One of my favorite neighborhoods in San Francisco is North Beach. To me it is the most authentic and rich in Italian traditions. North Beach is also a rare thing – a neighborhood that manages to be a perennial favorite with tourists and also remain beloved to San Franciscans. All photographs taken by Ashley Urban
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Something you might not know about me is that Bergdorf Goodman’s is one of my happy places. After I glide through their gilded doors on Fifth Avenue, I take in the beauty of the place and then exhale, knowing all is well with the world. Call me a fantasist if you like, but for me
(photo by Ashley Urban) As I enter the time warp that is The Summer of Love Experience: Art Fashion and Rock and Roll at the De Young Museum, I immediately feel myself transported back to the 1967 and the summer I spent then in San Francisco. (Photo by Ashley Urban) It was a time when
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
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,
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
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
(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
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
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
One thing that I love about Nantucket is that it doesn’t change. I’ve been going there for years and every time I return it always seems frozen in time. It keeps its old world charm not only by design but also as a byproduct of the island’s relative inaccessibility. Thirty miles off the shores
Walking into Beneduci’s sunny showroom and workshop on San Jose Avenue in San Francisco, I feel like I’ve stumbled onto a hidden treasure. From the quality of the shoes to the level of care for the customers, it’s clear that the owner and master craftsman Frank Beneduci really puts his heart and sole