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Hello, my faithful friends and followers. Just wanted to drop you a quick note to remind you that Garland Collects vintage jewelry will be taking part in tonight’s Fashion’s Night Out event at Fred Segal Melrose. Should be a great night. Not quite the Met’s Costume Institute Gala (Oscar, you are still dressing me this year?)…but a fun and fabulous LA evening (think lots of double air-kissing) shared shopping and drinking and hobnobbing with tastemakers, like yours truly, around the world.

And in breaking news (Brian Williams, you’re my hero!) The Dandy Warhols will be playing at Fred Segal’s FNO event, which is just so reminiscent for me…I was a Factory Girl, you know. So, while I’m remembering my Studio 54 days with the gang, come see Garland Collects latest vintage wares from Givenchy, Hobe, Les Bernard, and more, selected for Ron Robinson| Fred Segal in honor of the evening. (My mom really knows how to live it up. Sigh.) I’ll be dressed in our new 1980′s gunmetal and rhinestone Givenchy earrings because, as you know, whatever Lola wants Lola gets and those stunners are mine.

Invite is below. Just say you know me.

Love and Licks,

Lola

I am so sorry to be out of touch for most of the summer, but things have been extremely busy over here at Garland Collection and Garland Collects. My mother has had no time to update my blog entries for me, as she has been busy designing new fine pieces for Garland Collection, shooting a soon-to-air segment for Extra! (I went to Bayside High with Mario), designing many Signature pieces for summer wedding gifts, and scouring the country to stock up on stunning vintage inventory to fill the overwhelming demand for Garland Collects.

I could not fulfill my Garland Collection official unofficial spokesperson duties myself because I decided to take a summer sabbatical from my post. OK, in full disclosure, my mother says that I was fired, but I simply do not see how an extended loan, which she may or may not call “theft”, of a few choice pairs of Garland Collects vintage Givenchy ear clips, a Collection diamond vine knuckle ring, and a Korda “Thief of Baghdad” necklace could possibly result in my dismissal. My stylist pulled them for me — just ask our publicists at The Collective. I wore them to World Cup events — I am a WAG, you know. My mother says that this is also not true, as it stands for “Wives and Girlfriends” of Futbol players, but hello? WAG? I don’t think so. Wink, wink Landon. (Who do you think that was for?)

Givenchy enamel earrings. Circa 1980s.

Rose gold and diamond vine knuckle ring

Korda "Thief of Baghdad" necklace

So, I spent the rest of the summer dancing on yachts with rap stars and canoodling in The Hamptons in head-to-toe Garland loot. Whatever Lola wants Lola gets and those jewels were mine! But, last week I received word that so many new things were going on at Garland that I simply couldn’t leave anyone stranded sans my expertise any longer…and I was feeling like a traitor agreeing to be the Creative Director of resurrected Halston (I believe I explained this in my previous post) when the family business is going strong. So, I came back to my mom — she says with my “tail between my legs,” but I don’t even know what that means, and told her that I would be willing to return to my unofficial official post.

So, here is the latest:

Garland Collects has been scouring the globe for new inventory every day. Our latest finds include Hobe, Givenchy, ART, Whiting and Davis, Les Bernard, and Ciner, as well as Victorian, Art Deco, and 1950s – 80s unsigned beauties.

Hobe crystal shoulder dusters. Circa 1966

Garland Collection has been featured in Elle, Marie Claire, DailyCandy.com, and People.com

Marie Claire "Fall Fashion" September issue

Garland Collects Pierre Cardin necklace featured in Elle

DailyCandy Weddings

Garland Collection and Garland Collects vintage are also proud to announce that we will be taking part in Vogue’s “Fashion’s Night Out” at Ron Robinson|Fred Segal on the evening of September 10th on Melrose in Los Angeles! Invitation to be posted soon.

Wishing you a fabulous end of summer and wishing myself a giant welcome back to Garland.

Love and Licks,

Lola

xoxo

It’s been way too long since my last post, but it has been impossible for me to chitchat while jetsetting around the world on this whirlwind promotional tour — press junkets swathed in Chanel and Garland Collects bangles by day, red carpets draped in Alaia and Garland Collection cocktail rings at night. And, of course, Manolos and Cosmos around the clock.

Oh, how much fun the girls and I had filming. I might play a glamorous writer, but it has left me no time to offer you my insightful musings. What? Well who do you think I play in the movie? Samantha?! I have a no-nudity clause in my contract! Plus, I always get top billing.

Anyway, things are finally winding down, as the movie premieres tomorrow night, and I figured it’s a perfect time to get back to my unofficial official role as Garland’s spokesperson.

Lots of new goodies have been posted to Garland’s site, while many beauties have found new homes — goodbye Stanley Hagler Butterfly necklace, farewell Givenchy chandeliers, too-da-loo Thelma Deutsch stunners, bye-bye my fabulous Whiting and Davis cuff. But you won’t be disappointed when you check out the latest from our rotating online collection –a  knockout Juliana pendant and stunning earrings, fabulous 1930′s celluloid and rhinestone necklace, outrageous W & D snake cuff, and an Egyptian Revival arrow collar that would make Cleopatra swoon. And I should know — I was robbed of the Oscar for that one.

