There are a few shopping experiences that pull me out of my Downtown/Midtown Sac bubble, and Palladio Folsom is one of them. The outdoor mall is stacked with shops, entertainment, and dining. My friend (and super talented photographer), Nicolette, and I hit the center with our goal destinations in mind — I was excited to check out the new Sephora, and she had an itch to stock up on some spring reading at Barnes & Noble.
First things first, we had lunch at Buckhorn Grill, which was pretty increds. I ventured from my usual fruit-nut salad order and tried some of their new (or maybe just new to me?) menu items. The veggie bean burger was the highlight for me! We split that, the krispy chicken and avo salad, and some rose. It was so nice to catch up and have some one-on-one time over a leisurely lunch. We couldn’t help but notice the whole day felt reminiscent of high school friendship. You know, that flavor of friendship where you just stroll and spend long periods of time together. Adult friendship can feel so sporadic and fragmented. Anyway, all to say, it was a wonderful day of chatting and shopping. <3
Shop-wise, I like to visit Mac, H&M, and Forever 21. But like I said, on this day, I was pretty singularly focused on Sephora! I needed my basics—Oaui Wave Spray for when I don’t feel like using hot tools (the scent is almost like perfume! No wonder they just just recently moved into the perfume market), and Living Proof Dry Shampoo. My hair is so fine and gets dirty so fast (maaajor eye roll), so this stuff is a life saver for me.
I also wanted to have a little fun and try something new, and that always comes in the form of a new lip color, am I right?? I ended falling for Smashbox’s “Rush Out” color, in one of their matte, long wearing formulas. Nicolette tried the same one, and it weirdly worked on her too! Sisterhood of the Traveling Lipstick!
I also picked up Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Serum. I’ve been digging the healthy glow it gives skin immediately, plus the longterm brightening effects. It honestly might be a little too glowy for me, it tends to look sort of shiny under makeup, but if you’re dry, I imagine that wouldn’t be an issue.
At Barnes & Noble, we perused the Self Improvement section (obviouslyy, that’s our jam), and I finally picked up Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist. I’m almost done with it, and I can already tell it’s something I’ll want to read again at some point. I just re-read some of my favorite Sloane Crosley essays; it’s always nice to return to a voice or point of view that inspired you or made you laugh out loud like a weirdo when reading it in public.
If I can, I usually like to see a movie at the Palladio Luxe Theater—they have a cute cocktail lounge with food and drinks available from the theater, which is equipped with luxury reclinable seats, ooooh. Reclining seats have a way of making me feel like a slob (a la Wall-E, lol), but these are luxe so it’s chic. Ha!
As for my other favorite dining options, the restaurant within Barns & Noble (yes, there’s a restaurant in there!) is so, so good. The smashed potatoes are insane, as are the salad options (I’m a salad gal). If I can’t take the time to sit down, I love swinging by the Whole Foods salad bar on my way home, and always scoop up my favorite chocolate-covered coconut popsicles. Oh, and Pinkberry! That was my college obsession, and I stand by it.
Big thanks to Palladio for having us! Can’t wait to go back.