Friday, May 14, 2010

My head is spinning!

First off, the Sharon Cloud Trunk Show went incredibly well---was a huge success and I also learned alot. Sharon is a genius. It's that simple. Everything this woman touches, is fabulous. I need about 10 Sharon Cloud's; One for French Moutarde (the BEST mustard I have ever had in my thirty-something years of life), lavender bundles, botanicals, parfum, textiles, pillows, bees wax, honey, etc...

She brought in a second batch of moutarde 2 days ago and it has already sold out! It is amazing stuff! (The lonely one on the picture has been spoken for by a phone order). But don't worry, I am on it! I have left a message for more. :o)

Last night was so much fun! KAZA had an Art Reception for McGowan's Artist, Barbara Carr and what a great turn out it was!

Barbara made homemade Tapenade (both green and black olive) and it smelled amazing. No, the show was not about Tapenade, sillies, but it made a strong impression (the shop still smelled fabulous, this morning!). Barbara is an incredible talent and I love having her here.

A sample of some of Barbara Carr's work, featured here at KAZA

Barbara's artwork will be featured at KAZA from 6 May 2010-27 May 2010

During the reception, we had models in the front windows wearing vintage Haute Couture, courtesy of Arnie Arneson. If you read a couple of posts prior to this one, you will read all about her aunt, the original owner of these gorgeous pieces. It is a fascinating story and makes me appreciate them even more.

The models....they did an amazing job. I, literally, had goosebumps and was so incredibly proud. They were both gorgeous and their professionalism floored me. The fabulous Parisian backdrops were done by Barbara Carr, btw!

In the first scene, we had Moulin Rouge; recently slipcovered chaise, vintage light fixtures which came from an old 1920's restaurant, Paper windows Treatments (hey, it's KAZA! Who else would mix paper drapes with vintage Haute Couture?), the amazing gownssssssss and Model, Katherine Rivard (she was breathtaking!). This window was incredible.

Collage of Model, Katherine Rivard posing inside the KAZA window

Model, Victoria Grabowski was in the Parisian Bistro Window. She looked beyond fabulous! Reading the French newspaper, "Le Monde" and wearing vintage Pucci...ooh-la-la!

Collage of Model, Victoria Grabowski in KAZA living window display

*Hairstyling, courtesy of Amanda, Hairarchy Salon in Concord (right next door to KAZA!)

On a design note, I added the paper drapes because I really thought it was important for people to look "in" the windows, rather than look "at" the windows. That extra layer really gives it another dimension, allowing the onlookers to feel separated and transported to a very different environment and era.

I am still smiling....what a great event!

Btw, I just learned how to do collages, as you probably have realized at this point-lol-let me know if it is more annoying, than good. There was so much to talk about and I had "a ton & two" pictures I wanted to share with all of you and thought this was a good way to do it. If you want a closer look, double click on the picture and it will enlarge. :o)

Some examples of new inventory at KAZA (yes..another collage):

All the jewelry artists have brought in more gorgeous pieces! Btw, Did you know one of our Jewelry Artists, Kitty Stoykovich was featured on Art In Focus, Concord TV?(click here to watch the interview!) She mentioned KAZA too! (Thanks Kitty!)

Also, reordered lavender smoke bundles already! Lavender smoke bundles: Drop 2-3 lavender stems in water for 20 minutes than put them on the grill along with your favourite veggie or meat and voila! Suddenly you are a gourmet! (150 stem bundles for 5$)

I have also brought in some greeting cards with pictures of Paris. What an amazing talent! An incredible eye! ...ok ok, blah blah, I took them :oP (hee hee)

Honestly, you really cannot go wrong taking pictures in Paris---everything looks like art!

Ahhh...the music! Everyone has been asking about this music!

Yann Teirsen is the featured music at KAZA for the month of May! Love it!

And now for being so patient and reading this whole post, I will reward you chère faithful subscribers with some inside info--a sort of "heads up!", if you will:

As you know, KAZA closes on Saturdays, starting 5 June until September.

It's not official yet, BUT! 15 June 2010-19 June 2010, KAZA will be having a "Marche Aux Puce" or a sort of Market Day (week long, actually--but it doesn't sound as good calling it Market Week, eh?). So, I thought we would do something special and have a "Marche Aux Puce". So, what does this mean?? For the week of "KAZA's Marche Aux Puce", we will be emptying out our warehouse (probably half of it, anyway) to make room for new stuff and will be bringing it HERE for a week long event! It will be 90% furniture (no smalls) and more will be brought in daily. But once something is gone, it is gone. AND!!! The furniture will be 20% off the ticketed price! (*Designers get an additional 10% off) I would love for this to be a yearly event (so we can keep shopping and filling that warehouse with groovy new finds!). So! Expect your postcards soon!

Ciao Bella(s)!


Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Changing windows tonight for tomorrow's Art Reception for Barbara Carr!

The models have been chosen. Vintage Haute Couture, chosen & fitted. Pieces for the windows, ready. Barbara Carr Artwork, delivered. Hair Salon Appointments for the models, scheduled....this is going to be a great event!

A tiny glimpse of this amazing gown!

