Happy Monday! How was your weekend? San Francisco has been really warm lately, which is weird and nice all at the same time. Last weekend it was in the high eighty’s in the city and by noon my apartment is like a sauna! We have windows all along one side of the apartment and the sun shines on from early morning until late night. I decided to head straight for the beach!
It’s quite the trek out there with the 30-40 min train, but with some tunes on my Spotify and knowing what’s at the end, it was worth it. At Ocean Beach you can take the muni all the way out and it stops right across the street from the beach. Just hop off and you can feel the fresh ocean breeze. I love being by the water. The ocean smell, warm sand, the smell of sunscreen, happy people all around and to top it off, hopefully a cooler full of delicious food and drinks! Continue reading →
I hope you had an awesome 4th of July weekend! We just stayed in San Francisco and I had a few friends visiting from Norway! It’s so weird to stay back in the city when there is a holiday, because everyone else is gone!
But first, let me do a quick update on something fun from last weekend because I went down to see the San Jose Eartquakes play against LA at the Stanford Stadium. After the game we were allowed down on the field to see the Fireworks! I didn’t think was that big of a deal until I was walking on the field. So fun! And the fireworks was really cool. I don’t know why, but I think I accidentally deleted the photos, but you all know how fireworks looks like anyways, so just picture it :) To say that I was pretty excited is an understatement!
Ok, back to the 4th of July weekend! It’s actually been really nice weather here lately. Usually the summer in San Francisco is in September-October and June-July is really cold with lots of fog and wind. On Friday, I was off work and enjoyed an extra casual weekend day with lots of relaxing time and lunch with a friend that’s visiting for a couple of weeks.
We took a trip to Mission Dolores Park and enjoyed some people watching, some sun and a strange, but fun live mini theatre show! Dolores is usually packed on the weekends, and it might look like a lot of people in the picture, but this is actually a pretty quiet version of the park. They are remodeling the park and the half pictured here was just finished not too long ago. I love how they have made the hillside more even, so you can actually sit up on the hill. Perfect view for the live theatre show as well as a view of the city skyline! And while visiting Mission Dolores, we had to get some Bi-Rite Ice cream. It’s the best ice cream in town and most people don’t even care that they have to stand in line for a good 15-20 min!
I even had my red,white and blue ready! I got this necklace from Stitch Fix a few Fixes back and it was perfect for the holiday :)
Summery Berry Cake Recipe
I had to bake something for the holiday, because, of course! I decided on a sweet, but light summer cake decorated with red, white and blue berries. The cake works all summer long and you can easily use different fruit for different occasions. Get the full recipe and instructions here.
To finish off the celebration, we had dinner at Hillstone hoping to have dinner with a “show”, but you couldn’t even see any of the fireworks because the fog was so thick!
How was your 4th of July celebration? I think next year, I’ll try to plan for a larger bbq with friends! It seems like that’s the way to go :)
It was so cold last week so this weekend, I was very happy to be back to the sunny California I am used to and love! I have been working out a lot latelty and this weekend was no different. I did some pop physique, a city hike, shoe shopping AND I got my Stitch Fix!After signing up for the half marathon last month, I knew that I had to get back into pre-race training shape in order to get a better race time. I am also going to spend a significant amount of time in a bikini this spring, so two birds in one! I tried Pop Physique a few times with some of my coworkers last year and liked it so I bought a GILT deal a with 10 classes to give it a better try. Have you ever tried it? I think it’s a pretty good workout! It’s a mix of ballet strength movements, barre routines, and regular strength. They focus mostly on the smaller muscle groups in your arms and upper body and then lots and lots of thighs and glutes! I feel like in am in pretty good shape, but my thighs are shaking every single class! It’s a good 20-25 minutes walk from my house so I get the added cardio to warm up and then I can Facetime with my mom and friends on my way! :) I went both days this weekend and was pretty sore come Monday morning!
