My THANK ~ YOU to
Chateau Bel Age Boutique
Le Bel Age Boutique
With Love Gift
They let me FLY in to SHOP & CHAT & LAUGH and SKIP to LA JOLLA for a MAJOR BOOK SIGNING!
I am still RUNNING on ADRENALINE from my recent trip down South.I had SO much FUN I canNOT STOP thinking about it!
Here I AM in MY GARDEN showing VALERIE of CHATEAU BEL AGE BOUTIQUE what I LOOK LIKE!!
So, she can FETCH me from the AIRPORT.
Have you EVER gone to MEET a PEN PAL?
Or in this CASE an
JUST DO IT!
HER Lovely Boutique in the Historic MISSION HILLS of SAN DIEGO!
I purchased the KIMONO on the RIGHT!
She had another with the same pattern………if it SPEAKS to YOU.
This Kimono reminded me of
I spent some of MY youth there on vacation at my AUNT’s HOUSES.
They both owned THE SAME HOUSE just different years!
CHATEAU BEL AGE BOUTIQUE
1578 West Lewis Street
San Diego,California 92103
This is my SECOND ADVENTURE of getting on an AIRPLANE……just one this time (last time it was THREE AIRPLANES to go see DONNA.)I did write about that BELOW.
You see VALERIE has a shop…….well, THREE shops and a HAIR SALON On the same street.All within a minute walk from each other.Can YOU see where I AM going with this?
I HAD A BALL!
HER HUSBAND RUN’s the PAPERIE!
What I LOVED is they MIX the OLD with the NEW!He was a REAL PAPERAZZI in ARGENTINA before moving to the STATES!
A PHOTOGRAPHER…….so he collects old camera’s and typewriters which are ALL FOR SALE!
I might ADD a REAL GENTLEMAN TOO.
On top of the SHOPPING and getting AQUATINTED with VALERIE FERRARI who could be MY SOULMATE; I might ADD!
I had the PLEASURE to SHARE my room with another BLOGGER who came down from LOS ANGELES to SEE ME!
THE ONE AND ONLY SANDRA SALLIN!
I had her COAT off and trying ON MERCHANDISE before we got properly CHATTING!
This is a SHORTER KIMONO.
All made for CHATEAU BEL AGE BOUTIQUE by JENNAFER GRACIOUS.
SO, LADIES YOU WILL NOT SEE THESE ANYWHERE ELSE in other stores or catalogs!They are made SPECIAL for this ADORABLE Boutique in SAN DIEGO.
Even MORE REASON to SHOP with JOY!!!!
SO, TWO GALS and VALERIE’S HUSBAND who I might ADD speaks fluent ITALIAN and a CAT named LEWIS was my REASON for going SOUTH!!!I was in HEAVEN for two and half days!!!!!!!!
We drank cocktails and tried on KIMONO’S!!!!!!!
WE ATE MEXICAN FOOD The entire TIME!ON CINCO DE MAYO a food vender set up HIS kitchen on WEST LEWIS STREET and made TACOS with home made CORN tortilla’s for this GLUTEN FREE GAL!
There was even a man playing the BAGPIPES!
THEN…………WE all went to the ADVANCED STYLE BOOK SIGNING EVENT in LA JOLLA where I lived in 1977.Did I do the math RIGHT?39 years AGO!!!I lived with my COUSINS and went to LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL.
That could be another POST!
I will let the PHOTOS SPEAK for themselves………..just know if YOU spy something that catches YOUR eye VALERIE will send you better photos and she is VERY GOOD ABOUT MAILING as that is HOW WE connected!
Let me first tell YOU about VALERIE……………she is 53 years old.Born in DECEMBER.She was a little girl who grew up in a VERY FAMOUS HOTEL in CORONADO.Yes,if you are from CALIFORNIA you will KNOW which HOTEL……and maybe if YOUR NOT from the GOLDEN STATE YOU will KNOW!
HOTEL DEL CORONADO…………..GOOGLE IT!
