Villa Montalvo hiking trails

villa montalvo hiking trails
villa montalvo hiking trails
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The Villa Montalvo hiking trails are some of the prettiest trails in Saratoga, California. If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, you may already be familiar with Villa Montalvo in Saratoga. It is an historic mansion which is currently used as an event venue, artist retreat, children’s activities, and for outdoor activities.

Sometimes you don’t want to go on an aggressive hike. There are days when a one or two-hour hike is just perfect. The hiking trails at Villa Montalvo are for those days. There are several connecting trails which you can make into a half-hour hike, or a three-hour hike. It all depends on how long you feel like staying out. It is easy to adjust and find a linking trail which takes you back to the Villa or the parking lot in a few minutes when you get tired.

We hiked at Villa Montalvo with my daughter’s girl scout troop, and since we had some younger girls with us, we lasted roughly two hours. This was perfect because the girls had fun, but it wasn’t overly strenuous. There is definitely some elevation on the trails, so even if you hike for a short time, you will still enjoy beautiful views of Silicon Valley and get a great outdoor workout. Love that!

In addition to hiking, the artists in residence have added some beauty to the natural trails. There are inspirational quotes along the trail as well as occasional artwork. It is very pretty and unique.

saratoga hiking tails art work

The hiking trails at Villa Montalvo can get busy since it is a favorite hiking spot for locals and families. If you plan to go, I recommend arriving early in the morning, before 10am. The trails close at 5pm, so plan ahead.

What I wore hiking on a fall day:

Have you hiked at Villa Montalvo before? What did you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

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Wide leg jeans for short people

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wearing: sunglasses / large hoop earrings (under $100) / stripe mock neck top / G buckle belt / dark wash wide leg jeans (wearing short, also comes in regular and tall) / caramel hobo bag / fall nail polish / golden boots /

I am so happy fall is here! The weather is better, and the fall styles are so fun and fresh! Love! It was refreshing to be able to wear this new fall outfit and enjoy a relaxing lunch with my friend Dawn from Fashion Should be Fun. She took these outfit photos!

If you have been following along, you may have heard me talk about how wide leg pants have too much fabric on someone short as myself. Well, I found wide leg jeans for short people like me! If you are short, or you shop in the petite department, I found wide leg jeans we can wear! Yay!

These fabulous, 1970s vibe jeans are available in short, regular, and tall. I am 5’4″ so regular jeans which are wide leg, flare, or bell bottom, are usually waaaaaaaaaay too long for me. So when I saw these jeans in short, and tried them on, I was hooked! They don’t hit the floor in bare feet, yet they hit in just the right spot with boots. My boots have a 2″ block heel, so they are tall, but not too tall. If I wanted to wear sneakers or loafers with these jeans I could, since the jeans are the right length.

The cool thing about these jeans, is if you are not short like me, they also come in regular and tall. I have a good friend who is tall, so I know she can wear these in the tall size. Love that!

Word on the street is that skinny jeans are over, much to my chagrin. So, it is time we find the new styles in our sizes! This fall season, we all need to replace our skinny jeans with a pair of wide leg jeans, and a pair of flares. I will definitely be posting more jeans as I find styles that work with short legs like mine!

Now that we have discussed jeans, let’s talk about food! haha My friend Dawn and I enjoyed a yummy lunch at The Counter at Santana Row. If you have not eaten at The Counter, you must go! They have a large variety of possible sandwich combinations you can customize on your own. I love their Impossible burger with cheese, mushrooms, and pesto. They also have meat burgers, chicken and veggie. It’s so good!

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Which styles of denim are you wearing this season? Are you having a hard time breaking up with your skinnies like me? What is your favorite denim trend this season? Wide leg? Flare? Bell bottom?

Shop these wide leg jeans for short people online:

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

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BAF Weekly IT List

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BAF Weekly IT List from top left: bright pink blazer / fall nail polish / G buckle belt / makeup bag + organizer (use code Cathy10 to save!) / loafer mule / green woven mini bag / caramel hobo bag / black water-resistant boots / western style suede boots / olive denim joggers /

This fall season, the styles are getting more dressed up! Blazers are a must for pairing with jeans, and jeans are moving away from skinny styles and towards joggers, wide leg jeans, flares, and bell bottoms. Boots are a fall staple, and this fall the streets are loving western styles, classic chelsea styles, and metallic hues. Also look for understated and neutral nails, as well as travel pieces such as this fabulous makeup bag + organizer which can be used daily at home, on the go, for the gym, and also for travel. Love it!

Handbags for fall are trending towards hobos, small or mini bags, and non-logo bags. This season, handbags are chic and classic. Look for beautiful leathers, faux leathers, craftsmanship, and fabrications. Flashy logos are over.

Shop the BAF Weekly IT List online:

What are you loving this fall season?

Stay tuned for fall coverage!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy