Pismo Redux

Wave hopping in Blu Moon (last seen here)

Wave hopping in Blu Moon (last seen here)

Continuing my fog-fleeing pattern, we headed south this weekend to Pismo Beach on California’s Central Coast. I’d never been to that part of the coast before and found something slightly reminiscent of the California beach towns of an era gone by, complete with classic neon signs, a lively boardwalk/surfing scene and Skynard/Eagles/Foreigner cover bands. We posted up at the Cliffs Resort situated on Shell Beach (just north of Pismo) and couldn’t have been more pumped about our (dog-friendly!) accommodations – highlights were sweeping views, direct beach access and a ridiculous champagne brunch. Other than a little surfing (the dude) and seaside jogging (me), we basically spent our time chillaxing; knew that beach blanket would come in handy.

Side note: Pismo served as the perfect place to meet up with one of my pals from LA; highly recommend it as a meet-in-the-middle spot for San Francisco/LA.

Pismo Beach Scene – San Francisco Travel Blogger

Beach strolling with Milo (in a favorite beach-reminiscent Ace&Jig tee)

Best beach-strolling tee (by Ace&Jig)

Sunset with Milo

Sunset with Milo

Shell Beach scenes

Shell Beach scenes

Beach blanketing in my favorite color (best purchase of late by Nomadic Thread Society)

Beach blanketing in my favorite color (best purchase of late by Nomadic Thread Society)

Tiny surfers/Splash Cafe scenes/Best breakfast

Tiny surfers/Splash Cafe scenes/Best breakfast

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Downtown Pismo colors/Boys+beach/Green deliciousness

Downtown Pismo colors/Boys+beach/Green deliciousness

Shell Beach sunset

Shell Beach sunset

Lately

Carolina paddle-boarding

Carolina paddle-boarding

Been hopping around a bit lately  – back east, then back west, around the Bay and beyond. I’ve been pretty focused on fog-dodging – that San Francisco fog is one aggressive beast this time of year, hence the lack of SF-centric photos. They tell me summer comes in September; in the meantime, I’m taking matters into my own hands and sun-chasing.

Convertible tie-dye

Convertible tie-dye

Ashland, Oregon scenes

Ashland, Oregon scenes

San Francisco Pride

San Francisco Pride

Best summer sandals + rose

Best summer sandals + rose + Bald Head Island

Bodega Bay birthday dinner

Bodega Bay birthday dinner

Marin Picnicking – San Francisco Style Blogger

Marin picnicking

Half Moon Bay wine-tasting

Half Moon Bay wine-tasting

Beach Milo

Beach Milo

Road trippin'

Road trippin’

Napa palms

Napa palms

 

Music Festing, Napa Style

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I spent the past few days up in the Napa Valley at the inaugural Bottle Rock music festival and I feel a bit like I’ve just returned from some sort of awesome NorCal utopia. The festival was everything I wanted it to be and more, with sets by favorites Best Coast, the Alabama Shakes, the Black Keys, Jackson Browne, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (and a zillion other badass groups), plus  Napa wine and food, festival fashion, and a whole lotta sunshine. We posted up at the Silverado Resort, which has a serious Caddyshack vibe (in the loveliest of ways, I promise) and were able to spend some time exploring downtown Napa due to the excellent placement of the festival grounds.

All in all, a very successful first year for a festival that I hope becomes an annual tradition.

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Channeling the Season

Tulle blazer, Bop Basics shorts, Urban Outfitters tee, Isabel Marant boots, Mulberry bag, Oliver Peoples sunglasses

Tulle blazer, Bop Basics shorts (similar), Urban Outfitters tee, Isabel Marant boots, Mulberry bag, Oliver Peoples sunglasses

Given how sunny and spring-like things have been around here lately, it’s difficult not to channel the season (even on the days that are decidedly neither sunny nor spring-like). I found this blazer on mega-sale around the corner and couldn’t resist – it seemed like just the thing for warm-ish days, or to combat the San Francisco fog on less-than-warm days. Let’s hope the fog monster keeps it in check for a bit.

Tulle Floral Blazer – San Francisco Style Blogger

Tulle Floral Blazer – San Francisco Style Blogger

Details

Alamo Square picnicking with Milo

Alamo Square picnicking with Milo

I’ve been MIA lately, I know. And I have good reason, having started a new job, done a bit of traveling and hosted some visiting friends – but truth be told, I’ve really just been out soaking up the oh-so-awesome sunshine that’s come out in all its glory over the past couple of weeks. It’s amazing what happens when spring does its springing and anyone and everyone comes out of the woodwork with something of a smile on their faces. Highlights of my past few weeks include a seaside bachelorette weekend in Charleston, S.C., wine-tasting in the Russian River Valley, picknicking (and more picnicking) with everyone – yes, everyone – across San Francisco’s many parks, and some Sunday-afternoon Pacific beach lounging.

So, yeah, that’s what I’ve been doing: sun-chasing. Highly recommend it.

A sunny afternoon at Lynmar Winery in the Russian River Valley

A sunny afternoon at Lynmar Estate  in the Russian River Valley

Dolores Park picnicking (we've been doing a lot of outdoor eating lately)

Dolores Park picnicking (we’ve been doing a lot of outdoor eating lately)

A celebratory weekend in Folly Beach, S.C.

A celebratory weekend in Folly Beach, S.C.

It's mint julep season

It’s mint julep season, duh

A favorite seaside spot in Pacifica

A favorite seaside spot in Pacifica

What to Pack: Weekend in Charleston

I haven’t been back to the East Coast since we moved west in December, so I’m happy to say that I’ll be heading to Charleston, S.C., this weekend to celebrate the impending wedding of one of my nearest and dearest. The wedding isn’t til May, but a pre-nuptial ladies’ weekend is in order and I’m pumped for some beach time, Chucktown bar-hopping and QT with the bride-to-be. There’s little I love more (or know better) than the Carolina shore in April, so packing for this trip will be a breeze. Going in my bag: several shades of blue, loose knits, summerweight scarves and crisp whites.

What to Pack Weekend in Charleston – San Francisco Style Blogger

 

Clockwise, from upper left: Madewell Pyramid Top, Basta Surf Strappy Bandeau Bikini, Joie Kennedi Tote, Topshop Abstract Letter Scarf, Super Ciccio Sunglasses, Report Silverton Flats, Theory Gwena Stretch Linen Blend Shorts, Mango Striped Knit Jersey Sweater