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    Explore: Indian Springs Resort

    October 25, 2017

    One of my best friends had her bachelorette weekend at the Indian Springs Resort in Calistoga. Located in the heart of Napa Valley, Calistoga is a small town nestled amongst the beautiful wineries, restaurants, and scenery that the area is known for. It is also home to the famous natural hot springs that feeds into many of the resorts and hotels.

    The lovely bride-to-be wanted a relaxing weekend with good food and friends. Calistoga was the perfect getaway. It was definitely a lady vacation that was well needed by all.

    The resort is a gorgeous sanctuary in the middle of Calistoga. The Spanish style buildings are sprawled out amongst the premises with different types of accommodations; there are individual rooms as well as cottages suitable for different party sizes and needs.

    As you enter the resort, a palm tree lined drive way welcomes you and hints at the tranquility awaiting you. One person in our party commented that it seemed like a Palm Springs getaway and it did feel that way. It felt surreal to only be an hour away from San Francisco, especially amidst all the natural beauty.
    The grounds of the resort reads more like a playground for adults with bicycles available to use at around town. There’s also bocce courts, cricket, shuffle board, hammocks, and blown up versions of checkers.

    There were walking paths, gardens, spa treatments (massages, mudbaths etc.) and my favorite amenity: the Olympic sized pool. It draws its water source from the natural geyers keeping the temperature a comfortable 90 degrees. It felt like we were soaking in an enlarged heated bath. The water is also high in minerals and purported to have healing, restorative properties.

    There’s a restaurant and bar on the premise if you don’t want to venture out of the hotel. The rooms are spacious and airy, decorated with creams and blues with complimentary snacks and all the amenities you need to make your stay comfortable. I loved how the rooms had impossibly fluffy robes for each guest.

    We found ourselves spending most of our time relaxing by the pool. We would spend the day taking naps in the shaded chairs and floating in the water. At night, we would take a dip in the pool, relax, and talk while stargazing. It felt perfect.

    Calistoga is a picturesque town made to be a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area. It is a popular spot for couples on honeymoon, anniversaries, large groups, bachelorette/bachelor weekends and it’s not hard to see why.

    If you’re looking for a place to unplug and relax for a quick getaway outside of San Francisco, look no further than Calistoga.

    Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, we had to cut our celebration short.  Early Monday morning of our trip we made the decision to leave due to the Northbay fires. The town was completely out of electricity. Even though we were not under mandatory evacuation at the time, we thought it best to leave the area immediately. Driving through Calistoga without electricity and traffic lights to guide you was eerie. Seeing the fires up on the hillsides, and driving through the thick smoke was very scary.
    More importantly, our hearts go out to the people affected by the fires, who have lost homes, family and friends. Our thanks goes out to the medical personnel, first responders, and firefighters who tirelessly continue to risk their lives to battle the fires, lead clean up efforts, and help the people put their lives back together.
    If you would like to help please click here. Our local news channel is constantly updating their website with current information of what is needed and where.

    Explore: Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

    October 18, 2017

    Photo Credit: Tara Rock

    Adrienne and I have a much needed Hawaii vacation set for early next year. Not only am I excited to go back to my second home, I’m even more pumped to bring Adrienne since it will be her first time in O’ahu. It’s been a few years since I went back, but I’ve heard that the creative scene is thriving.

    Photo Credit: Tara Rock

    Quick back story: My mother immigrated to the United States back in the early ’70s. Before she settled down and met my dad in California, the first place she called home in the U.S was Hawaii, specifically Kalihi, a suburb of Honolulu. She still has fond memories of Hawaii; the constant beautiful weather, endless rows of pineapple plantations, the smell of plumeria in the air. It’s no wonder that I feel a deep connection to the island.

    Photo Credit: Tara Rock

    After doing my research, I knew my next trip would include a stay at The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in Waikiki. Their goal is to create an authentic connection for its guests to Hawaii, its people, and its history. The idea is that by creating this type of experience, travelers would gain a better understanding of the rich culture of the island and (hopefully) work towards appreciating, preserving, and respecting it.

    Photo Credit: Tara Rock

    I’m a big fan of how the Surfjack highlights local designers and makers. From serving Hawaii sourced food at their on-site restaurant, Mahina and Sons, to hosting an outpost of Olive and Oliver, an O’ahu-based boutique, this attention to supporting local is key to what makes the Surfjack extra special to me.

    Photo Credit: Mariko Reed

    The blending of vintage Hawaii and modern details makes for such a well designed hotel without being kitschy. Far too often, I’ve felt hotel design can be stuffy and nauseating. The Surfjack is far from that. I love how the geometric printed walls and tiles brings a sense of whimsy and playfulness to the space. These thoughtful decorative touches always reels me.

    Photo Credit: Mariko Reed

    The Surfjack has a very 1960s Explorer’s Club vibe theme akin to Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. The interior continues with the keeping it local vibes by filling the space with Hawaii-based artists and designers. It’s no wonder that the Surfjack has been become the hub for an artistic movement.

    Photo Credit: Mariko Reed

    And, of course, we want to spend the afternoon lounging (or yoga-ing) by their famous postcard worthy pool. Don’t you just want to jump in it?

    Photo Credit: Mariko Reed

    Stay tuned as we continue to prep for our very first Style Approximately getaway to Hawaii. We can’t wait to share with all of you the things we are excited to do, explore, shop, and eat!

    Explore: Pacific Heights SF

    September 27, 2017

    Our dearest Adrienne celebrated her birthday a few weeks ago, and she had a few stipulations: 1. She wanted a lady weekend in San Francisco 2. She wanted to explore a neighborhood we typically don’t go to and 3. she wanted to eat and eat well.

    The Pacific Heights (aka Pac Heights) neighborhood provided everything she wanted and more. We rented an Airbnb that was perfect for a small group of women to come together and enjoy the weekend. Best of all, the home had an outdoor dining area (!!!) It was one of the best dinners I’ve had in recent memory. For more info on the Airbnb itself, click here.

    If you’ve never been to San Francisco, this neighborhood is quintessential SF – it’s walkable and lined with old victorian homes that you’ve seen on TV. Fillmore Street is the main drag and is lined up with cafes, wine bars, bakeries, and lots and lots of shopping.

    B. Patisserie was also very close to our home for the weekend. We loved it so much that we had to go twice. The chocolate kouign aman is a must!

    We also took a 10 minute walk over to the Marina for more exploring. After a birthday ride at Soulcycle (along with a stop at Sephora for the Fenty release), we stopped into Anomie. Mary Ann said, “If my brain decided to open up a boutique store, this would be it.” Yes, that is a boob bathmat that you can purchase here.

                     This was also in Anomie. Mary Ann’s humor is shining through.

    Prior to our Saturday dinner festivities, we decided to have dinner at drinks at Liholiho Yacht Club followed by a night of karaoke in Japantown. We recommend getting the spam and rice plate at Lilholiho and, of course, the Baked Hawaiian.

    One of my favorite shots of the birthday girl

    On Saturday, more women arrived to celebrate our Adrienne’s birthday. We made cacio e pepe and Il Buco style kale salad courtesy of Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cookbook. That woman knows what’s up.

    And of course there was wine. Lots of it.

    What does a lady weekend look like to you? What fun activities have you done or would love to do with your girl squad? Let us know in the comments!