I got my Fix on Friday and got some really cute stuff! Here is a couple of my favorites.Love the movement in this dress! It has a lower slit on each side so it really flows with the wind! It’s called Mystree Andria Maxi Dress. This is the Wells Grace Zedd Lace Overlay Blouse :)
On Sunday I went to the Cherry Blossom Festival with a couple of friends, but the Cherry Blossoms were nowhere to be seen! I don’t know if it’s too early or too late, but it might have something to do with the cold weather last week. We ended up walking through the Fillmore and over the hills down to Union and Chestnut Street in the Marina. Perfect Sunday stroll through the city!Cutest little hotel! How was your weekend?
I did it again! I signed up for the San Francisco Half Marathon. Last year I went to BlogHer right before my race and prepped really nicely horribly with hard concrete conference floors and wine for days right before my race. Mhm! You read that right. I came home around 8.30PM Saturday and got up 4.30AM the next day a few hours later to run the race. Needless to say, it was not my best decision or race, but it was my first one and I finished! And who can resist this view during a race?
I am going to BlogHer again this year as well (yay for New York!), but I checked the schedule and it finishes up a week before :) Which reminds me, I should do a recap of last year if anybody is interested? It was my first big blogging conference and I really liked it!
Last year was also my first time running a half marathon, which you can read more about here and here. I haven’t been working out as much as I did around this time last year, but I feel more prepared this time around just knowing that I am actually able to cover the distance without passing out!? I’ll be using April to get back into pre-race-training shape. Anyone else running a half marathon this spring/summer?
I created a 8 Week Half Marathon Training Program last year and I think I’ll use the same thing this time around with a few tweaks her and there. I really want to improve my time from last year so I think I’ll add more strength exercises in there too. Any extra advice on preparing for my next big race? I am going to make a 30 day prep plan and then tweak my running plan. Keep an eye out for the full plan soon :)
I love Holidays and especially Thanksgiving! Being from Norway and Thanksgiving being an American holiday, I have only celebrated it for the last few years, but I already love it. I know it has a lot of history and there is a lot more to it than a nice family dinner, but to me, it’s all about appreciation, friends, family and giving thanks. I also love how it pushes Christmas back to actually being in December. My friends back home complain about Christmas decorations and food coming into stores in September. That’s way to early! Summer is not even fully over yet. But, I digress.
We decided not to go anywhere this year and just stayed in San Francisco. To be honest, I kind of like it when the city simmers down and everybody just takes a breather. A couple of years ago, I ordered the turkey from Honeybaked Ham and cooked a complete Thanksgiving meal at home with every side dish you can ever imagine. I don’t know if I forgot that it was just the two of us or what, but we had turkey, stuffing, mac & cheese, gravy, cornbread and mashed potatoes for weeks! It was nice, but until we’re a big family I kind of feel like I have been there, done that! So this year, we decided to just relax and go out for a nice dinner instead. I loved it!
On my way home from work the day before Thanksgiving, I stopped by Banana Republic and that combined with the rain we have been having lately, it really got me into PJ’s all day lounge around mood! I wanted all the leggings, tanks, cashmere cardigans, cozy socks and infinity scarfs! And its already added to my wish list.
Thursday basically consisted of us just relaxing, watching movies and me baking my first ever homemade American Apple Pie! I got the recipe from Joy the Baker. Whenever I visit her site, my mouth waters and I want to bake all things everything! The result of the pie? Ta-da!
I also needed to get all my Christmas shopping done so the gifts would make it to Norway in time for Christmas. After putting it off for too long, I knew it was time, but to be honest, Black Friday scares me. Last year we went to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving and I figured I would visit one of the outlet malls for Black Friday. Worst idea ever! After being stuck at the parking lot for about an hour, trying to park further away and realizing I was in the deep ghetto, combined with the fear of accidentally becoming the center of attention in one of those Black Friday news headlines, I drove off.
So this year, I took a different approach and got almost everything online with either pick up in store or 2 day free shipping! Amazing! After lounging around in my PJ’s watching movies, and eating apple pie all day long, I did a quick pickup in store at a few places and finished off the night by watching the annual Christmas tree lighting at Union Square. Another holiday tradition favorite! Didn’t get a good picture of the tree at the event with all those people, so here one from yesterday, in all its glory!
And even though we didn’t have a traditional Thanksgiving meal, we made a fake smaller one with chicken on Sunday! The sides are what really matters right? :)