the best day ever

Here are some snaps from our wedding last month! It was truly the best, most special day of our lives. There was so much love + happiness in the air, I wish I could’ve bottled it up and saved it forever and ever. My dad, who (sometimes) has a knack for putting things perfectly described it as an epic lovefest. A million thank yous to our family and friends who helped pull this off. It was the best day of our lives. xx

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bachelorette gone mild

 

The days are just creepin’ on by and the wedding is now less than two months away!

Last weekend my 14 closest friends and I escaped to Palm Springs for a weekend at The Ace Hotel. I had given strict orders during the planning phase: no tiaras, veils, sashes or straws shaped like body parts and thankfully they did not disappoint. Instead there were incredibly thoughtful welcome notes for each room, custom Turkish towels, a little kit of sunblock, Advil, candy, vodka + cranberry juice and champagne, and best of all, cutouts of all my favorite men (ahem: John Hamm, Pharrel, Angel Pagan, and, of course, Kyle) each with a personal message for me. We had a wonderful, fairly low-key weekend lounging poolside in the dry desert heat with delicious cocktails, massages, boozy snow cones, and a dinner where I was serenaded by an elderly woman named Linda.

A sign I know I am getting older: I came home feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and so thankful for my sister + maid of honor and other bridesmaids who worked so hard to make it a wonderful weekend.

Custom turkish towels via Brandsmith, photo via Kate Franco.

feeling fiery

 After seven years in a San Francisco flat, a working fireplace was something I was so looking forward to when we moved. I was thrilled that our adorable, 1930s Tudor-style home in Napa came with a gorgeous, white brick mantle. Sadly, the fireplace is not safe to use, but that doesn’t stop me from lusting over this beaute by designer Harriet Anstruther. And that Harland Miller print isn’t bad either.

 

saying hi…

Helloooo out there! Poking my head out from the madness that has been, oh, the last year and a half!

I transitioned out of life in San Francisco, to cohabiting with my boyfriend, to the latest adventure: life in the Napa Valley! I mentioned earlier that I had taken a job working for Alexis Swanson Traina at her family’s winery in Oakville and, well, the rest is history.

I spent a lot of my childhood in Napa (my grandfather was one of the first big real estate bigshots when the valley started exploding) and still have some family here, so it feels fitting to spend part of my adulthood here. We’re nervous, but excited to make a go of it + already feel pretty happy with our decision. Wish us luck!

original image via elle.com