Weekend Wear [2/28]

Weekend Wear 2/28 | the original mb

Weekend Wear 2/28 | the original mb

Weekend Wear 2/28 | the original mb

For this installment of Weekend Wear, I’m bringing back ol’ trusty – my overalls. They’re cotton, stripey, comfy as f@%!. Can’t go wrong. Sure, this isn’t the most flattering outfit but it still screams “I WANT TO BE COMFORTABLE BUT STILL SOMEWHAT STYLISH OK?!” On second thought, don’t all of my outfits scream that?

Photos by Rachel Hall | rachelreneeboudoir.com

Weekend Wear [2/21]

Weekend Wear 2/21 | the original mb

A bit of truth to begin this post: I don’t live the sort of life that’s conducive to dressing stylishly every day. It is a goal of mine but a far off one for sure. I work in your typical SF tech office which amounts to lots of hoodies, jeans, sneakers, flats, top knots. In the 2 years that I’ve worked there I’ve never worn a dress to work and I’ve worn heeled booties maybe once or twice. It feels out of place there. But weekends are for me! This is when my style can flourish. I love fashion and I have a strong allegiance to personal style. When I put together something cute I’m excited about it, I want to show it off! And so, the Weekend Wear series is born. Welcome to the world, baby girl. My plan is to share 1 or 2 outfit posts per week that give you a feel for my personal approach to comfortable fashion.  I’ve enlisted my friend Rachel to photograph this series. We’re excited to get creative and see where this will take us!

Photos by Rachel Hall | rachelreneeboudoir.com

Our stay at Motif Hotel [Seattle, WA]

Motif Hotel Seattle | the original mb

Motif Hotel Seattle | the original mb

Motif Hotel Seattle | the original mb

Motif Hotel Seattle  | the original mb

Motif Hotel Seattle | the original mb

Motif Hotel Seattle | the original mb

Motif Hotel Seattle | the original mb

Motif Hotel Seattle | the original mb

Can I just say that we LOVED staying here? Service was on point. Great view from our room. Everything that a human could want was within walking distance. The design of the hotel was modern but cozy at the same time. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. We would absolutely stay here again when visiting Downtown Seattle.

 

Around Seattle

Around Seattle | the original mb

Around Seattle | the original mb

Around Seattle | the original mb

Around Seattle | the original mb

Around Seattle | the original mb

Around Seattle | the original mb

Around Seattle | the original mb

Around Seattle | the original mb

Boo and I recently took a quick 36-hour trip to Seattle. We had two objectives on this trip: 1) to play tourist 2) to visit my friend Tess and her husband on the set of their original film. MISSION: Accomplished! We filled ourselves to the brim with coffee and fresh seafood. We took a ride over to the movie set in Bellevue and got to play extras for the night. We walked the hills and inhaled the fresh air. It was heaven! Seattle is such a beautiful place – lush greenery, amazing views, a foodie’s dream come true. And ya gotta give a big “thankyaverymuchhallelujah” to any city that permits a nice 4-hour long nap in the middle of the day without guilt! Gray skies and rain sorta make it okay. For that and so much more, Seattle, we thank you!

Snips From Our Trip [Cabo San Lucas, Mexico]

Around Cabo coffee & a book | the original mb

Around Cabo toe dip | the original mb

Around Cabo  Bahia poolside palm trees | the original mb

Around Cabo sunset skyline | the original mb

Around Cabo - waffles at Esquina | the original mb

Around Cabo marina + beach hair | the original mb

Around Cabo - huevos rancheros at Esquina | the original mb

Around Cabo - Holly's beach hat | the original mb

Around Cabo sunshine | the original mb

Around Cabo Luxury Avenue | the original mb

Around Cabo Medano Beach | the original mb

Around Cabo cactus | the original mb

 

Around Cabo - easy breezy in Mexico | the original mb

In looking at these pictures from Cabo, I’m realizing that I really need to work on my landscape photography. I love the details, that much is evident….but it seems as though I should start expanding my photographic horizons this year. Sorry, that was an internal side note that ended up coming out through typing fingers. I didn’t have a readily available shutter remote for my new camera when we went to Cabo so there aren’t as many photos with the both of us as I’d like. However, I did manage to get a few detailed shots of the fun we had – walking the marina, enjoying Medano beach, enjoying the hotel pool and of course, FOOD. [Not pictured here: our attempts to stand-up paddle board, our spa day and Holly jet skiing.] On our next vacation I vow to take some really kick-ass pics. But this trip, this was just for us. Keyword RELAX.

xo

Our stay at Bahia Hotel & Beach Club [Cabo San Lucas, Mexico]

