Monday, May 31, 2010

Joan Kors for Michael Kors pre-Fall 2010 Trunk Show

I had the pleasure of meeting Joan Kors at Neiman Marcus this past week. She is the West Coast Regional Coordinator of Michael Kors, and I daresay no one knows Michael Kors like Joan Kors....This may have something to do with the fact that she is Michael Kors' mother.
 
 I think it is also because she is sharp as a tack and loves clothing, design and textiles as much as her designer son.


 Joan Kors was in town to make a personal appearance and to introduce the Michael Kors pre-Fall collection full of sumptuous knits, a new double-faced cotton (don't think I am calling it correctly) created by Michael Kors for his line and beautiful, cleverly cut sweaters, shrugs, dresses and jackets:




Here is one of my favorite dresses from the newest collection.  The model was very nice.  She said the dress was super comfortable:


The back of the dress:


On the table behind the model is a folded dress from the pre-Fall collection that was worn by Michelle Obama in the January 11 issue of People magazine.

Another piece that I REALLY liked was this lacework cardigan with sequin detailing (photo is from Style.com because I didn't take a decent picture of it when I was there).  The fact that Joan Kors and I both could see ourselves wearing it is typical of Michael Kors clothing: it suits women of all ages without looking too young or too old for either demographic.
 
  Joan -in my imagination we're on a first-name basis- said she would wear it with a black tank ad slacks, because black is her color.  I would wear it with a white tank and skinny jeans:


Also on the sales floor was the softly hued Spring/Summer 2010 collection:


My visit with Joan Kors was brief, but she managed to make a strong impression on me.  She was like Auntie Mame in the flesh- vibrant, joyful and instantly likeable.  Right after we took a picture together her cell phone rang.  "Hi, Sweetie," she said.  Of course I instantly thought, "Michael??" But she's just the type of person to use endearments, I think, so it could have been anyone.  After she got off the phone she said that she had to immediately arrange to fedex a couple of pieces back to the office and we said our good-byes.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner


It's always a happy day when I find a new author to like. 
Generally I read books on history or biography, but I also like authors such as Dan Brown, Michael Crichton and Robin Cook.  I read their books because they paint a compelling picture of their main characters with lots of interesting asides and the storyline moves along at a good pace, making me want to read long into the night to find out what happens next.  Sadly, at this point I've read most all their books and now what?
Enter Jennifer Weiner!

I just finished Best Friends Forever, and I loved it.  It was a New York Times #1 best seller, so apparently other people enjoyed it as well.  It's the story of Addie Downs and her friend since grade school, Valerie Adler.  Something happens in high school and things change between them as a result. They lose touch...until the night of the 10 year reunion when Valerie shows up at Addie's doorstep needing her help.  What split them up, and how they get out of their current predicament and back together are the two central mysteries unfolding parallel to each other through the book's pages.

Immersed in the book, I read their thoughts and felt their experiences as if they were really happening.  There were lots of funny little moments and a few sad things that made me realize that I had connected with the story enough to care about what was happening- a sign of a good book.  Addie is the girl we all knew, or maybe even were, who got picked on in school but in the end makes out better than those popular kids that teased her and by and large peaked in high school.  It was a nice, light-hearted read that left me wanting more, and I am glad to know that there are still 6 other books by Jennifer Weiner for me to read, including  "In her Shoes," which was made into a movie starring Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette.

There is also a new novel called "Fly Away Home" coming out July 13th.

To learn more about Jennifer Weiner, you can visit her own blog, called A Moment of Jen (cute name!) or go straight to the full website, http://www.jenniferweiner.com/.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cannes


From the Festival de Cannes website:

The official poster of the 63rd edition is a creation by Annick Durban from a photograph of Juliette Binoche by Brigitte Lacombe.
Continuing the series of heroines as representations of screen mysteries, initiated two years ago, festival organizers were charmed by this allegorical figure of the cinema who gives life to the image with a single stroke of her luminous brush.

The figure illuminates the scene with her presence; the magic of her enigmatic gaze heightened by her austere attire, the grace of her gesture is an invitation to follow.

My favorite images of Cannes, past and present:


 



....and, if I'm being honest, the Borat Mankini:


I was on the French Riviera in 2005 and that is still one of my favorite vacations.  It's so picturesque.  The water and the sky are almost the same beautiful shade of blue and there are palm trees and cypress trees everywhere.  Driving along the roads you pass right next to and through outcroppings of massif which are literally small sections of the earth's crust that have been pushed up.  I remember at those moments the lyrics to "Voodoo Chile" were playing in my head :
"Well, I'm standing next to a mountain/chop it down with the edge of my hand,"

Here are my shots of Cannes itself.  Looking back I don't know why I didn't take more pictures.  I guess we were just having too much fun :).


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Teleflora Mother's Day Bouquet Giveaway


Above are three of my favorite floral arrangements currently available on Teleflora's website for Mother's Day delivery.  Wouldn't it be nice to give your mom some flowers like these? Well, great news- I might be able to help you out right here!  Thanks to Teleflora, I'm hosting a giveaway: you can win a bouquet of your own choosing from www.teleflora.com up to $75, including service and tax- just in time for Mother's Day!

Here's how to enter:

 Leave a comment about the best fashion advice you've gotten from your mom as well as your email address so that I can get in touch with you if you win. 

My rules for this giveaway:

One entry per person. The giveaway closes on Thursday (5/6/10) at 2 PM my time (US pacific coast time) and I will email you if you are the winner.  Please reply by 8 PM my time on Thursday (5/6/10) so that I can let you know who to talk to at Teleflora.  If I don't hear from the winner I will send an email to the new winner (sounding vaguely Miss America-ish...).