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5 Things to do in Central Coast, CA
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North and South California get all the love. I can’t believe I’ve lived my entire life in California and never really spent time in CENTRAL California. Often on long road trips back home to Palo Alto from Los Angeles I’d drive as fast as I could through this part of the state, eager to make it to either to my old home or my new one. 

Well, this trip really changed my point of view of the “middle” of California. First of all, it’s beautiful and soooo charming. I’m really glad we took the opportunity to spend a weekend here. If you’re thinking of making a trip to Central CA, here’s 5 things you should do while you’re around. 

The grand dining room at Hearst Castle

The grand dining room at Hearst Castle

1) Visit Hearst Castle

I didn’t really know what to expect from Hearst Castle, I just knew I wanted to go check it out at least once, even if just for photos (lol). It’s really a beautiful example of architecture, and not like anything you’ll really see in the states (kinda reminded me of the Palace of Versailles or something of that caliber).

It was pretty interesting learning about the Hearst family and their part in so much of California's history. Definitely worth going at least once, and the property is HUGE and really cool for pics. They even have some leftover zoo animals from when the family had an exotic animal zoo on the property so you could spot zebras!

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The tennis courts at Hearst Castle. 

The tennis courts at Hearst Castle. 


2) Taste wine in Paso Robles

I didn’t realize it, but Paso Robles is giving Napa a run for it’s money. We visited Justin Vineyards while there and it was literally breathtaking. There’s one main road that you take where most of the vineyards are. Coincidentally, it’s called Vineyard Drive. Justine, where we went for the day, sits almost at the end of this winding country road. Paso Robles is known for it’s reds - Syrahs and Zinfandels do especially well in the super hot / cold climate, but they also have whites and rosé as well.

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Along the same road where most of the vineyards are, there's also such well-known vineyards as Kiamie, Tablas Creek, and others. Major perk other than the vino in Paso Robles is that it’s STUNNING. You feel like you’re so far away from the city and there’s plenty of country-like photo opps to be had. 

Getting a tour of the caves at Justin Winery. So cool!

Getting a tour of the caves at Justin Winery. So cool!


3) Hang out on the beach

Paso Robles and the other towns that are inland from the coast are especially hot in the summer so you can head to the beach where it’s usually 20 degrees cooler (or even more). There’s lots of surfing and long stretches of sand where we stayed in Cambria, and def stick around for the sunset because they're really pretty here. 

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4) Drive Up (or down) Highway 1

The "1" is the highway that will take you basically all the way from LA to SF along the coast, if you let it. If you don’t have much time but want to take in the sights, this is the perfect way to see some of the sights and grab some pics in a time crunch. Be aware though that due to heavy rain and mudslides last year taking a mile of the coast into the Pacific Ocean, it is partially closed right now.  Right below Big Sur, above the San Simeon area it stops, so if you’re trying to go all the way through from Southern to Northern CA, you’ll have to go around and cut over to 101 in order to do so. The 1 is close at the base of Big Sur which is a total bummer, but they did re-open Bixby bridge so you can get there to see it if you’re coming from Northern CA. 

5) Do some hiking

Admittedly, we didn’t get to do a lot of this due to enjoying 1-4 a little *too* much this time around, but there’s some really great hikes in the area that our hotel reception at Ocean Point Ranch told us about. There’s even a path that goes all along the beach you can walk up and down which is especially pretty at golden hour. Not really a “hike” but a great walk/ run path either way. Some other hiking areas that were recommended to us were

Palm Springs Diary: August 2016
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Palm Springs is always one of my favorite places. I love getting away to the desert for no reason at all to unwind and get some sun. I usually avoid the desert in the Summer because of the beating heat, but my sister has never been there so we decided to go for a weekend a couple weeks back. 

I stayed at The Ace Hotel and Swim Club , like almost always, which is great for just relaxing. It was nice to shoot some pics, sip on cocktails, swim, and bask in the 108 degree rays. 

What to wear in the desert? Well, when it's this hot, the answer is not much. It was mostly bikinis and minimal dresses/ skirt and top combos that won't stick to you. At night temperatures dip but it's still 90 so need for any heavy layers or anything, ha. Whatever isn't fussy or  does not require too much thought is usually the best. 

Shop some of my favorites looks below for a weekend in the desert!



For days by the pool a cat eye pair of sunglasses, colorful tote, and denim off the shoulder top is trés chic ! Love this denim top by Sedona East and the fun colorful bag. 

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Love this Marrakech tote and denim off the shoulder top from  Sedona East - so great for a weekend by the pool. 

Love this Marrakech tote and denim off the shoulder top from Sedona East- so great for a weekend by the pool. 

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Wearing fringed knit cardigan, via  Azalea SF. 

Wearing fringed knit cardigan, via Azalea SF. 

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Since I've been traveling, like, a TON, one of my favorite essential is these Sudio Wireless Headphones - the Iphone 7 came out today and as all of you know, it does NOT have a headphone jack. Fortunately, these beautifully designed Swedish earbuds from Sudio are bluetooth only and come with a great leather pouch to match . They're only around $110 dollars  - but you can shop them with code THESTYLESAUCE for 15% off. I have the Vasa Bla model and LOVE them- the quality is excellent and I love how pretty they look in my ears. They've been great travel companions.

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What are some of your favorite things to do and places to stay when in Palm Springs? Would love to hear your recommendations for next time I decide to visit the desert.


xo, Genevieve

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Festival Fashion 2016
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Festival season is just around the corner, which means its time to start addressing the ever important question: what ever will I wear?!

Well, I've been to a festival or two, and it's important to look cute, but overall you absolutely need to be comfortable. I talked about this in last year's festival fashion post too (you can check that out here.)

Anyways, for today's look I opted for a chic but overall cheap outfit, because nobody should be wearing 1200 dollar dresses at Coachella, I mean seriously. My whole outfit (minus shoes) is barely over $100 dollars, can you believe it?! Inexpensive enough that you won't stress about your clothes getting dirty while you're dancing to Flume in VIP. 

I highly recommend a hat for the desert, like this adorable one from Lack of Color Australia. Boaters are such a fresh aesthetic for Spring, and as you saw in my last post I've been experimenting with hats ALL of the time lately. There's something about a hat that pulls together an ensemble like nothing else can.


and, of course..... Coachella wouldn't be Coachella without the, well, MUSIC! (duh) Look below for a Coachella 2016 playlist to get you in the mood. There's a little something for everybody, and all of these artists will be at the festival this year #yay ;) Here you can see the full setlist .

Check out the pictures Jasmin Ayala took in Beverly Hills of this festival ready look! Big thanks to her for capturing the moment so well. 

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Shirt, available only at Forever 21 stores. Similar in shop gallery below.

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