Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup -

Lori Sarner It has been said, (sung, actually), that “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.” The truth of this catchy little verse gets put to the test every July in the Desert as approximately 400 guests (not all English) and their pets (not only dogs, but cats and birds as well) brave triple-digit temperatures to attend the annual mid-summer luncheon gala in support of “Pets on Parade,” held at the pet-friendly Doral Desert Princess Resort in Cathedral City. Read More

‘Dishing It Up’ With Sharon Insul –

A bottle of wine wrapped in a colorful dishtowel makes a unique and useful gift. The difference between a hostess/host, house-warming or just-because gift has been a source of confusion for many; and is as diverse as caviar is to Spam. When my Beverly Hills boutique was open, we became known and labeled as a mecca for gifts. Not just gifts, but ones that were creatively unique. As my clientele would say time and time again—no matter what the occasion, no one ever left without just the right gift, and wrapped to the nines, regardless of price. Read More