I recently discovered about a month ago the Everlane pop-up shop just a few blocks from my work. It was the best thing to ever happen to my life and the worst thing that will ever happen to my wallet. I’m not unfamiliar with the brand. I actually went to one of their events a couple of years ago when they let people come into their space and mingle with other locals while sort of trying to shop. The event was, as you expect, a room full of people dressed to the nines. I was convinced that everyone there was probably the most fashionable people in the city minus me. Since that event, I would check Everlane’s website every now and then, but didn’t feel brave enough to take the plunge. That was…until I discovered their pop up so close to me! My first purchase? The Cotton Long Sleeve Crew in Rhubarb and just for $25!
So with a couple of pop ups under their belt, the brand is now ready to take on a brick-and-mortar flagship. All week, they’ve been prepping their customers for the news and looking to hire! The new store will be located at 461 Valencia Street (still in the Mission district!) A date hasn’t been released yet for when the shop will open, but we know it will be nothing short of amazing.
Every year, there is one true summer song. If we’re lucky, one of those songs for the summer will be a girl anthem. I’ve been listening to this since it came out and of course it’s so much fun to sing along to something like this and think of all of your haters. I like to make this joke with Elisa sometimes that when I speak about something I’m directing it to my haters, but in reality, we don’t really have any at all, it’s just fun to think about. By the way, in case you were wondering, this song totally trumps Selena’s “Fetish.”
Someone asked me today how my blog was going and I actually couldn’t even remember the last time I had written a post. Don’t worry, the dashboard says July 9th. Since you last heard from me, I celebrated Jennie’s Bachelorette Party in Disney Land (more photos to come!) and officially moved myself up to San Francisco. It has been a hectic two weekends, but we made it you guys. All in one piece.
Looking back, I had predicted that my move from Seattle to the Bay Area was going to be tougher, but it was actually the move from Sunnyvale to San Francisco that turned out to be the most challenging! I’ve acquired many more things over the last four years and I hate to admit this, but I’m not very good at throwing things away though I am improving. Also moving is expensive. It was my first time hiring movers and even though you think packing as much as you can into boxes will save you time, it won’t save you THAT much time. There’s also something ridiculous in California called DDT (Double Drive Time) and it basically means that if it takes you 15 minutes to get from Point A to Point B, they’ll charge you as if it’s 30 minutes. It doesn’t make sense, but you can’t dispute it. Whatever.
The point is…I got here and with the help of my brother who has now helped me with TWO moves. I have slept here for a total of four nights so far and I’m still not used to it. The adjustment to living in the city after being in the suburbs is going smoother than expected. I’ve already had a few friends visit me, which helps me to feel more comfortable with this transition everyday, but still wondering how I’m going to spend my extra time not commuting anymore. It means I can go home and think about making dinner – keyword here is think because it’s likely I won’t cook for the first month. There’s a lot left that I need to do that involves moving so those will be my errands on the weekends. I’m also looking forward to getting to know my new neighborhood and the surrounding neighborhoods. Should I share my favorite spots?!
Top – Abercrombie & Fitch / Duster – Azalea / Jeggings – Uniqlo / Boots – J. Crew
The time in between when I left my last job and when I started my current job was the most calming and peaceful experience I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to share more about that later on with you. I had been wanting to check out the newly opened SFMOMA for quite some time, but never could find the opportunity to until I realized that I no longer had to work away all my weekends. Wenwen was a member of the museum so she took Leah and I one afternoon and it was so much fun! Growing up, I always loved going to museums. They were my favorite kind of field trips and because my father is an artist, I naturally grew up with art around me.
Of course I’ve thought about my future wedding dress. How many times have you seen me talk about that Johanna Johnson on Yow Yow! previously? The thing about this is that while I’ve thought about it, I know that my tastes can change. I used to want something very simple and loose fitting. Then I moved to wanting something lacy and a little bit more body fitting. Today, I find myself drawn to these beautifully embellished Anna Campbell gowns. Never have I ever pictured myself in something like this before because I’ve always found them to be too glam, but there is something so enchanting and regal about them. Something to note about this collection is that each piece comes with a customizable skirt so that you can make your wedding gown truly your own. Here are my favorites below:
Don’t worry – I’m not moving too far! Just about 45 miles north to San Francisco. I was searching through my archives to try and find the post I wrote when I left Seattle for the Bay Area and couldn’t find it, which is probably just a sign from the universe telling me that this isn’t really that big of a deal. I’ve lived in my current home for nearly four years so saying goodbye is challenging for me. On top of that, I’m not someone that loves change. When I first moved to Sunnyvale, I got really lucky with the apartment that I received. It was perfect for me in terms of location, amenities, space, etc. As long as I was working close by, I was never going to leave. However, that all changed this past spring when I took a new job in the city. For three months I convinced myself that my hour long commute each way “wasn’t so bad.” Over time, I actually got used to it! I carpooled with Elisa and when we weren’t together, I listened to my music and got myself excited for work each morning or ready to wind down in the evenings. After three months, I knew that my lease would be wrapping and that it was now a suitable time to move on from this home of mine.
People ask me all the time how I like working in the city or if I’m excited to live there. I don’t have a good response for them! I’m moving up there solely for work and as much as I enjoy SF, I would still be just as happy living in South Bay. I used to think that since I lived in downtown Seattle previously that I would never really care to live in a city again and while that sounds pretty Negative Nancy of me, I want to let you know that when I move up there, I fully intend to embrace this new lifestyle of mine. What I’m looking forward to most is a) having more time back, b) not commuting really, c) experiencing my new neighborhood and d) living very close to Mandi.
In my next post, I’ll share with you more details about my house hunting, which surprisingly wasn’t as painful as everyone says. :) I think I just got lucky!
Sweater – Oak + Fort / Skirt – Brandy Melville / Sneakers – Keds / Sunglasses – Kate Spade
I have a huge crush on colored walls all over the Bay Area. Sometimes, I even find them to be the best accessory to any outfit because of what it adds. If you’ve been following my recent posts, then you know that I am obsessed with this Oak + Fort pullover sweater. I remember trying it on in store and feeling a little bit on the fence at first. Did I really need another sweater? The answer was so clearly “yes” when I put it on over my head. It was perfectly oversized, sheer enough, but cozy and one that I wanted to live in. I paired it with this corduroy Brandy Melville skirt that I’m still loving years later and to casual it up a bit – threw on the Keds! They never fail me.