Palihouse lobby. The saturated, lush interior oozes texture, moodiness, and an ambience that's equal parts sacrosanct, bustling, and the kind of nonchalant cool achievable only by living that Best Coast life.
Not everybody's cup of tea, but the delightful staff and salty sea air really sealed the deal for me. I can't wait to bring M back - my one regret was that she wasn't there to be a troublemaker alongside me, and the epic lightning storm, late-night delivery of bubbles and sleepy mornings perched on the balcony weren't as fun without her there. Another time!
And that's where the Linus bikes came from! I love that the space if perfectly curated, but wheeling sandy bikes in and out past the stacked dishes and perfectly lit art and fireplace and busts is just how it's done. It doesn't actually feel fussy.
I think one of the reasons I loved it here so much is because it reminds me of a family friend's Healdsburg home, and one day that sweet, wine country nostalgia is going to be the reason I'm getting a kitchen with massive terra cotta tile flooring. It's one of those completely irrational urges that feels the way things ought to be - lived in, imperfect, rich as in full. And we can roast our own coffee beans! Side note: The cafe, sadly not pictured, had delicious hot drinks and also loads of pretty and delicious complimentary homemade lemonade.
I know there was Autostraddle news the last time I posted, but I'm so proud to be a writer on the Autostraddle roster right now. Last night they won the honor of Outstanding Blog at the 26th Annual Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards. Incidentally the event was also held at The Beverly Hilton, and I think a lot of us cheering the team on from home enjoyed the bananas red carpet coverage and following our peers' sundry social media accounts. You can watch Kerry Washington's moving Vanguard Award acceptance speech here, and read or see more from the evening here.
Amazing. Work hasn't slowed down a bit since the last time I posted - our team hardly had time to catch our breath before we reconvened last week at an offsite retreat with our entire national staff, and this week we've moving offices so things have had a bit of a non-stop, hustle bustle, git 'er done vibe. But soon I'll be able to wave at M's office from my own (albeit from 22 floors up, ha!) and our post-work dates and drinks will be that much easier. It's the little things, y'all!
More soon, FFAF