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.

Little Rocker Fashion at BottleRock Napa Valleyphoto source BottleRock Napa

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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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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Winter Get Away: Where to Travel This Season

by Emma Tyrchniewicz

With the colder weather encroaching on Vancouver, now is the time to look for a winter vacation to get away from the rain and cold of the city.

Though this time of year sees a rise in popularity in tropical destinations, an untapped wealth of fun and adventure lies just across the Atlantic. Portugal is a rarely discussed European destination that is usually passed up for more popular locations like Italy, Spain, and France. Portugal, however, embodies the old world vibe of Europe without drawing in huge crowds, leaving its cities authentic and creating a lasting and real experience for travellers.

Start inland to experience the culture and history of the country in cities like Porto, where there is no shortage of public art, medieval architecture, colourful buildings, and incredible cuisine. Lisbon, its capital. is also a must-see. Softly playing music will lead you down its winding streets to cafes and restaurants with affordable and authentic food, while its museums are full of wonderful artwork and cultural artifacts.

If you’re looking for a beach vacation, you won’t have to go far, with cities like Ericeira and Algarve known for their scenic beaches, warm weather, trendy social scene, and delicious seafood. The best part of this undiscovered trove is that the prices don’t mimic the rest of Europe’s inflated rate. Since this destination is still relatively unknown you can travel the country for much cheaper than other countries in Europe, and fall/winter is the perfect time to travel, when the crowds of the summer are gone but the weather is still warm. Indulge your senses and your appetite this season with a trip to historic and beautiful Portugal!