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March 17th, 2014

Vintage Jewelry Rocks

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I am shifting from writing our French Kande blog, to writing for our French Kande facebook page…  beginning today!   I hope you’ll follow our facebook, where you can comment, and we can stay in touch!!

I ALSO POST TO INSTAGRAM– DAILY!  Follow FrenchKande there as well.

Yours truly, KANDE

March 7th, 2014

YSL Cool Factor


Heidi Slimane is one of my favzzzzz. YSL baby!  I may be enticed to wear this sweatshirt… but wait, I don’t wear sweatshirts.  Ahhhh

March 5th, 2014

Chunky Chain Necklace


Adding some length to our popular chunky beveled chain necklace that’s clad in heavy Sterling.  Happy Wednesday!

February 14th, 2014

Viva Las Vegas- We’re COMING!!

IMG_4963Next week I will be exhibiting at ENK Vegas, at the Mandalay Bay, Feb.18-20, Booth #32147.  I shot this last August when we arrived in the city–It’s the PARIS, not the Mandalay Bay.  HOWEVER, you know, Kande and Eiffel towers, like two peas in a pod.


I took this at the last show at the Venetian.  A repro painting of Louis XVI.


A customer doing the ET move… I do this all of the time and the hubby kids me!


Crazy good coffee and croissant. . .

IMG_4967 IMG_4970 IMG_4971 IMG_4974 IMG_4975 IMG_4976 IMG_4977Ending with Mario Battali’s “OTTO” restaurant in the Venetian. Oh My Oh My Oh My.

February 13th, 2014

This is Me – Believe It or NOT!


Yes, this is me, in my BMW motorcycle touring gear.  I ride on the back of the hubby’s motorcycle.  This hobby provides immeasurable therapy.  We don’t have a communication device to talk while riding- we are SILENT.  I love the sights, sounds and PARTICULARLY the smells of being on the road.  This is Wyoming.


I took this photo with my iPhone.  YES– NO LIE!


TOOK THIS ONE AS WELL… This is Ed Marin, my friend. See the map on his back… BMW touring gear is the best.


This is what you call “away from it all Baby”.  Me love the adventure.


The hubby, and my BFF, Robyn Marin.  I want to go  N O W.  Maybe in September!!

February 12th, 2014

WINTER, Overcast Beach Scene


It’s not that chilly, but looks like it. This is what keeps the tourists away, and enables we local Manhattan Beach rez’s to enjoy Winter Beach Days.


When I moved here 13 years ago, new friends told me I’d love the winters as much as the summers… they were RIGHT ON!


The hubby getting his ZEN on.


Really — look at this crowd!!   AH MAZ INGGGGGGG!

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February 11th, 2014

The Mantel in My Great Room



Something I strongly believe in — having a beautiful mantel in your great room. We have no formal living room, just one big room where much of the fun takes place. Our mantel  was custom made (from a sketch I provided) by a local South Bay fireplace pro called Okell’s. It is Travertine, and weighs a ton.  Me LOVE it.



I have three of these small, semi-presh, obelisks.  I buy them where I purchase my semi-presh stones for French Kande jewelry.  Shhhhh – it’s secret.


This is a lovely wood framed mirror that I purchased at Anthropologie 10+ years ago. I painted it with the same paint from the walls… a flat, off white color.  It is huge, and I like the scale in this room, which has high, pitched ceilings.


These are some bookends that my son, Drew, gave me for Christmas. Love em!


This is a Czech crystal bowl the hubby and I received as a wedding gift 25 years ago!  Filled with my hand-chosen shells from Mexico, to the BVI’s, to Tahiti.  Yes, I love da beach!

February 7th, 2014

Below the Waist PEARLS- 1894


This image captured my attention in the Wall Street Journal.  It is a portrait by little know, once-famous Swedish artist, Anders Zorn. He was once one of the most celebrated painters in the world.  From the small town of Mora, northwest of Stockholm, he came to the United States and did many portraits. His fee between 1893 and 1911 was $4,000- in today’s dollars $10,000!

This 1894 portrait of Isabella Gardner, who became a friend and generous patron shows Isabella bursting from the balcony of her palazzo in Venice. Her billowing gown is divided –HERE’S THE COOL PART– by a below-the-waist pearl necklace. 

I’ve designed a few necklaces that are this long… they aren’t for everyone, but hey, if it worked for a socialite in 1894– it can work for us in 2014.  Amen!!

February 4th, 2014

I Kissed the Country Club Goodbye


In the news you read how PEARLS are having a renaissance.  IN MY OPINION, they never went out of style!  Yes, the pearl necklaces that I design are “not your Grandmothers pearls”– to this, I agree.


I love Silver pearls… the chunkier, the better.


Several of these pearl necklaces, are shown with newly released Spring medallions.  Many are set into brand new hand-cast bezels with cabochons.  A classic and timeless design that can be styled with a tee and jeans or a LBD.


February 2nd, 2014


Shots of our office begin with the powder room…


Nikki’s desk. . . IMG_7586

Constant tear sheets are added to our walls weekly. . . INSPIRATION is around us daily.



Plenty of fabulous books. . .


The ever-present dress forms and hats.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE hats… got that trait from my Mother, who lives in Encino.