Weekend Picture Book

This past weekend, despite the cold and a bit of rain, we had a great time up in Napa. I honestly don’t think there’s a bad time of year to visit Northern California wine country, but I have to say, if you don’t mind the cooler temps, Napa in autumn is spectacularly beautiful. The trees and vines all change color, and they were definitely putting on a show.

We had a quick lunch at Bouchon Bakery (which ended a little abruptly, as the bird situation there is out of control, and to know me is to know my intense phobia of birds). After a lot of squawking (yeeeah, me, not the birds) and totally causing a scene, Joe had the good sense to take me on a walk around Yountville so I could mellow out and enjoy the autumn foliage.

[Sidenote: if you’re ever with me and birds appear in our general vicinity, you have FULL permission to point and laugh. I’ve been told it’s pretty entertaining.]

Coat: J.Crew (old, similar color here); Pants: J.Crew matchstick cord; Bag: Dooney & Bourke Dillen satchel; Boots: Dolce Vita Pilar

We snagged a quick glass of wine at Bottega (enjoyed on their outdoor patio, next to a ROARING fire, what what), then headed over to Sequoia Grove to pick up our wine.

After another glass there, a stop at Sawyer to pick up a couple bottles of this deliciousness, and a detour to a questionable Mexican food joint for quesadillas and margs (because what goes better with red wine than that?), we finally called it a day.

I’m soooo happy it’s a short week! Our Thanksgiving menu has been planned and it’ll be busy getting it all together, but I CAN’T WAIT.

What did you do this weekend?

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  1. 11.21.11
    Chelsea said:

    Wow! That looks stunning. Napa is one place that I haven’t been yet that I am dying to go to. xo

  2. 11.21.11
    Kelly said:

    Looks like a great weekend!!! I’ve only been to Sonoma. Napa is definitely on my list though! Have a great Thanksgiving!!!

  3. 11.21.11

    Sounds {and looks} like a perfect weekend! I still have yet to go to Napa, and autumn looks the most spectacular time to go! Also, you look adorable, love the cobalt coat!

  4. 11.21.11
    Jacquelyn said:

    I absolutely love this tradition you guys have going on! Also, my best friend is comically scared of birds as well – it’s hilarious and very entertaining!

  5. 11.21.11

    Love all the nature photos, so many great colors this time of year. And that coat is fantastic!

  6. 11.21.11
    Christine B. said:

    The pictures are beautiful! It looks like the perfect time to visit. I am also ridiculously scared of birds. I’ve had a few outdoor dining experiences cut short by birds in the vicinity. I can completely relate! Glad your weekend was so nice!

  7. 11.21.11

    These photos are stunning! I’m so glad you had a great time, and made it through the bird situation!

  8. 11.21.11
    rooth said:

    What a pretty purple jacket! I am always saying I need to go to Napa – maybe this spring

  9. 11.21.11
    Martina said:

    just beautiful!!!

  10. 11.21.11

    The colors in those top 4 photos are spectacular. I’m just imagining the bird scene. Sounds pretty hilarious.

  11. 11.21.11

    Stunning colors! And your blue coat adds a great pop to nature’s palette :)

  12. 11.21.11
    Libby said:

    Gorgeous! I had some wine this weekend also… but it was of the “2 buck Chuck” variety :) Ditton the comment above on your coat… what a great color!!

  13. 11.21.11
    viv said:

    I’m DYING to go to Napa and these pictures just made me want to go even more!

  14. 11.21.11
    Anna said:

    How gorgeous!! This just makes me want to visit Napa even more. I’m excited for Thanksgiving as well! I’m cooking for the first time…so I’m nervous/excited. :)

  15. 11.21.11

    what gorgeous photos! and i spy a mini-makeover for your site… congratulations!!

  16. 11.21.11
    Aubrey said:

    Sounds like a great weekend, and hooray for a short week! SO looking forward to it…it makes monday almost tolerable (c:

  17. 11.21.11

    I’ve only been up to Napa once and I would gladly go back in a heartbeat. The scenic drive was magical in itself. You’re quite the photographer.

  18. 11.21.11

    Seriously, Napa in Autumn is divine! Your weekend sounds like my idea of a perfect weekend. I love your coat!

  19. 11.21.11
    Sweet Nothings said:

    looks so fabulous! and adore your coat!

  20. 11.21.11
    Carlina said:

    omg you are so cute! And even more gorgeous in person! Glad to meet you yesterday, even if it was for a hot (few) minutes!! Isn’t Napa the best this time of year?!! That yummy Pinot was pretty good yesterday too!

    xo Carlina

    looking forward to seeing more great stuff from you!

  21. 11.21.11
    Anonymous said:

    That coat color is STUNNING on you!

  22. 11.21.11
    Molly said:

    Love the pictures! We don’t get fall leaves that change here in Dallas so I LOOOVE staring at all these… Don’t think I didn’t notice you were wearing your black boots in these pictures – still on my “to buy” list. You look stunning by the way. You’re welcome.

  23. 11.21.11
    Lauren said:

    You are way too cute! This setting is beautiful for picture taking!

  24. 11.21.11
    alyson said:

    wait, these are the colors outside where you live?! somehow my surroundings are seeming very monochromatic… and not in a great way. Breathtaking.

  25. 11.21.11

    wow! it must be great to live surrounded by all of those colors and nature!.. loved your bag! actually looking for a similar style! looks like a great weekend!

  26. 11.21.11

    Ok I need to go to Napa! That looks wonderful!!! I had no idea you had changing leaves in California!

  27. 11.21.11

    You guys are all so sweet with your comments. Would you believe that Joe convinced me to wear that coat on Saturday, and that historically it has not been a fave? I guess I have to listen to y’all and trust it actually does look good on me!! :)

    For anyone who’s interested (I got a few questions via email), I’ve updated the post with outfit info. xoxo

  28. 11.22.11

    I love these photos! Looks like you had a fun weekend!