Living in a bungalow means finding the right coastal design elements to decorate your space and not just filling the space with seashells and ocean relics collected from my treasure hunts. Tucked away in Aptos is a store that is filled with everything you could want to achieve this look. Carrying lines like Bella Notte linens, a plethora of coffee table books, and throw pillows from around the globe, The Warmth Company, is your one stop shop for quintessential California beach house finds.
Spending hours looking through every detail of their store, I could easily envision seashell chandeliers hanging from my ceilings and pieces that mimic my travels abroad but never made it home with me, scattered throughout the bungalow.
I love a store that has it’s own style and is curated to create the perfect room, every piece in this store is thoughtful. The name speaks true to the vibe of the store, a warm sunny day at the beach. I am looking forward to checking out their second space, The Point, in Santa Cruz during my next day trip up the coast.
140 Post Office Drive | Aptos Village | CA 95003
When I was younger, every year I would take a trip with my Mom to Carmel and as I would hold her hand walking down the streets, usually after having a wonderful lunch at Casanovas and shopping at one of my favorite stores, GBG, I remember truly feeling blessed. Not just to have such a kind and loving Mother but one who always encouraged my love of fashion and taking me to stores like GBG.
With one of the best curated collections of brands like Isabel Marant Etoile, Calypso, and Jerome Dryfuss (to name a few) the beautifully decorated store is one I can spend hours in. Essentially they have managed to design a space that is similar to the visions I have of my dream closet. An entire room filled with a style that is resort meets luxury city weekender. The style is pretty much the look I aspire to rock every day. It is almost impossible to leave this store without one piece that will probably make you wonder how you survived without it.
GBG | Misssion & 7th Avenue | Carmel | California
Yesterday I had such a wonderful day with my business partner Shirley and Christine Caria, co-owner of what is sure to become Sausalito’s hottest store, Klozet. After spending the afternoon looking through the amazing collection of brands Christine and her business partner have filled the store with (including Pacific Gypsea) we headed over to Bar Bocci for some delicious pizza and Arnold Palmers while watching a competitive game of bocci ball with a pretty epic view. Of course, a trip to Sausalito is also not complete without a stop at the Trident to have a drink at Janis Joplin’s booth. I am really looking forward to the official opening of Klozet as it is sure to provide endless options of new pieces whenever I am staying at my Dad’s in San Francisco and need a little retail therapy over the bridge.
This morning after finishing up some work, I threw on a simple gray jersey dress with my riding boots (which come in very handy when roaming the beautiful 65 acres of the ranch) and got in the car to drive to my Stepmom’s very quiet and peaceful birthday celebration at their ranch. As everyone is taking siestas and waiting for it to cool down before we head out to hike around the property I am quickly writing a post as I am sure to do a few photoshoots the next couple days. This is exactly what I needed after a crazy month, a peaceful break in a country setting. A few relaxing days and then back to the coast for what should be another crazy month (in a great way) of course. New clients, traveling… I am really looking forward to this summer.
Yesterday I had a wonderful day with my business partner and designer of Pacific Gypsea, Shirley. To celebrate the launch of pacificgypsea.com we started with lunch at the well known eatery in Carmel Valley, Cafe Rustica. After eating my entire plate of butternut squash ravioli with brown butter and sage in a light cream sauce, we couldn’t resist heading across the street to one of the cutest wineries in Carmel, Cowgirl Winery.
From the zen gardens to the vintage truck perfectly decorated with succulents… immediately you want to move in. The chickens, which make it very clear that it is their property and we are just visitors, will guide you to the chicken feed stand for a little treat before you head into the perfectly decorated tasting room. Cowboy boots line the ceiling and repurposed furniture make this space more than just a tasting room but a place you want to sit around with your girlfriends, drink wine and enjoy the California life.
As if the Cowgirl tasting room, bocce ball courts, and outdoor seating area aren’t enough- just to the corner of the tasting room is a store that houses quintessential chic cowgirl style home accessories and women’s accessories. I couldn’t resist buying a camel Peter Grimm hat and some other little gift items. Now off to my last night of the sound of the waves crashing outside my room before heading back to the beach bungalow.
Blazer: Elizabeth & James | Dress: Stella McCartney | Necklaces: Pacific Gypsea | Shoes: Belle by Sigerson Morrison
It has been a month now that I’ve moved back to the California coast and have already planned one event, in plans for a rather large opening and website launch, and the piéce de résistance in August. Needless to say between decorating the beach bungalow and my contract jobs I have managed to semi stalk Lolo at her beautiful flower studio, Burst + Bloom, in Carmel. The scent of Aspen Bay candles wafts through the open Dutch door, flowers sit in perfectly unmatched groupings of glass vases; Her style is apparent in each corner of the shop and watching her while she works and talk about her businesses is quite captivating.
Being in Carmel, I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by successful women who are going after their dream. Lolo and her husband Christian also own Good To Go just across the shopping village. They filled a void in the Carmel food scene with their locally sourced, organic ingredients made into perfect lunch options. Hearing Lolo talk about how she took her talent of style to start her dream business of healthy eating inspires me to start working on the mini empire Mr Maharaja and I discuss at length. Burst + Bloom – 238 Crossroads Boulevard – Carmel, CA
At the risk of sounding cheesy, Pauline Montupet’s new store in the Mission, LePoint, is totally on point. A native New Yorker, Pauline moved to San Francisco 8 years ago and with her she brought a style that mimics the Scandinavian street style shots I am often perusing online. The open, airy space brings a breath of fresh air to the rapidly developing streets of the Mission. A former stylist, Pauline curated the store to house labels that she found hard to find when styling her clients: YMA, Bella Freud, Tanya Taylor (to name a few). She even has stuff for the boys and plans to expand the men’s collection later this summer.The store officially opens this Thursday and already has generated quite a following. Not surprising considering every time I walk in the store I find myself planning a trip around each garment that I try on. I look forward to my next visit to see what additions the store has for my wardrobe. Le Point . 301 Valencia Street . San Francisco, CA