Welcome to the Weekend: Escape to the Coast

Welcome to the Weekend: Escape to the Coast

This week has been long and stressful so I’m thrilled the weekend is here. Although it poured rain this week, we decided to pack up our trailer and head to the coast. That’s the beauty of this little RV…we can pack it in a jiffy and hit the road. Sometimes short journeys feel like long distances when they take us away from our daily routine.

We saw the surgeon yesterday morning who changed Lucy’s bandage and gave me some good news. Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life with her dog at UC DavisThe swelling in her paw has gone down enough that it now resembles a real paw! For over two weeks it’s been unrecognizable. She believes Lucy will be able to walk on her paw again, without pain. Lucy may limp, but that might only be because it feels awkward to her. I believe our prayers have been answered already in that she’s improving and her pain is greatly diminished. My heart tells me all of your prayers played a large part in her recovery and I am humbled by your kindness. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

She wears this little boot when the ground is wet. She’s getting used to it but isn’t happy with it.

We’re spending the weekend at the coast less than 2 hours from home which might as well be halfway around the world.

The air is filled with the scent of salt water and Eucalyptus trees. It’s magical to stand on the bluff, listening to the crashing waves and watch the sunset.

The temperature is cooler by the water so I packed several pairs of boots and brought my new fedora. I love hats and this one has tons of attitude! It feels very “Casablanca like” and is a classic shape I will wear year after year.

A Well Styled Life at the coast of northern CA

Being by the coast is a balm to my spirit. I didn’t realize how badly I needed this escape until we got here.

Thanks for reading and being the kind, supportive women you are!

Have a fabulous weekend!!


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  1. Shirley
    November 18, 2017 / 4:34 am

    I somehow missed what happened but I thought you bought a motor home at some time ?
    We started out with a smaller Class B and did a 4 week adventure through a lot of the National parks making a loop through Arizona, California , Oregon, Washington, and finished up at Yellowstone, and Custer National Park. Now we have a larger Class A. We haven’t been able to travel in it since purchase because of husbands back issues, but my twin grands and I spent the night in it last night in the driveway.

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 7:17 am

      We did put a deposit on a gorgeous class A last January. Sadly, we arrived at home a week later to unload the trailer and found our home damaged from wind and rain. We had to back out of the deal because our insurance didn’t cover enough of exoenses and it was extensive. What kind did you get? I’m still hopeful we can move up one day.

  2. Gayle
    November 18, 2017 / 4:36 am

    You are tooooo cute, very chic. Do you ever show your camper, we have had a simple pop up, when the kids were young and so were we. Then we put a trailer type camper on lake property. Now I want a small one so we can just pick up and go. I have seen pics of the van/Mercedes but …

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 7:23 am

      Lol. I have shown a few pics. It’s very modest and we bought the ultralight so could pull it with our 1999 Lexus SUV. When the SUV dies we’ll likely swap up to a Class A or buy a truck and get a 5th wheel.

  3. Cathy Blackwell
    November 18, 2017 / 4:45 am

    Hi – so happy to hear your little puppy will get better. Our animals are our hearts.
    Could you correct the link for the boots?

  4. Ann Griffin
    November 18, 2017 / 4:46 am

    Where are you staying? It looks kind of like half moon bay.

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 7:31 am

      We’re at Sea Cliff just south of there. Good call!

      • Ann Griffin
        November 18, 2017 / 7:48 am

        We love Seacliff! Be sure to eat at Manuels, a great Mexican restaurant in Aptos just outside the gate to the park. You can walk there. We just traded our travel trailer in and bought a Class A Winnebago Vista. It is 29 feet. We are going to Yuma after Thansgiving for a 2 day RV driving course. So glad your dog is better. And jealous you are st Seacliff. That is a hard reservation to get!

        • Jennifer
          November 18, 2017 / 11:32 am

          Great tip! Thanks we will try them for lunch. 29 feet sounds about perfect! You can still get into state parks and have the convenience of a Class A. We’ll check that out too.

  5. Judith
    November 18, 2017 / 4:55 am

    Lucy, the Coast, your hat and cape all look marvelous. You deserve it all.

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 7:30 am

      Thank you Judith! It’s a much needed adventure.

  6. Kathleen
    November 18, 2017 / 5:20 am

    Yea for Lucy!!! Very good news.
    You are fortunate to be able to take off like this for the weekend. What’s lovely is you realize it. Have fun.

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 7:31 am

      Thanks Kathleen!

