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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

Wearing: Top – c/o Ronny Kobo, jeans – Levi’s, shoes – Gucci, sunglasses – Chloé, scarf – COS

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It finally feels like fall has arrived. I’m enjoying the introduction of rich jewel tones, cold weather prints and cozy accessories into my wardrobe. I designed this hat as a mini collaboration with Hat Attack.  It was inspired by my love of travel and France in particular.  I chose the soft grey and white color combination as a nod to the color of the roof tops as you take in Paris from above. I also decided on a classic shape that will be flattering on everyone. The hat will be available for purchase on their site, stay tuned for the launch.

Sam and I are currently visiting family in Santa Cruz. On our way up we decided to pop into our favorite spot, Carmel Valley Ranch, for a little getaway before we take on babysitting our nephews for the next few days while my sister in law enjoys a much needed vacation.  We love this resort for it’s beautiful property, amazing rooms with outdoor soaking tubs and most importantly they are dog friendly. My favorite part is soaking in the tub at sunset and strolling through the vineyards wth my coffee in the morning.

Wearing: Top – Sandro, pants – Maje, shoes – Gucci, bag – c/o Flynn, scarf – COS, earring – COS, hat – Hat Attack X Late Afternoon

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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?

Wearing – Top – English Factory, jeans – Levi’s, shoes – c/o Bared, earrings – Trina Turk, bag-c/o Strathberry 

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If you’ve been following my Instagram @LateAfternoon, you know that Sam and I along with a couple of our friends escaped to the sleepy coastal town of Cambria for the weekend. As with most of our trips, it was a spur of the moment getaway. One that was decided on the night before simply because we were all itching to get out of town and Gregory’s aunt offered her beautiful beach house for us to enjoy.

 Friday morning we kicked off the day with a visit to Barry’s Bootcamp, which I was sure would murder me but here I stand ready to go back for another brutal workout this week. Next we packed a few bags, picked up our friends and headed North through wine country. Our drive was leisurely. We pulled into various coastal lookouts, stopped for a late lunch and some wine tasting in Paso Robles, watched the sun set over the rolling hills, finally arriving in Cambria in the early evening. This is very much how the rest of the trip unfolded. Saturday I made a big breakfast of eggs, avocado toast, and buttery breakfast potatoes for everyone to enjoy. We spent the rest of the day wandering around the town popping into Open Houses and Estate Sales. At sunset we strolled along Moonstone Beach ending the day with a trip to the movies. Our Sunday was even lazier as we did nothing more than buy matching Cambria sweatshirts and enjoyed a long brunch in town. We all had some work to do so Sunday afternoon was spent taking photos and working. Our friends made us a lovely dinner and we all settled in for the night to watch movies on the couch. It was the relaxing weekend getaway that we were all craving.

I hope you too had a wonderful weekend. Let me know what you got up to in the comments. I really love hearing from you. As always thanks for stopping by.

Wearing: Dress – Ganni, sneakers – Lacoste, earring – Trina Turk

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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.

Wearing : Sweater – c/o Rebecca Taylor, jeans – Levi’s, boots – c/o Express, bag – Saint Laurent, scarf – J.Crew, sunnies – Quay, earrings – c/o Express

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