SOURCED. summer wrap up // PART 3

"SCHOOLS OUT FOR SUMMER" was Rachiel's anthem for the Summer! She spent it doing what she does best - attending & hosting parties, BBQ's, card nights, and attending loved ones birthdays & weddings! She also was the main lady in charge at the studio overseeing our studio improvements and got as much beach time in as possible.

My summer started off with a bang! Had the opportunity to do some work that lead me down the California Coast spending time in San Francisco, Napa, Carmel, and Santa Barbara. Enough stories packed in 10 days to fill a book. Highlights in San Francisco were definitely Nob Hill Spa at the newly renovated The Scarlet Hotel and taking in the beautiful Dahlia Garden at Conservatory of Flowers. There was the private food tour with Edible Excursions and got to meet Traci Des Jardins. She's rather amazing. Also left completely inspired by the pop up gallery and shipping container movement in Hayes Valley. I'm about that.

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Traci Des Jardins at Jardinière

My time in wine country was equal parts on the move and taking in incredible cuisine. Lead bike tour through dust roads framed by wild berries, a tour of Bohemian Creamery, farm to table lunch at set for royalty at Dragonfly Florals, a visit to SHED in Healdsburg (MAJOR SHOP ENVY!), and a 3.5 hour meal of a lifetime at French Laundry. Insanity. 

Dreamland at Dragonfly Floral

Dreamland at Dragonfly Floral

Honestly, I'd take one of everything. Make that two!

Honestly, I'd take one of everything. Make that two!

Best. Thing. I've. Ever. Eaten. - Oysters & Pearls

Best. Thing. I've. Ever. Eaten. - Oysters & Pearls

Carmel took the cake for me with Carmel Valley Ranch - such a magical place. Horseback riding in the Carmel Valley at sunset - soothe your soul good! Also think I found my calling in beekeeping! 

In August, we traveled to New York before a family vacation in Maine. I haven't been to New York in over a decade and has the best time exploring Brooklyn. We stayed at the oh so cool Sixty LES Hotel on the Lower East Side and they must have know I was coming because they had their pop up tiki bar for the summer. Couldn't have been happier! We were introduced to Devocion Café and I almost fell over with excitement. Such a cool vibe. Got to meet some incredible local vendors at Artists & Flea, eat yummy food at Smorgasburg, get something special at Brooklyn Flea, and just play tourist.

Tiki drinks and skylines - I <3 NY!

Tiki drinks and skylines - I <3 NY!

Every corner of Devocion was complete gold.

Every corner of Devocion was complete gold.

BROOKLYN FLEA, YA'LL!

BROOKLYN FLEA, YA'LL!

Then it was off to Maine - hands down my favorite place visited this summer. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting but I was floored by how much I enjoyed the chance in pace, surrounding, and just surrendering to vacation mode. Waking up to the sound of the ceiling fan & the morning stir in the house, and a full day of whatever seemed fun. One by one we would wake up, reaching for coffee, and take in the sounds of the loons on the lake. My favorite morning was spent in conversation over painting and learning zentangle. Then it's off to explore more of the lake that brought us all here. The time out on the water...where I felt foreign and yet at home. We spent too much money & time gathering the perfect ingredients to make an insane lobster mac - a mission we accomplished and dominated at. I truly felt like I spent the week taking in the sun, the laughter, and the stillness of summer. That blue blue water surrounded by these green green trees. What a magical place. 

Harrison, Maine

Harrison, Maine

The perfect lake house we stayed at

The perfect lake house we stayed at

Rained on our last day as a send off

Rained on our last day as a send off

This summer I decided to stay local and enjoy all that Newport Beach had to offer. Sunset picnic at Inspiration Point, Corona Del Mar - This is where you will find me on most Sunday nights. Gathered with some of my favorite friends enjoying a glass of wine as the sunsets is my idea of a perfect evening.

From Memorial to Labor Day weekend it is a challenge to get a fire pit as crowds are at their peak. Bonfires on a Monday or Tuesday is a bit easier but you still need to get there a bit early to stake your claim. s'mores by a campfire is always a good time.

Bonfire at Big Corona, Corona Del Mar

Bonfire at Big Corona, Corona Del Mar

This was such a fun night! King Kong showing on the beach right after the sunset. Friends, wine, cheese, and KONG! 

Movie night at The Beachcomber, Corona Del Mar

Movie night at The Beachcomber, Corona Del Mar

This fall I have several trips planned. Santa Inez, Joshua Tree, and Ojai are just a few and I look forward to sharing my travel tips and pictures.

Our picks for the best FLEAS!

SOURCED. flea picks

What's your favorite flea? It's a tough call but The Roadium has a special place in my heart.

When is it? Open 363 days a year! 15 acres of open air market so wear your walking shoes. Monday - Friday, 6am to 3pm and Saturday & Sunday from 6:30am until 3pm.

Where is it? It's located in Torrance at 2500 W. Redondo Beach Blvd, just 5 miles from Manhattan Beach. Easily accessible from both the 405 and 110 freeways. 

What do you like most about it? Going on the weekdays and getting ramen afterwards.

Insider tip: Because it is open everyday - these are the real vendors with the goods! 

Greatest score: Textiles, vintage clothing, furniture pieces - you name it, they got it!

SOURCED. flea market picks

What's your favorite flea? Treasure Island Flea

When is it? Last weekend of every month

Where is it?  Treasure Island

What do you like most about it? A mix of food trucks, treasures, and live entertainment!

Insider tip: Block out your entire day for this one and be prepared for the breathtaking views of the SF skyline as you browse. 

Greatest score: Vintage California Flag

SOURCED flea market picks

What's your favorite flea? Long Beach Flea (of course! :) I live two minutes away from this gem)

When is it? 3rd Sunday of every month

Where is it? Long Beach Veteran's Stadium

What do you like most about it? It has all the good stuff of the Rose Bowl, none of the crap, and half the price!

Insider tip: Get to know the vendors. If they see you are actually passionate about an item they have, they'll be willing to work with you on the price.

Greatest score: Bridal wear and accessories

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What's your favorite flea? Waterlooplein Market

When is it? Everyday except Sunday, from 9am-6pm

Where is it? Amsterdam, Netherlands

What do you like most about it? The variety: from leather handbags for 25 Euros to Vintage 1800's china. A must stop when abroad!

Insider tip: If you don't look like a tourist, they are willing to bargain with you. ;) So don't wear a camera around your neck or be wearing your floral hawaiian shirt.

Greatest score: 1800's Blue and White Floral Holland China serving plates for 5 Euros

SOURCED. flea picks

What's your favorite flea? Palm Springs Vintage Market

When is it? First Sunday of the month (currently closed for the season but starting again in October)

Where is it? Downtown Palm Springs between North Indian Canyon and North Calle Encilia

What do you like most about it? A lot of vintage, retro, and Mid Century! 

Insider tip: Palm Springs has some of the most incredible estate sales - so make a weekend out of it! Hit up some early estate sale on Saturday, then hit the Vintage market on Sunday and spend the rest of the day by the pool with tropical drink in hand!

Greatest score: tons of milk glass, brassware, and my all time favorite - 8mm film camera!