Styling à la Florentine

When you enter a city trough the medieval gigantic doors, you know it is a special place.

Firenze (Florence)  is an epitome of the Italian Renaissance where even the hotels are built with the Renaissance in mind.

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When the hotel room has a Renaissance themed frescoes on the walls, it must be Florence!

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Florence has a very distinct style.

It is an open air museum that would take a visitor a few months to experience and appreciate all the gems that this city has to offer.

One of the least touristy places is the Medicis’ villa. There are so many primary spots that I think the Medicis’ villa hardly gets any traffic.

It is a unique feeling to experience such historical locations in a Zen atmosphere.

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In this Zen environment, I have stumbled upon the most beautiful movie theater ever!IMG_1998

Doesn’t it just look fascinating?

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It just needs a popcorn and a soda machine!

Talk about Form NOT Following the FUNCTION!

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And if the movie is boring, one can always look up to the “sky” for more action!

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What do you think? Would you like a home theater à la Florentine ?

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Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mothers Day!

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Best thing to tell your mom?

If I could choose my mom, I would choose you!

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After Mr.Freud, it became our second nature to blame our parents for everything,

from the shape of our nails, to the color of our cars…My wish for Mother’s Day is that we will grow up as a society and gain control of our lives .No more blaming! We can make changes …and as for parents …Just celebrate them! Without them we would not be on this planet :)

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Happy Mothers Day to All MOMS!

love,

E.

Do you have a LIFE?….

Lunch with my girlfriend…Evelina Galli-”I have Facebook,Twitter,Google Plus,Yahoo! MSN,Skype,WhatsApp,…”

-”Seriously?!!!…Do you have a LIFE?”

-”OMG! NO ! Send me the link ! “

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Your inner SuperHERO!

Recently, I was at an event where to” break the ice” and introduce yourself you needed to name your Fantasy Inner Superhero and explain why you chose that person…

My first impulse was to choose Trinity from Matrix, Catwoman or Lara Croft…and the reason?..Their costumes of course!

…but on second thought: I have realized that Matrix is so 1999 with very minimalist fashion!…actually all 3 of them are!..It is 2013. We NEED more color! 

So I had to draw a new 2013 Inner Superhero! (Added bonus:have full creative control and can change it  at any time :)

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Do you have an Inner Superhero?

Morning News!

I feel all these modern devises start to complicate my life instead of simplifying it!

…For example, when I want to read the morning paper on the iPad, while I’m there, a thought comes that I haven’t checked my Facebook page for more than an hour!…then somebody posts a funny link and I end up watching  “Funny or Die” YouTube videos making fun of recent sorority email. Instead of reading about the new developments in North Korea, I find  myself watching Dolce and Gabbana perfume ads…..

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Serious ADD case!…SO I  just went and bought :Real, Nice,Smelly, Old Fashioned Newspapers!

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…Finally, Morning News that I will get to enjoy!

How well do you know your friends?

Recently I was having a breakfast with my friend/mentor/family member Fabulous Alakazia.Evelina and Alakazia At my 80es style birthday celebration with Monsieur Alakazia 

I thought I knew everything about him: his brilliant career at most prominent design houses (Versace, Lanvin, Ungaro, Yves Saint Laurent,..to name a few)

After our breakfast at “Alcove” he invited me to visit his studio in one of the high rises in Downtown LA, and what a discovery it was!...

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I felt like “Alice in the Wonderland!” In a Beautifully arranged room there were …amazing clothes from fantastic Italian fabrics, jewelry, handbags, and  magical Kate Middleton worthy hats placed on the center table!…

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True Treasure Palace!...I started trying on all his fantastic hats, and he was just laughing in amusement at my childlike enthusiasm! I was having too much fun!…At the end he let me borrow a few of his pieces to feature them in my blog and to carry them in my online store.

I am so excited to share with my discovery with you!…Check in all this week to read an interview with Fabulous Alakazia and see those Princess Worthy Hats!

See you soon!

Xoxo

E.

Mademoiselle Chanel and The Secret behind “The Secret”

Mademoiselle Chanel introduced the Chanel Jacket in the1920es as an alternative to corseted look popular at that time. It symbolized women’s liberation, youthfulness and sportiness…but for me today it symbolizes the “magic power” of thought.

