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  • pinitbutton Wearing Jewelry by Colette Kahn
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The all set from the Starbuck line by Colette Kahn


While sipping on “Salt Air” Margarita at The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, a sbe collection restaurant… I just love it! (Both the jewelry and the margarita).



  • pinitbutton With Psychic Medium Thomas John


As the world did not end on December 21, and a new year is around the corner, do we know what our future will be? We cannot tell; we can only work for a better one. But Thomas John says he can!


John is a psychic medium, and I am a skeptic. But he did a reading of me that left me feeling strangely, as he told me things about myself that there was no way he could have known, even if he had done some research. His predictions for my future? I cannot tell you what they are as they are very personal. The only thing I can reveal is that they made very good sense in the context of my life. I will keep you posted as to their accuracy, but it might take a while.

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  • pinitbutton Sabraging Champagne with Santa Claus



If last week I sabraged a bottle of Champagne with Prince Frederic von Anhalt, this weekend it was with my Princess Maximilienne and Santa Claus who came to town.


You can click on the photo to enlarge. All photos © Sophie Gayot.

  • pinitbutton The Prince, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, & My Saber



The only drops of Veuve Clicquot Champagne left last night at the Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City Committee Holiday party, held at Prince Frederic von Anhalt and Princess Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Bel-Air estate, were the ones I dropped in the snow after sabraging a bottle. Yes, you read correctly: the snow! Just watch the video, and you will see that it was real snow.

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  • pinitbutton With François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States
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Axel Cruau, French Consul General in Los Angeles; Sophie Gayot; Francois Delattre Ambassador of France to the United States


Los Angeles a eu l’honneur de recevoir (sous la pluie) mercredi et jeudi François Delattre, notre Ambassadeur de France aux États-Unis.


Hier soir, lors d’une réception à la résidence du Consul Général de France Axel Cruau, Monsieur l’Ambassadeur a souligné l’importance de l’amitié et des relations franco-américaines. Il a aussi tenu à remercier Elie Broad pour ses différences actions et son implication avec sa femme Edythe dans la recherche sur les cellules souches (stem cell research).


Petite note historique: L’ambassade américaine à Paris, avenue Gabriel, fut le premier bâtiment que le gouvernement américain construisit à l’étranger pour réunir sous un même toit ses différentes activités diplomatiques en 1932. Dessiné pour être en harmonie avec la place de la Concorde, l’ambassadeur Walter Evans Edge voulut voir dans cette complémentarité architecturale un exemple de l’harmonie franco-américaine : « Lorsque cet édifice sera terminé, il parachèvera les projets de Jacques-Ange Gabriel, l’architecte de Louis XV, contribuant ainsi à la symétrie et à la perfection du cœur romantique de Paris, la place de la Concorde. Puisse-t-il aussi […] contribuer à la perfection et à la symétrie des relations franco-américaines». Source Wikipédia

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