Greetings from Whistler, BC, Canada! I am up North here with my family enjoying a White Christmas. We could use a little more snow to make the skiing and snowboarding just a little better, but I will take it – and the clear skies. Merry Christmas Eve to you all and your loved ones! Hope you are all off celebrating and snuggling as well. One more sleep until Santa comes :-). xx
When I chose to move away from San Francisco last winter, one of the things I knew I was going to miss was the nature and all of the outdoorsy activities I used to do in the Bay Area. I used to love to take my trusty Subaru outside of the city on the weekends to go on a hike in Marin up Mount Tam, put my feet in the Ocean at Ocean or Stinson Beach or head up the 80 into the Sierras to Tahoe. Growing up on an island in the great Pacific Northwest, I didn’t ever realize how much I loved being in nature and the out of doors, and how refreshing and rejuvenating it was for my spirit until I moved to the city. While I love the energy and culture of cities, they can feel claustrophobic at times to me. Luckily, San Francisco had so much surrounding nature to offer. I knew it just wasn’t going to be the same in Philly – the ocean is an hour + drive away (could be worse) and the state is pretttyyyyy flat. However, Philly has surprised me in several ways unexpectedly, and now I have discovered what I think might just become my new weekend oasis.
When one of my oldest friends from said Pacific Northwest island visited me this past weekend (love her), I convinced her pretty easily to ditch out on seeing the usual tourist attractions (still haven’t seen the Liberty Bell in person, oh well) and instead get out our hiking boots and explore Wissahickon Valley Park just northwest of the city. It’s where people tell you to go when you tell them you like outdoorsy stuff, and I am surprised it took me this long to get there. We were about 2 weeks late to really seeing the fall leaves in their most brilliance, but the park really was beautiful and the light was perfect. There is even a cozy historical Inn in the Park where you can enjoy lunch- or just post hike Bourbon-spiked Hot Ciders. We said yes to that, twice. Sharing pictures from our day here…
“The earth has music for those who listen.” ― George Santayana
A flashback to August when I went out West to see a good friend get married in the always glorious Sonoma, CA. We took advantage of the locale and spent the Sunday after wine tasting, actually just hanging out here, at Ram’s Gate Winery, which quickly became our new favorite. If you’re in the market for a great Sonoma/Napa trip – don’t miss this place.
I do miss being so close to Napa and Sonoma – it was such a great getaway locale. I will have to find me some wineries in these parts….
I am all packed and ready to go! Fashion Week here I come! I am jumping on a place tonight set for NYC.
one of the fun parts about FW is all of the outfits! the outfit planning! Can be overwhelming but a fun project. Here’s a sneak peak of a little of what is going in my bag….
Can’t wait to share with you all here all of my outfits and adventures… check back often xx
*And Congratulations to Annie L. who won the Aidan Mattox sparkly dress giveaway!
I came home to Seattle this weekend for a friend’s wedding and managed to get in some family time visiting all my favorite spots in Seattle – including the glorious flower stands in Pike Place Market- and then took a twirl on the new ‘Great Wheel’ (like the London Eye) which sits on a pier overlooking Puget Sound. When I first saw they were building this I thought it was an annoying tourist attraction. But after riding it, it really won me over. If you visit Seattle, you have should really go on it! It gives beautiful views of both the city in one direction and the sound in the other and you’re on it for a full 20 minutes. We loved it.
*i’m wearing an ALL SAINTS dress