Monday Mood Board #5

For the love of hats & personal style (and things I like)

Variety from Lesley’s Girls Vintage Lifestyle

Sole Society Straw Panama Hat from summer box of STYLE

pajama dressing for daytime – zoe report.

I don’t know who makes these but they look like an interesting conversation pair of slightly uncomfortable shoes.

And finally, the woman who set so many trends that are still HOT

Nicknamed ‘Coco’ after a brief spell as a cabaret dancer, Coco Chanel was inspired by the bourgeois class of Paris to start creating hats. … Coco Chanel became a licensed modiste in 1910 and opened her first millinery boutique ‘Chanel Modes’ at 21 rue Cambon. 

Oh; something else you should know

 There’s plenty more to follow 

Self care Sunday: Golden Milk

If you like Chai Tea Lattes like me, you’ll love this full-of-goodness relaxing concoction.


I thought I knew everything.  Apparently this is a thing.  You might have already heard about it. Golden Milk not only tastes good, it also comes with a long list of health benefits (look it up).  My friend Margeaux swears by it and so she made it for us while we were visiting her resort-style home in the Kooteneys because she said it’s the best before-bedtime drink to help promote a peaceful deep sleep. She was right.  I slept like a baby.

I’ve been using up the paste she made for us nightly and when I run out (soon) I’ll be making my own.  Here’s the recipe (which of course, you can modify to suit your taste).

This lightly spiced drink (which is similar in flavor to chai) is packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, thanks to a dose of peppery turmeric. A touch of honey adds just the right amount of sweetness, while the ginger and black pepper add a little heat.

Margeaux starting to prepare the paste & the aroma is exotically enticing

The paste is thickening







  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, preferably coconut milk beverage or almond milk
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 (1-inch) piece *turmeric, unpeeled, thinly sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric
  • 1 (1/2-inch) piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • Ground cinnamon (for serving).  Margeaux went one step further and gave us whole cinnamon sticks to use for swirling – a nice added touch.
  • Cardamon (optional)


Whisk coconut milk, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, honey, coconut oil, peppercorns, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan; bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors have melded, about 10 minutes and paste begins to thicken. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve.

To drink (per person): to one cup of non dairy beverage, add 1/4 tsp. of turmeric paste & 1 tsp. virgin coconut oil. Warm over medium heat before bedtime for best results. Do not overheat. Pour into a mug. Sprinkle with cinnamon or serve with cinnamon stick.

Do Ahead

Golden milk can be made 5 days ahead. Store in an airtight container and chill. Warm before serving.

Cooks’ Note

Using fresh turmeric adds a clean, bright flavor to this drink, but dried turmeric can be substituted when fresh is not available. Keep in mind that dried turmeric will settle to the bottom of the mug, so stir well before drinking.

Makes 2 cups

*I have used fresh turmeric (which resembles fresh ginger – bought at South China Seas Trading Company, Granville Island) but I have to tell you that every time the skin around my nails turn bright yellow for a little while.  If you don’t want that you’ll have to wear latex gloves.  The powder in my opinion is your best bet.  It is still potent.

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Destination: Osoyoos, B.C.

I just had the pleasure of being a guest at the luxurious Walnut Beach Resort.Walnut Beach Resort is a waterfront haven overlooking Lake Osoyoos in sunny South Okanagan,  which is located in Canada’s desert wine country, about a five hour scenic drive from Vancouver.

Osoyoos from a distance

It was originally built to be private condos before deciding to turn the three-storey building into a resort which is run like a stylish boutique hotel.The lakeside rooms are all one or two bedroom designer suites with kitchenette and balcony.  And a most comfortable bed. Our suite was pristine, the service was excellent, the poolside restaurant had a variety of mouth watering dishes or if guests prefer to do their own thing, there are several barbecues set up alongside the pool area for them to use.

Normally there is a private sandy beach but at this time the water was high so most of the sand was covered.

Local things to do include wine tours, championship golf, water sports or just lying by the pool guilty or a swim in the lake.

It’s a chic, comfortable place.

My only complaint is that I wish we stayed there longer.  Which only means I’ll have to go back!

Tell them I sent you.

Photos: d. king


Style at the CFDA

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. or CFDA for short, is considered the Oscars of the fashion world for those of you not familiar.

From L to R: *Diane Kruger in Monse dress, Karlie Kloss (Karlie, you’re a beautiful young woman but could you not do better?) in Diane Von Furstenberg, Gigi Hadid in The Row.

It is definitely one of the biggest nights in fashion after the Met Gala.  Hosted by Seth Meyers, it was a star-studded affair at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, just days ago (June 6th).

