I’m officially moving into an apartment today!
I’ve been searching for “the right one” the last four weeks in a couple of different neighborhood; said neighborhoods being Marina, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill and Hayes Valley.
As of Sunday, I found out that I was approve to move into an apartment in Pacific Heights, in a beautiful blue Victorian.
I’ll be in the back unit, which has a small little manicured garden & seating area lit by little light bulbs. It’s quite cozy & cute. I cannot wait to make use of it this weekend.
So, as you can imagine, tomorrow will be a little busy. I’m taking off work, renting a car, moving boxes from my vacation rental to my new apartment, & then most likely running errands and shopping for household essentials while I have a car available to me.
I’ll share more photos and information about the apartment hopefully sometime over the weekend, while I’m sipping a glass of wine out on my new little patio.
Welp, it’s been a while since I’v done a AFOMFT series, but I’m back!
Today is ‘Fun Friday’ at the office. We’re making lunch & then going bowling for the rest of the day. Perks of the job. :) We were suppose to go to Golden Gate Park (which I was really excited about because I haven’t been there yet), but it’s been rainy for the past couple of days, so we decided to reschedule.
If I’ve caught you during lunch or a break, here are some of my favorite links from the past week. Enjoy!
If you’re watching the Oscars on Sunday, make your predictions with this downloadable printable ballot.
Speaking of the Oscars, for fun, let’s look back at all the orange men who have graces us with their glowing faces.
Made me laugh — If Disney princesses met their match on Tinder.
I’m sure a lot of cities have the same concept, so be on the look out. It looks quite fun & exciting!
Just discovered this… Heavy wallet? Get coin.
Another cool new product for runner. Moov helps you optimize your form while running to give you best workout.
Every Oscar dress worn by a Best Actress Academy Award winner.
Have a wonderful weekend! Stay warm to my friends fighting the cold.
Whew! This past week has been a blur. And I’ve been so bad about blogging. But, really, not much has changed. I’m still in limbo right now — staying at a vacation rental, exploring some neighborhoods, & going to apartment showings.
However, this weekend I finally went out to Muir Woods with some of my coworkers. Oh my goodness, it’s so incredibly beautiful. If you’re in the area and love to hike, I would definitely recommend it. My pictures do not do it justice.
We did the Ocean View trail (trail map here), accidentally made a wrong turn & went down Lost Hills trails instead of going up to the top for the panoramic view over Mills Valley (whoops), but I suppose it gives us a reason to go back.
Anyway, I wanted to share a couple of snapshots from our little excursion over the weekend. Which reminds me, we also visited a cute seaside town called Sausalito, where we grabbed lunch & browsed the village a bit. This too, should definitely be on your list of destinations if you’re in the Bay Area.
Going over the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time! I didn’t get any pictures, but wow the views from the bridge are amazing!
It’s absolutely incredibly how huge (& old) these magnificent trees are.
I saw a slug for the first time. Gross!
View from Sausalito, looking back at my new, beautiful city.
Today was a gorgeous day in San Francisco. Full-on sun all day — the first for me since I’ve been here. Lucky for me, the rest of the week is supposed to me nice as well.
I had a couple of apartment showings today. The first one, a cute little studio on Green St., is the first that I’ve actually really liked. I’ve reached out about submitting an application, so hopefully she gets back to me soon.
In between showings, I stopped at Alta Plaza Park, to catch some rays, read, & take in the views of the bay. So peaceful & beautiful.
I also did a little more walking up in down Fillmore (legs are so sore!), finding some lovely little treasures along the way. The leaf (bottom right) was so amazing.
Now, after a hot shower, the rest of my night will be devoted to typing up a “creative brief” for work. Fun, fun.
Wish me luck on the apartment!
Happy Friday! And Happy Valentine’s Day to all the lovers out there!
What are your plans for tonight? I’m staying in, cooking dinner, & cuddling up on the couch to a good chick flick (or House Of Cards) & my partner in crime — a glass of wine.
