Three Years in San Francisco


Today marks three years living in San Francisco, a city that truly has my heart. Sharing a few favorite photos that I've taken of this pretty city since living here. And read about some of my favorite spots in my city guide here.

Bali, Indonesia Travel Guide with The Everygirl


It's taken me ages to post about Bali but I'm excited to share that my travel guide is now live on The Everygirl! Head over to see more.

New J. Crew (and Why I'm Still Shopping There)


J. Crew has taken a few hits lately, with the departure of Jenna Lyons, Chief Mickey Drexler stepping down, and overall sentiment that the brand is no longer relevant. J. Crew holds a special place for me, as it's one of the few retailers that caters to both me and my mom. I have such fond memories of afternoons spent at South Coast Plaza near where I grew up, us both sipping our lattes and browsing J. Crew, and now that my parents live in Palm Desert we pop into the J. Crew on El Paseo nearly every time I visit. So I'll still be supporting the brand and rooting for them, starting with some of the picks below.

My husband might say I have too many tops like this in my closet, but the bright green of this Cold Shoulder Top caught my eye.

J. Crew blazers are my big-meeting go-to, and the Campbell Blazer in Liberty Poppy & Daisy Floral is so fun for summer (and all year in California, really).

The length of this Off-the-Shoulder Ruffle Dress makes it a bit dressier than other similar styles in my closet, but I think it could easily work as a cover-up.

And here’s what I typically look for at J. Crew: easy tops that I can dress up for work or dress down for the weekend, that hover around $100. Enter: the Ruffle Top in Chambray and Tipped Ruffle in Stripe

What about you? Do you still shop at J. Crew? 

Making it Feel Like Summer in San Francisco


I knew May would fly by, since we began the month on vacation in Bali and ended it with Memorial Weekend in Big Sur. Both travel bookends were the highest of the highs, but the in-between weeks were the lowest of the low, between changes at work, some family health issues, and personal issues I hinted at in this post

But it’s June! A fresh new month with the official start of summer on the horizon (June 21, and my dad’s birthday). It’s shaping up to be a busy month, starting with ECS’s CHEFS Gala this week (more to come but it’s a cause close to my heart and I’ve taken on marketing efforts for the event as a side project), a wedding in Mexico, friends visiting, and a trip to see my parents at the end of the month. 

Despite all of our plans, my real goal is to enjoy the summer even though we don’t experience summery weather in San Francisco (it hits us in September). Here are a few things on my to-do list. 

  1. Coffee date before work. It feels like a cheat day to slide into the office at 9:30 or even 10am after a coffee date with Ian or a girlfriend. Today I’m trying As Quoted with Jessica from My Style Vita (super excited to meet her finally and to try this new-to-me spot!).
  2. Long Friday lunches. I know it seems like I am trying to just escape the office but hear me out: there’s no better way to get into a summer state of mind than actually taking a lunch, as opposed to eating a salad at your desk while working. Bonus points for having a chilled glass of wine or cold beer.
  3. Eat all of the summer foods. Now it’s seeming like my list is all food-related, but I feel like it’s an easy way to get into the summertime frame of mind. I want to walk to Bi Rite for ice-cream one night after dinner when it’s still light out, eat bbq at 4505 Meats down the street, and have oysters for dinner at Hog Island in the Ferry Building.
  4. We go hiking in Marin year-round, but it’s considerably warmer on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge in the summer. We haven’t even scratched the surface of hiking in Marin and Angel Island is still on my list.
  5. Go camping! I am kind go cheating on this once since we just booked a 4th of July camping trip with friends, but sometime’s it’s easier to stick to a list when you have a head start, right?
What's on your summer to-do list? I'd love to know.

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Mental Health Month


Did you know May is Mental Health Awareness Month? June starts tomorrow but I couldn’t let the month slip by without adding to the conversation and helping get rid of the stigma in my own small way. After years of talking about it and thinking about it, I’m finally seeing a therapist regularly. I’ve also given in to the fact that there is a lot of data showing that meditation has positive benefits on health and wellbeing, and have started small with guided morning and bedtime meditations a few times a week. Now that I’ve started to open up about it, I’ve had open conversations with friends who are going through the same thing.