Saturday, February 22, 2014

Tastemaker Tag Sale Tomorrow!

Come join Paris Hotel Boutique tomorrow morning, as we team up with One Kings Lane for a Tastemaker Tag Sale. I'm thrilled to offer a wide array of some of my favorite finds!

If you're new to One Kings Lane, OKL partners with top brands and designers to give their members insider access to designer décor, fantastic gift selections, and exclusive tag sales curated by today's top tastemakers - at up to 70% off retail.

Paris Hotel Boutique will have major markdowns of items so please do check it out. This three day event starts tomorrow morning at 8:00 am PST/11:00 am EST, February 23rd. You must be a member of One Kings Lane to access the sale. Click here to join in advance. Membership is free. {FYI... items sell quickly!}

Happy shopping!  

Friday, February 14, 2014

Heureuse Saint-Valentin!

La Vie En Rose

Des yeux qui font baisser les miens
Un rire qui se perd sur sa bouche
Voilà le portrait sans retouche
De l’homme auquel j’appartiens
Quand il me prend dans ses bras
Il me parle tout bas
Je vois la vie en rose
Il me dit des mots d’amour
Des mots de tous les jours
Et ça me fait quelque chose
Il est entré dans mon coeur
Une part de bonheur
Dont je connais la cause
C’est lui pour moi, moi pour lui dans la vie
Il me l’a dit, l’a juré pour la vie
Et dès que je l’aperçois
Alors je sens en moi
Mon coeur qui bat
Des nuits d’amour à plus finir
Un grand bonheur qui prend sa place
Les ennuis, les chagrins s’effacent
Heureux, heureux à en mourir
Quand il me prend dans ses bras
Il me parle tout bas
Je vois la vie en rose
Il me dit des mots d’amour
Des mots de tous les jours
Et ça me fait quelque chose
Il est entré dans mon coeur
Une part de bonheur
Dont je connais la cause
C’est toi pour moi, moi pour lui dans la vie
Il me l’a dit, l’a juré pour la vie
Et dès que je l’aperçois
Alors je sens en moi
Mon coeur qui bat

Happy Valentine's Day!!

image source unknown

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Special Valentine's Day Giveaway!

With Valentine's Day a couple of days away, I thought I'd do a giveaway of one of my favorite pieces in the shop. 

This stunning  silverplate antique locket features an enamel rose with a monogram. It opens to hold two photos. Lovely, large piece.

Deadline to enter is 2.14.14 at 11:30 pm PST. One winner!

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Where Were You on February 9, 1964?

Fifty years ago on February 9, 1964, the Fab Four appeared on the Ed Sullivan show and it changed music for decades to come. Beatlemania was the rage!

I don't have any recollection of that show as I was only 4 years old. (I'm dating myself here, okay), but I do have my own "Beatle" memories.

I remember my best girlfriend and I wearing Beatle wigs holding plastic guitars and singing to Beatle's and this (above) Chipmunk albums. It was just too much fun. We must have been 5 or 6 years old.

I remained a fan throughout my life. The day the news broke that John was killed, I sobbed like a baby. I sat next to the radio and listened to Beatles music crying all night long. Even though the band had already broken up, life would never be the same. Then came George's death and more sorrow to this hardened fan.

I was fortunate enough to attend the Grammy Awards with my former boss, Blues legend John Lee Hooker in 1990. Paul McCartney was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award. I was in the third row and tears were rolling down my eyes as Paul stood just feet away. I was in awe.

Then I saw him perform on two separate occasions, one as recent as 4 years ago. Tears still ran down my eyes as Paul sang "Hey Jude."

I wish I could have seen the Beatles perform live, especially at their last performance at Candlestick Park here in San Francisco, 1966. Oh well, I was only 6 years old!

I'm looking forward to the CBS special "50 Years: The Beatles." Just can't wait.

What are your favorite Beatle memories? Were you old enough (and lucky enough) to see them perform on the Ed Sullivan show?  Please do share!

And one last bit...if you're a fan, a must see documentary is "Good Ole' Freda", the Beatles secretary Freda Kelly shares the inside of what it was like working for them. Fabulous, must see!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Happy Year of the Horse & Get Your Chinese Horoscope!

Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year, 'the year of the horse.' Chinese New Year is a two week Spring festival celebrated for over 5,000 years in China.

I am the year of the rat; actually my horoscope reading is pretty accurate. To get your Chinese horoscope, click here.

One of the world's top ten Chinese New Year parades is here in San Francisco. It  is the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia. Over 100 units will participate in the parade, many of the floats and specialty units will feature the theme of this year's Chinese zodiac sign. Nowhere in the world will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, and exploding firecrackers.

If you're in San Francisco, our parade is Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Where Have All the Bloggers Gone?

Tonight I found myself perusing through my "blogging friends" list (to the right of this post). What did I find? Abandoned blogs...posts from as long as 3 years ago. What happened? Where have all the bloggers gone?

I used to be an avid blog reader with a list so long that I could hardly keep up with my favorite blogs. Sadly, I haven't had time to keep up on my blog reading, let alone do much posting myself.

What do you think has happened? Are people so overloaded that they don't have time to read the blogs? Have bloggers moved on to different careers or hobbies? It seems that the serious bloggers (those that have made careers from their blogs), still remain alive and well (thank heavens).

I'm curious, if you're still following me here, what you think has happened to the blogosphere?

image: Abandoned bar at Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel, a resort in the Catskill Mountains in the Town of Liberty, near the village of Liberty, New York.

Special New Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Valentine's Day is around the corner and we've acquired some lovely pieces of estate jewelry, as well as some other beautiful items. Scroll down to see a few and then shop our new arrivals!

Pair of French Blue Portieux Vallerysthal Opaline Perfume Bottles

Art Deco Pink Sapphire Ring

Victorian Sterling Silver Purse

Victorian Puffy Heart Charm Bracelet

Rare Victorian Chunky Heart Necklace/Watch Fob

Vintage French Trophy


images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Monday, January 13, 2014

Tea Time!

There's nothing like a hot cup of tea on a cold winter's day, or anytime for that matter. Served with beautiful china or perhaps in a hotel silver teapot. 

I'm not a huge tea drinker, but seem to be drawn to the beautiful packaging of many of the teas. See some of my favorites below.

Of course we love Laduree, France.  Their teas range from traditional Earl Grey to Tea Marionette, "a delicious marriage of Chinese and Indian black teas combined with rose petals, citrus fruit and honey. A bucolic walk at the Petit Trianon."

Ladurée became one of the first tea salons in Paris, after Mariage Frères. I understand there will be a tea house opening in New York City this year.

Another beautiful tea I just stumbled upon on Pinterest is Nina's Paris Marie-Antoinette. I had to order one of these from Etsy.

"A very delicate tea,  flavored with apples & rose, with a touch of strongness with ceylon tea basis Apple aroma done with apples coming from King’s Kitchen Garden – Versailles." Sounds yummy, doesn't it?

From the lovely Fortnum & Mason in the United Kingdom, they offer a variety of world teas from Assam Superb tea to Rose Pouchong. They have been offering teas for over 300 years! 

On 1 March 2012, with enormous joy and excitement, the refurbished St James’s restaurant was opened by HM the Queen accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, and renamed The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.

Isn't this gorgeous packaging? From Harrods, UK, we have the Earl Grey Gentleman's tea. 

"A rich and robust Ceylon is balanced with an intense and fragrant bergamot, giving this black tea blend a sparkling citrus aroma and an enduring and refreshing aftertaste."

The famous Mariage Frères', the French tea company, was founded in 1854.

"Mariage Frères' most famous secret is this mysterious blend that takes you to distant lands and strange countries. With over 500 varieties of tea laid out apothecary style with a wall of teas that get measured by the gram into bags or tins."

Have you ever been to MarieBelle in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City? 

They make the most beautiful chocolates that resemble semi-precious jewels in elegant boxes. 

Well, good news...they make teas too. I adore their Dark Obsession Chocolate Rose Tea. "Black ceylon tea exquisitely scented with chocolate extract and embellished with pink roses." So yummy!

Then there is the beautiful packaging of Chloe Chocolat tea. Can you tell I fancy chocolate teas?

The Oolong Milky...Milky and flowery. "This elegant tea is delightfully reminiscent of a creamy milk chocolate experience."

 Do you have a  favorite tea?