Tracy Turco’s style: because we can all use a little glamour

Ummm… maybe high impact glamour is what I really meant to say.

Photo taken from Tracy’s new Website (see link at bottom of page).

Tracy is someone I met in Palm Springs last year and I’m happy that she’s become a friend.  Needless to say, Tracy stands out from any crowd and has a multitude of talents to her credit.  There’s almost nothing that she cannot accomplish.  She’s also a gracious hostess.  I find her inspiring.

And earlier this week she launched a new website that lists all of her creative ventures and adventures. To name a few.…if you’re looking for a cool place to stay in Palm Springs you might consider the ART Hotel, Tiki Hotel or Tiki House that she personally designed.

For now, I thought it would be perfect to share a tidbit of information taken from her actual website.  At the bottom of this page you can go directly to the website where you’ll find everything you need to know.

Taken from Tracy’s website:

The creative mind behind brands such as SalonTea, Tracy Stern Shoes, Tea & Co. and a whole lot more, Tracy Turco – formerly Tracy Strern – is an artist, designer, author, hotelier, entrepreneur and style icon residing in the midcentury mecca of Palm Springs. As an interior designer she has brought her touch to numerous stylish residences and businesses, as well as vacation homes and colorful boutique hotels such as the Tiki House, Art Hotel and Tiki Hotel in Palm Springs, not to mention her own home decor collection.

Tracy also attended numerous Paris fashion house shows as well, regularly seen front row dressed by luminaries such as Emanuel Ungaro and Guy Laroche to name but a few. She was voted ‘Best Dressed New Yorker’ five years in a row by the respected Avenue magazine, and has also featured on style-driven TV shows such as Bravo’s ‘Mad Fashion’.

Tracy’s shoe line came into being when she created a patented design for interchangeable uppers on a shoe giving multiple shoes with just one pair.

From there the Tracy Stern Shoes line took off internationally, selling to destinations such as Japan, Russia, Paris and Italy. It was equally popular with celebrities around the world including the likes of Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson and Lindsay Lohan. 

Didn’t I tell you she was inspiring?  For more go to:

http://tracyturco.com

My Previous Post: Tracy’s Tiki Tea Party:

https://girlwhowouldbeking.com/2020/02/11/life-style-tracy-turcos-terrific-tiki-tea-party/

Short Summer

Finding the perfect pair of shorts should be pretty simple, right?

*Two for the Road – (1967) with Albert Finney & Audrey Hepburn.  Photo: Alamy

NO, it’s not!  It’s only easy if you don’t care about fit and style. I think this might ring true for both men and women.

Something not too short, not too long, not too frumpy looking. Almost impossible.

And when you do come across a really cute pair, some are as expensive as a long pair of pants even though they’re missing all that extra material. 

Good ones seem to be in short supply.

I have only two pairs right now that I’m comfortable wearing in rotation.  I’m on the hunt so I don’t only have two for the road.  I want at least three.

MIA – amazon.com

I’m considering all styles.  Cargo, Retro, Pleated, Printed, Denim, Tailored…belted, drawstring, buttons or zipper…

What is your favorite go-to pair of shorts?

 

 

 

 

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Image: Vogue

*Two For The Road: Travel is a constant theme in this romantic dramedy about a married couple, played by Albert Finney and Aubrey Hepburn (who by the way, looks good in her shorts). The movie starts off with a road trip to Saint-Tropez, and as they drive through France, the audience is treated to flashbacks of previous trips that have affected their relationship. -Jenni Miller

I once went on a road trip through France with a stop in St. Tropez – minus the pink shorts, cool convertible & picnic basket.

Header: Hurley Board Shorts

 

 

 

 

 

 

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/

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Monday Mood: Super Hats

A person carries off the hat. Hats are about emotion. It is all about how it makes you feel. – Philip Treacy (Milliner).

Remember ALEX, the sane hatter I met from the Vintage Market?  I bumped into her again at yet another venue –  of all places “Yappy Hour” at the Riviera Hotel.  She did not bring a dog however she brought her boyfriend who is definitely not a dog.  She really has great style.

Here is a little heads-up (pun intended) about her hand-made hat designs and  her company appropriately named “SuperBloom” …coming soon.

 

Superbloom is about putting meaning into color.  There are 10 colors with 10 original patterns inspired to accompany each color and meaning. Each one reflects one of the following… Self Love, Uniqueness, Passion, Equality, Reflection, Boldness, Loyalty, Offline (?), OptimismMysteriousness.

 Whatever the meaning; they’re lovely to look at and even lovelier to wear.

