Flying back from San Francisco, I watched the Woody Allen film, Midnight in Paris (along with MANY others – lately I don’t seem to be able to sleep on flights!). Whilst I was fairly lukewarm about the film itself, I loved how they styled Rachel McAdams’ character, Inez. She’s very casual American chic and looks effortlessly breezy as she tours Paris. According to this article, the costume designer Sonia Grande used pieces from Christian Dior, Isabel Marant, Chopard, Chanel and Hermès.
When my dad came over to SF for my graduation, my mum sent him over with this book for me, mostly because it starts with a couple of students from the University of Edinburgh (where I went!). It’s not the most amazing book I’ve ever read but there are some nice lines, probably worth a read. It’s the story of a couple of friends who almost sleep together after their graduation (on St. Swithin’s Day), then revisits them on the same day every year.
On Thursday night we went to watch the film they just made from the book over at the Presidio Theater. We were in the tiniest screen ever – no joke there were only 32 seats in the whole room! I was intrigued to see the film as apparently the British press had trashed Anne Hathaway’s accent – she was meant to be from Leeds which has a very specific regional accent and she didn’t quite nail it… Ah well.
So this weekend has been pretty fantastic, certainly took away my post-holiday blues!
Saturday’s film night in Dolores Park was really fun, if you live in the city you should definitely check it out! Everyone brings picnic blankets, drinks and things to eat and sets up on one big hill in the park (handy as everyone can see the screen). In true SF style there are dogs pottering around with their owners and the omnipresent smell of pot – suffice to say it’s a fairly laid-back scene. I didn’t take any pictures of the setup as I was there on a date and that would’ve been weird but we had a blast, enjoying wine & chocolate mousse alongside Jaws! I’d forgotten how retro the special effects in this film are (which is understandable given that it was released in 1975!) but it was pretty hilarious at some points. Here’s a shot of Steven Spielberg in the ‘jaws’ of his shark, from here….
The next film they’re playing in Dolores Park is going to be Top Gun (err, epic!) on the 24th of September. Full schedule here, if you go remember to take some yummy things to eat and drink and wrap up warm as it’s pretty dang chilly up there. The films start at dusk but get there earlier to get a good spot for your picnic blanket!
Then yesterday we headed over to the Greek Theater in Berkeley to see the incredible Adele in concert. I think she’s probably the best artist I’ve seen live, her voice is phenomenal and she’s a real character. Adele started with one of my favourite songs, Hometown Glory, and ended with my other two favs – Someone Like You and Rolling in the Deep. Amazing.
We did briefly contemplate camping out in our Palm Desert apartment for a bit longer to see how long it would take them to kick us out but we dragged ourselves back to reality yesterday and drove the 8-ish hours to San Francisco. Had the usual fun queuing to get over the Bay Bridge, honestly traffic in this area seems to be insane at all hours of the day!
Plans for the next few days include an outdoor showing of Jaws tonight (should be interesting!) and most exciting of all, I’m off to see Adele in concert tomorrow. I am BEYOND excited about this as I think she’s awesome – such a fantastic voice and her music is different than the usual mainstream stuff we’re constantly bombarded with. A friend of mine donated the tickets as her boyfriend wanted to whisk her off to Hawaii, so we’re very grateful for this happy twist of fate!
Here’s what I’m looking forwards to 🙂
Clearly I am being immensely sarcastic with the title of this post! Palm Desert is as lovely as it has been all week, still SCORCHING hot, but then what do you expect for going on holiday to a desert in August?
Much poolside-lounging continues to be done, but we managed to get dressed into something other than bikinis and took this show on the road to Trio Restaurant in nearby Palm Springs. I was a bad blogger and didn’t take any pictures – too busy enjoying the food – but we had an awesome dinner. I had a burger that was lush.
After Trio we drove about a minute up the road to get to the Viceroy Hotel, where we had drinks in their Citron bar/restaurant. The hotel is pretty cool, it was redesigned by Kelly Wearstler so I was expecting her usual splashy colours and patterns but it’s mostly very white and serene, with the odd quirk thrown in. There were lots of ceramic greyhounds everywhere that I was in love with! We took our drinks to the poolside lounge area…
Now we’re heading off to see The Help… Am hoping it’s as good as the book, which I loved!
Yesterday was an awesome Friday – did some work in the morning, then met up with a friend and proceeded through the following:
Gown shopping – My graduation from my business school is going to be a formal gala, so I need to find a long dress. I *think* I might have found it, but will keep you updated on that front!
Manicures & Pedicures – I found this great place in the Marina that does $20 mani-pedis, including a shoulder and foot massage… Sweet! It’s my go-to spot 🙂
I got Essie’s Limoscene for my manicure, and Essie’s Exotic Liras (a hot pink) on my toes. I love the Limoscene so much I think I might invest in this one…. Not like I don’t have enough nude shades already 😉
Dinner at Chilayo (Chestnut Street). This is a cute little Mexican spot that grows its own vegetables, only serves either organic or natural meat and has a huge salsa bar. We got delicious burritos, plus some happy hour watermelon sangria. Mmmm.
After that we hit up the Presidio Theater to see the LAST EVER Harry Potter film – which was incredible! We saw it in 3D which was pretty cool too, am so happy with how they turned this series into the films. I hate it when people butcher good books but I feel like everything in the Harry Potter films looks exactly how I’d envisaged it.
Finally, on the way home we were thrilled to discover that the Loving Cup was still open so we stopped by for some dessert… All in all a lovely afternoon/evening!