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The Instagrammer's Guide to San Francisco: 10 Photo Worthy Stops

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San Francisco was definitely one of my favorite places to visit in the last few months!  There are so many great cafes, restaurants, and shops that I checked out when I was there celebrating my mom's 70th birthday.  I never got around to sharing some of our favorites. I hope you enjoy these spots as much as we did!

-Good Eats-

1. Le Marais Bakery

You'll love this adorable gem; an authentic Parisian menu and bright and sunny surroundings? Yes, please!

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You might want to go for the cute decor alone, and you'll definitely want to stay for the chocolate mousse that's served from a gold pineapple! 

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3. Mr. Holmes Bakeshop

A place that's so nice, we at there TWICE!  One cronut was just not enough. They have different flavors every day and we just loved everything we tried! 

4. Jane Cafe

This was a great spot if you want to eat somewhere with plenty of whole foods on the menu for breakfast or lunch. We ate at the Fillmore location, which had other cute nearby shops (like Saje who has awesome essential oils), and you can go to the Larkin St. location if you want to see their cool wall. 

-Fun Sights-

5. Lombard Street (World's Crookedest Street)

I recommend you try to walk AND drive on this street; both are a fun and different experience. If you drive (or ask your Uber driver to take you) down this street, you really understand where it got it's name.  You don't take the same winding route if you walk, but you get to enjoy taking in the awesome houses along the way.  This blue one is my favorite!

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6.  Fisherman's Wharf

This is the area where you can check out The Buena Vista for their famous Irish coffees, find the best trolleys, and get catch great views of the Golden Gate Bridge.  You're close to Ghirardelli Square, and not terribly far from Pier 39 to check out the seals.  All in all this is a great part of town to make sure you see while you're here!  We took a trolley from Lombard Street down to the bottom of the hill to Fisherman's Wharf and it was lots of fun!

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7. The Painted Ladies

These are the Full House houses- sort of... these houses ARE seen in the opening credits, but the actual Tanner house that is shown when zoomed in is in another location.  Regardless, this is a really pretty park (Alamo Park) where you might stumble upon a food truck while you take in the great 360 views.

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8. Golden Gate Park

This place is giant, so I would hone in on one or two areas of the expansive park.  My favorite is definitely the Japanese tea garden!

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-Daytripping-

The next few spots are really just for you folks you decide to rent a car, which I highly recommend so you don't miss these great places! 

9. Muir Woods/Sausalito

The Muir Woods National Forest was quite a sight to see!  Take the advice from another post I found and get there early; we definitely had to circle around for around 15-20 minutes to try to get a parking spot.  On the way home we stopped off in Sausalito.  Had it not been a rainy day we would have loved to explore more of this seaside town.  It had the flavor of a European village by the sea!

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10. Half Moon Bay (The Ritz Carlton)

If you remember the American Pie movies, you might recognize this setting from American Wedding.  If I didn't know any better I might think I was in Ireland!  I love sitting by their fire pits while taking the breathtaking Pacific Ocean views, and we loved our meal at the restaurant as well.  This is a great short day trip to give you a perfect dose of the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. 

image c/o Ritz Carlton

image c/o Ritz Carlton

-Bonus Spots-

If either of these colorful pop up exhibits is still in town, check out The Color Factory and/or the Museum of Ice Cream.  The MOIC currently has an exhibit in Miami & I'm not sure about The Color Factory.  You can sign up on their websites to stay in the loop!

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Best Window Boxes & Doors of Charleston (Christmas Edition)

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I bet you've noticed Charleston doors popping up all over Instagram lately- there are pretty wreaths and garlands galore!  If you're looking for a short route to pack in a lot of great doors and window boxes, here is what I suggest:

1. Start at Rainbow Row (East Bay & Tradd).

2. Head down Tradd Street.

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3.  Make a right to go north on Meeting, but first cross to the opposite side of the street & stand in front of the orange door that's flanked by palms.  From there you can look across the street and see the house with the Santa hat!

4. Walk up Meeting & make a right on Broad.

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5. Make a left when you get to East Bay & head to Vendue Range. 

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Head to my Instagram if you'd like to see more pretty Charleston sights & recommendations!

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How We Hygge in Charleston

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This post is in partnership with Wild Dunes but all opinions are my own.  Some links are affiliate links which earn me a commission, and I appreciate your help in supporting this blog!

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I'm guessing by now you've probably heard of the term "hygge" (pronounced hoo-ga).  It's a Danish concept, and a Google search will give you some variation of the following definition:  the feeling/experience of friendship, warmth, peace, and contentment in a cozy & comfortable atmosphere.  Hygge is about celebrating a simple way of life & appreciating the little things; a cozy room filled with candles, an intimate meal with friends, cuddles with your fur baby, or sitting around the fire savoring some hot chocolate or s'mores.  Here in Charleston, we are a little bit more experienced with sun bathing than thriving in the cold like the Danish do.  However, there are a lot of little things you can do if you want to add a little dose of hygge to your life this winter!  My friend Brenda and I enjoyed the nicest staycation at The Boardwalk Inn at Wild Dunes Resort recently, with the intent to make our weekend as hygge as possible.  Read on and see how you think we did!

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-Savor the Flavor-

One thing that we are already extra great at in Charleston that's a pretty big component of hygge?  FOOD.  Really sitting down and enjoying a meal over great conversation (i.e. NO smart phones) is what it's all about.  The amazing chef at Coastal Provisions kept us well fed at their restaurant all weekend, and even packed us up the most magical lowcountry boil one day!  We took it down the boardwalk and to the beach so we could enjoy a little beach picnic.  Getting beside the ocean in the off season is pretty magical, and this was the perfect meal to really savor along with a little champagne & chatting.   

The mini pecan pies were out of this world!  (Yes I know I'm not supposed to have wheat or dairy but... #WORTHIT!) Brenda played a ukulele concert after we ate, so we were able to stay in this hygge moment a little bit longer.  It was so refreshing not to be rushing off to the next thing!

-Hands On-

I think creating something with your hands can be a very hygge thing to do as well.  Wild Dunes offers lessons with an amazing local sweetgrass basket weaver, so we were super excited to try our hand at this!  After a 2 hour lesson we already had a small basket!  It's really relaxing to give your mind something simple and repetitive to concentrate on, and basket weaving is pretty easy to get the hang of.  

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Brenda knows how to knit, too, so the couch in our suite was the perfect work space for her.  Any type of activity or game can be a good way to experience friendship and live in the moment; checkers, chess, or card games will do if you're not a maker.

-Burn Baby Burn-

One of the most crucial components of creating a hygge atmosphere?  Candles!  We brought our own along to enjoy in our room, a limited edition Christmas candle from The Contents Co.  I would say that really any kind of fire is pretty hygge!  One night we made s'mores by the fire pit after a comfort food overload at The Salty Goat, and we loved eating by the fireplace at Coastal Provisions.

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-(Don't) Pack Light-

It's pretty simple to pack for a hygge weekend if you follow a few parameters.  I recommend NO heels, plenty of warm accessories, and lots of soft & comfy layers.  Of course I brought some Turkish towels to keep us cozy while we were enjoying tranquilo vibes on our couch!  

I wound up bringing a mixture of casual dresses/tops and cozy sweaters.  For brunch, we wore our super soft Escapada dresses.  Both are majorly on sale (Brenda's tassel dress // Liz's wrap dress), and they work well with tights in the winter.  I paired mine with some Talbots pom-pom flats that are so comfy, they might as well be slippers.  They come in 4 colors and I bet the yellow ones will really make you smile!  

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If you're interested in learning more about this happy way of Danish living, I recommend The Little Book of Hygge, and be sure to check out Wild Dunes Resort if you want to have a hygge getaway or staycation of your own!

