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
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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
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
(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
(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 taken by Ashley Urban When I stepped through the imposing black and gold doors at Leos Oyster Bar, I couldn’t help but smile at tropical wall paper, mother of pearl chandeliers, a long pink onyx bar with an oyster container at the end and a neat row of tables set before pleated banquets.
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
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.
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,
In relationships and in movies, it’s all about timing. So Damien Chazelle’s new movie is the perfect marriage of style and story; a good old fashioned musical about the ups and downs of a love story that struggles to stay in tempo. Borrowing heavily from the style of a classical movie studio musical, it
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
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