CF Canada 19th Annual 65 Roses Gala took place Saturday night at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.
My sister and I were guests at the Kohse family table. After a champagne cocktail on arrival we then enjoyed a delicious dinner and overflowing wine amongst friends. The overall theme was Parisian, so hence the take on Coco Chanel. When I think of Paris, I think of her. How much layering is over the top? Nothing is too much if done in style.
We had a fun evening where over $250,000 was raised for cystic fibrosis research, advocacy and care. We all hope that one day CF will stand for Cure Found.
For many they go hand in hand. Nah…not really my thing – at least not the first one two.
I was among friends Wednesday evening for an interactive cult classic “Valley of the Dolls” movie night here in Palm Springs at the Historic Camelot Theatre (newly re branded as the cultural center). Along with cheating and cat fights…the evening offered up all the trappings of a controversially dated movie… or is it.? Cocktails beforehand. Mine was a Long Island Iced Tea. Bartender suggested something strong, stiff + straight up to get through the night. The last time I had one was many years ago in Toronto after the Genie Awards (Canadian equivalent of Academy Awards). My poor friend Margeaux had to pack my suitcase for me because we had a flight out the very next morning and I was in no shape to do so. But I digress….
This is the second time since then but only because the bartender kept bragging about how perfect his L.I.I.T. was because he learned from the person who created it. In Long Island no less. But again, I digress….
As my friend Tammy mentioned – and this film goes to prove, fame & fortune do not a fulfilling life make. Dolls (pills) help to ease the ups and owns of the reality of every day life. Speaking of which I had at least two bottles to myself last night. Actually they were candy. We were given bottles to rattle every time someone in the film grabbed a pill (which was a lot). Also for the virgins (who hadn’t seen the movie before) we were given whistles to blow every time there was a scene with a train. It was a really fun evening even though the movie itself turned out to be sad in the end. And of course for other reasons because Sharon Tate was one of the stars. And sadly, speaking of the trappings of success along with beauty, we know what became of her horrific ending.
The book was very popular in the 60’s. Written by Jacqueline Susann, (she had a cameo as a reporter) I’ll never forget the cover.
Professional photos to come but I couldn’t wait to post these taken from various cell phones. That was another thing...only rotary phones in the movie. Remember them?
Have you been to one of these interactive movie/cocktail nights?
A fun event benefiting animal samaritans of the desert…
The swanky Riviera Hotel in Palm Springs hosts a Yappy Hour from 5-7 in the private Chiki Pool area on the first Thursday of the month from November through March. A $20 donation delivers plenty of delicious hors d’oeuvres, open wine bar (I had 2014 Mixed Breed), dessert, dog treats, gift bag and professional photos. Plus we were entertained by a burlesque dancer which my 16 year old male seemed to very much appreciate. So much fun! I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Thursday. A few random photos:
Firepit by the pool
Celebrating its 40th year of improving the lives of animals and people.
Possibly the world’s most decadent vending machine was unveiled earlier this year by Tiffany & Co.
Inside the space of the jewelery brand’s new London store in Covent Garden is a vending machine – in which the brand is hoping to encourage creativity and playfulness. Instead of buying a chocolate bar or a packet of sun chips, you can quench your thirst for something different by picking up the brand’s first fragrance. How original is that?
As well as the world’s chicest vending machine, the jewelery brand has installed a number of other elements to encourage creativity and spending. This includes Tiffany Blue wooden crates displaying whimsical ‘Everyday Object’ accessories and a #MakeItTiffany personalization bar.
At the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver on Wednesday for a trade & media tasting of beautiful Italian wines. Focus was on superior tasting Prosecco, Valpolicella and Amarone. Unfortunately for me I was under the weather. Feeling anything but beautiful myself, I could not properly taste anything, so I brought along another nose who knows...my friend Tamara (now known as Tamarone). And as you can see from the photos we were looking a bit fuzzy. But we were introduced to some nice Italian men wines.