  7. Roxanne
    November 18, 2017 / 5:21 am

    What wonderful, exciting news about Lucy! A legion of animal lovers have been praying for her. My very favorite hymn since childhood is “All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small…the Lord God made them all”. Jennifer, hope you all have a peaceful, relaxing weekend.

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 7:33 am

      Hearing it was a gift! Thank you so much Roxanne! Have a great weekend.

  8. Maureen Lancaster
    November 18, 2017 / 5:41 am

    I just bought that hat! Glad Lucy is recovering. Enjoy the coast

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 7:34 am

      Isn’t it awesome? Enjoy!!

  9. November 18, 2017 / 6:03 am

    So glad to hear that things are looking up for your sweet little dog! That lifts you all I am sure. Can you say the general area you are visiting? Looks enchanting and one I may want to add to. Wish list. Enjoy the weekend and rest!

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 7:37 am

      We are just south of Santa Cruz. It’s a gorgeous area and well worth exploring. Have a great weekend Deanne!

  10. November 18, 2017 / 6:06 am

    So glad you had a time of refreshment. We all need it.

  11. November 18, 2017 / 6:10 am

    Glad you looked after yourself, and took a break!

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 7:38 am

      It’s so glorious to be by the ocean.

  12. Helen
    November 18, 2017 / 6:11 am

    So glad to,hear that Lucy is doing better. She,looks so cute with her little boootie. You look great! Enjoy your weekend at the beach.

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 7:39 am

      Thanks Helen. I like my boot better than Lucy does but she’s a trouper.

  13. Deborah Davis
    November 18, 2017 / 6:19 am

    So happy to hear that Lucy is improving!! There is power in women and there is power in prayer – combine them and WATCH OUT!! LOL Enjoy your retreat!!

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 7:40 am

      Thank you so much Deborah! Have a great weekend. Xx

  14. Nancy Starr
    November 18, 2017 / 6:34 am

    Great news that Lucy is better.
    We also enjoy little spur of the moment RV jaunts to the coast.
    We live in Oregon and are always looking for a new spot in Northern California.
    Would you share the beautiful area pictured in this post.
    I enjoy your Blog. Thank you for sharing with us.

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 7:42 am

      This is just south of Santa Cruz so a several day drive from Oregon. A gorgeous drive too. We love the coast so much.

  15. November 18, 2017 / 6:51 am

    Oh, I’m so glad Lucy is doing better. What a sweet girl! And you look lovely, as always. xo

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 7:43 am

      Thank you Jen! Your little fellow is adorable. Xx

  16. Lori McClintick
    November 18, 2017 / 6:52 am

    So happy Lucy is doing better!! Where do you like to camp on the coast? We are always looking for new places to camp in our trailer. I follow you blog for your travel as well as style information and am especially interested in camping recommendations. Thank you.

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 7:45 am

      This is our first time in this area and I’m wondering why!! It’s so close to home and glorious. The Santa Cruz area has lots of gorgeous spots. We’re at Sea Cliff now but also anxious to see Big Basin.

  17. Deborah
    November 18, 2017 / 6:57 am

    I am so happy that your Lucy is feeling much better. She looks wonderful! I love your fedora and oh my gosh! That fur look wrap! Be still my heart. As always you look wonderful. I can’t tell where on the coast you are staying. My husband and I used to drive to the coast from Sonoma ( we lived in Windsor) Point Reyes was a favorite and used to go to Mendocino often. We loved Agate Cove B&B. You make me homesick for my home , the West Coast. I can smell the air from your writing ~ thank you. You look fabulous!

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 7:49 am

      This coast is stunning. It reminds we how fortunate we are to live in easy access to these places. Mendocino is a favorite of ours too. We haven’t camped at Pt Reyes but it’s on our list. Have a great weekend!

  18. Deede
    November 18, 2017 / 7:10 am

    I just saw Lucy’s velvet collar on Instagram…Three cheers for the pillowy effect…It made my day to see her without that tortuous collar…From afar, I have worried about her and having to wear the dreaded collar…
    I am so happy to see your girl improving…She is just destined to get better…
    Love the Casablanca look…Have fun traveling…
    Isn’t life wonderful…where we were so worried has evaporated into smiles…THANKFUL, Deede

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 7:51 am

      It feels like a miracle Deede! Thanks so much for your kind prayers. They’ve been answered. Have a great weekend!

  19. November 18, 2017 / 7:37 am

    Such good news about Lucy! It sounds like you are having a fabulous time at the coast. Enjoy!

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 11:30 am

      It’s glorious here Barbara! Thanks

  20. Carolyn
    November 18, 2017 / 7:55 am

    Happy to hear your fur baby is well on her way to living pain free. The picture of the 2 of you is great. Enjoy your weekend.

