I’ve been eyeing both the skirt and shoes I’m wearing in this post for a while now. Much to my delight I found both at the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale. Swooped both up along with a darling Kenzo dress. I’m also loving that crochet is having a moment this season. I like to keep my crochet pieces in neutral tones to give off a laid back California vibe with a hint of that 70’s boho feel.
Today I wanted to share a quick little glimpse into one of our recent adventures with BabyBlue. We took her up to secluded ranch where we enjoyed a quite day of hiking, BBQing, and sunset watching. I love having a camper van for those moments when we want to escape from the world and get lost.
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.
Los Angeles has been unseasonably rainy this month which has been great for all those coats I can never find a reason to wear but always end up getting anyways. We’ve been exploring our new neighborhood lately and with the drizzly weather our favorite stop has been our neighborhood coffee shop, Paper or Plastik. It’s a great hideaway for a midday pick me up. Sam and I love to perch up over the coffee bar and people watch while hiding behind our laptops. It’s becoming our little weekday routine whenever we find ourselves at home.
I hope you guys had a chance to see my post from El Cuyo where I talked about the Trove app. It’s the perfect on the go app for shopping the current trends and outfits from your favorite bloggers. Download it today and shop this outfit right from your phone.
I’ve already mentioned our trip to El Cuyo, but I wanted to talk more about what brought us to this remote village and our unforgettable experience while there. The whole trip started when our friend Maddie called us out of the blue and informed us she will be moving to El Cuyo for the next 3 months to be with her boyfriend while he set up a kite boarding school with his pro kite boarding friends. Since Sam and I are always up for a new adventure we booked our flights to Mexico 20 minutes after getting off the phone with her. Less than a week later we flew to Tulum and after a few indulgent days there we embarked on our road trip through the Yucatán state in Mexico to go visit our friend.
I have been preconditioned for years to believe that most parts of Mexico are unsafe and that driving through Mexico is not a good idea. None of these fears held up. There was not a moment where I felt unsafe while traveling through the Yucatán. Once we arrived at the tiny fishermen’s village of El Cuyo we were smitten. The ocean was crystal clear, the local people were kind, and the village was full of brightly hued homes, stores and restaurants. But when we pulled up to our airbnb we knew right away something was off. We went in and kept our smiles going as we explored the uninhabitable shack. It was so overpriced I cringe knowing other people had actually paid this price. We knew the place was going to be bare bones, we did not expect it to be full of questionable deep red stains, mold covering every surface and prison style bathrooms. It looked nothing like the pictures. It was a fail on all accounts. Once we got to talking to some of the locals, they quickly informed us the place was known to be a scam. The amount of mold alone was enough to convince us we could not possible stay there (there were many other things that were very wrong but I’ll let your imagination go wild). We ended up sleeping in the car until the next morning when the whole village pulled together to find us a real place to stay. By 8:00am, we had a comfortable place that cost less than breakfast for 1 in Los Angeles. It was our first taste of the type of kindness that would define our stay in El Cuyo.
Once we got settled in, the rest of our time in El Cuyo was spent eating the fresh local cuisine prepared by hardworking yet cheerful local women, swimming with 8 foot manta rays, and trying to get close to the wild flamingos that populate the surrounding lagoons. Every day was wonderful, but nothing can beat the last day when we woke up to a crystal blue ocean that looked like a pool. There was not even a hint of a wave and absolutely no one on the beach but us. That last day will forever remain as one of my favorite memories. We spent almost the entire day frolicking in the ocean, paddle boarding, tanning, swimming with the manta rays while avoiding the deadly sting rays, taking Tequila shots on the beach, and all the while indulging in home cooked dishes from our local friends. It was one of those days that you never wanted to end.
We did not know what we were getting into when we decided to road trip to El Cuyo. What we found was something only a handful of people have/will ever experience. This is a place for those of you with a heart for adventure. There were no luxuries there. There was only an authentic experience of a small village filled with happy, kind people, and a crystal blue ocean that never seemed to end.
If you don’t go off the beaten path, you’ll never know what you’re missing.