AT CHATEAU BEL AGE BOUTIQUE
It was a BIG DAY in the Life of YOUR CONTESSA!
Valerie of Chateau Bel Age Boutique in San Diego contacted me and told me ARI SETH COHEN had been in the shop and they had discussed a book signing in DECEMBER!Could I come down for it………….?
I did not HESITATE a BEAT!Terrible time of the year for me BUT YES I’ll be there!
I had the BEST WEEKEND!
It really and truly got me through the HOLIDAY PUSH!
PEOPLE were DRESSED.
PEOPLE were HAPPY.
And to top off all that WE were celebrating TWO BIRTHDAYS!One being the owner of THE SHOP and one being ARI’s MOTHER!
That is Valerie’s Mother coming down the STEPS!
The cake was made by another BLOGGER/INSTAGRAMER !!
She is ITALIAN and has started a BLOG called A MOTHER’s INSIGHT !
Sharing FOOD and RECIPES for ALL of us!
DO click on the LINK above and sign up to FOLLOW on the RIGHT HAND SIDE of her BLOG!
Valerie NOT only is eating HER CAKE but she is wearing THE DRESS!Valerie is 5 foot 4 inches tall and doesn’t it LOOK GREAT ON HER!You have seen me in a different pattern with it on THE INSTAGRAM SCROLL!!!!I LOVE IT and cannot say ENOUGH GOOD ABOUT IT!
A Little SHOP AMBIANCE to get YOU in THE MOOD!
Tons to ADMIRE and LOOK at!
I SPY TWO of Ari’s ADVANCED STYLE WOMEN and ONE MAN and ONE PARISIAN HERE named VALENTINE.
VALENTINE owns a CAFE at the BOTTOM of MISSION HILLS!
Not only a CAFE with her AMERICAN HUSBAND but her ARTIST STUDIO is right next DOOR!
The name of her CAFE is called LA ATELIER.
Tell her The CONTESSA sent YOU! I popped in briefly as she was SO KIND to get me a GLUTEN FREE BAGEL at Market so I had something to Nibble on at The BOOK SIGNING!
Between THAT and the B~12 SHOT I received in the FITTING room half my Body in half my Body out by a REGISTERED NURSE I was on TOP OF MY GAME ALL DAY!
TAMERA BEARDSLEY descending the GRAND LEOPARD STAIRCASE!
SHE MADE THAT NECKLACE ABOUT HER NECK!!!!!!
Have any of us SEARCHED EBAY for her ACCESSORIES????
I have NOW DECIDED I NEED A LEOPARD CARPET FOR MY KITCHEN!
Can one of MY DECORATING AMIGAS let me know how much that will be a yard and where to get it?
I NEED IT NOW!
A Grand daughter and her GRANDMOTHER and a San Diego Personal Shopper SANDRA VEUM sitting enjoying the company!
WHO can make out what ARI wrote in HER BOOK?!!!!!!
The woman POINTING is in ARI’s BOOK as well……..THE FIRST BOOK.
She owns a jewelry shop on CORONADO ISLAND and YOU will NEVER believe her AGE!
Diana with HER CAKE she made for the FESTIVITIES!
It was LOVELY a TWO TIERED WHITE CAKE with SPECIAL FROSTING!
LA BELLA MAMA of VALERIE in her NEW PAGLAMAS from CHATEAU BEL AGE BOUTIQUE!
The gal who makes the PAGLAMAS also makes the KIMONO’s……….you know the ones I wear from time to time!
Her name is JENNAFER and she is on her HONEYMOON in South Africa as I type!
Yesterday I got a PRIVATE MESSAGE on IG with photos!Guess where she went………..MY SHOE LADY!!!
COAST AND KOI!!!!!!!!!!
If you FOLLOW me on Instagram I shared MY SHOES or some of them THERE! More to be revealed as TIME MARCHES ON!
If you do not Follow me or you are not on instagram I do believe if you go to my HOME PAGE here on the BLOG you can peek at my IG as they call it!On the Left hand side!
VALERIE’s MOTHER is 77 years YOUNG!She TOO has been FEATURED on the ADVANCED STYLE INSTAGRAM!
A little bit of TRIVIA…..the stuff I ADORE!
Valerie and her MOTHER spent years at THE HOTEL DEL CORONADO.
AS HER mother was married to THE MAN who OWNED THE HOTEL!
SO, Valerie in essence was like ELOISE at THE PLAZA only here in the GOLDEN STATE of CALIFORNIA!
Can YOU IMAGINE being a child with the FULL RUN of that HOTEL as a Child with all THE STAFF looking after YOU!
Or NOT LOOKING!!!!!!!
That HOTEL has a BALLROOM……….
OLD WORLD CHARM over 100 years old sitting right SMACK on the BEACH!
Another GORGEOUS CREATURE from Ari’s BOOK!
Ari with his MOTHER and a few of HIS MODELS than there is TAMERA AND ME!!!How did we SLIP in THERE!!!!!!??
Just call us THE NEXT GENERATION!
I LOVE THIS PHOTO!
FOR MANY REASONS!
MR. and MRS. BEARDSLEY
ARI SETH COHEN and SANDRA VEUM………personal shopper!
