• Angel Island


    #fbf View from Angel Island

    Happy Friday! I could use a vacation right about now, but that’s not happening so I’ll settle for a flashback Friday in the form of a photo from my vacation to San Francisco back in August. This is a view from Angel Island. How amazing would it be to live in one of those houses across the water? Okay, that’s about all the pretending I can do since there’s still a day of work to get through before the weekend! Advertisements

  • Williams Sonoma Ginger Jars

    Home Decor,  Travel

    Blue & White Ginger Jars

    For as long as I can remember I’ve loved blue & white decor – namely ginger jars. Chinoiserie is really popular and if you don’t know what that is it’s decor pieces that imitate or evoke a Chinese motif vibe in western art, furniture, etc. Nice pieces are pretty expensive, so for now I can just admire them from afar. But, one day when I can afford expensive home decor and investment pieces I’d love to have a collection of blue & white ginger jars like the ones in the photo below! I took this photo when I was at the Williams-Sonoma flagship store in San Francisco over the summer.…

  • Travel

    Getting To Know The Coast Of The Sunshine State

    (Image Source) There are a lot of gorgeous places around the world. You can find white-tipped mountains which touch the sky, crystal clear oceans which seem to go on forever, and forests with so much character they feel as if they’ve been around since the beginning of time itself, and most people want to have the chance to explore the wonders. When you’re in the Sunshine State, though, the coast will be the biggest attraction, and this post is going to be showing you how to explore it properly. Florida isn’t the biggest state, but it is blessed with one of the best coastlines across the US.   Surfing/Other Watersports…

  • 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…

  • La Mar - Limena

    Food,  Travel

    San Francisco Eats

    Now that I’ve wrapped up my recaps of each of my days on vacation in San Francisco, I’m sharing what I ate on my trip! I didn’t take photos of every single meal because things like breakfast and snacks get repetitive. Below you’ll see the breakdown by day and meal and I’ll link to the restaurant if I can! Tuesday Dinner We arrived in time for dinner on Tuesday and went to Tratto for dinner. It didn’t look too crowded inside and the menu looked good. The hostess said it would be a 3 hour wait without a reservation! But we were able to sit at the high top tables without…

  • 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…