both of my novels on sale through atelier300

I am excited to report that both of my novels, Piazza Navona and Nob Hill, are now on sale through Amazon for 9.99USD for the paperback version. Normally 16.95 and 15.95 respectively.  If you are interested please follow this link to Atelier300, an affiliate shop I am currently working with to offer new prints at a discount.

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photography: napa wineries overcast

As I drove along the windy road aiming to get to the wineries on Sunday, I was a little disappointed when I noticed it was raining. This reaction is of course expected, since we don’t usually get rain in the bay area in the so called summer months and second, why did it happen on the one day I decided to go to the wineries trying to escape the dreary foggy/muggy weather in San Francisco. I know, I’m acting like a brat.

Anyway, I realized after parking my car that the colors from the gray skies to the green of the vines to the neutral tones of the dirt with colorful flowers here and there made for amazing photographs, so I snapped what I felt needed capturing. Monet, Picasso and Manet to name a few would have been proud of me. Here’s a few I want to share and ask that you not borrow the photographs without my consent please. Thank you and enjoy.

{Photographs are the property of rawsilkandsaffron and may not be copied, borrowed or used with the prior consent of the photgrapher}

fashion: valentino haute couture 2014-15

Lots happened over the weekend, too busy to detail all in one night. While I gather my notes, and upload my photos, I wanted to take today to simply think about fashion. Haute Couture to be exact. Here are some of my favorites from Valentino Haute Couture 2014-15 season: (Can you imagine the celebs who will consider these gorgeous gowns for the award season?

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healthy suggestions to share

Let’s face it. We are on information overload about how to be healthy, eat well, sleep enough, drink plenty of water and the ‘do’s and don’t’ to consider to maintain a fine lifestyle. On occasion, I scroll through these articles only to validate what I already know and decide after 30minutes of scanning the information, to keep going, just the way I have for years – eating the good and the bad in moderation, exercising and staying positive, knowing, deep down, those are the key ingredients for a lasting effect. Once in a while, I want to share what I firmly believe in and have practiced for decades, hoping it would at least help make a change in someone’s life, since it’s been validated. Here are some of the best suggestions – click on photo to be redirected:

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a uniquely secret garden in california

The Summer months are the toughest time for me to stay inspired, since the weather is not the best in San Francisco to uplift my spirits. I stay indoors a lot and often spend countless hours daydreaming of places to visit with sun and warm weather, restlessly needing to get away. Of course having been a travel agent at one point in my career, adds to my distress since I find myself searching online, while bundled up in sweat pants and a sweater, information about travel. One particular story caught my attention recently, enlightening me naturally since I had no idea it existed. But apparently there is a secret garden worth seeing nestled in Fresno, California, a place most of us locals don’t consider a vacation spot. It’s called Forestiere Gardens. Please click here to read the article and see photo credits. I think I just added Fresno to my list of things to do in California.

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fashion: mid-summer shopping

I don’t usually go shopping in the summer months, but the way the weather has been in the city, of course I’m drawn indoors, unwillingly walking through the mall just to be out. Of course, Nordstrom is having their half-yearly sale I discovered, making my roaming the malls very pleasant. Here’s my latest finds:

From top left to bottom right: Kate Spade dress USD595, Maggie London Jersey dress USD98, Deborah Lippman nail color USD18, Print midi-shirt in mint USD36, Roalnd ankle bottie USD187, Xenia pointy-toe pump USD79. Burberry quilted jacket USD595

useful travel tips

I’ve got the bug again to go somewhere, although not sure yet where. I’ve tossed around the idea of Europe, then considered places where I intend to use for my next novel, taking in between, my much-debate about the location, weekend getaways to here and there.

Interestingly enough, I came across this article and figured I needed to share the suggestions with everyone, some I consider brilliant naturally and from the list of 40 tips, I chose my top favorite five. For more of the article please click here:

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{I take no credit for the article or the photographs, for that click here}