Sponsor Welcome & Giveaway: Citizen Atelier

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(Ashley Woodson Bailey, above)

Finding sources for original, unique art that are relatively affordable is one of my job’s biggest challenges.  There are chain stores that offer mass-market prints and Etsy (which can be a total crapshoot quality-wise)- but not a lot of galleries or websites dedicated to the curation of unique and non-intimidating art.  Which is why I am so happy to have Citizen Atelier as a new sponsor. Their gorgeous site, run by Alessandra Salituri, a PR consultant and art dealer from Montreal, is a mix of price points, mediums and tastes.  You can pick up a great photographic print or splurge on an original painting.  Take a peek…(and enter our giveaway!)

A Little Bit of Heaven.

At the end of our grueling tour of flying every day into a new city and rushing to get presentable for the signings we treated ourselves to a night at what I now am calling “Disneyland for Adults”- the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay.  I knew this place was beautiful from the website, but I had NO idea how incredible it actually would be. 24 hours was simply not enough, and we already are planning to return next year!

We spent hours sitting right here, glass of wine in hand listening to the waves crash while watching golfers choke on the 18th hole of the magnificent course (and once almost getting hit by a ball). I would be throwing clubs if I had to complete a putt in front of a crowd of onlookers.   It was such a spectacular vista to behold, truly, and the most relaxed I’ve been in months. No, YEARS.
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From the Someday Files…

While I was flying around the country I had the time to read ALL the magazines.  One that really paid of well was Coastal Living- especially this spread of a cool Hampton’s home where this amazing pink sofa lives a very happy life.  It got me thinking about how much I love a good pink English roll arm sofa.  I swear, someday I’ll have either an office or a den with one.

Against the deep grey walls it’s completely fetching.
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That’s A Wrap!

Last night we ended this grueling main leg of our tour in San Francisco at Pottery Barn on Chestnut Street.  Competing with the Giants playoff game was tough, but we still had a great turnout and it was a wonderful way to celebrate the end of what has been the most mind-blowing, humbling and inspiring experience for me. So first and foremost, thank you to everyone who came out- those who drove hours, waited in line and spent their hard earned money on books. THANK YOU.

Also it has to be said that single men MISSED OUT on a goldmine of gorgeous, smart, stylish women at all these signings I’ve had! Andrew noticed it at our first party in Boston and it held true through the tour! A great example from last night below :)

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