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We set away from Big Sur towards San Francisco, filled with the biggest breakfast in Deetjens and ended for a stroll on the beautifully wild Pfeiffer Beach, with real purple sand no longer. W decided not to stop at Carmel and Monterey this time as we had been trying hard to live by the ‘do something well rather than several areas not that well’. attitude. We wanted to get to San Francisco before dark so that we parked plenty of those stops along the road for second time. Following a disappointing sandwich and mad wait in Santa Cruz, (when we did it we would have stopped for lunch at Monterey or Carmel instead of Santa Cruz) we well pulling into San Francisco because the sun was setting. A good friend of mine told me the key to decreasing in love with San Francisco was preventing the internal city touristy bits and moving between the different neighbourhoods and suburbs to truly get a sense of what lifestyle om San Francisco is like. I chose to remain in a small resort named Hotel Drisco at Pacific Heights which is basically the Notting Hill of San Francisco, the kind of roads we all imagine after films such as Mrs Doubtfire. Think big, lovely homes with turreted corners along with long, steep roads with views on the high rise ocean and city on the opposite side of town. Hotel Drisco looked like a relatively stress-free driveway in and outside of town, also it’s place was smack bang in the middle of all of the things I had in our hit list. Quiet, beautifully clean and also a lovely old world charm into it, we loved Hotel Drisco’s location (nothing was a 15 minute uber from our door), massive bedrooms and the light-filled marble baths with heated flooring. We arrived, flopped and caught up on admin prior to getting ready for dinner and drinks, both of which were less than a 10 minute walk from our door.

I’Id heard type of mixed things about San Francisco, a few folks loved it and others weren’t it at all. I kind of love areas I get this kind of comments on because it means I go into it with a totally blank background and no expectations (aside from the food scene that I’Id heard was amazing in San Francisco). If you know my website from now, you’ll know I’ve invested a fair amount of time at L.A and love, adore, adore this light-filled, palm-lined, cinematic city, so that I ’d virtually ready myself to be firmly in the L.A fans camp instead of the San Francisco camp. People today say it’s among those more European-feeling towns in America so perhaps this had something to do with why I really connected to it. Contrary to L.A, there’therefore a buzz and energy to the streets like New York. Folks spill out of bars and restaurants, commuters walk home in the office and you will find village-like clusters of stores and cafes at least every other block. By brunch from the mission into fish tacos from the shore in Outer Sunsetwe managed to cram a tonne in to our only entire day in San Francisco and fell increasingly more in love with town together with each new neighbourhood. San Francisco is cool in a completely different way to L.A. It’s ’s comfy, easy going and also a bit grungy. It’s not black and white of course, there are two fashions in both towns, however San Francisco as a whole certainly felt overall more free-spirited and creative compared to L.A does, to the surface at least.

May ’t wait till the next time that I ’m blessed to return to SF. It truly is the coolest place.

All photographs my very own. 

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Rive Droite, a cultural and creative concept shop created by Saint
Laurent, has started on rue Honoré from Paris based on an announcement
from the brand. Aptly named after the luxury style house’s Rive Gauche
line, the space — which was conceptualized by Saint Laurent’s creative
director Anthony Vaccarello — could serve as a retail destination for”expression, exchange and way of life.”

Situated at the historic place of the now-closed Colette in 213, rue
Honoré 75001 in Paris, Saint Laurent Rive Droite showcases an assortment of
products including exclusive pieces and limited editions. There’s also a
library, classic, music, photography and artwork. It is going to also host a series of
exhibitions and performances one of the events and exchanges.


Through this concept shop, Saint Laurent supplies its customers with
a immersive experience to the brand, while also expanding the Saint
Laurent entire world.





Along with the Paris place, there is also a more Rive Droite place in
Located in 469 Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. These
shops are supposed to create a universe of Saint Laurent bigger than the
clothing that the fashion house generates, all of the while injecting the spirit of
the new in each nook of their brand.

