Take a detour to this suburban oasis of style.
9:00 a.m. Inhale the aroma of freshly baked bread at Rustic Bakery. Resist the urge to gorge on everything floury and sugar-dusted in the display case and instead choose healthy breakie option: a bowl of homemade granola and fresh berries with St. Benoit milk. Sip a tall glass of breakfast tea in lieu of the dainty cup and feel suddenly revived. Cave under the massive carbo-pressure and grab a rustic baguette to go.
9:30 a.m. Spy the spectacle of euphoric athletes trailing out of SoulCycle after hammering the pedals for forty-five minutes. Wonder if sweating to the oldies in a candle-lit room with strangers is oddly exhilarating and not that weird.
10 a.m. Stop in at Erica Tanov for essential Boho Chic fix. Would love to recreate the gold tiled wall of brass discs behind the cash register counter and purchase her entire new line of clothing for fall, including home accessories and the bedding line in collaboration with artist Emily Payne. No one does it better than Erica.
10:30 a.m. Head next door to Poppy Store to find a little pressie for my daughter. Quick chat with Claire, the sweetest person around, and thank heaven for a little taste of Paris in our backyard. Pick up Johnny Cash Forever stamps at The Trading Post.
11:00 a.m. A spritz of Tocca’s Stella eau de parfum and a smudge of Kevyn Aucoin’s Creamy Glow at Space.NK.Apothecary and then motor to Diesel Bookstore for a careful browse through the new book selections. Give in to must-read temptations: Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Sleepless in Hollywood by Lynda Obst, and Blue Plate Special by Kate Christensen.
11:45 a.m. Witness the stylists to the rescue through the windows at Cooper Alley. In their capable hands, even brittle hair shines as radiant as My Little Pony tails.
High noon Indulge in lunch at Farmshop. Order Avocado Hummus to start, then Summer Salad with tomatoes, heirloom pole beans, toasted fregola, lemon cucumbers, Greek yogurt and za’atar. Take a stroll toward the Larkspur Ferry and soak in the sun. It’s time to say farewell to Marin Country Mart. Until next time adieu.
Nicki Richesin is a freelance writer and editor based in Marin. She writes personal essays and pieces on lifestyle and pop culture for Sunset, DuJour, Daily Candy, The Huffington Post and 7x7. She is also the author and editor of The May Queen, Because I Love Her, What I Would Tell Her, and Crush. Find her online at http://www.nickirichesin.com.