Happy Holidays

Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years – what; already?

Well here we go again. The holiday season is always a good time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for ourselves and those around us.

During this holiday season instead of blogging or vlogging, I will be glöggingFor those unfamiliar, it’s the ultimate winter warmer – a Scandinavian-inspired mulled wine from California with German roots.  It’s a spiced wine blend of half dry red wine and half port intermingled with spices of cinnamon, cardamom and orange peel. You just pour it into a saucepan and warm over medium-low heat until hot but not simmering, about 5 minutes. Add sliced orange, some fresh cranberries, a few cloves and a cinnamon stick (but you don’t have to).

I’m obviously craving warmth.  The warmth of the sun, the warmth of cozy PJ’s, the warmth of a cup of hot tea or glöggGood food, good company, good movies, my dog and a couple days by the ocean.  A change of scenery from spending time in the Desert.  Nothing to complain about.  No major resolutions.

How about you? What are you looking forward to during this holiday season?


Selfcare: Blissyful Sleep

The #1 first step to feeling good has to be a good night’s sleep.

Blissy Website

How many of our days have been ruined with having had a crappy night before?  Mine certainly has.

So many factors go towards preventing us from getting a good sleep. A few examples being too much alcohol the night before, worry or stress. So what can we do to help?

Obviously not too much alcohol the night before.  Worry or stress can be lessened by a few simple steps.  These are not a 100% guarantee for  prevention, but they certainly will help. 

We’ve all heard that going to sleep before midnight is the best timing for a better sleep but we can’t stick to that rule all the time.  Taking a good quality magnesium capsule & *Gaba about half an hour before bedtime helps in creating a calmer mind. A dark room, an eye mask, ear plugs if need be and a room with an open window and a humidifier for dryness works wonders. Melatonin (3-5 mg.) on occasion helps with rem sleep.

I spray lavender essential oil in a spray bottle mixed with water on my sheets + pillow before bed.  Lavender is believed to help calm anxiety and increase relaxation. Some believe it to be an effective treatment for depression. Lavender also has sedative properties.  The scent alone cannot hurt.  But I also recently discovered something else very helpful – a silk pillowcase.

A silk pillowcase is the best!  The cool fabric helps keep your skin hydrated and smooth by keeping its moisture content intact which is especially good if you are someone with dry skin A good silk pillowcase reduces friction on the skin which helps prevent wrinkles and fine lines.  Best for hair because the smooth surface prevents breakage. I ordered mine from Blissy (link below) and it was on sale.  Made from highest quality 22-Momme 100% Pure Mulberry Silk.  The variety of colours are excellent and they have a zipper to enclose your pillow.  Easy to care for too.  Just wash with mild laundry soap in sink and hang to dry – dries quickly.

Let me know if you have one and if so, your thoughts?

*pharma Gaba is best because it’s formulated to cross the blood brain barrier.

Fine Fine Art

Melissa Morgan Fine Art Gallery

There is no sense to buying this piece if you don’t own a pool!

Carole Feuerman – Monumental Quan w Stainless steel sphere, red suit, Lacquer on Bronze with clear Swarovski crystal cap. 67x60x43 in. $448,000.00.  If you look closely you’ll see that her feet are a bit dirty – like in real life.
Carole A. Feuerman

This is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting art galleries I’ve been in – ever!  While I was drawn to pretty much everything, I was most impressed with the works of Carole A. Feuerman and Anthony James (descriptions below).

Carole A. Feuerman


Carole A. Feuerman was born in 1945 and is an American sculptor and artist working in hyperrealism. Feuerman utilizes a variety of media including resin, marble, and bronze. She attended Hofstra University, Temple University, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City to begin her career as an illustrator, creating album covers for Alice Cooper and the Rolling Stones, to name a few. She has been included in exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery; and Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy.

Anthony James


Anthony James is a British/American artist based in Los Angeles, known for his monumental and experiential sculptures and installations. James was born in England in 1974. He studied in London at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and graduated with a degree in fine art painting. His work gestures towards the theatricality of minimalism and formalism. There is a focus on materiality, alchemy, and a deep respect for light and space.

Anthony James

Also a performance artist, he is famous for setting fire to a Ferrari in a birch forest and entombing the ravaged car and trees in an installation called (2008). His practice incorporates a variety of industrial objects, steel vitrines, aluminum sculptures, detritus, and wall-mounted installations, his use of vitrines drawing comparisons to Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons.

Andrea Stanislaw
Mixed Media, electric motor, rotating sculpture. 84x96x96 $70,000.00

There was also a room with photographs of many of my Palm Springs acquaintances.  Only the most glamorous ones of course!

I don’t know this couple but I admire their bold statement of not being photographed by the pool.


Followed by a visit to the Palm Springs Art Museum

Sculpture outside the museum.
when you know how to light up a room

Photos: d. king

Mod day Mood: Modernism Museum

The MOD not Modest place to be

There have been many a photo taken and several articles written about the Modernism Museum prior to my visit yesterday.

The museum, which is fairly new to Palm Springs, was created by visionary artist, designer and friend Tracy Turco, so it was already obvious to me that it would be anything but mundane.

Warming up by the Fireplace. Early 70’s where mellow yellow and brown accents co exist in this eclectic environment.

Clearly, it is a fun place to visit with exceptional attention to detail showcasing all things mid-century Modern from the late 50s to the early 70s era.

The museum is not only for tourists or locals but will serve the community as a gathering place to socialize in an inspired atmosphere located in the heart of Palm Springs.  There’s a glittery disco roller rink at the back of the museum and a comfy colourful seating area which can be rented out for parties.  How much fun is that?

1950’s kitchens featured fiberglass, stainless steel and aluminum and done in yellow, turquoise, pink, mint green, and other colors like red, black + white.

This beauty salon contains vintage memorabilia as well as a hairdryer that Marion Davies sat under weekly in Hollywood when she was the mistress to William Randolph Hearst.

I took plenty more photos with my Samsung phone camera but think it best that you visit and take some yourself.  In a place like this it’s very easy to get carried away and therefore, give too much away.

Wouldn’t you like to take a bubble bath in this tub? Recreated from Playboy Bunny Jayne Mansfield’s pink bathtub. She liked pink champagne too.  The rest of the bedroom is an ode to Palm Springs designer Arthur Elrod, sporting his headboard and side tables, as well as Magda Gabor’s sconces, chandeliers and oil painting.  It also includes a table from the Trini Lopez estate, a few frocks that belonged to the Gabor sisters and some Schiaparelli keepsakes.

A replica of Elvis Presley’s boat

Let’s not forget the store where you can buy some fun stuff:

Photo of Paris Hilton by a pair of shoes Tracy designed for her (when she was Tracy Stern) although hers says “Heiress
Tracy doesn’t go “by the book” even though she’s on the cover of Palm Springs Life Magazine (hard cover version available in shop).
I couldn’t leave without having one more photo taken of myself in front of  the famous Racquet Club.

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