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Turnt Down For What

As it turns out, Rachael only keeps the best people in her life. She introduced me to Lauren a few years ago - her witty banter pulled me in, but our mutually inappropriate sense of humor keeps us frands. My girl's life has been quite a whirlwind since we met: she started a small business, became a mom, and is now getting married to the best dude around. Actually, by the time this post was written she will have been married for 2 weeks. But we all know me and how timely I am with photo editing...soooo there's that. 

We celebrated at the Ojai Rancho Inn in Ojai, California - which is a gem of a tiny town rul close to Los Padres National Forest. If you've ever wondered what happened to all of those upscale hippies - they are alive and well in Ojai. And if you ever find yourself in this part of CA, I'd highly recommend stopping by Summer Camp and Fig for the sweetest curated goods. 

Oh yeah, and it was also Kasia's birthday so it turned into a dual celebration. Extra special thanks to Rachael for the rad Ban.do swag and for organizing such a chill retreat. I'd expect nothing less. haha.

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Slow Coast Birthday

Rachael always celebrates her birthday in epic style and this year was no different. She managed to coordinate a 12 frand meet-up near Santa Cruz in a part of California called the Slow Coast (which is basically the town of Davenport, CA).  She also set us up on the most gorgeous property...you know, just your normal, run-of-the-mill 22 acre privately owned coastal redwood retreat with a gigantic main lodge and a nearby cabin with a creek winding through it. SUPER casual. And the owners (Dana and Wallace) are rad as can be.

It was three days of max chilling - the best food and 'homemade' rosé provided by Parker (who is a world class chef dude extraordinaire), killer foraged florals by Kasia, and some general tablescapery schemed up by yours truly. An extra special thanks to my girlfriend Tiff at BALM for providing the much loved max chilling tshirts for the ladies. 

Three days of winter rain, nature, and unconditional love. Could not have wished for anything better. 

To Rachael, Nathan, Jess, Kasia, Whitney, Lauren, Chris, Tessa, Parker, Jaqui, and Ben - same time next year?? 

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