The Wheelchair Foundation

wf_logoGigi and I support and love our dear friend Ken Behring, founder of the Wheelchair Foundation.  The Foundation has given out close to 1,000,000 wheelchairs globally! Please take a few minutes to watch this first video as it shows the heart of this wonderful organization. The second video clip is from our trip to South Africa where we were involved with several distributions and had the wonderful opportunity to interview Steve Trollip , head of the Rotary South African District 9250 at our first distribution at the Hoedspruit Hlokomela Aids Clinic. As much as we talk about all things beauty . . .  beauty radiates from within and we can tell you from personally assisting someone into a wheelchair, that nothing is more fulfilling and beautiful than a smile of gratitude from a fellow human being.

Please visit . . .  www.wheelchairfoundation.org . . .

Exquisite Perfume in Paris – Annick Goutal

Annick1Gigi and I were recently in Paris and went a little crazy searching out their skincare, body, and fragrance products. One of the most exquisite fragrance houses, in our opinion, is Annick Goutal.

The story of this “maison de haute parfumerie” is special.  Annick Goutal, the founder, was initially a pianist then became a fashion model. It was during a modeling job in Grasse that she met a perfumer that would change the direction of her life as he realized that she had immense creative talent and a “nose”. After years of training, Annick started with three perfumes, one being Eau d’Hadrien that became her most successful perfume ever. In 1981, Annick opened her first shop on Rue de Bellechasse in Paris where Gigi and I had the pleasure of speaking with long term employee, Alice, and hearing the story from someone who “feels her in the shop every day”. Alice became very emotional when speaking with us and it is something that we connected to deeply as we felt her too. The photograph here with the lineup of perfume is on the original desk Annick used when first starting her business.

Annick died in 1999 at the age of 53 of breast cancer. A genetic link in her family of which all her sisters passed except one.  Annick bequeathed her company to her long time colleague, Isabelle Doyen, and daughter, Camille.

 “Nature and all her wonders guide me . . .  my emotions find expression in scents. Perfume is the music of my dream.”   

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Interview with Jordan Deschamps-Braly, MD

Gigi had the pleasure to spend some time with Dr. Jordan Deschamps-Braly at his new office location in San Francisco.  He is now affiliated with Epi Center MedSpa at 450 Sutter Street (www.skinrejuv.com).

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Dr. Deschamps-Bralys’ expertise is plastic and craniofacial surgery.  His education went from the Medical College of Wisconsin to the Necker- Enfants Malades Hospital in Paris, France to University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland.  He recently moved back to the states to work with the extraordinary team at the Epi Center MedSpa.

We hope you enjoy Gigi’s conversation with Dr. Jordan!

Interview with model Maya Alex

MayarunwayI had the pleasure of interviewing the beautiful and oh so tall Maya Alex in San Francisco recently. I’m 5’10” and felt short! She has walked the runways in Europe and has been represented by Elite Model Management and Women Management in Paris. She is one of those rare ladies who truly is beautiful on the inside and out!

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