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.
As a big fan of most things tropical, I made a serious beeline across the store when I spotted this flamingo-printed top in Zara recently. It works pretty perfectly as part of a resort look, but I’ll be just as happy to pair it with jeans and blazers back in San Francisco (where things are a good deal cooler than they were in Palm Springs, the site of these photos). Bonus: The print might be just sunny enough to keep me warm on the especially foggy SF days.
Whenever possible, I prefer to walk to get where I’m going; I just generally find it to be the most pleasurable way to get from point A to point B (in most cases). So when I moved to San Francisco, I found that careful planning of all walks was imperative to avoid unexpectedly walking up hills that are basically vertical faces, in both directions. I’ve started figuring out where the real beasts are (and luckily my neighborhood is pretty flat, at least by SF standards), and I’m able to avoid them when I want – but I’ve also learned something else: bigger hills=awesome views. Tradeoffs.
Alternative Apparel sweatshirt (it almost pains me how much it’s on sale given that I paid full price), Tibi shorts (similar), Isabel Marant boots, Westward Leaning sunglasses
I really love a neutral color palette, but I put on this outfit Sunday morning only to realize that I was completely lacking the requisite St. Patrick’s Day green. Luckily, my mirrored shades came to the rescue and no pinches came my way. Sometimes just a tiny bit of color is all you need, no?
Also: A big congrats to Carly, the winner of the Stella & Dot necklace giveaway! For everyone else, no worries – you can still get your own crescent necklace here for just $39.
New green lenses + Guinness for St. Paddy’s Day
Sunny weekends in the city tend to bring out hoards of runners, bikers, parents with strollers and other sun-seekers, but this weekend brought things to a whole new level. I couldn’t walk half a block without nearly running into a group of green-clad revelers, who were scattered throughout San Francisco’s streets and beyond. Our apartment looks out onto one of the city’s parks, and on Sunday it seemed that there were few patches of grass that weren’t filled with yard games, grills, coolers and whatever else had been brought out of the woodwork for the celebrations.
My St. Patrick’s Day was a bit more low-key, including a beach picnic, a little Guinness and grasshopper cupcakes; I’m a firm believer that minty green desserts are the best kind of desserts.
It may have been lovely and sunny, but I’m pretty sure the bikinis and frolicking in the Pacific were pushing it a bit
A melted but delicious festive cupcake
Baker Beach picnicking