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Les Merchantes + Ziesche Blogger Brunch

TRAVEL, A DAY IN THE LYFEFiona LeahyComment

I've been spoiled with my multiple trips to San Francisco; I think I made it up a total of 8 trips within a year. The bay has turned into my home away from home. I was SO excited to take a quick weekend trip up north; I've been deprived of Union Square shopping and the guacamole at Tacolicious (a must-try)  since before I left for Europe. 

On Sunday I attended a blogger brunch at Beauty Company on Polk Street. Cutest one-stop shop to get all your beauty needs, a manicure and hair all done up.  The party was put on by Ziesche, a local apothecary company that is made locally in the pretty city made with the most dreamy scents. I got to try the lemongrass, vetiver and sage body lotion and let me tell ya: G A M E C H A N G E R. I don't even know what vetiver is to be completely honest but with my dyslexic brain the word looks equivalent to velvet, which is what what hands felt like after trying this little miracle in a bottle.

Also hosting the party was designer Les Merchantes. I'm kinda like a 5-year old child when it comes to  familiarizing myself with a new brand or collection. I have to touch everything. I'm that girl in a fancy department store that the sales person just follows behind me to put everything back into order. It takes me all of three seconds to flip up the right side of a garment to check the care labels to see what it's made out of. I blame my textile professor and my dad for brainwashing me as a child that polyester was this evil substance every time my mom tried dolling my sister and I up in matching outfits.   Besides the point, with one touch of the Les Merchantes garments my heart skipped a beat. Ooooooh yeah 100% silk. Gets me every time. Might just need everything. 

Other talented local designers came out for the event: Waffles and Honey Jewelry (handmade in The Mission, sending my future boyfriend to her to buy me everything), Marrin Costello (Stoned Collection might be my favorite thing, like ever)  and also Project Juice came and served they're new juice Beta-Bomb with bubbly. It was like a mimosa with a twist; you get your daily vitamins while drinking champagne. I'm not sure if life really exceeds past that point of happiness. Also I got to meet some new blogger gal pals !!! Always love meeting new bloggers in the bay area, check them out: Yurk Style, Champagne For Everyday, Pink Lace Pearls and Cuppa Jyo! Thank you so much for having me! I had so much fun at this event. 

Photo with Katey from Yurk Style and Jyo from Cuppa Jyo, wearing romper from Free People. 

 

 

San Francisco in November

TRAVELFiona LeahyComment

It’s so cliché to say that I left my heart in this beautiful city. I visit so frequently that my best friend’s couch perfectly molds to my body and I feel at home. I came here for the holiday weekend as my last hooray before taking off to Europe next month. I come here at least once a month both for work and fun, I’m signed to Scout Model Agency in the bay area. I almost feel like I have more friends in the city than I do back home in Los Angeles. I never eat alone; always have a dinner date, and someone who always wants to meet up for a drink after. There’s something special about the people in San Francisco. As the start-up capital of the world, you’ll never meet so many determined, motivated, and intelligent people as you do in this 7x7 metropolitan square. Everyday I meet someone who’s trying to sell me on their new idea: the next big social media that will take over the world or the newest app that will deliver a five-course meal prepared by a sous-chef to your doorstep with a tap on your phone screen.

 

There are so many different pockets in San Francisco. Every visit I discover something amazing, and here is my guide of things to-do in this pretty city:

 

1.     Bi-Rite Ice Cream- Yeah whatever, my number one thing is a dessert. But this little gem is walking distance from Dolores Park and the salted caramel ice cream in a waffle cone might change your life forever.

2.     Hayes Valley- Stumbled upon this hipster mecca this time around and I’m so in love with this area. Look out for cute bike shops, pop-up juice bars, colorful street art, and unique boutiques. I ate brunch at The Flipper, and got a short stack of strawberry pancakes. When I got my food I thought they forgot the strawberries, but actually they were just hidden inside the fluffy flapjacks. Dreamy.

3.     Golden Gate Park- This place is HUGE. So many different entrances that there is like a 78% chance you’ll get lost if you’re a tourist. Not a bad place to get lost. It is filled of grassy hills, tennis courts, Japanese tea garden and bike trails. This is where Outside Lands Music Festival takes place every August!

 

4.     Union Square- Of course you have to go to Union Square if you’re in the city. If anything just find a bench and stare at the 7 story Macy’s and think about why people are shopping during our recession (are we still in a recession? Idk). This is my first time ever seeing the ice skating rink they set up in the square every winter. I wanted to have a total Serendipity moment and gracefully glide across the ice to find my potential soul-mate, but unfortunately this rink isn’t as big the one in Central Park and I was disappointed to see that no one was over the age of 14. But, I’m sure it would still be fun if you had a hot date to hold your hand as pretend to stagger and wobble, but in my case I actually don’t really know how to ice skate so I really do need someone to hold my hand.

 

5.     Fillmore Street- Another cute go-to destination. This street is filled of designer boutiques such as Alice + Olivia, Marc by Marc Jacobs, James Perse and Ralph Lauren. This street is booming with happy hours, coffee shops and salons. Yes, salons. There’s one like every other freaking store. If you need your hair done I guess this is your landing-place. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up or going somewhere special I recommend stopping by Drybar. Treat yourself to a blow-out and style while having a drink. When making an appointment I recommend the stylist Ashley, she’s fun and professional and made my hair red carpet gorgeous.

6.     Alamo Square- Park with the houses from the show Full House. Go on the hill and do a cartwheel and pretend you’re one of the Olsen twins.

7.     Valencia Street- Vintage stores, wannabe vintage stores, modern furniture stores, over-priced recycled paper stationary stores, appliance stores (wanted to go into a washing machine because sometimes I act like I’m 8), thrift stores, and so much more. I think I felt a little trendier leaving this street. I often go to the restaurant Tacolicious for the best tacos and guacamole in the entire world, not to mention this have pomegranate infused margaritas by the pitcher (this is true).  Also stop by the store Betabrand, a men and women’s clothing store where you can submit your ideas or designs on their website, and the highest votes turn into a prototype. A cool new concept so we can all feel like creative fashion designers. As I type this I am wearing a pair of their red plaid ‘Vajamas’ that I picked up yesterday. The softest pajamas pants made out of a synthetic fleece that warm my heart and soul.

8.     Haight-Ashbury- I always have to come here because I’m such a sucker for designer thrift shopping. The street is filled of second-hand clothing stores that you can sell your clothes to and buy new ones to support your shopaholic addiction. My favorite store is always Wasteland, I have come across many treasures here such as a vintage Escada jacket for $50 and my friend scored a pair of Alexander Wang leather boots that look straight off the runway for like $100. 

9.     Mission District- If you’re going to San Francisco I recommend bringing some workout clothes. A must-do thing is going to the many yoga classes offered throughout the city. My all time favorite is ‘Yoga to The People’ which is on the top level of an office building. This studio is donation-based; you can rent a mat for $2, and enjoy a city view outside the huge glass windows. Simply one of the best yoga experiences you can find.

10. The Marina- Went out here for the first time during this visit. If you’re looking for bar-hopping and a variety of restaurants this is a great place to check out. Bars are all within walking distance from each other so you don’t have to worry about getting a ride every time you get sick of listening to a DJ play the most over-played top hits of 2014. 

 

All of these pictures were taken with a handy dandy iPhone. xx