Take off your hat,” the King said to the Hatter.
“It isn’t mine,” said the Hatter.
“Stolen!” the King exclaimed, turning to the jury, who instantly made a memorandum of the fact.
“I keep them to sell,” the Hatter added as an explanation; “I’ve none of my own. I’m a hatter.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

 

Fashion Week on El Paseo

Photo: Gary Bindman for Palm Springs Life 

The LE CHIEN fabulous fashion event I attended on Sunday wasn’t only for fun; it was for a meaningful cause. Presented by Animal Samaritans and sponsored by the Westin Mission Hills Golf Course & Spa, proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction items go towards rescue, shelter and adoption of homeless animals.  The Animal Samaritan group champion compassion for all living creatures, with a primary focus on dogs, cats, and the people who love them…like the people in these pictures.

Tammy with her fur babies Lily Bella + Timbit.  Tammy is wearing London designer Karen Mullen.  Photo: d. king

Selfie stick lady & her pooch. Photo: d. king

With Layla & Jia Jia before leaving for the show.  I’m wearing a vintage circle skirt with lots of sequins + North Face t-shirt  Photo: Lynn Li

Love the hat and detail on those boots

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Professional models rocked the runway posing for paparazzi with adorable rescue dogs who put their best paw forward.  The models wore San Francisco street artist and fashion designer Victor Tung‘s (a Project Runway alumnus) artsy yet elegant fashion.

People in the audience and at the cocktail reception proceeding the show were almost as fun to watch as I’m hoping these photos go to prove.

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Animal Samaritans (the same people who put on the monthly “yappy hour” at the Riviera Hotel I previously blogged about) require financial support from community and fellow animal lovers to continue their good work of improving the lives of animals and the people who love them.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated – Gandhi

Visit:  animalsamaritans.org

Artists Karen & Tony Barone. baroneart.com Photo: d. king

Wild One. In lieu of bringing an animal, Bobbi decided to dress like one.  Photo: d. king

Sheree Frede (Founder + CEO of  SheSheSHow) Photo: d. king

Debbie & Layla.  See the VW Deejay van behind us?  Photo: Tammy Preast

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Photo: YASIN CHAUDHRY for Palm Springs Life

Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses – Elizabeth Taylor

Life is better with a DOG!

Peepa’s Lifestyle Experience

From Kimonos to Keychains…

and a healthy dose of kitsch.  A boutique with a culture all their own.  Sharing some things that caught my eye…

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Neon Cactus Desk Lamp – $62.99

However you want to describe it, Peepa’s in Palm Springs is an all around FUN place to visit with almost something for everyone.

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POOL CULTURE

Palm Springs is known for its chic pool parties. They curate a wonderful assortment of product for all your lazy poolside, or nighttime pool party needs such as:

RED LIP POOL FLOAT
$79.00

INFLATABLE RAINBOW CLOUD
$169.00

PALM SPRINGS

This boutique houses an exciting collection of local artists and brands, beautiful books on the cities culture and architecture.  An exclusive carrier for the apparel brand, Twin Palms, you will also see their private label, David Mason in their Palm Springs Collection. David Mason is designed by the owner of Peepa’s and this product is found no where else.

Palm Springs Holiday  Coffee-Table Book – $30.00

Of course I had my eye on this glitter keychain – $10.00

Golden Girls Coaster Set – $24.99

ART

Peepa’s features residence artists, and pop-up artists. It is curated to fit the Palm Springs aesthetic. Bright, colorful, modern, contemporary, sophisticated, edgy, and above all, original.

APOLLONIA AND COKE BOYS. 29×40 canvas – $695.00

VALLEY OF THE DOLLS 40X40- $795.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

108 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA

https://www.peepasps.com

 

Johnny Was

The Look of LOVE

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Photo: d. king   Mo Mo Kimono

Cool, eclectic, embroidered bohemian chic…

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Those five words best describe this upscale boutique with locations in Palm Springs and Palm Desert.  And let’s just say that caftans are back and kimonos are on the rise in a big way.  I’m seeing them everywhere.  Okay; only at the vintage markets and a handful of boutiques around here.  They seem to suit the laid back by-the-pool resort style with mimosa in hand don’t you think?  If only…

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In a perfect world I think I could live in them.

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Locations:  Palm Desert: The gardens on El Paseo

Palm Springs: 175 N Palm Canyon Dr.

KARL LAGERFELD – a fashion phenomenon is dead

“I would like to be a one-man multinational fashion phenomenon,” he once said.

Karl Lagerfeld, the most prolific designer of the 20th and 21st centuries and a man whose career formed the prototype of the modern luxury fashion industry, died on Tuesday in Paris.

