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
A few photos we snapped during golden hour in Cambria. I’m loving marigold as the perfect, luscious fall color. I’m also living in my Levi’s. They go with everything and I’m having a hard time wearing anything but my perfectly worn in jeans.
Is there a piece you absolutely love and wear constantly?
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.
One of my favorite little evening routines when I’m home is walking around our neighborhood during golden hour. Sam and I usually walk down to one of our favorite cafes for a cold juice or coffee and then stroll up to our favorite spots. Sometimes we pop into our local flower shop, other times when we’re feeling ambitious we walk to LACMA to enjoy the outdoor installations. On this particular stroll we made it up to LACMA just in time to stumble upon a pop up art installation, The Inside Out Project. It was a really lovely treat for Sam who is a big fan of the artist’s work.
Tomorrow I’ll be in Seattle for my panel at Create and Cultivate. Follow along on my Instagram ~ @LateAfternoon
A lace dress, paired with a basket bag, and mules is quickly becoming my easy go-to for spring weekends. It’s not ground breaking but the styling possibilities with a lace dress are endless especially if you stick to neutrals like black and white. You can do something as simple as wrap a scarf around your neck, add oversized sunnies and you’re instantly channeling a Parisian girl enjoying a weekend in the south of France. Try ditching the slip and wear it over a black bodysuit for a concert or a beachfront party. Add a belt, strappy sandals, and a statement earrings for a romantic dinner look. A lace dress can give you countless options, you just have to find what works for you.