You never know what you’ll stumble upon while strolling through the majestic streets of Paris, so it was a delight to turn a corner and run across these huge, magnificent sculptures by Spanish artist Manolo Valdés.
It was a very hot day in Paris approaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit and I was tempted to take shade under the large aluminum hat.
The recently re-opened Ritz Paris sits in the background. And just to note, even when there’s no artwork in this historic square in the 1st arrondisement, the Place Vendôme is awe-inspiring so these stunning works by Valdés were an added bonus.
This public exhibition of Manolo Valdés’ sculptures lasts from September 8 through October 10, 2016.
I was just off a flight from Paris and needed to fight the jet lag, so headed down south (from San Francisco) to sunny San Jose’s Santana Row. Kendra Scott fashion jewelry was touring California with their airstream, and dropped by for a one day show. I wasn’t familiar with Kendra Scott previously, so was excited to check out their accessories and learn more about them. I was especially intrigued by their Color Bar in which you could design your own jewelry. You just pick out the stone and accessory style of choice, and voila, they make it right there for you. It’s a fun and quick way to create a unique, personalized piece that’s all your own. And, it’s very affordable with most price points in the $50-$75 range. I’m big on the power and energy of crystals and natural stones so was pleased to see some of my favorites including pyrite and rose quartz in the mix.
Just put on a tee and pair of denim and throw on one of these Kendra Scott necklaces and you’re good to go…
Nothing beats jet lag like a good dose of sun rays with that vitamin D and some exercise to get the blood pumping. Just remember to wear your daily sunscreen.
One also needs fuel to shop, so I grabbed a tasty lunch at Village Bistro – which is located smack dab in the center of Santana Row with its breezy courtyard seating. This is their Tomato Bruschetta with fresh mozzarella pearls, Franchessi bread, basil pesto, baby heirloom tomatoes and balsamic reduction.
This Phyllo Baked Brie isn’t the most photogenic, but was seriously satisfying with its mix of sweet and savory with caramelized apples and toasted almonds. I could not stop eating it.
Although the Kendra Scott airstream was a one-day visit, they will be opening a permanent store in Santana Row this year. They also have plans to open up in Walnut Creek and eventually in San Francisco.
Thank you, Santana Row for helping fight the jet lag. You definitely succeeded. I’ll see you again soon.
Visit Kendra Scott.com to see all their fab jewelry styles
Have you ever stepped into a Warby Parker boutique? Well, I have on several occasions and have to admit that each time I’ve left, I felt more uplifted than when I first arrived. I’m not sure if it was due to the stylish design space that surrounded me, or the adorable, helpful staff that looked like they fell off the pages of a magazine, or the no-pressure fun of trying on a number of glasses in daring new looks, but a visit to Warby Parker I’ve found is more than just a basic visit to grab some new specs. It’s an engaging and enjoyable eyewear shopping experience.
Another huge factor that makes shopping at Warby Parker so pleasant and positive, is that the glasses aren’t only stylish, but they are affordable. With frames starting at only $95, you can add a pair into your seasonal wardrobe without guilt. And, for every pair of eyeglasses sold, Warby Parker works with non-profits around the globe to distribute a pair of glasses to someone in need. This is a 20/20 win-win for everyone!
I’m loving the bold, bright and playful new collection that was inspired by the circus tents. The spring 2016 collection is crafted from premium acetate in spirited new hues and three new silhouettes. I have my eyes on several pairs to add to the accessories wardrobe, but the Chelsea in Grapefruit Soda and the Haskell in Crystal with Blue Jay are definitely on my radar.
And because all of us are busy, and not everyone has the time or proximity to venture directly into a Warby Parker boutique, they offer a Home Try-On service where you can model five different pairs for five days in your own digs with all of your favorite outfits. Does it get any easier than that? I don’t think so. I still though, highly recommend trying to visit the actual Warby Parker store since I’ve found it to be true positive retail therapy.
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Thank you to GEV Magazine for featuring Liam Mayclem (CBS), Leslie Sbrocco (Check Please! Bay Area), Joel Riddell (Dining Around), Marybeth LaMotte (Red Carpet Bay Area), and I in this month’s holiday issue focusing on charitable giving. We all share a passion for dining, but we also believe in the importance of giving back to the community.
Love the comfy, casual vibe and cashmere-blended fabric of Kit & Ace
The photoshoot took place in San Jose’s Santana Row and it was a festive time filled with lots of laughter, stylish threads, and the ultimate glam squad from Atelier Salon. Photographer Vinnie Gotti did a fabulous job of making the day as comfortable and fun in front of the camera as well as off.
Ted Baker Dress and extra big hair…it’s all mine though!
When you’re a child, it’s so exciting to see what presents Santa Claus is going to deliver down that chimney and if he’s going to indulge in those cookies you baked and left out for him. As you grow up and fast forward to life as an adult, the holidays have a whole different meaning and become much more about what you can give rather than what you will receive. The end of the year is a time when the weather is crisp, leaves are shedding and you naturally become more reflective. Like the changing seasons and foliage, I find myself looking back at life and the past year and seeing how much change and growth has occurred. The holidays are a reminder that another year is coming to a close and while we’re here, life is about giving, loving, sharing and having tons of gratitude for all the blessings surrounding us. Being grateful for the special people in our lives and all that we’ve been blessed with is so key. The holidays come so quickly every year, and in this day and age of cell phones, social media and the internet, everything happens so quickly, but it’s so essential to slow down and remember what’s truly important. The holidays are a reminder that giving isn’t an exclusive once a year, end of year kind of thing. It’s a necessary and contagious habit that we can easily incorporate into our lives all year round.
Read more about what the holidays mean to me and why I’m so passionate about giving back to the community in this issue of GEV Magazine.
If you’re around this Thursday, I’ll be moderating a thoughtful, food-focused panel at the ultra-chic Cuyana showroom in San Francisco’s downtown Union Square. The name Cuyana means “to love” in Quechua and this gastronomy panel is one of the featured topics in the Fewer, Better Series. The panelists include an incredible group of food folks from the Bay Area. Hope to see you there!