February 20th is now declared Pierre Cardin dayin Palm Springs. The 97 year old fashion ICON received a star on the walk of fame presented by his designer nephew who flew all the way from Paris to honor his uncle. Todd Hughes, along with partner P. David Ebersole and producers Cori Coppola and Alison Martino (who were also in attendance), put together a most amazing documentary of the now-97-year-old fashion icon. House of Cardin is a rare peek into the mind of a genius and his epic design empire, an authorized feature documentary chronicling the life and design of a true original. I was lucky to be among the first to see it at the Palm Springs Film Festival (PSIFF). It was fabulous. Cardin really was a futurist. There were interviews with Sharon Stone, Naomi Campbell and more. And like the film Judy many of the younger generation surprisingly have never heard of him. If you love fashion, House of Cardinis NOT to be missed.
A little Palm Springs Trivia: Monsieur Cardin once owned hotel Maxim de Paris, at what is now the Hyatt.
This is the last weekend of Modernism here in Palm Springs. The signature February Event is an annual celebration of mid century modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. Modernism Week features more than 350 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, films, lectures, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, nightly parties and live music, walking and bike tours, tours of Sunnylands, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more. Whew!
Going to the classic McCormick’s car auction to check out some beauties. Just window shopping (I think).
With so much happening in such a short time, it’s almost impossible to do it all. Although it appears a few of my friends are doing exactly that. This will be worthwhile for those into collectibles: A CURATED COLLECTION….
What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Watching a runway show of the finest vintage apparel with friends. And with a few friends in the show too! Hosted at Temple Isaiah, a midcentury building during Modernism Week here in Palm Springs with renowned Fashion Icon Patrick McDonald as our M/C. Music was from Studio 54 days. Loved it!
Showcasing EmilioPucci ,Givenchy, Lanvin, YvesSaintLaurent, and Halston.
Individual Photos: Kathy Wright
We were greeted and escorted to the stunning Warsaw ballroom to enjoy a glass of wine, bubbly or beverage and an assortment of lite bites. We were also able to shop before and after the show at the Mitchells Palm Springs & Candice Held Pop Up Shops.
A portion of proceeds from this event were donated back to Temple Isaiah.
Classic is timeless, classic is elegant and it’s safe – not to be confused with boring. When it comes to investment bags and shoes, it’s best to stick with enduring quality, especially if you’re on a budget. At least that’s my feeling. So when I scour the vintage markets my eyes always seem to travel to the designers who stand the test of time. And I have a good eye for certain pieces of value. When you buy well-designed vintage that never goes out of style you can always mix it up with something current.
At the Palm Springs Vintage Market I recently bought a pair of perfect fitting, barely worn Ferragamo Vara Pumps. Only one pair in my exact size. They were obviously waiting for me.
This is my second pair. Last year I also bought a pair of Vara Pumps (in photo) at this same market. Again; one pair in my size. Before I tried the first pair on I always associated these shoes with either matronly women or sensible ones who work in offices, of which I am neither.
Even though you can’t beat the craftsmanship, I was never looking to own a pair until my practical side got the better of me. Also I enjoy the thrill of the find.
So when a person in their 20’s and a person in their 80’s can wear the very same shoe with panache, that’s what I call a true CLASSIC!
Salvatore Ferragamo: the grandpa of the Italian shoe
When most shoe lovers think about designer shoes, the first designers that come to their minds are Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo or Manolo Blahnik. All super gorgeous, but incredibly high heels. Little do they know, that one the first popular designer heel was a very comfortable one: Ferragamo’s Vara pump. One of the most sold pair of shoes worldwide and an iconic shoe that breathes beauty, craftsmanship and above all, comfort.
The midheel, calfskin pump is detailed with a gros-grain bow on the toe, fastened with a metal buckle, with the family signature engraved in the leather. The shoe is designed to fit into the lifestyle of a sporty yet elegant woman.
The Ferragamo empire started with Salvatore Ferragamo, an innovator in footwear design. Salvatore was born in Bonito, Italy as the 11th of 14 children in a humble, agricultural family. Ever since he was young, he was determined to become a shoe maker and started his first apprenticeship in Naples at a cobbler, when he was only 9 years old. He moved back to Bonito while he was still an adolescent, and he opened his workshop with six assistants, where he produced custom-fitted shoes. His brother worked in the States during that time and he invited Salvatore to come to the US, Salvatore only being 17 years old. So he went to Santa Barbara, to open his own repair shop, where he repaired the shoes of celebrities. In 1923, he opened the Hollywood Boot Shop, where celebrities could buy outrageous footwear, with appliques, glitter, feathers and pearls. He was named the ‘Shoemaker of the stars’, designing for stars like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Soon enough Ferragamo labels could be found all over the States.
His standards for measuring and sizing, combined with originality, influenced the entire shoe-industry.
I love the idea behind a brand new boutique getaway in Palm Springs aptly named the
I say “getaway” instead of “hotel” because it’s the kind of place you will want to stay and linger for longer than a weekend. Maybe a month or more? It’s easy to get inspired in a place like this. It’s bright and bold so not for the faint of heart, or at least color. A perfect place for artists. The owner is in fact an artist, designer, author among other notable achievements.
Bookings for the Art Hotel will begin in January 2020. In addition to rentals, Turco also wants to use the space to host hybrid art exhibits/pool parties that will raise money for public arts projects.
Coming soon: the Tiki hotel – another Turco project.
Have you ever walked into a boutique and wanted to sit down, make yourself at home, have a cup of tea and just enjoy the space?
Thick as Thieves in Palm Springs is such a place. You kinda want to move into the place.
Thick As Thieves was started by Jeremy Smick and Samantha Caltagirone, a husband and wife team who packed up everything they owned and moved from the Midwest to beautiful Palm Springs, California to open their first brick and mortar boutique store in early 2017. With a little budget and a lot of creativity, the duo created a highly curated shop of handmade goods, gifts, clothing, oddities and unique finds that blend industrial, primitive, modern and global styles. In December 2019, their store was named 1 of 50 Best Home Stores in America by House Beautiful Magazine. They’ve also been honored to be included in Goop’s Travel Guide as Best Shops in Palm Springs, California.
I arrived Palm Springs just in time for Thanksgiving, and after a lengthy break from posting it’s now almost Christmas. Hard to believe. Heading into another New Year I look forward to what lies ahead. The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) kicks off early January so that’s always a welcome start. Check out new movies, events and places on this website come 2020. Wow….2020 – isn’t that wild?
Until then I want to share with you the glamorous beauty and accessory finds that arrived in Rachel Zoe’s Winter Box of Style. Starting with this classic fashionable addition:
From Maison Du Soir:
A chic crepe de chine floral robe that can be layered a multitude of ways to wear all year long.
Top Notch Beauty: the Radiance Rescuer from ESTÉE LAUDER
This Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti Aging Crème is a multi-benefit moisturizer with *moringaextract to help boost skin’s natural collagen and anti-oxidants. I love how it helps smooth and firm skin while also hydrating.
The Everyday Adornment: AF by Andrea Fohrman Diamond Pendant
A genuine diamond pendant on a gold plated sterling silver necklace. This 16″ with a 2″ extender is delicate to wear on its own or layered with other pieces.
The Cozy Essential: Ethics Supply Co. Starry Night Candle
Set the mood with this candle Infused with essential oils and hand-poured in the U.S. Bonus: has a 55+ hour burn time. Smells heavenly.
Hollywood Glamour Mini Palette
With this Rachel Zoe x LORAC palette (choose between warmer or cooler shades)
Rachel is a smokey eye expert and selected a combination of colors that will suit any complexion.
That wraps up Box of Style for this year. We’ll have to wait to find out what’s in store for next year. You can order yours here:
Get exclusive seasonal styles delivered right to your door…four times a year! And don’t worry, you can change or cancel your membership at any time with no questions asked. How great is that?
*Moringa is a plant that is native to areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. It is also grown in the tropics. The leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and root are used to make medicine. The natural vitamin C in moringa oil boosts collagen, helping reduce fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. The vitamin-rich and nutrient-dense moringa oil makes for an excellent active ingredient in skin-care products, thanks to its antioxidants, antibacterial, and nourishing properties.
Meet 661. Where Function meets Fashion. Where Art meets Eye.
Came across a funky little eyeglass shop In an equally funky little neighbourhood of Vancouver that is becoming affectionately known as Fraserhood. It borders on Fraser and Kingsway and is sandwiched in between a high end hidden gem of a French Restaurant Les Faux Bourgeois and a long standing for those in the know Japaribbean restaurant Lion’s Den not to mention cool coffee shops, a Mexican street food bistro among other interesting establishments. I’m telling you if you haven’t been you should check out the area. You might feel like you’re in Soho, New York. The shop, like the area itself is definitely not your run-of-the mill. The frames are strewn artistically on plain white shelving units not typical of your usual framing shop. More typical of an art gallery. In fact at one time it was.
The eye glasses and sunglasses are from Italy, France and Japan. Designed by Anne et Valentin from Paris, France.
Even if you don’t need to wear glasses you’ll definitely want a pair of these, if only to make a fashion statement. There’s a pair (or more) for every face shape in pretty much every style imaginable. I’ll be back!
On Saturday, November 8th between 1-5 pm Ann & Valentin will be in store with all the framing styles available.
Effortless Essentials to go with Everything. For starters Danielle Nicole’s macrame handbag and Machete’s lucite hoop earrings (you can choose either plain or tortoise). The earrings are understated and timeless. They can be worn with everything from a bathing suit to a business suit.
