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Wandering around Sonoma

wearing: sweater / statement earrings / black handbag / nail polish / straight leg jeans (old, also love this pair) / black belt /rose and white sneakers /

If you are heading up to wine country and are looking for a beautiful place to grab coffee and learn a little bit about California history, then Downtown Sonoma is the place to go!

There is a fabulous cafe where you can grab coffee and a small breakfast when you first arrive. Basque Boulangerie Cafe has delicious coffee and an overall good vibe. We enjoyed grabbing to-go coffee’s and wandering around downtown.

Sonoma has a mission built in 1823 which you can visit; but double check hours if you would like to go inside.

In addition to a mission, Sonoma State Park includes the Sonoma Barracks, Blue Wing Inn, La Casa Grande, and Toscano Hotel. These sites can be seen downtown, very close to each other by the square. This is the site where California declared its independence from Mexico and captured General Vallejo.

After soaking in California history, I highly recommend indulging in local chocolate! The Chocolate Cow offers locally made chocolate which is to-die-for! I enjoyed a S’Mores, and it was amazing!!

Of course, after eating chocolate you will want to burn it off! haha. You can take a nice walk over to the Hacienda of General Vallejo; one building on site is pictured below. There you will find hiking trails and a serene location to spend some time, or your day. If you aren’t up for walking, there is a parking lot.

We didn’t end up eating lunch downtown, but there are several places to eat; hopefully next time I can find a place and recommend it to you! In the meantime, eat chocolate. haha

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy


Yayoi Kusama at SFMOMA

yayoi kusama sfmoma exhibit experience
yayoi kusama pumpkin sfmoma
yayoi kusama polka dots
outfit yayoi kusama louis vuitton vintage

wearing: earrings / pink sweater (old, also love this one) / parka / black belt / beige jeans (old, also love this pair) / nail polish / Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton handbag (old, similar bag) / black lug sole boots /

Throughout the years I have incorporated polka dots into my wardrobe. About ten years ago, Yayoi Kusama did her first collaboration with Louis Vuitton, and this is when I discovered her work. Kusama is a pop artist from the 1960s whose work is in the same genre as Andy Warhol and the like. She works in bright hues and polka dots.

Kusama’s work is inspired by her hallucinations and life experiences. She brings them to life through sculptures and mirrored experiences, as well as through performance art and other forms. I am taken by her pumpkins, although her flowers are fabulous too. All of her work has some form of dots, or polka dots.

The SFMOMA in San Francisco currently has an exhibit which features two of her experience rooms and a large pumpkin sculpture. If you love modern art, and you enjoy Kusama’s work, I highly recommend stopping into the SFMOMA and checking out the exhibit. It is amazing, and I am so happy I went with my family!

You can learn more at SFMOMA’s website at SFMOMA.org. Tickets are required for the Yayoi Kusama exhibit, and they go quickly! So act fast.

Of course, I wore my Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton handbag which I purchased ten years ago during the first collab Kusama had with LV. I mean, I had to blend in!

While the handbags can be found on the secondary market now, you can still find other polka dot handbags for a fraction of the price. I linked up a couple cute ones below.

Do you love Yayoi Kusama’s work too? I hope you attend the exhibit and enjoy it!

Thanks for stopping by,

XOXO
Cathy

yayoi kusama 2013 experience

Winter capsule wardrobe 2024

winter capsule wardrobe 2024

Winter capsule wardrobe 2024 from top left: green blouse / blue sweater / silver hoops / golden hoops / silver bracelet / black belt / cardigan sweater / spice striped sweater / black trousers / black pencil skirt / denim pencil skirt / black jeans / flare jeans /

OK, ok, I know. I made a collage instead of a flat lay. To be frank, half of these items were in the laundry when I needed to make a flat lay so I opted to create a collage instead.

What I like about the collage is that you can see all of the tops and bottoms and how they mix and match. I think it is a clearer visual than a flat lay. What do you think?

As you can see, this winter season is again, a casual one. I am opting for investment pieces such as classic black pants, pencil skirts, cozy sweaters and jewelry. I love a classic look which can carry me from season to season without looking dated. I mean, we all have those photos from the late 1980s somewhere in our photo albums with hair sprayed hair, wild patterns, and, dare I say it, shoulder pads! The horror!

To keep memories like that from becoming cringy, timeless style is the way to go. Not only will the photos look good thirty years from now, but we can all save money over time by not buying one-season-wonders. Love that!

Shop my winter capsule wardrobe 2024 online:

Check out my outfits section of the blog to see some of these pieces put together.

What are you loving for your winter capsule wardrobe this cold weather season?

Stay tuned for more seasonal yet timeless capsules!

Thanks for stopping by,

XOXO

Cathy