An Afternoon at Bergdorf Goodmans

The way Audrey Hepburn  adores a visit to Tiffany’s is how I  feel about a visit to Bergdorf Goodman’s.

Gazing at the spectacular window displays gives me an immediate  adrenaline rush!

I get so inspired  by what I see, my love for fashion takes hold of me all over again.

Upon the revolving doors I  know sensory overload is upon me . What I  see, touch, hear, smell, and taste will all be wonderful.

I will see beautiful, extravagant, luxurious clothes, purses, and shoes displayed gorgeously.

I will touch exquisite fabrics of silk, cashmere, feathers, and satins.

I will hear music setting the mood. and I will smell bouquets of flowers with the latest perfumes.

I will taste a chilled bubbly champagne as it washes down my  delicious meal!!

My appreciation in experiencing such luxury is so I can understand it and then adopt the look, and style into  what I  can afford.  A luxurious lifestyle can be obtained on a variety of budgets.  This formula has worked for me forever. Knowledge is power!

On this particular visit I  was excited to experience a new pop up shop located on the 4th floor.  Linda’s.

She describes it as a fantasy closet.

As I entered it was a cornucopia oozing with well just about everything of this and that!   It was a little boutique exploding with colorful extravagant merchandise.

If the merchandise was not displayed with perfection it could have misrepresented all the beautiful items that we were to appreciate so much!

Also on the 4 th floor are many couture designers. Chanel, Armani, Oscar de la Renta, Celine and many more.  I enjoyed gently touching  the garments, seeing the cuts, and designs , embellishments, craftsmanship- in other words,  seeing and touching the BEST!

The 7th floor houses home decor and the restaurant Bg.  On previous visits,  I  enjoyed the Collection of Vintage china.  It was mismatched and eclectic very similar to my own collection which I enjoy daily.

The restaurant is beautifully decorated by Kelly Wearstler with simple elegance.  Chinoise birds and fleur wallpaper, white tablecloths, chic water glasses and place settings.

The gentleman waitstaff wore white jackets.   Surrounded by all this beauty it was only proper to order a glass of  crémant d’alsace, les natures  champagne!  I am always in celebration mode at Bergdorfs!  As I looked around I felt as if everyone was happy to be there also!

My lunch consisted of  two first courses:  BG devilled eggs, baby arugula, crispy pancetta, followed by Seared diver scallops, artichoke ricotta ravioli, truffle beurre blanc, shaved truffles,  warm bread and butter and one wrapped chocolate to satisfy my sweet tooth!  It was an expensive lunch but I think it is necessary to treat yourself once in awhile and indulge!

The Shoe Salon was my last eye candy of the day.

Shoe porn is definitely happening at Bergdorfs!

And at the highest  level you can imagine. $$$$$

I lusted as I always do at the beautiful shoes and enjoyed watching the participants in the act of browsing, trying on, and purchasing.  Most amusing on all counts.

On a final note I had the pleasure of sharing this experience  with my wonderful friend Melissa.  It was her first time at Bergdorf’s and I look forward to my, our next visit!!

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Moving Objects

Being in a car either as the driver or passenger I have seen some interesting moving objects and cargo I couldn’t resist taking a picture of.  Being we were all “moving” the pictures are candid, interesting, and to the point!

Driving Home from Phoenix

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Driving on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles

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Driving in Tucson to Deliver a Swan to a friend!

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Driving in Massachusetts on the Interstate on the way to the airport!

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Driving on Oracle in Tucson during Holiday Season

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Photoshoot for Tucson Lifestyle Magazine

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On Oracle heading to Oro Valley.  Saguaro en route!  What a production.

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Palm Springs: The Inside Scoop on a great boutique hotel, Shops, and Sites

The Avalon Hotel:  Two Thumbs Up!!

Formerly the Viceroy,  a  gem conveniently  nestled in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the historic Avalon Hotel Palm Springs rests at the foot of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains on four acres of fragrant, beautifully manicured gardens. Its Spanish architecture punctuated by a series of secluded, private villas, calls forth the iconic, storied Golden Age of Palm Springs.

