Sweater – Madewell / Pants – Uniqlo / Scarf – Aritzia / Boots – Hunter
The last time I went to the Treasure Island Music Festival was back in 2014 and while I had a pretty decent time, I actually didn’t know if there would be an artist that I would go back for. Lo’ and behold – that group was Honne. Because seeing them once in a year isn’t enough, you have to see them twice. Treasure Island MF fell smack dab in the middle of my busy traveling season and to be honest, I could have used a weekend off, but the tickets were bought and I was committed. To make things even worse, the weather was supposed to be terrible. Now, I’ve endured a little bit of rain at Bumbershoot and at Capitol Hill Block Party even, but I have never experienced music festival rain quite like this. Honne’s set was earlier in the day right around lunch time and it was actually quite warm. This photo was taken right after their set and as you can see, I’m without jacket layer. Shortly after this, the clouds came in, the rain started pouring, and things didn’t get better from there. Artists and bands were canceling for the day because of the weather and/or being delayed despite the music festival telling attendees that the festival would continue onwards in rain or shine. I had a couple of qualms with the way the festival was organized slash how things were communicated, but I also have been there so I can cut them a little bit of slack too. For the most part, I felt like I was pretty prepared with the outfit I had on, but the thing that saved me the most were of course, the Hunters. To this day, they are one of the best purchases I have ever made. Every time I know I’m about to go through a really difficult event with finicky weather, these are my go-to’s and I would strongly recommend them to just about anyone.
Earlier this summer before my heavy travel season, I decided to take a random weekday off for myself. I previously wrote a post about this actually about how it was hard for me to figure out how I wanted to use this day. Internally, I struggled. Why did this particular day need to be more important than others? What did I need to do on this day that I couldn’t do on any other weekend I had off? So the first thing that always comes to mind for me is food. Eating at some of my favorite restaurants on the weekends means that I’m facing terribly long lines and crowds. I knew whatever I was doing that day I needed to be in the city. My work was in Southbay so why not have a change of scenery. Together with my friend Leslie, we settled on Hog Island Oyster Co. at The Ferry Building because I had never actually eaten there before. I got a cocktail, naturally, at noon because I didn’t have to work that day. And the both of us shared a dozen oysters, the clam chowder, and their Po’ Boy sandwich. Sharing things always means you get to try more and we loved everything we sampled.
This isn’t the clam chowder that I’m used to having at Ivars in Seattle! It’s a little bit more watery, but I actually didn’t mind it. I thought it was very flavorful and hearty because of all the clams and potatoes. It ended up being a very filling chowder and I wish I could have had more of it.
Dress – Azalea / Rings – Various boutiques
We practically lived in this dress this past summer. There’s nothing better than having that one dress that you can throw on for just about any occasion. You might think that a dress with long sleeves for the summer here in the Bay Area would be too warm, but sometimes it gets breezy enough that you kind of want the sleeves. It’s also great because you don’t really need a sweater or cardigan to cover up either. We over wore this too much this past summer and it may have shrunk just a little bit, but we’re in the process of stretching it out again! Azalea is one of my favorite boutiques up in the city; I typically frequent the Hayes Valley location and am always finding things that I can’t go home without.
Here’s us wearing this dress again with my mom’s old booties and in the parking lot that the city tore down to put a building in. This place was the best.
It’s only a matter of time until all my Seattle favorites come to me here in the Bay Area! Finding out that my favorite Seattle sandwich shop, Homegrown, was making it’s mark here was the biggest surprise that I learned of this month. They are not only opening just one location, but three. That feels major to me. One of the things that I love about Homegrown is how sustainable they are. They use fresh ingredients and all of their sandwiches are yummy. In case you’re wondering what my favorite is though, it’s the classic Turkey, Bacon, Avocado. It’s almost midnight and I’ve been feeling like I needed a snack an hour ago so this is not a great time to be writing this post.
You can find the first location of Homegrown in the city on 222 Battery St. (already open!) The next two locations will be in Danville and Lafayette. Those aren’t exactly that much closer to me, but we may just make the trek for it. If only they would consider a South Bay location…
Because normal ice cream on a cone is boring, you guys! While on a walk through Potrero Hill and finding that my friends and I were having some sweet cravings, we stumbled upon Twirl and Dip. For some reason, the fact that the melted chocolate could develop into a hard shell almost immediately was fascinating to me. However, don’t be fooled. Just because it’s in a shell does not mean you are able to eat the ice cream slowly. It will melt. And it will be a mess running all the way down your hand.
Top and Shorts – Aritzia / Cardigan – Mom’s / Purse – Vince Camuto
Even after living in the Bay Area for a few years, there’s still so much that I haven’t uncovered yet. I had read about the James Turrell Skyspace at the de Young Museum and thought that it was such a beautiful place. I knew I would love it, but I didn’t know just how much I would fall for it. Manan couldn’t tear me away from the place! The funny thing about our visit is that we didn’t actually go into the de Young Museum. We drove all the way to Golden Gate Park just to visit the Skyspace and the outdoor garden. If you’re planning on doing the same visit as us, it will probably take you less than an hour. :)
And if you’re wondering if this is a good photo spot? Yes, it’s THE place for bloggers.