All of the on-line fashion magazines have posted pics of their choices of best & worst dressed favourites but let’s cut to the chase and have a look at who wore it best (at least in my humble opinion).  Because as it turns out, unfortunately I did not love most of the ensembles and in fact I detested many of them. But I liked:

Kerry Washington in Prabal Garung. Elegant!

Actress Kate Bosworth ethereal wearing Brock Collection Dress

Eva Chen wore a stunning Sies Marjan dress. Love the colour which she pulled off amazingly.

A bit about CFDA

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA), founded in 1962 by publicist Eleanor Lambert, is a not-for-profit trade association of over 450 prominent American fashion and accessory designers.  The organization’s mission is to strengthen the influence and success of American designers in the global economy.

Bella Hadid wearing Off-White. And why not show off those legs??  Stunning!

*Diane Kruger always seems to get it right.  And kudos to her for apparently not using a stylist or makeup artist.  Really??!!

Do you have a favourite?

Food: Trail Tradition

Where do you go for a good old spaghetti and meatballs these days?  This was my favourite meal as a toddler and it’s still one of my all-time faves. When I was one year old, to my moms dismay I spilled a whole plate of spaghetti over my head on purpose. She was mortified but I was all smiles.  True story (like why would I lie about that?). I was just showing appreciation. And might I add it’s a surefire way to grab attention. So where do you go??

If you live in Vancouver, many hours out of your way to The Colander restaurant in Trail, B.C.  I’ve heard about the place for years but never experienced it until last week. The Colander has been owned by the LaRose family with a history dating back to their opening in 1972.  With an open, casual atmosphere that lends itself to large parties along with intimate dining experiences the main attraction is  plain old good Italian fare. And that’s good enough for me!


The Colander Special remains their most popular meal. It’s what I ordered although their menu has expanded over the years to include things like baked ziti, ribs, lasagna, etc.  My intimate party ordered ribs with chicken along with spaghetti & meatballs and the meal came with simple salad and rolls.

A brief history:

Back in the days when immigrants flooded over from the “old country” to work at Cominco and the C.P.R., the men lived in boarding houses. The wives and children remained in Italy until the men could afford a home and enough money to bring their families here. In the meantime, the boarding houses did a booming business serving all-you-could-eat dinners at low prices.  Meals are still served in the same manner as when they were first introduced back in the fifties. Despite numerous requests from me alone, the famous pasta sauce recipe, which has been carefully developed over the years, to this day, has remained a Colander secret.

The Colander Restaurant has been chosen by Beautiful BC magazine as one of the top 24 restaurants to dine in BC.

After dinner my friend ran into an Italian run store naturally called Formosa Foods to buy me her favourite bread; a homemade sourdough with dates and walnuts to take home.  It was outstanding.  fyi: I only have two pieces left. Another good reason to go back to Trail.

Enough said!

Photos: d. king

Monday Mood Board #4


I always thought it would be great fun and somewhat adventurous to live on a houseboatafter knowing someone who did.  Then I decided it might be even better to live on a tugboat in the forest across from a lake.  Something like this would do.

Driving Above Christina Lake, British Columbia

Old fashioned fun

We like to keep on truckin

child size vanilla

Really good borscht at The Borscht Bowl in Grand Forks, B.C.

Really good Thai at Benja in Keremeos, B.C.  Good local fruit too.



Yes, we saw a big black bear close to the road.  Too close for comfort actually.

Then a curious moose we call a cow

Dogs just want to have FUN. And they know how to keep COOL on a HOT day.

Photos: d. king



Self Care Sunday: the Getaway

We all need to recharge.  Sometimes all it takes is just a change of scenery.  A couple days spent away is good for the soul.


On Route

And you don’t have to travel very far to do so.  It could be an adventurous road trip within a day’s drive. Here in British Columbia we’re very lucky to have an abundance of places to visit; all unique and super natural.

Destination: Prestige Lakeside Resort, Nelson, B.C.

For this little vacay we chose Nelson Kootenay Lake and spent a few nights at the super relaxing Prestige Lakeside Resort with a room on the boardwalk overlooking the lake.  With two restaurants; West Coast Grill, sushi, a great little coffee shop called Junipers & an in-house spa, we didn’t have to leave the property at all.  Even a long off-leash dog walking area closeby.


Our location

Although Nelson is a quaint town known for friendly people, good eats, cute little shops, hiking trails and a story.  It’s a calming part of British Columbia famous for its mix of culture, adventure, history and spectacular scenery.  A rare metropolitan mixed with mountain lifestyle. It has been dubbed the number one small arts community in Canada.nelson6

A brief history about Nelson: Kootenay is a  native word meaning “water people“.  Carbon dating provides evidence of a race of men and women who lived, hunted and fished along the shores of Kooteney Lake as long back as when the pyramids of Egypt were being built. These earliest inhabitants, drawn here for the abundance of fish, wildlife, berries and fruits, were later called the Kootenay Indians.