Pictures: Courtesy of Saint Laurent

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By Malibuwe headed north to Santa Barbara where we remained for one night prior to taking a day to road trip up to Big Sur. While I adored visiting Santa Barbara (bike riding from our hotel down the beach was a very wonderful way to stretch our legs and get a little feel for the place), 1 night stops are sort of odd in how transitory they’re. You arrive somewhere in time for  sunset, have dinner, then go to bed and by the time you’ve got breakfast that you ’re kind of having to pack up and plan when to depart. Should you’re doing many one night stops on a trip, take them for what they are. You’ll never actually get to see a lot of place in 1 night and will leave hungry for more time. On the reverse side, they’re a terrific way to break up your trip, stay in fine surroundings or try out this restaurant that you ’ve heard tons about when you overlook ’t have tonnes time.

Because our time at Santa Barbara was fleeting and our trip up to Big Sur had numerous wonderful stops, I thought that I ’d combine the two and document our trip from SoCal to NorCal up the 101 and inform you where I stopped.

We stayed at the Four Seasons Biltmore that was ideal for us because it wasn’t from the thick of downtown Santa Barbara, but instead is tucked off 5 minutes on the shore from the street so that it ’s a simple hop off from our route up the shore. It was great staying someplace like this to get a night so we can find some laundry done and the service makes everything easy. They got their own bike for lease also so we were able to do a bike ride without faffing about searching for a rental place when we only had a few hours until it got dark. I’m not such a lover of large, old school hotels like this along with the interiors don’t wow me almost as much as someplace such as Surfrider but you will ’t fault the service that’s for certain. It was a treat in order purchase a plate of dark chocolate and a hot ginger tea whilst falling asleep in front of a movie. The hotel grounds and the location are stunning for sure, it’s just the interior that feels a bit tired to me personally but I think that’s more my preference than anything else. But all in all it was the ideal location for us to remain given how short our stop was.

After a bike ride, we headed to get a while and then dinner at the city and opted for dinner at a place called The Lark we now ’d been advocated. Each restaurant in California seems to be revolving around the farm-to-table, family-style food at this time and ’s A-Ok by me as The Lark was yummy.

From Santa Barbara, we headed north with a couple of stops, both planned and unplanned along the way. We took a small detour to go and watch the Cold Spring Tavern, an old stagecoach inn tucked away at the Santa Barbara slopes and a million miles away in the Nancy Meyers breed of California (which I’m also a massive fan of just FYI). I found this on a Goop guide and on Luke Edward Hall’s instagram and wished to swing by for a photo op. I imagine if you’re dying at lunch and it’s bit moist or gray, this could make such a wonderful place to get a comfy lunch or only a popular java. We’re there purely to test it out as we had a very long trip ahead but it had been fun to visit.

Next, we might or might not have experienced a little run-in using the CHP (which ’s Californian Highway Patrol)… Basically, watch your rate in Cali children! 1 ticket along with heart in mouth position later (‘permit and registration records ma’’m ’) we had been back on the road again, only this time not 1 mile across the 55mph limit (when I could insert a clenched teeth emoji here I would).

We briefly stopped in Los Olivos, a small little town with two or three cute wine pubs and grocery shops. It’s always fun to find as much as possible but I wouldn’t place this on your list should you’do the full schlep up to Big Sur. We carried on up north and then stopped off at Los Alamos next.  It’s real mixture of old school delis with Western-style architecture, and more modern taco wineries and joints.  I bought a photo from a small antiques shop (no idea what it’so-called but it’s the picture below with all the flowers within the picket fence) and then we stopped from the past beautiful Bodega Los Alamos, a bright and airy wine shop and deli stocking Sqirl jams and pink crystal salt with a major garden and firepit outdoors for swallowing your own wine. The owner was so charming and later we helped her to rescue a stuck , she super sweetly gifted me a pot of jam and then let us wander around the gardens although not being open. For sure swing here if you are able to, I believe the motel here might even be a terrific spot to stay for an evening too. 

