#SummerFridays with Old Navy

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Dress (similar), Shoes, Bag, Jacket: Old Navy

Hi Everyone!

Happy Friday!! You guys, we made it – cue Beyonce’s “Flawless” and a cocktail. My summer has been super busy not allowing me to go travel as much as I’d like, but since I’m a glass half-full kind of girl I try to make the most out of every situation.

Luckily, I live in San Francisco and basically that’s like a vacation in itself. And I’ve said this many, many times but I love playing a tourist in San Francisco. And if you’ve met me in-person, you’ll know I’m always down to try a new restaurant, overpay for a latte from the coolest coffeeshop, and everything in between.

So, when Old Navy asked me to share my favorite local haunts for their #SummerFridays series, well…you best believe I had a laundry list of places to share.

I live in Pacific Heights and have been ever since I moved to San Francisco. It’s quiet, clean, and has a major neighborhood vibe. I love walking down the street and recognizing people’s faces (let’s be real – their dogs), taking pictures of beautiful Victorian’s, and window shopping on Fillmore.

I usually have a routine where I wake up pretty early, snag a cup of coffee at my favorite coffee shop Jane on Fillmore and head to Alta Plaza Park to hang out (aka: dog stalk). If you haven’t been to both, I suggest you do! Pro tip: Get to Jane early because it gets wild on the weekends. Also, order the avocado toast with an egg on top. NOM. 

After a much needed caffeine fix, you can usually find me wandering the street with my boyfriend, Ittai. He shares my love and curiosity for San Francisco, so he makes a great adventure buddy. More often than not, we find ourselves walking up Fillmore to Cow Hollow and the Marina to get another caffeine fix. Ever since we moved into our new apartment, I’ve been wanting to fill our new place with some life – i.e. flowers! I love Le Bouquet and the Bud Stop on Union! Beautiful flowers and the people that work there are insanely great.

So, while these places aren’t “hidden” gems so-to-speak, they hold a special place in my heart and help me feel like I’m on vacation – even when I’m not.

What are some of your favorite haunts in your town?

Cheers!

Photography via Tory Putnam

 

Nom On: Mason Pacific

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Wednesday! Living in San Francisco, I’ve been exposed to some amazing food. Clam chowder from Pier 39, the infamous hipster avocado toast, In-n-Out burgers (for real, though) , and the ever so popular acai bowls.

So, what I’m saying is that food in this city is great. We’re pretty spoiled and if you live here, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t…get your ass here, call me up and we’ll go down the SF foodie list.

Our first stop when you do? Mason Pacific. Last Friday I had the opportunity to experience a truly one-of-a-kind dining experience at this newly reopened Nob Hill staple. To set the scene, I just got off from a chaotic work day, feeling a little worn down and ready to unwind.

Upon walking into Mason Pacific, I felt at ease with their comfortable yet sophisticated decor (hearty wooden tables and marbled bar counter) and was greeted with such kindness it was almost surprising. Totally needed.

Since we both had a pretty wild week, we celebrated the beginning of the weekend with sparkling champagne and a beautiful scallop crudo. The blend of avocados, scallops and sesame seeds (my favorite!) was unexpected, delicious and beautiful. I mean, look at that vibrant green color!

If you’re a fan of veggies, Mason Pacific has a ton of options with a twist. And that’s the beauty of this restaurant – seasonal dishes with an elevated touch. All done by the genius that is Chef Max Mackinnon.

My favorite vegetable dishes were the summer corn combined with squid and celery and the carrot, curry, mussel and coriander dish. So refreshing and not pretentious at all. Just how I like it.

I also sampled the poached trout and braised lamb to get a feel for how Mason Pacific does land and sea. If you’re a meat eater, that braised lamb should be a no brainer. It had flowering broccoli to accompany the dish and really melted in your mouth. Yesssss.

Finished off the delicious meal trying the lemon curd and I legitimately ate all of it. I don’t even normally have a sweet tooth. So, Mason Pacific – you’re doing something right.

We ended the evening satisfied and happy. If you get a chance to explore Nob Hill, make a beeline to Mason Pacific.

Go for the food, stay for the service. I promise you’ll be blown away by both.

Cheers!

Urban Explorer

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Shoes, shirt, pants: Athleta

Hey Everyone!

After 5 years of living in San Francisco, you’d think I’ve seen and done all there is to do. From braving Pier 39 to finding the quirkiest brunch spot, there’s a lot I’ve done in this city. Yet, through all that exploring, discovering and searching – I’m still surprising myself on all that this city has to offer.

One of my favorite neighborhoods in San Francisco is Hayes Valley. It’s a fairly small ‘hood,  but it’s filled with beautiful shops rich in history and flavor. I make it a point to walk through this neighborhood every morning on my way to work because of it’s charm. Some of my favorite days include walking to Artis to pick up a specialty coffee, say hello to the pups outside of La Boulangerie, grab a bite at Souvla and end the day with a glass of wine at Fig & Thistle.

As we all know, summer in San Francisco is a bitch. It’s hot one minute and foggy as hell the next. And the hills? Don’t get me started. Luckily, I found these amazing Dr. Scholl’s slip ons that I (literally) haven’t taken off since I put my feet in them. Also, I know what you’re thinking. Surprised for my love of Dr. Scholl’s? They not only feel like pillows but look rad, too.

