“I love not Man the less, but Nature More.” Lord Byron One of my favorite things to do each day is to spend an hour walking my dog Lily in the Presidio. I am fortunate that our house in San Francisco is only a block away from this National Park, which boast 25 miles of
Do you remember the purple dress Mrs. Obama wore on the night of the notorious fist-bump before the president’s speech claiming the Democratic nomination? Or the red dress she wore to meet the Bushes on their way out of the White House? Maria Pinto designed both iconic dresses, as well as other creations that Mrs.
According to my Indian friends, the best place to buy a wedding sari is at the Sari Palace in Berkeley. Eric and I will be attending an Indian wedding in October, so the push was on to find the perfect sari for the occasion. So with that in mind, I made a pilgrimage over the
I love houses that incorporate nature into the decorating motif. My friend’s house in Southampton does just that. The high ceilings, the nature reliefs painted on the walls and the oversized French doors and windows beg you to feel apart of the lush and manicured gardens that surround the house. So follow me. I’ll just
I just read The Elephant Whisperer, My Life with the Herd in the African Wild, by Lawrence Anthony and was sad to finish it. The book invites you in as a confidant from the first page and holds you rapt to the very last. I highly recommend this heart warming and inspirational true tale of
What I love about sailing is that things can change so suddenly and dramatically. That’s exactly what happened to us recently while sailing off of the Santa Barbara coast. We set sail on a picture perfect southern California day to celebrate Averell’s birthday. A picnic lunch was carefully stored below board and our boat was
Julia Child’s favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara, where she lived late in life, was La Super Rica Taqueria, a down and dirty taco joint. The reigning goddess of French cuisine openly shared her love of dining there in interviews with Bon Appetit, Good Morning America, which inspired an article in The New Yorker. I just
Last week in Santa Barbara, we feted the passing of time with two back-to-back birthdays for Averell and Olivia, and a Celebration of Life for my mother, who led and fascinating and full life and passed away at the age of 94. It was fun, exhausting and bitter sweet all rolled into one. Averell
“Thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G. K. Chesterton I usually feel grateful when some kindness exceeds my expectations and catches me off guard. Like when a friend sends flowers just to let me know that she is thinking of me or my daughter gives me
You don’t have to travel to the Rio Olympics to see world-class equestrians, as I recently learned when I ponied over to the Menlo Horse Show. Along with the international caliber equestrian events, there are great shops to peruse, people and animal watching opportunities galore and a fierce design competition over the most over the
Imagine wrapping yourself in a down duvet covered in the finest Frette cotton. That’s what this thick moisturizer by Charlotte Tilbury feels like on skin…soft, comfortable, basically heaven. And it also has a faint rose scent that adds to the whole pampering effect. Twenty years ago celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury started mixing up
This is quite simply the easiest dessert to make in the world. Plus it makes the most of summer’s greatest gift, the humble but oh so divine peach. If you’re new to the world of baking, this recipe is for you. And if you’re an old pro around the kitchen, this is also for you…
Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t posting any recent recipes. It’s not because the idea of discovering simple to make and mouthwatering recipes has lost its appeal. Just the contrary, having our kitchen under renovation for the last nine months, has sent me into a tailspin of unearthing new recipes to
(photo first appeared in the Southampton Press 7/7/2016 issue) I’ve always been a sucker or the 4th of July, fireworks and a good cause. Throw in a torrential rain storm and you have the right mix to ignite the evening with laughter and dancing…yes, even in the rain. So we were all looking forward to
Fresh ocean air, glimmering beach, warm ambience and oh-so-beautiful people are just some of the reasons to make a dinner reservation at the Galley Restaurant next time you’re in Nantucket. Oh yes, and let’s not forget about the utterly delicious food, which is inspired by the island’s abundant seafood and by the restaurant’s own organic garden.