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Visiting Morroco, particularly Marrakech, has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. (What’s on your bucket list?). If ever find myself in Marrakech the Yves St. Laurent Museum will be one of my “must see” places to visit. It actually opened this past Fall and coincided with the opening of the Musee Yves St. Laurent in Paris. The museum was spearheaded by Pierre Bergé who was Yves Saint Laurent’s partner in love, life, and in business. Although Bergé passed away in September, he was able to see his vision come to life by visiting before his death. The building, with its intricate terracotta brick exterior, was designed by French architects Studio KO and houses a vast collection of couture, accessories, art, sketches, and photographs. Let us enjoy a virtual visit to the museum from across the miles…

“When Yves Saint Laurent first discovered Marrakech in 1966, he was so moved by the city that he decided to buy a house here, and returned regularly. It feels perfectly natural, fifty years later, to build a museum dedicated to his oeuvre, which was so inspired by this country.”   — Pierre Bergé

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In case you missed my previous post that includes pictures of YSL’s Marrakech home be sure to check it out HERE.  You can also check out the gardens of Pierre Bergé HERE.


Confession: one of my personal quirks is that I can never leave a vacation, no matter how quick it may be, without buying a souvenir of some sort. I’m not talking the touristy travel mug or refrigerator magnet type of souvenirs. I’m talking stylish jewelry or trinkets to grace our home, for example. It is a nice feeling to put on a piece of jewelry or look at a piece of art picked up during our travels and be able to think back upon fond memories. Not actually a bad character trait to have, if I do say so myself!

When Mr. B and I were vacationing in La Jolla a few months back, we stopped into a bookstore where we spent a considerable amount of time looking through volumes of books in almost every genre. I purchased the book “Peggy Guggenheim” by Laurence Tacou-Rumney published in 2002. It is in excellent condition; it looks like the pages had never been cracked open. The book is one of many that graces our family room coffee table. I’ve been wanting to do a little more reading lately and am learning that I need to incorporate a little bit of “down time” in my life. There’s nothing better than curling up on a comfortable chair and reading an interesting book. I might as well start with a book already in my own collection. What are you reading lately? 

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Peggy Guggenheim on our coffee table.

Peggy had a few quirks of her own. She was quite the eccentric woman. And her style included wearing some of the most outrageous sunglasses, including the pair she wears on the front cover of the book. I’ve read that it was her way of protecting herself from her own insecurities. I am not sure if that is true but they do say the eyes are the windows to the soul. That got me thinking about myself. I never leave home without a pair of sunglasses in hand (a post on that to come). You’ll typically find me in the large black oversized kind. Hmmm, I’m starting to wonder what that says about me….I digress…

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A couple of pages from the book “Peggy Guggenheim” by Laurence Tacou-Rumney.

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Today is officially the first day of summer. Temperatures are starting to heat up here in California. It hit 100 degrees at the beach yesterday. I am not a big fan of hot weather which also got me thinking about cool places to escape. When I say “cool”, I am meaning lower temperatures although someplace interesting wouldn’t hurt! While drafting this post I couldn’t help but think of Venice since it did serve as Peggy Guggenheim’s home which has been turned into a wonderful museum for all to enjoy. The museum is situated along Venice’s famed Grand Canal. It has been several years since my last trip to Venice and recalling the sweeping views from the museum patio are just what I needed for a mental escape from the heat. Why don’t you come along and take a quick escape with me…

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A beautiful blue sky.

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Amazing views of the Grand Canal.

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Beautiful architecture.

All photos by Reviving Charm.


Father’s Day is just two weeks away. Have you purchased any gifts yet for the Father’s in your life? If not, I have you covered. I recommend ditching the the concept of a traditional gift and enjoy a day out with Dad. If you are in the Southern California area how about presenting Dad with the gift of time and spend a day out visiting the newly renovated Petersen Automotive Museum. Boys love their toys and I would image that almost any guy would appreciate a trip to a museum that dedicates their entire collection to the car. I have personally been to the museum, albeit prior to the renovations, but I am definitely making another trip to check out the Museum’s major transformation, which reopened in December 2015.

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The Petersen Automotive Museum is a visual landmark situated at a prominent Los Angeles intersection. The building features “ribbons” of steel that evoke a sculptural feel which are backlit at night creating a beautiful glowing effect.

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The Museum is 95,000 square feet and includes 3 floors of content ensuring that there will be something for every car enthusiast to enjoy, including special exhibits such as the Rolling Sculpture exhibit (below).

Rolling Sculpture exhibit: The name says it all!

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The Rolling Sculpture exhibit includes a beautiful vintage Rolls Royce.

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Precious Metals exhibit: The “Precious Metal” exhibit features a variety of cars in shiny silver metal. Talk about wow factor!

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BMW Art Cars exhibit: I am definitely a sports car enthusiast and often joke that ” I have the need for speed”. Mr. B and I are also a BMW family so visiting the BMW Art Cars exhibit is something I want to check out. Cars on display feature the artwork of  Alexander Calder, David Hockney and Robin Rhode.bmw art cars exhibit petersen automotive museum reviving charm

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The Vault: Cars in “The Vault” are located in an underground storage facility of the Museum. The collection of cars in The Vault have never or rarely been seen by the public prior to this area becoming accessible to the public in January 2016.

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Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

If you are unable to make it in person, check out the Museum Store for gift ideas.

Vroom, Vroom……xoxo, V.

All images courtesy of the Peterson Automotive Museum by photographer David Zaitz.


One of the things I am really looking forward to doing in San Francisco is visiting the de Young Museum to see the exhibit “Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective”. And a trip to the museum is on the itinerary for today. The exhibit features over 130 ensembles crafted over 50 years. The exhibition is curated by former editor at large for American Vogue, André Leon Talley and is the first major exhibit of de la Renta’s work, which is taking place 2 years after the designer’s after passing at age 82. He is an icon in the fashion industy; his looks have appeared on the red carpet and he has dressed 4 First Ladies including Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Laura Bush. If you are in San Francisco and want to check out the exhibit for yourself purchase tickets here. The exhibit will be on display from March 12-May 11, 2016. –XOXO, V.

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Photos via Town and Country. Photography by Drew Altizer.