It’s no secret (ok, it’s painfully obvious) that I’ve been cheating on my beloved San Francisco with wine country lately. Perhaps it’s my stubborn Midwestern-girl belief that summer should be hot, or maybe it’s the allure of catching up with one of my closest friends over a glass of bubbly. After many such visits to Napa & Sonoma, I’ve finally developed my perfect weekend packing list.
A drapey maxi skirt and striped tank are relaxed and chic for wine tasting. I like to elevate a casual outfit with bold sandals that are comfy enough to wear all day. For hot weather, I pare down my beauty routine and skip heavy lipsticks in favor of a tinted balm and layer of sunscreen. I like Neutrogena’s Dry Touch for its lack of grease factor and serious staying power. Finish the look with a pair of oversized sunglasses- I love them for their fun factor, but they’re also key in protecting the delicate skin around your eyes (thank me in 20 years).
I’ll be spending time with family in Sonoma this weekend, and I’ve heard rumors of a picnic and game of croquet (let’s hope I avoid hitting my own foot this time). Bright cutoff shorts, repeating the comfy tank, and a broken-in chambray tied at the waist are the way to go for a relaxed day in the park. I always bring a soft, square scarf to keep cozy once the temperature drops at night.
What are your staples for a summer weekend away?
On quiet weekday evening, the Bloomingdales in downtown San Francisco underwent a transformation from a haven of retail therapy into a teeming spectacle of fashion, art, and the best tech that this city has to offer.
Produced by Mark Drapeau, Geek2Chic is a one-of-a-kind fashion show created through the ultimate partnership between Microsoft, Bloomingdale’s, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. The annual fashion event combines the thrill of a fashion show with the important cause of encouraging at-risk youth to seek higher education and launch their own startups.
Instead of runway models, the organizers asked leaders in the tech community to take a night off from their laptops and iPhones and walk the runway wearing top items from Bloomingdale’s summer collections. Some industry professionals oped for a classic catwalk strut while others opted for breakdancing or a Star Wars helmet as a way to work the runway. The result was a relaxed, unique show that combined summery fashion with a feeling of community.
There was absolutely no way I could leave without trying on the helmet.
At the afterparty at The Bubble Lounge, we all got to see what happens when you combine several hundred tech and fashion industry people with a photobooth and copious amounts of champagne.
Photography by Drew Altizer and my lil ol’ iPhone!