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

 

Beach Knits

Ya Los Angeles Sweater with Current Elliot Jeans

Ya Los Angeles sweater, Current Elliott jeans (similar), Joe’s Jeans booties (similar), headband knitted by my sister (similar), Oliver Peoples Daddy B sunglasses

I spent of good bit of time over the Thanksgiving holiday frolicking in the East Coast sand, despite less-than-balmy temps. To maximize the hours outdoors, I lived in knits of all shapes and sizes pretty much all weekend (learning quickly that loose-knit types aren’t so great for ocean breezes). My sister knitted me this headband a while back and it’s pretty perfect for chilly-but-not-too-chilly days, though I’ve discovered that it’s one of those pieces that you’ve gotta commit a full day to, as it is not so kind to the hair, especially that of the banged variety.

Weekend Details

November palms

For the Thanksgiving holiday, my dude and I split time with our respective families on the North Carolina coast, with a couple of nights spent in Emerald Isle and a couple spent on Bald Head Island. We’ve only got a little over a week before we pack up and head west for San Francisco, so I was glad to get in some last-minute time in my favorite place with loved ones. As expected, there was also quite a bit of eating, drinking, and eating. Gotta love the holidays.

Milo’s favorite activities: beach frolicking + golf cart riding

North Carolina Beach Sunset

Winter island sunset

Thanksgiving bloody mary prep

Milo’s holiday attire

With two of my favorites

Last moon over the Atlantic I’ll see for a while

 

Weekend Details

Though things have most certainly started transitioning to fall on the coast, the past couple of days at the beach were warm enough for all grades of outdoor activity, and accordingly my weekend was spent with bike rides around the island, runs on the beach and even a last-of-the-season swim. As nice as all that was, the weekend flew by in a flash and here we are at Monday again. Do you ever find that the more awesome the weekend, the worse it is to get back to the grind? Bleh.

Happy boating, indeed


Full moon beach walking

Cloudy sunset

A nice package to come home to – new boots for fall

Weekend Details


Late-afternoon beach rosé (American Apparel tri-blend halter romper)

We traveled down to Bald Head Island this weekend, and I was surprised to find that it was nearly deserted with families having returned home and kids having gone back to school. I get a sort of nostalgic sadness in the last days of summer every year, and it hit me like a ton of bricks this weekend despite glorious weather and beaches nearly all to ourselves. Regardless, I still love the shore in these late days of August – can’t seem to shake it.


Grilled cheese with tomato + Cheerwine


Deserted beach bar


Happy beach dog


Sunday night pizza and beer

To the beach

Thml crochet top (last seen here), Paige Jimmy Jimmy shorts, Madewell chambray ex-boyfriend shirt (also seen here), K.Jacques St. Tropez sandals, CXXVI bag, Marc Jacobs sunglasses, vintage necklace, bracelets by Gorjana, Shashi, vintage, street vendors

So if you’ve been reading this blog for longer than say, five minutes, you know that I am pretty into the beach. But what you may not know is that the best time of the day on the shore, by far, is that hour after showers and before dinner (and not just cause of the cocktails – well maybe a little because of the cocktails) when everything turns all golden and blue and most everyone’s gone inside. The other night I found myself subconsciously channeling the colors of that hour at the ocean before a little walk down there, and I had a thought on a new style theme: Dress like your favorite time of day. Weird? Yes. But imagine the fun we’ll have!

Weekend Details

Sea oats at golden hour

It’s always tough getting back to work after a weekend, and especially so after an extra-long weekend – but I really shouldn’t complain. I took the end of last week off to extend my weekend and celebrate the Fourth, and got in some serious R&R down at the beach. I also worked on my summer to-do list item of getting better at surfing, and ate a fair amount of sand and seawater as a result (and am still shaking water out of my ears), but had a good time in the process anyway.

Hope you all had some nice relaxing moments, too. Happy Monday!

Late-night beach bar

Boating with Milo

Channeling the tropics on my new shirt (on mega sale at Anthropologie)

A breezy seaside spot

Surfing with Milo

Neon windows back in town

Sunday night Mediterranean sidewalk feast