Sometimes these photographs and things are little reminders to myself, but basically more of a collection of my own thoughts from the last couple of months.
Last weekend when I was in LA, George made Gelesia and I a late night snack of grilled cheese sandwiches at the end of our night and since then I’ve been craving my favorite one in San Francisco from Mission Cheese! They make a really scrumptious one called “Chedd or Alive” – Cabot & Vella cheddars, Apple’N’Ale chutney. Reminds me of home! And fall! This used to be one of my favorite and easy meals to make in college before I hunkered down and finished a long paper that I put off or some tedious assignment. The grilled cheese will probably always hold a special place in my heart. AWWWW <3
Tank top – Nordstrom / White skort – Aritzia / Grey cardigan – Zara / Black boots
Sometime last month, Alex, Kelly, and I stopped by an event at the Everlane offices to showcase some of upcoming season’s latest items. This was actually the first fashion event I’ve ever been to in San Francisco so it was pretty exciting, but also a little bit intimidating! It was kind of like all of the best dressed people in San Francisco were present at this event and we felt a little bit out of place. I like to think of Everlane as a sort of fashion start-up so it was still just interesting for me to be visiting another office in that space. We didn’t stick around for too long or mingle with very many people, but enjoyed the experience. After the event, we took advantage of the murals in The Mission and used them as our backdrops for our photographs before ducking into a wine bar for some late night sangria. Also, where I happen to be standing in this photo was completely unintentional! Only after did we realize that it looked like I was the one being “painted.”
So I just discovered that we’re completely behind on all of our posts! One of the best things about Yow Yow! though is that there’s always something to write about. I never usually find that I run out of material, but I did notice that I did my last “Bay Area Eats” post back in March and I’ve definitely eaten a lot more since then so let’s play catch up!
Mandi and I had one of our girly brunch dates at Straw in Hayes Valley months ago! Now, this is a pretty unique restaurant because they put a fun spin on your favorite items with a carnival type twist. No, your mind isn’t playing tricks on you. I really did order an egg sandwich in between two donuts. When Mom saw this photo she immediately thought that I was begging for a heart attack. For their dinner menu, Straw also makes a similar version with a cheeseburger in between two donuts! I was really hoping to like this because I love egg sandwiches and I love donuts independently. Together, however, was another story. It really just felt like I was eating surgary eggs and cheese combined with an already pretty sweet bacon. It ended up being a bit too much for me and on top of that – really messy to eat! I must’ve used up two of my napkins before I decided to give up – take it apart – and just eat the eggs. Has anyone ever tried this at Straw or a similar brunch meal? I’d love to know what you think!
Scarf – Aritzia / Black pants – Uniqlo / Sandals – Moorea Seal (Seattle boutique)
After I returned from Seattle, my co-worker and dearest friend Alex and I spent a weekend afternoon adventuring over to Sutro Baths! We both had never been before and knew that it would be a great opportunity for some Instagrams (it was!) The hike itself to Sutro Baths is something like a mile or two, but him and I haven’t been regularly active so I was completely out of breath when we reached the top of the stairs again. This place is fantastic though and SO PRETTY! It also smells disgusting, but what I’ve found is that similar places to these typically do all smell the same and it’s gross. This diamond scarf from Aritzia is one of my favorite pieces and because June-August in San Francisco tend to be more cold – the scarf was the perfect cover-up.
We’re not going! I’ve lived here for almost two years now and I still haven’t been to an Outside Lands. You’d think having come from Seattle that this would’ve been the first thing I would have done, but as strange as it is, it’s not. Does that mean I’m growing up? Having new interests? Over music? Probably not that last one. Actually after missing Outside Lands last year because my boyfriend at the time and I were too fatigued and kind of forgot to get tickets, I experienced just a little bit of FOMO. I was hoping that I’d want to go this year, but I wasn’t totally into the headliners especially after seeing Sam Smith this past February already. Though, I wasn’t willing to shell out the dough, I’m sure Outside Lands is still worth it. Everyone seems to like it so that says a lot! If I were going, here are the acts that I would see each day:
For the full lineup for each day, visit Outside Lands.
