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A Visit To The Legendary Cliff House

A Visit To The Legendary Cliff House

Most Americas know that San Francisco is beautiful, arguably America's most beautiful city. With its rolling vistas, beautiful architecture and charm, everyone should experience it at least once in their lifetime.  For me, the Bay Area is my home.  My home, home.  The place I grew up and remember from a sensory perspective.  The smell of the summer, the jasmine, the dirt and the crispness of the air, childhood memories flood me every time I visit.  For the past few summers, I have been migrating West with my family whenever possible so that they can enjoy and understand the vastness of the beauty there.


    The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from Land's End on a foggy morning (every morning in SF is foggy!)

    This past week, all of my sons have left for outdoor adventure camp with Overland Adventures -- Zack to Alaska and Luke and Del to the Sierras.  I am missing them terribly but thrilled for what they are seeing and doing.  While they are having fun, I am catching up with friends and family, and working.  This past Sunday, I took a hike with friends on one of the best hiking trails in SF, Land's End is a beautiful walk up and down dirt paths along the Pacific Coast with spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city.  They are almost too good to be real.  

    This particular hiking trail has a huge pay off at the end, the legendary Cliff House sits out on a rock right at the edge of the land and on a clear day has beautiful views of the Pacific ocean. There are several restaurants and a museum to explore.  Over Bloody Mary's and brunch, we talk about the beauty of the setting which is a familiar theme in Northern California.  Most anywhere you travel there, people will always talk about their appreciation for the setting, the land and its history.  Cliff House is an indelible part of San Francisco's history.

    An image of the second Cliff House in 1896 

    Originally built in the mid 1800s, incredibly there have been three actual Cliff Houses, the first two both destroyed by separate fires.  Visited and enjoyed by the wealthy classes of the 1800s and early 1900s only to be neglected and run down, burned to ground and rise up again and again.  From local to national politicians, there have U.S. presidents who visited the Cliff House and enjoyed its splendor.  The current Cliff House has been rebuilt to it previous glory and is a crown jewel in the Golden Gate Park system.  Now an urban park in addition to the actual Cliff House, it is one of the city's most popular and yet, not commonly known attractions.  I highly recommend a hike and a visit, be sure and make your reservation for lunch of dinner.  Live music is available on many nights and it is a draw for both locals and tourists.

    To Visit -- Cliff House, 1090 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco

    (415) 386-3330--

    On the back of the menu for brunch, my friends read aloud this beautiful story and I just had to share it below.  Have a great day.  



    The Philosophy of Wine
    An Anonymous Homage to Wine

    A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items in front of him. When the class began, without a word, he picked up a very large empty jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, each about two inches in diameter. He then asked the class if the jar was full. They all agreed that it was.

    So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.

    He then asked the class again if the jar was full. They all agreed it was.

    The professor picked up a bag of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled in between the pebbles. He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous...yes.

    The professor then produced a bottle of red wine from under the table and proceeded to pour the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

    "Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks being the important things - your family, your health, and your children - things that if everything else were lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

    The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else...the small stuff.

    'If you put the sand into the jar first there would be no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.'

    One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the wine represented.

    The professor smiled, "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a good bottle of wine.''

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    Summer Schedule at The Perfect Provenance

    We hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend celebrating the Fourth of July. This week we received some great new products in store including: new home fragrance with gorgeous design by Keith Haring & Andy Warhol, as well as, a great a new candle from Eight & Bob.  In fine fragrance, we have two great new lines -- from Paris -- Comptoir Sud Pacificque Paris &  from Barcelona -- Carner -- we know you will love them all.  

    For Cafe 47, we are changing our schedule for dinner for July & August to accommodate staff vacations and slower weeks. The GOOD NEWS -- we will be open in September on Friday & Saturday nights.  Hooray!!  In addition, we are adding some delicious new items to our lunch menu beginning this Monday.  Tomorrow, we will unveil a PERFECT HOME BBQ Menu for you to take home food prepared by Chef Arik ready to grill and serve, as well as a PERFECT SUMMER APPETIZERS Menu for you to choose from too.

