2019 has been full of ups and downs. I’ve spent almost a month on-island this year, and even though it wasn’t all vacation, Maui is still just as beautiful a place as ever. I thought I’d update my 2017 post and include some more places to go, things to eat and dos and don’ts. I love giving recommendations, so let me know if you have any questions or are planning a trip! Mahalo!
Thirteen was a big year for me: I was an awkward seventh grader with braces, a crew of annoyingly peppy best friends, and just enough newly found freedom to start dramatic fights with my mom at every opportunity. I’d had my first kiss, gone to my first real concert, and was regularly getting dropped off at the movies or the mall sans grown-up. It was also the first year I got an adult birthday present.
The Hoxton, Portland’s newest hotel, is everything you’d want in a high-end boutique hotel experience. The design aesthetic is perfectly balanced between modern and vintage, with enough bespoke and eclectic touches thrown in that you forget you’re in a hotel.
I’m Thankful for so many things and people and places, but mostly I keep that list wrapped up close to my heart. While practicing gratitude is trendy, I’m inspired by the old school elementary activities. The ones squeezed in at the end of November to fill time before the Thanksgiving holiday. The kind of school day full of art projects and sweets. Bonus points for anything involving glue, glitter and feathers. In that spirit, I want to share what I’m thankful for, and I want to cover it in glitter and hang it on the fridge. Instead, this will have to do.
I can’t stop thinking about the amazing pasta and tasty salad I had over the weekend at Barzotto in the Mission. I know they’ve been open for a couple of years, but Sunday afternoon was my first visit—and I can’t wait to go back.
When was the last time you went to Alameda? Maybe for the flea market, or to taste some gin at St. George, but have you ever just wandered around? It’s not really that far away, and the ferry ride is relaxing and quick from Downtown SF. It’s usually outside the fog belt, which makes it the perfect city escape—and you don’t even need a car!
To combat SF's freezing, foggy summer, we escaped up to sunny Seattle for a weekend. We spent the long summer days wandering the city and catching up with old friends. Great food, sunshine and tasty drinks filled our days. It was so nice to get out of the fog and be reminded that real, actual summer exists. Just not in San Francisco.
Scribe Winery might just be the most Instagrammed winery in Sonoma--and for a good reason. The aesthetic is a perfect mix of California cool and vintage. The $60/person tasting comes with a seasonal multi-course lunch of locally or on-site grown produce and ethically-raised meat. The views are stunning. Even the bathroom is the perfect chippy shade of Millennial Pink.
Wine Country day trips are the perfect antidote to San Francisco's gloomy, grey summer. I'm quickly becoming a regular at the pool at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. I short road trips and the freedom and summer vibes that come with them. If you're heading up to Sonoma, I highly recommend stopping in Healdsburg.
There's something about being young that seems to compress life's major ups and downs into impossibly short bursts of time and emotion. You wake up feeling like life is full of love and potential only to be crushed by the heaviness of it all by lunch. By dinner you're bursting with energy and craving adventure.
I've lived here, in this pseudo Never Land balanced on the edge of California, since I was a freshman in college at SF State. I've seen The City grow and morph into the tech-filled, rising metropolis that it is today.
Escaping San Francisco's foggy, breezy, changeable weather is usually high on every city-dweller's wish list this time of year. While the rest of the country is welcoming summer with long, sunny days, we're often battling strong winds and cloudy skies. One of Sonoma's best kept secrets lies tucked away into some of the most picturesque vineyards in the region.
Fort Mason, an actual former military fort located on San Francisco's north side near The Marina, is home to an ever changing array of events, pop-ups and local favorites. While I've spent many sunny afternoons on the greens day drinking with friends, and I love the farmer's market, I'd never actually gone into the library/laboratory bar at the end of Building B.
I'm constantly tweaking my skincare routine, but I've been loving some new products lately. Some are cult favorites like Glossier's Solution, some are big brand favorites like Kate Sommerville, and a couple others classic K-beauty staples.