I'm happy to share that a guide I wrote for California Weekend Magazine is live! It's one of my favorite places to explore. From cute local shops, to amazing food and drink, to some of the best architecture in The City, there's something for everyone!
The City has been lookin' extra pretty lately. Everything is blooming, we've finally found some sunshine, and everyone is itching to get outside. I've spent a bunch of time lately exploring The Dogpatch, Bayview and Mission Bay. There are so many amazing old houses! There are of course classic Victorians, but there are older wooden houses and bungalows that are pre-1900.
Have you been to Mission Bay recently? Not just to go to a Giants game or the doctor or on your way to The Mission, but actually been there? Last weekend I stumbled upon something awesome. The sun was shining, it was almost 80 degrees, and we were headed back towards Downtown from The Dogpatch, when a simple turn to avoid Giants traffic led us to Spark Social SF.
With spring in the air, it can seem like the whole city is rosy and bright. I've been steadily adding to my collection of pink house photos, and wanted to share the latest with you! I'm on a not so secret mission to photograph as many of these pretty buildings as possible.
Everyone seems to be craving sunshine and spring lately. This year, SF has had more than its fair share of dreary, wet, cold days. It seems like everyone has been feeling a little blue, and we're sick and tired of winter. The perfect antidote is of course sitting in the sunshine. There are a ton of choices when it comes to finding your perfect patio in The City. If you've been searching for a beautiful urban garden with yummy food you'll love my current fave cafe.
There's nothing better than a perfectly made latte. Well, there's wine, and yummy food, and sleeping in, and baby animals..but you get the idea. I'm pretty good at restraining my #treatyoself tendencies during the week, but on the weekends I love enjoying a latte in a pretty place.
Each year is made of pieces. Days, weeks, months, tiny little moments that pass without meaning. The people you're with, the places you go, the things you taste--it all adds up to your unique experience and perspective, and I'm in constant awe of it.
This week is packed full with work deadlines, and I'm getting ready to drive down to San Diego for Thanksgiving next week. This past weekend was simple and perfect all at once. I went to two classes at Pop Physique (which I'm addicted to BTW.), had coffee at my favorite place in The Mission, checked out West Coast Craft (cute but very crowded), had some beer on Third Street, experienced KitTea for the first time, and ran some errands.
I'm constantly inspired by the colorful, unique houses in San Francisco. The City is known for its colorful Victorians, and The Mission is one of the best neighborhoods for house-spotting. Many of the homes are survivors of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, and date to the late-1800s. Since all the records were lost in the fire, the true age of many of these beauties remains unknown. What's obvious is they're special. Each has its own theme, color story, carvings and tiny details. No two are alike--like snowflakes but way, way better.
Have you ever found yourself, on a sunny Sunday maybe, wondering what to do with yourself? Sure, you could head to the store, run some errands, grab a drink at your neighborhood bar, maybe do some laundry, but what if you find yourself looking for a dose of adventure and exploration just big enough to fit into a lazy afternoon? Where can you go?
Lately I've been wandering around The Mission way more than normal. Not the busy hipster mecca that Valencia has become, but over around Alabama and 20th Street. It's a super cute residential neighborhood with an awesome assortment of little restaurants, great weather, adorable pre-1906 houses and little shops.
San Francisco is full of great places to find inspiration and challenge yourself. Whether there's a little store in your neighborhood that you keep coming back to, or a coffee shop with the perfect latte, or even a little hidden park with some grass and cute dogs, inspiration is everywhere.
San Francisco is the kind of place where there are always new things to see, places to go, and yummy things to eat. While I love exploring neighborhoods that are new, or further out, sometimes exploring close to home is just as rewarding. Just a few blocks up the hill from my flat is the bustling, and ever-evolving, Polk Street.
I don't know what it is lately, maybe it's just all the nice weather we've been having, but I feel an extra dose of inspiration just walking around! Everything is blooming, the houses seem extra colorful, and the sunshine is providing me with plenty of feel good endorphins. I'm all about vibrant, happy, bright hues lately, and San Francisco seems to be on the same page!
Tucked away at the base of Potrero Hill and around the corner from the Design Center, Big Daddy Antiques is a design lover's oasis. The metal warehouse building is punctuated by large windows near the roof line, and filtered, soft sunlight drifts in. It's quiet except for the soft sounds of far away music and the cooing of doves whispering from an array of vintage circus cages. The space feels contemplative and spiritual. The dusty light and tall ceilings are almost cathedral-like. It feels like here, anything is possible. Discovery is eminent.
Russian Hill is one of my favorite neighborhoods in SF to wander around in. There are cute shops and good food on Hyde and Polk Streets, tons of cute houses and plenty of stairway streets and gardens to explore. Even if Lombard is crowded with tourists, there's a good chance some of the best places on the hill will be nearly deserted.
Although I love the Ferry Building Farmer's Market, sometimes venturing out bright and early on a Saturday morning just doesn't happen. Sometimes the crowds are too big, the lines too long, and the prices too high. What you might not know is that everyday, throughout The City there are other farmer's markets.
Explore Telegraph Hill's beautiful stairway streets, lush gardens, postcard views, and get your exercise for the day! This is a great walk to talk out of town visitors on, but is also great for locals! The gardens create a sense of peace and serenity. The views of the Bay, the FiDi and Coit Tower help even the most jaded San Franciscan remember the magic they fell in love with.
One of my favorite places in The Bay is the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. The first Sunday of the month, at the crack of dawn, this former U.S. Navy runway transforms into one of the best, and biggest, flea markets in the country. With over 800 booths and 10,000 visitors, Alameda can be intimidating. There is literally something for everyone, and every budget! I've rounded up 10 basic tips and do's and don'ts to keep in mind.
Lately, I've become an avid container gardener. I'm blessed with a pretty good sized patio, by SF standards, and spent the summer exploring local nurseries and cute plant shops around The City. I'm by no means an expert gardener, but I did grow up in the country, if that gets me any brownie points.