Paris Hilton: The New Simple Life

Everyone has an image of Paris Hilton; whether as pop culture and brand influencer, DJ, Hilton Hotel heiress, perfume and skincare entrepreneur, model, Hollywood blond, an infamous leaked sex tape by her then boyfriend or the from the parody TV show; The Simple Life. Now she has a YouTube show named Cooking With Paris. We will soon see another side of Ms. Hilton. The documentary, This is Paris, produced by Alexandra Dean, who developed Bombshell depicting actress, Hedy Lamarr. The release, this September 15th on YouTube. A sequel to Hilton’s 2008, Toronto International nominated film, Paris, not France. The trailer shows a montage of the celebutante with long platinum blond hair and designer sparkly outfits aka Barbie, Beverly Hills estate, family members, then the message: no one really knows the real Paris. People might think she came to instant fame with a paparazzi crowd, but the little girl who was growing up in California and NYC, says; she never really knew who she was. The real Paris undergoes a self revelation which has helped her therapeutically and explains life to family and viewers. During the 90-‘s, she promoted parties at nightclubs, The Sugar Factory and fashion/music/dance parties in places such as; LA, Las Vegas, Tokyo and Miami. She has a social media following of 11 million on Instagram. Her perfume of the moment, diamonds and the reality show; The Simple Life with Nicole Richie, show her image as an over the top fantasy. Her grandmother would call her the nickname, star, as a child, and compared her to Lana Tuner and Grace Kelly. The soft Marilyn Monroe like voice, changes into a mature tone and reveals layers of being the self whom she wishes to express. In a Sunday Morning CBS Interview, Paris talks about future plan, the past and misconceptions. A key issue, her teenage years at The Provo Canyon School in Utah, which focused on troubled teens. She speaks of the school as traumatic and abusive. Paris has never shared much of this with others, but the experience affected her physically and mentally. Much of her teen life with the trauma she endured and the “wilder” image, seems to stem from her younger life. The teenager had been living in the NYC Waldorf Astoria and like many teens, she had access to nightlife and did not tend to focus on school. Her parents sent her to a few wilderness camps and residential school, but she now reveals, the alleged verbal and physical abuse which occurred at this school. Other students who have attended, have spoken of similar incidents and Paris and some of the friends from school, meet to start a campaign; break the silence. They propose change and make billboards which portray the after effects of the abuse. Rick and Kathy Hilton, got caught in the process of trying to help her change partying ways and thought the school was going to break these habits. Paris says she was silenced from telling her family about the nightmare which was occurring. Nicky Hilton, her look alike younger sister, seems reserved and was not in the limelight, as frequently, back in the day. She is married to James Rothschild from the banking dynasty and have two daughters, Lily Grace and Thea. She has had past business ventures, but works on a shoe line collaboration with French Soles. Paris’s younger brothers; Conrad and Barron are now grown. Her mother’s sisters; Kim and Kylie are stars on The Housewives of Beverly Hills, even Zsa Zsa Gabor married into the Hilton family. Kathy Hilton and her sisters were child actresses too. Paris Hilton precedes reality TV star: Kim Kardashian West with nightclub appearances and reality TV. She could be dubbed a pioneer of self promotion and paved the way for social media. Paris Hilton’s net worth is about $300 million dollars which comes from an impressive line of skin care, makeup, pretty perfumes and a total of 19 lines which have earned 3 billion dollars in sales. The expression; “That’s Hot” has been replaced with “Sliving”, a combination of slaying and living. An Instagram picture of “sliving” is of someone enjoying themselves while appearing to display style. Paris Hilton has a serious boyfriend, Carter Reum. At almost 40, Hilton would like to settle down and have a family. Paris Hilton has come along way since her party years and will say; “Of course she knew Walmart does not sell walls”. The ditzy blond image was just that, an act. It is time to reflect as to what one sees at a venue or on TV, is not the full picture. Hilton speaks about Brittany Spear’s conservatorship and does not think some are being fair to the pop star and her children. Riches and the spotlight do not always add up to life on a deeper surface. The film shows happy childhood and family moments, her present career, but reveals dark and sad secrets. Nicky Hilton reveals trivia such as; she was the one trying on the heels as a child and Paris was more of a tom boy. Paris Hilton is multi dimensional and is prepared have a bright and sparkly future.


The Tarot Garden/Giardino dei Tarocchi


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The Tarot Garden or, in Italian: Giardino Dei Tarocchi, is a whimsical sculpture exhibition which is located in Tuscany near Pescia Fiorentina. The garden is modeled after Antonio Gaudi’s Parc Guell in Barcelona. Those familiar with Gaudi know he has a brand of architecture which is modern, creative, colorful and playful. Barcelona is inspired by Gaudi’s works and the cathedral which is still in progression.

