The Weekend of the Hat

After a living in a crazed state for the past few weeks, Joe and I were excited to take the long holiday weekend as an opportunity to finally relax. A “staycation,” so to speak.

On Saturday, we ventured over to Treasure Island, a spot between Oakland and SF that is home to one of the biggest flea markets in the area. We had a blast poking around the stalls and discovering trinkets and furniture that would work in our new apartment.Flea Market 3

Upon passing a table overflowing with hats of all shapes and sizes, I jokingly grabbed a Panama to try on and immediately fell in love! In 24 years, I’ve never worn a hat, nor have I ever found one that looked anything less than ridiculous on me. But for whatever reason, this hat and I were obviously meant to be. The connection was so strong that I ended up wearing it immediately as well as every day for the rest of the weekend. Thus, it became the weekend of the hat.

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The views from Treasure Island are incredible.

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Shirt – Uniqlo; Jeans- Gap; Shoes- Me Too (similar here and here)

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Bag- Coach (love this one); Scarf- Vintage; Bracelet- H&M; Watch- Michael Kors (similar here)

On Sunday morning, I grabbed my new hat and wandered up to the Lake Merritt area of Oakland. Only a few blocks from our apartment, it’s a great spot for people watching, relaxing by the water or grabbing a bite.

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Shirt- Uniqlo; Skirt- Uniqlo (love this one); Bag- 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

Later, we enjoyed dinner a little closer to home at Forge, a great brick oven pizza spot right on the marina. By a stroke of luck, we managed to score a table looking out over the water on a gorgeous night- couldn’t have asked for a more perfect setting.

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On Monday, we realized in a panic that we would have failed at celebrating a holiday weekend if we didn’t make it to the beach at some point!  On a whim, we decided to take a drive down the coast  on Highway 1 and check it out for ourselves, and the views did not disappoint. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t conducive to swimming, even for a brave East Coaster, but I did manage to dip my toe in the Pacific!

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Note the infamous hat- beach cover-up is old, from Ecuador.

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Green with (Sofa) Envy

There are many things that made this move to California exciting- exploring a new city, the sun-drenched weather, and of course, settling into a more relaxed lifestyle. But above all else, what I’ve been having the most fun with is decorating our new apartment from scratch. This has been a longer process than any other move we’ve tackled in the past because we quite literally came out here with nothing. We drove away from New York with essentially what we could fit in our car; clothes, mementos and a television that I couldn’t pry out of Joe’s hands even if I tried.  We’ve had a blast picking out everything, from plates and silverware to sheets and furniture. At this point, we’ve gathered all of the basics and are ready for the real fun to begin in terms of furniture and finishing touches.

As always, Pinterest has been a huge source of inspiration, and I’ve spent weeks gathering ideas for our new space. For whatever reason, I have become obsessed with a palette of green, black and white, particularly with a green couch. So obsessed, in fact, that we purchased a velvet green sofa from Macys’ weeks ago, before we had anything else for the space. It’s going to take a few more weeks to be custom made, so until then, we’ll have to make do with our inspiration photos and a blow-up mattress as a makeshift couch. Yikes!

Check out some of my inspiration photos below. Do you love this aesthetic as much as I do?

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Beach Views

Over the weekend, we found ourselves torn with how to spend the day. The city was calling our name, but the beautiful 80-degree weather was also begging to be taken advantage of. Apparently, in San Francisco, there’s no need to choose.

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We wandered over to Crissy Field and the adjacent beach with amazing views of the city as well as the bridge.

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 “Dedicated to those who find this park a beautiful place to dream”

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Last summer, while wandering through a Target in Queens, NY, I was drawn to the bright colors of this scarf. It was the only one in the entire display, and upon further inspection, I realized that the design was actually a map of Cape Cod. What are the odds of finding this kind of treasure in the middle of NY? I bought it, obviously, and wear it whenever I’m feeling a little homesick.

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Dress: Target, Bracelet: J Crew (Similar here and here)

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Alcatraz in the distance.

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Food Trucks and Wineries

Per usual, Joe and I spent last weekend exploring California by way of food and drinks. First stop- Off the Grid in Fort Mason for a Friday evening of food and music. Off the Grid is an organization of popular food trucks that spring up throughout the city, and you can find unique treats such as bacon and panko encrusted chicken fingers, Indian curried burritos and tater tots seasoned with rosemary and garlic. Perhaps my favorite treat of the evening, however, was a waffle cone taco filled with mint chip ice cream and dipped in hardened chocolate sauce. Yum!

