Inspiring Women

Empowered Women Empower Women

Always standing out from the crowd, Tracy is the one wearing orange coat & yellow sneakers.

Yes; it’s a beautiful thing when women build each other up instead of tearing each other down.

We can all use support more than ever right now.  So when beautiful and successful design diva of the desert Tracy Turco decided to head up an Entrepreneurial Women’s Club of Palm Springs despite her otherwise very busy schedule with a baby to boot… I was very pleased to be included on the list.

I’ve always been drawn to strong successful women.  They’re such an inspiration and each of these incredible women have something unique to offer.  It was a collaboration of getting to know one another, exchanging business cards and finally making plans for the next meetup.

A 1962 mid-century hotel with 12 rooms, The Cheetah Hotel was reinvented by local designer Tracy Turco and her property developer husband Jerry, in 2021. They also own the Art Hotel (most photographed hotel in Palm Springs) & the Tiki hotel with more properties to come including an interactive Mod Museum that will have a roller rink and pizza parlour.  Busy people.

We met on the rooftop of the Flannery Exchange which is located in the heart of Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District.  The building is a mixed-use space providing desert guests and residents the opportunity to work, play, shop, dine, and celebrate. My favorite new coffee shop (Cafe La Jefa) is right there along with new shops and more to follow.

Erika (wearing striped sweater in photo) and husband Mike Flannery are no strangers to hospitality and design.  They also own ACME house company vacation rentals.

The next meeting will be held at a soon to be disclosed local restaurant.

Have a wonderful weekend

 

 

Happy International Women’s Day

I want to acknowledge this special day in celebration of all womenthe better half of the world’s population.

Having said that, there are a bunch of women in my life worth paying special tribute to. They’re women of strength, courage, intelligence, integrity, creativity, capability, beauty, talent, style and fun with a capital “F”… as shown here in photos of me with them (and a few without me).  But one thing is for sure… they’re all simply fabulous!

with Alex, Elizabeth & Ramona at The Tropicale, Palm Springs.
with Tammy & Kathy at a fashion show in Palm Springs.
with Rosa at Sandbar, Vancouver.
with Lisa (my sister) at home.
with Renée (my ex sister-in-law) at Pinky’s (now Romer Burger), Vancouver.
with Lynda on Robson (watching Pride Parade from her balcony).
with Lisa
with Susanne at The Naam, Vancouver.
with Margeaux at the Planetarium, Vancouver.
with Ryoko & Margeaux in Castlegar, B.C.  – at Margeaux’s beautiful resort-style  home overlooking the river.
Two Tramps.  With Tamara (or; Tramara) on the Tram, Palm Springs.  I know, it’s a silly one.
with Natalia in Palm Springs.
With Natalia at Lulu’s, Palm Springs.
with Jenni at Roadhouse, Palm Springs.
with Stacey & Jen at a restaurant on Main St., Vancouver.
with Ann Marie at the Revel Room in Gastown, Vancouver.
with Lynn in Palm Springs.
with cousin Liz in a tree – Vancouver.
with Joanne on Galiano Island, B.C.
Rosa & Louise (Louise’s birthday at Colleen’s).
with Tracy at Asia SF, Palm Springs.
with Tamara & Cassandra on a blueberry farm in Richmond, B.C.  (The picking was plentiful).
with Candy, Claudia, Tracy & Rhonda at the Riviera (now Margaritaville), Palm Springs.
chilling with London-based Masako at Colleen’s.
with Masako at a Boutique Hotel, Vancouver.
Celeste, Kiki & Candy at “A Curated Collection” – Palm Springs.
Joselle (had just met her but nonetheless) at “A Curated Collection” – Palm Springs.
Donna & Llana (two of the most capable women I know) in Palm Springs.
Angie (in middle) with Jackie (L) and Colleen (R).
with Anik, Tamara & Jolie at The Victor, Vancouver.

This year’s IWD theme is #ChooseToChallenge, with the following shared on the official #IWD2021 website: “A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality.

with Tammy (Valley of the Dolls) in Palm Springs.

Here’s to ALL OF US making Herstory!

Tracy & Candy at Asia SF, Palm Springs – the last outing before Covid shutdown.

Below are two friends gone way too soon.  I miss them both terribly.

with Jackie and her cheshire grin in Gastown, Vancouver.
with Colleen at the Sailing Club, Vancouver.

ps: If you’re my friend and you don’t see your photo here it’s only because I don’t have one (if so, what a shame).  Please send me one for next time – with or without me in the photo (but preferably with).

 

 

At Kits Days on 4th – with Colleen, Robyn & Stacey.  Always a fun meet-up with music & shopping and friendship.

Style: Fair Trade Fashion

I always look forward to Spring Break!

accessorize, accessorize….so why not an accessory for an accessory?

But to me Spring Break means a good excuse to let loose with the wardrobe. Exchange bulkiness for something reflecting the warmer (hopefully) temperature.  More color and lightness. Accessories are playful and important. Speaking of, there’s no accessory more versatile than a lightweight scarf. Especially one that is sustainable, versatile and lightweight.

This is a first of a series on sustainable fashion beginning with:

The Symbology Scarf received in my Rachel Zoe Spring Box of Style is both pretty and purposeful.  This exclusive collaboration is also feel-good Fair Trade Fashion.

The bright, screen-printed iteration of sustainable fashion label Symbology is so much more than a pretty add-on. Boasting a chic peacock-feather print and a gold-berry colorway that pays homage to Indian bridal saris, the creation of this warm-weather staple also empowered women artisans from start to finish.

Founder Marissa Heyl was inspired to start Symbology while on a research trip to India to assess how fair trade empowers craftswomen. She met artisans in remote villages and sprawling slums.  She was inspired by their resilience and incredible talent in a myriad of art forms. Watching Gita, a young mother of three, block-print a beautiful tablecloth, Marissa envisioned it as a dress. It was her aha moment—combining her lifelong passion for fashion design with women’s rights.

Indian Inspiration

The Zoe Report x Symbology scarf was handcrafted by ten women in the desert region of the Indian Village of Sanganer, where bright sun and dry heat create the ideal conditions for printing. In this region virtually all printing is ordinarily done by men but these women were trained specifically to create this scarf for those who ordered the Spring 2017 box of style. The peacock feather design symbolizes integrity and beauty, while the deep berry and gold hues emulate Indian bridal saris.

Armed with their new skill set, these women have far greater access to design opportunities and sustained income in the future.  Which makes me feel even better wearing it.  Thank you!

Source: Zoe Report