The Tarot Garden is the mastermind of French-American artist; Niki de Saint Phalle. It is quite unique and I came across the images on Instagram. It might be a secret garden to those outside the European radar. De Saint Phalle has collaborated with many artists who have engraved their names into work. It is like an amusement park, but it is a land of symbolic sculpture. It seems part child like and part adult. It took 20 years to develop and opened in 1988. De Saint Phalle lived in The Sphinx while working on the project. Spend a few hours seeing the colorful ceramic mosaic painted creations with mirrored pieces on reinforced concrete. The materials which have been used to build these 22 elaborate creations. Sculpture themes are; The Sphinx, The Golden Skelton, The Hanging Man (death theme), The Priestess, The Castle, The Devil, The Moon, The Oracle and The Hermit. I do not fully understand the mythology, religious, mysticism, predictions, space, time or deeper interpretive meanings, but one can read the website in more detail and watch videos. The collection is based on tarot cards and combines imagery and nature in a dream like state. The creative designers put thought into the color, shapes, textures, materials, placement, design , philosophy and detailed subjects. One wanders through the garden maze and leaves, feeling as if they have escaped the world of time and place.






Heritage: Monaco’s Pink Palace, Beatrice Borromeo and Buccellati Jewels

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Beatrice Borromeo, born in Innichen, Italy which is located in South Tyrol, close to the Austrian border. Beatrice is from an aristocratic Italian family. The daughter of, Donna Paola Marzotto, and Carlo Ferdinando, Count of Arona. The family is related to the Cardinal Archbishop of Milan, during the mid 16th century. The heirs own the Borromean Islands which are set in the Mediterranean with fairy tale architecture and the sea as a backdrop. Beatrice’s mother is linked to the design House of Valentino and Beatrice wore a Valentino dress for her 2015 summer wedding to Pierre Casiraghi. Pierre Casiraghi is the youngest son of Princess Caroline of Monaco and Hanover and Stefano Casiraghi. Beatrice wore 5 wedding dresses between the wedding in Monaco, the formal religious ceremony in the Borromean Islands and parties. The Armani Priveé gown, simply elegant and white, is smashing and a beautiful veil was an accent to the assemble. Beatrice Borromeo is blonde and has an air of finesse. She has been on fashion magazine covers, but Hello Magazine shows her style as well. Beatrice attends fashion week in Paris, London and Milan, as does her sister in law, Charlotte Casiraghi. Beatrice Borromeo has modeled for Valentino, Trussardi, Ermanno Scervino and Alberto Ferreti. She attended Bocconi University, as an undergraduate, and received a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in NYC. She has worked in radio and TV, writing and reporting. While living in Rome, she wrote for the newspaper: “Il Fatto Quotidiano”. Beatrice directed the documentary: “Mamma Mafia” which covers the female roles within “the familigia”. She is the current muse for high end jewelry company, Buccellati. Buccellati was founded in 1919 by Mario and his son, in Milano. It was bought by a Chinese company and then French clothing and jewelry group, Richemont, The ad campaign is set to sensual music and shows a series of snapshots in which she walks through Rome’s/La Citta Eterna: Piazza di Piedra, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Dei Fiori and a villa, wearing intricate gold necklaces, the Macri bracelet, with tiny star shaped diamond florettes, lace cocktail earrings and honeycomb designs. Right now, her role is as wife and mother to two young sons. Beatrice is a nice addition to the House of Grimaldi. Charlotte Casiraghi, her sister in law, is the one who made the introduction to her brother, Pierre. Charlotte has had her own foray into fashion. She is a top equestrian and modeled for Gucci bit loafers, scarves and their makeup line as well as being a YSL model and ambassador for Mont Blanc. She attends the shows with other European socialites. She developed her own line of bold and avant garde jewelry,Les Aimants with Mont Blanc. She has written a book about philosophy which is dedicated to her father. Charlotte, Pierre, and her older brother, Andreas, are in line to the Moangasque throne. The tiny principality has been in the family for over 700 years with Prince Albert as the current leader. Their grandmother was actress, Grace Kelly, who became a princess upon, her 1956, marriage to Prince Rainier. Grace met the prince while filming; “To Catch a Thief”. The film starring, Cary Grant, centers on a jewel thief in the French Riviera. Get a glimpse of the new Grimaldi generation on The Rocher, Port Hercule or during the changing of the guard at the Pink Palace. Or, you can try your luck, 007 style, at The Casino de Monte- Carlo.