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Scarf, H&M – Shirt, Old Navy – Jacket, Gap – Pants, Nine West Vintage America Collection – Flats, Franco Sarto (similar here) – Bag, Kate Spade (similar here)

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Saturday’s weather was gorgeous, and it was the perfect opportunity to take a drive up to Napa Valley. It’s only an hour’s drive but feels like a world away from the city, making it an ideal day trip on a sunny weekend.

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The view overlooking Sterling Vineyards- the only vineyard in the world to have a tram for access to the vineyard. Hanging 90 feet in the air with 360 degree views of the grounds was certainly an impressive introduction.

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Dress, H&M – Jacket, Old Navy

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Rows upon rows of oak barrels

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The tour was a bit of a maze, circling throughout the various levels of the winery. The last stop brings you onto this veranda with breathtaking views.

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All in all, quite the successful weekend!

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Salsa in Sausalito

One of the perks of living in Marin County is being close enough to San Francisco to enjoy the city but far enough away to enjoy the other things that California has to offer.

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After a morning of hiking a few weekends ago, we were hungry and curious about Sausalito, a little city located just North of San Francisco. It’s nestled in the hills overlooking the bay and has incredible views of the ocean, Alcatraz and SF.

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After wandering the marina and soaking up some sun, we stumbled on a hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant called Salsalito Taco Shop.  It looked like a little taco stand you might find on the beach in Mexico, and we were intrigued.

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The best part of the restaurant may be the fact that while we were waiting for a table, the hostess handled me a fresh margarita to sip on.  Not such a bad way to kill time.

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Fish tacos & pulled pork tacos on Joe’s plate…check out more of the menu here! The food was delicious, the service was speedy and what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than relaxing by the bay with a margarita and a few tacos?

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Ice Cream & Pastels

This past weekend was our first holiday away from home, and it was tough not being with family. We made the best of it by spending the weekend exploring the city, and with the sun shining and temperatures into the 80’s, we didn’t suffer TOO much.

If there’s one thing I’ve realized about San Francisco, it’s that there is no shortage of eclectic food choices. Case in point: Smitten Ice Cream. We stumbled on this treat unexpectedly- it’s a little ice cream stand housed in a storage container; unassuming if it weren’t for the line down the block. Their concept is fresh ice cream made to order using liquid nitrogen- so delicious!

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I bought this skirt over a year ago but haven’t worn it as much as I thought I would- it’s a little more girly than I usually prefer. However, I pulled it out of the back of my closet this weekend because, really, what better day to wear a little pastel than Easter Sunday?

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Skirt, Theory (old but love this one or this neon option) – Shirt, Uniqlo – Jacket, Old Navy – Shoes, Mariella – Ring, vintage – Bracelet, Cape Cod Jewelers – Bag, 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target (sold out quickly, but I scored this one in a thrift shop!)

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First Weekend in SF

What a sigh of relief. After a month of planning, a week of driving and hours of anticipation, it’s refreshing to be able to slow down and finally enjoy our new life.

Our first weekend in San Francisco included all of my favorite things: wine, food, shopping and travel. It also involved hiking, which I’ve realized is major pastime for all of the obnoxiously healthy people out here. I tried to pretend I enjoy this activity, but I can think of many other ways I’d rather spend a Sunday morning (cough, sleeping). I must admit, however, that hiking isn’t so bad when you have the Golden Gate Bridge draped across the skyline in front of you.

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There she is!

Obligatory tourist shot.

Obligatory tourist shot.

Amazing views from the Marin Headlands.

Amazing views from the Marin Headlands.

Peeking through the trees.

Peeking through the trees.

Because Joe and I are currently living in Marin, which is North of the city, we take a ferry to get into SF. The Ferry Building reminds me of NYC’s Chelsea Market with its artisan food stalls and savory treats- look out for a detailed post on that coming soon! On a nice day, you can also wander down the Pier towards Fisherman’s Wharf.

Bay Bridge in the background .

Bay Bridge in the background .

Scarf; F21 (old) – Dress; Calvin Klein (similar here and here) – Jacket; Gap (out of stock but this camo one is cute!)

Ferries in the harbor.

Ferries in the harbor.

We wrapped up the day with some shopping and dinner in the Marina District. By chance, we stumbled upon Delarosa, an adorable little Italian restaurant with a fresh, artisanal take on the cuisine. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor communal seating, and they get quite busy on the weekends- but the wait is worth it!

Brick oven pizza, one of my favorite things!

Brick oven pizza, one of my favorite things!

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