May 2011

Shopping Diva Notecards

How cute are these ? The Shopping Diva note cards come in a set of 50 with envelopes and can be personalized with her name (or yours !) What a fab gift idea for the fashionista on your list !

Neiman Marcus, $53.


In honor of Memorial Day, I would like to share some photos of my trip to Arlington National Cemetery last summer. It’s an unforgettable experience to see the seemingly endless rows of grave markers here, nestled in lush grassy hills, forming perfect lines as far as the eye can see.

Arlington National Cemetery Graves 1

More than 300,000 people are buried at Arlington Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery Graves 2

Veterans from all our nation’s wars are buried here, from the American Revolution through the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Arlington National Cemetery Graves 3

Arlington National Cemetery conducts approximately 6,900 burials each year.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknowns is one of the more-visited sites at Arlington National Cemetery. It is guarded by the U.S. Army 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) began guarding the Tomb in April of 1948.

Three unknown servicemen are buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns: the unknown soldier of WW1, WW2, and the Korean War.

Arlington Memorial Amphitheatre

The Memorial Amphitheater was the dream of Judge Ivory G. Kimball, who wished to have a place to assemble and honor the American defenders. Three major ceremonies are held here each year: on Easter, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day.

Arlington Memorial Amphitheatre Interior

Inscribed above the stage, from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, are the words, ” We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. ”

John F Kennedy Gravesite Eternal Flame

Thousands visit the John F. Kennedy site every year; the Eternal Flame was commissioned by first lady, Jackie Kennedy.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Gravesite

She is buried next to him.

They are an important part of our history, to be sure.

But so many have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Korean War Memorial

In just 3 years, over 54,000 soldiers died in the Korean War, with another 8000 missing or unaccounted for.

On Memorial Day, I think it’s important to acknowledge all of the brave men and women – their families and loved ones -  for their service to our country.

Arlington National Cemetery Graves 4

” The beautiful park-like grounds are now a field of the dead. Up the hillsides by thousands and tens of thousands, stretch the long regular serried lines of tombstones. Here, line by line, in rank and file, at peace behind the battle, lies the silent army now. It is so hard to realize, looking upon these squadrons of the dead, still seeming drawn up in battle array, that every one of those cold white stones strikes down to the dust that was once a human heart, that throbbed with the passionate pain of parting, at leaving home and love, that thrilled at the trumpet’s call, that beat with high hope and valour and gave its life-blood for the victorious cause that it held dear.”

-Issa Duffus Hardy


Today’s little bit of lovely: Going green with Gucci

May 28, 2011

The Gucci bamboo, canvas and leather tote in a classic neutral color palette is a Runway-to-Green offering on The Runway to Green program features over 20 leading designers with items designated to boost environmental causes; a portion of the profits from sales go to leading environmental organizations. So now, you can go Gucci and [...]

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Obsessories: Rose gold shoes, shades, bags, and a pair of darling cufflinks !

May 27, 2011

Our obsession with rose gold continues. We found some luscious accoutrements for rose gold jewelry lovers to add to the mix, including handbags, shoes, sunglasses, and the world’s most darling pair of rose gold cufflinks. Everything is coming up rose !   Love this summer bag from Coach. Coach Audrey Coral Canvas Leigh Slim Tote, [...]

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Today’s little bit of lovely: Chanel’s Fall Boy Bag collection

May 26, 2011

This fall, Chanel is introducing a new collection of handbags: the Boy Chanel. The design is based on a bag Coco Chanel wore which was styled to look like a hunting cartridge. “Chanel used men’s underwear to make dresses; she had this boyish attitude, in fact it is the very spirit of Chanel. She got [...]

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10 fascinating things about Balenciaga, as told by Hamish Bowles

May 26, 2011

It was a packed house for the Hamish Bowles presentation on Balenciaga at the Phoenix Art Museum last night. Mr. Bowles curated the Balenciaga: Spanish Master exhibition, currently showing in San Francisco’s De Young Museum, which includes some pieces from his private collection. He told the audience he had been fascinated with Cristobal Balenciaga for [...]

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Don’t miss Vogue’s Hamish Bowles at Phoenix Art Museum tomorrow night !

May 24, 2011

European Vogue’s editor-at-large, Hamish Bowles will be speaking about iconic fashion designer, Cristobal Balenciaga, at the Phoenix Art Museum, this Wednesday, May 25. Mr. Bowles curated the Balenciaga: Spanish Master exhibition, currently on display at San Francisco’s de Young Museum. The lecture is free to the public and starts at 7 p.m. Seating is on [...]

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Promises, promises… 3 great beauty products that make good on their claims !

May 23, 2011

Girls, when it comes to beauty products, we all know there’s a lot of hype out there. I’m recommending these 3 products because I’ve been using them and have found them worthy of my two-thumbs-and-a-pinkie-up rating. p.s. I tested these on my own and am not getting them free…although I’m open to it, Chanel, in [...]

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Today’s little bit of lovely: Face in the Mirror

May 22, 2011

Today, I’d like to share a little about an extraordinary organization right here in Scottsdale and Phoenix. It’s called Face in the Mirror and it’s dedicated to helping women who have cancer. To my knowledge, there isn’t another charity that does what this incredible group of volunteers does. Face in the Mirror visits women who [...]

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Today’s little bit of lovely: Bar Rafaeli in Roberto Cavalli

May 21, 2011

Bar Rafaeli lights it up in this Roberto Cavalli gown and Chopard jewels ! Photo: Joseph Kerkakian/ REX USA

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