Everywhere You Look

January 28, 2018

*cue the Full House theme song* Our last day in San Francisco was bittersweet; on one hand I was so sad to be leaving this gorgeous city but on the other hand I was exhausted from running on almost no sleep and couldn't wait to knock out in my own bed that night. Because time was limited, we went running all over the city trying to squeeze in some last minute sights and one last look at the Golden Gate Bridge (we loved it that much).

We kicked off breakfast at the cutest little cafe that had the dreamiest patio and honestly I wish I could've sat there all morning. We then made our way over to Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. Now, I've been to the one in LA but I really wanted to make sure I checked out the original one. We grabbed a cookie (which may have been the most delicious cookie I've ever had), snapped a pic, and went about our way.

Of course we had to stop at Alamo Square and check out the Painted Ladies. This was another place I wish I could have spent more time at. Of course, there were flocks of tourists crowding the Painted Ladies but the park itself was gorgeous. There were coffee trucks and tons of locals walking their dogs and all I wanted to do was grab a latte and pet every doggo that crossed my path. 

We then made our way up to Twin Peaks which is basically one of the highest points of the city. The view was amazing. I love a good city view and this one did not disappoint. We hung out up there for a little just taking it all in and took some fun photos. I also really enjoyed that it wasn't flooded with tourists, it was nice being able to appreciate the view privately.

We stopped off at the Golden Gate Bridge for one last look and to say goodbye to the city. We didn't have time to walk across it but we just took a step back and sat to admire it for a little bit. After that, we grabbed some lunch at this really good pizza place (it was at this point where we realized we had eaten pizza at some point every day on the trip haha) and headed out to the airport. I knocked out the second our plane took off but I left SF feeling really happy. I hope I can make my way up there again during the summer!

I really hope you've enjoyed my SF travel diary mini series and that if you're planning on visiting San Francisco this helps you out a little! 

Tatianna x

Golden Gate Girl

January 20, 2018

The second day of our trip was definitely the most touristy but also the most fun! When I travel, I usually try to stay away from the super touristy areas because I feel like you get the most out of whatever place you're visiting when you hang where the locals do BUT there are some places you just have to go see. Like, what's a trip to San Francisco without visiting the Golden Gate Bridge or Fisherman's Wharf?

I really loved the Wharf because there was so much to see and the street vendors and artists are just so classic California. The sea lions were cute, the seagulls were scary (I hate birds), and the clam chowder bread bowl from Boudin was delicious. I don't understand why watching bread be made is so fascinating but we literally stood there for so long. Also, I couldn't visit the Wharf without stopping at Musee Mecanique to live out all my Princess Diaries and Girlboss dreams and the retro arcade machines and photo booths stole my heart!

Walking across the Golden Gate Bridge was so surreal. It's moments like those when I'm reminded how beautiful my home state is. It was massive and so grand and just jaw-droppingly beautiful. There were locals working out, running/biking across, cars zooming by, and tourists snapping photos. The walk across isn't very long but time definitely seemed to slow down and I really enjoyed every minute of it. We timed our walk so that on our way back we'd get to see the sun set and watch all of SF's city lights turn on from a distance.

What we did:
Fisherman's Wharf
Lombard Street
Musee Mecanique
Boudin Bakery
Golden Gate Bridge
Ghiradelli Square

What we ate:
Boulangerie in Hayes Valley: super yummy breakfast. lattes are massive and served in a bowl... yes please.
Clam Chowder at Boudin Bakery: I had never had clam chowder before but apparently it was a must and let me tell ya, it is.
Bob's Donuts: this place was recommended to me by so many people and the long line outside was proof enough for us stop in. The donuts were delicious and they're open 24 hours so they're perfect for grabbing a last minute snack before heading back to your hotel.

Tatianna x

The City by the Bay

January 14, 2018

Traveling is my favorite thing in the entire world-- I truly am my happiest when I'm exploring new places and I'm always looking for my next adventure. I've always wanted to make travel a bigger part of my life but always found it difficult with crazy work schedules; so this year, I decided to just make it work. If I couldn't take time off, then I'd work around my schedule. I wanted somewhere I'd never been before but also not too far from home so I didn't have to waste too much time traveling to and from-- this weekend, that led me to San Francisco.

Honestly, I don't know why I've never been up here. I was born and raised in Southern California so SF has always been like right there. I've only been here a day and this city is already stealing my heart. The colorful buildings, the gorgeous architecture, and bustling streets are right up my alley. The only thing that's a little hard to get used to are the hills. Like omg, I'm going to be soooo sore tomorrow. 

We landed at SFO super early and spent the entire day just walking through different neighborhoods, stopping by to take a few photos or grab a latte. I love how easy going this city is while still having that big city feel. I spent a lot of time researching what I wanted to do and meticulously planned it all out since I knew I was only going to be here for a weekend and wanted to cram in as much as I could. Here are my SF musts..

1. Jane on Larkin-- pros: Delicious breakfast. Super cute. cons: Super tiny and always busy but if you can get a table, you won't regret it.
2. Chinatown-- LOVED. It doesn't feel like you're in San Francisco at all. Or in California. Or even in this country. Lots of good food (yum, dumplings) and boba stops.
3. Coit Tower-- the "hike" up is a commitment but the views are oh-so worth it. (When I say hike, I mean really steep hills; it's not that bad).
4. Blue Bottle Coffee-- really good coffee. loved it.
5. Delarossa Pizza-- we just had it for dinner and it was SO GOOD.

Walking is definitely the best way to get around the city, so your best option is to the divide it up into sections and knock one out each day. Tomorrow, we'll be spending time at the Marina and of course go see the Golden Gate Bridge. I'll be blogging about day two and three, so keep an eye out for that!

Have you been to San Francisco? What are your favorite things to do in this city? Let me know.
Tatianna xx

Treat Yourself

January 07, 2018

At the start of every new year, people are fervently trying to stick to their newly made resolutions. I especially love this time of year because of how extra-motivated people are-- it's admirable and it pushes me to work harder. For 2018, I tried not to set myself this long list of resolutions because well, I didn't want to set myself up for failure.

I kept my list short and sweet, with self-care being at the top of it. I purposely did that because there are a ton of things that fall under the category of self-care-- taking care of myself physically, mentally, and spiritually. Long story short: if I'm doing something that will better me, I'm achieving my goals. Smart, right? I'm super hard on myself and get discouraged easily, and too many times have fallen victim to giving up when things don't go as planned so I decided to try out this new method.. (we'll see how this goes).

As inspired and motivated I feel going into this new year, I can't ignore the fact that I've been very stressed out. I know the holiday season is supposed to be a fun and happy time, but ironically enough it can get quite stressful and that's definitely something I'm still carrying on my shoulders. Anxiety, finances... it's kind of hard to brush that off even with my "new year, new me" attitude.

It's important to give ourselves "me" time to unwind and re-focus our energy. Treat yourself. Buy yourself flowers. Take a long, hot bath. Paint your nails. Read your favorite book under the fluffiest blanket. Remember, you can't conquer the world when you're not taking care of yourself. Even the boss-iest of girl bosses leave time for themselves.

Breathe. You got this.
Tatianna x

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