I’m so excited to finally be attending the 11th Annual Uncorked Festival in Ghirardelli Square this weekend in San Francisco. My friends went last year, and raved about the endless selection of food and wine samples (over 50 local wineries in attendance)! The best part will be sipping wine and enjoying views of the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as meeting up with my girl Ashley from A Lady Goes West and her awesome hubby Dave.
If you make it down, be sure to check out fellow San Francisco blogger babe KatwalkSF’s gorgeous boutique Les Mechantes, which is also located in Ghirardelli Square.
The snow is melting, the trees are in bloom, and you’re so over that winter coat. You know what that means – it’s almost swimsuit season! Summer is just around the corner, so why not upgrade your tired old swimsuit for something cute and on-trend? I teamed up with EXPRESS Runway to bring you a fun look from their gorgeous new line of womens swimsuits. From triangle tops to sleek one pieces, the collection features cool prints and on-trend strappy details that can be mixed and matched.
How convenient is it that one of San Francisco’s best spas is right in my neighborhood? As a resident of Nob Hill, I am biased to the charms of Nob Hill. With it’s old buildings, grand hotels, and cliff-like hills it’s as quintessential San Francisco as you can get. The Nob Hill Spa is located in the Scarlet Huntingdon Hotel, right in the heart of the neighborhood. From the outside, the brick building looks historical and demure. You’d never guess that just inside the door is a spa oasis, with a huge pool, floor to ceiling windows and a sweeping city view. Continue reading →
Ultra light down is the ultimate weather travel accessory. In the last year, I visited over 20 cities for work and pleasure including Boston and Chicago in the middle of a deep freeze. When I lived in NYC my Canada Goose parka was my best friend, but it was impossible to pack for any of these trips because it’s so puffy!
As a frequent traveler I only use my favorite carry-on suitcase for most trips, thanks to the encouragement of my significant other. He learned to pack like a pro from the execs he works with who travel 200 + days/year with just a carry on, but this is a real challenge for winter travel. I just can’t get on board with shoving my outerwear under airplane seats or in grimy overhead bins. Continue reading →
San Francisco is home to some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, which can make it tough for visitors to spend time exploring some of its lesser known locales. When I travel, I like to have a mix of both. If I had 24 hours in San Francisco this fall and chose some cool, seasonally appropriate local spots. The best part is that they also offer a taste of the larger attractions!
Vibrant autumn leaves and a hot brew in Golden Gate Park
Get your day started early with a fresh brew from the Beanery just south of the Park, and make your way up the Japanese Tea Garden. The changing leaves are spectacular this time of year, and give the garden a whole new look with shades of vibrant orange, yellow, and red.
Caramel, spice and everything nice: seasonal flavors at Dynamo Donuts
With the all the walking you’ll be doing, you can indulge guilt-free in a soft, gooey delicacy from Dynamo Donuts. Head north from Golden Gate Park to the Marina District and stop by Dynamo to sample one of their artisanal donuts. They’re made with seasonal ingredients and fall inspired flavors include caramel apple, spiced chocolate, and ginger orange.
Enjoying an Aperol spritz while viewing the infamous Duomo from our hotel rooftop
Florence, it’s a magical place with stunning architecture and a chilled out urban vibe. We arrived by a train after two hardcore, rainy days in Rome spent beating crowds, the heat, and fending off street vendors hustling us to buy selfie sticks. I was ready for something different!
Even though most of Italy is mega touristy and Florence is no exception, it still manages to hold an authentic old-world feel. As our hotel concierge said, to this day we have the Medici family to thank for most of the treasures in Florence. Very little has changed there since their several centuries of influence; from the incredible buildings to art that changed the world (more on them later).
San Francisco’s hidden gems are tossed aside in the tourist shuffle since there are so many major iconic sites to cover during a visit to this City. I’m pleased to be collaborating with Interiors by Jacquin, an influential interior design blog, to showcase some of my favorite spots around San Francisco. Having moved to The City just over a year ago, I’m always looking for new, artistic haunts that are off the beaten track:
Positano, Italy is one of my favorite places in Europe. I’ve dreamed of visiting Positano and the Amalfi Coast since the first time I saw it in a photograph. Misty hills dotted with colorful villas and lush foliage frame an emerald blue cove; and of course you can’t miss the iconic silhouette of it’s duomo. With no shortage of visitors, Positano offers amazing food, accommodations, and a spectacle of resort wear worn by visitors from all over the world.
When I arrived in San Francisco last year for the first time, everyone kept telling me it was winter. Even though it was May! The wind was howling, and the sun didn’t come out for two weeks after I arrived. It had just started to warm up in NYC right as I left, and needless to say I was missing the Big Apple. I also noticed that a lot of people seemed to be dressed down…
A year later, I’ve learned that a few months of wind is worth zero months of snow, and that fashion here really is about a) expressing yourself b) being comfortable and c) utility. Tech folks are all about optimization and performance, and they don’t put that aside when it comes to clothing! Continue reading →
What’s a girl to wear in Vegas? I imagined the dress code to include head to toe sequins, glitter, and an abundance of mini-dresses. My boyfriend decided to surprise me for my birthday and planned a trip last weekend (I don’t call him Logistics Larry for nothing). It was so fun that I wish the lighting were better inside the casinos and that I could have taken better pictures!
To make my vision of Las Vegas style come to life, I decided the easiest way to go all-out with the glitz and glam would be to Rent the Runway. This service lets you choose a wicked, designer dress (and an optional back-up size/style), keep it for four days, and send it back.