Little Rocker Fashion at BottleRock Napa Valley

Little Rocker Fashion at BottleRock Napa Valley
My Little Rocker daughter and I recently got back from our second trip to an annual 3 day music festival called BottleRock Napa Valley. We’re big Michael Franti fans, and this was her 3rd time seeing him, 4th if you count the time I was 6 months pregnant with her.

We managed to pack really light, just a carry on each, and not the carry on you have to pay extra for, the kind that fits under the seat in front! We love flying on Allegiant, and I’m glad that their charges are a la carte because it means the two of us can usually fly round trip out of Bellingham, Washington to Palm Springs, Los Angeles, or Oakland for $300 all in. This is when it really pays to have a capsule wardrobe.

My Little Rocker wore her usual travel gear, a dress, comfy shoes, and her travel fedora.

We flew in to Oakland the afternoon before BottleRock Napa began. Our cousins picked us up at the airport, and we drove the scenic route to Napa where we stayed up way too late visiting.

The concerts started at noon with bands that I’d never heard of, but we didn’t arrive until just before 4pm when Martha Stewart, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were going to be cooking together on the Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage. Martha has some street cred, and though she can hold her own with the likes of Snoop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, she still comes across as kind, and funny.

Little Rocker Fashion at BottleRock Napa Valleyphoto source BottleRock Napa

We found a spot on the grass and settled in for an evening of music starting with Fitz and the Tantrums, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and finally Friday night’s big event Maroon 5.

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We kept our eyes open for other Little Rockers, and spotted this adorable Baby Rocker whose parents kindly let me snap a pic.

Little Rocker Fashion at BottleRock Napa Valley

BottleRock Napa Valley is a family friendly event, and Little Rockers get in for free. We saw some really stylish kids, dressed for both fashion and comfort. I’m happy to report that I didn’t spot any men wearing the RompHim!

Little Rocker Fashion at BottleRock Napa Valley

Little Rocker Fashion at BottleRock Napa Valleyphoto source BottleRock Napa

Little Rocker Fashion at BottleRock Napa Valleyphoto source BottleRock Napa

Little Rocker Fashion at BottleRock Napa Valleyphoto source Bottle RockNapa

On Saturday we danced to Michael Franti, and later listened in awe to Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals. They were outstanding!

Little Rocker Fashion at BottleRock Napa Valleyphoto source BottleRock Napa

That night, by the time Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers came on, the crowd was getting wild and we exited a little early. We could hear the rest of the set as we walked back to Napa Private Tours where we had parked the car. We decided to skip the third day of the festival, and visited a few wineries instead, including our favorite, Liana Estates. We spent a few more days visiting family in the area before heading home to do laundry and pack for our next trip, Sweden and Helsinki!

Lizzie Lau is a travel and lifestyle blogger based in Vancouver, Canada.
Reformed Adrenaline Junkie • Ex Skydiver, Shark Feeder, + Motocross Racer • Retired Chef • Mom ✈ 32 Countries
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Groupons for Places Where Moms Can Relax on Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is just two weeks away! Take a day off and spend a little alone time or gather your girl friends for a long overdue day out. We listed down 5 groupons to help you enjoy your day without the guilt of splurging.

1. Shangri La Body Care

Shangri-La Body Care is currently offering a spa package (with up to C$324 value) in a hot deal of C$75. Perfect for moms looking for the relaxing full package that will not break the bank. The deal includes Hot-stone massage, Body-slimming wrap and a choice of one of their 15 facials or treatments. The caviar firming treatment is a good choice for those seeking an antidote to signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin; the vitamin C facial, meanwhile, helps make skin look luminous and benefits clients of all ages. Then there’s the purified seaweed facial, which draws out toxins, and the diamond microdermabrasion facial, which gently removes the topmost layer of skin, helping products better penetrate. These and more others to choose from!

2. Harbor Wellness Centre

Conveniently located in the heart of Gastown, Harbor Wellness Centre is currently offering C$65 90-Minute Relaxation Massages (originally costs C$135). During each massage, certified practitioners combine Swedish and deep-tissue massage to promote full-body relaxation. Swedish massage helps promote healing while targeting pain, injuries, stress and stiffness using gliding, kneading, tapping, friction and light shaking—designed to ease back pain and help relaxation, while deep tissue massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It’s used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.