A macrame handbag is not something I would have considered until I saw this one. Macrame usually reminds me of 1970’s bohemian plant holders and wall hangings. Now, macramé is back, making waves again as creative crafters come up with contemporary patterns that have revitalized the historic knotting techniques. This modern version can be worn across the body or hand held. I’m wearing it a lot.
And I’m very picky about beach towels. So when I found out that Missoni Home (the famous Italian fashion house) was including a colorful striped terry towel as part of the package I was excited. Missoni goes with everything. I will definitely be using this chic towel even if I only drape it over a chaise lounge à la Rachel Zoe.
Included in this box are two special beauty products which I’ll blog about separately because they deserve their own post.
I think of all the summer whites, linen is my favorite. Linen is not a year-round fabric like silk or cotton. Linen is the definitive summer staple. It breathes well and you can even blame the creases (which will inevitably show up) on the material instead of not wanting to iron it. Of course it doesn’t travel well unless you pack your trusty steam iron. However it just looks crisp.
Derived from the flax plant, linen is a highly sustainable material that doesn’t need any pesticides or fertilizers to grow plus very little water compared to thirsty cottons. One of the oldest fabrics in the world, the ancient Egyptians used it to wrap mummies, whilst in the 1930s, wedding gowns combined linen with lace.
Formal date aside, this year summer started more than a month earlier than expected. It’s been mostly warm and sunny since I got back to Vancouver in early May. June is usually an iffy month for unreliable weather. Now you never know what to expect as normal patterns everywhere are changing. Some drastically. Most people are starting to get used to diverse changes in climate but I’m not here to talk about climate change. It’s real and it’s happening and we all have to weather the storm (pun intended) and hope we’re not too late to save this stressed-out planet.
Personally, if I could control the weather by a push of a button I’d have it on perpetual early Spring mode with a rain shower here and there just to break up the monotony and to make sure everything stays green. Then I’d have it snow in the city for 3 days a year max – December 24th to the 26th. Also, the setting for sun would never feel too hot with “0” humidity and not enough wind to throw too many dried leaves everywhere which is a pain to sweep up…again. But sweep up I must. And every time I do, I admire the brand new flooring on my two outdoor spaces. I did some Spring cleaning to be Summer ready. Starting with…
Noticing that some of the wood boards were starting to rot on the upstairs deck,
I enlisted the services (after careful consideration) of Khatsalano Builders who specialize in outdoor decks and patios. I like that they’re local. They were professional, managed everything on schedule as planned (contractors are notorious for not sticking to schedule) and cleaned everything up as promised. They also helped with added extras like moving two very heavy large items for me. Thank you Jason, Jeff, Antoine, Davin and Mike. Great guys.
They totally re-constructed a large 500 sq. ft. deck pulling up all the wood and replacing it with timber-tech composite flooring. It looks great now, very clean, modern and best of all…bye bye maintenance! No staining needed from now on. I’m super happy about that.
Why composite over wood? For sustainability purposes Timber Tech decking is made from a combination of 100% recyclable wood fibers and 73% polymers. Even their packing materials meet the sustainable forestry Initiative requirements. They’re working to achieve the highest level of recycling in the decking industry with a goal to make 95% of all TimberTech decking from recycled materials by 2020. Almost there.
Talk about saving trees? Over the past six years, more than one million trees have been saved because people have chosen this type of decking over natural wood. And they’ve specifically designed products to look just like exotic hardwoods like Ipe which is cut from rainforests.
For the downstairs courtyard which has French doors opening up to the outside from the main living area, I considered a clean-up only. A sanding and staining. That was until one of the contractors stepped onto the middle of the courtyard and his shoe went right through the wood. He didn’t intend to make a hole but let’s just say it didn’t look good after that.
So… decided to replace the previous wood with new wood. I really wanted wood for downstairs with the realization that every 3-5 years it will most likely have to be re-oiled. So…sorry trees. At a little over 300 sq. ft. it’s not a large area but wow…does it ever look amazing. They did some leveling, sealed up some areas which were bare and added two lights to light the way towards a step-up dining area.
After narrowing down from a few samples I chose an exotic hardwood called Red Balau from tropical hardwood forests in Indonesia which are essentially public lands, managed and protected by the Government of Indonesia.
The rich reddish-brown hue is a durable hardwood that is often compared to teak but less expensive. My concern is that it be resistant to shrinkage, splintering, extreme weather conditions, decay, mold and insect attacks (you know; should that ever happen). Better to be safe than sorry. It is. I’m very happy with the whole aesthetic of both the upper and lower spaces.
I also highly recommend VanCity Washing for eco-friendly exterior power washing and cleaning. They made my awnings look like new again. Of course they couldn’t do anything about the fading but I had totally forgotten that my awnings had stripes until they were finished cleaning them. Fast, friendly, efficient and cost-effective. Justin also power washed my outdoor furniture. They use all bio-degradable supplies when pressure washing everything from walkways to windows and everything in between.