Archive for the ‘Destinations’ Category

From Saint Tropez to LA

Friday, January 18, 2019
Debbi DiMaggio
Sitting inside cozy beneath my RH Home white faux fur blanket watching the storms go by, I thought I would take myself back to this past summer and sunshine, at least in my mind.  Here are a few of my favorite things.

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  1. Cuyana | San Francisco | Union Square  –  Super Soft and Luxurious Leather Goods and More ( Scarves, Select Clothing, Gifts ) I Just Love The Orange Boxes and Big Ribbon!

2. EUROPANN | Saint Tropez, South of France – Great Linen Shirts! Linen. I Love Linen! Especially in the summer in the South of France!

3. House of CB London | Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood – Love their blouses, blazers and knitwear. Take A Peak. Amazing Prices! And quality too. House of CB | London on Melrose Avenue, WEHO

An Accidentally Beautiful Afternoon with Myself

Friday, January 4, 2019
Debbi DiMaggio

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Accidentally with purpose. Law of attraction. Think it, will it. If you build it they will come.

I write as I think, so bare with me.

New Year’s Resolutions & Bucket List Things To Try and Do.  ( But you won’t see Skydiving or Scuba on the list! ) I tried Scuba… OMG! I thought I was going to suffocate. And Skydiving… definitely DO NOT want to try.  I did, however, when I was younger and had the guts.

Finding Your Purpose.

I think a lot. I don’t give myself much down time. Although, I am trying.

Mindfulness and Meditation is my focus this year. Seeking to tame the “Monkey Mind”. I will say, I have been trying for the last few years, however, unsuccessfully. I even read an entire book from one reporters  journey as he tried to sit in meditation and mindfulness. Not just using an app, but through first hand experience. He attended a retreat in Marin, CA. And he is from New York! You can only imagine how difficult it was for a New Yorker and a Reporter to slow his mind! I know. I read his book. And the very thought of sitting for a week in absolute silence seems virtually impossible, even a bit scary, even lonely. If you’re wondering, no, he did not stay quiet the entire time. But you’ll have to read the book if you’re intrigued, if only 10%.*

I stumbled upon his book at an airport. Or was it, really … by accident? My life seems to be a jumble of things that have happened to me, for me.. “Accidentally with Purpose”, created by the “Law of Attraction” and something I needed then, now and tomorrow? That thing or tool always seems to come at the exact time I needed it or was calling it. You know those times? They are always amazing, oftentimes inspiring but can even be a bit unnerving, like a horoscope reading that is dead on.

Well, a few of my goals & bucket list desires this year are …

  1. Write my Blog without feeling I need to write a novel. (Debbi DiMaggio A Grateful Life, www.DebbiDiMaggioBlog.com ) Keep it simple until the next one. I’ve missed so many opportunities to jot down my thoughts or teachings because I didn’t take the time to write out my experiences which would be as good for my growth as for some others who might relate.
  2. Bucket List: I have been overwhelmed with the fact that I don’t have traditional hobbies. I don’t golf or play tennis, knit or crochet. My hobby is working with my clients, meeting new people, learning new things, and of course traveling, but you can’t do that nonstop.  That was a long way of stating this year’s Fun & Inspiring Activity I have on my New Year’s List, which is to visit more museums and galleries. TJOxklxiT0CsFShiV9QD0w

I’m happy to report I started out the New Year with two of my favorite people who agreed to go with me on New Year’s Day… SFMOMA. And thanks to my friend Pam who has a membership got Bianca and I in with her passes. I used to have a  membership but like many things, I subscribe and don’t go. I am going to work on that too.

And today, after I was dropping off gratitude gifts to a few San Francisco Realtors who refer us business (note the Blog title, Debbi DiMaggio A Grateful Life, grateful for their referrals, and to the beautiful afternoon.) I noticed a few art galleries so I stopped in.

I am super inspired and excited to have found a new activity I can do in any city I visit including my own. Repeats are A OKAY! I have many more goals and items to add and check off my Bucket List but I’ll save that for another glass of Rose.

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(Written from The Cheese School of San Francisco while looking out to the San Francisco Aquatic Center from the top of Ghirardelli Square one a beautiful chilly but mesmerizing day.)

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I had no idea the simple errand would turn out to be such a wonderful afternoon enjoying some Me Time after the hectic holidays.

XOXO!

Gratefully Yours,

Debbi

PS It’s been years since I’ve been to Ghirardelli Square.

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As a native we tend not to revisit places we have been a million times, figuratively speaking. But I forgot how beautiful it is. And so much had changed as had stayed the same. I didn’t get a chance to take it all in as there was so much to see, but look forward to going back again to explore the rest. Including the cannery and the other nooks and crannies and of course, the galleries.

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The book I referred to above is called 10% Happier by Dan Harris

Summary: Dan Harris’ 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works: A True Story.