But besides that, I wanted to update you on my first week in San Francisco. As I mentioned earlier, the first couple of days it was raining, which was kind of a bummer, but the work week was quite nice. Every time I look out of the office window, I still cannot believe that’s the ocean out there! How fantastic it is that I live in such a beautiful city. I don’t think it has settled yet…
Hi there - Just wanted to check in. I’ve safely made it to San Francisco as of yesterday, but today is my first full-day in the city. Loving it so far, the only down side being that it’s been rainy since I got here. Come on, sunshine!
I’ll try to start my normal blogging schedule next week, but things will probably still be a little crazy for awhile. I’ll at least try to do my ‘A Few Of My Favorite Things' post on Fridays.
I cannot believe I leave in less than 1 day. Whoa.
The past week has been incredibly busy, which is why I haven’t posted much since then. I fee like I’m in this weird limbo of being home & wanting to take in as much as I can here, & being incredibly anxious to get to San Francisco to start my new adventure. It’s kind of exhausting.
I met up with an old friend on Monday who had moved out to NYC from MN. As such, I thought she would be the perfect person to talk to about transitioning from the Midwest to a big international city.
I took a lot of great advise away from that conversation, one being that I should find apps that will help me navigate & explore the city. So, after a couple hours of looking around, here is a list of apps that I believe would be helpful. Once I can actually use them in San Francisco I’ll report back. But as of now, these seem like great starter apps for the city.
San Francisco City Guide
Via TripAdvisor, this app is a personal advisor for all things San Francisco. It has attraction, restaurant & hotel reviews, self-guided tours, and a ‘point me to’ feature that will guide you to a selected spot using your phone’s GPS and Compass.
San Francisco Travel Guide
Via Citybot, this app will create a custom itinerary to plan out your day. Just punch in locations of interest & the app creates a personalized schedule with an interactive map. On top of that, it will determine the best way to get from point A to point B, and when you should arrive.
Moovit: Real-Time Transit Info
Plan your trips around the city with this transit app. Choose the fastest, least crowded route, every time based on real-time data. From the app, you can also check schedules, real-time arrivals & receive service alerts.
Looking for something to do in San Francisco? This will be your go-to guide for everything going on in the city — best restaurants, gallery openings, concerts, events & much more.
FREE Google Play
Sfgirlbybay’s Bohemian Modern San Francisco
From the blog, SF Girl By Bay, this lovely app will guide you to discover your own personal style & treasures around the city that will make your home (& wardrobe) a happy place.
$1.99 App Store
Shopikon San Francisco
This is your shopping guide for the best one-of-a-kind shops in San Francisco. From neighborhood bookstores and traditional bakeries, to avant-garde furniture and hip fashion boutiques. Yes please
FREE App Store
If you have friends of family coming to visit, download this app to keep track of their estimated arrival at the airport, if the flight status is on time or delayed, & what gate to pick them up at.
FREE App Store
What are your favorite apps to help you get around & enjoy the city?
So, I went out for a little retail therapy today, hoping to find some key pieces to bring along to San Francisco. Another plus to shopping here vs. waiting until I get to CA — MN doesn’t tax on clothes & shoes. So how I see it, I’m saving money (I keep telling myself).
Of course, I’ve been doing a little research & asking around — and here is what I’ve gathered so far:
Layers are essential. It can feel like 80 degrees one moment, & 40 degrees the next. Also, SF neighborhoods have their own micro-climates, which I think is so incredible.
Comfortable walking shoes are imperative. Since I will not have a vehicle in San Francisco, there will be a lot of walking around (which is great exercise, by the way). I’m looking for a shoe that is athletic, yet cute. I don’t want to walk around town in a full-blown tennis shoe. Ideas?
Double up on the scarves & pashmina shawls. As I mentioned with layers, scarves & shawls will be a God-send in San Fran. They’re so easy to take on or off, & they can spice up a casual outfit in a snap.
Leave the shorts, take the pants. I watched The Godfather this week… Anyway, I’m told that no one really wears shorts in San Francisco. It’s just not that warm, & you’ll end up looking like a tourist.
So, here’s what I bought on my little shopping adventure…
Calvin Klein Pale Pink Blouse // Dalia Collection Leopard Print Blouse // Michael Kors Skinny Jeans // Natasha Print Infinity Scarf // Natasha Green Infinity Scarf
I was hoping to find a couple of cozy sweaters, but no luck. Next time.
And here are two sources I found helpful: