I just got home from a wonderful event put on by the Dress For Success chapter of Carmel. On a perfect California day, guests sipped on chilled wine and ice tea during a cocktail hour before entering the silent auction held at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach. From some of California’s best wines to original paintings by local artists, it was impossible to put my pen down for the silent auction. The bell rang in what felt like seconds as it was time to take our seats for a fashion show with ensembles from local boutiques. The energy was exciting and the music booming; I am pretty sure the men actually had more fun strutting down the runway than some of the ladies, but it was all in good fun for a wonderful cause. Now back to work to prepare for our Pop Up Shop this Saturday, a Creative Directors work is never done.
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