LOCAL Houston | The City Guide May 2016 - Page 60

THINGS WE LOVE By Carla Valencia de Martinez Few women continue to entertain and inspire as Frida Kahlo. I adore her – and Assouline’s latest coffee table book, Frida Kahlo: Fashion as the Art of Being. Written by Susana Martinez Vidal (editor at Elle Spain for sixteen years), the book is a treasure trove tribute to the avant garde globetrotter ahead of her time, a stunning depiction of how Kahlo’s iconic art, sense of style and bold beauty heavily influenced fashion during her lifetime and still today. Coincidentally, I met the Parisian artist whose work is on the cover of the book on my trip to France last month. Follow Coco on Instagram @corinnedalleore for glimpses at what inspires her art that so happily evokes Frida’s style and originality. Snap up your book at LOCAL online retailer www.cooperativeashop.com. It’s hard to believe that this month marks my one-year checkup at MD Anderson. Cancer sucks in all its incarnations. Long story short, I had appendicitis which turned out to be appendix cancer a little over a year ago – so, yes, FUCK CANCER. But I LOVE how many organizations care so much about something we know so little about. CanCare is an organization that spotlights those who offer emotional support to cancer survivors through a network of trained volunteers including survivors, family members of survivors and medical professionals. CanCare’s National Luncheon is May 19 at The Westin Houston, Memorial City. Get your tickets now to show support and hear badass keynote speaker Devon Still (NFL Texans defensive tackle), proud father of the beautiful cancer survivor Leah Stills. www.cancare.org Image Source: Instagram @man_of_still91 Oh words, how I love words! They hold such power and can entice tears, laughter, rage and motivation. The 125 Collection delivers quotes through the senses on their line of natural soy candles. Phrases like these make me giggle, offer a daily dose of inspiration while wafting scents like fresh bamboo, fresh laundry, verbena or lavender into my creative space. www.the125collection.com 60 L O C A L | may 16