The best part about living in Northern California is ALL of the beautiful natural landscapes. I always tend to brag about how much I love and miss living in SoCal, but the truth is I continually become more and more impressed as I continue to discover new places. This weekend we went exploring with our favorite adventure couple to Tomales Bay. It’s a place I’ve always heard of, but never pulled the trigger on going because it’s a bit far from the city. There are many things to see and do on this trip (which I will write about in a later post), but for now, I want to highlight: Hog Island Oyster Co. If you’re a seafood lover, foodie or you just enjoy “local experiences”, you must visit this place to try some of the freshest oysters you’ve ever tasted!

Even on a foggy day, it can be pretty busy so it’s best to plan ahead and make a reservation. If you don’t make a reservation, they’ll still be able to accommodate you at a standing bar table but you may just have to wait a bit.

The menu is pretty simple: fresh oysters, Bourbon BBQ oysters, salads, bread, charcuterie and drinks. For a small fee, you can reserve a picnic table and shuck your own oysters. We saw a few larger parties do this and it looked really fun!

For more info. on Hog Island Oyster Co., check out their website.

 

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My husband is a Southern California native and has never been to Lake Tahoe before, so this past weekend we embarked on a Northern California/Nevada adventure with my parents. Non of us ski or snowboard which is basically the reason why anyone would go there, but we had a relaxing weekend even without the snow activities.

The drive from the Central Valley to Lake Tahoe was the most beautiful part! We loved stopping in the quaint town of Placerville (a good bathroom break stop) and at the Bonita Apple Farm on the way back!

If you’re a non-snow activity person like us, here are some of the GREAT things that Lake Tahoe has to offer that still make it checking out!

  • Heavenly Village –  bars/restaurants and shopping…
  • Scenic drive around Emerald Lake – there are MANY look out points along the way.
  • Dinner by the fire pit at Azul Latin Kitchen
  • Heavenly Cinemas – one of the smallest theaters I’ve ever been in, but very cozy!
  • Drinks @ The Loft – the chicest bar/lounge in South Lake Tahoe
  • Late night dinner @ The Lucky Beaver – the burgers are THE best and it’s LIT!
  • Watch the sunset at Lakeside Beach
  • Sip & Paint class (Sundays they have a special on pricing!)

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Hi everyone! Promised I’d be updating my site soon with some travel I did last year and thought I’d start with a bang — our trip to Ibiza, Spain to celebrate my husband’s 30th birthday! If you’ve never heard of Ibiza before, it’s a tiny island off the Southern coast of Spain. It’s been a popular celebrity summer destination for YEARS. It’s mostly known for it’s massive nightclub scene…and by massive, I mean the size of the clubs! They’re basically giant warehouses filled with pyrotechnics, dancers, laser light shows and whatever you can imagine. HOWEVER, there is much much more to the island than just the nightlife scene and I would HIGHLY recommend visiting even if you’re not into that stuff because other parts of the island are BEAU-TI-FUL! Trust me, it’ll be worth it!

So here’s the quick guide on how we booked and what we did…

Flights: We used my favorite traveling app Hopper to watch flights and were able to book a RT ticket from SFO > IBZ for under $700.

Accommodations: We stayed in an Airbnb in Playa d’en Bossa (the beach and close to all of the restaurants & nightlife) w/ 4 other guests.

Transportation: Take a taxi from the airport, but you WILL need to rent a car or be prepared to take taxis or the bus (it makes a lot of stops) on the day(s) you want to see other parts of the island.

Length of stay: 1 week – to truly relax and get into “vacay” mode plus get over jet lag, you need to dedicate at least one week to staying on this island (unless you plan to visit other islands close by). I would save 2-3 days JUST to travel around the island and visit other local beaches plus the neighboring island of Formentera (A MUST SEE) — and will take the entire day.