A bit of history on these fabulous pieces of vintage Haute Couture(taken from The Hippo Press, per Arnie's permission):

Before the struggle for equal work opportunities for women took off, Johanna Tatle Reiss was leading Grand Circle Travel in New York, serving as CEO from about the late 1950s to early 1970s. Reiss dressed to denote her power with a wardrobe from top design houses including Pucci, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent. “She didn’t want to look like a man. She wanted to look like a women. She wanted to walk into a room and have everyone know she was the CEO and not the secretary,” said Arnie Arnesen, Reiss’ neice.

When Reiss was 90 years old, Arnesen became her guardian and, in the process of moving her from France back to the U.S., found a collection of clothing from someone who knew how to have fun and also have a commanding presence in a boardroom, Arnesen said.Reiss’ best friend was Muriel Siebert, the first woman to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. They “not only broke through the glass ceiling ... but managed to dominate in their fields,” Arnesen said.

Reiss retired to Cannes at 55. She’d been married several times and had no children. She was married to work. She was always more successful than her husbands, which was part of the reason her marriages didn’t work out, Arnesen said. It was hard for a man to be married to a powerful women at the time, Arnesen said. Arnesen was the first woman on a major party ticket to run for governor in New Hampshire and is known for hosting talk radio and her other involvement in media and politics. Reiss was a role model to Arnesen, yet, “I didn’t know my aunt at all because she was so successful and so in another world,” Arnesen said. Once a year, Reiss’ limousine would pull up at Arnesen’s grandparents’ home in Hicksville, Long Island; Arnesen remembers seeing the chauffeur leaning against the limo smoking cigarettes during Reiss’ four hour visits. Reiss was penniless by the time Arnesen became her guardian.

Barbara Carr also painted the backdrops to help us set the tone for the Parisian scenes for the models!

(Hint!) One side is Moulin Rouge. The other, the Eiffel Tower (and yes, Vintage Pucci will be worn!)

Come meet the Artist and experience this rare and special event!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Beautiful Mothers, enjoy your special day!
I hope you are all spoiled silly!

Pour ma belle Maman--je m'ennuie de toi, chaque jour xox

C'est pour toi xox

Tu m'as ouvert les yeux
Toi mon premier sourire
Mon premier souvenir
Toi qui m'a vu grandir
Mes bras sont bien trop courts
Tellement j'ai d'amour pour toi

Ma vie est faite de tes yeux poses sur moi
Et quand plus rien ne va
Je n'ai pas trouve mieux que le son de ta voix

Et pourtant tu le sais
Un jour je m'en irai
Mais jamais tout a fait
Je reviendrai toujours
Tellement j'ai d'amour pour toi

Je donnerai la vie avec cette chanson
A la petite fille qui portera ton nom
Tellement j'ai d'amour pour toi

Maman, j'ai besoin de tes yeux poses sur moi
Tu es ce que je crois
Et ce que j'ai de mieux et accompagne-moi
Il peut couler du temps sur tes cheveux d'argent
Je serai une enfant jusqu'a mon dernier jour
Tellement j'ai d'amour pour toi

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Art Reception. Models. Haute Couture.

Oh, Faithful Blog Subscribers, we have some big things coming up at KAZA!

The Artist is preparing her pieces. The window displays are planned. The models have been chosen. The Vintage Haute Couture fittings are next week.

This is going to be a fabulous reception!

"Spring", an Art Reception for Artist, Barbara Carr is set for 13 May 2010 at KAZA!

The night of the reception will feature models in the window (Living Window Displays) wearing vintage haute couture, courtesy of Arnie Arneson. The story behind the clothes is fascinating and I will explain a bit more about that, once I get the whole & accurate scoop from Arnie.

Just so you know, I saw the Vintage Haute Couture pieces that Arnie has and nearly cried. Not just a sweet lady-like cry. I am talking a mouth wide open-wailing-eyes tightly closed-gasping for air-embarrassing kind of cry. I have been reading Vogue Magazine since I was 12 years old and touching these clothes was like a dream come true, for me. (Now, all I have to do is meet Simon LeBon from Duran Duran and all my childhoods dreams will have come true completely-lol)

Now, the name Barbara Carr may sound familiar to you. She is a McGowens artist and has also been featured at KAZA 2 years ago (remember her gorgeous wood cut prints?)

Barbara Carr is a BFA graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, where she majored in painting and drawing. In addition, she studied figure drawing at the Slade School in London. Carr has also studied with Joseph L. C. Santoro, King Coffin, Ron Bowen and Philip Morse. Her main medium is oil, but she also enjoys painting in acrylic and pastel, drawing in charcoal and making fine art prints, particularly woodcuts. She has traveled a bit, but still finds many of her favorite subjects in New England.

What I personally love about Barbara is how adorable, authentic and charming she is and how her creative wheels are always turning--you can see it in her eyes. She is creative to the soul. I love that.

Barbara Carr's artwork will be featured here, courtesy of McGowan's Gallery in Concord from 6 May 2010 - 27 May 2010.

The reception with the artist, which includes the 4 hour living window display, will be on 13 May 2010 from 4pm-7pm.

Do Not Miss This Event!