    Please see below for the dates we will be doing dinner for July & August and other key dates.  We will still be available for private events (subject to availability).

    Thursday & Friday -- July 6 & 7 -- Open for Dinner
    Thursday & Friday -- July 13 & 14 -- Open for Dinner
    SIDEWALK SALES -- July 13 - 16
    CLOSED for Dinner -- Weekends of July 20, 21, 27, 28
    Book Signing with CNN's Alisyn Camerota -- August 2
    Friday & Saturday -- August 4 & 5 -- Open for Dinner
    BEST OF GREENWICH -- August 7 -- Delamar Hotel
    Friday  & Saturday -- August 10 & 11 -- Open for Dinner
    CLOSED for Dinner -- August 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, September 1
    Friday & Saturday -- September 8 & 9 -- Open for Dinner
    New Exhibit Launch -- September 20th 

    For reservations or questions, please call 203-900-1131.

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    Bienvenue & Welcome


    Bienvenue Mes Amies!

    I am proud to announce the launch of The Perfect Provenance this weekend, a new art inspired, luxury lifestyle store and café located in Greenwich, Connecticut at 47 Arch Street (on the corner of Grigg Street). We are thrilled to introduce our new curated concept store, and we hope you will love as much as we do. Perfect Provenance, which means — a place of origin; especially that of a work of art or archaeological specimen — will seek to discover, share, and exhibit artisan products and designs from around the world.

    Our mission is to bring the best of the museum experience to our retail environment and an interactive retail experience to our merchandise. Every 8 to 10 weeks, we will introduce a new exhibition theme inspired by culture, events and people, both past and present. Our store will feature art, home, and men’s and women’s fashion.

    Our new café, 47, is led by Chef Arik Bensimon and will feature menus inspired by the current exhibition.

    Each of our exhibitions will include an array of antiques, sculpture, photography, fashion, music, and paintings. Like so many people, Paris holds a special place in our hearts. The theme of We’ll Always Have Paris, taken from the classic film Casablanca, really spoke to us creatively. Paris is a place where art, food, fashion, and culture all collide in the most magical way.

    This project has been a true labor of love, and represents not just an incredible amount of time, effort and emotion over the past year and a half, but truly represents the entirety of my career.  I have worked hard over the past 25 years in luxury PR, marketing and retail, and so many of my colleagues past and present, have helped me bring this dream to fruition, I could not have done it without them.  I have always dreamed of opening my own store and it is now finally, a reality.  I hope you enjoy it.  Please visit us soon.  We are open Monday - Saturday 11:00 a.m to 6 p.m.  Our Cafe 47 is open Tuesday - Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  To learn more, visit

    À bientôt.


    Lisa Lori




    We'll Always Have Paris

    (A Preview)


    In 1860s Paris, the now famous French poster was born when artist Jules Cheret invented the color technique of lithography that would bring the sights and smells of Paris to life. Soon, Cheret’s work was posted throughout the city, becoming a symbol of one of the art world’s most important innovations. As the posters gained in popularity decade after decade, each generation and artistic movement spread their message through the art form, from the Belle Epoque and Art Deco, to the two World Wars, as well as the Cubists and modern advertising executives.

    With this exhibition, we have tried to give you a small window into the vintage poster world, with work that highlights Culture, Travel, Design, Fashion, and Lifestyle. It is a wonderful way to enjoy art but to also take a step back in time.

    In addition to vintage posters, we are featuring sculpture, artwork, fashion, and design throughout the exhibit, from important American, French and Connecticut artists and designers. We are proud to have five pieces from American Master Sculptor David Hayes on display inside and outside the store. Each room offers a new opportunity for discovery.

