Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Vertigo Then and Now

Is anyone a fan of the Alfred Hitchcock classic film Vertigo? I just stumbled upon this website with wonderful before and after images of various locations used in the 1958 film which was shot in San Francisco. To see all of them, visit Vertigo Then and Now's website here.

1958- The magnificent Brocklebank Apartments are where Scottie begins trailing Madeleine's green Jaguar.

2003- The biggest change to this grand apartment building across the street from the Fairmont Hotel is what it costs to live here now.

1958-Post and Stockton. Scottie takes Judy shopping and begins making her over to look like Madeleine.

2003- After forty five years, the flower stand lives on in the same location. The Eddie Bauer store was previously occupied by Gumps, which moved a block down the street.

1958-The Pacific Union Club Shadowing Madeleine once again, Scottie follows her up and down the steep, narrow streets of Nob and Russian Hills. Traveling west on Sacramento Street, Madeleine turns right onto Taylor and drives one block to Clay Street, where she makes another right. Scottie grows increasingly perplexed as they continue down Mason Street to Washington. Much to his surprise, her trail leads him to the intersection of Leavenworth and Lombard, where she turns right and heads one block down the hill to Jones Street. Scottie approaches her at the front door of his home at 900 Lombard where she has just dropped off a thank you note.

2003- On the right is the service entrance to the Pacific Union Club. Sacramento Street is just ahead. Clearly, much has changed in this affluent area.

images and descriptions from Vertigo Then and Now

Monday, June 27, 2011

Monday, Monday...

Hope you all had a lovely weekend.

When I came across this photo today on Pinterest, I thought it was me. The exhausted little girl. I spent the weekend surrounded by friends, starting to clean out my Mom's apartment. What an emotional and grueling task. I think I'm going to lay my head down like this precious girl and nap the day away. And, I even have some colorful slippers of my Mom's that I'll wear...

Wishing you a great week ahead!

sweet image from here

Friday, June 24, 2011

Wishing you...

A happy weekend!

image from here

Monday, June 20, 2011


My heartfelt thanks go out to you dear blogger friends for your comforting thoughts and words regarding the passing of my Mom. Thank you to my dear friend Janet (FrenchBlue) for the most touching tribute you paid to my Mom. You captured her essence in only a way that you could do. She would have loved it.

Friends, we've all be through losses and grief and it's such a difficult time to get back in the real world. I'm an only child, so there's not too many people that I can share stories with about my Mom. Thankfully, I have the support of my husband, family and friends and YOU all. I may be a bit distant in the near future...the news was shocking and I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. My Mom's favorite flower was a rose and my middle name is Rose, so I dedicate this to the beautiful roses that symbolize my Mom.

Thank you dear Mom for all that you taught me, the enthusiasm and excitement you instilled in me, how to be kind to others, your deep generosity, the "little girl" qualities that you carried until the end, being there for me for every moment of my life. You will be missed so much Mom.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I'm Sending My Mom to Heaven

I wasn't ready for the news yesterday morning....

The news was that my Mom is gone.

Out of the blue she slipped away.

I didn't even get to say good-bye...

Good-bye my Beautiful Mom...

I'm sending you off with pink roses for all the
roses you have given me in my life
on every birthday.

I wrapped you up some very pretty things and your favorite candy too!

A present tied with a bow to say... I love you.

I found you the B.E.S.T. cake I have ever seen!

I searched for your prettiest dress...

to send you to heaven in...

I'll miss you Mom.

We'll be together always... having the party we danced sweetly to for so many years,
with pretty sparkles, sprinkles and all!



Posted by FrenchBlue for Lynn. Lynn has asked for your understanding of her absence for this time she needs with family and close friends.

all photos google images & flicker.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!

At Paris Hotel Boutique we're celebrating all of our Dads & Grads with an eclectic assortment of new Summer arrivals! Highlights include...
  • Assorted Victorian Jewelry

  • Vintage Seascape Oil Paintings

  • Rare Plaza & Ritz Hotel Silver Pieces

  • Handsome Vintage Bookends

  • Large Italian Venetian Mirror

  • Antique French Clock

  • French Double-Caned Settee

  • Collection of Dog Paintings & much more!

Please click here to see our latest additions & happy shopping!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Happy Monday + psst...

Want to Join Our Party?

What: Over 50 Scrumptious New Pieces!

