Many of you know that Paris is one of my great loves. We all have places that we love, that we go to when we are happy or when we need a reminder of life and all the beauty there is. For me, Paris is that place. Some photos from my last visit...
Favorite spots around Paris. L to R; City view from the Musée des Arts Decoratifs; Teatime Hotel de l'Abbaye; Church of Saint-Sulpice; Antiques along the rue Jacob; Tintin display, Musée des Arts Decoratifs; Place St. Sulpice; Paris facade; Painting Dianne Chasseresse in the Louvre; A beautiful Paris doorway; Jardin du Luxembourg; Le Robe Noir Boutique; covered arcade Palais Royale; Les Parisiennes; Aperitif Café Rostand; Comédie-Francaise. PHOTOS: DELRAE
"I have been lucky to have been in Paris in the glorious month of April many times. April is one of my favorite months to be in Paris. The parks and sidewalk cafés are filled with people. Parisian joie de vivre is happily on display. The many museums are hosting fabulous shows. The scent of flowers seems to fill the air. Everywhere you go, perfume and romance are in the air. My love of this beautiful city is at the center of all of the perfumes I have created. We all have places where we go to recharge and be reminded of the things in life we most love. Paris is my 'go to'. There is a little bit of Paris in every bottle." — DelRae
I took this photo not far from home. I love almost any view of the Golden Gate bridge. And no matter what time you might be near by it is always invigorating to see this glorious classic icon of San Francisco.
Nothing says summer to me like a bouquet of beautiful garden roses. The other morning I decided to wear my perfume Coup de Foudre ('love at first sight'), which is composed with the spectacular Rose de Mai from the south of France. For me, there is no flower quite as captivating as a rose in full bloom. I love roses at every stage; buds, in full bloom and later as their colors fade into soft muted pastels.
Later that day I decided to take a break and went to the beautiful rose garden inGolden Gate Park. The garden isn't hidden, but often overlooked. It is tended by a dedicated group of volunteer gardeners. Throughout the summer and into late Fall you will always find roses blooming. The roses in this garden are quite diverse in type, color and rose variety. The scent can be faint or voluptuous, fruity or spicy.
Happy Bastille Day! On July 14 all French citizens and Francophiles the world over celebrate the birth of modern day France. Several years ago I spent a wonderful Bastille Day in Paris. The energy and celebratory mood were amazing. All the neighborhood fire houses (and there are many!) held open house with dancing, eating and drinking. People go to as many as they can. We ended up dancing till midnight at Place St. Sulpice. Later we watched the fireworks and drank champagne from the hotel terrace. An evening to remember! Vive la France!
In San Francisco you find numerous small neighborhood parks. Alta Plaza is in Pacific Heights and covers 4 city blocks. Tennis courts, playground and beautiful views. My pups love going there as do I. Photo: DelRae
The Zen Garden at the Japanese Tea Garden. Photo: DelRae
The Great Buddha, Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park. Photo: DelRae
A favorite sunny walk.... Lagunitas Road in Ross. Beautiful, bucolic and serene.
Wonderful exhibit of fashion from the Brooklyn Museum at the Legion of Honor.
The restoration of the waterfront at Cavallo Point is complete and completely wonderful. So many inspiring vantage points of the City and the Bridge.
Fun evening recently at the charming flower shop, Ampersand at 80 Albion Street in San Francisco. Poetry reading from the anthology The Book of Scented Things. Benjamin and Emerson are the proprietors and creative floral wizards.
This is my kind of Easter egg hunt.... See's chocolate eggs and perfume!
IN MY BAG FOR A SPRING DAY....
A crazy winter for many comes officially to its end this Friday, the first day of Spring. But here in my California garden the jasmine, roses and lemon tree are already blooming. At night the scent wafts in through the open window, the perfect sleepy sendoff.
Spring is a glorious season. Time for new beginnings, new love, trips to Paris and perhaps, a new perfume.
Happy Spring. — DelRae
"Well, winter froze the river,
And winter birds don't sing.
Winter makes you shiver,
but Time is gonna bring you Spring."