    We’ll Always Have Paris is one of the most memorable lines in cinematic history, spoken in the 1942 classic film Casablanca. When cynical ex-pat Rick (Humphrey Bogart) tells his former lover Lisa (Ingrid Bergman), “We’ll always have Paris,” Rick is referring to their brief romance on the eve of World War II — a courtship that ended abruptly with the Nazi invasion of France and the discovery that Lisa’s husband, a presumed dead Resistance fighter, was alive. Rick spoke those romantic words to Lisa in the movie’s final scene, and they have resonated for generations.   WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS

    Visit us in store to see this and so much more.


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    Join Our Team

    We are counting down the days to our new opening.  We are now actively searching for a talented culinary professional to be our Chef de Cuisine. The cuisine at The Perfect Provenance will feature a farm to table cafe with an international flair serving healthy lunch and afternoon snack service. We will offer private events for clients including dinners, cocktail parties and celebrations. The store's art inspired concept will have exhibitions that change every 10 to 12 weeks -- the cuisine will be inspired by the current exhibition. The chef will join a team of dedicated professionals that work well together in a focused and healthy environment. We are seeking a creative, flexible individual who is interested in helping us to create a unique and engaging dining experience.

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    Win Tickets to Sophie B Hawkins Concert in San Francisco

    Win Tickets to Sophie B Hawkins Concert in San Francisco

    Happy Valentine's Day San Francisco!  Want to have the perfect V Day?  Buy tickets to my friend Sophie's show in San Francisco, one night only or join our Curators Club to win two free tickets!  One of the best concerts you will see!
    Damn!  I Wish I Could Go! 

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    Red Hot Romance-- Five Gift Ideas for Her for Valentine's Day

    Red Hot Romance-- Five Gift Ideas for Her for Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day is right around the corner and it can be hard to find the perfect gift whether it's for a wife, girlfriend or just a sweet surprise for a friend. At The Perfect Provenance we have a large collection of romantic and unique gifts. Here are some suggestions for the best gifts for her this Valentine's Day..

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    Introducing Sunshine Limone

    Introducing Sunshine Limone

    Sunshine Limone, Smile Collection
     Perfumers Nathalie Benareau and Christelle Laprade, Symrise 

    Top Note: Italian Lemon, Sparkling Bergamot
    Middle Note: Jasmine Petals, Peach Blossom
    Base Note: Skin Musk, Amberwood, Driftwood
    Today, I am so happy to announce the launch of our new home fragrance line with our first candle -- Sunshine Limone.  Since back in the Stone Age of my early 20s, I have wanted to open a candle store.  I used to spend hours going to different shops in downtown Manhattan buying candles and contemplating my future enterprise.  I never opened that candle store.  I was fortunate enough , however, to work with two different wonderful beauty companies that taught me about fragrance development, retailing and product development.  At The Body Shop, I worked with a dynamic group of people lead by the incredible Anita Roddick, and at International Flavors & Fragrances, the world's largest perfumery and flavor house, I learned the true magic of fragrance.  Those years taught me the importance of the story behind the product (provenance), retailing as theater, and the magic and majesty,(yes majesty!) that goes into the creation of every single fragrance. 
    When I decided to open The Perfect Provenance, my first idea for our private label products was to develop a line of candles that I would want to have in my home,  and to create scents that meant something to me personally.  Our first candle -- Sunshine Limone -- literally means Lemon Sunshine in Italian  -- a homage to my Italian roots, with Jasmine, Peach, Bergamot, and Driftwood notes that take me right back to my California childhood.  Pure heaven for me.  I hope you will find it as uplifting and beautiful as I do. Fragrance and scent have the unique ability to transport you to another place and time, to shape your memories and moods, this scent is the perfect choice for our Smile Collection.   
    Because provenance matters so much to me, I had the pleasure of working with my dear friend and fragrance consultant, Maryellen Lapsansky (my former PR client at The Fragrance Foundation) on the development of our line (yes there are more to come shortly!).  We have created scents we can be proud of from start to finish. We worked with the wonderful team at Symrise perfumery led by Rhona Stokels (a former colleague at IFF and Symrise a former PR client of my firm) to bring the scent vision to life.
    Michael Bishop at DPM Fragrances in Mississippi with our recycled glass waiting to be poured.  Michael has been with DPM for more than 20 years and his smile is irresistible!
    I very much wanted these candles made in America.  Together, Maryellen and I, discovered the incredible team at DPM Fragrances, based in Starksville, Mississippi who employ more than 100 people. They hand poured each of our natural wax candles with love (one of the last companies to still do this). They also created the packaging which is truly something special -- beautiful recycled glass, with wax seal,  luxurious wooden boxes, and our logo burned on the top of each box  And finally, Case Study Brands, led creatively by my friend Sara Allard who created our simple but elegant logo and printed package design.
    • About Sunshine Limone: Sheer bliss awaits with this heavenly scent. Rays of sparkling bergamot and Italian lemon shine through billowy jasmine and peach blossom petals supported by a warm woody back kissed with touches of skin musk.   Sunshine Limone means lemon sunshine in Italian and I love the idea of getting a kiss of sunshine from this fragrance.  I wanted this Smile Collection product to give people true happiness in their home and I hope they feel that through this fresh, vibrant scent