When: Tuesday, June 14th, 10:30 a.m. EST

Where: Paris Hotel Boutique

Attire: party attire, but pjs are okay too!

Hope you can make it!

image: Mandy Lynne Photography

Friday, June 10, 2011

Happy Weekend!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Graduations? Parties? Bar-b-ques, or just relaxing? Have fun!!

image: Vogue, 1939

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Bejeweled Finds...

Just went on a little buying trip and bought some interesting Victorian jewelry. I am loving the different hues of blue of these rings.

Will be available to purchase next Tuesday!

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Times are a Changin'

A few days ago the beautiful 3-story Border's Books in downtown San Francisco closed its doors. Another one bites the dust.

I've been so distraught thinking about how much life is rapidly changing and how the internet has affected us in both a good and bad way.

Of course, I make my living with an online shop, but there is something about "mom & pop" shops that nothing can replace. I miss the old days.

Do you remember these?

Or these?

I remember in 1981 when the first little local video rental shop opened. We'd pay $20 to rent a VCR for the weekend along with some VHS tapes. It was so exciting! Now to think that just 30 years later, most of us have lived to see that come and go.

Remember the fun spending hours browsing through a record store? Piling up your stack of 45's or LP's and standing in line. Now with iTunes, there's not even any need for your CD's. And all the record stores...gone.

So, where am I going with this? I don't really know. It's just so depressing to watch things change like this. And I'm saddened to watch "out of business" signs in every town you visit. People are struggling.

I am guilty of purchasing books at Amazon at a discounted price. Perhaps I'm one of the culprits that contributed to book stores filing chapter 11. But, we may not even have books in the future. Reading will probably be online and I'll still be scouting around to find "real books." No wonder so many folks are unemployed...

Tell me, how do you feel about the possibility of no print media? newspapers? books? magazines?

What would you miss most if it was replaced by the internet? Do you think that local 'mom and pops' such as shoe or jewelry repair shops will become extinct?

Am I just having a "feeling-old-at-fifty" moment or do you feel the same?

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Wow, thanks!!

Thank you to all of you who participated in my recent hotel silver giveaway with Joni at Cote de Texas. I can't begin express my appreciation for the overwhelming amount of comments received. It was so much fun seeing what some of your favorite pieces were at Paris Hotel Boutique. I was amazed at how many people took the time to go through and list several items that appealed to them. Wow.

Thanks to the existing customers of Paris Hotel Boutique and followers of this blog--you guys/gals are the BEST! (OMG... I sound as if I'm accepting an Oscar...but you truly are the best!) And thanks to the readers of Cote de Texas.

Lastly, thanks to the wonderful, fabulous JONI at Cote de Texas for hosting the giveaway. Joni's enthusiasm is contagious and that shows in her loyal following of people!

Okay, I'll stop with the thank yous and get on with the winners...

Stefan from Architect Design


Elisabeth... enjoy your silver!

image from here

My, How Times Have Changed...

Or have they? While looking for a silly 50th birthday greeting for one of my friends, I came across this 1950 ad for Geritol. Looks like touting the miracle vitamin was happening back then......take a peek...

Monday, June 06, 2011

I Got the Blues...

Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend! Lots of graduations and celebrations.

It's been horribly cold & rainy in San Francisco and doesn't look too good on the horizon. Easy to just curl up in bed and pin pretty photos on Pinterest. So, I thought I'd share some images of my favorite hue of blue...

Have a wonderful week ahead!

images: 1. unknown 2. Eleonore Bridge 3. Bassett Road 4. Gil Gautier 5. unknown 6. Bator Horbath 7. unknown 8. L. Anton 9. Making Magique

Friday, June 03, 2011

Loving Matchbook Mag...

Have you had a moment to read any of the new online lifestyle publications? Matchbook has become one of my favorites with a wonderful infusion of classic vintage.

I stumbled upon these whimsical old 1960s ads while perusing through Matchbook's blog, Daily Spark. Aren't they fun?

If you have a moment, check out Matchbook magazine here. Their June issue has just been released!

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Happy June!

It's hard to believe that it's already June! While some of you are basking in or simply avoiding the sun, we are filled with cold and rain here in San Francisco. C'est la vie!

This lovely centerpiece was enough to brighten my gloomy day. Via Once Wed, the arrangement was inspired by Atlanta painter, Michelle Armas and her colorful and cheery works of art. Michelle's brush cup was used as the vase. Isn't it pretty?

image: Once Wed