And don’t forget, our online selection is only a tiny taste of our collection. Garland, as well as some ultra-chic boutiques that carry Collects, has hundreds of pieces spanning the decades (I think my mother may be a bit of a hoarder — of fabulous things, of course). So, if you are looking for something specific, email us at info@garlandcollection.com, as we may have what you are looking for and I always make wishes come true (I sometimes moonlight as the Tooth Fairy.)

Personally, I’m hankering for our Italian De Liguoro shoulder-dusters. And, as you know, Whatever Lola Wants Lola Gets, so if you think you will get to them first, you should know that I’m also unofficially officially in charge of shipping and receiving.

Wishing you a terrific holiday weekend. And enjoy the show, ladies!

Love and Licks,

Lola

In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I would put together a list of some of my favorite treats for the women in your life. I’m a very busy woman, as you know, and I usually keep my precious entries short, but this is a very special occasion deserving of my limited attention span — so I’m blessing you (they used to call me the Dalai Lola) with a long one. As a dear confidante of the late, great Mother of them all (you may know her by her last name, Teresa), I take great joy in honoring women everywhere who care for the children of the world (so fun bunking with you in Namibia, Angie!). My own mom is a very special woman — she lets me sleep in her white and gold Matouk outfitted bed every night and I even get my own high thread count pillow. She also washes my hair with $21 Sugar Souffle conditioner, while only using free swag from event gift bags for herself (once a magazine editor, always a magazine editor). And, most importantly, she always shares her cheese (I am a particular fan of Drunken Goat from Andrew’s Cheese Shop on Montana in Santa Monica, California). This year, I will be gifting my mom with long walks and lots of belly rubs (for me) because I know my presence is the greatest gift. But for those of you looking for a little something extra, here are my finds (some of these gifts will have to be belated, but shouldn’t moms be celebrated all year-long?):

FOR THE MOTHER LOAD:

You won’t be surprised that I’m recommending a Garland Collection Signature pendant or bracelet, monogrammed with the initials of her little brood, and inscribed with a heartfelt note on the back of the plate.  It’s classic, personal, and some come with diamonds — need I say more?

Garland Collection gold Signature engraved pendants

 

MOMMA MIA, YOU SHOULD HAVE!:

Who doesn’t like a beautiful arrangement of flowers or even a chic, potted, lemon tree to brighten her abode? My mom is an obsessive deck gardener, which should give you a hint as to her way with plants…as I’m pretty sure most people don’t try to plant palm trees on their decks, but I digress. OK, I’ll digress a little more….Every weekend the poor woman arrives home with armloads of plants — cala lilies, bougainvillea, even impatiens which, as Mother Nature’s (very nice lady) longtime protegé, I know cannot be killed. But each week, off she goes for her Sunday replacements. At least their demise is always swift and painless. It’s quite pathetic, really, but she does it for her beautiful flower pots. The good news is, we are also regulars at our local Sunday farmer’s market where we buy luscious bouquets of orange Asiatic Lilies (they compliment the rust walls — and yes, she is that neurotic). At least these are actually supposed to die in a week. By the way, support your local growers, people!

We have also become big fans at Garland of a fabulous florist at the Brentwood Country Mart called Botany. The space is casual and chic, the arrangements are to die for, and the owner is a hoot (I’m fabulous, so I get to say things like “a hoot”)!

So visit your local floral artist or your nearby farmer’s market and put together an arrangement that would make my dear Mother N proud.

FOR MOMMA LEONE:

How about an epicurean delight, as they said when I won my last James Beard Award? My mother has quite the sweet tooth, and this carrot cake is her absolute favorite. In fact, she enjoyed it thoroughly when she baked it for my dad’s birthday. (It couldn’t be more obvious that she uses other people’s birthdays as an excuse to bake this cake for herself. I’m frankly not sure that she even saved any for him after her post-gym gorge that day.) Being that I have a new show coming out on the Food Network next season, I don’t usually share other chef’s recipes, but this one from Mary Corpening Barber & Sara Corpening Whiteford’s Bride & Groom First and Forever Cookbook is too epic to keep to myself. This is actually one of the best cookbooks around, which says a lot coming from the author of “The Joy of Cooking” (who did you think wrote that?). Bon appetit!  

SPICED CARROT CAKE WITH FLUFFY CREAM CHEESE FROSTING (From the Bride & Groom First and Forever Cookbook by Mary Corpening Barber & Sara Corpening Whiteford with Rebecca Chastenet de Gery. Published by Chronicle Books)

CARROT CAKE:

3 cups all-purpose flour

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 3/4 cups granulated sugar                                                 

1 tablespoon baking soda                                                 

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon                                              

 2 teaspoons kosher salt                                               

4 eggs, lightly beaten                                               

1 1/2 cups corn oil                                               

2 teaspoons vanilla extract                                               

1 1/2 cups grated carrot, about 1 large carrot                                               

2 jars (4 ounces each) carrot puree (baby food)                                               

1 cup shredded sweetened coconut                                               

CREAM CHEESE ICING:                                               

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar                                               

12 ounces cream cheese at room temperature                                               

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature                                             

 2 teaspoons vanilla extract                                               

1/4 teaspoon salt

Position rack in center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Spray two 9-inch cake pans with vegetable oil cooking spray. Whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil and vanilla and add to the dry ingredients. Using the paddle attachment, beat on low speed for about one minute. Add the grated carrot, carrot puree and coconut and mix until just incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans and bake until a knife inserted into the center of the cakes comes out  clean, about 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer the pans to a wire rack and let cool completely.

