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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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

Festival Dressing

Music festival season is nearly upon us my friends, and while I won’t be heading south to Indio this month, I’m already planning my festival attire anyway. The Bay Area is playing host to its own awesome music celebration this spring, with Bottlerock hitting the Napa Valley in May, and I certainly won’t be missing that. Music fest getups should be easy but fun, and comfortable footwear is of the utmost importance, since no one likes traipsing around festival fields/gravel/mud pits in heels. Other things to take into consideration are sun and heat, so easy fabrics and sun protection are key.

Happy music festing!

Music Festival Dressing – San Francisco Style Blogger

From left: Topshop Crop Broderie Shell, Mango Tencel Long Skirt, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Fallon Sandals; Ace&Jig Duo Racerback Tank, A.L.C. Camden Striped Shorts, Sam Edelman Petty Boots;San Diego Hat Company Paper Braid Wide Brim Fedora, Topshop Mexican Bodice Dress, Ancient Greek Sandals Niki Metallic Strappy Slides

Almost forgot – a comfy bag big enough to carry all the essentials:

Fringe Bag – San Francisco Style Blogger
Free People Silver Lake Hobo

What to Pack: Weekend in Palm Springs

The dude and I have just a couple of days for a little celebratory getaway, so Palm Springs was an easy choice as our destination since it’s only a 90-minute flight away. We’ve never been, but I’m pretty excited about a little poolside lounging and good old-fashioned R&R. Also on the agenda are some traipsing around in the desert, a visit to the spa and Rat Pack-style cocktails. The forecast is calling for temperatures in the 80s and sunshine, so I’m packing accordingly, focusing on airy fabrics and pool wear. Can’t wait!

What to pack for a weekend trip to Palm Springs


Clockwise, from upper left: Zimmerman Scallop Strapless Dress, J.Crew Panama Hat, Maison Scotch Embroidered Clutch, Element Blueprint Shirt, What Goes Around Comes Around Belted Shorts, Loeffler Randall Dree Sandals, Mar Y Sol Caracas Basket Tote, Mara Hoffman Frida Printed Bandeau Bikini

Weekend Details

I'm usually a fan of color, but there's something so elegant about white tulips

I’m usually a fan of color, but there’s something so elegant about white tulips

After I spent the entire last weekend indoors, I was itching to get out and about this weekend, and while I didn’t set foot outside of the city, I still managed to get in what felt like miles and miles of walks (and a good bit of shopping, dining and whatnot along the way – oops). An old pal of mine spent the past couple of days with us – San Francisco again proving to be excellent for bringing me visitors. While I’m still just learning about this city, I already really love showing it off to those visiting from elsewhere; the trouble is narrowing down the awesome stuff to fit it into just a weekend.

Don’t forget to enter my Stella & Dot giveaway and be sure to check out the trunk show – lots of good stuff!

Ocean Beach with friend Amita

Ocean Beach with friend Amita

Saturday afternoon Kalifornia Kolsch

Saturday afternoon Magnolia kolsch

Sunset rosé at Ocean Beach

Sunset rosé at Ocean Beach

Joshua Tree

JoshuaTree_WebBook_8I’m not that into reposting lookbooks here super often but HOLY MOLY. Revolve dropped this beauty the other day and I have to say, while I’m normally pretty averse to vacations that don’t involve the sea, I somehow found myself immediately mentally planning my next desert getaway. And all the denim/pastel/textured awesomeness I’d like to pack in my desert-bound suitcase.

For the full parade of Joshua Tree glory, click here.