How to Create an Effortless Picnic at the Beach

Beach PicnicAt times it’s hard to believe it’s summer in San Francisco. This is the time of year that the fog rolls into the city and rarely burns off in our neighborhood. Regardless, there are times I am willing to bundle up for some time outdoors.

Beach Picnic Beach PicnicI decided to ignore the fog and pretend it felt like summer and planned an outdoor picnic at Baker Beach here at the edge of the city. To be honest – I chose a perfect day. We saw dolphins who were so close it looked like we could reach out and touch them! There were fishermen and a few dog walkers, but we were some of the few people enjoying this outdoor treasure.

Beach Picnic Beach Picnic Beach Picnic If I had needed to prepare this picnic from scratch, I might never have actually get it together to invite friends to share a simple meal. Instead, I bought the items already prepared. I picked up delicious open-faced sandwiches at Tartine Bakery and also put together a cheese board with all of my go-to goodies (see this post for details on cheese board essentials).

Beach Picnic Beach Picnic Beach Picnic - 14Beach PicnicJust because I wasn’t home (where we have zero outdoor space), didn’t mean I had to use paper plates. I pulled out some of my favorite favorite blue and white dishes from Elsie Green. They were a mix of different patterns that looked so pretty together. I also brought a beautiful remnant of fabric from Elsie to use as a tablecloth/blanket for everyone to sit on. I even brought some of my houseplants to make it feel a little bit more special. And to make the setting more comfortable for friends, I brought along my favorite striped pillows from Studio McGee and the blue series pillows from Citizenry. It was comfortable, intimate, and had a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Can’t get much better than that!

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Photography by Delbarr Moradi

Interiors: Garde in Los Angeles


There are few shops as well curated as Garde. The owner, Scotti Sitz, chose items that are unique, of stellar quality and not seen in other shops.

Garde Garde Garde Garde GardeEvery time I walk into Garde on Beverly Boulevard, the beauty of items and the perfection of the shop blow me away. I have never left without purchasing something – an Italian wool blanket, pottery, or a candle. Make sure you add this to your list as a destination when you go to Los Angeles.

GARDE is located at:

7418 Beverly Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90036

For more shop features click here!

Photos by Caitlin Flemming

Layer It: Thinking About Fall Layers

Fall Layers

Fall layers are totally my jam! It’s probably because we live in sweaters and scarves all year long here in San Francisco (I was in a sweater yesterday!). When fall items start to pop up in stores I run at the chance to add a few key pieces to my wardrobe.

Every summer I do a major closet clean out to assess what pieces I need to be looking for – I’m all about quality over quantity. So, I’ve pulled together an outfit I think I’ll be wearing all the time this fall. It’s the perfect outfit to run around town in for meetings and then take Jackson to the park in after work.

Fall Layers

The Basics

the sweater | the jeans

The Layers

the hat | the handbag | the flats | the shades | the watch | the earrings

Do you have any favorite pieces from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale that you are coveting? There are so many good ones this year!

Also, don’t forget to check out past Layer It posts for outfit inspiration.

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Getaway: The Line Hotel

The Line Hotel

Most of the time when I travel, I prefer to stay in Airbnb places so I can feel more at home in the places I visit. This trip, however, I was only staying for a few nights, so I decided to try an area of Los Angeles relatively new to me – Koreatown.

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I stayed at The Line Hotel, a freshly updated hotel in the heart of everything. The location couldn’t have been better. A lot of the work sourcing for clients is close to the location. It was great having the beautiful Commissary that felt as though you were in a greenhouse with a beautiful outdoor courtyard with tables, sofas, and the swimming pool. Tip: When booking or checking in – ask to stay on the view side of the hotel.

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Next time you need a place to stay in Los Angeles, consider Koreatown and The Line Hotel.

For more getaway ideas – pop over here.

Photos by Caitlin Flemming

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