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Weekender Wardrobe: Mother-Daughter Travel Style

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Packing light doesn't sound like much fun, but you have to save room for all your souvenirs (am I right?!).  Below are a few of my essentials that I brought on our recent trip to San Francisco.  This post is in partnership with Persifor, Jackson Davenport, & Toss Designs, but all opinions are my own.  Thank you SO much for clicking on the affiliate links I have provided, which help support this blog.  Ok, now open your suitcase and throw in the following:


1. Great Sunglasses

If you aren't sure what style is best for your face shape, I highly recommend that you head to Jackson Davenport on King Street the next time you're downtown Charleston.  Ask for Nancy Davenport (one of the awesome owners who works there), who will help you pick out a great pair of glasses or sunglasses to suit you.  I'm wearing some Ray Bans and mom has on a pair of Mykita Philomenes, both of which are super lightweight so they didn't start to hurt our ears after a day of sight seeing. 


2. A Versatile Purse

Let colors be your neutral.  Bringing along a pop of color like orange will likely go with most of your wardrobe.  Toss had this 2-in-1 purse with a cute bamboo handle, so I could feel like I was changing up my purse depending on how casual or dressy my outfit was.  Toss just opened the CUTEST store on King Street in Downtown Charleston- you have to go see it the next time you're there!  They have everything from cute office accessories to champagne print pajamas. 


3. Matching Dresses

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Y'all know I have never met a Persifor dress I didn't love, mostly because they are so flattering and so comfy at the same time.  This navy "coat of arms" Winpenny was no exception.  I've always been a navy girl (mostly because of my mom), and it made for the perfect layering piece with my Nice is the New Cool Sweatshirt.  Gotta have those layers in San Fran, or really even just for the plane ride!


4. Accessory Staples

Navy & gold are usually my go-to jewelry colors. I can get away with bringing just one or two things and wearing them over and over.  Tassels are always fun to spice things up, and these are just $12!  P.S. Don't forget the best accessories ever,  a statement lip & nail color!  We're both wearing RMS Red on our lips & I have RMS beloved on my nails. 

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5. Balloons

Say what?! You heard me!  Balloons. We HAD to have them because we were celebrating my mom's 70th, but even if you're just traveling for kicks I highly recommend getting some balloons.  You can get letters or numbers and air-fill them or take them to a nearby grocery store.  Your travel photos will never be the same!  

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-Shop the Post-

Persifor Winpenny Dress in Coat of Arms (shown), $  or in Calypso Tile, $165 // Jackson Davenport Sunglasses, starting at $150 // Jewelry: Croissant Earrings, $60, Tassel Earrings, $12, Rice Bead Necklace (worn as bracelet), $65 // Toss Designs Infinity Envelope Clutch in Orange, $48 (additional charge for monogramming, but available same-day at the Charleston Store) // balloons (available at Cannonborough Collective in Charleston or online). 

all images c/o Lucy Marie Photo

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Where to Stay in San Francisco

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This post is in partnership with Kimpton Hotels, but all opinions are my own.  Hotel Interior images are c/o Kimpton Hotels by Laure Joliet.

images c/o Laure Joliet via Kimpton Hotels 

I am newly obsessed with San Francisco's Japantown & had to share with you!  I was recently visiting SF on a trip with my mom, and her taste is a little less "hipster-friendly" than mine.  The Buchanan Hotel in Japantown was the perfect compromise of being in a nice safe area that wasn't too touristy, where we were always within a short Uber ride of where we wanted to be.  As always, this Kimpton had a signature bike for me to borrow and gorgeous decor!  The aesthetic was very minimalist to align with the neighborhood, which we also loved.

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Across the street you can see some great little shops and a Japanese mall with all kinds of fun treats. I stumbled into the neatest little store where I got some orange chopsticks for a souvenir.

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The neighborhood had so many fabulous restaurants within walking distance, too.  Our favorites were Sweet MapleRoam.  They serve GIANT breakfast portions at Sweet Maple, and you'll have to be sure to try the "Millionaire's Bacon"!

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True story, I've never been disappointed by a Kimpton Hotel!  They are definitely the cleanest pet-friendly hotels you'll find, with great staff and awesome ambiance.  See my other Kimpton stays in Savannah, LA, & Pittsburgh, and follow me on Instagram where I try to make every day feel like the weekend!

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