T by Alexander Wang button down, similar here or here | Veda leather jacket, similar here or here | Mother Denim jeans | Pixie Market flats, similar here or here | House of Harlow sunglasses | Celine trapeze bag
Day 1 in San Fran:
I don’t know what exactly I pictured San Francisco to be like in my head, but it was the exact opposite. I had no idea SF was such a swanky city with so much character and taste. I felt as if I was in NYC most of the time. I’m going to jump right into my trip, starting with the hotel. I chose to stay in Union Square since it was a central location to all the places I wanted to see. The hotel Nikko is this hip Japanese hotel in the middle of it all.
I started my first day with a trip to The Mill Coffee. The trendy and all organic coffee shop sources coffee from all over the world. I had the most delicious drink here, an iced mocha coffee. My iced mocha literally had chunks of dark chocolate sifting through it. I washed down my coffee with a thick piece of freshly baked sugar and cinnamon toast. Every single person in the place was ordering this special toast. I know it sounds so simple, but it really is so delicious and sugary. I later found out that the baker responsible for the bread is Josey. This guy collaborated with the coffee shop and it seems like they are the perfect duo!
As a first time San Francisco goer, I obviously had to make it to the Golden Gate Bridge. It was really an overwhelming experience looking over the cliff at the bridge hanging over the bay, flooded with sailboats. Might I add that I was definitely not prepared for the brutally cold temperatures at the top of the bridge, or anywhere else in SF for that matter. I don’t know what I was thinking to wear a leather jacket and silk button down shirt. Lesson #1 layer, layer, layer when traveling to SF!
For lunch I went to the Fisherman’s Wharf. This area has a tremendous amount of history and is still home to many fisherman and their fleets. I’m a seafood-ie and mainly a shellfish nut, so this was my favorite meal of the trip. On this strip in the Wharf, there are seafood vendors selling any type of sea animals you desire. Everything looked so yummy that I ordered way too much and just had a little bite of everything. I had huge pieces of lightly fried calamari, warm and creamy clam chowder (perfect for a cold day in SF), and jumbo shrimp cocktail. All DELISH!
After lunch I hit up the Mission, which is an artsy area with restaurants and shopping. I have to jump off topic and point out that all the houses in SF remind me of dollhouses. They are all trimmed in pastel colors with white wooden shudders, it makes me wonder what they look like inside. Okay, moving onto my favorite hat in the whole wide world. I went into a store called “Fine Arts Optical”, which sold a plethora of merchandise including the best hat selection I’ve seen in my life. I fell in love with a super structured, snug fitting “Biltmore” fedora. This is one of those hats that will keep its shape forever. In the photo above you are seeing some real life joy and emotion in my face, after my hat purchase.
I ended my day with pizza and wine at Delfina pizza, which was right around the corner from the magical hat store. I’m not going to lie I stumbled upon this restaurant because it was very convenient, and my hands and feet were frozen. It ended up being one of the best wine’s and pizza’s I’ve ever had. The place was packed and I later found out from a friend it’s one of the best Italian restaurants in SF. Pure luck!
I want to leave you with something regarding my outfit. These are my new tie-dyed Mother Denim Jeans. They fit like a glove and the denim could almost be considered a legging. Basically, they feel like air. Maybe, not the most practical choice for the chilly weather, but for sure the comfiest!