Happy Monday! David’s mom flew in to visit us this past weekend and we wanted to kick off her stay with a fun night out on the town. We took her to see Beach Blanket Babylon, a cheeky musical that pokes fun at San Francisco’s idiosyncrasies and is constantly being reworked to include current events. It’s such a fun place to take parents since they’ll likely be familiar with every song, and when they rewrite the lyrics they’re quite clever. (Though be forewarned some of the humor is rather bawdy!)
When getting dressed for the show I turned to one of my tried-and-true outfit combinations – pairing a coat with a sweater in the same color. I call it my modern take on the twinset and the combination always looks put together. Using this formula helps save time when getting dressed and I’ll style the coat/sweater combo with different skirts or pants to change up the look. (You can see this concept in black here, and in burgundy here.) This gray plaid overcoat is exceptionally soft and the brushed wool gives the fabric a gorgeous texture. It’s already sold out on Club Monaco’s site but I found it in every size here, and it’s a perfect match for this grey cashmere sweater. I kept the outfit neutral with this bag (made entirely of wood!) and these leopard flats (almost sold out, I also love this less expensive option!)
The beautiful Parisian Second Empire style building in these photos dates back to 1889 and is home to Boulevard, the restaurant where David asked my parents for permission to marry me! Aside from our personal attachment to the place, I also love the history behind this special facade, as it’s one of two buildings on the Embarcadero that survived San Francisco’s Great Fire of 1906. (The other is the Ferry Building.) Firefighters laid dynamite to demolish the buildings along the Embarcadero in the hopes of creating a firebreak between a blazing city and the wharves where emergency supplies were being offloaded. The buildings up and down the wharves were blown to pieces, but legend has it that as the firefighters were laying the charge at the foundation of the Audiffred Building (home to the much-loved Bulkhead Saloon), the bartender ran out and bribed them with a keg of whiskey per fireman, and an extra cartload to be delivered later to spare this one building. I’m so glad they did, as this building is one of my favorites in San Francisco!
Thanks as always for reading!