Sam and I spent our New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in San Francisco. Whenever we’re in the city by the bay a feeling of nostalgia washes over eyes. We always spend our time doing all of the things we used to do and visiting the places we loved. For our stay we rented a room in a hotel directly across from our very first SF apartment. We had dinner at our favorite French cafe, Café de la Presse, and drinks at our favorite dive bars, Owl Tree and Kozy Kar. We popped into our favorite Korean spot, Cocobang, for a late night snack before heading down to the Embarcadero to watch the fireworks. The next day we woke up to have breakfast at our favorite hole in the wall diner, Golden Coffee, before strolling through our favorite streets for hours. We popped into our favorite cheese shop, Cheese Plus on Polk for lunch. Dinner was burritos from you guessed it, our favorite Mexican counter, El Sol. As we visited our old haunts we recounted the days when life was simpler, rent was cheaper, we were younger, and responsibilities weren’t as heavy. It was a great time in our lives and one we will always look back on with fond eyes.
Do you have that special time in you life you wish you could revisit even just for a short time?
There’s only a few days left in the year and with that in mind Sam and I decided to skip town. For the last week we’ve been slowly making our way up the coast. We spent a few days at a family beach house in Ventura before finding our way to our favorite spot in Carmel, Carmel Valley Ranch. Next we’re stopping by Santa Cruz for a second Christmas with Sam’s family, followed by a trip up to San Francisco to celebrate NYE at our favorite SF haunts.
This year has not been an easy one. I’ve spent the last few months reimagining the direction of my blog. Before the year is through, I would love to hear from you. What do you want to see more of? What would you like to see less of? I want to hear from you! Leave me a comment, email me, or message me on Instagram.
This past weekend I jetted off alongside my college best friend to Baja Mexico for a getaway with Darling magazine and Alaska Air. The entire trip was beautiful top to bottom, but the most beautiful part were the women and the powerfully honest conversations we shared. The trip has changed a lot of how I view my blog, the “influence” it affords me, and how I want to channel that “influence” in a more honest and uplifting way. It’s difficult to write about the experience and everything it meant to me. I need more time to fully process my new direction. I will revisit the subject when I have had more time to formulate exactly what I want to say.
On a side note, if you’ve been following by Instagram then you are aware of the stressful situation we are currently going through with out landlords. You may also be aware of this post I wrote about my anxiety and how a few days ago I reached a breaking point. I’m working on a post to honestly discuss my ongoing battle with anxiety as well as issues surrounding the unhealthy aspects of our current obsession with social media, status, and the appearance of perfection. I want to take this moment and thank everyone who sent me messages, emails, comments, and their support. That outpouring of love I received after my post was overwhelming. You are so much more to me than just people who read my blog. You are friends with whom I’ve been sharing my life with for almost 10 years. I hope to continue this journey but with more openness and honestly between all of us.
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of going on an adventure with vineyard vines to celebrate the launch of their first LA store at the Westfield Century City, a must visit if you live in the Los Angeles area. We started our day with a helicopter ride to Catalina Island, one of my personal favorite spots for a quick getaway. During our flight we saw a huge pod of dolphins and our pilot went in close enough to the water so that we could easily see them jumping and frolicking. The morning was chilly so I settled for their iconic cable knit sweater, dark skinny jeans and a soft scarf. Once we arrived on the island, we all had the chance to pick from a spa treatment or a zip lining tour to enjoy. I chose a facial after which I switched into a lovely cover up dress for our lunch on the beach. We wrapped up the afternoon with a helicopter ride back to the mainland. It was an amazing experience. The vineyards vines pieces I wore were perfect for our relaxing yet adventurous day. I especially loved how cozy and soft all of the knitwear was as well as their playful beachy pieces.
The feeling of old Hollywood is still very much alive in Palm Springs. The entire city embraces it’s Old Hollywood history through architecture, design and the aesthetics of it’s residents. Everything oozes glamour. Liz Taylor, Dinah Shore, Liberace, Lowe, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Alan Ladd, Debbie Reynolds, Marilyn Monroe and dozens more flocked to bask in the warm sun and soak in the free, easy desert life style. I come to Palm Springs whenever I need an extra dose of inspiration and glamour.
The Fine Art of Design is a must stop whenever I’m in the desert. Run by my friend Nikki, it offers an expertly curated collection of the best vintage I’ve ever seen. In fact I would say it is easily on par with some of the Parisian vintage stores I’ve visited. This 1960/1970’s caftan epitomizes the feeling of old school glamour. It is a showstopper and I can easily envision Liz Taylor wearing this while she lounges poolside, sipping champagne. Old Hollywood magic is still in the air in Palm Springs and I’m always coming back to bask in it.