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 11:32 am

      Thanks! Have a great weekend Carolyn

  21. Kathy
    November 18, 2017 / 10:24 am

    Glad to hear the good news about little Lucy. You sure do look chic in that wrap and fedora. My husband and I also enjoy occasional getaways in our RV, and we often RV with friends; we call it Group Therapy. Great fun! However, if I emerged from my camper sporting that look, they would laugh at me; last time I was gently chided for wearing makeup – lol! It’s just that we’re very casual within our group; however, if we decide to go into town and do something, we’ll glam it up a bit. I may have to find that wrap!

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 11:41 am

      Lol! As long as you’re enjoying yourself that’s all that matters!

  22. Rosemarie
    November 18, 2017 / 10:36 am

    Great news re Lucy. You will feel like you have been away for months.

    Raining here in Vancouver, BC

    I am working working this weekend – at a theatre. But fun – as I get to see the musical Jersey Boys. Everyone leaves the theatre in great spirits.

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 11:43 am

      How fun! I’m always wanted to see the Jersey Boys. Inside is a great place to be in the rain.

  23. Debbie Z.
    November 18, 2017 / 10:39 am

    So glad your Lucy is better! She is adorable- those eyes! Enjoy your time at the coast. It looks delightful. The sound of waves rolling in is one of the most relaxing sounds ever.

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 11:44 am

      I could listen to the waves for hours! In fact I am

  24. Lee
    November 18, 2017 / 11:03 am

    Love your hat! I must have it! You look so sassy and gorgeous! ????

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 11:46 am

      It’s on sale and a great value. I’m wearing a S/M and it also comes in L/XL

  25. Joanna
    November 18, 2017 / 11:20 am

    That is great news! What a relief for you. Lucy will be much happier now that she doesn’t have to wear that cone and/or be restrained to a small area. Go Lucy!
    I find the ocean is cathartic. The sound if the waves so relaxing. I don’t know if I would be happy living anywhere far from the ocean.
    Enjoy your weekend and come back refreshed.

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 11:48 am

      She will likely need to wear a donut collar when the bandages come off on Wed. She’s come so far. I love the water

  26. Julie F
    November 18, 2017 / 11:43 am

    Yay!! So glad Lucy is on the mend and her prognosis is good. It’s so stressful when our animal companions are not feeling well.

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 2:58 pm

      It’s very stressful and sad. I’m so relieved and we continue to pray. She feeling so much better I’m very relieved.

  27. November 18, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    I am so glad your precious pup is better. Sounds fun on the California Coast.

    • Jennifer
      November 18, 2017 / 2:59 pm

      It’s very relaxing here. Much needed escape.

  28. Sue L
    November 18, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    beautiful scenery. Enjoy your weekend and hope Lucy enjoys the trip too.

  29. Janet
    November 18, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    Glad to hear the good news about Lucy! You look great in this outfit! Happy travels.

    • Jennifer
      November 19, 2017 / 4:51 pm

      We feel so blessed. Thanks Janet!

  30. Julie from Melbourne,Australia
    November 19, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    What heartwarming news re Lucy & I’m so pleased for you and especially for her.
    Nothing like an escape when times have been stressful and enjoy your time away.

    • Jennifer
      November 19, 2017 / 4:52 pm

      We feel so lucky. Thanks Julie

  31. Susan
    November 19, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    This is just breathtaking! Love your hat and wrap. I would love to visit the West coast someday. The East coast is beautiful too. I love our NC beaches.

    • Jennifer
      November 20, 2017 / 9:45 am

      I am anxious to visit NC! The pictures I’ve seen are stunning. Hopefully, we can see it this summer.

  32. Deborah Peterson Milne
    November 19, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    I’m incredibly happy to know that your fur-baby is so much better. Let us hope that Lucy doesn’t experience anymore pain. You definitely deserve a getaway to the beach to let you mind rest and smell the salt air. Soul cleansing!

    I love you in that BR fedora. Such a great look on you. Don’t you love Fall?!!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you two! A big hug to little Lucy from the Milne’s.


    • Jennifer
      November 20, 2017 / 9:47 am

      Ah thanks, Deborah! Hopefully, we can see you both this winter when we come south to escape the rain. Planning to go to Palm Springs? How about a meet up with our trailers?? xo

  33. Jessica Conick
    December 29, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Your pup is so cute! Hope her paw is getting better!

    • Jennifer
      December 29, 2017 / 3:30 pm

      She is! Thanks Jessica. We are so blessed.

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