• Russian Hill


    #fbf San Francisco Hills

    When most people think of San Francisco they probably think of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and fog. Sometimes people think about the steep hills in the city and they are seriously steep. It’s hard to capture the steepness in photos. You have to be in just the right spot for it to translate on camera. While I was looking through photos on my phone I came across a photo that I think really shows off the steep streets. The photo I’m sharing today in this #fbf, Flashback Friday, is from the morning I went to Lombard St. aka The Crookedest Street. After taking a ton of photos and waiting…

  • Golden Gate Bridge


    Lombard St., Painted Ladies, & Golden Gate Bridge

    I have to start this post off with a disclaimer that this is an extremely picture heavy post. I tried to narrow it down, but there were too many good ones! And trust me, I have about 3 times more photos from each day of vacation than what actually makes it on here! On our last full day in San Francisco, we went to 3 tourist stops we didn’t get a chance to get to yet in the city. Oddly enough this was our first day of the trip that we stayed in San Francisco the whole day! When we first arrived it was already late afternoon so I don’t…

  • Monterey


    Monterey, Carmel, & 17 Mile Drive

    Happy Wednesday! I hope your week’s going well so far. I got back from my trip to California on Monday night, but I’ve still got some travel posts coming your way. Today, we cover my day trip to Monterey, Carmel, and the scenic 17-mile drive. On Saturday morning we went on another day trip tour with Gray Line. This time on a drive down part of the California coast. Years ago when I visited San Francisco, my family and I drove down the coast via the Pacific Coast Highway over the course of 2 days down to LA and Disneyland so we saw a lot more of the coast. On…

  • Muir Woods


    Muir Woods & Sausalito

    Friday was a slower paced day with a day trip to Sausalito and Muir Woods. It wasn’t part of a tour, just a day trip on our own so we could go at whatever pace we wanted. Granted, we did have to follow the ferry schedule and make it to our reserved shuttle time from Sausalito to Muir Woods. Before getting on the 10am ferry to Sausalito, we walked around and got breakfast at the Ferry Building. It’s similar to Chelsea Market in New York City (but smaller) with lots of little shops and food places. Mostly artisan. They have one of those old fashioned schedule boards where the letters…

  • Yosemite National Park



    I’m headed home from vacation today. It went by so quickly and I’m not ready for summer to end! I still have some vacation posts to come though. A few days ago I went to Yosemite National Park for the first time. I only saw a fraction of the massive national park so I’ll definitely have to go back one day. My family and I went on a tour that left from San Francisco for a day trip to the park, which is about 3.5 hours away. We left around 7am and got back to San Francisco around 9:30pm so it was a long and tiring day, but the sights…

  • San Francisco Bay


    Angel Island, Alcatraz, and Fisherman’s Wharf

    On the first full day we had here in San Francisco, we had a full day of sightseeing. I’ve been to Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf before when I was last here a long time ago, but had never been to Angel Island. My cousins who I’m traveling with have never been so we got tickets that included both Angel Island and Alcatraz. Before heading over to the ferry we had breakfast at the Embarcadero and walked down to the pier we were leaving from. The ferry ride over to Angel Island was around 45 minutes and there were spectacular views of the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the San…

  • Troop Beverly Hills Sweatshirt

    Fashion,  Looks,  Travel

    Traveling to San Francisco

    Happy Saturday! If you’ve been following me on Instagram then you know I’m on vacation in San Francisco and will be here for another couple days. I’ve only been to San Francisco one time before and that was 20 years ago so it’s been a while to say the least. I remember the steep streets and the cool weather. I remember a few of the landmark sites and attractions like Coit Tower, Lombard Street, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge etc. I’d heard from a few people over the past few months that San Francisco has changed a lot over the years and many aspects of it had gone downhill, but…

  • Capitol Rotunda

    Photography,  Travel

    Capitol Dome

    Yesterday was a long, but good day in the city. I went to a book launch event and had a great time. But more on that in a post this weekend! Now I’ve got a lot of housekeeping things to take care of (literally and figuratively – laundry and cooking but also blog work). While scrolling through photos on my phone I came across my photos from my trip to Washington, DC during the holidays. I saw these photos I took in the Capitol Building – in the rotunda. They are shots looking up at the fresco painted on ceiling of the dome. I vaguely remember our tour guide saying…

  • Del Mar - Paella de Pescado y Marisco

    Food,  Travel

    DC Diary: Food & Heading Home

    I’m back home in NJ! My trip to DC was a nice few days away and now I’m busy with Secret Santa with friends and New Year’s Eve. I have exactly 1 day (New Year’s Day) to just stay home and not have to do anything before I go back to work. In the meantime while I’ve got a few spare moments, I wanted to share where and what I ate in DC and recap my last day aka my drive home. When I arrived in DC on Wednesday, we pretty much only had time to settle in to the hotel, walk around, and then go to dinner. We had…

  • National Portrait Gallery


    DC Diary: Museum Hopping

    Today I head home from my little trip to DC. It was a good amount of time in the city, although there is more that I need to come back to see. I didn’t get to go to Alexandria, as previously planned due to holiday hours for the water taxi, and we didn’t want to rush. There are also so many more museums I want to see and ones that I want to spend more time in. But, 2 full days in DC was a nice little trip and I’d never been here during the holidays. Yesterday was rainy for most of the day so it worked out well that…