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“Ahh, the wide almond groves in full white flower Stunning in the morning sun. Old naked Winter in his garb of grays and browns has run. Forsythia blooms come and go in the blink of a yellow Eye, Then, suddenly, mysteriously, Green erupts; and we sigh.” –  Michael P. Garofalo, Cuttings Luxury Moment Style Edit Oh how the coming of Spring awakens the soul. The appearance of flowers, fresh greenery and the bursting abundance that Spring brings. The sweet scent of flowers drifts on the spring breeze. The days get longer and the warm sunshine returns. Imagine the day is a quintessentially perfect spring experience, and you’re off to enjoy a fabulous spring lunch. Pictured from top to bottom, left to right: Fortnum & Mason Enchanted Bloom, 28 Stems: This beautiful bouquet is made up of a mix of pastel garden roses, hand-tied with mint, lavender flowers and Senecio. The…

A designer bag in itself is special but a designer bag with a story, is extra special. The story gives the piece life, personal significance, excitement and adds more value. Perhaps the story is one created by events in your own life, or it was something handed down from a grandmother or was purchased during a significant time or a special event in your life. I have one such designer bag with a special story. It is a beautiful linen and pale green tote bag, designed by Valentino and purchased from Rice and Beans Vintage. Me, Valentino and the Brazilian Model This brand new bag was owned by Lucia Moreira Salles, Brazilian model and one of Valentino’s muses from the 1960’s, who passed away in 2009. It was possibly even given to her by Valentino himself. The owner of Rice and Beans Vintage purchased it from her estate sale. Every…