Now that you have a comfortable pair of shoes, it’s time for the outfit. My go-to is an easy and breezy pair of ankle pants fit for any adventure and a loose tank in white to match my shoes. I love the color and fit of these Athleta pants!

So, what’s your favorite neighborhood to explore? Share some places – I need to add them to my list!

Cheers!

Photography via Lisha Wang 

Weekend Snapshots

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday! hope you had a great weekend! My week/end was jam packed, but definitely a few highlights to share:

  1. Visiting the newly opened Bare Bottle Brewing in Bernal Heights for a tour of the beautiful facility and to sample their delicious array of homemade beer. My favorite? Scurvy Fighter American Pale Ale. So good!
  2. Date night at Mason Pacific on Friday. More on that later in the week, but I can honestly say it was one of the better meals (if not best) that I’ve had in San Francisco.
  3. Quiet Saturday mornings that included Ritual Yoga, brunch with Andi and checking out the new Everlane retail shop. I scored a few awesome goodies! Can’t wait to share.
  4. 10 Day Health Challenge Mini-Dinner! I’m always on the hunt for ways to eat more mindfully and Claudine and Haley from the 10 Day Health Challenge have gotten it right. Just because you’re eating health, doesn’t mean you have to compromise flavor. I mean, take a look at that chocolate cashew cream dessert. SO good.
  5. Walking around with Ittai and Shikha, grabbing beers and then filling up with toast at The Mill!

What did y’all get into?

Cheers!

Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday everyone!

Hope you had a killer week and are ready for the weekend – I know I am. I’ve been having a chaotic week, but wanted to share some of my favorite things as of late:

Saint Frank Coffee: I started the week off with a vengeance – Spin class at 7 a.m. Unfortunately it was canceled, but fortunately, I headed over to Saint Frank for an almond milk latte and some quiet. It was the perfect way to start the week.

ShampYou: I’m always on the hunt for shampoo that smells amazing and is actually good for your hair. Luckily, I found success in ShampYou’s Lemon & Verbena Shampoo. The shampoo contains Natural Silk Amino Acids which penetrate deep into the hair cuticle to quench and caress forming a protective protein shield for my hair – if you saw my Instagram yesterday, you’ll say “YES AIMEE. YOU NEED THIS.” No lie. I’ve also been adding a few serums into my hair (new for me!) and my faves are Gimme More Moisture and Turn Up The Volume. Annnnd, the packaging is oh so cute!

Olly Gummies: I was introduced to this brand only a few days ago, but am officially obsessed! I have trouble sleeping sometimes, so I took the Restful Sleep gummies for a healthy sleep cycle. I went to bed within the next twenty minutes and woke up feeling refreshed (not groggy!). Pretty amazing.

Clothe Ohio: For obvious reasons, I love reppin’ my homestate. Especially when the sweatshirts and T-shirts are well designed, well-made, and crazy comfy! My favorite is this camo sweatshirt!

Corridor: I had the opportunity to check out this new restaurant on Van Ness last week and I was super impressed. I feel like there’s a pretty big lack of restaurants on Van Ness, so I was eager to check this place out! You order at the front counter, but ordering at the front counter is not like ordering at In-n-Out. Upon entering, you are graciously walked through all the menu options. If you have questions, don’t fret – they are more than happy to help. I started off with a crisp Pilsner and a tomato and burrata salad to tide my hunger pangs. Ittai and I scarfed down those and added monkey bread to the mix. Seriously – it was one of the highlights of the meal. SO SO good. I’ll be sharing more about this place in the next few weeks, but until then – you gotta go!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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Purse & Sweatshirt: Le Tote | Jeans: Uniqlo | Jacket: Crossroads Trading | Shoes: Converse

Hi all!

Happy Thursday! Hope you’re having a great day! You know the saying, “Variety is the spice of life” right? Well, I 100% believe it. From my food to my commute to work, I love switching it up and trying new things out. This especially goes for my fashion.

Luckily for Le Tote, I don’t have to stress when it comes to spicing my wardrobe up. The company’s saying is, “Always have something new to wear” and if you’ve tried Le Tote before, you know it’s true.

I love the ability to curate pieces I love. From this badass sweatshirt that’s uber cozy to this functional and fashionable purse, Le Tote has an insane selection of clothing and accessories. And for being a “fashion/lifestyle” blogger, I run out of clothing to shoot and this girl does not have a unlimited budget to buy clothing. Ya feel me? So Le Tote makes it easy to feel confident, look like a badass and not go broke.

So, are you falling in love yet? I knew it. If you’re interested in taking this relationship one step further, enter the code OHIOTRANSPLANT at checkout for a 20% discount off of your Le Tote! The code expires 8/31, so make sure you sign up before then!

Cheers!

Photography via Lisha Wang

Instagram Lookbook

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Wednesday! It’s been quite the humpday and to be honest, I’m feeling its effects. Short and sweet post today, but I love looking back on the last month, two months, etc. on Instagram and seeing how my style has evolved.

Luckily, I’ve always been a sucker for denim jackets and hats so those are always a mainstay in my wardrobe.

Can’t wait to show some outfits, brand collaborations and more in the next few weeks!

Cheers!