Trip to the Shore

Brent surprised me with a Sunday outing to the beautiful coastal town of Pt. Reyes. There is nothing a little drive out of town to the shore with some sun fog won’t do to clear your head.

Although it was extremely foggy, it was a truly gorgeous site. There are rolling hills covered in grazing dairy cows, creeks leading the path to the Pacific and jagged cliffs lining the shore as far as your eyes can see.

IMG_3126IMG_3149Daisy had a little too much fun while out on the beach and when she sufficiently tired herself out, we headed over to downtown Pt. Reyes station.

IMG_3146IMG_3142My love of cheese is what first put Pt. Reyes on the map of places I must visit and when I realized Cow Girl Creamery was based there as well, there was no question as to where we’d be stopping.

IMG_3165IMG_3158IMG_3164 If you find Cow Girl Creamery fromage blanc or truffle tremor in the cheese aisle, stop whatever you’re doing it and buy now!

We ended our trip with dinner in Santa Rosa. We’ve always loved visiting breweries together and sharing a sampler; so we ended our anniversary weekend how we started out six years ago, over a brew.

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Hemingway and Weekend Plans

big_hemingwayOver the Christmas holidays, Brent and I took the opportunity to fly to Florida and see family before our move from LA to the Bay. We took a couple days for ourselves and stayed down in the Keys.   After spending the night in Islamorada, we took the drive to Key West where I got to hang out only 90 miles from the motherland!  And of course, we visited some six-toed cats at the Hemingway House.  Hopefully that fun fact will come in handy if you happen to be in the Keys this weekend for the Hemingway Days Festival!  Make sure you bring your marlin fishing gear and high tolerance for rum cocktails.

This weekend we don’t have too much going on other than taking, Foxy, aka Silver Fox, aka my VW Tiguan to get her 20k service.  Exciting isn’t it?

Maybe I’ll also try and get to a yoga class in, since there will probably be a lot of room as thousands will be heading up to Tahoe for Wanderlust.

Here are some fun things happening around the Bay who had something a little more interesting in mind:

21st Annual Catalan Festival sounds like it won’t only have amazing wine and views as it’s taking place on a gorgeous Sonoma Vineyard, but will also have tasty Spanish bites.

I’ve always been a sucker for music in the park.  Check out the SF Symphony Annual Free Concert in Dolores Park this Sunday.

If you’re further down on the Peninsula, be sure to check out the 27th Annual Connoisseur’s Marketplace Festival  in Menlo Park.

Summer equals many things, but it especially equals Rose, in a glass.  The Midsummer Rose Party on Treasure Island is going on Sunday.  Only $10.  Go!  Maybe I should take my own advice…

Whatever you do, have a fabulous weekend!

Annual Road Trip: California Coast

I am so sorry for the radio silence this past week!

To be completely honest, while I am loving the world of blogging, I’m still getting the hang of writing posts every day and finding ways to push through the occasional writer’s block.  I also found it a bit difficult to post while on the road.

This past week, Brent and I took some time off work and drove down to Southern California to enjoy the 4th of July holiday, Brent’s birthday and my dad’s wedding in Newport Beach.  Since Brent’s birthday is July 1, and therefore always during a holiday week, we have made it our annual tradition to take the full week off and take a road trip.  In the past we’ve toured Oregon, seen the Grand Canyon, visited Death Valley in 110 degree weather and camped in Lake Tahoe.

The choice was obvious as to where we would be driving this year because of the wedding, but we had a wonderful trip  visiting with friends and family and then took our time driving back and stopping along the beautiful California coast.  We ended up getting back up to the Bay Area a couple of days before the 4th and took some day trips the rest of the week.

IMG_1747We visited our dear friends Jenna and Avery while on the trip and Jenna baked created this beautiful donut cake for Brent’s birthday!

IMG_1751Per Avery’s recommendation, we stopped at Bates Road and enjoyed the scenery.
IMG_1759Brent enjoying a fine brew from Firestone Brewery during his birthday dinner.

