Thursday, June 21, 2018

Travel Guide: Glamping in Mendocino

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You might be thinking this is the most nature-filled post you've ever seen on Allergic to Vanilla, and you would be right. Almost nine years blogging and if you've followed along from the beginning you know I'm a city girl through and through. Fun fact about me, I've never been camping, let alone glamping, so when Mendocino Grove invited me to join their press weekend at their one-year-old property, I jumped at the chance to get my first camping experience. Today I'm sharing my highlight reel from the trip as well as my recommendations for Mendocino if you find yourself planning a trip to this beautiful coastal town.

Where to stay: Mendocino Grove, obviously. It might come as a shock to you if you've never been camping before, but sleeping under the stars, unplugging from the world and being one with nature has never been more luxe and good for your psyche. The property was the perfect amount of indoor meets outdoor, where spacious family-sized tents housed Queen sized beds layered with the most comfortable heated mattresses and Pendelton-esque blankets. No more freezing under a sleeping bag, amirite? Each site had its own campfire complete with logs and a smores kit (extra charge) to really get that camp feel down. Imagine being surrounded by a forest of Redwoods, under a canopy of vivid stars and roasting your own marshmallows? It's quite the experience!

Another gripe I've heard from those who go camping is that going to the bathroom is less than glamorous. Well at Mendocino Grove they have that all taken care of for you. There are hot showers with changing stalls, private restrooms and products you can use like soap and shampoo (last I heard they were going to get conditioner too) so you don't need to lug around your own toiletries.

They also have a sweet deck where you can congregate with your neighbor campers for breakfast (which is included), a game of bocce, a morning yoga session, or a nightcap around the roaring fire. If it sounds too idyllic to be true, trust me when I say it's better. It really was such a lovely experience. Maybe I am cut out for this camp life, after all. ;)

Where to eat: Downtown Mendocino is only a short 5-minute drive from the campgrounds, and it's definitely worth checking if you are looking for some action-- from bars, boutique shops, and everything sprinkled in between, with the most breathtaking backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. If you only go to one restaurant make it Tote FĂȘte Deli and Burger Grill and order the burger with fries, extra crispy. This is a super casual spot but honestly one of the best burgers I've ever had in my life. It's unpretentious, cheap, and the owners are really lovely. I also recommend heading to Frankie's, down the street, to try the mushroom ice cream. When else can you have mushroom ice cream? If you are looking for a more upscale dining experience, I recommend Trillium Cafe, it's beautiful and cozy with a fireplace and ocean views. If you only try one thing make it the Lemon Napolean!

What to see: Kayaking down Big River Beach was the coolest experience, bring lots of layers and be prepared to break a sweat unless you opt for a motorized kayak at Catch a Canoe. We saw so many otters and interesting river birds.

Navarro Winery is a 45 min drive from Mendocino, but it's in the direction back to San Francisco so you might as well stop for some wine tasting to ease the two and a half hour drive back into the
Bay. Navarro is a well known local winery in the area with the most beautiful Wisteria overhung gazebo and a not-too-shabby property with dozens of lambs grazing the fields. I've also heard popping into Pennyroyal is a must, they are a sister property to Navarro and specialize in cheese!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

what to wear when blueberry picking

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If you watch my Stories on IG you know, it's more than just pretty clothes. A few of the notables in my life are my husband, lots of travel, working out, food and cooking -- the things that inspire me and make life that much sweeter. The later has an exceptional place in my heart (and my stomach, if we are being honest). I love the idea of growing my own food for consumption but since we don't have the weather here in San Francisco to grow agriculture in abundance, and my green thumb is nonexistent -- seriously, I killed a baby Christmas tree once-- I love getting out of the city to pick my own food and in this instance blueberries! I did it two years ago and stopped back at the same grove on opening day while on the way to visit my in-laws last month.  

We spent a little under an hour at Ott Farms picking four pounds of delicious blueberries this day. On the other side of the orchard, Ott has cherries, but they weren't fully ripe, so I'll just have to come back to pick those one day before the Summer is over. I'm in search of a nectarine or peach orchard if any of my Bay Area readers have any suggestions would love to hear 'em in the comments below! 

