Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Drunk in SF (Because that's the most accurate title)

So...my boyfriend and I planned a lovely little day in San Francisco on Sunday. (We even spent hours painstakingly tracking the MUNI route so we could travel via public transportation all day!) Everything started off as planned: we paid a visit to The Buena Vista, a small restaurant that Roehl's been dying to visit, one that just so happens to serve up some lethal "world famous" Irish coffee.

Let me just start off by saying that this is not going to be one of those typical oh-how-lovely-and-glorious-life-is posts.  I'm going to conclude that thought with the wise words of an old friend: "Never mix your liquor. Just DON'T. DO. IT." Now you know, kids. Moving on...

After my little Irish coffee experience, I had quite a decent buzz going, and I was ready to tackle our next destination- brunch. We dined at Paul K, because this is one of the better places to get your bottomless mimosa on, and we all know how much I love a good bottomless mimosa sesh. Here's where that whole "no mixing" thing came into play. After 4 glasses, I was embarrassingly sloshed with an oncoming mimosa coma. Roehl was smart and didn't want to get tired, so he had opted out of said self-induced mimosa coma.

At one point, I even broke a champagne glass in half with my obnoxious drunk girl strength, as I was literally just setting it down on the table (I swear!) The rest of the day had all gone to shit, and I had no desire to partake in vintage shop festivities, which is unheard of for this gal. I was tired, disoriented, and just plain drunk. It sucked.

I got a few good pictures out of it though...

I wish I had a more lively story to tell you, but that's the truth folks.  Plain & simple.  I suppose a do-over is in order. If any of you have some good old-fashioned daytime drunk stories, please share! We can commiserate together. :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

My First Time Whale Watching...

Along with the wedding on Saturday, we jam-packed our weekend with other adventures, including sake bombs on Friday for my friend's birthday, and whale watching on Sunday.  Other than dragging on for 5+ hours, it was a pretty cool experience.  I tried my best not to puke my brains out as the small boat bounced mercilessly along the Pacific  Ocean.  After a quick nap and 2 cup o' noodles, I felt a bit better and managed to have a good time.  We saw quite a few sea beasts, and even managed to snap a decent up-close shot, (see photo # 2.) 

Obviously, I was ecstatic to be back on land, so we ventured out to lunch at one of our favorite Carmel restaurants, and then to the beach, of course!

I don't think I'll ever feel the need to go whale watching ever again; I'm somewhat more of an adrenaline junkie.  That's why I can't wait to finally go white water rafting in a few weeks!  God, I love Cali...it's going to take a lot of adjustment if we ever decide to move.  Hope you all had a fun-filled dreamy weekend!


Lauren & Joey's Winery Wedding

If there's one thing I absolutely love, it's a beautiful wedding.  My beyond-gorgeous friend Lauren just got married on Saturday at a local winery and everything was breathtaking! (Remember the bachelorette party?) The setting and details were so perfectly curated; I wish I had better photos to post of their lovely nuptials! For now, here are some snapshots from the awesome photo booth:

Mr. & Mrs.

 And of course, our hilarious friends!

 I wouldn't expect anything less from these newlyweds...It was the party of a lifetime! :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Lovely Day For A Picnic

Ah, what beautiful summer weather we're having!  (Actually it's not quite as warm as I'd like,) but it was still the perfect day for a picnic at the park yesterday.  I gathered my pearls together for a luscious spread of cheeses, meats, baguettes, & champagne cocktails.  (A mere scoop of peach sorbet in a glass of champagne; simple and delicious!)

I love a good 'cheers' shot ;)

After our yummy picnic, we headed up to Ali's beautiful hilltop home.  (I could come here every single day!)  We strolled downhill to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous countryside & city lights after the sun set. 

Princess snuck out of the house and followed us, naturally.  What a sweet and loving little girl she is! 

Here's hoping you're enjoying all that summer has to offer, wherever you may be!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Big Things Poppin'

California Pearl's got a new look!  You like??  It's always good to switch things up a little now and then, and quite frankly I was bored y'all!  I think this personalized collage gives the blog a certain...je ne sais quoi? 

Time to nestle in bed, light some candles, & drown myself in a good book.  Hope you had a lovely weekend! 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Like A Bird

Wowza.  I haven't written an actual "fashion" post in awhile...this outfit was just too sweet to pass up.  I wore my new Miu Miu-esque blouse to work today and it was a smash hit!  Nordstrom annual sale, praise the lord!  I'm beyond obsessed with cobalt blue, and my new bright fuschia lipstick offset the shade quite well.  And I'm so proud of my photographic skillz, as I used my tripod and remote for the very first time today.  Free at last, free at last!

I'm wearing a love FIRE blouse, Forever 21 high-waisted skirt (one of my favorites,)  flea market sunnies, and Michael Antonio platforms.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Hope y'all had a fabulous fourth!  Mine was super relaxing and wonderful; spent with my bubba and some friends.  Roehl & I lounged around, rode our bikes, ate BBQ and pizza, caught some fireworks, and even snagged that red velvet ice cream I mentioned earlier. ;) 

In between busy moments, we managed to capture some snapshots at the local railroad tracks and a nearby barn.  What did you do this weekend?