The “magic power” to think of an idea, then make it and then see hundreds of people wearing it! Wearing someone’s thoughts! Isn’t that magical?

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This brings me to the missing element in the movie “The Secret”( I am sure everyone has seen it or heard of it by now). The concept there is “think of something and it will happen”…maybe they are being much more esoteric then I can comprehend…but it would mean sitting in your room, meditating all day “I want gold,”  and seeing gold coins magically appear on the floor…how many people have experienced that?

Evelina Galli …But I am sure many people have had ideas/visions in their minds which became part of their reality when an action was applied….

I don’t want to undermine “The Secret,” I absolutely agree with the idea…I just think it is missing the element of “ACTION.”

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I have thought of hundreds of dresses in my mind…but the ones that actually exist and people wear are the ones that I’ve applied some “Action.” I’ve sketched them, chosen fabrics for them, made samples of them…

That’s my Secret to “The Secret,” which is  inspired by Coco Chanel. Her thoughts and vision in the form of this Jacket live on for almost 100 years!

 Viva Chanel! An endless inspiration! 

xoxo

E.

Total Package or The Benefits of Venturing Out

-Why there are no Restaurants on the Moon?

-Because there is no Atmosphere!

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I mentioned before about my addictive personality. It definitely applies not only to fashion, but to other things as well, such as Restaurants.

My decision-making strategy about where to eat is simple: depending on which neighborhood of LA I am in, I have my ultimate place to go to and I don’t venture out.

I feel “exploring” new restaurants can be hit or miss and since I don’t have much time, I don’t want to end up at a “miss.”

Well at least that was my thought process until recently…

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I was at the “Prive” salon in West LA, where amazing hair sculptor Brian Borg was trimming my hair (he actually calls it “dusting off” not trimming… sounds so much better !)

…My later plans included having dinner at “The Little Door” an intimate French-Lebanese place that I became “hooked on” because of my friend. The food is consistently great and there are no unwanted surprises…Well that was my plan, until Brian asked ”You know that the best Italian restaurant in LA is right next door?”

“Seriously Brian?”…“The Best? Right here?”… after realizing that I had already accidentally parked my car at the “Angelini” valet, combined with the degree of starvation I was experiencing , the decision was made in nanoseconds!

Evelina GalliJust like that I diverted my dinner plans from “The Little Door” to the next door and landed at Angelini Osteria.

I have never been to Italy before, but stepping into Angelini was as good as buying a ticket and flying to Italy!

The staff spoke in Italian, the customers were charming, and the colors of the interior were warm and welcoming!

House made black ink pasta with lobster and cherry tomatoes was unbelievable and to compensate me for not having any company, they offered a glass of champagne on the house. The high note was when Venetian tiramisu arrived with a small cup of espresso. The dinner was fantastic from the very first bite of the Ciabatta bread and the Extra Virgin Olive oil delivered from Italy specifically for them.

Only after the dinner I noticed the Zagat rating award/trophy, where it spelled out that Angelini was the best. But the truth is, you did not have to see any Award/trophies to know this was the best. It was not the food or the staff that made this place so special and not the customers or the decor…it was all of the above creating an ATMOSPHERE, a sum that was greater than its parts!

Have you ever discovered a “true” hidden treasure in your neighborhood by chance?

Sylvester Stallone starring as Cinderella?

Have you ever thought that the film Rocky is the greatest Cinderella story ever?ph1

I never realized that until today! I was reading an article about Sylvester Stallone and discovered that he was a starving actor/writer when he wrote Rocky. As a matter of fact, he wrote the whole story in one day out of sheer passion. And becauseof his persistence he was able to sell his story and star in it.

The story he told was an inspirational story about an underdog who never gave up. He detailed in an edgy and artistic way how hard work led to Rocky’s big break! And life definitely imitated art because Rocky is what led to Sylvester Stallone’s big break as well!

That is exactly what the Cinderella story is about …Success after a longtime oppression!

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Basically freedom from slavery! The last post about conquering fears fits perfectly with this theme as well…fighting our fears/weaknesses, conquering our “demons” and rising above limitations in order to become the person we were meant to be

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I always thought there must be some other message behind Cinderella besides teaching girls how to be gold diggers …and I finally got it! 

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How have you used persistence and perseverance to rise above a challenge in your life?   What other messages do you think exist in the Cinderella story?