The Perfect Place to Picnic

One of my favorite weekend activities is to pack a big basket full of picnic essentials (looking at you, baguettes, cheese, and fruits) and head to a nearby park. Thankfully, the Bay Area is full of perfect places for a perfect picnic so there is never a shortage of spots. Whether you’re visiting the Bay Area on vacation or are a local and just need some inspiration, keep reading for my list of favorite picnic places.

Palace of Fine Arts: Since the Marina is one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Francisco, I love spending the afternoon at the Palace of Fine Arts. Directly across from the pond is a big grassy field where you can lay out a blanket and enjoy your picnic in the blissful sunshine.

Crissy Field: A picnic with a side of Golden Gate views? Yes, please. Just be sure to pack a few extra layers for this destination, as it can get pretty windy by the water.

Lake Merritt: Ahhh, Lake Merritt. My happy place. Pretty much whenever I need a little space to clear my head, I drive the 15 minutes over to Lake Merritt and make my way around the lake. Since it’s so close my apartment, it is my go-to spot for a weekend picnic.

Cavallo Point: Just across the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll find Cavallo Point. Typically when we drive out here, we get brunch or drinks at the Cavallo Point Hotel but I’ve also thought that the grassy area would make an ideal picnic spot.

Alamo Square Park: Recently renovated, Alamo Square Park is one of my favorite parks in all of San Francisco. Not only does it have amazing views of the Painted Ladies and downtown San Francisco, but it’s also situated in one of the cutest neighborhoods of all time, Hayes Valley. Pro tip: Pick up salads and rosé from Souvla and then walk up the street to enjoy your lunch in the park.

 

Prepping For a New Month

Happy, May! (Insert Justin Timberlake meme here.)

While I’ve written plenty about how I use my planner, as well as how I organize my finances, I’ve never talked about how the two go hand in hand at the start of the month. So here goes nothing.

 At the start of every month, no matter what day that might fall on, I always make it a point to dedicate at least 1 hour to planning. During this time, I bring out my planner and first look at the month at-a-glance calendar. In this section, I like to mark the key dates for the month (ie: friends’ birthdays, various social commitments, travel dates, etc.) to give myself a high level sense of what the month will entail.

From there, I translate these days into the weekly calendar pages and in even more details here, too. As I’m making plans for the month, I always like to keep in mind my philosophy about weekend balancing. This helps me to ensure that I’m not overcommitting myself or leaving myself without any time to catch up on life.The last piece of my monthly prep routine is recording my finances. While I keep a close watch on my bank accounts every week, I really enjoy having the time once a month to do a deep dive. In a large spreadsheet, I record how much money I have in each one of my accounts, how much I saved since the previous month, and then set goals for the upcoming month.

Even though this seems like a lot, I promise it can be done quickly once you get in the routine!

These Days

This month’s These Days is birthday-themed, as the last couple weeks have been birthday celebration upon birthday celebration (and I’m not mad at it!). From Wine Country to Bolinas, I loved absolutely every place that I celebrated.

The weekend before my actual birthday was probably my favorite of all. My sisters flew in from Los Angeles and together with two of my best girlfriends, we drove up to Sonoma. We brunched at Sunflower Café and then wine tasted at Bartholomew Park Winery. If you’re ever looking to settle in at one winery and spend the whole day in the sunshine, look no further than this one.

To celebrate on my actual birthday, my boyfriend and I both took the day off work and headed north to Bolinas. If you’ve never heard of it, that’s because the locals like to keep it under wraps and have even been known to remove all traffic signs to keep tourists out. Despite their best efforts though, we came with our cameras in tow and were truly charmed by what we saw. A birthday filled with sunshine and stunning architecture? I’ll take it!

Winter Weekends

As someone who loves nothing more than to adventure on weekends, settling into the cold reality of winter can be tough. It’s bad enough having to venture out into the rain on a workday, but to wake up to it on a weekend can be crushing. To cheer myself up and ensure that I’m just as fulfilled during winter as I am during the warmer months, I created a list of weekend activities that can be done regardless of the weather. Hope you find it helpful, too!

  1. Make a big pot of chili or soup
  2. Visit a museum
  3. See a movie, or even two (I’ve been known to spend all day in the movie theater come Oscars season)
  4. Stay in pajamas while organizing the house
  5. Watch back-to-back episodes of Friends on the couch
  6. Treat yourself to a spa day
  7. Invite friends over for a night in
  8. Order food to-go from your favorite restaurant and enjoy it in the warmth of your own home
  9. Catch up on all of the month’s fashion magazines
  10. Take a long bath while listening to your favorite music

What’s your go-to winter weekend activity? Let me know in the comments!

A Sunny Winter

During the holidays, I took a week off work to spend time with family friends in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Going home for an extended period of time is always so restorative for me—especially when the sun is shining.

Here’s a look into some of my favorite photos (and memories!) that I snapped while home.

{Malibu Pier}

{Griffith Observatory}

{West Hollywood}

{Venice Canals}

{Rose Café}

{Melrose Place}

{State Street}

{The Blue Door}

{Around Santa Barbara}  

{Lucky Penny}

Winter Wardrobe

It’s officially, officially cold in the Bay Area now, and that means no more pretending I can get away with light layers and open-toed shoes. Here’s what I’ll be wearing this season—advance warning: expect nothing but black, gray, and cream.

Leather jacket by IRO

 

Slip dress by Vince 

Gray tuxedo coat by Zara

Metallic sneakers, comfy sweaters, and a leopard Clare V. clutch

Fall Wardrobe

Every year when fall rolls around, I get uncontrollably excited for all that it marks—pumpkins, pumpkin spice lattes, boots, knits, plaid, etc. So even though it’s not yet officially fall (the first day is this Friday!), I’m getting my favorite pieces ready to go. Keep scrolling to see what kinds of creams, clogs, and corduroys I’ll be donning this season.

Psst: My Bryr clogs are one of my most prized possessions. I custom designed them and couldn’t love them any more!