Posts Tagged ‘my favorite places’

if only my eyes could take photographs // inspiration comes in all forms

Sunday, December 16, 2012
Debbi DiMaggio

if only my eyes could take photographs…i would share it all with you:

If you’ve ever read one of my posts, follow me on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter, or read my book — Contained Beauty — than you know that I am a very visual person. It is simply how I learn and how I relate.

Today my husband gifted me with my first high resolution digital camera with social media capabilities. So naturally I’m excited to be able to share more vividly with you, what I see, what I love and what I feel.

Through my words and my photographs I hope to inspire and encourage you to follow your path and embark on your personal journey, whatever that may be.

There are so many ways one can be inspired – whether it be through a photograph, through travel, watching a sports event or after a spa treatment, deep meditation or through interior design, fashion, art or dance.

May something I share with you today, ignite a passion in you tomorrow.

As Mark Twain once said, ‘The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.’

Do what you love and happiness will surround you. Debbi


inspiration comes in all forms:

I am constantly inspired by my son and his teammates. On Saturday their team won 3 games in a row. The second game was won by just 1 point; the 3rd game went into sudden death, which in LAX is called a brave heart. A brave heart is when each team gets just 2 players, one goalie and one face-off player, and whoever gets the first goal wins the game. Super nerve-wracking!

The playoff game followed the next day, with the winner of the morning game to play our boys. The Tribe won, so both teams took the field at 11:30AM. Unfortunately, our boys not quite warmed up, almost immediately fell behind –6 to 1. However, what transpired over the next 30 minutes was an incredible turn of events. Points were made by our boys, then the other team and so on and so on until we pulled ahead after a nail-biting 50 minutes, to beat the Tribe by one, just one point, with a final score of 9 to 8.

Now if that’s not inspirational I don’t know what is! Those boys gave it their all and were not going to lose, even though they could have just sat back and given in without a fight. But they didn’t. They pulled together and made it happen! Congrats boys! A great life lesson. Keep trying even when things aren’t going your way, and Never Give Up.

Carmel LAX Braveheart Tournament // Undefeated!!


Carmel is one of our favorite weekend destinations. Not only is it easy to get to, but there are so many quaint places to stay and wonderful restaurants to choose from. To learn more about Carmel and my favorite travel destinations including, where to stay, play, dine, wine and do, simply go to the iPhone App store and search LUXE USA GETAWAYS in 4 DAYS.

debbi’s latest favorite find – rue atelier boutique on college avenue in berkeley

Sunday, June 26, 2011
Debbi DiMaggio

Debbi’s Latest Favorite Find Uncovered

Destination:  The Elmwood

Boutique:  Rue Atelier

No need to travel to places far, far away just to discover fabulous pieces when you can find elegant, chic and sassy dresses plus other fun, elegant and beautiful separates right here in the East Bay at Rue Atelier — located in the Elmwood District on the ever trendy and hip College Avenue — a vacation destination in our own backyard.

Oftentimes i am stopped on the street and asked about my outfit and each time i look down to see what i am wearing the item i am donning was inevitably discovered in some chic destination at a local boutique either in South Beach, Newport Beach, Palm Beach, Saint Tropez, Beverly Hills, Cannes, Nice, New York, Chicago, Sienna, Florence or even Rome.

If you know me, then you know i love to share my favorite finds with all.  Whether that may be my favorite contractor, photographer, trainer, painter, designer, boutique, closet organizer, resort, destination, nail salon, restaurant, website or pet groomer.

Today’s favorite find is Rue Atelier — a darling, local and very chic boutique.   Stop by and say hello to Barbara who is just as stylish as her shop!   And after all that shopping, stop by Trattoria Siciliana, my dads favorite Trattoria, for one of their delicious pasta dishes and a glass of Chianti.  Be sure to make a reservation.

Stylishly Yours,


The Carneros Inn // a day off for my birthday

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Debbi DiMaggio

Yep, this is where i play hookie when i need a day off or i’m simply having a breakdown.  When i’ve hit my last nerve or i’ve worked until i can’t possibly go another minute doing something for someone else.  Don’t get me wrong, i love to do for others.  It’s really who i am.  Adam calls it ‘The DiMaggio Curse’.  Us DiMaggio’s are always trying to help!!  I can’t help it i say!  I am JUST TRYING TO HELP !

Well, here we are, at the Carneros Inn, on my Birthday.  Isn’t it just gorgeous?   The sky is so BLUE, the vineyards so GREEN, the POOL so refreshing and the feeling after a spa treatment, simply blissful.  Happy Birthday 2010 to me!  Thanks for coming Q, Janette and Honey.  xoxo  See you soon C !

The Carneros Inn

Oh my gosh!  It makes me crazy when Adam wears that t-shirt. It reminds me of the decadent days when we traveled to Hawaii, Mexico and Europe all in one year!  I can’t wait to go back to Roma and Saint Tropez  — soon, please, very soon !!  If ever you need a travel companion or need a travel itinerary in New York, LA, Saint Tropez, Rome, the South of France, The Amalfi Coast, Santa Fe or a few others, just ask – i’ll have your hotel, site seeing itinerary and restaurants all planned out.  Just ask!!  Rock Star Confidential – that was another company i formed with a friend.  A Luxury Style and Experience Service.

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