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22 Sep

A Jetsetter’s Love Letter to The Peninsula Hong Kong

We've arrived! The Peninsula sent their British Racing Green Rolls Royce to pick us up in style!   There are great hotels and then there are Grand Hotels!  The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong is truly a Grand Hotel!  It is consistently rated as one of the top hotels in world.  And what makes it so special?  We have stayed there many times and it always feels like an elegant home away from home to us.  The ultimate luxury...
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23 Jun

Legendary Beverly Hills Garden Tour

The Virginia Robinson Garden's Annual  Tour is one of my very favorite springtime events. On this day, chic women decked out in sunglasses, pearls, garden hats and flats, and men sporting that bare ankled "I just stepped off my yacht look" delight in being Looky Loos of the highest order! The tour is a highlight of the Beverly Hills Spring social season and offers a rare opportunity to step behind the gates of some of Beverly Hills most gorgeous estates. This...
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22 Apr

Karl Lagerfeld Paris, It’s Love at First Sight!

  Hip hip hooray for Karl Lagerfeld and his fantastic line, Karl Lagerfeld Paris.  He has successfully democratized fashion by creating a chic and stylish line any girl can afford!  As you all know by now, I am a total Chanel Girl, having worn it consistently since the first year Karl started designing for Chanel. I got my first Chanel outfit for Christmas in 1983.  And I have to say, I am totally impressed with this collection! A few weeks ago I...
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10 Apr

His and Hers

    Picky and Pushy have been happily married for  a very long time! Forty seven years!  People ask us what the secret is to our happy marriage.  Well, we have lots of them, like listening to each other and listening to Cole Porter love songs.  As Cole would say, and we would agree,"Birds do it, bees do it, even chic Malteses ( a little poetic license) at the Ritz do it, Let's do it! Let's fall in love!" But another secret is...
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16 Mar

The LACMA Costume Council’s Newsletter “Threads” 2012-2013

In 2012-13, LACMA's Costume Council hosted many glamorous and exciting fashion related events.  Guests included Grace Coddington,  Olivier Theyskens, Rachel Zoe, Melvin Sokolsky, Mary Katrantzou, Stephen Webster, Michael Schmidt, Jennifer Henry, Jerrell Scott, Tadashi Shoji, Sue Wong and more.  We also had a premier viewing of "Diana Vreeland, The Eye Has To Travel" and a special viewing of  "Versailles  73."  To see photos from these fun events (maybe even a photo of you!) please click on the link below, the one that...
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22 Feb

Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel Event at The Costume Council

  Because I have been inundated with questions about the Costume Council I am going to start posting photos from those incredible events we planned beginning with the year I was the Chair in 2012-2013.  As you will see we had exciting informative events featuring incredible speakers and interviewers, fashionable guests, celebrities,  dream locations and generous sponsors. By the way, if you have any invitations from previous years,  photos of our events or old copies of our newsletters, please send them...
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14 Feb

La Dolce Vita- Valentines from Venice

With love to Tony and Jetset Romeo, the sweetest and most fun travel companions in the whole world!  Volare! Come Fly with me, Jetset Romeo!   We couldn't believe how lucky we were. We had the entire Air France First Class section all to ourselves! Romeo only had to be in his bag for take off and landing!   We've Arrived!   A water taxi speeds us to the Il Palazzo   [caption...
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13 Feb

Looking for the Perfect Valentines Gift?

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your girlfriend or wife.  I am sharing a gift my  husband (otherwise known on this blog as Pushy) sent to me.  I have the best husband!   Imagine how thrilled I was when  my favorite florist, Floral Art LA, sent to me this incredible arrangement and the equally exotic package standing behind it!   And this is the beautiful surprise inside the package. This stunning red Celine crocodile clutch.  You can't really...
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25 Dec

Christmas in Paris

      We cannot celebrate Christmas without thinking of Christmases Past.  Although Christmas usually finds us snug in our sweet beds in Malibu, we have also spent it in other places like Venice, Las Vegas, Arizona at the Boulders, Taos and our most magical one at the El Rancho Motel in Gallup New Mexico.  (more about that on another day). But today we want to share Christmas 2009 with you.  Just a few days before Christmas we suddenly  decided we wanted to...
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19 Dec

