Tales of the Chapeau

  Throughout the late 17th and early 18th century, hats appeared to be for the birds. Or at least, made of them. Oodles of feathers from exotic species, and sometimes even an entire stuffed bird, would be the main ornament of choice on ladies’ millinery. Feathers indicated not only “delicate beauty,” but a sign of…

The World’s Most Expensive Lunch, Buffett Style

  The world’s hottest lunch ticket just celebrated its sixteenth year, with a sweet gathering. Each year on eBay, Warren Buffett, auctions off an invitation. The proceeds go to GLIDE, a charity that operates several anti-poverty programs in San Francisco. “If you’re in the luckiest one percent of humanity, you owe it to the rest…

Headlands Heroes

  Henri Matisse one said, “Creativity takes courage.” It’s a truth every artist knows, especially during their art opening. Every show marks a breakthrough in their career, for a new beginning. Why? Because a world of possibilities can begin. Enter, Headlands Center for the Arts annual benefit art auction, featuring work by over 100 artists…

Dress For Success Sparkles at Gallery of Jewels

  If accessorizing is, “what separates us from the other mammals,” then the hominid enthusiasm at Gallery of Jewels was entirely warranted. Shopping for jewelry at a benefit for Dress for Success demonstrates the best of human nature: altruism plus bling plus conviviality plus wine equals a truly heightened anthropological experience. The Dress for Success…

Red Cross Rocks!

  We are all reminded of the connection we have to our neighbors when disaster strikes; a major emergency like the 2014 Napa Earthquake was a wake-up call and a profound example of humanitarianism that is possible in the face of distress. The 2015 American Red Cross Gala echoed this very message of unwavering support…