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:
DANIELGUTZMANN is a remarkable man of many talents.
Not only does he create unique works of art, he makes the most delicious peanut butter power bars. And he has an extensive and beautiful shoe collection. You might say I’m a little envious. I can go on and on.
I met Daniel and his partner Karl for the first time last year when we were invited to dinner at a mutual friend’s home in the Palm Springs area. After dinner they showed me around their incredible home which happens to be situated on a golf course and which they gutted and re-designed themselves. That’s another thing; this power couple is licensed to re-design and re-decorate homes. Yes; there are some people who can do all that. They have excellent taste but they work according to the aesthetic of each individual, so it’s continually different but always discerning. At their place there were so many things to take in because the attention to detail is astounding. And then there is the ART which obviously caught my eye. Like anyone could ignore it? Art created by Daniel .
Recently we had dinner again at the same friend’s house and I asked if I could come photograph some of their paintings for my website. So here are some images taken by me of Daniel’s artwork with a little bio about him.
Daniel Gutzmann began his career as an artist and designer in 1989. His passion, vision and talent in taking something ordinary and making it extraordinary has allowed him contracts with high end corporate and private clients throughout the years.
He began his career with painting public transit coaches across the country into rolling works of art. These hand painted show stoppers have visually delighted such major clients as Pepsi, Mutual of Omaha, Coca Cola, Sony, Mercury, Elktra Records and Disney. He has painted murals and pieces of art for numerous community foundations, public and private clients which included homes, zoos, museums, schools, churches, public libraries and banks. His brilliant large canvas art is designed for high end clients, especially those with large homes and commercial spaces wanting to display beautiful art. With this, he has earned the prestigious Addy Award for outstanding design. Daniel continues to exceed his client expectations in providing stunning artwork that celebrates the atmosphere in which they are placed. He has participated in Rancho Mirage Art Affaire and has attended numerous art shows throughout the country, Palm Springs and the surrounding areas. Most recently, was awarded “Best of Show”in oil painting at the Indian Wells Arts Festival.
Daniel creates his near photo realistic paintings on canvas wrapped panels utilizing all triple pigmented oils with a flat finish glaze. These pieces of art are created with his vision of taking a beautiful object and painting its most unique aspects which sometimes may be abstract. His 3D multi-media modern works of art are created on wood panels utilizing MDO and Oxboard plywood, pvc & metal pipes, wall papers, venetian plaster, drywall joint compound, oil and acrylic paints.
If you are interested in any of his works please contact Debbie@girlwhowouldbeking.com
It’s been a while since I’ve had some serious Style Inspirationbut this goes beyond. This is global fashion culture. I’m talking about the first Canadian exhibition devoted to the work of Guo Pei, China’s preeminent couturière, and the first fashion exhibition ever presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery. In collaboration with SCAD FASH MUSEUM OF FASHION + FILM. On until January 20, 2019. Simply Superb!
Featuring more than forty complete looks from Pei’s most iconic runway shows from 2006 to 2017. Theatrical, extravagant (no kidding) creations combining contemporary aesthetics, production methods and materials with ancient tradition, evoking Chinese history and mythology in her technique with fabric selection and imagery. These photos do not do her justice.
If you get the chance I highly recommend checking it out. To date it is definitely the most magnificent display I’ve ever come across in fashion.
Talking about one of the decades most coveted IT bags. THE Dior Saddle Bag.
The thing about vintage collector bags is that they never really go out of style. Personally if I’ve spent a lot on a bag I don’t intend to wear it for only one season. I intend to keep it forever. The Dior saddle bag in all of its many reiterations was an iconic accessory of the early 2000’s and the fashion house brought it back to the runway for the Fall 2018 show.
Carried by everyone from Paris Hilton to Carrie Bradshaw and beyond, Dior’s ubiquitous saddle bag cemented its status as one of the key looks of the era. Though most often done in Dior’s signature logo print, the It bag was offered in a wide array of styles, patterns and colors in its prime.
Vintage styles of the Dior saddle bag have been quickly selling out on luxury resale sites like Vestiaire Collective and The RealReal for the past few months. The bag has been spotted on models like Bella Hadid along with a rising number of fashion bloggers on Instagram.
Ha. And I’ve been wearing my non-flashy tan leather saddle bag off and on since I first bought it in Los Angeles many years ago. And I’ve never gotten tired of it.
Which style is your preference- Plain, Logo, or Printed?
Mixing Art with Fashion: There are Dresses and then there are DRESSES
Azzedine Alaïa, thefamous Tunisian-born couturier and shoe designer who passed away last November left a lasting legacy to the world of fashion.Je Suis Couturier, an exhibition of 41 dresses by Alaïa, will be a chance for the admiring fashion crowd to pay their respects. Especially since he never wanted a memorial.
With signature elegance and masterful cutting, Alaïa knew how to highlight the body’s curves like no other. Poignantly, the couturier himself selected the 60 pieces for inclusion.
In response to a couture career spanning 35 years, new and architectural pieces have been commissioned for the show, allowing artists and designers to pay tribute to a designer who was truly enamored with his craft.
“Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier” runs until October 7, 2018, at the Design Museum, London. www.designmuseum.org
Not only for little girls. Women are wearing pretty pastels on trend for Spring + Summer. They’re soft and feminine. They look like…
But that doesn’t mean giving up on brights and neutrals. Of course not. You can make room for a pleasing little pastel hit here and there and not feel like you’re going to an Easter parade. Personally lilac is my favorite with soft yellow a close second.
But for ice cream in general I love a good pistachio.
If you want to just play try a pastel eyeshadow for starters. Puts the fun in fashion.
Inside a stylish box featuring California-founded brands.
It’s always special to receive a seasonal box filled with a carefully curated selection of luxury fashion and beauty products by Rachel Zoe, the fashion force behind the box of style. This California edition was delivered to me recently and I love it all. It’s what’s inside that counts.
According to Rachel nothing epitomizes California glamour like an effortless duster in a playful print. It’s the ultimate ode to West Coast cool. As I’ve discovered, it can be worn a multitude of ways; to the beach, belted over a slipdress or as shown in above photo.
These playful sunnies are a little bit Audrey Hepburn and a little bit Twiggy. They suit a variety of face shapes. I have lots of sunglasses but these round out (ha,ha) my collection.
Kopari Lip Lovers coconut oil and shea butter lip balm (not shown). Love this super hydrating balm which goes on silky but not sticky. Truly one of the best I’ve tried to date.
A little glitter goes a long way especially to dress up your tresses. This one is designed by Rachel’s friend and hair genius Jen Atkin. It also works well around the neck as a choker or on the wrist.