Two of my favorites of the day:

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La Dolce Vita! Cernobbio, Lago di Como, Italy

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Debbi DiMaggio

Villa 52

Via Vittorio Veneto 40, Cernobbio, Italy 22012 5 B | 4 B | 3692 sq ft | 3 Car Garage
La Dolce Vita!
Stunning turn of the century Italian Villa meticulously renovated in 2004, restoring such flourishes as egg-and-dart molding, built-in bookshelves, and an eye-catching spiral staircase. An air of old-world romance similarly defines the structure’s exterior embellished with green shutters and rustic pediments. This circa 1900 masterpiece is surrounded by lush manicured landscaping and located in the prestigious town of Cernobbio nestled in the hillside just above Lago di Como and near the famed luxury hotel, Villa D’Este. The main house boasts 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a double living room with fireplace, a gourmet kitchen with Carrara marble counters and a lovely enclosed conservatory with windows to the sky which was custom built in London by Marston and Langinger. On the first floor, a study with a lovely terrace, master bedroom with walk-in closet and serene bath. The second floor includes two bedrooms, a study and full bathroom. The basement houses a cloakroom and laundry. The adjacent guest house on two floors consists of an expansive room just off of the gorgeous garden with a bedroom, bathroom on the upper level. The building adjacent to the swimming pool includes its own bar/sitting room, utility room and bathroom with shower. An entertainer’s paradise; an outdoor BBQ corner, several terraces with an array of vantage points looking over the swimming pool, the lake and the Italian gardens with sculptural privet hedges, a rose pergola, various species of shrubs and flowers along with the tropical species are just a few highlights that make this the ideal setting throughout the year. The quality of the restoration, the keen attention to detail, the serene, tranquil and private setting makes this Villa the ideal gathering place for families and friends. The fortunate buyer will enjoy creating memories of a lifetime for generations to come. About Cernobbio Cernobbio is a particularly prestigious address on Lake Como and is best known as a summer playground for the likes of George Clooney, Sir Richard Branson, and Madonna. The Villa D’Este is one of the most beautiful and renowned hotels in the world. Locals with references can become members of their beach and tennis club. Cernobbio is probably the sunniest location on the Lake. It is also extremely easy to reach from the highway that connects to Milan, Switzerland and the Malpensa airport; and the Villa is just 5 minutes to the freeway, whereas many of the other picturesque towns can be 1/2 hour to 45 minutes or longer to access the highway. Italians know this about Cernobbio, as do well-healed vacationers, but not all Americans are as aware of how much more valuable this location is than others. In addition to being in Cernobbio, this property sits high on the hill in a hamlet which has a particularly mild micro-climate. Many Italians actually prefer this location as there is much less humidity being off the lake. One can see a difference even in the olive and pomegranates trees that thrive around this inspiring Villa.
Co-Listed with Justin Fierro, Engel & Volkers

Come With Us Down Under

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Debbi DiMaggio

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Never Take Yourself Too Seriously

Laugh At Yourself, It’s Healing

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Check out my latest post at LuxeLife-Daily

Follow my Guest In The City Series. Fly with me Down Under to Sydney Australia.

Three generations, my 76 year old mom aka grandma, my daughter, Bianca, a recent college graduate of CU Boulder, age 22 and myself, I’ll leave my age undisclosed, toured three beautiful destinations and stayed at the most luxurious resorts. Click and Come with us, Down Under.

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I just couldn’t keep myself under without feeling claustrophobic. But I did continue to smile and laugh about it. Bianca did go off or should I say down, without me and our instructor.

Great Barrier Reef, One and Only Hayman Island off of Hamilton Island ( by way of a private yacht. ) Nice!

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Being silly with my daughter at The One & Only Hayman Island.

Playing around in the swimming pool, directly outside of our one bedroom suite with access from one of two private decks.

connect with friends locally and expand your network around the globe through social media // so many interesting people, places and things to enjoy!

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Debbi DiMaggio

Happy New Year FrontEmail from a fellow (empty nest) mom :

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“While I’m typing I just want to say thank you in a larger sense.  You have such a big heart and are so open.  I love your energy and I love that you are so sharing. I so appreciate your posts.  I’m there with you.  Being an empty nester is an all new experience.  Thanks so much.  Your posts have helped me with my own challenges being an empty nester.”

Debbi, “I don’t know if you remember me or not. I am the girl you introduced to the George Mark House committee last year. I took a tour of the house and volunteered at the luncheon and auction in San Francisco. I ended up buying a house in Visalia. My mom needs me closer, so I returned to help her. I still come up to visit my daughter in Berkeley, though. I just want to say that meeting you last year was a bright spot in my time there. You were so sweet to me from the start, when I was trying to find housing. Actually, you are an inspiration to me. I love your Facebook posts regarding friends and family. I wish you a very happy new year!”

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