These Days

This month’s These Days is birthday-themed, as the last couple weeks have been birthday celebration upon birthday celebration (and I’m not mad at it!). From Wine Country to Bolinas, I loved absolutely every place that I celebrated.

The weekend before my actual birthday was probably my favorite of all. My sisters flew in from Los Angeles and together with two of my best girlfriends, we drove up to Sonoma. We brunched at Sunflower Café and then wine tasted at Bartholomew Park Winery. If you’re ever looking to settle in at one winery and spend the whole day in the sunshine, look no further than this one.

To celebrate on my actual birthday, my boyfriend and I both took the day off work and headed north to Bolinas. If you’ve never heard of it, that’s because the locals like to keep it under wraps and have even been known to remove all traffic signs to keep tourists out. Despite their best efforts though, we came with our cameras in tow and were truly charmed by what we saw. A birthday filled with sunshine and stunning architecture? I’ll take it!

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The past couple of years, I’ve gone all out and hosted my birthday at my home (see my tea party and picnic), but this year I decided to do things differently. While I love entertaining, there’s no denying that it is a ton of work and I wanted to take things a little easier this year. The best part? Even though I didn’t go all out and host a fête at home, I still had one of the best birthdays ever.

Since my actual birthday fell on a Wednesday, my boyfriend and I celebrated it by going to dinner at the stunning Tartine Manufactory. This place was everything I could have asked for and more. I mean, just look at the photos!

That Friday, we took the day off work, packed the car, and headed to Napa County. While we had originally planned to spend the entire day in Yountville–a quaint little town in the North Bay–we ended up making our way to St. Helena and Calistoga, too. Just driving from town to town is breathtaking, let alone walking around each neighborhood and breathing in the fresh, warm air. Needless to say, it was a really good day.

I ended my birthday weekend with a brunch at Serpentine, surrounded by my closest friends. It was such a lovely morning filled with lots of mimosas, conversation, and celebration.