Monday, September 22, 2014

a day at the polo fields

Dress: Suno via The RealReal; Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent; Sunglasses: Target; Clutch: Olympia Le-Tan (similar style on sale here, love this Kate Spade version here); Bracelet: Gorjana

Although I'm still going through some serious vacation withdrawals after returning from Turkey last week, I have to admit, there's something so sweet about coming home to the Bay Area, especially this time of year when our late blooming Indian summer really kicks in. The city just takes on this magical glow -- the fog burns away a bit faster in the mornings, our beaches actually beckon you to venture out in a bathing suit and wine country calls your name (just a bit louder than usual). 

The only way to sweeten the deal really, is when the gracious St. Regis crew invites you out for their inaugural polo cup tournament in Sonoma, which is exactly what I did this past weekend. And let me just say, I think my jet lag has met it's match! We sipped plenty of delicious local wines, participated in my first divot stomp and enjoyed an almost too perfect sunset before our alfresco dinner at Hamel Family Wines (where these photos were taken). Huge thanks again to the St. Regis team for having me -- this weekend was the perfect homecoming treat.

Friday, September 19, 2014

far, far away

Dress: Isabel Marant, last seen here (similar style here); Boots: Isabel Marant; Sunglasses: Target; Watch: Daniel Wellington; Bracelet: Gorjana

What I loved, and probably what fascinated me most about our trip, were the moments that left us feeling worlds away from home. When we landed in Cappadocia, I knew we'd be in for exactly that. Cappadocia is smack dab in the middle of Turkey and drastically different from Istanbul -- where Istanbul is a sprawling, bustling and loud city, almost bursting at the seams with activity, Cappadocia is much more remote with an austere, surreal beauty to it. The valley is sprinkled with volcanic peaks, a lot of which were originally homes, town centers and temples years ago -- you can even spot an occasional window or doorway while hiking around. It's as if you're wandering through an expansive ghost town of cave dwellings. 

Heather and I decided to trek out on our own for an afternoon hike and ultimately ended up battling a steep climb at the end. With me in ankle boots and her in sandal slides no less, we were certainly happy to see the view once we got up top. Absolutely breathtaking and oh, so worth it. 

More to come on Cappadocia (and the rest of our trip) next week in my three-part Turkey travel series. Stay tuned! 

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