On this post, checking out the new Serena & Lily in Palo Alto, looks for a winter trip to the mountains, and local Bay Area hikes that are wonderful in January.
Hi friends. It’s time for the weekend post with Juliet and Elizabeth!
I finally tested negative for Covid over the weekend and it felt amazing to leave the house. I am a homebody of sorts, but being grounded day after day was getting to me. We got a lovely sunny day on Sunday, so we got out for a walk.
Local Nature Walks for Winter
In the colder months, Max and I try and get out to walk a trail every weekend and two recently were so good I had to share. Something about being out in the winter with nature is so good for the soul, don’t you think?
Shoreline in Mountain View
Just before Griffin had to go back to college, we took my dad out for lunch with the guys and a walk around Shoreline. Shoreline is a 750 acre wildlife refuge with lovely walking trails that rim the bay. It also has two cafes, one near their golf links and one by the boat launch. To be totally honest, neither is great, but they both have fun views and are a nice place to start or end a saunter along the paths here. Maybe the best option is do a walk and have a coffee and cookie at one of them!
My dad enjoyed watching the golfers from the restaurant. You can do the same watching the boaters at the boating area that has a more extensive outside patio.
Shoreline also has the historic Rengstorff House, an Italianate Victorian that was the residence of the original owners of this land and was moved from a short distance to the park. It’s a beautiful home and you can even book it for events like weddings. My dad liked walking around it and seeing the water tower and reading more about this family who originally settled this area.
( On the way to the park you pass the new Google building which looks like a monstrous circus tent and has only just been occupied. It’s something to see and you can’t miss it.)
Baylands in Palo Alto
Baylands, is a 1,940-acre Preserve and one of the largest pieces of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay. it has 15 miles of trails and is considered one of the best bird watching spots in the west as it is ‘a major migratory stopover on the Pacific Flyway.’ Which means many birds stop here on the way from far away as Patagonia all the way up to Alaska and back. I thought that was pretty neat and you can see birds here you don’t see elsewhere.
Max and I used to take the kids here when they were in strollers. It’s easy to access off University in Palo Alto, so beforehand we stopped at Stanford Shopping Center and picked up baguette sandwiches and apricot ice tea from one of my favorite spots, La Baguette. We found a scenic spot to park and look over the water while we had a little car picnic. ( A Covid time flashback that I sort of miss.)
After lunch we went to the interpretive center that leads to a long boardwalk out into the bay. Max is a bird nut, and this is such a great place to see egrets, American avocets, black neck stilts, sand pipers, teal ducks and other pretty shorebirds.
I really loved the water fronting the center which you can observe birds up close and undisturbed. There are picnic tables, bike and walking paths and you can also launch kayaks off the southern end of this area. Young kids will enjoy the interpretive center and the long boardwalk out into the bay.
The new Serena & Lily at Town & County in Palo Alto
While you are out at Baylands, you can pop by this shop which isn’t far away..If you haven’t been to the new Serena & Lily Design shop in Town & Country it’s really lovely. They took over a big space and you can get up close with their gorgeous things. They also have home accents like frames, dishes and other little items only sold at the stores. And yes you will get sucked in and want to never leave. I was also mentally remodeling all my spaces!
I liked their entry styling below, and want to try and recreate this with some native grasses in a pot and woven lanterns by my front door… These lanterns aren’t online, but stay tuned and I’ll see if I can find similar ones for my porch. I’ll share on another post. (By the way, they are having a store model sale now, so there are some deals to be had if you can get to the store.)
On My Radar
At Serena & Lily they had a gorgeous tablesetting with blue flatware by Sabre made in France. So pretty and fresh in this color! I can see it for Easter or on a summer table.
These daffodils from Trader Joe’s brightened my week! The glass one is $8 and comes like that and I put another $3.99 daffodil in a tall basket I used for cutlery. It’s fun seeing the new buds appear each day.
I am thrilled with this new ‘Gorgeous’ by Trish McEvoy foundation which goes on like satin and covers, but looks natural. I bought number 4. It’s a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way.
I also bought Trish’s Easy Lip Color in Babe. I’ve never had a Trish McEvoy lipstick and they are so good! Feels like a balm, but wears well with a lot of pigment. Unfortunately the pictures online look nothing like it, but it’s a neutral pink that’s got some depth and is quite pretty.
Now that we have snow, so many friends I know are heading up to Tahoe. Hopefully we’ll have a good snow season. I was reading more about why Tahoe and other places in the west are having so many avalanches and it has to do with one weird night when snow vaporized upward, on January 1st. That created what is called surface hoar.. You can read more about it here in the Mercury News and how to be safe. It’s crazy and rare.
Anyhow, I hope I’ll get there soon. I have been seeing a lot of cute ski jackets, ( obsessed with this silver one), and pant options as well as cool boots and sneakers. You don’t have to ski to wear some of these things, but they will make you look good while in aprés ski mode or just hanging out in Tahoe- or maybe anywhere, as it’s been like the arctic in a lot of places the past week!
( I loved these quilted pants and the sweater has a Swiss cross on back and comes in black too. The fleece headband is a must and the Smith googles are so cute for the price! I also love all of these fun shoes.)
You can shop the pieces above and a few other good options below..
Next week I’ll share some great finds from Homegoods for spring you’ll want to keep an eye out for.
Last week, I shared why a bit of great beats mediocre, how to choose better and have less in your life. Also cute sweatshirts, January positives, and a new book for Jane Austen fans.. and what I added to my house with my holiday money.
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