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Leaving Juneuary behind us…

I know summer is finally here when the summer box of style arrives at my mailbox doorstep.  Season by season, year after year it never fails to please.  There’s always a fun accessory and perfect skincare product to suit everyone.  All curated by Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe to provide women with five luxury products every season to fit into our wardrobes and daily routine no matter what it is.  All at a reasonable price.

Rachel Zoe – Image taken from website

From the Website:

Summer 2020 Box

“The summer season for me is all about family, friends, and making memories. It’s about enjoying the simple things in life and finding happiness in the everyday. This summer edit has been curated for you with the hope that each piece will bring you joy and, in some way, be part of your lasting memories. I can truly say that everything in this selection makes me happy, and that certainly means more to me now than ever before.” xo RZ

HENNY + LEV

Canvas Weekender

RETAILS AT $159.00

This classic weekender silhouette is perfect for future getaways. Its roomy interior is big enough to stash all necessities, plus more.  Canvas with vegan leather accents.  Pockets and interior pouch included. Will come in handy.

PETER SOM

Dream Floral Sarong

RETAILS AT $195.00
With fringe embellishment and infinite ways to wear it, this sarong will be a go-to all summer long. Two choices: 1) colorful Rose Quartz (shown) or dial it down with 2) blue shades of Meteorite. Nice to have choices.
GROWN ALCHEMIST

Hydra-Repair Day Cream

RETAILS AT $49.00

The skin savior you won’t want to live without. Pairs well with a hydrating toner and SPF for those warm summer days.

  • 100 ml
  • Vegan and clean
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Improves skins hydration while also acting as a makeup primer

KOSAS

Color & Light Palette

RETAILS AT $34.00

The instant pick-me-up we all need. For a sun-kissed glow, swipe the bronzer on the hollows of your cheeks and apply the highlighter to the high points of your face.

  • Cream palette
  • Shade: Tropic Equinox
  • Clean, Cruelty and Gluten-Free

PANACEA

Beaded Tassel Earrings

RETAILS AT $55.00
Spice up any summer look with these 3″ length statement earrings in brilliant white. Perfect for virtual happy hours with friends.  Made in India of white iridescent glass beads and silk thread.
To get a beach body all you need is to have a body to take to the beach.  Nobody said it had to be perfect.
I’m ready to head to the beach.  How about you?

Table Talk: Coffee Tables

Let’s talk about the significance of the coffee table.  A focal point in your living room which serves a purpose.  It can either enhance or detract from the surrounding area.

briers home décor . Photo: d. king

How many people have coffee tables in their living rooms?  Almost everyone we know.  After all, you need something to set your cocktail glass or hot beverage down between sips. Because when was the last time you had an actual cup of coffee sitting on it? Right…didn’t think so.  And if for nothing else, it’s a perfect place to showcase that gorgeous coffee table book. Or maybe a reason to buy a coffee table book.

Perfect side table – briers home décor . Photo: d. king

Recently I wanted to change my living room coffee table from using a matching ottoman to my sofa (with cut glass to fit over top) for something different and smaller.  That’s because I decided to use the ottoman for something else..what it was originally intended for – an area to put your feet up and get comfy.  I also just had my carpet cleaned and the large ottoman covered up a lot of the carpet.  So I went on a hunt and found something that I felt worked for the smaller area and opened up the space and did not cover up the carpet.  A carpet I bought in Cairo and felt did not deserve to be hidden.  This clear tempered glass is perfect for a see-through look.

Photo: d. king
Originally there were 3 tempered glass tables which fit into one another. For time being I’m using the smallest one for folded towels in my bathroom.
3-piece tempered glass: briers home décor . $380.00
One of the tables. The nice thing is that they’re easily moveable. Photo: d. king

After having searched countless places online, I walked into briers home décor in Vancouver and there it was…the perfect fit.  It was that easy.  Cherie, the owner, suggested I do a blog post on ways to open up smaller spaces.  So this was her idea.  I’ll move along to other furniture options at a later date.

For now, this set of clear nesting tables takes up little visual space, can be stacked together when you might need just a teeny more room and moves around your sofa with ease.  I really like it.

The nice thing about coffee tables is that if you get tired of them it’s pretty easy to change them.  Certainly a lot easier and much less expensive than buying a new mattress or sofa.

briers home décor. Photo: d. king

We’ll look at a few options below.  But first…

A little history:

It began in 1652 when the first coffee house opened in London. It was so popular that more coffee houses soon opened all over Europe. The cost to enter was a penny and included a cup of coffee.  Wow how times have changed since then!  I just paid $5.50 for a coffee the other day.  That’s why I don’t want to get into the everyday going out for coffee habit and prefer to make mine at home.  I’m digressing…

These tables, called tea tables at first, were tall at 27″ high, compared to today’s coffee tables at 18″-19″ high.

There are no documents from the 17th and 18th century mentioning coffee tables although there are hundreds of references about coffee houses during the time period. It is speculated that the name tea table was changed to coffee table because coffee became more popular than tea.

Today, coffee tables (also called cocktail tables) still share the same location in the living room in front of the sofa. Yet, the shape, size, and functionality have changed vastly.  A few options:

The ottoman as coffee table – a popular choice. Image credit: Mackenzie Schieck

The ottoman as coffee table – a popular choice because it serves two purposes.  You can put a simple tray or have a piece of glass cut to size over top, or put your feet up when you want to.

