Tis the Season + My Favorite San Francisco Holiday Tradition


I blinked and it's the holidays. Thanksgiving is next week and then it'll be a string of holiday parties until we leave for the East Coast December 22.

One of my favorite San Francisco holiday traditions is seeing Home Alone at the San Francisco Symphony. Each holiday season, the symphony does a live screening and orchestration concert featuring John Williams’ score. They even bring in a children’s choir! The show sells out early but we managed to snag tickets with a group of friends and I cannot wait.

p.s. Gift guides kick off next week!


Some Light Alongside the Dark


We were driving back from Boonville yesterday after spending the weekend with family when we heard the news of another mass shooting, this time at a church in rural Texas. By the time I woke up this morning the death toll had grown and even though it’s now lighter earlier due to the time change, it feels like a dark start to the week.

I was reading about the New York City Marathon, which took yesterday, on the same day as the shooting, and wanted to share some bright photos and stories to serve as a reminder that the light sits alongside the dark. Read more here.

Hold on to your loved ones and have a good start to your week.

Shalane Flanagan of the United States celebrated after winning in 2:26:53.

Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya, a two-time world champion in the half-marathon, won the men’s race at 2:10:53. 

Manuela Schär of Switzerland won the push-rim wheelchair race in 1 hour 48 minutes 9 seconds.

The first mile of the marathon takes runners over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from Staten Island into Brooklyn.

San Francisco by Dan Tom


I have Victoria to thank for introducing me to photographer Dan Tom (in this post, from my favorite series on her site). I’m constantly taking photos of San Francisco, whether it’s on my morning run through the Inner Richmond and Golden Gate Park or while we’re hiking somewhere in Marin over the weekend, but his photos really capture what I fail to.

Since it’s a cold, dark Monday morning I thought I’d start our week by sharing some of my favorite Bay Area images from @dantom, who also has tons of incredible international shots. From top: San Francisco (neighborhood unknown); Outer Richmond on Cabrillo; Golden Gate Bridge (duh); Mount Tamalpais; Point Reyes.

Hi Again!


Sorry for the radio silence around here. Between the new job, travel for the new job, and recent current events - between the Las Vegas massacre, the devastating fires in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, and Napa, and everything in between, I haven’t been feeling inspired to write in this space. A quiet weekend a home did the trick and I’m going into the week feeling rested and grateful for the good things, like this space. I thought I’d start the week with some recent reads and a Halloween-y photo.

I always love Raluca’s writing, but this post about how to maintain positivity despite everything going on lately really struck a chord.

What a cool art project, especially if you’re into architecture and are always peering into windows while walking around the city (like I am).

We’re steel reeling from the fires in Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Napa. This 360º video shows workers from California, South Dakota, and Oregon putting out hot spots and surveying the devastation.

Has anyone seen The Florida Project? I really want to!

And a few things on my fall wish list, because what better way to procrastinate on a Monday morning am I right? 

This lace top would work for work + weekends.

Scotch & Soda is always a sure thing for me. I’d wear this dress with booties all year in San Francisco, and add tights for the winter.

The windowpane check trend is still in, and I’m loving it on this blazer.

And OBSESSED with this faux fur coat.

My Go-To (Affordable) Beauty Staples


I was looking for a new eye cream, and was surprised at how expensive all of the top-rated eye creams are! Thinking about it, I realized that the products I reach for over and over are typically pretty affordable. So I thought I’d do a roundup of my favorites in hopes that someone will share their affordable eye cream secret with me!

I’ve tried a few similar products but nothing stands up to these after a flight to New York, early wake up call, and day full of meetings ahead. 

I read about these in a beauty round up on The Cut and decided to give them a try. The little patches are thin and barely noticeable. They breakdown whatever’s irritating your skin and causing the pimple, and even help flatten acne, but don’t dry your skin out. This product seriously works wonders overnight.

I have a pretty deep side part and am trying to be a hat person, but have realized I need to also be better about protecting my scalp. This leave-in conditioner helps detangle my baby fine hair, smells like vacation, and has SPF which protects my scalp from being burnt and my color from fading. 

I’ve been reading about how good Vitamin C serum is for your skin but finally took note when my dermatologist recommended it. This affordable serum features Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid Acid. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which blocks and then helps to repair the damage to our cells, caused by free radicals, while hyaluronic acid is essential to healing and repairing our tissues, as well as in moisture retention. That’s a lot of science but I can say my skin looks brighter and feels smoother.

This has been my go-to face wash for over a decade. It’s gentle but still removes my makeup and is really inexpensive (yet recommended by my dermatologist).

This has been such a lifesaver that I keep one at home and a travel one in my suitcase so I never travel without it. It detangles my hair in mere minutes.