There’s no doubt we’re spoiled here in Northern California. The weather. The fresh farm-to-table meals. Our laid back lifestyle. And, our beautiful wine country. I escape to Napa or Sonoma every couple months and use the destination as an excuse to lure the ladies in my life in for some quality time. As my friends start to have babies, it’s getting harder and harder to schedule dates but who can say no to a mid-week Napa escape? It took some planning but my girlfriend Ashley and I escaped to St. Helena a couple weeks back and getting her all to myself (she has 3 little ones!) was such a treat. I took her to brunch at one of the cutest spots in downtown: Archetype, where we ate a balanced meal of salads and donuts before heading to the spa at Meadowood. The ultimate girls’ day!
If you get the chance to eat at Archetype be sure to snag a spot in their indoor / outdoor sun room. The adorable fireplace will keep you cozy this time of year!
I’ve been living in this dress over the past few weeks (also love, for a more affordable option). It’s been my go-to for various occasions–brunch (as seen here), a baby shower, and more recently a Valentine’s Day party. My favorite styling thus far is unbelted, paired with a suede or leather jacket for a touch of city edge. It’s one of those ideal dresses for transitioning into the warmer months–as our winter is fading fast over here (we’re hitting the 70’s this week).
And my main lady these days!
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Photography by Ashley Maxwell