry. The Chefs’ Table Society secures apprenticeships for and bestows bursaries to emerging local chefs and also finances culinary education programs in BC schools. For more information or to become a member visit chefstablesociety.com.
ALL ABOUT Spot Prawns (taken from the website):
Wild BC spot prawns are a delicacy known around the world for their sweet, delicate flavour and firm texture. They are most recognizable for their reddish brown colour, which turns bright pink when cooked, defining white spots on their tail and white horizontal bars on the carapace.
BC spot prawns are the largest of the seven commercial species of shrimp found on the west coast of Canada. They vary greatly in size, with some larger females exceeding 23 cm in total length. Prawns are hermaphrodites: for the first two years of their lives they are males, and then they change to females. Typically, spot prawns live a total of four years.
In BC, approximately 2,450 metric tonnes are harvested annually, with about 65% of the harvest coming from the waters between Vancouver Island and the mainland.
BC spot prawns are available live during the harvest season, which usually starts in May and lasts anywhere from six to eight weeks. Prawn fishermen spread baited traps along the rocky ocean floor at depths ranging from 40 to 100 metres. This method has minimal impact on ocean habitat and very low levels of by catch of other species.
BC spot prawns are very popular in Japan and the rest of Asia, with over 90% of BC’s commercial catch consumed there. Most of the prawns are frozen at sea by fishermen, and then packed and exported across the Pacific. The remaining few, however, are available to be enjoyed fresh in local BC restaurants and kitchens during the fishing season! Frozen spot prawns are also available in Canada year round.
Spot prawn stocks are carefully and sustainably managed to ensure that they remain available to enjoy for many years to come, including:
Limiting the number of vessels that can commercially harvest spot prawns
The peculiar circle of lifeTake a clue from an interesting read called “Curtains.” Why leave your life up to chance? Choreograph it, script it…like the film you always thought you were starring in anyway. Lives just don’t happen! They are projects. This is what gives them meaning. You are responsible for the contents. You must fill up your dash. The dash being the short time in between the day you were born until the very end (1989 – ????) And there are books to help you do it. Books like 1,000 things to do before you die. Which in reality only makes you feel like you haven’t accomplished anything. Although it’s a start for those who don’t know where to begin. It’s all about living with purpose. It’s important to live each day as if it’s your last because one day you will be right.
A friend of mine lent me a book to read entitled “Curtains”. A book that I have to preface by saying I would never have chosen to read if I knew what it was about. Because it has a lot to do with death and I didn’t want to go there. So this is somewhat of a book review and an overview of the meaning of life taken from what I read and my thoughts.
Why this book?
As it so happens the person who lent it to me used to be a professional curtain maker. He made beautiful curtains for a living and so the title jumped out at him at the library. I know; who goes to libraries anymore? Anyway it makes sense; he thought it was about curtains and was curious.
At the time he lent it to me I was just starting a book called Tango, a Love Story that another friend gave me because she knows that I love tango, the dance. A light feel-good true story that was very timely. Let me tell you; Curtains is the furthest away from tango…maybe closer to Last Tango (in Paris or elsewhere). But it is about the dance of life.
My friend assured me that he had not intended to read Curtains when he figured out what it was about but once he started he could not put it down and everyone he lent it to… same story. I was intrigued and said I’d give it a go. At least one chapter. So I put my beautiful tango book on hold to read a book about life coming around full circle to ultimately…death. In a nutshell I found it morbidly fascinating, well written, extremely tongue in cheek, lots of wit but not without the gorey details.
Curtains was written by Tom Jokinen, a veteran radio producer (Morningside, Definitely Not the Opera + more) and a video-journalist at the CBC. He set his career aside in 2006 to be an apprentice undertaker at a small third generation family-run funeral home and crematorium in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This drastic vocational change at the age of 44 resulted with him writing this book. Why? Mostly he did it because he wanted to find out first-hand what goes in that gap between death and burial at a time when our relationship with the dead is radically changing. What he found is from the mundane to the macabre, to the completely comic to the totally heartfelt. It delves into religion, different beliefs, customs and beyond. It is a fascinating read. It’s about humanity and an exploration of our culture’s relationship with the dead, dying and those left behind. It prompts a question: Why do we each spend up to $10,000 – for most, the third-biggest cash outlay in our lives after a house and a car, according to Jessica Mitford, who wrote The American Way of Death – on funerals?
It may have been the prelude to the widely popular Netflix series 6 ft. under (which I hear was really well done but have never watched). What it basically comes down to is we don’t want to know; we do want to know; we’re confused; we’re better off not knowing, but we’re curious, sorry to know; not sorry; a little sorry! I’m not sure but I read the whole book anyway. Too late! But it’s something we will all ultimately be dealing with whether we like it or not. From the book:
A modern take is that a man is now defined not by his faith but by his hobbies and quirks. Did he golf? Was she an avid gardener? Everyone is an avid something: an avid bowler, drinker, sailor or snake charmer. Avidity is the key to unlocking your story.
Having faith doesn’t mean you have to be religious but religious faith, when it comes to death, is a fairy tale that soothes. It doesn’t deny there’s a monster in the closet or a wolf in the woods but it tames them. A study at Yale, published in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, found that “bereaved individuals who relied on religion to cope generally used outpatient services less frequently compared to non-believers.
Epicurus said that there’s no need to fear the oblivion after we’re gone if we never cared about the oblivion that came before we were born.
“Curtains is deft, funny, surprising and above all thought-provoking. Benjamin Franklin said that to know a society you only had to visit its cemeteries. Jokinen has taken him up on that, and added in our funeral parlours and crematoria. What emerges is a sharply focused picture of twenty-first-century North America – we’re uncertain about our values, distracted by inessentials but yearning, like every culture, to understand the meaning of death and the dead body, which is just another way of understanding life and humanity.” – Katherine Ashenburg, author of The Mourner’s Dance.