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
Part One, Hidden in Plain Sight My line unfurls lazily, the loops straightening until taut, then it retracts, launching over my shoulder and snapping out ahead of me, until the fly drops lightly onto the glassy water. (At least that’s how it’s supposed to go!) Surrounded by lush green trees and a lingering morning fog,
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
To really understand and appreciate Thanksgiving, I first have to compare it to its Irish twin, Christmas. Let’s start with the fact that there is an entire industry dedicated to Christmas excess : Not only can you buy enough lights to illuminate Alcatraz; you can hire a professional to hang them for a full on
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
This is Throwback Tuesday, which happens to be Election Day. Hope you all remember to vote! Because I was somewhat of a Debbie Downer on my last post about boycotting Halloween, I thought I would redeem myself with at a look back at the over the top splendor of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Balls.
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
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
It was such a hoot to dust off my Stetson and pull on my cowboy boots to horse around backstage at the Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace. What made it such a blast to mingle with the competitors and their horses was to see all the pre-competition preparation that makes the riders and
(Photograph by Ashley Urban) I don’t care if the food at the Mauna Kea’s weekly luau is barely edible and pricey, or that their room service never seems to get it right or even that their beach chairs have seen better days. I just love staying at the Mauna Kea Hotel because of all the
I’m always looking for the perfect chicken recipe. With this Lemon and Garlic concoction, I think I’ve found it. With very little effort, you can have crispy chicken, tender meat and an epic sauce. Using a whole head of garlic for four chicken thighs may sound outrageous. But trust me, the garlic becomes very sweet
“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