Friday, August 29, 2014

Hog's Breath Inn - Have You Been?

Here's some weekend inspiration for you...
A couple of weekends ago we spent the weekend in Carmel or Carmel By The Sea.  I wrote about it here in case you missed it. We loved our little getaway and highly recommend spending some time there if you get a chance.  There is so much to see and do and with the plethora of restaurants, you will not go hungry. Speaking of places to eat... 
Have you heard of the Hog's Breath Inn?
It was once owned and made famous by actor/director Clint Eastwood. It has since been sold and its current website describes it as having old west ambiance.  That describes it to a T.

Just down this alley and down those steps to the left

reveals a sunken outdoor patio, complete with fireplaces where you can warm yourself as you sip a drink out of copper mugs or traditional glasses. Our seat was that cute little table for two just to the right of the pub. You can't see it but there is an overhead heater to warm us.
The weathered wood disguises a staircase leading to a storeroom.

This guy greets guests to the indoor dining area.

 Movie posters and portraits remind diners of the restaurant's roots. 

I loved these succulents just beyond the dining room window.

The atmosphere was relaxing and the food did not disappoint.  My husband's Dirty Harry Burger was one of the best burgers he has ever had and my butternut squash ravioli was amazing.  We had a late lunch and were so stuffed we didn't need dinner!

It's Friday and a long weekend is ahead of us. Where will you be?  If you visit Carmel, you must make a stop at Hog's Breath.  You won't be disappointed.

Have a great weekend everyone...
Until next time.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Homework, Homework - Set Up A Station

It's August, and back to school time.
With more and more students returning to school every day, it's time to get those homework stations set up.   
I've written about homework spot before, here and here, but I just couldn't let this back to school season go buy without sharing this great student bedroom idea.  Perfect for my twin granddaughters.  

For the girls I would definitely use a different color palette, but the two homework stations located on either end of the beds are a great idea don't you think?  Since the desk areas are slightly recessed - each girl would have her own spot and not necessarily have the distraction of the other.
I also like those built in shelves in both the desk area and at the ends of the beds. Look how each child has personalized their space - just like our girls there seems to be evidence of two distinct personalities that live here.

I'm pinning this idea for future reference...
They do have bunk beds in their room, but don't have enough space to make this happen - but some day they just might.

What do you think about this space? 

Have a great Wednesday/Humpday.


Monday, August 25, 2014

When It Works - Fashion Styling

We're invited to a wedding and I have nothing to wear!  Have you ever been there?
The wedding is in the Napa Valley, in the vineyard with the reception in and around the barn - the invitation says, dress up if you like or come more casual.  Hmmm  
I spent my fair share of time on Pinterest and the internet in search of the perfect outfit. Then...
I met my cousin (we're like sisters) in Sacramento - the closest shopping opportunity - and we spent a wonderful day going through quite a few options.  I came home with two maybe's, but I just didn't feel right about either one.  They just weren't me.

Then just the other night I had an epiphany.  The bones of an outfit formed in my minds eye.  Now to find "it."  And guess where 'it' was?  Right here in Chico! 

  Now you need to know that although I try to wear dresses, and I do on occasion, I'm not much of a dress girl.  I'm much more comfortable in pants.  I'm very short - barely 5 foot - and a pear shape.  I used to be able to pull off a dress with heels, but since i broke my ankle, heels are not an option at the moment.  Ugh  
While shopping in Sacramento, I'd seen a couple of jumpsuits. So I stopped by our local Forever 21 and bingo... I found a jumpsuit that I think will work. It's modest enough for an old lady and perfect to wear with flat sandals.

And guess what... I had a jacket hidden in the depths of my closet that will work perfectly I think. (I had threatened to give that jacket to goodwill many times but just couldn't do it). I've learned that the wedding has a bit of western flair since the reception will be in a this touch of camel will fill the bill.  

I wanted to pull in some turquoise and I had remembered a necklace that my mom had given me years ago.  I think she brought it back from Arizona.  It was a favorite of mine until it broke and then I stashed it away meaning to fix it.  Well, fix it I did.  Actually I took it apart, saved the pink beads for another day, and added some beads that I had acquired from previous projects.  

Seaglass gave just a bit of an artistic flair, and the black beads helped pull it together. 

When I finally had the 'bones' it all came together so easily.  

So this is the outfit...what do you think?  Should I add chandelier earrings or stay with the simple silver hoops?
How about a patent leather belt?  
 Is the small simple turquoise cuff enough or should I go bigger? 
The wedding is memorial day weekend, so I have some time to tweak it a bit... 
I'd really like your input.  


P.S.  My heart goes out to all of those affected by the devastating earthquake in Napa.  Fortunately all of my family and friends are safe and sound - however their businesses did not fare so well.  I'm keeping them in my thoughts and prayers...

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Trip To Carmel By the Sea

Have you ever been to Carmel, California?  That cute little town just south of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course?  
It's a perfect coastal weekend getaway for those of us in the hot inland valleys of California.  When it was near 100 degrees at home what's not to love about the ocean breezes and 60 degree weather?   

 It's a popular tourist destination so most weekends are pretty busy.  There's lots of quaint hotels and B&B's within walking distance to the quaint downtown area.  The weekend we were there most had no vacancies since the area was gearing up for the antique car show later on in the week.  I hear it's quite the event!

 Love this stained glass detail...

Antique shops abound.

with lots of shopping to be had as well.

Many of the buildings hold true to their spanish roots. and I just love the stucco walls, arched entries adorned with ironwork and Spanish tiling.

Art galleries are everywhere.

 Restaurants and eateries are easily found on the main streets as well as tucked back into private little alleys.

Remember, it can get cool on the coast.  I love the special touches of lap robes and blankets.  We sought out the outdoor heaters to sit underneath or beside.

 I love this little hobbit house!

I was just enchanted with all of the amazing architecture there.

And on our walk back up from the beach, we came across this little guy sitting in the courtyard of a B&B.  Can you guess what it is?  
It hides a speaker!  It was spilling out the tunes, and caught our attention.  Pretty clever - now that's a unique way to greet visitors - no?

So what are you up to this weekend?  Whatever it is I hope you get out and enjoy the end of summer.


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