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I’ve always loved spending time outdoors. Los Angeles is filled with tucked away spots that are perfect for escaping the crowds and enjoying a luxurious picnic on a sunny day. Recently I invited a few of my friends to join me for a late afternoon of wine tasting at a lovely little spot near the house I grew up in. Sam and I have picnics like this often. There are a few things we always pack to make the day beautiful and comfortable. We always bring a couple of small rugs, pillows and blankets for sitting, lounging, and bundling up. We also bring 1 or 2 apple crates. We’ve bought them at the Rose Bowl flea market years ago. They’ve perfect for packing your items and once flipped act as the perfect table. I also almost always bring fresh flowers because I really just can’t help myself. Sam finds it mildly annoying but I think they add instant charm to everything. This time I skipped the vases tucking the fresh lilac and tulips into the little nooks and crannies around the various platters.

The theme of this picnic was wine tasting. I selected 4 different Bota Box wines to try and a cheese to pair with each. I decided to go with Bota Box wine not only for the obvious convenience of an unbreakable container and the environmentally friendly box, but also because the wine is great.  It travels well, each large box has the equivalent of 4 bottles of wine making it perfect for parties, and the mini’s have 3 glasses of wine each which makes them perfect for when you and a friend don’t want to open an entire bottle.  We tasted the Cabernet Sauvignon, Rośe, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. We all found each one to be quite lovely, our favorite being the Rośe because nothing really beats Rośe at a picnic.  For the snacks I served Marcona almonds, fruit spreads, fresh berries, a mini charcuterie board, and a few assorted desserts, alongside the cheese, crackers and a fresh baguette. Once we tasted all the wines and finished all the bites we spent the rest of the afternoon telling stories, laughing, and day dreaming about where we all want to travel to next. It was a beautiful time spent with friends among the splendor of nature.

*This post was created in collaboration with Bota Box.

It’s the tail end of both lilac and peony season, which means this is my last chance to have the house filled with the delightful scent of lilac. I picked up fresh blooms this week, whipping up a simple arrangement. I like my flowers to look like they have just been picked from the garden. When creating this arrangement I started with the peonies, trimming them to sit 2 inches above the rim of the vase. Next I grouped the lilac together. I kept the lilac stems longer so that they would cascade over the peonies. I filled the empty spaces around the two statement flowers with filler blooms, in this case I picked up pink and white lisianthus. I love how this arrangement turned out. It’s sitting on my coffee table as a write this.

Happy Friday! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by the blog.

Wearing: Jeans – Sandro, top – The Kooples, scarf – Donni Charm, shoes – WhoWhatWear

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This weekend Sam and I took our BabyBlue Westy to Antelope Valley to see the super bloom of California golden poppies. It was the perfect location to shoot one of my outfits for Coachella which is coming up this weekend.  I’m excited for festival and road trip season to begin.  I can’t wait to take BabyBlue on the road to explore beautiful new places.  We’re planning a road trip up to Seattle to visit our friends. We’re also hoping to make it back to Moab, it is still one of our favorite trips to date. In the meantime we’re spending all week prepping BabyBlue for Coachella. Coachella is when BabyBlue transforms into her alter ego of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Last year she served as part dressing room, part Neon Carnival rescue shuttle, and part crash pad for stranded friends.

Get in the mood for festival season and check out some of my looks from the past few years here.

Wearing: Dress – Zadig & Voltaire, shoes – Lacoste, sunglasses – Chloé, bag – Caterina Bertini. earrings – AQUA

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Poppy season is now in full swing. The golden poppy is the California state flower and these blooms are absolutely as stunning as they are delicate. I have yet to visit the numerous super blooms happening up and down the coast, but for now filling my home with these gorgeous poppies will have to do.

Happy Friday! Don’t forget to follow my Miami adventures on Instagram and Insta Stories –> @LateAfternoon.

One good thing about the torrential rain that California has had this winter is the amazing amount of flowers that it has produced. The hills in LA are green and covered in golden poppies and the flower market is overflowing with blooms. The best part is that it’s lilac season which means my house smells heavenly. I paired my lilac with fresh mint, because I think it’s a beautiful scent combination.

Wearing: Trench – Intermix, camisole – Anine Bing, pants – Stripe, scarf – J. Crew, shoes – Club Monaco, bag – Flynn

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