SHE roamed the hotel day and night………can you imagine having a STAFF in the kitchen TWENTY -FOUR SEVEN. Living on THE BEACH and having SO many EYES on YOU and able to assist in tasks that perhaps were a NO NO!I have told HER she MUST WRITE A BOOK!
Do you agree with me?
the CAT of MY HOSTS roams the STREET which is called WEST LEWIS STREET!He has CARTE BLANCHE to wander and go inside MOST of the SHOPS on this QUAINT little street.He has been spied in windows at night when the doors have been locked up!!!!!
The PROPRIETRESS and HER MAIN SQUEEZE………the ARGENTINIAN JIMMY!
Me at the OTHER SHOP called LE BEL AGE BOUTIQUE.
Oh wait until YOU see the FITTING ROOM!
Even LEWIS came shopping with ME!
I LOVED THIS HAT!
CAN YOU TELL?
LEWIS….. on DISPLAY……..
FAUX JEWELS to enhance YOUR LOOK were EVERYWHERE! Those coral necklaces were $35.00 each!
Yes I bought THE BLACK TOP!
That HANDBAG belongs to SANDRA…..we had to HIDE it in the BACK so NO ONE would WANT TO BUY IT!
Note the DRAPE of the KIMONO sleeve…………
This is THE DESIGNER HERSELF!
As a little girl she told VALERIE she would GROW UP to make clothes for HER shop!
Her DREAM came TRUE!
The Black item on the MANNEQUIN is FANTASTIC!
I Own it!
Are you seeing the Kimono up the quick flight of stairs!
(DON’T LOOK AT THE PLASTIC GARMENT BAG UNDER THE BAMBOO FOLDING TABLE!)
P L E A S E!
Black & White.
A BASIC In EVERY WARDROBE……..short ladies I bet it comes SHORT TOO!
HERE IS A LINK TO SEE How MANY OPTIONS YOU have for THE KIMONO.
WATCH The VIDEO!
You may NEED one of these for THAT SPECIAL HOLIDAY in OCTOBER!
Hand~ Made by VALERIE’S MOTHER.
Each DOLL has a different LOOK and Unique Accessories.
The LOVELY lady who makes these DOLLS,Michala was the PROPRIETRESS of
THE HOTEL DEL CORONADO.
They also owned
THE RACKET CLUB IN PALM SPRINGS.
Then he became the AMBASSADOR to SWITZERLAND under President Clinton.
My Friend PENELOPE calls this CLUNKING!
It is JUST SO INTERESTING TO ME!
Guess who SOLD OJ. SIMPSON his BRUNO MAGLI shoes?
~This WOMAN has STORIES!~
SANDRA is MY MODEL.
Which comes naturally to HER as her career started in HOLLYWOOD doing just that for HOLLYWOOD.
Commercials to be more EXACT.
I think I even remember some of these!!!!!
CANADA DRY COMMERCIAL!
I made HER try this on………….the RED SKIRT!
Would YOU BELIEVE she is 75 and a HALF years of AGE!
EXACTLY a TWENTY YEAR difference between HER & ME!
May I LOOK and ACT HALF as GOOD as SHE DOES when I HIT SEVENTY ~ FIVE!
I LOVED THE LEOPARD CARPET…….YOU do know it is a NEUTRAL RIGHT?
A view of WITH LOVE GIFT………
UMBRELLA’s SPRINKLED with GLITTER by VALERIE.
Are YOU hooked yet?I was ENCHANTED…………….I found her SHOPS to be of another ERA.She is a TRUE SHOP KEEPER and does NOT push herself on YOU.She may SUGGEST a NEW GARMENT like THE SLEEVES!!!!!But SHE is NOT PUSHY!
OH THE SLEEVES I did not get a PHOTO of…………BUT they are useful and CHIC.
Let me just say…….this CONTESSA had a WONDERFUL TRIP to San Diego and cannot wait to go back!
Stay Tuned for another POST on ARI SETH COHEN and HIS PEOPLE.I will go to work on that RIGHT away as it was ALL SO MAGICAL and FUN!
It’s not often WE get EXCITED about things at MY AGE!
I was VERY EXCITED
and had a MARVELOUS trip.
CAN YOU TELL?!!!