The Story of our Christmas Tree

The happiest time of the year revolves around our Christmas tree.  We love searching for the perfect tree, reuniting with our favorite ornaments again,  hanging each one with care and finally celebrating our grand creation.  It is all about tradition.  And Love.  We are dreaming of a  sparkly White Christmas!  Happy scrolling!   We search all the big tree lots in LA for the perfect Christmas tree. It must be at least 12 feet tall, have lots of...
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11 Dec

Santa Baby! Casual Holiday Glamour

Santa Baby, we have a long Christmas wish list for you. World Peace would do! So hurry down the chimney on Dec. 24th! So yesterday was a busy pre-Christmas day filled with errands and parties.  First stop, The Holiday Open House at the Virginia Robinson Gardens.  We made a beeline for Santa!  Santa Baby, we have a long wish list for you!  World Peace would do!  So hurry down our chimney on Dec. 24th for cookies!       [caption id="attachment_2338"...
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4 Dec

What’s in my Closet? My Fall 2016 Shoe Wardrobe

The leg lengthening allure of Coco Chanel's cap toe shoes is as popular today as in the 60's! Although we have a choice of color combinations today, the original idea was that you could have one pair of shoes that would go with everything. Keep that in mind when you are packing for a trip!  The basic tan and black goes great with black, tan, white, or almost any color, and work for  daytime or evening...
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3 Dec

Lunch with Her Serene Highness, Princess Charlene of Monaco

  Today I am going to pop back to a fabulous day in May.  I was thrilled to be invited by my very sweet and thoughtful friend, Ricki Ring, to join her at a luncheon hosted by the Blue Ribbon for Her Serene Highness, Princess Charlene of Monaco!  Princess Charlene discussed her life in the palace.  She was an Olympic swimmer who met Prince Albert when he presented her with a swimming prize.  She was in Los Angeles promoting The Princess...
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15 Nov

Thanksgiving Flower Arrangement Ideas

Thanksgiving is almost here!   Here are photos of arrangements I've created in the past.  Though there are similarities in style throughout, there are also marked differences in color schemes and flowers.  I love to bring stems of autumn leaves into the house. And  I LOVE to make really long arrangements.  I call them "Floats" because they remind me of Rose Bowl Parade floats.  Funny, as you look through the photos, you will also notice design changes in my kitchen...
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11 Nov

How to Get That Cozy November Feeling

As soon as we turn the clocks back each fall, all I want to do is cuddle up with Tony and Romeo, make something really comforting for dinner, light all my candles and enjoy the season.  Seasonal flower arrangements are essential to getting into the mood. The is not the time for tulips even if you can get them at the flower market. This year I started with this look.  I found these really great English candlesticks at a little...
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21 Oct

Chanel Cuba Party at Chateau Marmont

On Wednesday morning my horoscope encouraged me to simply enjoy life's little perks. And just like that, presto sesame, up popped a fabulous perk when Chanel hosted a super glam party at the Chateau Marmont  showcasing the Chanel Cuba Resort Collection.  It was hot weather for October in LA at 84 degrees at night!   But it was perfect for the theme. Exotic palm trees, a Cuban band around the pool, mojitos, champagne, and Cuban croquettes created an escape to Havana...
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19 Oct

Ace Gallery Dinner for Ruth Pastine and Gary Lang

Last Thursday night we attended an incredible dinner in honor of Ruth Pastine and Gary Lang at Ace Gallery Beverly Hills.  Gary is probably best known for his amazingly colored concentric circles.  This exhibition features his recent work, such as "Rising", the 24 piece panel at the end of the room and the faceted paintings on the left gallery wall. The black and blue gradient painting is by Ruth Pastine.  Her exhibition," Ethereal Material",  explores  the viewer's perception, color theory and...
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10 Oct

New Members Luncheon at The Friends of Virginia Robinson Gardens

            I had so much fun attending The Friends of Virginia Robinson Gardens New Member Luncheon last Friday. Actually I joined last year but late in the season  so I missed this important introduction.   I am so happy to be involved in this group! The Friends of Virginia Robinson Gardens is a non-profit volunteer organization which raises funds to restore and preserve the oldest and one of most beautiful estates in Beverly Hills, the former home of Virginia and Harry...
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4 Oct

At Pucci, Everything That Goes Around Comes Around Again

Pucci 1969-70 It is fun to compare the designs of Emilio Pucci to the current Pucci  designer, Massimo Giorgetti.  To the left is a piece from 1969-70 designed by Emilio Pucci, which I donated to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Everything about it dates it to the late 60's,  the pattern and especially the color scheme, although it definitely doesn't look out of date.  To the right is a piece designed by Giorgetti  (born in 1977)...
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15 Sep

My Powder Room Makeover

I have a tiny powder room that has mirrored walls, a mirrored ceiling, and a floor that looks like glass.  It also has a glass sink, glass countertop,and an interesting tower of woven aluminum and beads. It was pretty dramatic before. But then I found a laser light at CVS drugstore.  I originally purchased the light for my garden.  And I still have one down there.  But Pushy got the idea of taking it into the powder room.  He  plugged...
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15 Sep

A Bathing Suit Wardrobe

It's mid September and there is a slight chill  in the air today.  Here in Southern Callifornia, September and October are usually our warmest days of the year. For me, Swimsuit Season is not over!  I actually wear a bathing suit almost every day.  My Eres tank suits are perfect for yoga.  And of course I have a whole wardrobe of suits to choose  to wear on our  beach or in our spa.  I even wear a bathing suit while...
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14 Sep

Meeting Iris Apfel

So, what do you wear to meet a style icon like Iris Apfel?  Inspired by Iris's "More is More" aesthetic,  for this special screening and interview with Iris at lacma I wore a Sacai dress, Valentino coat, Roger Vivier pumps and clutch, Armani necklace and my trademark sunglasses on top of my head! What do you wear to meet style icon Iris Apfel?   So true    ...
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7 Apr

Picky and Pushy Celebrate Easter

  The most amazing aspect of this Easter design is something you just can't experience unless you recreate it yourself or happen to visit us on Easter day.  And that is the incredible scent.  The scent of the chocolate bunnies, the daffodils,the roses and freesia make the most incredible perfume.  Please click on the link above to hear me read my favorite poem about daffodils, "Daffodils Poem"  by Williams Wadsworth.  ...
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9 Feb

Meeting Melvin Sokolsky! and Ellen von Unwerth!

I am a huge fan of Melvin Sokolsky.  I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet him a few years ago at a private After-Opening Dinner hosted by Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles.  I got to sit next to Melvin during the dinner and talk to him about his amazing career!  And to top the night off,  my husband, Tony,  caught this amazing  image of the also Very Famous fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth taking a photo of me...
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30 Jan

Born to be Wild

  This  Alexander McQueen Moto leather jacket with it's fox fur, goat hair, zippers and beautiful velvet ribbons is just the thing for a Rock and Roll kind of girl like me!  This  photo was taken at Saks, just after I purchased the coat, so I am wearing my attitude  but my boots are missing!  I am ready to get my motor rolling and head out on the highway to l look for adventure, accompanied by the cutest Bad Boys in...
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28 Jan

Let’s shop Rodeo Drive!

Here is a casual outfit for doing a little shopping on Rodeo Drive. The details:  My Trademark Ted Lapidus sunglasses, Chanel leather jacket trimmed with gold braid, Chanel purse, Chanel ballet flats, Chanel hoop earrings and very old vintage Chanel ceramic bangles.   Vintage Ted Lapidus Sunglasses.  I used to have about 12 pairs of these in every color.  Then one day, while cleaning the closet,  I decided to throw them  out.  As soon as they were gone, I...
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27 Jan

The Costume Council Board of Directors 2012-2013

Little Black Dress, High Heels and Pearls
In 2012-2013, I was honored to serve as Chairman of LACMA's Costume Council.  I invited our brilliant, beautiful and hardworking board members to celebrate the council's 60 year history by attending this Audrey Hepburn style photo shoot wearing Little Black or White dresses, high heels, and pearls. Photographs were taken by  Andreas Branch and I put together this little montage.  It sometimes takes a little while for video to load. ...
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17 Jan

A Sizzling gift from my Sicilian Husband

We had a Sicilian New Year's Day Party this year.  When the weather suddenly turned cold, I had to change my outfit plans at the last minute.  Tony surprised me with the perfect gift to go with the theme, these Spectacular Dolce and Gabbana Enchanted Beauties Limited Edition Sunglasses from their Special Collections for Winter 2015!  I Love, love, love them!  A Little Black Dress from Prada and a short mink jacket completed my" I Married the Mafia" look!  You...
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8 Dec

A Fashion Moment with Suzy Menkes

I love Suzy Menkes ongoing witty commentary on the fashion world.  This was the second time I had the pleasure of meeting her, and she was kind enough to act like she remembered the other time!  She is so much fun to talk with, and surprisingly, so down to earth  and approachable despite the glamourous globe trotting life she leads as one of the world's most famous fashion writers-- previously for the International Herald Tribune and now Vogue! This photo was...
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8 Dec

At Home with Rene Gruau

Cindy Canzoneri andRene Gruau at h is home in Cannes, France
  I was thrilled to meet world famous fashion illustrator, Rene Gruau at his seaside home in Cannes, France.  Later that evening, we joined him for a sole dinner at his favorite restaurant!  What an unforgettable night! Rene worked with all the French fashion houses  but his most important connection was with the House of Dior through his close friend, Christian Dior.  I love the illustrations he did for Dior. This Rene Gruau illustration helped launch Dior's New Look....
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21 Nov

I See Spots! Bob Zoell, Hoots and my little Moschino Suit

We LOVE the work of Bob Zoell.  We have been friends since 1987 when we purchased our first Bob Zoell painting at Ace Gallery.  He is well known for his "Spot" paintings and for his language based pieces.   He has had  gallery and museum exhibitions in Japan, France and throughout the United States.   His work is in the permanent collection  of LACMA and OCMA. He  received the Pollack/Krasner Grant and  the Adolph Gottlib Grant.  In 2001- 2002 he...
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15 Nov

Tim Hawkinson’s Eyeglobe and Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please Collaboration

Here is an interesting meeting of fashion and art from my past.  This features a piece we used to own, Tim Hawkinson's Eye Globe 1992 and a dress it inspired--Issey Miyake's dress from the Pleats Please Guest Artist No. Series. Eye Globe was probably the only piece  I ever purchased without showing it to my husband first.  Luckily for me, he loved it too!   I think Tim Hawkinson and I arrived at Ace Gallery at almost the same time.  I...
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28 Oct

The Hat

    A few years ago, while shopping for resort wear in Capri, I discovered the most exquisite beach hat I had ever seen.  I had to have it!  The owner of the store explained that it was designed by a young fashion designer from Rome,  Gemma Del Vecchio.  Gemma has a home on Capri and we made arrangements to meet.  Gemma, who is only 30 years old, is already well on her way to becoming a star in the world...
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27 Oct

Opening Night Opera Gala – Hollywood Style

Opening night of the Los Angeles Opera is a fabulous  opportunity to get dressed up, especially if you will be attending the dinner before  and festivities afterward.  For this evening I wore  a long black Miyake gown, with (from left to right ) a Cartier diamond Myst ring, Stuart Weitzman sling backs with pave heels, my Judith Leiber "Hollywood"  minaudière,   diamond hoop earrings and an art deco bracelet.  While this is appropriate attire for the opening night, Do  Not...
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20 Oct

Perfect Outfit for a Cozy Day of Blogging

In celebration of the first cool autumn day we've had in Malibu this year, I wore my beautiful new J. Crew cashmere sweater with split sides layered over a little ruffled silk cami.  Paired with my BCBG Madison pants, my pink Chanel ballet flats and my Elsa Peretti Wave bracelets, I was all set for a cozy day of blogging with Romeo.  When you work on your blog, you have to wear a great ring, because you look at your...
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