My Weekend with Loeffler Randall

I must confess, I tend to be an obsessive person, particularly with new purchases. I tend to wear new items nearly every day for a few weeks until I become (almost) tired of them. Case in point, the hat I purchased over Memorial Day weekend and wore for three days straight.

This past weekend, my obsession came in the form of my new Loeffler Randall bag that finally arrived. I spent a long time deciding which bag to splurge on (check out  other options I considered here), and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. Thus, it quickly became a weekend spent with Loeffler Randall.

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Friday evening started with drinks on the rooftop bar El Techo (fantastic cocktails and great Mexican food that’s worth waiting for), followed by a stroll through some neighborhoods we have yet to really spend much time in- Noe Valley and the Castro.

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The homes in these neighborhoods are absolutely incredible- I’d give an arm and a leg to live in any one of them, although I’m particularly obsessed with this one covered in ivy!

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Blazer: Banana Republic | Jeans: Nine West | Shoes: Me Too | Necklace: Vintage

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File this in “things you’ll never see in NYC”:

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Sun setting over Noe Valley

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On Saturday, we headed back up to wine country, a weekend activity that has become a regular tradition (not complaining!) We spent time in Sonoma and enjoyed some tastings and a great brunch at Korbel’s champagne cellars.

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Pomegranate bellini and a BLT+avocado sandwich= heaven!

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I never seem to get tired of wine out here.

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Hat: Thrifted | Chambray: Gap | Maxi: Target | Sandals: Target | Necklace: Vintage

After filling up on champagne, we headed over to the Russian River to check out one of the watering holes. Next time, we plan to bring bathing suits- it was the warmest water we’ve found in NorCal thus far! I must say, my naive expectations of living a beachy and tropical life out here in CA were shot down quickly when I realized how temperamental the Bay Area’s weather is.

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And finally, Sunday was a day for relaxing. The weather was surprisingly warm for the Bay Area, perfect for enjoying our balcony and a book that I highly recommend – #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal. It offers a unique and interesting perspective on success and making it in any field, even if it happens to take some unconventional methods to do so.

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Shirt: Old Navy (love this one!) | Shorts: Uniqlo | Wedges: Charles by Charles David  (similar here) | Sunnies: Michael Kors

Thanks for reading- hope you have a great start to your week!

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Tanning in Tahoe

From the moment we made the decision to move to the West Coast, we knew that taking a trip to Lake Tahoe would be at the top of our list of things to do. For awhile, it felt like a major production that we would have to spend time planning and setting aside a significant amount of time for, as it is over three hours from the city.

However,  just days before Joe’s birthday weekend, we made the spontaneous decision to just go. No planning, no stress, just hopping in the car on a Saturday morning and booking a hotel on the way.

The landscape around Tahoe is just incredible. These were our views immediately after getting off the highway…

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Just don’t get too close to the edge! It was a pretty terrifying drop.Tahoe 11

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A birthday lunch has to include a flight of beer, obviously. A generous sampling at The Brewery.
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After a quick lunch, we headed to the beach at Zephyr Cove. My mind was boggled by the concept of sitting on the beach in 80-degree weather with snow-capped mountains looming in the distance.

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It also helped that we had access to Sunset Bar & Grille and their strawberry daiquiris right on the beach.

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The setting sun.

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On Sunday, we felt a bit more adventurous and ended up renting jet skis. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of us in action,  as I knew my phone would go swimming if I tried to bring it along.

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Definitely a place that I would return to over and over again. It’s amazing how the California lifestyle has allowed me to stop letting everything be such a production- spontaneous trip to Tahoe? Quick day trip up to Napa? Why not? I’ve become accustomed to just getting out there and doing things without hesitation, which has made life a lot more fun lately. Hopefully, there will be more trips coming soon!

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Sunday in the Mission

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In an ongoing effort to see everything this city has to offer, Joe and I have attempting to spend time in different neighborhoods each week. This Sunday, we found ourselves in the Mission District, an area that is definitely the Williamsburg of San Francisco. Although, I have to say, Williamsburg has nothing on these incredible Victorian homes…

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In our wanderings, we stumbled up on Dog Eared Books, a great used & new bookstore full of variety and character. It instantly reminded me of NYC’s Strand, but smaller.

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Just a few blocks from the shopping and restaurants on Valencia Street is Dolores Park, a grassy expanse with great views of the city. I’ve come to realize and appreciate that San Francisco is a city full of parks, often located at the crest of a hill and with a view (but really, what in SF isn’t on a hill?)

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Also like Brooklyn, the Mission is definitely not lacking in street art. The weather was gorgeous but typical for a San Francisco summer- mid to high 60’s- hence the jacket.  To be honest, I prefer this kind of weather; there’s nothing worse than dripping in sweat on a hot NYC summer day.

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Mission 7Jacket: Kensie (love this blue one and would kill for this designer version) | Shirt: Uniqlo | Jeans: Gap |Bag: 3.1. Phillip Lim for Target | Necklace : H&M

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