Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Antique Diamond Wedding Band Giveaway!

So excited to have another giveaway, this time through Facebook. To enter, you'll need to "like" our Facebook page.

One lucky winner will receive a c. 1920s sparkling diamond 14 carat gold wedding band (great for stacking)! Total approx. 1/4 carat in diamonds!!

 Click here to enter! 

Share with your friends & family!

Bonné Chance!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Is Your Head Exploding from Social Media?

Back in 2012 I blogged this about finding balance between your work, social media and your personal life. Well, it still continues to challenge me.

In 2002 a friend suggested that I start a website. Okay. Done. That was great. Now I have my own domain--an online shop to sell my goodies.

Then shortly after came the suggestion from my web designer to start a blog. What's a blog? Oh, a journal. That's kind of cool, I thought. Okay, I was off and running. Started slow and then full force ahead. Juggling an online shop and blogging about my latest finds was keeping me busy.

then it begins..

friend: Lynn, you should try Linkedin.

me: What's a Linkedin?

friend: Oh, it's great site for connecting business-to-business. A networking site.

me: Okay, done! I'm onboard. Not too hard. E-mails and requests are coming, but I can do this.

fast forward a year...

friend: Are you on Twitter?

me: What's a Twitter?

friend: It's when you "tweet" with others using 'hashtags' that look like this #, and things that look like that @. 

me: What the heck? I thought a tweet was a bird.

friend: Aw, you'll love it. Great for business.

me: I'm so confused! I don't know who I'm responding to. And, what's an 'FF'?

friend: Oh, it's a Follow Friday, silly! Every Friday you put those @ symbols in front of people that you want to give a shout out to.

me: Why?

friend: Just because, it's what you do on Twitter.

me: Okay, I'll do those "Follow Fridays" and try and connect, but it's a bit confusing.

a year or so later...

I'm at a funeral for a friend's mother and have lunch with a friend after. She insists that I register with Facebook. I kind of knew what it was, but was adamant about not going on. And so it goes...

friend: You must go on Facebook. Great for catching up with friends, and good for business too.

me: I already have a website, blog, I'm on Linkedin and have a Twitter account.

friend: But, this is much different. Please, just try it.

Later that evening, I sign up and I'm off to the races. Scanning and posting photos from the 1970s, tagging everyone and anything. It becomes a new addiction. And so it goes...

fast forward a couple of years...

Get a request from Victoria at SfgirlbyBay to be a part of a new site called Pinterest, a visual bookmarking site. A group of 300 bloggers are requested to select images of what "home means to them" and then, kind of like a domino effect, everyone is "pinning" these lovely images onto their "inspiration boards". 

I was completely hooked. Sat at the computer for hours just pinning beautiful images. Little did I know that years later it would become a main source of traffic for my shop.

Well, thanks to Victoria, Pinterest went viral! What started out as a small little group of bloggers, turned into one of the most successful forms of social media out there.

two nights ago at dinner...

brother-in-law: I like Instagram.

me: I'm signed up on Instagram, but don't use it.

brother-in-law: Why not? You can see your nieces and nephews on there, and it's a great tool for your business.

me: Really? Let me see if I'm still registered. Oh yeah, my last picture was from 2012.

brother-in-law: Start taking pictures!

So here I am today, trying to figure out Instagram... who to follow, how to get followers, how often to post, what to post, and when? Although, I must admit, I do love to taking pictures. What a great way to share my treasure-hunting with my customers!

Are you getting my drift? Currently, like many of you, I have a website and a blog. I'm on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and Instagram. Have I left anything out? What do I focus on first? Can I just connect them all together? Are my customers getting annoyed? "Follow us here! Follow us there! Join us here! Read about us there!"

If you've read this far, I'm so very flattered. Now I get to ask you questions!

How often do you use social media?

Do you have a favorite?

Has it helped your business/occupation?

Are you overwhelmed with the many different media outlets out there?

How do you balance your work/social media world with your personal life?

