After a living in a crazed state for the past few weeks, Joe and I were excited to take the long holiday weekend as an opportunity to finally relax. A “staycation,” so to speak.
On Saturday, we ventured over to Treasure Island, a spot between Oakland and SF that is home to one of the biggest flea markets in the area. We had a blast poking around the stalls and discovering trinkets and furniture that would work in our new apartment.
Upon passing a table overflowing with hats of all shapes and sizes, I jokingly grabbed a Panama to try on and immediately fell in love! In 24 years, I’ve never worn a hat, nor have I ever found one that looked anything less than ridiculous on me. But for whatever reason, this hat and I were obviously meant to be. The connection was so strong that I ended up wearing it immediately as well as every day for the rest of the weekend. Thus, it became the weekend of the hat.
The views from Treasure Island are incredible.
On Sunday morning, I grabbed my new hat and wandered up to the Lake Merritt area of Oakland. Only a few blocks from our apartment, it’s a great spot for people watching, relaxing by the water or grabbing a bite.
Shirt- Uniqlo; Skirt- Uniqlo (love this one); Bag- 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target
Later, we enjoyed dinner a little closer to home at Forge, a great brick oven pizza spot right on the marina. By a stroke of luck, we managed to score a table looking out over the water on a gorgeous night- couldn’t have asked for a more perfect setting.
On Monday, we realized in a panic that we would have failed at celebrating a holiday weekend if we didn’t make it to the beach at some point! On a whim, we decided to take a drive down the coast on Highway 1 and check it out for ourselves, and the views did not disappoint. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t conducive to swimming, even for a brave East Coaster, but I did manage to dip my toe in the Pacific!
Note the infamous hat- beach cover-up is old, from Ecuador.