On this weekend post, gingham and cottage core, pops of red, a new book on style, and the Dish hike and neighborhood walk to check out in Palo Alto.
It’s time to share what’s cool and new on the Weekend Meander with my pals Juliet and Elizabeth.
Well this has been a wet and windy week and I should have gotten more done, I did a little gardening when the sun was out, but Marlo and I did a bit of sitting by the fire too..
I added some ranunculus to the front pots for these cooler months…
What’s Your Thoughts on Denim Now?
Cindy and I have a post in a few weeks on denim for our Signature Style. As a Californian I live in denim, and I know a lot of you do too. I get more questions about what are the best jeans all the time. Straight and wider legs are definitely the modern look. I suppose if you are a skinny jean fan, you can keep on, but personally, I do not miss them! Are you a fan of the straight or fuller legs?
I do think it’s often tough to find the right rise on jeans and I have issues as I am short waisted and 5’4. Mid-rise are still my preference. My latest jeans are from L’Agence, Rails and KUT. I have a couple of high rise styles that I can tolerate for a small time, but couldn’t survive in them all day! Anyone else feel that way?
My question is are you all still wearing denim a lot and what sort of styles are appealing to you now? Are you looking for a wider leg that fits and flatters? I’d love your feedback for this upcoming post. If you have brands you like, I will investigate. I am checking out what is in stores this week and next and will share and save on my Instagram highlights under Jean Stories.
Gingham and Block Prints
Gingham is everywhere and is part of the cottage core look of block prints and bric-a-brac edging. I do love this pretty trend, and have been adding little bits in the home here and there.
I think you can use elements of this look and work it into what you have. I saw these gingham pillows with ruffled edging a few weeks ago at Homegoods and grabbed them. ( I know I’m working on my pillow addiction!) I was instantly attracted to the tan gingham and the nice quality. They replaced the winter pillows and tartan throw I had on my bed. ( Yes still working on my bedroom refresh.)
Right nearby was this cute block print throw in earthy green tones and the two pieces just looked good together. They brighten up the bedroom and made me happy. I added this block print pillow I had bought last year.
I think the pillows could also work on my family room sectional as I have tans and black, so I bought them with the hope they can be used in a few spots. The throw could be cute on the kitchen table asymmetrical with a pot of geraniums for a spring feel..
I wasn’t able to find these on their website, so check out your local Homegoods or Tj Maxx. If you can’t find these pieces in your stores, I found a few cute gingham and similar looks online..
On My Radar…Valentine’s Edition
I just saw this new Kate Spade book. I love the books they put out always inspiring and this has some great ideas for dressing and mixing things up, which is what I need about this time of year.
I’ve been looking for the perfect French girl red ballet flat and just ordered this J. Crew cutie and am awaiting arrival. It’s more than I thought I’d spend, but this shoe has the perfect color, cut not too high or low, and has an updated look with the square toe.
This pic by Instagrammer Sarriette et Ciboulette, ( don’t you love the jean? ), confirmed I need a pair. I love how the French use red for that pop with their neutrals. I also like this chic red ballet at a great price and this great classic ballet… More red ballet options here.
The Dish Trail- and The Lou Henry Hoover House
Last weekend we met our oldest son Jackson who lives in San Mateo for the Dish Loop Hike at Stanford University’s open space area that houses its giant dish. I love to grab lunch at Cafe Barone in Menlo Park after as it’s nearby and a good excuse to go to Kepler’s Books next to it. Actually all of downtown Menlo Park is wonderful with many spots to eat and shop.
Anyway, this is a beautiful hike and we happened to get a perfect day. This is such a California hike with a rolling hills and picturesque old oak trees. The hike has some climbs and it goes nearly four miles. FYI: there is one bathroom at the start and that is it.
We decided to abbreviate this walk and only do the lower part as I was having a muscle strain. To make it shorter you go up the first hill where it begins at Stanford Gate and then instead of continuing on, you turn right and it’s about a mile and a half. At this point you’re at Gerona Gate and you can walk right out towards Junipero Serra Blvd and walk over to the crosswalk to get to Campus Dr or carefully cross the road and go across the field.
This map below may help…
Either way you want to get on Gerona Rd and that pretty neighborhood leads you through some historic homes, many owned by the University. It winds back to Stanford Ave, where most people park to do the Dish Trail. If you look at this trail map above , you can see the one circular street, Mirada Road that has the Lou Henry Hoover House once owned and built by President Hoover and designed by his wife Lou.
When you see it, it’s ultra modern and hard to believe it was built in 1919. Both the Hoovers went to Stanford and met there in the 1890’s studying Geology. They later built this home right before the depression and she wanted it to be large, but look modest, so it was put on a hillside. It was built in ‘International’ Style and she was inspired by homes in Algeria. They lived all over the world with their geology work, he in the mining business, but were very attached to Stanford and the community and this was their only real home. He later donated it to Stanford for its use after Lou’s death, who now uses it to house the University’s president.
More about the home here . Lou was an activist and raised by parents who believed in women’s education and grew up in California, after being born in Iowa. She also spoke five languages and was the first female to graduate in Geology from Stanford. She was hugely involved in establishing The Girl Scouts, supported women’s rights and suffrage and also hosted the first black congressman’s wife to the White House.. She did much more and is a First Lady we know little of. More here on Lou.
If you missed it, on last weekend’s post – an historic San Francisco home that’s going to be the subject of the decorator’s showcase this spring, the de Young’s ‘Fashioning SF’ exhibit, winter white things to love, and a new show to check out..and a great walk to do in my town of Los Gatos.
Thanks to everyone for all the feedback, support, and kind notes last week regarding politics and getting more young people registered to vote. It meant the world and gave me hope! Love you guys.
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