Bonjour de Paris

Debi, kids Paris

And we’re off…

Scouting across Paris for all the brand new, white hot trends for party planning, catering menus, craft cocktails, fabulous florals, color palettes, design details and more.

We’ll be here for a few weeks, tasting, sipping, stocking up.

From Ile St Louis, our home away from home, to hipster Marais, sophisticated St Germain…we plan to cover it all.

Do tell, what do you want us to research, snap snap away with our cameras, and promptly report back?

We’ll make our list, and check it twice, and share, share away.

photo: Suzzane Brown

Summertime tip: Protect your Ring

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Hello and happy summer!

This clever, coral crab beach ad in the new issue of CSBrides magazine reminded me to share a great travel tip.

My latest jewelry obsession: remember to always insure your valuables – especially with traveling this summer – and of course all of you brides and grooms flying off to honeymoon.  

No matter what type of jewelry, gifts symbolize a very special memory, and should be properly insured with my favorite, local midwest friend: Perfect Circle Jewelry Insurance by Jewelers Mutual at

Tra la la – now off to travel and soak up summertime inspiration, worry free.

My heart in San Francisco

My heart in San Francisco

Tony Bennett said it best, in 1962.

I left my heart in San Francisco
High on a hill, it calls to me
To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars…

My love waits there in San Francisco
Above the blue and windy sea…

I could never, ever tire of this view.



And today, January 21, sixty plus degrees and sunny.


Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle

Good morning Seattle!

Such a beautiful, breathtaking city.

Majestic vistas, snowcapped Olympic Mountains on the horizon.

And these massive, gently gliding freighters…I find them so very romantic.

I literally went running down Union to get a shot as this freighter slowly
slipped across the harbor…

Set sail for Alaska, perhaps?

Oh how I would love to be on that sailboat, feeling oh so small, watching
this gigantic beast of a ship move gently past.

Can you imagine?

It feels so very Titantic, romantic to me.

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Oh joy.

The holidays!

We land in the most sparkling of cities, New York, in one week ++ a few

I. Can’t. Wait.

New York, at Christmas, is a wonderland of delights.

I spend long weekends, with my family, two children age eight and ten, eyes
wide as can be, walking block by beautiful block through The Village,
Chelsea, Union Square, Soho, (and walking and walking they will tell you!)
each lit up and twinkling like a fairy land.

I studied at NYU for a summer program semester – and within minutes find
myself magnetically drawn to Washington Square. Did you know legendary
Fifth Avenue begins here, right at the foot of the magnificent marble arch?

The trends for holiday – gifting – dining – cocktailing – designing – they
are a popping throughout NY’s hustle bustle neighborhoods. As we walk, we
take note of this brilliant window here (Bergdorf Goodman!), aour favorite
bookstore’s warm and inviting atmosphere that makes you sit and stay awhile
there (and cupcake counter – inside Books of Wonder, Union Square).

Maybe it’s because we own our own studio/boutique, A Perfect Event (come
visit us, we’re open seven days a week!), or maybe it’s because I find
creating design trends beyond fascinating…but there is nothing in the
world like New York, especially a glow for happy holidays.


(and make sure to follow us to watch every step we take next weekend –
block by block!)

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Dream a little Dream

Have you ever dreamed?

I mean really, really dreamy – full of enchantment, magic, sparkle?

And by dream, I mean Dream Downtown.

My new major favorite hotel in NYC.

This is a sneak peek of the lobby.

What a lobby!

From snow covered arched doorways as you enter…

To lifesize white wonderland wolves peering out from a forest of massive
snowcovered trees…

To snowy white owls perched ontop ceiling high branches, covered in
suspended flickering candles…

Giant polar bear families, greeting guests as they arrive from around the

Floor lanterns filled with candles, sitting on beds of snow, tucked among
wrought iron baskets filled with white birch logs, between vintage leather

Not to mention the white birch forest lobby covered walls, white fur
wrapped lamps at registration, gold metallic croc lounge seating, skylight
ceilings peering into the heated outdoor swimming pool on the roof above.

We are hooked.

Forever and ever.

Dream Downtown
355 W. 16th St, NYC
(between 8th and 9th, across from Chelsea Market – yet another major
Phone:(212) 229-2559

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