Bold Strokes and Artful Wear


All photographs were taken by Ashley Urban What better way to pay homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat, the late Neo-Expressionist and downtown-cool artist than to wear one of his art works – this time in the form of a printed A-line Dress, from the 17 piece capsule collection, by Alice and Olivia’s designer Stacey Bendet.  Some

Inside Averell’s Bedroom Makeover


  I find that as my children get older it’s harder to surprise them. That’s why I was so excited to redo my daughter Averell’s bedroom in anticipation of her coming home from London for the holidays. I couldn’t wait to see the surprise on her face when she walked into her old room again.

About Face:The Benefits of Silk Pillowcases


  My sleeping beauties Mallory and Averell on Christmas Eve 1995.  I always regret not sending it out as a Christmas card that year. Here’s to second chances! True Confession: I Love to Sleep! Eric is convinced that I’m going to live a very, very long time, because of the hours that I spend asleep

Baby, It’s Cold Outside…


One of my family’s New Year’s Day traditions is to take a walk together on Chrissy field. Located in San Francisco’s Presidio, it’s the perfect place to take in some of the iconic sights associated with this City by the Bay. From there, you get a bang up view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz,

The Busy Trap


“Life is what happens when you are busy making plans.” John Lennon We all get busy, especially around the holidays. We all have times when we glance at our calendar and wonder: “How am I going to get all of this done?” and then “How did I get myself so overcommitted in the first place?”

All I want for Christmas…


Just in case any of you out there are wondering what to get me this Christmas…here is my 2016 list. Sending you thanks in advance! This glamping tent would be perfect for my back yard in San Francisco! amazon.com Did you know that Anna Karenina met her Vronsky at a train station and that Tolstoy

An Ode to Poached Pears


Ahhh, Thanksgiving dinner… The moment after all the buying, preparation and time spent rooted in the kitchen, the dinner is finally served to much exclaim.Of course “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”. The time when silence falls over the table, and family and guests savor with gusto the bounty of food, on

The Joy of Reinvention


My blog has been up and running for a year and a half. The experience has been amazing in so many ways! I would like to celebrate this milestone by highlighting my amazing readers. At the beginning, I was writing for my family and friends. Eager to share what I was doing and seeing, I

I’m Boycotting Halloween


I’m boycotting Halloween this year. Not for any “Ba Humbug” reasons, because I completely endorse this magical holiday full of whimsy and creativity. It’s because for the first time in 27 years, none of my children will be home to participate in the festivities. Boo Hoo! That sad fact, combined with the prediction of rain

Over the Rainbow, Hawaii


All photographs taken by Ashley Urban We set out at 5pm to roam around the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel before sunset. The “over the rainbow” colors of the Hawaiian foliage, ocean and sky were the perfect backdrop for the clothes. My love of resort wear is not much of a secret! My daughters are always

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