Saturday, January 23, 2010

Under the Oaks

Under the Oaks


Sunshine




Green and Red







For the past week we’ve had nothing but rain rain and more rain around here. Not that I’m complaining, this is just what our drought-depleted reservoirs have been needing desperately. Actually, I've been enjoying the rain, mostly. However, our backyard currently looks like a swamp and we’ve been spending a lot of time indoors, which made going through these photos from a couple weekends ago a nice reminder of sunnier days and walks in the park.

We met up with Lucas’ family for a leisurely two mile hike along a lovely oak woodland trail in Sonoma Valley Regional Park. I’ve always had a thing for big gnarled oak trees (I was married under one, after all) and they’re especially pretty when sprinkled across rolling hills and covered in green moss and gray lichen.

With everyone gathered together against such a beautiful backdrop, it turned out to be the perfect setting for Lucas’ mom and her boyfriend to announce their engagement to the family, and we were all thrilled to hear the happy news. Congratulations Oosa and Geoff!

We topped the afternoon off by heading into the quaint little wine country town of Glen Ellen, famous for having been the home of Jack London, and enjoying the world’s most delicious grilled paninis on picnic tables outside the market deli.

As for my ensemble, it was very thrift gift-y with a prairie dress I received recently from Angelina and a hat from Milla. I adore them both, the girls and their gifts! I’m also very proud of myself for finally getting some overdue packages sent off to both of them this week. Thrift giving is so much fun!

P.S. I should probably mention that the red wool coat was not thrifted. I got it years ago at Old Navy and it’s the warmest coat I own :)

(edit: Turns out we're going to get some sun today before the rains start up again tomorrow, yay, time to get out for a walk!)

31 comments:

leah said...

i love the third to last photo in this little collection. most beautiful. i would like to step into that photo.

Ashlee said...

oak trees are my very favorite...
and i am really beginning to get a little sick of all this rain.

Toosdai said...

these pictures remind me of my childhood, growing up in the foothills of the sierra nevadas. beautiful!

River-Rose said...

Dear Thrift Candy,

I have been so enjoying your blog and even found myself looking for floral printed skirts at the local thrift store! I am a California baby although residing in Idaho beside the Snake River. Looked like a wonderful outing and very inspiring!

Thrifted Treasure said...

Stunning photos, I really love this look, more Autumn than Winter.

Lisa said...

Love your outfit! Sonoma is so beautiful, we used to go wine tasting there all the time.

Meaghan Kelly said...

you mis match prints better than any one out there! honestly, i've saved so many of your mismatched outfits to my inspiration folder and as soon as i get out to the thrift stores again (stupid school) i'll be thinking of your outfits for motivation!

Violet Folklore said...

I have fallen in love with oaks ever since moving to Nevada City. In Tahoe it was all pines :-)

Do you know the name brand of the hat? I am looking for a similar one for my (our) birthday.

How old is Clover and what size shoes and clothes is she wearing?

And hey just use the keywords in the questions in the search field for my giveaway- so easy.

Love the name Oosa!

Andrea said...

The Prairie dress looks perfect for wandering among the oak trees - I love quaint little towns like that. Have been visiting a few of those while I've been on holiday.

the vintage wren said...

I love those trees, what beautiful scenery...lucky girl.
I'm also adoring the way you are able to mix florals together. I love the prairie outfit.

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Pretty Pirate said...

What lovely photos, I miss nature so much. I love your outfit, it makes the shots seems right out of the 70's. The rain has been really crazy here too, but I sort of like wild weather so it made me happy.

I would love to do a swap with you, let me know if you are interested. I can send you stuff first!! :) I think I even have some things now that would be perfect for you!

ashley said...

i love that picture of you and clover- and your lovely dress- the oak trees are so dreamy! hope the sun comes out again soon,
x ashley

Teenysparkles said...

Looks like you had a gorgeous time. The sun has just come out here, I will wish a little your way.

SavoryMutt said...

Nice pictures Missa! I found a picture of you and Clover on Ryland's blog. Check it out http://rylandstameyphotography.blogspot.com/2010/01/portfolio-pictures.html

Oranges And Apples said...

Gorgeous pics as always and i love the hat!

Manja said...

Wow, Missa your outfit looks SO amazing! I love love love that dress and the hat!
I was hoping for spring to slowly come knocking at the door but it started snowing here yesterday :(

Rachel C. said...

What a beautiful day (and dress!). I hope you get some sunshine soon!

xoxo

A Thought Is The Blossom said...

these are such great photos of you two. both dresses are so precious!

Alexa said...

Lord, these photos are beautiful. It's as if you walked in from the set of Days of Heaven.

Eyeliah said...

more cute florals, and your lil girl is growing up so fast!

angelina rodrigues said...

you look so pretty in the dress! miss you guys. we've been sooooo busy. i started a job at a coffee shop and finn has been a handful. i can't get anything else done. hope all is well!!!

Andrea said...

oh how I LOVE a good oak tree :) They are so beautiful! Sounds like it was just a gorgeous day all around.

Astral Boutique said...

i love oaks so much.... their winding, unexpected branches affirm to me that life doesn't need to be lived in a straight line! I grew up in Contra Costa County and these trees have a special place in my heart. What lovely, lovely pictures! So nice to see on a grey day like today. I know we need the water but... I was getting spoiled with these sunny winters lately! (-: Sasha

Caroline said...

Still smitten with that dress. Also, I have a hat just like that, but I can never find a way to wear it. You do it with ease!

julialuckett said...

oh my goodness! I love the scenery and outfit! what a dreamy afternoon, I am currently surrounded by rain and cold and wind. I wish I were on that mountain side. also that girl is really cute :) big sparkly eyes

Julia

meg said...

you are just the most beautiful bohemian! i can't imagine a better outfit for a better day!
yay for lucas' mom and her man too :)

humble happenings said...

look at all that green grass! wow, gorgeous...

G&M said...

the first is a beautiful photo

Peldyn said...

Love the pictures. Glad you haven't been washed away! We have had some flash flooding around here and my back yard is also a swamp. More rain, ugh. I like rain, but this is sooo much!

anne said...

missa, this whole outfit is sooo amazing!!! and the location is perfect! those trees are just fantastic :D

...love Maegan said...

these shots are so amazing. I love everything about them!