I was not familiar with Greek food growing up. It just wasn’t something that we ate so when I tried Souvla for the first time, I was hesitant. And actually a little bit self-conscious. Was I going to be the only person in the group that didn’t fall in love with it? The menu is simple. The portions? Large. The decor and interior of the restaurants – beautiful. And the crowds? Long, but reasonable. Souvla is a cult favorite in San Francisco right now and I’ve had the privilege of eating there twice at both locations with the one in Nopa being my favorite.
What I order:
It’s been awhile since I last went there with Mandi for one of our girl dates, but I’m already developing a craving as I type this.
Tank top – Abercrombie & Fitch / Chambray shirt – Madewell / Skirt – Brandy Melville
It’s way more fun to share your 12 favorite outfits from the year instead of the ones that just flopped, right?! We don’t always get it right, but luckily the shame of an outfit gone wrong usually only lasts a day. #blessed that my coworkers are always there to give me that immediate feedback. On the upside, I love the outfits that I’ve selected as my favorites for the year. We love that some of these outfits are ones that we’ve worn more than once and have recycled with other items from our closet to make them more versatile. And if there’s one thing that we appreciate more this year in these outfits than the ones we ended up hating – it’s that “less really is more.” Thanks Ma.
Hat – Nordstrom / Top – Brandy Melville / Shorts – Forever21 / Purse – Vince Camuto / Shoes – Keds / Sunglasses – Kate Spade
If I’m remembering this weekend correctly, this was the time when Mandi and I checked out the market down in Hayes Valley where a bunch of local artists and vendors were selling their merch. I don’t remember us finding anything that we fell in love with, but we did sniff through a lot of candles and spent some time getting inspiration for any ideas that might fit her wedding at the time or just for things we wanted in our own lives. It happened to be very sunny in San Francisco that day and if you’re from the area, you know SF doesn’t usually get a true summer. We were very lucky! The top and shorts are something that I would normally wear around the house, but the Keds made it look more playful. However, I didn’t want to look like I was in middle school with this look so I threw on my everyday purse and this hat that I love from Nordstrom for a little edge.
Top – Aritzia / Skirt – Urban Outfitters / Sneakers – Nike / Sunglasses – Kate Spade
Never in my life did I ever feel daring enough to pull off an outfit like this for a day of Sunday errands and catching up with Mandi. I think on this Sunday morning, Mandi and I were just near her neighborhood grabbing bagels and normally if I’m driving up, I’ll dress pretty casually. But… we had that week where all we wanted to wear was black and white anyways so I thought… why not stay on theme. This black crop top from Aritzia is one of my favorites. I’ll tell you what it is not though – a) easy to put on and b) not wearable with most of my belongings and c) not exactly wearable to work though I have managed to do so. I like this a lot because it’s just not an outfit you would think to pair with sneakers, but I love every single one of these pieces so much – in my head it worked out and in execution, we just didn’t care if it would work out or not, but we did it anyways.
When I was living in Seattle, I always felt that boutiques were few and far between. They were challenging to get to and my favorite ones were all spread out in different neighborhoods which didn’t make things very convenient. In San Francisco though, I can pick and choose any neighborhood I want to go to and be satisfied with the selection of boutiques that are around me instead of feeling like I need to hop from one neighborhood to another. One of my favorite areas happens to be Hayes Valley. There are quite a few here that are near and dear to my heart including Azalea and Oak + Fort, but today we’re showing some love to Seldom Seen! I think I first learned about Seldom Seen about 6 months ago through another Bay Area blog and made a point to visit the boutique the next time I was shopping in Hayes. SS is co-founded by Natasha Wong and is a relatively young boutique featuring both men and women’s fashion.
Here are some photos from my first visit, but I’ve actually been in twice now and had the opportunity to meet Natasha who is just the sweetest! It’s hard not to fall in love with the pieces when you visit or just the store in general. You can also visit their online shop here.
Located on 522 Octavia Street
I didn’t even know the headliners on this lineup at first sight. How did that even happen?!
A few weeks ago, my gal pal Andie and I decided to try out Leo’s Oyster Bar which has only been open for just a couple of months. It had been showing up on my Instagram feed more than usual, got a solid review from Mandi, anddd I just love oysters. Having been disappointed by the other oyster places in the city, I was really hoping that this one would not disappoint. And it didn’t! Andie I showed up without a reservation and were seated in under 30 minutes. We had the option of sitting in the main area or the lounge in the back – the only downside was that we wouldn’t have access to three of the menu items (which was fine by us!)
Here’s what we ordered and what we recommend:
Andie let me know that she’s never been a huge fan of oysters so I shared with her the menu beforehand and after our evening together, I think she was a converted fan. The two of us have had our girl dinners for the past few months now, but Leo’s was definitely the most fun for us! You’ll love the decor, but you’ll love the food even more.