IMG_2985 IMG_1763We then headed to PCH to visit the beautiful Hearst Castle and lounged at the Neptune pool.

IMG_3080And we finished our road trip by visiting one of our favorite places on the planet, the Julia Pfeiffer State Park just south of Big Sur.

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend.  Although we already miss our vacation days, I’m happy to be back and writing!

Summer locks

Side Pony

When it comes to style, summer is a breath of fresh air.  Everything feels lighter, more flirtatious, feminine and romantic.  The need for a sleek, polished look goes out the window, to a certain extent, and it’s just so refreshing to let your hair down, (sometimes literally).

Since things are just a bit more casual this time a year, I’m inspired to try out a few of these hairstyles.

braid-tutorial-hair-cupofjo-Via Cup of Jo

double french braidVia Chictopia

Braided waterfallVia Love Maegan

And here’s a vintage-style pony and chignon via The Beauty Department you should check out as well.

Top photo via Love Locke

Summer Time!

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I don’t mind admitting that I have a mild case of self-diagnosed OCD.   What event planner doesn’t suffer triumph from this right?  I’m detail oriented, organized and can’t get through life without a checklist, usually color-coded.   So since it was officially the first day of summer last Friday, I thought it was only appropriate to compile a list of all of my summer “to-dos.”

  1. Go camping in the Redwoods
  2. Master the skill of BBQing and make these and these
  3. Rent bikes and go for a ride along the coast
  4. Get in the habit of reading one book a month
  5. Hang twinkle lights in our patio and eat outside every chance we get
  6. Try out different workout classes to see what’s right for me.  I’m most interested in spinning and boxing so far, but the list is endless.  I even own a pair of these.
  7. Truly make yoga a part of my life. I feel so great when I practice; I’m not sure why I haven’t made it a daily habit.
  8. Re-institute Sunday day trips
  9. Host a picnic in the park with friends following a few games of bocce
  10. Visit at least three wineries in beautiful Northern Cali. Wine country, starting with this one

And the bonus to do….

11.   Learn to slow down, smell the roses and enjoy the scenery.

photo via Clement Demarquet

Summer Solstice and Weekend Plans

Summer_solstice_stonehengeHappy First day of Summer!  I hope you all have amazing plans this weekend filled with lots of outdoor activities!  Which reminds me, Brent and I REALLY need to get a BBQ.  He cleaned our back porch and we now have room.  Hooray!

This weekend we don’t have too many set plans other than a dinner with friends at Piperade tomorrow night.  We might also try and get some pool time and drink a few of these in honor of the solstice.  A Sunday day trip over to Santa Cruz for a hike on the beach might be in order as well. This one looks fun and we can take Daisy!

Here are some other fun things happening around the Bay:

I swear we will make it to next year’s Sierra Nevada Music Festival.  I’ve been wanting to go FOREVER!

If you’re in the East Bay and in need of a little culture, check out the 10th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival.

Film of the Month:  Where the Wild Things Are at the Disney Museum.  And while you are there, you should check out the Down the Rabbit Hole exhibit.

Brent misses surfing in Florida and down in the (tad-bit) warmer So. Cal waters.  It might be too cold up here, but we can watch from the shore at the 19th Annual Surf City Classic in Santa Cruz

Last week I mentioned the SF Jazz Festival and now Stanford is kicking off their season with Herbie Hancock.

And here’s whats happening around the World:

Countries around the world are celebrating the Summer Solstice.  This morning, There was a particularly large celebration happening at Stonehenge.

Have a wonderful weekend!

photo courtesy of Bugbog

Summer Sunnies and Timepieces

There are a lot of fun accessories out this season and I wanted to share my favorites with you here.  I don’t think classic aviators will ever go out of style, but I’m loving the trend of the colored lenses and frames.  I’m also a big fan of the super retro sunnies.

And those watches? Aren’t they just beautiful?  They remind me of sherbert!

Summer Sunnies and TimepiecesAll available at Bloomingdales