3. Selfology Spa

For moms who are looking for a way to take a day off from parenting duties with their partners or even a quite girl’s night to catch up with a girl friend, add Selfology Spa’s Couples 60-Minute Hot Stone Massage package to your itinerary. The C$189 package (valued C$520) includes a one-hour hot stone massage with aromatherapy and two of your choice from their add-ons (Seaflora Facial, Mud Detox for Back, Body Wrap, Eye and Lip Chamois Treatment Mask, Eyebrow Tint, Eyelash Tint, Eyebrow Wax or Lip Wax) for each person. If you’re looking for some alone time they also have this deal tailored for one person for only C$99!

4. Classic Cuts Hair Salon

If you’re looking to pamper and give your tresses some lovin’, Classic Cuts Hair Salon’s all in one treatment might be what you’re looking for. The package, originally valued at C$350, includes keratin treatment, wash, haircut, and style. The best part? It’s currently 53% off on Groupon – bringing down the total to C$165 for the entire treatment.

5.) Vinoscenti Vineyards

A wise woman once said “The secret to a stress-free life, is wine – lots of it” (sure i added the last part, but you get what i mean). This mother’s day, gather your mom squad and take the day off to enjoy the local wineries around BC. Vinoscento Vineyards is currently offering wine tour, tasting, and charcuterie for one, two, or four people. Sale prices starts at C$15 (yes you read that right).

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The Best Places to Get Pretzel in Vancouver

We’re making it easier for you to celebrate National Pretzel Day. Below are five of our favorite places to get pretzels from in Vancouver! Whether you’re looking for chocolate dipped, paired with sausage and beer or a pizza and pretzel hybrid, we got you.

 

1. Bestie

Not only known for their sausages, beer and currywurst (YUM). This German restaurant also boasts the holy grail of pretzels! Match it with their variety of soups or just plain beer.

Find them at: 105 E Pender St (btwn Columbia & Main), Vancouver, BC

 

Pizza Pretzel pretty please?! Yup, it’s happening! #alliteration

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2. Swiss Bakery

They have pizza pretzels. Do i need to say more?

Find them at: 143 East 3rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC

 

3. Tap & Barrel

Nothing is better than giant pretzels for brunch. Also a must try from their sides & share menu is their soft baked pretzel with warm beer and cheddar sauce, and phillips blue buck mustard.

Find them at: 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0C2 // 

 

4. Deutsches Haus (Vancouver Alpen Club)

Serving some of the best German favorites (pretzels included of course), their pretzel appies are a crowd favorite. You can also pair it with the youzhe beer and sausages. Perfect for game night!

Find them at: 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver BC V5N 4P3

 


5. Purdy’s Chocolatier

Let’s face it, the list is not complete without anything covered with chocolate. Our favorite? Purdy’s dark chocolate covered pretzels!

Find them at: #D5 – 700 West Georgia Street Vancouver, British Columbia V7Y 1E7 // and other locations

 

 

BONUS: Justin’s

The best and our favorite pretzels to go! Justin’s pretzels dipped in the best things in the world (i’m looking at you almond butter) was probably the highlight of my fashion week. It was a pretty hectic week but somehow i was still able to manage to sneak in to backstage every once in a while for the “occasional” almond butter dipped goodness.

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Cute and Casual: Japanese Brand Million Billion

KAORI YAMAGISHI is a Japanese-based fashion designer, born and raised in Yokohama, Japan. After graduating high school, she went on to study at Bunka Fashion College where she majored in Fashion Creation Technique.

Upon graduating, Kaori worked in the apparel industry where she honed her skills as a pattern maker. Continuing to work freelance, Kaori launched Patterns Well “Mammy Jewel Box” in 2006, acting as a designer and a pattern maker for ladies’ wear, kidswear, bags, etc.

Kaori is also active in Mook books, magazines and her translated books are on sale around the world. Her kids’ label was launched in 2017 . “Million billion” is a casual childrenswear line offering colourful and cute garments. The stylish and comfortable characteristics of the clothes is inspired by children’s movements.

SOCIAL LINKS:
Website: million-billion.ocnk.net
Instagram million__billion
Facebook: www.facebook.com/millionbillion1
Twitter: @millionbillion_
Blog: ameblo.jp/million-billion-kids