– I can’t even with these sushi beach towels [Colossal]
– The pain of being in love with someone you can never be with [Elite Daily]
– 15 rules for an unconventional wedding [The Coveteur]
– Things to avoid when eating out [The Guardian]
– The Real World is casting in SF next month, do you have what it takes? [7×7]
– Silicon Valley Dictionary – like Urban Dictionary, but a place where people only in tech can truly relate [Silicon Valley Dictionary]
– The most popular foods across the world calculated by Instagram [Photoworld]
– The best amenity kits in first class by airline [Afar]
– How to recover from an all-nighter
– Calculate how much time you’ve spent watching your favorite television shows [tiii.me]
This video by Daniel Peters is absolutely stunning. I used to watch videos like this all of the time showing Seattle and I remember watching them and being like “Wow, this is my city. This is home.” And now, I kind of get to feel that way about a new place. Though I don’t live in San Francisco, I spend a lot of my time there. Eventually, when I feel like leaving South Bay, I may even move up there. It’s something that I think about often and it really isn’t a tough sell. It’s such a beautiful place with so much to do and so much life. It’s hard to believe, but after being here for almost two years, I feel like I call both these cities home.
Even though Mandi and I have been living in the Bay Area for almost two years now, there is still so much for us to explore so we typically save some time on the weekends for us to get together to do things that we love to do like hipster wedding expos, for example! This trip, however, was a very special one. Heath Ceramics was something that I learned about from my former manager when I first started working in California and a thing that I now find I should be working towards saving my money for! They are some of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever seen! Since Mandi is newly engaged and planning every aspect and detail of her wedding, we sort of decided (or I suggested) that she should DEFINITELY be putting these on her registry. There’s really no better time to be asking for these. We decided though that we needed to take a closer look though so we signed up for a free tour so that we could learn more about Heath and see the factory for ourselves.
Woof! Well it feels like this week just completely flew by us. I can’t believe I’m starting over again tomorrow on a Monday and doing this whole thing all over again. This week was feeling particularly chilly…except for today because I’m sweating all over my couch in 80 degree weather right now. I don’t mind the one-off days though so earlier this week, I threw on my favorite Brandy Melville sweater and equipped myself with a Starbucks Toffee Nut Latte. I’m back and forth between Starbucks and Blue Bottle these days and not sure why I can’t make up my mind. I think it’s because I get Blue Bottle for free, but Starbucks gives me that suga suga that I need to function.
Everytime I travel somewhere, I always feel like I need the next weekend after to completely unwind! That didn’t really happen this time around though because I packed my entire Saturday with being in the city. I ventured to a new part of town for the first time and discovered Cole Valley with my pal Erica. It’s considered a neighborhood, but really it only has two blocks of shops and a brunch place that we did not love. Womp womp.
I love how most of the charming houses in San Francisco are always pastel colored. Funny, for someone who used to tell people my favorite color was “pastel” I am living far from this city.
Dress – Aritzia / Denim shirt – Madewell / Black boots – borrowed from mom years ago!
The other day we had the opportunity to work from the city instead of our office in South Bay – an opportunity I always take when I have the chance! It’s actually such a great perk from the company because we get to rent an Airbnb for the day, have breakfast and lunch and then celebrate with drinks after. We were all working pretty diligently in The Mission that day, but Alberto and I snuck out for a mini photo break to capture our latest OOTD.
For the first time, we are publishing an “A Collection” post and starting the next one immediately. Hopefully, this means that we can have another one posted within the next six months. These are Veronica’s favorite posts and I even texted her this morning to let her know that she could expect it this evening. These posts are so interesting to me because there is usually little to no content. Instead, it’s a post of 50+ images that I’ve collected over 6 months that evoke something out of me. There’s no rhyme or reason. I can’t go through each photo and say why I chose each one. I just know that it’s important to me, that it means something and resonates with me in some way or another. I’ve never actually talked to Veronica about this, but while this doesn’t hold much content, I almost feel like she probably knows what I’m thinking or how I’m feeling through a collection of images. Maybe you all do! You tell me. :)