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Happy Weekend

Driving along Interstate 5 on the way back to Los Angeles. Already missing San Francisco! This weekend I’ll be doing lots of laundry… What about you?

Thursday Giveaway: Vintage Japanese Music Box

This little vintage box — found in a San Francisco thrift store — has the charm of Asia and the romance of the Viennese waltz that plays when you lift the enameled top. The tune will make you think of glittering ballrooms and floor-length dresses. And it’s the perfect place to stash small treasures heavy […]

Mission District Murals

San Francisco’s Mission District is known for its colorful murals, a tradition fostered by the city’s Mexican-American community in the 1970s. A walk along 24th Street between Valencia and York is especially wonderful, with vibrant Frida Kahlo-esque designs. The Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center at 2981 24th Street is the perfect place to […]

Zine Scene

City Lights in SF is not only a great bookstore, it has an interesting selection of zines. Here are a few found on the shelves… This one was hand done on a letterpress: It’s by someone named Artnoose in Pittsburgh who has an issue with their “inner Nietzsche.”“My Inner Nietzsche berates me and says that […]

Tea, Anyone?

Look at this cute tea house, Crown & Crumpet. Crown & Crumpet has pink and white floors, tables covered with chintz and little crowns on the tea cups. Located in San Francisco’s historic Ghirardelli Square, it’s the tea room equivalent of marzipan… Like bookstores, I keep a list of favorite tea houses: There’s the Tea […]

The Rear Window

The view of the alley outside our temporary SF abode… …I wonder who lives in the apartment with the lace curtains and the window box. I love how she has her little clay pots and basket on the fire escape. … Maybe she’s an international banker. Or maybe she’s working on the next big Internet […]

Farmers Market

Along the Embarcadero… Oceans of oranges and veggies from Half Moon Bay.

Downtown San Francisco

The fog makes the contrast between gray and vibrant color even more remarkable!

Vampire Weekend

Happy Friday everyone! The SF hotel where we’re staying has this massive chandelier in the lobby (which reminds me of the cover of Vampire Weekend’s first album)….below is our little dog Lola talking to herself in the mirror…Have a wonderful weekend…It’s properly foggy now in San Francisco and we’re ordering take-out Chinese food. More Polaroids […]

City Lights

There are lots of interesting places to visit in San Francisco, yet I always end up at this bookstore… City Lights is the cradle of the Beat Generation, and I could spend hours browsing the shelves. On Tuesday evening, Silicon Valley visionary Jaron Lanier was at the store discussing his new book, You Are Not […]

Thursday Giveaway: Gorgeous Green Opera Purse

Hello my dears, this was another one of my Paris flea market finds. I had it listed in my eBay store, but I’m clearing out the Paris inventory to make way for treasures from San Francisco. Would you like to have it? It’s lovely: made of silk with a green glass bead handle. The latch […]

San Francisco Polaroids

Under a balmy blue sky It felt like summer today…You could smell incense in the warm air as the city’s large Chinese community welcomed the new year with shrines to Buddha and prayersfor good luck.. As usual, I was distracted by all the architectural details…The buildings are so European. But the weather and vibe is […]

Chinatown Markets

Fruit, firecrackers, Chinese newspapers, cookies and candied ginger… Such a colorful melange of things on display along the sidewalks of SF’s Chinatown today. Happy Year of the Tiger, everyone! Goodbye damn tough Ox.

Is San Francisco the most beautiful US city?

To kick off my week of blogging in SF, I wanted to ask… …do you think San Francisco is the most beautiful US city? When I was growing up, my dad used to joke that he was going to quit the rat race to work as a trolley car operator. He loved SF above all […]

Searching for Something Light and Bright

My dears, we’re packing now to head up to San Francisco to visit relatives for the week. I’m excited to go to Chinatown (with Polaroid camera) for Chinese New Year! When we return, we’re going to begin the search for a new place to live. We’ve been in our house for more than 12 years […]

The Weekend

Happy Friday everyone! This weekend I’m having lunch with my friend Elaine in Beverly Hills and I’m packing for a trip to San Francisco, where I will be taking lots of Polaroids and blogging next week! I’m putting together a list of great flea markets and thrift stores in SF…Any suggestions!? What are you up […]

Style Muse: Margherita Missoni

I love these photos taken by Juergen Teller at the Missoni estate in Sumirago, where even the couches and chairs are covered in Missoni knits… Margherita looks so effortlessly chic, with her charm necklace… Bracelets, rings and red nails… From the March issue of Bazaar…

Thursday Giveaway: Paris Flea Market Treasure Box

A beautiful vintage box found at the Porte de Vanves Flea Market in Paris…. Painted on both sides…. And just large enough to hide an old love note…It’s small, about the size of a deck of cards!…I’m not sure how old it is, but it’s very special. Leave a comment to enter! Winner picked on […]

Today I’m hibernating…

It’s rainy and cold. And I just want to stay in and read. Don DeLillo: “She used the old dented kettle instead of the new one she’d just bought because — she didn’t know why. It was an old frame house that had many rooms and working fireplaces…” Will be back tomorrow… (Photo by Pretty […]

Hello Monday + Buttons & Glass

Hello my dears, thank you for all your amazing stories about why you started blogging! I’m so happy to meet you & blog with you. You are a wonderful bunch and I am so lucky to know you…. It’s Monday morning here in LA. It’s finally stopped raining and the sun is out. It’s beautiful, […]

Why did you start your blog?

I started English Muse a little over a year ago to help deal with the sadness and hopelessness I felt watching so many of my friends lose their jobs at the Los Angeles Times. After so many years working at the paper, I felt like a refugee there, searching for a community where I belonged. […]

Sad Robot + Rain

It’s pouring rain in Los Angeles tonight and I have this song by the band Stars stuck in my head. It’s called Sad Robot. Have you heard it? The lyrics are in French but it’s about this robot who is left out in the rain. And he’s scared his heart is going to rust. Goes […]

Happy Weekend

Happy weekend lovies! Here are some of the things I’ve been reading/obsessing over on the web this week: Christian Dior’s yummy couture confections. The New York Times review of the new Warren Beatty book, Star, by Peter Biskind. Is it always best when it snows at night?Steve Job’s secret dinner with NYT execs: Can the […]

Thursday Giveaway: Charming Henri Bendel Travel Journal

<a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}href=””>This charming new travel journal (a $58 value) features a list of the hottest shops in London, Paris & Milan, along with maps on how to get there. (It also includes a number of maps of Europe along with useful travel information and lots of room to write about your beautiful […]

Julianne Moore’s Boudoir

Ever since I saw Tom Ford’s debut movie, A Single Man, I’ve been obsessed with finding photos of Julianne Moore’s gorgeous 1960s boudoir. Finally, the February issue of Paris Vogue delivers a nice big picture showing all the beautiful details: bamboo screens, a sheep-skin covered chair, an inlaid mirror, a small settee, curtains with thick […]

The Most Beautiful View of LA

I love these paintings of Los Angeles by artist Peter Alexander. The top one is my favorite. There is only one way to get this view: Taking off out over the ocean from LAX, sitting on the right side of the plane. You can see for miles up the Pacific Coast, past Pt. Dume. Pure […]

Sofia Coppola Inspiration Board

From French Vogue 2005. I adore all things Sofia… I hope you’re having a lovely Tuesday. I’m meeting friend for lunch in Chinatown, which I think will help get me over these blues. Thank you again for all your beautiful comments on my post about the loss of our dog Murphy. Sending you virtual hugs…

Thank You…

I so deeply appreciate all your kind words today. You are so dear to me. Thank you. (Photo from here.)

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