Napa

West Coast Magic

I’m working from the west coast this week, staying with my incredibly dear friend, in her Napa home. Having lived in San Francisco for four years, I always love returning and reconnecting with the electric energy out here. I feel it the moment I touch down at SFO. It’s hard to bottle up and describe, but it’s an energy that truly touches my soul and mind. It feels like medicine in a way. It stretches my brain and imagination in such a refreshing manner. I miss being so close to the celebratory innovation out here - whether it’s tech, design, food or wine, and am so grateful to get little taste of it this week!

One of my favorite places in Napa Valley is the little stretch of Yountville where Thomas Keller has undoubtedly made his mark. Washington Street is practically a shrine to Keller, flooded with his sought after restaurants, The French Laundry, Bouchon Bistro, Bouchon Bakery, Ad Hoc, the French Laundry Garden and now, with his latest endeavor, La Calenda. Just a skip away, is the newly opened Restoration Hardware Yountville, a series of buildings that were designed to integrate food, wine, design and art. As my friends and I were discussing, we didn’t want to like it (for a few reasons some might understand)….but we do. Very much.

As part of this new experience, the restaurant reimagined Ma(i)sonry, one of my favorite old spots which combined art & wine within the grounds of a historic stone building. Now, the building plays host to a wine vault with all the Restoration trimmings, and, something I’m particularly excited about…a coffee shop.

We enjoyed a lovely brunch at the RH Restaurant, surrounded by 100 year-old olive trees, glittering chandeliers, roaring fires and the sound of water trickling from stone fountains. Below are some snapshots from our morning however I do suggest viewing on their website for the visuals to really do their justice.

P.S. How about that seductive La Marzocco espresso machine in brass & graphite?! SWOON.

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My Best Friend's Wedding

We've just returned from my best friend's magical wedding weekend in Napa. I keep referring to the weekend with the movie "My Best Friend's Wedding" with Julia Roberts in mind, really for no particular reason, other than the fact that she is literally my best friend and the phrase seems to fly off my tongue. There is also a bit of pride in that phrase as Lauren is one of my dearest friends. Witnessing Lauren's marriage was so incredibly special and I am most certainly still on a high of joyful emotion. Not only is Lauren one of the most loyal, witty, and elegant people I know and cherish, she has impeccable taste. From the provencal garden landscape to New Orleans band and chic tablescapes, it was an evening to remember...I just had to share a few captures! 

Gold clutches accompany a glass of rosé during cocktail hour in the garden. 

Gold clutches accompany a glass of rosé during cocktail hour in the garden. 

The most elegant bride! Her "something borrowed" were a pair of diamond pearl-drop earrings my friend Betsy wore at her wedding, and Betsy's Mother wore at her own! 

The most elegant bride! Her "something borrowed" were a pair of diamond pearl-drop earrings my friend Betsy wore at her wedding, and Betsy's Mother wore at her own! 

The New Orleans band welcomed guests to the garden for cocktails. 

The New Orleans band welcomed guests to the garden for cocktails. 

The string quartet played a marvelous mix of elegant sounds before & after the ceremony. 

The string quartet played a marvelous mix of elegant sounds before & after the ceremony. 

A tablescape to remember. Varying sizes of green and white flowers grace the tables of the bride & groom's friends and families. 

A tablescape to remember. Varying sizes of green and white flowers grace the tables of the bride & groom's friends and families.