    Because Sunshine Limone is a Smile Collection product, we wanted it to launch in time for World Smile Day which is tomorrow, October 2nd.  So spread the love, create memories and smiles, each Smile Collection product benefits our charity partner Operation Smile.  Have a great day! #smilemore





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    Gifts That Give Back

    At The Perfect Provenance (, we make it easy for you to give back now, and all year round.  Give thanks this holiday, with several choices of great gift ideas for everyone on your list,  Give a wonderful gift, and give back to a worthy organization, easy as that.  It is a priority for our company to support local, national and international organizations who are helping those in need.  We will always do our best to source products that represent the best quality and craftsmanship, but we will also, source products ethically and responsibly through fair trade companies that pay fair wages and have responsible working conditions. Our product pricing and sourcing reflect this commitment.

    Have a wonderful week!
    Sunshine Limone Candle
    The Smile Collection
    Operation Smile
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    LSTN Wood Ear Buds
    Starkey Hearing Foundation
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    San Francisco Brass Cuff
    The Caliber Collection
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    To learn more about these charities & causes, please visit the product pages that have more information.  Thanks for shopping, please write us at for gift ideas or information about our company.

    Have a great weekend!

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    Le Tour Eiffel

    Did you know?
    One of the most iconic structures in the world is the Eiffel Tower but how much do you really know about it?  We thought you would enjoy reading some of these fun facts.

    • Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, 1832 - 1923, French civil engineer and architect. Designer and creator of the Eiffel Tower, Gustave also contributed to building the Statue of Liberty.
    • The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 Paris Exposition and was not intended to be permanent. This event was symbolic of the beginning of the French Revolution.
    • In 1887 when it was built it cost 7,799,401.31 in French gold. If the Eiffel Tower was built today it would cost $31 billion.
    • It took 300 workers, 18,038 pieces of wrought iron, and 2.5 million rivets to build the tower. It was completed in 2 years, two month and 5 days.
    • The Eiffel Tower was going to be demolished in 1909, but was saved because it was repurposed as a giant radio antenna.
    • The height of the Eiffel Tower varies by 5.9 inches depending on temperature changes. It is 1,063 feet tall and was the tallest building for 41 years.
    • There are 1,665 steps to the top, and features 20,000 light bulbs.
    • The paint on the Eiffel Tower weighs as much as 10 elephants.
    • A women “married” the Eiffel Tower in 2007. Her legal name is now Erika La Tour
    • Eiffel.
    • This monument is the most visited paid monument in the world. Over the years, 250 million people have visited. Since it is so iconic there are more than 30 replicas around the world.

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