happy saturday! i’m here again with just about a minute to say hi. tomorrow am i’m meeting with mb’s friend who’s going to help me lay out the book! i know it sounds stupid but it was real block. so i have homework but just wanted to post a few minutes of a super full day.
we were lucky to have a car and covered a ton of ground.
it’s like disney magic. but of all the things we did and saw,
i think the highlight was a detour into an estate sale held in a quintessential san fran home. it was the home of a woman who lived a san francisco life. the garage was full. there was a vanity, family photos, a pretty green oven, tons of costume jewelry and little chairs. she was a diva!
inside, her personalty really shone through. she loved detail and had a ton of white gloves, lingerie bags and embroidered linen hand towels.
i think this was her but am not positive
it’s kind of weird and sort of sacred when you get to look so intimately into someone’s life.
i had to smile coming across her collection of lotto games.she must have had 45 versions. i could just imagine her hosting lotto parties in this pretty little place on the hill in her bejeweled caftans.
morning guys! another day in gorgeous california with once again about 30 seconds to post this. as i do it’s becoming glaringly obvious how mymy shots have a distinctly french focus, but these were my faves in a quick edit from yesterday. guess i’m just predictable!
do you always think about living in a town when you travel there? i love to imagine it, and this place is filled with details that would be inspiring to be part of on the daily.
we did walk the streets for hours and hours the other day and yesterday went up to napa to do some follow up from the fancy food show. it’s another world. like you’re in the middle of italy. or heaven.
and not to be cliche but i did have a great pain au chocolat up there ;p
today we’re running in and out of a ton of tea shops and restaurants back in san fran. but the sands thru in the hourglass are slipping and so is all my attention to work, so gotta run and get some done. have a wonderful weekend!
that’s YOU i’m talking to! my blog friends, my family, my family blog friends, my family friends…
it feels like days since i’ve checked my emails. i’ve been living with and brainstorming with my girl mb (et al), who’s organizational skill set me straight and i’m thrilled we’re forming a team. she could be coming to paris with me this spring to oversee all the projects from shooting the book to reviewing apartment, filming it, streaming live, and making the app! geez it sounds like a lot suddenly…well if mb is up for it, i sure am!
well, the emails and stuff still call so i’ve got to go. (ifi’m gonna see any of this city, that is. plus it’s the first day of sun in 2 weeks!
fyi these are total non sequitur photos off my desktop, the two above saved from a quick trip into the blog pool without noting it, so if it’s your shot, please let me know ;p
hey guys, i feel like i’m not giving my blog much love these days cause i don’t seem to have a minute to myself while i’m traveling which is weird. guess it’s different when you’re around kids and the family scene which as a single gal i don’t do on the daily so more time is available to languish in blogland. well, soon enough i’ll be home i guess so for now it’s back to it in about 3o seconds. for these few moments i just wanted to say hi and send you over to a giveaway at our girl karen sugarman’s place…she’s got some gorgeous handmade earrings she’s raffling off for valentine’s day so if you get a chance, take a look!
more as soon as i have another shot of time to get away! xoc
hey all! my trip to San Francisco has been filled to the brim! in fact i only have a second right now but wanted to switch gears since the last post on the show and i’m just popping in to say hi. we’re working on a bunch of projects that will include lots more fun illustrations like this. in the meantime, enjoy this one (click to enlarge) and i’ll be back soon!
bonsoir tout le monde! hope things are good and you’re kicking back enjoying this perfect night.
it went fast but today was the last day of the show and a good time was had by all. there was a lot of tasting and talking and i just wanted to share a few flavors our chef brian presented. above is a gorgonzola-stuffed grape and below is the original four cheese and pear fiocchi pasta from labratorio tortellini of italy.
mmmm, it was so good! there was truly an incredible amount of vendors and new products and thank god there were volunteers who came and took all the extra stuff from the convention center to local shelters.
et voilà! tomorrow i belong to this city and can’t wait to get with my girls and run around town. till then, i’ll just digest…bonne nuit and suite dreams!
tumbador chocolates by jean-francois bonnet
hey guys! i haven’t had a chance to go around the show cause it’s super busy but thought i’d share a few of my faves from our booth at the fancy food show here in san fran. it’s all on the ciao imports website…i’ve been trying to convince them to keep up with their blog but they don’t seem to understand all that it can be. guess it’s something you have to experience to really get it!
fatty bars with hot chili, made by jean francois bonnet for zak pelaccio of fatty crab
organic and free trade teas
for me of course, the best is parisienne hot chocolate!
ok well i just dipped out to share a little of the booth and whet your appetite! i’ll be taking some of the samples to send out so if you’d like to try anything let me know!
hey guys, it’s been awhile but when i get with my friends and their kids, it’s like the rest of my life melts away!
you know that friend who knows you better than you do yourself? that’s who i’ve been with for past few days, having a grand old time with my college roomie, mb and her little lambs at their home just outside san francisco. i’m here in sf for the fancy food show where i’ll be helping my guy at his booth, serving teas and other yummy products from around the world that he imports. it’s a big change from the maison objet (i just couldn’t go in the dead of winter), or the ny gift show, but i’m looking forward to that change in a way. stepping outside my usual box it’s easier to see what to do next with what i have instead of just piling on new and more info, people, products, trips and all the things i usually do this time of year.
mb’s an idea and action girl but we’ve only been talking about doing so many things for so many years. normally all our big talk dies once i’m back east, so for the first time in almost a decade, we made a pact to turn the talking into action, which means sequestering ourselves together for the next couple weeks to combine forces. in college we had no idea what we’d be, we were major blank slates. but over the years i’ve developed into, well, we know what i do, where she’s become organized and focused. let’s just say the opposite of me!
i have to run to the show now but will take some pics and maybe even video. so more soon!. hope all is well with you!
ooh these images send me! as you may know it’s my big thrill to work with the magnificent talent of artists and bloggers on the net. paulette of paper nosh is one of those.
i could never say enough about her creations, they’re simply divine. these new beauties were listed in the boutique tonight. you can find them here:
well, i’m going to keep it short and sweet tonite with just a heeyyy, cause i’m leaving for san franciso tomorrow. still doing laundy and packing and it’s almost midnight. so…more from the other side, have a fab nuit!
bonjour! it’s a cinderella night pour moi, (11:55 right now) i’m a pumpkin at midnight on the dot.
it seems like it’s always the dead of night before i get to blog if even then. i miss you guys and want to blog surf more than anything. but it’s time to close up for the day.
you may know i’ve been adding to my line with bloggers’ works of art, and today have been adding stuff to the boutique. over the past day or so these all went up. i was thrilled to discover and collaborate with jenny and lauren of french market.
they create everything by hand
with such loving care. this is hand stamped
and i fell in love with their photography
everything they do is pretty
they’re just so clever!
and talented. thanks ladies for jumping in, we’re going to have fun!
i fell into a wonderland with these two muses and can’t resist their charms!
girls after my own heart. if you have a shop you can sell their items too!
on an other note, this just came in from my girl delphine groult who makes the most beautiful furniture (also by hand), in the french tradition. the finishes are particularly stunning and silky smooth.
her work is impeccable and i was thrilled to get a little eye candy before bed.
love that stool, del!
and of course this can be done in any color.
boy i could go on! renee, thank you for the new sets of cards!
noel’s books are collectors items!
and the beds! i almost forgot the beds!
last but not least is photography by mandy of alaparisienne.
hmm i didn’t realize how much went up til seeing it all together.
it’s all available in the boutique.
and now, tea and a book… sweet dreams! it’s exactly 12:00!