There was SOMETHING about the LIGHT they wanted to CAPTURE
but I think THAT light got away and YOU have ME!
I had FOUND my PEARL BRACELETS in this CABINET the DAY BEFORE so I was back seeing if she had RE-Stocked!
WHY NOT take them to YOUR ELBOW!!!!!!!!!!?
I have READ somewhere MORE is MORE!!!!!!!!!
Made the ADVANCED STYLE INSTAGRAM………….AGAIN!
Last time I LOOKED he had over 5,068 LIKES on this PHOTO!!!!
GO Ahead and LIKE US!!!!!!!Let’s see if WE CAN MAKE THAT NUMBER CLIMB!
NOTE MY RED SHOES are from BAD MADGE in San Diego!
I had ordered off of INSTAGRAM, but they were TOO BIG so a quick SWAP was Done in a FIAT 500 CONVERTIBLE.(IT was 80 degrees when I landed at 10:15 AM in San Diego!)BAD MADGE is a VINTAGE SHOP in DOWNTOWN San Diego but these shoes were NEW!Come to find out the OWNER HERE is a FIDM TEACHER………FASHION INSTITUTE of DESIGN and MERCHANDISING!
THAT WAS MY MAJOR IN SCHOOL!!!!!!!
So, of course I LOVED That bit of FUN FACTS TOO!
I worked in RETAIL for awhile than went on to work for the SOLE DISTRIBUTOR in the United States and CANADA for THE GUCCI ACCESSORY COLLECTION.
Later on they added FENDI.
This all came about because I OVERHEARD A CONVERSATION about EVITA and a handbag that was NEEDED in a lunch room!
I allowed ALINA who I didNOT know borrow my GREY SUEDE bag and in return later on down the road she got me the JOB with GUCCI & FENDI!
ALINA now owns a candle company a few of you may KNOW!
The company is called ETAL DESIGNS.
She too can be found on INSTAGRAM!
BE NICE NEVER KNOW WHERE IT WILL TAKE YOU!
FROM THAT JOB I MET THE ITALIAN!
(That Blog is in the works………..because a few of you have been ASKING!)
A SATURDAY NIGHT IN La Jolla at CASA AMATO’s.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PHOTO!
I do believe JIMMY FERRARI SNAPPED this after a GORGEOUS dinner made by MY HOSTESS DIANA AMATO!
NOTE the center pieces!I was given INSTRUCTION and I DID IT in RECORD BREAKING TIME!
Dinner at CASA AMATO………….was Beef Bourguignon
The RECIPE was By another CONTESSA!!!!!!!!
You know THAT one that doesNOT WEAR SHOES!
But prepared by a ZINGARA!With her added TOUCHES!!
Valerie a BIRTHDAY GIRL and a ROARING FIRE!
OUTSIDE in DECEMBER!!!
THATS CALIFORNIA LIVING PEOPLE!!!!!!
YOURs TRUELY and MY HOSTESS
TWO YOUNG GIRLS ON THEIR PHONES waiting for the BIRTHDAY GALS!!!!
I can NOT THANK YOU enough for the LIFT HERE and THERE and staying at your GORGEOUS ABODE for the weekend!
It was a DREAM and EVERYTHING just FLOWED…………BEAUTIFULLY!
Two YOUNG GIRLS under THE CHRISTMAS TREE!!
WE are BOTH WEARING THE DRESS from THE CHATEAU!
Different patterns but the SAME DRESS!
In Fact, I think that Night at Dinner in La Jolla all the WOMEN were wearing THE DRESS!!!!!!!!!!!
We were a large group!
A FEW BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS for YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE!
TAKE A BOW!
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL EVENT!
Contessa at Lunch on the Velvet sofa at The CHATEAU looking a WEE bit TIRED from her JOURNEY SOUTH!
Valerie, showing me Dresses to SHOW PENELOPE!
SEE the different patterns behind!
YOU STILL LOOK PRETTY with YOUR EYES CLOSED and this was a GOOD PHOTO OF ME and MY AUSTRALIAN DRESS!!!!!!SO FORGIVE ME PLEASE!!!
CAKE IN THE TRUNK OF THE FIAT 500 for TRANSPORT!
MY BOSS AT I. MAGNIN in SOUTH COAST PLAZA over 37 YEARS AGO!
ARI has SHOT SANDRA and HER HUSBAND for his latest VENTURE!
I am BEYOND THRILLED as it was MY RECOMMENDATION!
HE LISTEN TO ME!!!!!
PAGLAMAS by JENNAFER GRACE available at CHATEAU BEL AGE!
These can be worn OUT or at HOME again MACHINE WASHABLE!
WORTH EVERY PENNY!
A side Note I wore mine to a dinner and I asked THE ITALIAN if I looked okay.
HIS RESPONSE WAS “MAMMA YOU LOOK STUNNING!”
SO, there you GO!
If THE ITALIAN says I look STUNNING I will be NEEDING ANOTHER PAIR!
Valeries’s MOTHER had these GUCCI shoes on with HER PAGLAMA’s!
AS was the the entire WEEKEND.
VALERIE and JIMMY FERRARI
ARI SETH COHEN
YOU ALL CONTRIBUTED TO THIS 57 1/2 GAL having a FUN FABULOUS TIME!