October 12, 2013

Luxe Accessories!

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Maison K, High Style at Any Altitude, From Kimberly, Machu Picchu, Alpaca, Ikaterra machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Orchid TrailSeveral years ago I was granted the opportunity to attend the Peru Gift Show in Lima. I was thrilled to go as this is the home of alpaca! It’s one of my most favorite fibers in all the world. Over the years, I’ve bought many things made of this incredible fiber for Maison K such as throws, sweaters and now fingerless, texting-friendly gloves! Here was an opportunity to discover new vendors and resources in a country and continent I had never visited before.
While there, I felt I should take advantage of my proximity to Machu Picchu and plan a visit, even though it had never been a destination on my Must See One Day list.  I am here to report, that my visit to that extraordinary citadel in the sky remains one of the most spectacular experiences of my life. There is a majesty and epic spirit there that is transcendent.

Given my quick itinerary I only spent one evening at the super charming Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel and would happily stay there again to further explore this wondrous region. Inside, it’s filled with vintage handwoven textiles, tile floors and fire places, and outside surrounded by luxuriant jungle. Don’t miss the guided Orchid Trail where you see them living, not in decorative cache-pots, but in trees surrounding the hotel.

September 24, 2013

Fashion Forward

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Maison K, Fall Fringe, From Kimberly, Hotel Lautner, Joshua Tree National Park, Birba and Cheekys, Palm Springs

Finally we have sunshine again! After one too many of our chilly damp days, I was ready to high tail it to Palm Springs and stay at the über cozy and chic Hotel Lautner in Desert Hot Springs.  If you can’t own one of John Lautner’s  iconic architectural 
masterpieces, this is a rare way to experience his vision and style through an extremely thoughtful, 21st century renovation. Each room sports a private garden, a svelte kitchen and cool decor.  Fall is a magnificent time to visit the desert with Joshua Tree National Park nearby and there are fantastic restaurants, shops and cafes such as Birba & Cheekys in Palm Springs proper.
September 12, 2013

Dress with Panache and…

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Maison K, From Kimberly, Easy Elegance, El Encanto Hotel, Home decor, jewelry, Santa Barbara, CA A visit to the El Encanto Hotel, one of the newest jewels in the crown of Orient-Express, is the perfect “stay-cation” for those of us who live in Santa Barbara. It’s also one more stunning option for those visiting and needing lodging. The expanded terrace of the original 1918 building designed by Winsor Soule takes full advantage of the extraordinary view toward the sea with the Channel Islands grounding the horizon line in the distance. The hotel is aptly named, “The Enchanted”, and I find that I am too, sitting here on a balmy, summer evening. 

I recommend an early supper outside at a bar table, the fresh ahi salad and a grapefruit/elder flower cocktail topped off with a stroll around the property before crossing the street to see a great film at the adjacent  Riviera Theater. Vive el verano!(Long live the summer!) 

August 31, 2013

Chic Utility!

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Maison K, Chic Utility: From Kimberly Four Seasons Biltmore, Santa Barbara, CA Home decor, Fashion, JewelryAt the end of your sunny day, enjoy a sunset stroll on the exquisite coastal path leading to the Santa Barbara Four Seasons Biltmore and indulge in their divine lobster salad and a nice cocktail on the outdoor patio.  I’ve been a patron of this charming hotel since I was two, celebrating many special events there, as well as casual spontaneous occasions over the years.  In our ever-changing world, this property remains a serene, classic place of awesome beauty and uniqueness in the world.  Standing in the gardens, looking past the glowing “lighthouse” tower of the Coral Casino surrounded by swaying palms and out over the sea to the islands is forever an enthralling and magical experience.  I keep these views, vistas and memories close to my heart.

August 24, 2013

How To: Wear Our Accessories!

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how to wear our accessories, versatile pieces from maison kPoint Reyes National Seashore is a bountiful, beautiful terrain with a long rich history, beginning with the Native American Coastal Miwok people who made northern Marin and this peninsula their home.  Fast forward to 1962, when John F. Kennedy signed legislation passed by Congress establishing Point Reyes as a National Seashore, forever preserving this rare coastal ecosystem for the publics inspiration and exploration. Shown left is a shot taken at the stunning Limantour Beach last fall. Here you can walk the brisk beach as well as the trails through the amazing grasslands surrounding the estuary. After a day in the sun and wind, relax at Manka’s and dine at their new sister property Sir and Star at The Olema.

July 27, 2013

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Maison K, New Shipments, Jardin Majorelle, Morocco, Lotus landThe photo above and left were taken at Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech.  This stunning garden is a true oasis in this ochre city, filled with magnificent cactus, palms, water features and cubist architecture.  The property was created by Jacques Majorelle, a French artist who moved to Morocco and pursued his true passion; painting.  In 1917 he purchased the property, built an artist studio and began the gardens that were an expression of his other passion; botany. Eventually Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge bought the property and beautifully restored it and also created a magnificent museum for their collection of Berber Artwork. Closer to home, a visit to Lotus Land is like going on an exotic holiday, with many luxuriant gardens.  Ganna Walska and Jacques Majorelle seem much like kindred spirits.

September 23, 2012

GIVE-AWAY + New Accessories From Paris!

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Just arrived today directly from Paris!  Exqusite totes, clutches, scarves and more!
Enter our Moc-Croc Zip Make-Up Bag
Enter in-store or via phone.  Just provide us with your first and last name and email, and you’ll be entered.  The winner will be announced Friday, September 28th after 5pm.

Call 805-969-1676, or email info@maisonkinc.com.

Limit one entry per person.  Winner will be notified to pick up bag in-store.
April 11, 2012

The Panama Gambler

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The Panama Gambler – one of MAISON K’s best-sellers – is now available!  Call, email, or stop in to pick up this summertime staple.

1159 Coast Village Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108 (805) 969-1676