Get UNCORKED in San Francisco This Weekend!

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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.

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Lululemon’s Chic Big Sister: Kit + Ace Clothing

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As a Vancouver girl and die hard Lululemon supporter I couldn’t wait to try my first piece of Kit and Ace clothing,  launched out of Vancouver by the son of Lululemon founder Chip Wilson.   The line is best know for its technical cashmere, a blend designed to withstand washing, drying, and real-life wear and tear. The line is characterized by unique silhouettes, neutral colors, and chic interpretations of wardrobe basics. Tops, bottoms, and outerwear can be mixed and matched.

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San Francisco – A 24 Hour Fall City Guide

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

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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

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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.

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Burn Pilates – The Ultimate 3 in 1 Workout + Interview With CEO & Founder Lisa Corsello

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As CEO and founder of Burn Pilates San Francisco, Lisa Corsello takes the guess work out of planning the ideal fitness routine with her extensively researched and  balanced workout technique that indefinitely delivers results. Due to her extensive expertise and effective method, Lisa has been featured as an expert for PopSugar Fitness, Wired, and Cosmopolitan among others.

Group fitness is hot right now; it’s energizing, social, and it forces you to push yourself. They act like a pseudo-personal trainer by removing the mystery from working out, and offering a hefty dose of motivation. However, if your classes aren’t bringing the right combination of strength and cardio, it’ll be tough to sculpt a toned bod. I know women who spin six days a week only to lament that they aren’t seeing definition; likely because they’re not strength training, a critical component for most people to achieve a lean physique.

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San Francisco’s Hidden Gems – Design, Wine, and Architecture

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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:

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San Francisco Grunge: Rag and Bone Moto Boots + A Slip Dress + A Weather Report

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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

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How To Dress For Summer in San Francisco: Wear A Trench

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How to dress for summer in San Francisco – it’s something I had to find out the hard way after moving from balmy NYC last June, and has made a big impact on my summer wardrobe: summer = winter in San Francisco. Because San Franicsco is on a peninsula and surrounded by cold Pacific water on all sides, a “marine layer” of cold air forms above the city. This gets sucked down into the warmer Silicon Valley area south of the city, creating cold winds throughout San Francisco proper. Thankfully this “winter” isn’t really THAT cold, and nothing a trench can’t beat. Continue reading

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NYC vs. SF Style: 3 Pieces, 2 Very Different Looks

Colleen is a talented stylist and founder of City Luxe Style, a fashion blog and personal styling service in New York City. Colleen and I met through the blogosphere; as an ex New York City dweller I love keeping up with her classic looks, and vicariously experiencing her NYC lifestyle.

Living on opposite side of the continent in cities with distinct fashion sense, we thought it would be fun to showcase the differences by styling three of the same pieces (cut off shorts, something lacy, and leopard print) to reflect typical San Francisco and NYC style in our “NYC vs SF style” post!

How she wore it:

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Summer Blues + What Are Culottes Anyway?

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Summer’s officially here, and you know what that means in San Francisco – wind and fog. Summer blues indeed, and I’m keeping the blue and white theme alive post July 4th with these striped culottes. I’ve always loved the culotte trend, because they look so airy and comfortable. I paired them with a cute little knit tank ( it’s too cold to actually wear this without a jacket lately!), I found a way to incorporate sweater material into “summer” without looking totally inappropriate, though wool definitely has it’s place this time of year in San Francisco!

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