Where to go / What to see: My mentality when I travel IS to get THE MOST out of any experience. I like to do the touristy things of course (first time around) and also the local experience plus any recommendations from my friends. All this to say, the first things we did on our trip — the nightlife…

Nightlife: You pretty much HAVE to get tickets to go to any club in Ibiza, it’s just the way it works so be prepared to spend USD $35 – $50+ a night depending on who the DJ is that night. If you’re not familiar w/ who the DJs are, make sure you ask the promoters (which are all over the streets) so you can go to the club that best fits your music interest. SOME promoters can offer better deals than others, so it’s worth it to shop around a little bit.

Dress Code: Ladies, wear flats. These are not Vegas style clubs. They’re island style. You will be miserable if you wear heels since the clubs don’t shut down until 7AM.

Drinks: Are SUPER expensive in the club, USD $20 for a basic drink — so make sure you get the pre-game going!

Food: Mediterranean and Spanish style, a lot of seafood, plus normal American style cuisine (burgers, fries, pasta etc.)

Beaches: There are SO many beaches in the area so you’ll have to prioritize the ones you want to visit and spend time at. Grab a map and plan to visit them in order. All of the beaches usually have a restaurant/bar/food close by.

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Attractions: 

Cinema Paradiso – This was one of my favorite peaceful experiences in Ibiza, watching a movie under the stars. If you’re limited for time, I would skip this, but if you’ve got the time, this is definitely worth the “one in a life time experiences.”Cinema-paradiso-Feature.jpg

Bambuddah Ibiza – This is known as one of Ibiza’s top restaurants! The food is Asian fusion with a mostly Thai influence. IMO the food was decent, not great compared to other places I’ve tried, but the cocktails are great and the scene really picks up at night with the live music. Make sure you make a reservation if you want to eat here.IMG_5257e30f77a7b27a70fe5ae94b81da4f6454.jpg

Formentera Island: As I mentioned earlier, this is a MUST SEE! Take the earliest ferry out if you can and plan to rent a scooter and spend the entire day exploring the island. You will get a map that points out all of the different beautiful beaches. This was some of the clearest most electric water I have ever scene and I still dream about being here. WARNING: Make sure you get back in time to catch the last ferry out, otherwise you’re stuck on the island until the next day.

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Caves of Can Marça (Puerto San Miguel): A great pit stop on the day you decide to tour the island. For a small entry fee you’ll get to explore underground caves that have some interesting rock formations with a tour guide to explain the use of the caves for pirates!

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Port of San Antonio: On your last day, watch the sunset here! Champagne is allowed on the beach and fun performers come at night to entertain the crowd because the party never stops here…ever!

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Hope you enjoyed this recap/guide! Feel free to leave me any additional questions/comments about Ibiza!

 

Stay Classy,

Anastacia

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Hi everyone! Happy belated 2017 to you! So many updates in this new year and things to look forward to. I started off the New Year in Las Vegas where I accompanied my husband to the CES Las Vegas trade show. We go every year, but this year we went early to celebrate New Years since we had no plans in the Bay Area and…let’s just say, we’ll never do that again! Fortunately the highlight was that the countdown was led by the one and only Bruno Mars. I have so many travel blogs to catch you up on from 2016, so thank you for your patience and curiosity in advanced! Stay tuned…DSC_8475.JPG

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Two minimal holiday outfits if you’re not the “dress-type” of girl or if you just want to switch it up this season! The key in creating this look, is to keep the overall style “minimal” while adding a few statement pieces to really make it festive! Shopping details below…

For make-up deets, visit –> @tiffany.esti_  on IG! 

Happy Holidays!

xoxox

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  1. Mesh Body Suit (new favorite store in Beverly Hills! Think the minimalistic style of American Apparel X’s Zara Style)
  2. Spaghetti Strap Top – & Other Stories
  3. Leather Pants – Aloha Rag (Similar Style )
  4. Hangisi Velvet – Manolo Blahnik

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Top to bottom: 

  1. Velvet V Neck Body Suit – ZARA
  2. Alana Coated High Rise Crop Skinny – J. Brand
  3. Cut out Boots – Sergio Rossi (Similar Style)
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