Following Los Alamos, we stopped at San Luis Obispo for lunch along with a compulsory brief tour of the infamous Madonna Inn. My mum did some googling and found a sandwich shop for people to stop in for lunch. I’ll confess I’d rather low expectations but it could only have been the best sandwich I’ve ever had. High Steet Deli is a true institution in this town with both locals and passers-through queuing around to your doorstep-thick pastrami reubens (it is possible to earn everything and anything you want in their extensive components ). The kind of concoctions you want dozens of napkins to soak up all of the deliciousness that gets all over your hands and chin so get prepared to get stuck in.

We swung from the Madonna Inn, a sickly-sweet pink palace that’s as kitsch since Dolly Parton coated in Rhinestones at Christmas. It’s a fully-functioning motel that’s been searched for decades therefore should you’re into brocade eiderdowns, golden baroque furniture and cherry cocktails in both luminous cut-glass goblets, that is the area that you remain. I was kind of happy we simply popped in to get a look (I purchased a Christmas bauble from the gift store ) but it’s certainly a sight to behold and I could imagine if you there with a bunch, a humorous place to bed down at night. A friend told me she’Id had her Hen do there which I thought was astonishing!

Carrying on towards Big Sur, we stopped in San Simeon beach so that my boyfriend might avidly jade hunt (the Big Sur coastline is known for naturally occuring jade but also famously tough to find) regrettably to little avail. The beach is directly off the highway and nonetheless feels amazingly rugged, wild and windswept and practically cinematic in how fresh it is. Winding our way up the awesome coastline, you truly start to feel that you ’re entering NorCal since the seas get greater and the coastline craggier. Every corner you turn, there’s a view, a patch of beach or a nature trail, so much so we needed to get really stringent on ourselves and not stop every quarter hour. We dragged for its seals lounging about on the shore and caught the sunset in Jade Cove, yet another jade assignment for my boyfriend and a opportunity to get excited at taking photos of the ridiculously gooey sunset light seeping through the pampas grasses. I had been obsessed with how pampas grass grew like weeds in this field I’m certain sounds psychological to anybody else indigenous to the place however, it’s not something we get over here. Seriously this coastline is a number of the most amazing I’ve seen and the absolute dream to end up your way in a car together with The Star is Made soundtrack blaring out.

We must Big Sur from the thick of darkness using driven the last half an hour alongside an nearly violet-tinged sunset (and you know that I really like my own sunsets). We checked in, got in the bath with a glass of champagne and have been ready to not move very far for the subsequent two days.

More from Big Sur next time.

Pink pants | Apiece Anyhow                                                          Leopard top | Rouje
Rouje 
Stripe trousers

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So our annual media event, Convos with Claire, is coming to Atlanta Saturday, June 15th-Sunday June 16th!

This season, we are doing things a little differently, separating our brunch board and talk from purchasing so you have two both immersive occasions!

Join us Saturday, June 15th from 1-5pm in Galleria 314 located at 810 Huff Road Atlanta, GA 30318 …

…to get brunch, Deleon Tequila drinks, Muskato Life wine…

And discussions with entrepreneur Arian Simone and inspirational speaker Melody Holt!

Day 1 will end with a best dressed contest, judged by Marlo Hampton, Paris Chea, Jeremy Haynes, I am Phreshy, along with Alonzo Arnold!

The finest dressed winner can win a visit to Summer Sizzle BVI, also a transportive fashion experience July 24-28 from the Virgin Islands.

On Sunday, June 16th, we will have a pop up store featuring vendors all of us love! The fun goes at that the Bailey Room situated at 1039 Grant Street Suite B22 Atlanta, GA 30316.  

Come to shop from vendors like @ChicDezignz, @ADailyDiva, @_SaintBella 
@Jenks_Fashionique, @ShopDiamantNoir, @MaisonNoir.co, @EightTwenty91, @ItsLeeMonet, @MansahClothing, @GaelleJules, and FashionBombDailyShop.com sellers.

Entry to our soda up store is completely free, and comes with beverages, shopping, and sound by DJ I’m Just for Kicks!

Space is limited this season, so RSVP today! Get your ticket in CWCATL.eventbrite.com.

Now, what am I gont use …?

*This event is sponsored by @Muskato_Life, @CBVior, @RayarWomen, @DeleonTequila, along with @Galleria314.

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