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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How to make Arancini (Risotto Balls)

My favorite Risotto recipe hands down is from Harry’s Bar in Venice Cookbook. I always make a full batch and this time I decided to use half the batch to make Arancini!

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I have made it probably 100 times with variations and it is always delicious!  This particular batch was Risotto Primavera

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So to begin, I  tweaked the recipe and sauteed the balls, not deep fried them.

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The key to any success in the kitchen is Mis En Place.  This french term means to put everything in its place.  As you can see below I am ready to go!

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Step 1.   Scoop a mound of risotto and then place cube of mozzarella in middle of risotto ball004

Step 2. Close risotto ball up with the mozzarella inside, roll in the breadcrumbs and place on cookie sheet lined in parchment or Silpat- that’s what I use.

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I am getting ready to fry these babies up!!

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The success to sauteeing is to pre heat your pan so it is very hot ,and pre heat the oil.  The rest is patience and timing!

Step 3.  Add oil to a non stick pan and  when hot, place balls in pan and don’t touch!   After a few minutes then flip and brown on other side.  The less you mess with them, the better the browning will turn out!IMG_2384

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Marinara Sauce and fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano completed the Arancini along with a Green Salad .

Good company and a nice glass of wine made it a lovely dinner!!

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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You gotta love a guy who smiles while shlepping!

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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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137Walking down  Main Street

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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!

image Paige looks like a 1940’s glamour movie star!!  PJ’s:  Natori and Anthropologie

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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!!!