Some tips for what to wear when fruit picking:
  • Wear SPF. It gets hot when you are mid-day in an orchard, so lather up.
  • Bring a hat.
  • Wear something you are comfortable in, whether it's a full dress or jeans and a tee.
  • Wear closed toed shoes. While these sandals were the better choice to compliment this dress, closed toe shoes would have been more comfortable to navigate the orchard in since you are walking lots and in dirt fields sometimes.
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Friday, May 25, 2018

Red Polka Dots in Napoli

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{Dress | Bag | Shoes}


Typing this out, I have the window wide open -- hearing birds chirping, motos buzzing by the little alley (I'm currently living near), and lots of voices singing, and sing-songy speaking Italian., you can almost hear the folks talking with their hands. Did I mention I'm currently in Napoli? Naples, Italy, not Naples, Florida if it wasn't clear enough. I'm on holiday and in love with this country. I've been to Italy three times now. Visited all of Rome, Santa Margharita Ligure, Sicily - including Palermo and Catania, and this time around spending more time in Rome, Napoli, and the Amalfi. I'm practically Italian at this point. The locals definitely think I'm Italian, at least until I open my mouth. I can't wait, it's going to be a great two and a half weeks. Leave me your recommendations in the comments on what to eat, see and do in any of these places. Feel free to follow along on my IG stories to get the latest play-by-play. Ciao!

Photography by Jessica Monroy

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Matching Floral Twin Set

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{Twin set gifted from Isalis similar style | Boots | Bag | Hat}



San Francisco has a mostly constant mid 60's weather pattern, so as we get further along in the year, it feels more natural (although not always) to wear sweet matching separates like this dainty floral ruffled number. The top and matching bottoms are great together and emphasize a very ladylike silhouette, but I most definitely plan on wearing them separate as well. The top over straight cut denim, or bathing suit bottoms in the Amalfi coast (next week!), or the skirt paired with a simple white tee and satin slides.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Spring Beauty {and other} Favorites



Nail lacquer {Orange | Clear | Yellow | Grey | Off-White}

Accessories { Pearls | Double Disc Earrings | Opal Dangling Earrings | Gold Magnetic}

Beauty & Fragrance {Bronzer | Brush | Illuminator}

As I sit here typing this out the sun is shining through the windows, people are walking outside without a jacket on, the trees are in full bloom, and the sky is the prettiest shade of blue without a cloud to be seen for miles. It's Spring in San Francisco, people! Let's all rejoice for a moment, shall we? It's also time to dust off those pretty floral dresses, slap on a base tan, and up that spring beauty game. While I'm still working out, those first to-do's on my list, picking out my Spring beauty must-haves are already checked off, and I wanted to share them with you.

A few years ago I was one of those girls who you would rarely see without a new shade of vibrant nail lacquer weekly. Working in fashion, you tend to dress the part, and I wanted to make sure my nails were dressed up too. Nowadays, I'll throw on a new shade here and there when I do my own nails, and when I do it's always a bright hue-- I like to think the brighter shade looks best on my skin tone.  Over the years I've noticed my nails need more affection, maybe less polish and more SPF or going au natural. I was throwing on any kind of cheap polish and realized I needed to be more conscious of the type of polish I was using. I recently discovered Londontown -- a luxe, vegan and cruelty-free nail care line infused with all natural oils and minerals to strengthen my nails from within. They have what seems like dozens of colors to choose from, from bold on-trend hues to natural tones for the demure girl. Check them out here.

What is it Coco Chanel says about accessories? Always look in the mirror before you leave the house and take one this off, huh? Well, I digress, as a maximalist, I say add one thing on! In fact, this Spring we are loving all things earrings, the bigger, the better. I tend to favor gold (again, the hue compliments my particular skin tone) but if silver is your thing, go for it, it's fresh and different, and you will stand out since most folks are going for the gold, pun intended. Want to try something entirely new? Think Vogue editorial spread! Mismatch those big gold earrings, like I did here. The latest additions to my jewelry box are these Margaret Elizabeth earrings, BaubleBar earrings here and here (both under $11!), and these very chic Maison Miru double pearls.  Forget necklaces, earrings are in for Spring.

Now let's get to beauty and fragrance, shall we? Tom Ford scents are in folks. This line is new to my vanity table and now will forever not be there. I am partially obsessed, partially in love. This spring while I gravitate towards fresh and fruity, Black Orchid and Vanille Fatale are giving that sweetness I'm looking for this time of year while serving up major sass in an elevated way.

Have you heard of lilah b?  They describe their line as "a minimalist collection of color, that allows women to achieve a finished look with fewer products." Definitely, something I can entirely get behind as I am in a constant battle with my makeup case as it never wants to quickly zip up, probably because there is way too much crammed into it. The lilah b. Glisten + Glow Skin Illuminator is something I am currently slathering all over my cheekbones to achieve an effortless dewy glow. It's a luxe whipped formula to give a natural-looking candlelit luminosity and makes me feel like a million bucks even if that is all I wear on my face (plus SPF of course, always SPF, folks).

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