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?

 

 

 

 

Nordstrom
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life/Style: Tracy Turco’s Terrific Tiki Tea Party

If anybody knows how to throw the perfect themed tea party, it’s Tracy Turco.

Sweet Spot. Photo: d. king

Originally from Miami, the multi-faceted entrepreneur now splits her time between living in New York City and Palm Springs.  Fairly new to Palm Springs, Tracy Turco (nee Stern) is quickly becoming the toast of the town.  And for good reason.  She’s like a modern day Renaissance woman.  In fact she’s been called that before in writing in reference to her extremely diverse taste in fashion and décor. Let’s just say it’s never boring.  And I’m happy to call her my friend.

Tracy wears her own design. My dress by Trina Turk.

Husband Jerry looks on as Tracy cuts into her exquisite birthday cake from Over the Rainbow desserts. It was Over the Top good. Photo: d. king

The sweet life. Tracy made some of these herself. All amazingly good. Photo: d. king

On Sunday I had the pleasure of celebrating her birthday alongside her husband Jerry, their friends and a few neighbors in their fabulous Tiki inspired home in the Little Tuscany neighborhood of Palm Springs.  The dress code was colorful to blend in with the  surroundings, including a canary yellow T-bird convertible classic parked outside the entrance.  Or shall we call it a TEA bird?

Tracy really has a natural flair for throwing it all together in a seemingly effortless looking fashion.  She’s a gracious host and we all enjoyed the best sweet little treats ever while sipping on champagne, wine and of course, tea.  Mind you, not just every day tea.  Especially mixed by Tracy herself, very elegant, unusual and delicious. They are blended with an artist’s palette. In fact, Tracy’s premier tea collection Salon Tea, once earned her a spot in Oprah’s Favorite Things.  Always full of surprises, I just learned that she previously owned a Salon Tea on South Granville Street in Vancouver.

Iced Tea and Tea Party book by Tracy Turco. Photo: d. king

Tea is only a part of what Tracy is passionate about. She’s an artist, art collector, animal advocate, author, designer, hotelier.  I hope I didn’t leave anything out. Oh yes, one more thing…she has a good heart by offering a philanthropic donation to the public art fund  from anyone staying at her new Art Hotel.  A tiki hotel is next.  She is both a savvy business woman and a nice overall person in general.

For those who are inclined to do so themselves, Tracy has written two incredible DIY books: Tea Party and Tea For You.  Link below.

Tiki House. Photo: Tammy Preast

A few guests perfectly blending in with the surroundings. Photo: d. king

Outside the house with Michael and Tammy.

Website:

https://www.tracystern.com/

Book:

https://www.amazon.com/Tea-Party-Occasion-Fabulous-Gatherings/dp/0307346439

Drink Tea.  Enjoy Life.  Celebrate Often.

Good Advice!

 

 

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?

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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Climate Change – Colder Weather Wear

Coveting Cover Ups: from Peacoats to Parkas and all kinds of cozy sweaters.  Here are some chic and practical style options to consider for this time of year:

Jlo often chooses a fur lined parka when making her casual runs.  Wise fashion choice.

Try Houndstooth, Animal print, Max Mara’s Teddy Coat and/or Faux Fur if you don’t have anything like this in your wardrobe.  It will make going out in the cold more fun.

Do you have a favorite style?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Mood: Fall Ahead

What I’m Falling for this season:

Everything in the Fall 2019 Box of Style

 

Make a Statement

Fall calls for bolder jewelry like the gold plated Elisa statement necklace from DANNIJO which can dress up everything from a pair of jeans to evening wear.

JJ WINTERS Ivy leather crossbody bag in rich caramel looks great with everything from late-summer dresses to fall’s chunky knits and jackets.  Crossbody bags are my go-to especially for hands-free dog walking.

Time to Make-Up

 with Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer from Marc Jacobs Beauty.  Insanely beautiful sheer colors that are non sticky and easily buildable to feel good on the lips.  We were offered one of two choices but there’s more in the collection.


  • Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick in “One Mauve Time”
  • Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer in “Sugar High”

Fall calls for a change in skincare which for me, means going back to using a high quality serum.  I love  SHANI DARDEN’s Texture Reform Gentle Resurfacing Serum.

Even sensitive skin types can benefit from this gentle retinol serum. It encourages cell turnover, softens lines and reduces signs of sun damage which is especially important after the long summer months.