The town of Nelson is renowned for its impressive scenery, lively events, vibrant and inviting downtown, big city dining, and collection of restored heritage buildings and has been voted best ski destination with award winning powder snow and top lake.  It boasts a tiny city with a big personality.


Happiness can be a change of scenery

Where will you plan your next getaway?nelson4Photos: d. king

Feel-good Friday: Unstoppable Women

WANTED: DRAMA QUEEN (details below)


Many of you know that my longtime friend Jackie passed away very recently.  So recently that it doesn’t even seem real that an unconventional personality as large as hers is no longer here. I share too many  memorable memories with her.  She took the last photo of me with my mom only weeks before my mom passed away.  I met J very shortly before meeting my husband and then we followed each other back and forth from Vancouver to Toronto and back again around the same time.  Even ended up in the Sinai peninsula with her during my first trip to Israel (but that’s a story in itself). We had friends in common.  She was a part of many (but not every) family celebration. We were having fun working on a web series that had merit at the time she was first diagnosed with cancer (only a few short years ago).  We were working on a rough promo, but without J’s guidance it sat in limbo.

A celebration of life was held last Sunday in a venue where she was planning to spend her 70th birthday. We celebrated her birthday without her being present physically but we’re pretty sure she was there spiritually.  There were too many strange signs that day that we were sure she was  making her presence known.  But in any event (at the event) Jackie brought together a wondefully dynamic group of women (and some men) but mostly women who told stories, read her poetry and or wrote poems/songs for her.  It was a very touching way to honour a wild, wonderful, warm spirit who was sharp as a whip.  Nobody sugarcoated the fact that she was a difficult person who imposed few no boundaries.  But the one thing we all agree on was how very much she cared and treasured her friends and would fight for us if need be like a mama bear.  Her friend Rebecca summed it up perfectly here.  Just wanted to share her words with you because that’s what friends do.  I guess this post is really to show women honoring women.  When we all come together in one room…there’s no stopping us!  

by Rebecca Harvey

Jackie Feldman
Blew into my life at full-on gale force speed
laughing fighting sparkling storm
Twisting, blowing typhoon spray of fun coloured carnival
She was my mainstay, my family, my home, my best girlfriend mid-twenties.
And we danced, we pranced, hand-in-hand through men, music, lovers, banquets, parties, tripping the light fantastic, disco had come and Diana Ross’ Love Hangover blasted
Life turned into a movie ~ and we were the stars~!
I am grateful for this deep, rich friendship.
I was in awe of her relentless ability to network, weaving webs of connection of people.
I was in awe of her ability to bring up flaws to people’s face with such friendly humour that we got our foibles while laughing at ourselves.
Jackie was completely unencumbered with boundaries. A joke that reminds me of her: “When I make you breakfast in bed, …a simple thank you is all that’s needed. None of this, ‘How did you get in my house business?”
And so my sweet sister of years ago, now you are gone.
Ball of energy, spinning from light to dark. Flashing Love. Then Vendetta.
Oh, Jackie Feldman! Rich Frolic and Dark Star ablaze!
Twisting Tornado. Rainbow
Spontaneous Creativity
Spontaneous Combustion!!
Fireball – All That!
I love you, I honour you, and I sure will remember you.
I salute you, Jackie Feldman. 

Searching for a new DRAMA QUEEN.  No experience necessary.  Must be able to create chaos on que, read people uncomfortably well, have a sick sense of humour, know how to work a room, be scarily intuitive, equally at ease hanging with the super famous to the homeless, cry easily, laugh a lot, love music, treat friends like family, give advice (usually right) even if no one asks for it, never take “no” for an answer and above all listen well,  fight, forgive and then rise above it all. Candidate must be aware that they have pretty big sparkly boots to fill –  you’ll be taking over for someone who is basically irreplaceable.  Only those brave enough need apply. If you are not already intimidated by all these requirements then you are not the one for us! Forget about it.

Style on Wheels

Prairie Couture

Prairie Couture is the brainchild of my sister’s longtime gorgeous friend, Marina Perilli.


This is Marina

 After a long stay in Vancouver she decided to return to her hometown in Alberta and with a cute set of wheels she’s bringing quality, fun & fashion via her mobile boutique who by the way, goes by the name LIV. My sis went to her opening last week at Rainmaker Rodeo & said it was tons of fun.  Sorry I missed it but I love the photos.  And I want a cowboy hat and boots.


Photos: Lisa King

Such a great idea! pc3

Don’t break too many cowboy hearts Marina + posse!

You can follow Marina on Instagram @PrairieCoutureMobile to find out where her next pop-up location will be – you never know!

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