The Weekend of the Hat

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.Flea Market 3

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.

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The views from Treasure Island are incredible.

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Shirt – Uniqlo; Jeans- Gap; Shoes- Me Too (similar here and here)

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Bag- Coach (love this one); Scarf- Vintage; Bracelet- H&M; Watch- Michael Kors (similar here)

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.

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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.

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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!

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Note the infamous hat- beach cover-up is old, from Ecuador.

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