Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dexter goes shopping in San Francisco

The Sunday before Christmas, Mr. A and I took Dexter dog shopping in San Francisco on Union Square. I wanted to see the window displays, the ice rink and do some last minute Christmas shopping. So Dexter donned his tartan plaid vest and we hit the streets. It was great to get into the Christmas mood.

Macy's with all their windows decorated with Christmas wreaths. Below, the ice rink in the heart of Union Square.

Neiman Marcus with it's gigantic tree

Ralph Lauren - my personal favorite. I loved the woodsy theme in the windows. Below, Mr. A poses with Dexter. I think they fit right in!

Mr. A looking dapper in his pea coat.

The window display in the Chanel window had the mannequins in front of a Venice background.

Dexter wearing his Holiday attire. He was only interest in checking his "pee mail".

After lots of window shopping and walking around, we found ourselves on Maiden Lane in front of this wonderful store called Candelier. Uh Oh. This could be dangerous. We went in and found so many candles and decorations for the Christmas table.

This is inside the store! It was very crowded with so much merchandise. I was like a kid in a candy store. Mr. A just went with it. Dexter knew he would be here a while and laid down to wait patiently.

"How long are we going to have to be in here?"

How cute is he?

A lovely shoe store on Maiden Lane.

A window in Gump's - A San Francisco favorite store.

On our way back to the car, we discovered this Scottish import store. I loved the scarves and ties here. I bought a tie for Mr. A and he bought a scarf for me. Of course they are both red tartan plaid! We match Dexter now. Below, a clerk wearing a traditional kilt. Mr. A wasn't interested in buying one!

It turned out to be such a fun afternoon. We finished our Christmas shopping and Dexter had a San Francisco adventure.

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Kathy said...

We love going into the city and gumps is a must visit, I have not seen the Scottish imports shop but will definately check it out now, Dexter is adorable esp in his tartan coat and your hubby does look dapper in his. shame he passed on the kilt though :-). Happy New Year, Kathy.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh, I just loved this post! Macy's and the outdoor skating rink look fabulous! Love all the store displays, what fun! For some reason all your posts came through at once tonight on my dashboard so I have missed many! I will check them out, Happy New Year too!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

That is a fun way to spend the afternoon. I loved Dexter, so cute. When I was a teenager I worked in a shoe store, they let me do the windows that led to the jewlery store next door letting me do thiers... I loved that. Thanks for the trip to the big city.

Shellbelle said...

Dexter looked dapper! Thanks for taking us along on this fabulous shopping excursion to one of my favorite cities. I'm with you, the Ralph Lauren was my favorite window also. Keep NY, send me to San Francisco any time!

Happy New Year!

Lori E said...

I think my next trip will have to be to San Francisco now. Oh the Christmas store would be the end of me. I would have to charter a private plane to get home with all the goodies from there.

eileeninmd said...

WOw, I love the Macy windows. And wha t acool sight from the ice rink. I loved all the store windows. My favorite store would be the Chandelier store.

Thanks you for the shopping store and Happy New Years.

savvycityfarmer said...

I would have a hard time not buying anything

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your trip. Dexter is a cutie. :)

Chubskulit Rose said...

I love that gigantic tree.

My entry, wishing you and your family a fruitful new year!

KD said...

Ahhhh now this I miss. When we lived in Marin we had a tradition. Bright and early the morning after Thanksgiving we would load ourselves onto the Ferry at Larkspur and take it into the city. Dropped us off right at Ghiradelli where we would stock up on some chocolate to sustain us for the day ahead. From there we would hop on the cable car down to Union Square. We would spend the day shopping then we would gaze at the great windows as soon as the sun went down. Witness the tree lighting then hop back on the cable car to catch the last Ferry back at 10PM. It was always my favorite day in the city. It never was as crowded as it has become now. But they had no ice rink then and that would have been truly wonderful! Thanks for taking me down memory lane!

KD said...

P.S. what type of breed is Dexter? He is darling by the way and my daughter is quite smitten with him. Me thinks that Mister over at Designs by Gollum might have some competition in Dexter here. My daughter is gaga for both of them!

FireLight said...

This was so much fun! And your blog so inviting!I am not sure if I ever came by here to thank you for your very kind comments last month, when my nephew had died. Every act of tenderness and caring is so valuable in sad times. Thank you, thank you!

Gena D said...

LOVE the macys and niemann marcus shop fronts - so very decorative!!! Nice!

sherri@lavenderfields said...

Beautiful post! Some of those stores look just amazing! It looks like New York all done up! Happy New Year! Sherri : )

Unknown said...

Thank You for letting us share your holiday adventures. San Francisco, Healdsburg and most importantly your intimate dinner for two. The best magazines are gone, Home & Garden and Southern Accents and your pictures and editorials fill the void.What a gift!

Julio said...

Love this post Delores. Shopping Union square during the holiday season is magical. I'm sorry I did not get a chance to visit your great find. You were so fortunate to find that beautiful compote style vase.

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