Yow Yow! in Pescadero / Half Moon Bay

I hate the word funemployment so we’re just going to call this period of my life the time that I took off. Between securing my new job and actually starting, I didn’t have enough time to take an extravagant trip or even fly back home for a little bit. Living in California though makes it easy to get a little further out for the day. I only had two weeks before starting and every day was packed with something – errands, blogging, getting myself mentally prepared for my next job, but something that was really important to me was taking a day for myself and having a day trip. The internet gave me a lot of great ideas for day trips that I could take in my area and I picked Pescadero because it was a pretty unlikely spot that I may never have chosen on my own if not for this moment. I knew I wanted to be near the water and see some sights, but not spend all day getting there. What I didn’t know is that Pescadero’s main attractions are a couple of blocks long. Our day there ended before we really just got started! Luckily for us, Half Moon Bay wasn’t too far and it was another spot that I’d always wanted to see. The us I’m referring to is my friend Jason who was also “taking time off” at the same time I was! I could’ve done this trip alone, but it was more fun with him and he agreed to my entire agenda.

Apparently, Pie Ranch is a major attraction for Pescadero so I needed to see this in person. Honestly, I only wanted a slice, but on the day that we went, there happened to be a field trip for kids in a summer camp and they snagged all of the slices before we could grab one. Hence, why we were forced to order a whole pie. To make matters worse, there were also kids behind us and while we offered to split our whole pie with them since we only wanted a slice, kids are advised to always avoid strangers so…

If you look closely, it looks like these rocks are kind of hairy!

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Song of the Day

Talib Kweli ft. Miguel – Come Here

An oldie, but I never met a Miguel jam I didn’t love.

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Converse’s “Triple Black”

We’ve got the only shoes you need for the rest of the year. Why buy one pair when you can have two? Converse’s “Triple Black” Chuck Taylor Pack is being released tomorrow and while this is very exciting news… a part of me is wondering why there isn’t a 3rd style getting involved as part of the “triple!” The two styles come in both ’70 Hi and Ox and it is completely covered in a perfect matte black.

The Ox and Hi will retail for $48 USD and $78 USD respectively. Select retailers like HBX will stock the pack on July 21.

Wow. You need both.

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Everlane To Open Brick-and-Mortar Flagship

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.

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Song of the Day

Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry

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.”

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Officially A San Francisco Resident

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?!

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Yow Yow! at the SFMOMA

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.

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Anna Campbell’s Eternal Heart Collection

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:

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