Devastating Wine Country Fires


The fire is still raging throughout the wine country.  Today’s statistics on the toll that the fire has taken are mind numbing. 17 deaths from fires throughout Northern California 3,000 ruined homes and businesses 183 people still reported missing in Sonoma 17 active wildfires statewide have burned 115,000 acres. As of right now, the fierce blazes continue to

Sketch


After a morning of wedding dress shopping in London, Averell and I hopped to it, and headed for full-blown Sketch afternoon tea. One step inside of Sketch, with its perfectly plump, millennial pink tulip seats, a rose gold plated bar, pretty-in-pink velvet banquets, and brass table lights, you’ll no doubt feel as if you’ve been

12 THINGS HAPPY PEOPLE DO DIFFERENTLY


This list has been bouncing around the internet lately.  Coincidently, I’ve been working on improving my happiness quota this summer by focusing on many of the actions mentioned in the list, especially expressing gratitude and cultivating optimism.  After a week of foggy and cold San Francisco days, I thought it was the perfect time to

My Oh My How Time Flies


Hi there. I’ve missed you! Where does the time go? We’re officially in the last throws of summer. Have you noticed how time seems to speed up the older you get older? I remember as a child, there were days that dragged, like a rusty muffler on the bumper of a junk car. These days

The Stuff of Life


  I don’t think of myself as a collector. To me the term implies a conscious hunt of items of a certain quality and financial value.  My collecting is really an accumulation of things that make me smile or remember something or someone fondly. (Some of my Napoleonic collection arranged with books and china) Here

Private Release of Rehabilitated Seals


Who doesn’t love a happy ending…especially one involving the release of rehabilitated seals back into the ocean. Add that heart-warming event to the fact that it was happening at a private estate overlooking Otter Cove in Pebble Beach, where lunch was to be served, to really seal the deal.  I quickly rsvp “Yes”to the Marine

A Few of My Favorite NYC Restaurants


(Photograph taken at La Biblioteque, NYC) Who doesn’t appreciate restaurant recommendations, especially if you planning on spending a long weekend in NYC, as I did recently. I always enjoy hearing about new restaurants from friends, especially when I’m traveling.  The three restaurants that I’m about to tell you about are not new or trendy but

Tired of Mother’s Day Brunch? Try a Tea


  “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” -Henry James, 1881 Three thirty in the afternoon this Mother’s Day, I will be sitting with Mallory and Averell at Bergdorf Goodman’s in New York City enjoying afternoon tea. Being with my daughters and enjoying

A Divine Dessert: A Floating Island


  Today, we need to talk about Floating Islands.   Just close your eyes please and imagine pillowy soft meringues floating in a puddle of rich, creamy custard, topped with caramel sauce. Congratulations! You have managed to conjure up an image of the most heavenly dessert… A Floating Island. I’ve been longing to make this

My Urban Garden


April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. William Shakespeare As much as I love our house, from the start it was always about the garden. It hugs the house so it can be seen from every window, inviting you to step outside and enjoy it.It’s a southern facing garden, which means that the

The Black Cat


Who can resist an evening at The Black Cat, a San Francisco gem, serving up live music in a bar and speakeasy venue? “Certainly not me” I thought as I sped down to the heart of the Tenderloin in the back of an Uber. The all black exterior of the building with a neon cat

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