Who needs a coffee table when you can have an arm rest tray, instead? It requires no additional space in your living room, but offers all of the same benefits as an actual table.

Awesome Arm Rest Wrap Coffee Table – Etsy

Posh but petite, this sophisticated cocktail table from West Elm will fit just about anywhere in your living space. Buy one for setting down drinks instead of a clunky coffee table, or two or three if you need the extra surface area.

Martini Side Table – West Elm $159

This 5-piece coffee table-slash-stool set may be the coolest. Not only does this multi-tasking table offer up plenty of surface space, it seamlessly holds four faux leather stools inside; for all the extra living room seating you’ll ever need.

5 piece Coffee Table and Stool Set – Wayfair $375

Lastly; you can always use something you might already have around the house – something like this vintage chest:

photo: d.king
 This chest doubles to store excess towels in TV room.

So many choices.  

Do you have a favorite?

briers in Vancouver:

http://www.briers.ca

Celebrating Cardin + Modernism

This happened yesterday.

Pierre Cardin’s nephew Rodrigo Basilcati (in white shirt) flew in from Paris to represent his uncle, mayor of Palm Springs, Geoff Kors (in suit), documentarians P. David Ebersole (kneeling) + Todd Hughes (yellow sunglasses) – both self-confessed CARDINaholics.  They just can’t help themselves.  They’re obsessed!
Photo: d. king

Walk of Fame

February 20th is now declared Pierre Cardin day in 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 iconHouse 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 Cardin is NOT  to be missed.

A little Palm Springs Trivia: Monsieur Cardin once owned hotel Maxim de Paris, at what is now the Hyatt.

With Todd Hughes – a self confessed CARDINaholic

Candy with designer Rodrigo

With Alex Gildzen, Candy Shannon Glickman and Claudia Ried (PSPOV).  Oh yeah; and Layla wearing Poochie.

These women just wanna have fun.  They’re doing a great job too.

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!

At classic + vintage car show at convention centre. Standing in front of a T-bird. Ride with Style tank (from Just Fabulous – it’s just a fabulous store in Palm Springs.  Top made especially for them.

 

 

 

 

 

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….

Wishing a wonderful weekend to all

Photo: with Todd Hughes, Candy Shannon Glickman, Shannon Metcalf, Claudia Ried, Kellee McQuinn, P. David Ebersole and Henry Jeannerot.

 

 

On the Runway: Vintage Vibe

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 Emilio Pucci ,Givenchy, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, and Halston.

Individual Photos: Kathy Wright

Compiled Photos: d. king

With Tammy (L) and Kathy (R).

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.

With Tammy, Kiki, Mitchell (of Mitchells Palm Springs), Claudia Ried (of PSPOV – Palm Springs Point of View), Candy (wearing California Caftans), Kathy and M/C Patrick McDonald.

Good Time Girls. This was taken at Tracy’s Tiki Party. Kiki (L) and Candy (R).  Because these women are the embodiment of Vintage Chic and/or Fun Style.  They’ve brought color back into my life.

Vintage Vara

I guess I’m a sucker for classic vintage.

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.

My black varas with grosgrain bow. The other pair is pewter with leather bow.

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!

From the 35th anniversary celebrating Ferragamo’s superlative Vara shoes. Embracing technology and hi-tech consumers, the Italian fashion house worked with New York-based photographer Cedric Buchet for a digital campaign featuring 14 modern iconic women, collectively known as the Vara Girls, in snapshots of their daily lives.  Photo: South China Morning Post. 2014.

Below taken from:

https://www.designer-vintage.com/

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.

Photo: Olivia Palermo

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.

Do you have a favorite classic?

Art + Accomodation

I love the idea behind a brand new boutique getaway in Palm Springs aptly named the

ART Hotel

Photo: d. king

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.

Photo: d. King

Photo: d. king

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.

Photo: d. king

Tracy with my Layla at Animal Samaritans Yappy Hour at the Riviera Hotel.  Tracy designed the dress she’s wearing.  Stunning – both she and the dress!   Photo: d. king

Coming soon: the Tiki hotel – another Turco project.

Take a peek inside here:

https://www.desertsun.com/story/money/business/2019/10/25/take-peek-inside-tracy-turcos-new-art-hotel-palm-springs/2452045001/

Questions + Answers with Tracy here:

http://www.avenuemagazine.com/space-and-places-a-qa-with-interior-designer-tracy-stern/

Thick as Thieves – a boutique

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?

Photo: d. king

Thick as Thieves in Palm Springs is such a place.  You kinda want to move into the place.

Look up, look way up. The macrame was done by hand by the owners mother. All of it. Photos: d. king

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.

Style Notes

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 *moringa extract 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:

Box of Style

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.

Above Images taken from Box of Style Website

 

 

Frames for the Face

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.

Meet friendly co-owners Andreja and Michael

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!

Paul tried on a pair

661 15th Ave. E

On Saturday, November 8th between 1-5 pm Ann & Valentin will be in store with all the framing styles available.

https://www.the661.ca/

Photos: d. king

 

 

 

 

 

Summer box of style

What’s INside the Summer box?

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.

Rachel Zoe.  Style Inspiration

Included in this box are two special beauty products which I’ll blog about separately because they deserve their own post.

To Order:  https://www.boxofstyle.com/

and don’t forget to say where you heard about it

XO