Do you find yourself constantly checking your phone to see who's posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. etc?

Would love to hear from you!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

PHB on Instagram!

It's been about 3 years since I signed up for Instagram. I thought it would be a great time to pick it up again!

If you want to follow my musings, click here!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Too Pretty to Eat!

Isn't this cake gorgeous from Twigg Studios, England? I ran across the the image on Pinterest and had to look at the source. It's  a feather light cake with lilac infused creme patissiere and lemon curd. Yum!

Make with fresh edible lilacs and creme patissiere, this just looks delectable!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

all images from Twigg Studios

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hot Off the Press!

This delightful book arrived at my door and I couldn't be more thrilled to share it with you! 

You always hear me touting my favorite haunts in San Francisco, and now we have a FABULOUS book with an insiders guide of Oakland, only a half an hour bridge ride away from S.F.--  definitely worth the drive or trip if you're in the Bay Area.

And who better to author this book? My dear friend, Melissa Davis of Ruby Press, an Oakland-based PR agency.

The book is just beautiful in person! It's sort of a travel-guide book that profiles 90 interesting places to visit, from cafés to shopping. It's filled with gorgeous photos by Kristen Loken.

Here is a taste of a few of my favorite haunts in the book;

For those of us who love vintage, Mascot General Store's owner Abi "blends an interest mix of vintage home décor which includes old globes, wool blankets, mid-century lamps, vintage apothecary bottles, paperbacks from the '70s, and vinyl records." Look at the photos...such a wonderful eclectic mix!

If you've shopped my website, you've seen my assortment of vintage books. In my case, I  love rare books and interesting covers! Erik Heywood of Book/Shop sells primarily vintage books that are carefully curated. He generally has a selection of about 80 books at a time.

Oakland still has many old Art Deco gems such as the Paramount and Fox Theatres. They are absolutely stunning in person! 

Did you know that the Fox Theatre was built for 3.5 million dollors in the 1920s and boasted the largest theatre capacity on the west coast? I didn't either! I'm so glad that some of these old theatres have been saved from demolition, so that we can enjoy their history and historic beauty!

If you want to see more of the book, you can order it here.

Even if you don't make it to Oakland, many of the shops in the book have websites that you can peruse.

Congrats Melissa and Kristen on such a beautiful book! I just love it!

1st image: Anthology magazine, additional images all by Kristen Loken.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Joyeux 14 juillet !

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bastille Day Giveaway!

Charming early 1900's souvenir cup made of genuine cow horn from the town Cauterets outside of Lourdes, France.

  To enter, just pick out your favorite item (s) at Paris Hotel Boutique and leave a comment! 

 One winner...picked on July 14.....

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Eclectic New Arrivals from Paris Hotel Boutique!

Don't let the Dog Days of Summer get you down! Come into the lobby of Paris Hotel Boutique and enjoy perusing our new finds in air-conditioned comfort.

We're featuring a variety of bright and cheery summer items.

Some highlights include:

 •  Art Deco Theatre Exit Sign

•  Antique French Mother of Pearl Accessories

 • Souvenir Book from the Grand Tour

 • Antique Napoleon & Joan of Arc Statues

 • Early French Ship Oil Painting

• Lancome Store Display Mirror & much more!

images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Monday, July 07, 2014

Happy Monday & Head's Up!

Hope you had a lovely holiday weekend!

We're busy, busy, busy, working away, getting all of our new arrivals ready to share with you tomorrow morning at 8:00 am PST/ 11:00 am EST! Over 30 eclectic new pieces!

Hope to see you then and have a wonderful week ahead!

image source: jac-jagaciak-ginta-lapina-by-walter-chin-jeff-stephens-for-neiman-marcus-the-may-book-2014-4

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Summer Giveaway!

Here's a chance to win this lovely antique French menu!

To enter, please visit our site, and join our mailing list. Then leave us a comment here that you did!

One winner...contest ends on July 6th!

Bonne Chance!