Finally back to sunny and warmer weather the past two weekends, despite of few week nights of heavy rains. My mood usually gets better during sunny days, and I finally feel that I am in the Spring season and wearing lighter clothing. At the moment, it is also the cherry blossom season. You can visit Golden Gate Park and see the blooming cherry trees. The past Sunday, I attended the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown, which I had not been for many years. It was packed with people. Traditionally, besides the music, games, shopping for souvenirs, Japanese food was the biggest attraction. I went there with an empty stomach since I wanted to try their food stalls. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try any of them because all the lines were way too long. I was too hungry to wait, so just had some bits in a nearby restaurant.
I always like to add some colors to my outfit, especially during the Spring season, and here I am wearing an orange loose sweater. I am pairing it with a pair of black and white pattern sloan fit pants and silver heels. I can wear this outfit to work, since my firm doesn’t require me to wear very formal attire. Or in a causal weekend, I can change my heels to flats, and strolling in the park. I like to wear loose sweater, not only it is comfortable, but I can also play around with different styles. Here, since the sweater is hip length, I half-tuck the front part into the pants and roll up the sleeve to 3/4 length to create the polished look.
Last weekend, finally no more rain, we decided to drive up to Napa to spend my afternoon there. The advantage of living in San Francisco is that it only takes a little bit over an hour to get to Napa. Although I do have few favorite wineries in my list, I try to visit new wineries and/or restaurants whenever I go there.
I have been wanting to go to Domain Carneros for a long time. Every time when I drove by this estate vineyard on highway 12, I was drawn by the beautiful garden, and the grand staircase that leads to the terrace. When I was at the terrace last weekend, I liked it even more. Not only the chateau is very elegant, but the view looking down from the terrace is amazing.
For the tasting, I tried the “Chateau Sampler”, $30, two sparklings and two reds. I was debating if I should try the “Sparkling Wine Sampler”, since I know they are known for sparkling wines. But I was also curious about their reds. Well, after I tasted, I actually really like the sparkling wines way more than the reds. My favorite one is the “2011 Estate Brut Cuvée”.
For dinner, very last minute, we decided to go to Bottega in Yountville. The only reservation that they had was at 6pm. Immediately, we drove and rushed to get there. I was glad that we got there before dark so I could take some photos. This was my first time visiting Bottega and I had a very good experience. Before stepping into the restaurant, I was drawn to the floor pattern on the exterior flooring and staircase. The pattern looks like a Bohemian rug to me. I felt like I was passing through a foyer before entering into the restaurant. The overall interior atmosphere is nice, open kitchen, partial brick wall, and exposed black metal beams. I was not able to take some nice photos since the interior lighting is quite low.
Sometimes I do like to size up the sweater so I can wear it like a loose fit top with leggings. The sweater that I am wearing, although a bit plain at the front, there is a row of button at the back. I find it quite interesting. I usually wear XS from Banana Republic, but I was looking for a sweater that I can wear it with leggings. So I sized up to medium, which it fits perfectly on me. Since I am only 5’2″, I think wearing leggings with a loose top will make me look taller…lol.
Wearing overall black as the base could be simple and fun. I can accessorize the outfit, without the feeling of “too much going on”. Here, I am pairing it with camel boots and a necklace. If you pay more attention to the detail, you will see that my boots, necklace, and handbag, all share one common language subtly — pieces of gold.
Sweater: Banana Republic | Leggings: H&M | Boots: Coach (similar) | Bag: Kate Spade
Another Rainy weekend, but I managed to take some photos this morning before the rain. Were shooting until we felt some drops over our heads. As you can see from my photos, the sky was grey.
I bought this City Coat from J.Crew Factory for this winter season, and I have been wearing it quite often. I think it is perfect for San Francisco winter. I bought the light grey in petite 0, and I love the color. It is such a versatile coat that I can wear it with a pair of jeans or with a dress. Here I am wearing it with a pair Jeggings from American Eagle and a sweater underneath it.
Coat: J.Crew Factory | Jeggings: American Eagle | Bag: Tory Burch (similar)