Recently People magazine had a page of photos of Suri Cruise, fashion guru of the pre-school set, hitting the hot spots in Manhattan with a stuffed giraffe as her constant escort (although he looks more like a deer to me.)
During the same week, my granddaughter Amalía, eight months old, fashion guru of the pre-walking set, flew to San Francisco with her Mommy and Yiayia Joanie to hang out with her Aunt Marina (known as "Tia Marina"), attend a book event presenting her Mommy’s new novel “Other Waters” and take a quick tour of Wine Country and a hike through a redwood forest.
She didn’t have a stuffed animal as an escort, although a teddy bear was seen atop her head at the Fairmont Hotel, and a certain mooing cow went AWOL before the flight back, but Amalía still managed to flaunt the latest fashions while partying like a rock star on the Left Coast.
She chose psychedelic clashing colors for brunching at the famous (since 1918) St. Francis Diner in the Mission District near Tia Marina's apartment.
It was Cinco de Mayo, so there was a lot of celebrating (including dancing Skeletons) in the streets.
Amalía admired the fabulous murals on nearly every wall in the Mission District.
She took in the view from the roof of Tia Marina's building in the Mission.
And in downtown San Francisco, on the roof of the buiding where Tia Marina works for BAR Architects, there was a giant heart.
From the Fairmont Amalía walked with Yiayia Joanie to Chinatown. (It was a very steep hill.)
One day her Mommy spoke at Book Passage in the Ferry Building, about her new novel "Other Waters." That's the Ferry Building in the background below.
Afterward some friends stayed for dinner at a restaurant in the same building.
That night there was a wine and cheese pajama party at the Fairmont, but Amalía, in her jammies, was all partied out.
(Tomorrow--Partying through wine country and the Redwood forest.)