After of the release of the Lord of the Rings films and Hobbit trilogies, New Zealand will forever be known as the home to hobbits, elves and stunning settings. While in Queenstown, Eric and I went in search of the land of J.R.R. Tolkien or the Long White Cloud. We found that the best way
My first day in the north island of New Zealand, we helicoptered from Poronui, a 16,000 acre fishing lodge where we were staying, to a remote river of volcanic origins. I was told it was populated by good size rainbow trout. (My best buddy Noodle, who jumped on the helicopter every morning eager to hit
As most of my readers know by now, Eric has made it a long-standing tradition to cook Sunday dinners for family and friends. Please check back to my first recipe, which was posted on May 8, 2015. Those who’ve been fortunate enough to partake in one of his meals, know how much thought and
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.
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
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
“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?”
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.