Have you ever walked into a boutique and wanted to sit down, have a cup of tea and just enjoy the space?
Thick as Thieves in Palm Springs is such a place. You kinda want to move into the place.
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.
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.
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!
On Saturday, November 8th between 1-5 pm Ann & Valentin will be in store with all the framing styles available.
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.
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.
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…
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
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
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
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?
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.
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
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 (?), Optimism + Mysteriousness.
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
The LE CHIENfabulous 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.
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.
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
and a healthy dose of kitsch. A boutique with a culture all their own. Sharing some things that caught my eye…
However you want to describe it, Peepa’s in Palm Springs is an all around FUN place to visit with almost something for everyone.
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:
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.
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.
Introducing Alexis, who moved to Palm Springs one week ago from New York. Stalked Approached her last Sunday at the once-a-month Palm Springs Vintage Market. My friend and I couldn’t help but notice her put together from head-to-toe unique look. Had to talk to her.
Alexis told us she’s starting her own line here in Palm Springs. More on that later. She previously was assistant to designer Stacey Bendet of Alice & Olivia – a New York City-based contemporary clothing company which I happen to like very much. The global brand launched at Barneys in 2002, and is now sold in over fifty countries.
It’s no secret I Love Hats. Among her personal line will be hats (she makes them herself) with interesting interior linings such as this. Hidden surprises are always nice. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with. Until then….