Good Morning! After a long night of driving, four hours of sleep and a day filled with Pierre crying on my lap as we drove through small towns and mountain passes-we made it to Napa Valley! The drive from Seattle is only 13 hours but with Friday night traffic after work it felt like we were in the car for an eternity. Now that we’re settled, Pierre must feel like he has died and gone to heaven. He has two kids to play with and a big yard to run around chasing squirrels and chewing on sticks. My younger brother and sister can’t get enough of Pierre so it’s a playful puppy’s dream.
My cousin Genevieve made the drive from Seattle to Calistoga with me and spent the weekend basking in the sun. Aside from adventuring with the kids we have baked cookies, enjoyed a few great workouts and spent all day Monday laying in the sun by the pool with mimosas in hand. One thing is for sure, Napa Valley Mondays are not something I dread.
The kids are absolutely hilarious. At 25 it’s a little outside the norm to have siblings that are still so young but I love being the fun older sister who can swing in and take them on adventures. At three Gigi is the friendliest gal in town. As we walk down the street she stops to say hello to everyone (except babies…what can I say? The girl has made it clear she does NOT love babies). Dylan is nine going on fifteen. He thinks he is all knowing but didn’t mind channeling his inner art director to take photos of Gigi and I in the flowers. I love that they are both so eager to show me their favorite toys or what they learned at school that day. Since there is such a large age gap between us I have always been afraid that Dylan and Gigi would feel distant from me (I am old at 25 after all). Yet, every time I arrive my two little people run up to me with hugs and kisses. Being a big sister is my favorite!
I found this colorful knit dress on super sale at Anthropoligie. It’s currently marked down from $198.00 to $49.95 (even less than I bought it for by the way). Though I tend to gravitate towards shades of blue and white for hot summer days the bright sherbet colored stripes on this dress immediately caught my eye. I thought this dress was lovely for strolling around town with Gen and my siblings but would also be great for a summer barbecue or casual wedding. Though it’s knit, the material is light weight and breezy (definitely not too heavy for the warm Napa days).The one downside is that the material is delicate and snags easily if you have a bad dog (like Pierre) jumping up to play with you. I’ll have to be a bit more careful wearing the dress around him in the future.
Calistoga is such a charming small town. As my photos indicate there is beauty everywhere you look. Palm trees, gardens and beautifully tiled stair cases make every corner of the town perfectly picturesque. As Seattle summer doesn’t truly begin until after the 4th of July I am planning on taking advantage of the sunshine while I’m here. Bright summer dresses and comfortable sandals are ideal for running around all day with the kids without sacrificing style and giving into the allure of leggings and a tank top (not that I don’t wear that three days a week too). Birkenstocks may look a bit granola but I feel they fit in with the Northern California vibes.
I’ve collected a few gorgeous bright dresses from around the web. I want to have all of them delivered to me here in California but I couldn’t possibly fit them in my suitcase for the drive home…