Time to VIFF

 

MOVIE MONTH begins

Looking forward to viewing some fascinating films and documentaries.

Time for COMFORT FOOD

I’m making pizza, roast chicken, pot roast, thai veggie stew, pasta dishes……and it’s only September.

What are you craving for Fall?

Summer Whites

Pairs with Everything

Image from Francesca’s catalogue

I think of all the summer whites, linen is my favorite. Linen is not a year-round fabric like silk or cotton.  Linen is the definitive summer staple.  It breathes well and you can even blame the creases (which will inevitably show up) on the material instead of not wanting to iron it.  Of course it doesn’t travel well unless you pack your trusty steam iron. However it just looks crisp.

Derived from the flax plant, linen is a highly sustainable material that doesn’t need any pesticides or fertilizers to grow plus very little water compared to thirsty cottons. One of the oldest fabrics in the world, the ancient Egyptians used it to wrap mummies, whilst in the 1930s, wedding gowns combined linen with lace.

Look of Linen Today

Theory’s Good Linen collection CREDIT: THEORY

Goodbye purported frumpy fabric of long ago…

More men are starting to wear linen suits.  Image: D’Marge

 

 

Do you have a summer favorite fabric?

 

Spring Box

It’s been a month since I’ve received the Spring Box and I can’t believe that I haven’t shared what’s inside.  Until now…

Christopher Patey

Thoughtfully choosing versatile, well-made pieces is the key to building a timeless closet.  These photos and main descriptions are taken from Rachel Zoe’s Website.  I find everything to be thoughtfully curated.  Pieces to mix and match with what you already have. To order see below.

Tribe Alive Leather Clutch

Christopher Patey

Classic items like the leather clutch is an exclusive size available to Box of Style members. Just big enough to hold every day essentials like a wallet, keys, cell phone and lipstick (that’s an essential right?).  I  stow it inside a larger bag and simply take it out to use alone when need be like going out for dinner.  A versatile hue, like the black of this clutch, pairs perfectly with all manner of ensembles.

Chan Luu Silk Scarf

Christopher Patey

Another essential is a silk scarf.  Even though I own a numerous amount of silk scarves you can’t really have too many.  Right?? Plus they’re so easy to store and tie in a multitude of ways.  The Chan Luu silk scarf  shown is available in 2 exclusive Rachel Zoe Collection prints: cactus flower or leopard. It was a toss up but I went with the leopard.  This coming from the woman who wears scarves meant for her dogs (I know; it’s a problem).

Michelle Campbell Gold Talon Bracelet set

Photo: Christopher Patey

These dainty gold bangles offer a simple elegance on their own or can be worn with other pieces and mixed with other metals for a more dramatic effect. The open design allows for easy adjustment.  A little bit of added bling never hurts.

Edible Beauty Gold Rush Eye Balm

The all natural ingredients in this eye cream make it safe enough to eat, but you won’t want to waste it once you start incorporating it into your regimen. The coffee and cucumber extract work to reduce puffiness and inflammation while the gold leaf improves circulation and radiance.  My full review will come later but so far, so good.

Skin Gym Gua Sha…..are you ready?

Christopher Patey

You heard it here first, gua shas are the new jade rollers. This rose quartz massage tool helps to drain toxins from the face by increasing circulation and decreasing puffiness. Great for long flights and mid-day pick me ups but with regular use as a part of your daily regime, you’ll see the best results.

Mark Hansen

Long before they became our new favorite beauty tool, Gua Shas were an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, used for tissue and muscle massage for the entire body. Gua Sha literally means ‘to scrape’ in Chinese, and this (gentle!) scraping motion helps to increase circulation, decrease the appearance of wrinkles, boost collagen production and encourage lymphatic drainage. For many of us this sounds great, but we’re not clear on exactly how to reap all of these benefits. Start by applying a face oil to clean skin, then read on for the top motions to master to get the most from your Skin Gym Gua Sha from the Spring Box of Style.If you’re a visual learner, find a handy video tutorial by acupuncturist and holistic medicine practitioner Debbie Kim.  For more Gua Sha tips, visit Skin Gym’s site.
So if you want to Spring for it:  https://www.boxofstyle.com/
and don’t forget to tell them where you heard about it

 

 

 

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