TO MAKE THE ICING: Sift the powdered sugar into a medium bowl and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together at medium speed the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and salt, scraping down the sides of the bowl at least once, until the mixture is smooth, with no lumps, 1 to 2 minutes.  Slowly add the powdered sugar and beat until light, fluffy, and well blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl halfway through. To assemble, place one cake, flat-side up, on a platter. Spread part of the icing over the top of the cake. Top with the second cake, flat-side up, and spread the remaining icing over the top and sides of the cake. Decorate before serving.

Our well-worn Bride & Groom cookbook page

 

MOM’S THE WORD!:

Does “Home Sweet Home” sound like mom to you? Well, I know that my mom would recommend something personalized (did I mention those Signature necklaces?), like ceramicist Mae Mougin’s special, made-to-order place settings. You see my mother believes that anything can be monogrammed. She’d monogram me if she realized she could shave initials into my fur (uh-oh). We love to entertain here at Garland (Oprah, I taught Mr. Cowie everything he knows. He gets a show, I get a Producer credit), but even if momma likes to drink alone (I’m a bit of booze-hound myself — I mean, you should have seen me in my Studio 54 days!), make sure she’s sloshed in style. Put together a little personalized cocktail set: I recommend an ultra-chic Dabney Lee lucite tray, Monogram Market’s chic cocktail napkins, and a personalized cocktail shaker from Williams-Sonoma. My mom is also partial to the Williams-Sonoma pewter old-fashioneds that remind us of the ones from Match, but I think she gets nervous when things can’t be stamped with initials. 

Ceramicist Mae Mougin featured in Domino (Oh, Si. How I miss Domino)

 

Dabney Lee lucite tray

 

Williams-Sonoma monogram cocktail shaker ("W" stands for "Whatever Lola Wants Lola Gets")

 

 

Williams-Sonoma pewter old-fashioneds

 

Mom’s motto is “More is More”? — well, she’s a gal after my own heart! I’d be remiss if I didn’t recommend a fabulous vintage statement piece from Garland Collects and it’s not because I’m biased. I’m currently adorned in a rare K.J.L. 1960s pearl and rhinestone rams head torsade and Thelma Deutsch 1980s electric-blue rhinestone flower earrings. Whatever Lola Wants Lola Gets and I stole these from the safe. Like all things Garland, they’re classic, special, and heirloom-worthy. 

K.J.L. 1960s rhinestone rams head clasp

 

Thelma Deutsch 1980s earrings

 

On behalf of everyone at Garland Collection, we most of all wish you a Mother’s Day filled with happiness, love, and laughter (I’m a descendant of the Hallmarks, you know).
Happy Mother’s Day.
Love and Licks,
Lola

 

As a connoisseur of modernism, I was thrilled to see that the fabulous Elle editor Kate Davidson Hudson included a rare Garland Collects Pierre Cardin pendant in her April 28th Elle.com blog entry on the designer’s new book, Pierre Cardin: 60 Years of Innovation. The necklace brought back so many memories for me when my mom discovered it in a Cleveland antique shop last year (such a jetsetter, that one). I was once his muse, you know. Well, who did you think the bubble dress was for?

The book comes out this spring from Assouline (look for me in the acknowledgements), while Garland Collects will continue to search the globe (Up next: Detroit! Sigh.) seeking out spectacular vintage finds for our vast collection. Check out http://www.GarlandCollects.com often as the selection of rare beauties is always changing.

But don’t forget: whatever Lola wants, Lola gets and the Pierre Cardin is mine.  

Love and Licks, 

Lola

Elle.com showcases a Pierre Cardin vintage necklace from Garland Collects

Dear Friends,

I have recently been appointed (and by “appointed” I mean appointed myself) spokesdog of Garland Collection. As Garland Collection’s unofficial official spokesdog I will be your go-to gal for all Garland news and events. And, once in a while, I may or may not leak top-secret information (I once was a Bond Girl, you know) about upcoming promotions, launches, and the unveiling of new divisions, like Garland Recollects, in which a single, new, vintage-inspired piece based on a standout Garland Collects one-of-a-kind find will be unveiled every few months — at least that’s what I hear. (See below…shhhh….)

My parents and the Garland Collection team say that I have a vivid imagination (and by vivid imagination, they say I’m a pathological liar), but as my self-published memoir explains, I have had an extraordinary and well-lived life. As an arbiter of chic (think chic bob and dark sunglasses — who do you think that movie was based on?), I will also be sharing my musings on style, design, shelter, and living, so check back often. I live by my motto: “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets” and I hope you do too…because I deserve it.

Love and Licks,

Lola

Garland Recollects Crystal Chevron Necklace

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