He was extraordinary.  We would expect nothing less from a man who once said: “When I was four I asked my mother for a valet for my birthday.”

Mr. Lagerfeld in New York in 2002, when he received a lifetime achievement award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s 40th awards gala.Credit: Bill Cunningham/The New York Times

Vanessa Friedman for The New York Times wrote:

Though his birth year was a matter of some dispute, Mr. Lagerfeld, who lived in Paris, was generally thought to be 85. His death was announced by Chanel, with which he had long been associated.

“More than anyone I know, he represents the soul of fashion: restless, forward-looking and voraciously attentive to our changing culture,” Anna Wintour, editor of American Vogue, said of Mr. Lagerfeld when presenting him with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Fashion Awards in 2015.

Creative director of Chanel since 1983 and Fendi since 1965, and founder of his own line, Mr. Lagerfeld was the definition of a fashion polyglot, able to speak the language of many different brands at the same time (not to mention many languages themselves: He read in English, French, German and Italian).

In his 80s, when most of his peers were retiring to their yachts or country estates, he was designing an average of 14 new collections a year, ranging from couture to the high street — and not counting collaborations and special projects. “Ideas come to you when you work,” he said backstage before a Fendi show at age 83.

His signature combinations of “high fashion and high camp” attracted admirers like Rihanna; Princess Caroline of Monaco; Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund; and Julianne Moore.

Mr. Lagerfeld with the singer Rihanna at a Fendi dinner in New York in 2015.Credit: Danny Kim for The New York Times

Mr. Lagerfeld was also a photographer, whose work was exhibited at the Pinacothèque de Paris; a publisher, having founded his own imprint for Steidl, Edition 7L; and the author of a popular 2002 diet book, “The Karl Lagerfeld Diet,” about how he had lost 92 pounds.

His greatest calling, however, was as the orchestrator of his own myth.

A self-identified “caricature,” with his dark glasses, powdered ponytail, black jeans, fingerless gloves, starched collars, Chrome Hearts jewelry and obsessive Diet Coke consumption, he achieved such a level of global fame — and controversy — that a $200 Karl Barbie doll, created in collaboration with the toymaker Mattel, sold out in less than an hour in 2014.

He was variously referred to as a “genius,” the “kaiser” and “overrated.” His contribution to fashion was not in creating a new silhouette, as designers like Cristobal Balenciaga, Christian Dior and Coco Chanel herself did.  Rather, he created a new kind of designer: the shape-shifter.

That is to say, he was the creative force who lands at the top of a heritage brand and reinvents it by identifying its sartorial semiology and then pulls it into the present with a healthy dose of disrespect and a dollop of pop culture.

Not that he put it that way exactly. What he said was: “Chanel is an institution, and you have to treat an institution like a whore — and then you get something out of her.”

“I don’t want to be real in other people’s lives. I want to be an apparition.”

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a Garbe Luxe Life

In a perfect world I would live only in Garbe Luxe

But life is never perfect…although it’s getting there because I’ve recently added a few more GL pieces to my wardrobe.  And I must say it’s not only because Natalia, the designer behind the brand is a good friend of mine. She is the best advertisement though…with or without even realizing it.

On a recent visit to Palm Springs we put on an impromptu mini fashion show in a hotel room with another friend and my sister.  And because the product is so well made (in Los Angeles no less; a rarity), and the fit is just right along with comfy quality fabric it’s a no-brainer…we of course wanted it all…even stuff that wasn’t for sale (like from Nat’s own wardrobe from last season) and a few items still in progress.  Didn’t matter – we still wanted it.

There’s always been a fine line to what is popularly coined “athleisure” as to whether you can wear it to places other than to and from the gym or running errands. But with this brand I would wear it for casual day wear any time.  It’s the missing link.  The replacement for jeans + a t-shirt for daytime for walking the dogs, meeting a friend for lunch, shopping, dropping kids to school (providing you have kids), here and there….also for the gym.  Some images from the Holiday Lookbook:

The missing link:

https://garbeluxe.com/

 

 

Summer style: Sac du marché

Off to the Market…or not.

Perhaps the beach instead, or an overnight stay with a friend.  In any case the oversize straw bag is an essential to have in your collection. 

I think you need at least one good market bag even if you don’t plan to go to the market.

I’ve always loved the original plain French straw tote with leather handle.  Roomy enough for carrying groceries and fresh flowers.  They always seem to have some in stock at L’Occitane.

Although the colorful and embellished bags are nice too.

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Basket bags embellished with pom poms and tassels by The Happy Beach. (Photography: The Happy Beach via Instagram)

So many choices.  Not enough room to store them all.  They all scream SUMMER IS HERE.

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Do you have a favorite?