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Over the Velvet Rope

"Here's to gulping from the golden goblet of life that is our San Francisco adventure."

Hello, fancy meeting you here!

Well, here we are in blog-land. I hope we will meet often, maybe stay long enough for a cup of tea or a cocktail and a bit of a giggle.
So Who Am I?
I am still working that out, but here are a few of the hard facts. My life journey began in London in 1969. The son of Irish parents, I kissed the blarney stone at an early age so I consider myself an Irish-Englishman—how conflicting is that?

Big on Boffi

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

DZINE hosted a VIP reception and dinner (compliments of Acquerello) showcasing the latest Boffi kitchen line.

Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

A reception at the Dolby residence celebrated Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, a collection of essays tackling the subject of the special relationship a straight girl has with her best friend, a gay male. Best friends Melissa de la Cruz and Tom Dolby were the book's editors.

Carolina in My Mind

Top fashion designer Carolina Herrera graced The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus with her elegant presence and ready-to-wear collection.

Lindsay Bolton, Lana Adair     Pamala Deikel     Elizabeth Thieriot, Carolina Herrera, Karen Caldwell

Clift's Red Party

photography by Heather Wiley and Drew Altizer

The Clift Hotel joined forces with the American Heart Association, throwing its annual RED party last Tuesday to raise awareness and funds for heart disease prevention and treatment.

Rock Candy

Celebrity jeweller Stephen Webster, named the UK's Luxury Jewelry Designer for three consecutive years, showed his rock-star wares at a luncheon held at The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus. Trendsetting collections include Crystal Haze, Rock 'n' Roll and Femme Fatale.

Rodarte Design

photography by Heather Wiley

Young designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte showed off their latest collection at a luncheon held at The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus. Christine Suppes and Neiman's John Capizzi hosted.

Raphael House Gala

photography by Heather Wiley and Drew Altizer

The Raphael House Gala, held last week at the Four Seasons Hotel, commemorated the nonprofit's 35 years of service in the Bay Area. Proceeds from the gala comprise 15 percent of the budget for Raphael House, which works to secure shelter for the homeless.

J.Lo Loves Michelle Jonas

Hayes Valley boutique Honey Ryder hosted a trunk show and cocktail reception for Los Angeles designer Michelle Jonas, whose celebrity clients include Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Lopez.

California Mille

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

More than 60 historic race cars from five continents and six states took part in the 17th running of the California Mille, a tour commemorating Italy’s Mille Miglia (a thousand mile road race) that took place every year from 1927 to 1957. The Mille kicked off with a preview (a.k.a. car show) including Audis, Alfa Romeos, Ferraris, Porsches and Jaguars at the Fairmont Hotel.

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