Bahia Hotel & Beach Club | the original mb

Bahia Hotel & Beach Club lobby | the original mb

Bahia Hotel & Beach Club - Esquina | the original mb

Bahia Hotel & Beach Club coffee shop and booze | the original mb

Bahia Hotel & Beach Club  - Esquina coffee shop pastries | the original mb

Bahia Hotel & Beach Club lanterns | the original mb

Bahia Hotel & Beach Club  - hallway and some poolside drinks | the original mb

Bahia Hotel & Beach Club - Esquina music | the original mb

Bahia Hotel & Beach Club view | the original mb

Bahia Hotel & Beach Club hammock | the original mb

The end of 2014 was a bit chaotic for us. We had visits from family and friends, we survived the holidays, and we did all of this while contemplating and ultimately deciding on a major career move for my wife. 2014 was such an incredible year of growth and joy for Holly & I but at the end of it all we were s-p-e-n-t. A getaway was sorely needed. We went online and booked a cheap vacation package to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. We were fortunate enough to have chosen a boutique hotel that fit our style to a T. The Bahia Hotel & Beach Club is a chic little hotspot near Medano Beach. The restaurant on property, Esquina, was jam packed every night. It’s no wonder, really. We chose this place because of their strong food and beverage menus. Having a cute coffee shop onsite didn’t hurt either. ;) Is it fair to tell you that Bahia had the very best ceviche in Cabo without having a picture to show for it? Probably not, huh? oh well. They did. It was some of the best I’d ever had. So please, if you must go to Cabo and stay anywhere aside from the Bahia do yourself a favor and go there simply for the ceviche.

 

xo

small touches

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Our friends Rachel & Amy hosted us for Christmas dinner. The food, the decor, the beverages, the entertainment – down to the detail, it was such a warm and jolly celebration. I thought I’d post a few snaps of the table and appetizer spread before the main event. Many, many more to come. xo

 

xmas morning in OAK

An Oakland Xmas Morning | the original mb

An Oakland Xmas Morning  skyping the family| the original mb

An Oakland Xmas Morning skyping the family | the original mb

An Oakland Xmas Morning funny gifts | the original mb

An Oakland Xmas Morning opening gifts | the original mb

Christmas morning was a bit unglamorous this year. We stayed up late partying on Christmas Eve so when the 9 am alarm sounded it was bittersweet. Jackson traditions are strong though, and it was time to open gifts while skyping with the fam bam. Our gifts were all so thoughtful and cute [see the Dr. Bronner’s gag gift above fr/ my mother-in-law!]. No pinterest-perfect shots here but it was a nice morning. Immediately after, of course, we went back to bed and slept ’til 3 o’clock. Because we can! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas morning! More pics of our xmas evening to come…

tree chop 2014

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - saw naw | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - injured Rachel | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

half moon bay tree farm - chop your own tree | the original mb c/o Rachel Hall

A couple of weeks ago a few of us drove to Half Moon Bay to Santa’s Tree Farm & Village. We were seeking that Christmas-y vibe that you tend to miss when the weather is a consistent 64 and sunny. Also, we wanted to chop down our own tree! New tradition? Me thinks YES.

Rachel was sweet enough to push through the pain of a injured foot and snaps some shots of us. She’s a good friend, y’all. The farm was huge and their selection was pretty impressive. Fresh, crisp air and the scent of pine trees is enough to put anyone in a great mood. Towards the back of the farm there was a lot at the base of the hill that held two species of trees that I’ve never seen before – REDWOOD christmas trees! Made me wonder if these types of beauties were a strictly-cali type of offering? They took my breath away and we knew immediately that we wanted one! We found our perfect little guy and got to choppin’. It took some elbow grease but like many things in life it was much easier to accomplish with 2 people sawing away together. We lugged it over to the rugged men working the farm and they fed the tree into this machine that spins it around and binds it in a matter of seconds. Pretty cool! After loading our darling tree up we drove back to the City and feasted on deep friend dungeness crab. This was such a fun little trip. Damn near-perfect day. We’ll be back next year!

*THANK YOU to Rachel Hall for the pics. Check her out at www.rachelreneeboudoir.com

wifey. pizza. shoes.

holly custom pizza vans

holly's custom pizza vans

There’s a definitive list of things that my wife worships. Somewhere in the Top 5 sits pepperoni pizza and Vans Slip-Ons. For her birthday this year I decided to enlist an Etsy artist to combine the two things. This was the result and they. fucking. rock. I wish I’d gotten more close-up shots of these babies. So much incredible detail – down to the little specks of oregano! Of course, these were a hit with H and she’s (we’re!) looking forward to building up a collection of these specially-made kicks. Tommy of Bear Gallery made the whole process so much fun and his enthusiasm for this project was a huge plus. I’m thinkin’ for the next pair I’d like to combine some of my favorites: Converse sneakers and pho! Oh the possibilities!