Say Whaaat?

I have come to a fork in the road. I have decided to do something that has been on my mind for some time now. The only thing that has stopped me from taking this next step is fear.  Is fear even a real thing or  a story we tell ourselves to keep us safe. I don't mean safe as in we are literally in danger, I mean safe as in keeping us in our comfort zone. Not taking a risk, playing it small. Life is too short to play it small! SO ~

                                                   I AM WRITING A BOOK

                                                              WISH ME LUCK

Ham and Cheese Please

A magnificent 1920's Palm Beach mansion I pass fairly often is affectionately known as the Ham and Cheese House because of the bands of brick and coral stone design.  It is a sight to behold and not just because of its eye catching exterior.  

Designer Susan Zises Green was tasked with the job of updating the decor of this locally famous Italian Romanesque home originally called Casa Eleda  (Adele backwards, named for the wife of  banker Mortimer Schiff, who built the home). 

With 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space,  Zises Green had her work cut out for her.  She had to create modern day livability from a gilded age mansion.  She wanted to" lighten and brighten" in an effort to "create a joyous environment" for their children and grandchildren. 

Original architecture; moldings, mantels, chandeliers and more remained to honor the home's history and the architect, Maurice Fatio's vision.  Ocean views on one side and lush garden views on the other make very room a room with a view! 

 "The house deserved to have its history show" Susan said.  Large rooms were made more intimate with several seating areas.  I imagine the colors were inspired by the patina of the original floors,
ceilings and quintessential Florida architecture.  Creams, corals and dusty pinks speak to the terra cotta and brick while the "lettuce green" Venetian plaster clad dining room walls took its cues from the incredible hand painted and coffered ceiling  as well as the plantings beyond. 

The stunning kitchen by Offiine Gullo is very "of the moment" but has a vintage feel.  This Italian company prides themselves on creating modern masterpieces.  No detail was overlooked in this kitchen, including a pizza oven.

The dark media room is a nice respite from all the brighter spaces.

The gardens and hardscaping were designed by Mario Nievera.  He and his partner also has quite an impressive resume.

I feel so fortunate to be able to get a peek inside this fabled home that I drive by.  I could see idling many a happy day here.

photos: Francesco Lagnese,  top exterior:CLI

Ode to Karl


They say everyone is replaceable but it is unimaginable to think of Chanel moving forward without Karl Lagerfeld.  He made Chanel relevant for generations.  Karl carried on Coco's legacy; honoring her vision but reinventing it over and over, making it modern and keeping it at the top of fashion's "most wanted" lists.  The fashion shows became spectacles and the most coveted ticket to get.   Where would fashion be without the  boucle jackets and tweedy looks mixed with pearls, metals and camellias?

The most prolific designer of our time, he not only designed six collections a season for Chanel, he worked with Fendi, Chloe and his own namesake line.  He was a photographer, often photographing this own advertising campaigns and he was a filmmaker or rather a storyteller.  Karl wanted to be a one man muti fashion phenomenon.  I think he succeeded.

Karl was known for his "karlisms," funny, now iconic quotes that will live on forever.  I thought it would be  fun to revisit the best of them.

"Elegance is an attitude"

"Trendy is the last stage before tacky"

Gio Staiano

"The fashion of no- fashion is still fashion!"


"I'm a working class person, working with class"

Cindy Crawford via instagram

"I don't like standard beauty, there is no beauty without strangeness."

Ganzalo Fuentes

"Don't dress to kill, dress to survive."

"What I love best in life is new starts."

" I'm very much down to earth, just not of this earth."

Valerio Mezzanotti for NOWFASHION

"Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants."

He was not without controversy. He has taken stands on subjects not particularly popular and was not always PC.  One of his "karlisms" I have to disagree with was his comment; "I think tattoos are horrible.  It's like wearing a Pucci dress forever."  I, for one love Pucci!

Roland Weihrauch

Forbes said in an article published yesterday, "his passing permanently marks the world of fashion:Before Karl Lagerfeld and After Lagerfeld."