This weekend Sam and I attended the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. It’s probably one of my favorite social events of the year. I get to catch up with industry friends all the while sipping on some of the best bubbly. This year I wore a very special dress I bought when Sam and I were in Paris last year. It’s by a Japanese designer, Tsumori Chisato. She adds an incredible sense of whimsy to all of her designs and creates her own beautiful prints. The sailboat print for this dress came from watercolors she painted herself. It’s one of my favorite pieces. It’s delicate, playful, and the sheer draping adds a romantic touch. I pull it out whenever I need something special to wear. I love feeling confident knowing no one else will be wearing this dress.
Since Sam and I first met, picnics have always something we’ve always enjoyed doing together. We love finding tucked away spots and setting up to watch the sunset. After spending time with family, Sam and I had a moment to ourselves. We decided to take the opportunity to set up a quick little picnic on the bluff of the family beach house. This time of year is always especially magical in Santa Cruz. The weather starts to get a little cooler and the light turns golden. The sunsets are more breathtaking and it always takes me back to the 4 years I spent living by the beach here. Santa Cruz is a sleepy little town that never really changes. Every time I visit I get a tinge of nostalgia for simpler days of living in a beach town.
I’m currently loving the idea of draping myself in jewel tone velvet head to toe. I even have the matching velvet pants to this top which I’m definitely planning on pairing together. I’m not sure if this idea is ridicules or genius or a bit of both. Below I’ve curated a selection of my favorite velvet pieces. Enjoy and have a lovely Thursday. xo
Happy Flower Friday! Today I’m sharing a simple but impactful arrangement of orchids. I use a trimmed hydrangea as the base of the arrangement to help weave and hold the flower stems in place. If you want to see a quick video of the DIY check it out on my Instagram @LateAfternoon. My neighbor’s puppy, aka my favorite little nugget Busby, made a cameo in the post and video.
Happy Friday! I hope you enjoy the pretty arrangement and make sure to check out the quick tutorial video.
Last weekend Sam and I visited Seattle for my speaking engagement at Create & Cultivate. My panel went well and the conference was as inspirational as it was beautiful. After my all of my commitments were wrapped up we decided to stay an extra day to explore the city and catch up with some friends. We stayed at the Thompson Hotel where out of the 4 people we know in Seattle 2 of them were working at the property. Derek, one of our favorite chefs who we used to visit in Santa Barbara, is now the executive chef of both Scout and The Nest at the hotel. Our friend Alex, a musician from London, was working the valet as we pulled up. It was a bit of a trip but also really wonderful to run into people we knew. It made the city feel instantly familiar. It doesn’t hurt that Seattle reminded Sam and I of the years we spent living in San Francisco. We loved once again to be able to walk around, exploring the city without a car. We made our way to Pike Place Market where I couldn’t resist picking up fresh flowers. We checked out the original Starbucks, ate overpriced oysters, and did all the necessary touristy things. Once we got the prerequisite must sees out of the way, we made our way over to Fremont to meet up with our friends from our El Cuyo adventure. They are currently in the process of setting up their houseboat in Lake Union. Living on a houseboat is the most Pacific North West thing I can imagine. It’s totally fitting for our friends, and I adore the sense of wonder that encapsulates living on the water. Fremont felt similar to Silverlake in Los Angeles, or the Mission in San Francisco. We wandered around with our friends as they showed us their favorite spots. One of their musts was the Fremont Brewing Company for locally brewed craft beer. The atmosphere was merry and the beer was fantastic. For dinner we went with Chef Derek’s suggestion, The Whale Wins. Our dinner was so good we each ordered our own desserts, which rarely happens. For a late night snack I found a little hole in the wall by our hotel that happened to have an amazing wonton soup.