Thursday, September 11, 2014

San Fran Trip Recap

We’re back!
But first, I just want to take a minute to send my love & prayers to all those who lost loved ones on this day 13 years ago.  And a HUGE thank you to all of the firefighters, police officers, and military men & women who work everyday to protect us against such threats now & in the future.  THANK YOU! #neverforget

Warning: picture overload 
Day 1// Explored Fisherman’s Wharf & downtown San Fran
Our ride around town.  
The Hubs enjoyed driving the Stang around... me? Not so much.  Let's just say I don't plan on driving anything but my little SUV for... well, forever. 
Sweater: Forever 21 {similar}
Jeans: American Eagle -old {love these}
Shoes: Converse {exact}
Crossbody: Old Navy {similar}

The Hill from H-E- double hockey sticks! 
Dear Giant Hill, my feet despise you! that is all. 

Explored Pier 39 – It was definitely the most popular of the piers along Fisherman’s Wharf. 
Top pic: San Fran skyline & the cutest seals! Can you spot them?! Also pictured: Alcatraz & Carousel on pier. 

Dinner: Press Club in downtown San Fran. 1 word: AMAZING! 
A little wine tasting flight && some delicious eats.  We shared the lamb burgers & Duck sausage and Quail Jambalaya.  HIGHLY RECOMMEND BOTH.

 Day 1 Side Notes: We ate lunch at Fisherman’s Grotto on Pier 39.  We weren’t impressed & I was disappointed bc we could have probably chose 1001 different and much better options.  Lesson learned. 

Day 2//Palo Alto & Sausalito, CA
Philz Coffee! 
Philz was the ONLY coffee shop I experimented with that I actually liked in all of San Fran... a little disappointed, but the Mint Mojito Iced Coffee did not disappoint! So delish!
Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge 

One of Josh & I's favorite places we visited. So quaint, cute, and beautiful!

Dinner: Copita (Sausalito)
HUGE thank you to Cassie over at Living on Cloud Nine for the recommendation!
Ate: Oyster and Mahi Mahi tacos.  Both were INCREDIBLE!
Drank: Josh ordered a spicy margarita (sorry, can’t remember the name) that he really liked.  Me, some fruity margarita, it was good, but I’m probably not the person to ask bc I am strictly a wine girl. 

Sausalito Wear//
Shirt & Necklace: Francesca's {Both in stores, not online yet}
Skinnies: Jennifer Lopez via Kohls {exact}
Crossbody: Old Navy {above}

Day 3// Around town & back to Pier 39
This was the Hubs last day at his seminar so on his lunch break I found a little park near by for us to eat lunch and play around.  Lunch was gyros & the park was Bedwell Bayfront Park.  

Jacket: Forever 21{exact}
Sweater: Francesca’s {similar}
Skinnies: Kohls (link above)
Sandals & grey Tee: Target - old

He loves me...

He loves me, maybe. 

Dinner: Crab House on Pier 39 (Fisherman’s Wharf) Absolutely the BEST crab we have ever eaten.  We were SO full & if you ever eat crab, that is hard to do! We did get calamari for an appetizer (good, also) & we tried one of their signature cocktails, but like I said before wine girl…couldn’t drink it! Ick!
Oh and we may or may not have gotten dessert THEN also shared a strawberry Nutella crepe! Oops!
The view, sigh. :) and obviously, our cutest outfits of the week ;)

Day 4// Day trip to Santa Cruz 
By far our FAVORITE place in Cali!
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
So awesome & humbling... If you ever want to be reminded of how small we are & how BOG God is, just stand next to a Redwood. Incredible!
The view looking up.
Clovers were all over the place... reminded me of my brother :) 
Then we stopped by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for some fun! 
We rode the Skyride across the boardwalk to see everything! Both scary & cool. Def recommend going if you like roller coasters!
Ended the day with wine tasting that did not disappoint! If you ever in Santa Cruz you have to go to MJA Vineyards! The owner/ winemaker is from Hawaii & every wine we tried was truly unique and fabulous! They also sell Kona coffee…basically it was perfection!
Oh and their tasting pours are VERY generous! You have been warned.

We were only a short walk to the beach so off we went! 
So breathtaking! Those waves were awesome & it was so fun to watch the surfers.  
Santa Cruz Wear//
Tank: Express {exact}
Jeans: American Eagle -old
Sunnies: Tom's {exact}

If When we go back to Cali, we would definitely stay in Santa Cruz.  The speed of living was much more laid back than San Fran & much more our style.  We would venture into San Fran, but really Santa Cruz had the nature, the beach, AND the wine.  Win-win all the way around for us!

Day 5// Last day
We just walked around a mall in the suburbs of San Jose for a couple of hours & I found some awesome jewels from Michael Kors. I made sure the Hubs knew they were now on my wishlist.  Hello, birthday next month ;)

Airport wear//
If you follow on Instagram you have already seen this, if not here ya go...
Shirt: Forever 21 {similar}
Vest: LOFT- last year
Boyfriend Jeans & Flats: Express {jeans-old shoes- same}
Bag: Kate Spade {available in outlets}
Necklace: Francesca’s {in stores}

Earrings: Kate Spade {exact}

Thank you to everyone who made incredible suggestions for what to do and where to eat! We wish we could have done it all! 
On our list for next time: 
- Ride bikes across Golden Gate Bridge
- Take Ferry over to Sausalito/ spend more time exploring Sausalito
- Napa Valley wine tastings
-Zipline through the Redwoods

Have you ever been to San Fran? What did you do? What's on your list for next time?

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