This trip was to visit my mother, and I also  wanted to take the opportunity to treat myself and lap up some luxury!  I did just that.

Below: Feeling Glamourous  sitting in the gardens. Trina Turk swim cover , Valentino Sunglasses

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As tempting as these bikes were to borrow  parked in the front of the hotel, I managed to pick a weekend where temperatures were 110-114.  I passed on the leisurely bike ride.  Next time for sure!!!

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I had the good fortune of being upgraded to a bungalow, which I was told by the concierge  were built in 1933.

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Interiors  were updated with Hollywood Regency style  by renowned designer Kelly Wearstler.   It was perfect for a fantasy getaway!!!

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Guilty with a Selfie as I headed to the pool to relax and people watch of course!!!

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The property had 3 pools and the pool below was Adult only.  That’s where I ended up.  It was quiet and well shaded with mature trees which made me content!  Lemon Cucumber Water was provided for the guests 24/7.

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A little Swank never hurt anyone and this lounge area fit the bill.  By 8pm it was packed with hipsters and the usual suspects!

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The property had a Spa and I enjoyed a 90 minute massage.  The complimentary glass of champagne was a nice added touch prior to my Oh feel so good moment!

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Coffee in bed!!!

Ralph Lauren Stripe Blouse, Ann Taylor Navy Shorts, Cole Haan Sandals

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Downtown Palm Springs

Location Location Location is what they always say and the Hotel was walking distance to everything. So convenient!

The action seemed to be on  Palm Canyon Drive and Indian Canyon Drive. The usual shops, restaurants and bars were to be found and of course some always better than others.  I always ask the bartender of my hotel, in this instance my barista and he gave me great suggestions on where to dine, shop and find Mid Century Architecture which was in my two previous blogs

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Walking is the best because you will always see  things that get missed when driving. This car stopped me in my tracks!  Citroen, Maserati

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This Rolls Royce was the Citroen parking buddy

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Trina Turk Flagship Store.  I have been a huge fan of Trina Turk designs for years, so I was excited to experience the store.

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I like Trina Turk designs because they are a little on the wild side, colorful and quite frankly exude fun and style!  You feel good when you’re wearing Trina Turk!

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I was lusting over everything in this store! It has been so long since I saw eye candy this good in regards to Interiors!!!  Mid Century heaven!

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When I saw this bench, I couldn’t believe it because I have the same fabric for my  dining chairs!!!  My chairs were purchased at Annabelles Attic: 4 for $100.00.  That’s not a typo! This bench was going for $800.00

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Palm Springs Art Museum

When I travel I seek out the local museum and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this one.

Standing with “Your Dog” by Yoshitomo Nara,  2002

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A Passionate Eye: The Weiner Family Collection

Henry Moore Sculpture

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Modigliani- What a treat to see!

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Contemporary Wings always blow me away!  This pile of garbage for instance is taking center stage in the room.  WHY????

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This lovely couple I imagine fools everyone as it did me.  I thought to myself as I walked up the stairs -“What are they staring at? “Are they sleeping?” ” They are so still!”  GOT ME! they are sculptures!!!

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Time to get dressed up and go out to dinner!

Three Dot Black Cotton Dress Circa 80’s

I can’t believe this dress is still in mint condition. Someone brought it into my Consignment Store, Timeless in Palo Alto and I couldn’t resist buying it for myself.  The LBD that won’t die! Donald Pliner Sandals

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The Rooster and the Pig, Vietnamese Restaurant

The best Vietnamese food I have ever had!  So fresh healthy and delicious!  Slanted Door in SF you are #2!!!

Vietnamese Rice Crepe with Cabbage, Shrimp, Jicama, Herbs

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Chased the next day  with Sherman’s Deli

Sherman’s Deli is an institution and it is a must when visiting Palm Springs.  Pastrami on Rye anyone?? And of course dessert!

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On that Sweet note ,  I encourage you to take a little Desert Oasis Vacay to Palm Springs and be surprised with all it has to offer!  Soak up the MidCentury vibe, good food, friendly hospitality plus shopping and sites.

I look forward to another visit sooner than later!

 

The Details of Mid Century Modern Architecture in Palm Springs

My last blog I showed you some of the highlights of midcentury architecture.   This blog I wanted to follow up with the details.  I need to reiterate how simple the detail is but how dramatic it is.  Clean lines and definetly using  natures light to wow us!   I would have to say with fashion holds true to Mid Century Architecture. Less in More!!!

Let’s go and have a look

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Have you scheduled in your getaway to Palm Springs yet??  It doesn’t matter how bloody hot it is there.  Us Tucsonsonians should be used  to it.   There is so much to see and do!

My next blog I can’t wait to tell you about my amazing hotel I stayed at, the best shopping and restaurants and downtown iconic places that shouldn’t be missed.

Drooling over Mid Century Architecture in Palm Springs

I am a fan of Mid Century Architecture, Design, Art, Furniture and Decor.

A recent trip to Palm Springs left me drooling with Mid Century Eye candy everywhere.  I found the motherlode in the Las Palmas neighborhood.

It was crazy hot during my visit, temps reaching 114, so opted not to get out of my car, the pictures you see were taken from the driver’s seat.  Both windows rolled down and I shot away with my Canon!

Have a look!

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If you like Mid Century You must be drooling too!!  My next blog I will be showing the details of  these amazing homes plus a few Mid Century pieces of my own that I covet.  Stay tuned

The pictures you won’t see in the June Issue of Tucson Life Style Magazine Buzzing Around Bisbee!

This photo story  was about two girls on a road trip to Bisbee.

Bisbee is a great little getaway only 1.5 hours from Tucson with fun shops, interesting architecture and sites, music, and a cool laid back vibe for enjoying yourself without a lot of expectations.  

We started at 6am and didn’t stop till 6pm!  The entire day was great because of the team I was working with!

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The last shoot of the day was at the  Shady Dell Airstream Park.   I couldn’t help but reminisce  when I stayed there 18 years ago when it was $45.00 a night! I was booked in the  Spartan  Airstream004

To prepare for the success of the photo shoot I need to always visualize the outfits that will compliment the different “scenes”.  My job was also to create multiple looks using one base such as the dresses I chose and switch out accessories, add a jacket etc.  They worked out beautifully.IMG_1108 (1) Vintage Luggage that I had as props in my Store in California a zillion years ago!!!074

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Here is a look at my  behind the scenes shots :

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113The Beginning of the 1000 Step Stair Climb!  In front of the Copper Queen Hotel

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Shopping Antiques at Acacia Art and Antiques

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Hustling is the name of the Game

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I trekked on the opposite side of the street for this shot!  I love it!!!

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Shady Dell RV Park!!! Vanessa wearing Betsy Johnson, J Crew Shoes.  Paige wearing Anthropologie, Lucky Sandals

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Vanessa, pull yourself together!

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The only phone booth left in America!!!

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Matthew said I was saluting at the end of the day with a smile!!   I enjoyed the day in Bisbee indeed!bisbee

I love the fantasy of a photo shoot.  They are a lot of work but also a lot of fun and the pics in the end are amazing that are selected for the magazine spread.  Thanks Tom Spitz for your amazing photos!

June Issue of Tucson LifeStyle — Check it out and  go cool off in Bisbee during the summer!!!

 

I just discovered the best place to stay in Downtown Phoenix, plus extracurricular activities!!!

Thanks to Hotels.com  the Clarendon popped up as I was searching for a hotel in Phoenix.   My visit specifically was  to see the Gianfranco Ferre Exhibit at the Phoenix Museum of Art.FullSizeRender (12)

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At the special rate of $85.00 per night I decided to book it . The vibe was swank with a comfortable casual feel.  I have stayed at “Swank” in Palm Springs, LA , Chicago and New York, but the Clarendon had a friendly stylish vibe and for a first impression that says “welcome” to me.

As I was handed my key and headed to my room, I was asked if I needed any snacks complimentary – whatever I wanted– What? are you kidding me?  Twix and Cheetos were on the list, Woo hoo!!!  Yes please!  Why not I am on Vacation!!!

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The property had a heated pool convenient  if you visit in the winter , and a huge hot tub. Lots of properties have pools and hot tubs but the design, layout and coolness of the Clarendon’s is what separates them from the average norm! Perk #2007

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Perk #4  Complimentary Wine from 5-6 nightly.  Unfortunately I did not make it in time for “Happy Hour” but I did find a spot at their comfy hotel bar later on and enjoyed a Martini while talking to Falyn, the lovely bartender.  She was not only pleasant to talk to but was a wealth of information on the cool spots to go to.falyn

Falyn’s pics which I will check out next visit : Phoenix Flea Market on Saturdays, Crescent Ballroom, Valley Bar, Hanny’s ( Martini Bar)

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Lux Cafe was a perfect spot for my 4pm Espresso and I did cave at the temptation of baked goodies.  Great for people watching as well as delicious coffee and treats.

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Perk #5  The Clarendon has an awesome restaurant with gourmet food!!   I am so particular  where I eat and what I eat.   Again a luxury I didn’t have to step out of the property to obtain my high standards of dining.  Plus I can’t reiterate the casual vibe and comfort level overall.  I had the Shrimp Sofrito with Garlic Manchego Bread and it was absolutely delicious!shrimp sofritos

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Perk #7 Breakfast complimentary in the dining room, and made to order off the menu.   I am sure we have all had the complimentary breakfast at Quality Suites and it passes but at the Clarendon you are enjoying Lux Coffee (local coffee) to start your morning followed by whatever you choose of the menu.  Local ingredients, organic ingredients  result in a great food.  I had Chilaquiles with over easy eggs and it was yummy!  I couldn’t wait till the next  morning!!

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As my tummy was happy and quite content I ventured off to the Phoenix Museum to view the GianFranco Ferre Exhibit ” The White Shirt According to me”.  This exhibit was extraordinary.  Phoenix being the only museum in North America to show this, how lucky was I, only 1.5 hours  from Tucson where I live.  The Installation was the exact installation as in Milan and Florence the only two locations to show the exhibit.FullSizeRender (2)Gianfranco Ferre was an Architect before Designer and was hugely popular in the 80’s.  The 24 White shirts exhibited all had a story behind them and were just eye candy by themselves.FullSizeRender (5)FullSizeRender (4)FullSizeRender (3)  The museum also presented  a small collection of his Couture pieces.  My Favorite was the black dress with red roses!FullSizeRender (6)

An interesting current exhibit   was the Zodiac collection . Renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) took as his inspiration for his twelve Chinese zodiac bronze sculptures from those that once graced the Qing dynasty fountain, in an eighteenth-century imperial retreat outside Beijing. Like other ornate objects, the original pieces were looted by the British and French troops in the Second Opium War in 1860. Viewed as a symbol of “cultural theft”, Weiwei re-created the gold-plated sculptures in 2010 as a subversive commentary on the nature of looting and repatriation.FullSizeRender (8)

Back at the Hotel!  Breakfast # 2 consisted of flapjacks and eggs with local sausage and roasted potatoes.  A sophisticated version of the Grand Slam breakfast we all know at Denny’s!  The flapjacks were the best pancakes I have ever tasted.IMG_0194

Needing a little exercise to burn off my sinful breakfast, I hopped on a cool bike that was complimentary Perk #8012clarendon For two hours I had fun exploring the neighborhoods specifically the Willo and Encanto districts.  Beautiful homes, bungalows, landscaping and the retro mid century era all was visible to me on a quiet Sunday morning.IMG_0210 (1)

IMG_0218IMG_0222I really felt free, peaceful and totally happy!!! Perk #9 that wasn’t in the brochure.

It is amazing what a little get away can do for your spirits and well being.  The Clarendon and Phoenix museum did just that for me!!!