As we head into 2023, many of us are looking forward to the travel that a new year brings. Time to relax, replenish and revive our spirit is key to maintaining a healthy mindset for everything else the world throws our way. In that vein, our very own co-founder, Jen Menchaca, has a recommendation for your next trip - Alisal Ranch in Santa Ynez Valley of California.
"This whole trip came about after I met the buyer for the Mercantile at one of our markets. They were looking to create a capsule collection to retail on the ranch (which is available now) and after seeing photos, I quickly realized it would be a gorgeous place to do our next photo shoot. I am obsessed with the new cowboy chic vibe we're currently seeing in fashion - all the way down to my love of the Yellowstone series and my die-hard belief that somewhere in my future I'll be a Dutton!"
Jen being the casual chick she is arrived in her heart + stevie sweatsuit only to realize the dinner for the evening at the restaurant was more of an elevated ranch affair. Luckily, she'd packed her go-to blazer from Zara and was able to pair it with distressed denim, her classic green suede boots and our tyler crew which goes with everything.
The next morning Jen and the team started off on their tour and accompanying horse ride. They scouted all the places Jen wanted to see for their photo shoot - Jen's favorite being the Tac Room - completely undisturbed since the 1950's and smelling of old leather. Despite all of the beauty of the ranch, it truly was her favorite spot.
Jen also HIGHLY recommends taking the horse ride - especially in your inside-out lindsey hoodie! "It really is the only way to truly experience what it would have been like back then. It's just breathtaking!"
"This truly is an amazing property with a wonderful staff and after this experience, I'm even more obsessed! And needless to say, the entirety of our Spring 2023 campaign came into view as we toured - enough so that I even had our co-founder Lisa on Facetime pretty much the whole time. (Sorry Lisa!)