It’s been a few weeks, but I’ve taken some time to rest up and recharge for the New Year. Sometimes you need to give yourself a little break from the Holiday break to fully relax and indulge in the things that make you happy.
This time away has given me the opportunity to put some thought into the content and direction of this blog. Here are some of the things to be on the lookout for in 2016:
- Career – Moving to Silicon Valley has challenged me in a variety of ways. You have to seriously be on your game here because there are lots of brilliant people (10 years younger than you even) doing HUGE things in the same amount of time you have. I will share some of things that have helped me grow in my career and what I’m learning along the way.
- Home – We are making strides to make our little over-priced San Francisco apartment into a home! The design process comes with the added fun of working with my fiancee to find things that match both of our taste and at a good price. We will share how this develops over time.
- San Francisco (and beyond) – Lots of travel is on the books this year. Also, there’s still so much to see and do here in the Bay. I’m excited to share this on the blog for those thinking of visiting the City by the Bay.
- Wedding Planning – I’m getting married! It has still yet to sink in. We have a long engagement planned with lots to prep for the Big Day. I plan to share the process in hopes that it can help others planning for their wedding day, and get some advice in return!
- Beauty – Thanks to being raised by a mother who is a makeup artist and model, I’ve picked up lots of tools of the trade along the way. I look forward to sharing some of these tips here as well as some of my favorite products.
In the meantime, we are experiencing a downpour here thanks to El Nino. This is an interesting change of events after 5 years of a drought. This Saturday the rain stopped just long enough to take a walk out to the beach and the Palace of the Fine Arts. It’s a pretty incredible sight after near constant rain!
Afterwards, we grabbed a drink at our favorite bar, The Interval, and dinner at A16 in the Marina. If you’re looking for a cozy, upscale, Italian pizza spot after a day sightseeing by the Golden Gate Bridge, A16 is a must.
One of my absolute favorite things to do on the weekend is taking a walk along the Embarcadero to the Ferry Building. The skyscrapers of the Financial District brush right up against the vast expanse of the The Bay making for a jaw-dropping view.
With the cooler weather, it’s been nice to bundle up, grab a cup of coffee, and walk the Embarcadero for some lunch or shopping at the Farmers’ Market. This vest is one that I’ve been looking forward to wearing all year because it boasts this season’s signature color, army green, and is the perfect weight to throw over a longer shirt or sweater. Since we layer up so much out here, I’m all about the basic layering pieces. This Rag & Bone shirt was an excellent find. I love this one and this one (favorite!) as well. Tip: Always invest in quality layering pieces. You get more use out of them than anything else in your closet!
Hello, hello! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve shared an update. As always, there’s been lots going on. Perhaps the most exciting/interesting news is that I’ve finally invested in a new camera! This is a long time coming as I’ve been shooting with a Nikon Coolpix L820 since almost the beginning of this blog. If you’re just looking to get your feet wet into photography, this is a fantastic camera for that at a great price. I’m a big believer in spending a little less until you’re confident you want to develop a skill in that area (side note: this is why I’ve spent next to nothing on kitchenware and cleaning tools!)
Over the past few years of working on the blog, I’ve started to really enjoy the photography aspect. It’s fascinating to me that one creative outlet can inspire another. This is why I always say to just get started on a project and the details will reveal themselves as you move through it. While both my blogging and photography skills are still at early stages, it has been so fun to learn more about both fields and try new things.
After lots of research, I finally landed on the Sony Alpha a6000
camera. It is still on the beginner end of the DSLR cameras, but it’s definitely an upgrade for me! It takes lightning fast, incredibly clear photos and automatically adjusts to capture the most important details. We played around with it this week taking a few photos in the always idyllic Maiden Lane, as well as making our way to a rooftop Blue Angels watch party. I’m excited to share a few of the photos here today with many more on the way.
Until next time! And, I promise I’ll be back much sooner 🙂
I’ve always loved the steel and brick warehouse aesthetic.
This is one of the reasons I have fallen in love with the “Dogpatch” neighborhood. Living in a city built around shipping ports, it’s so interesting to cruise through the brick streets and check out some of the old warehouses. As a transplant to SF, I’ve become fascinated with these ports and the history behind it all. Being in a new city makes me want to learn as much as possible about it and curious as to how it became what it is today. Weird, I know, but does anyone else feel that way about a new city?
Luckily we’ve had near perfect (read: less windy) days to make walking through these streets actually fun without the wind blowing your hair into your lip gloss and your skirt flying up. As mentioned in this post, it’s been the perfect time for finally pulling out my true Summer clothes. This skirt was the perfect pop of color for the steely warehouses of the ‘patch, and just stretchy enough for the leisurely 2 hour brunch before our walk :).