Hello San Francisco!

On Monday, Reese and I spent the day exploring San Francisco from top to bottom. We've never been here before, so we wanted to see as much of it as we could. We stayed at the Westin St. Francis, which is centrally located in Union Square. It's also surrounded by amazing shopping (side note: I actually got lost in the Banana Republic flagship store - it was unreal). Being on East Coast time allowed us to wake up early for once - we rode on cable cars, ate a glutenous brunch in Little Italy, and survived Chinatown all before noon (another side note: I lived in Chinatown in Philly for over a year and I was completely overwhelmed by the chaos that ensued on the streets of Chinatown in SF at 10:30AM on a Monday). I was also completely out of breath after walking a mile because EVERYTHING is up hill. Seriously - if I lived here, I would have great legs. DSCN0145We then got in the car and drove over the Golden Gate bridge to the small coastal town of Sausalito. Such a cool little spot - we stopped and had drinks on the bay at Bar Bocce - an adorable bar with an outdoor bocce ball area. Great wine and a great view - I highly recommend it!DSCN0147DSCN0164DSCN0158Next we stopped to take the typical tourist photo of the Golden Gate bridge - the view was absolutely breathtaking. Now I know what all the fuss is about. DSCN0169 DSCN0168We then headed over to the Golden Gate Park to do some exploring. San Fran is a huge city with a lot of hustle and bustle, but this park was so calm and peaceful I couldn't believe we were still in the city. I probably shouldn't have hiked up a hill in my suede loafers, but the view from the top of the waterfall was worth it!DSCN0177DSCN0192DSCN0186DSCN0195DSCN0198We finished off the day with dinner at Bar Tartine, which was delicious and also had great wine (I'm noticing a pattern here...). Such a great day. One of my favorite things about the city was the Victorian style of all the homes - gorgeous! Here's one of my faves on the corner of California Street - so fitting.DSCN0171

Until next time, San Fran!

California: Day 1 {Santa Barbara}

Reese and I had an AMAZING time in California. Everything was perfect - the weather, the scenery, the company...it was just what I needed. We flew into LAX on Friday night with Reese's brother, Bert and his wife Christine (who were fabulous travel buddies!). Obviously, as soon as we got off the plane we drove straight to In-n-Out Burger. BEST burgers ever. We woke up Saturday morning in beautiful Santa Barbara. Reese's cousin Gina, her husband Dave, and their kids Trevor and Kelly have a beautiful house there and they are wonderful people. They were so hospitable and made our trip truly special - I can't thank them enough! Their house is nestled on the side of a hill with breathtaking views that offered complete serenity. Look at Reese - such a stud. DSCN0007

We went to an awesome farmer's market where we picked up fresh veggies, cheese, fruit and snacks for lunch - everything was so delicious. Fresh olives, walnut oil, roasted peach jam and coconut roasted almonds were just a few of the goodies we picked up. I absolutely loved the packing of these jams and marmalades! DSCN0022

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Later that day, we took the Kosmo family dog, Riley, to the beach. Such a great day - the photos do all the talking.

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That night, we ventured into the "Funk Zone" - yes that is the actual name - for dinner and drinks. We went to The Lark for dinner and it was incredible. Each dish was just as amazing as the first, and the cocktails were divine. The atmosphere was adorable - vintage furniture, galvanized tubs and exposed beams filled the restaurant. They also had a fantastic wine room in the back where we had drinks after dinner.  The "Funk Zone" actually held true to it's name - it was eclectic, trendy and unique, and we had a blast!

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Check out tomorrow's post to hear all about our day in wine country!

xo Court

Frenchie Friday

Reese and I are off to California tonight! I apologize in advance for the hundreds of photos I'm going to take, but Reese got me a new camera for my birthday so I'll definitely be putting it to good use! Weather report for Santa Barbara says 75 and sunny everyday with zero percent chance of rain - perfection! I'm sad to leave this little guy behind for a few days! I think he knew something was up yesterday when I was packing...he seemed depressed. This was him sitting on the couch yesterday watching me fold laundry - he looks pissed, right? He can be so moody sometimes...photo[5] copy

Have a great weekend everyone!

xo Court