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 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? :)
Ever wondered what to do with a weekend in New York? Or what about in Brooklyn? There are tons of amazing things to see, eat and experience in the city that never sleeps! Last week I hopped on a redeye to meet up with a couple of friends for a weekend getaway in New York and here is a quick recap with some tips and ideas if you’re thinking about going. I visited the city for the first time during Christmas with my boyfriend last year and I totally fell in love. I had already seen most of the “have to see” things last year so this time around I wanted to explore more of Brooklyn and just enjoy the city for the weekend. If you have never been to New York I would recommend seeing Top of the Rock, The Metropolitan Museum, Rockefeller Center during Christmas (There is a LOT of people, but it can be magical), a Horse and Carriage ride in Central Park (during winter), 9/11 Memorial, The Highline, Restaurants in the Hells Kitchen area and just walk around all the different Neighborhoods!
We stayed at my friends apartment on Upper East side and hit the ground running as soon as I arrived. Whenever I go traveling, I love to just roam around in the streets and really take in the city. I usually have some notion of things I want to do, but leave lots of time to just explore. My friend Lisa and I walked into Central Park and I was amazed at how different it looked in the summer! It was incredibly green and nice to just take in the nature. I went to New York this weekend because Lisa was coming all the way from Norway and didn’t realize until a few days before I arrived that Fashion week would be ending the night before. Who goes to New York the day after Fashion Week ends? Oh yea, that’s me! I love watching all the shows and the street fashion that truly awakes during Fashion Week and wished I could have been there for that, but maybe next time. Maybe this is the nerd in me, but I still wanted to go down to Lincoln Center and check it out so we did!
Saw this sweet message on a bench in Central Park. Mormor means Grandma in Norwegian and Morfar means Grandpa.
The last time I went to New York I didn’t get to see the 9/11 memorial so that was definitely on my list of things I wanted to see this weekend. I had seen pictures of it and knew how it looked like, but going down there to see it was completely different! I don’t know if it was because it was the day after 9/11, but it really made an impact on me. I knew that the edges had the names of all the people who lost their lives that day engraved and just seeing how big the memorial was, really put the number of people into perspective. There was a sign saying that family members usually put down flowers into their loved ones name on their birthday and on 9/11 and the place was filled with them! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
The next morning we headed down to the garment district to visit Mood! On our way down there we accidentally walked right into the annual 5th avenue 5 mile race and got to see the first finisher cross the finish line! Looked like a lot of fun and who knows, maybe next year I’ll run that one. Anyways, I have been watching Project Runway ever since it started and especially after I started to sew myself, I have always wanted to go to Mood! The selection they have there is amazing! Even though I couldn’t really bring that much fabric with me back in my carry-on, I just wanted to touch the textures and get a feel of some of the fabric I wanted to order online. And of course, I bought some! I found this beautiful dark red/pink wool fabric that I think I want to either make into a skirt or a moto vest so stay tuned!
Later that day we headed over to Brooklyn and explored the Saturday Flea Market, and Brooklyn Night Bazar! I must say, I was really impressed with Brooklyn. It reminded me a lot of Greenwich in Manhattan. That’s where the actual steps of Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment is (66 Perry street). I loved that it was only 10 minutes from Manhattan and still feels like New York, but not as busy and crazy. It actually started raining pretty bad at the Flea market and as we were walking back to the subway station this almost 7 feet tall police office stopped me and this is basically how our conversation went down:
Police Officer: Hey Miss, are you in a hurry?
Me: No, not really..
Police Officer: Can I use your umbrella for a minute? (with a smirk on his face if you ask me!)
Me: Ehm, No..
Police Office: No? You don’t say no to a police officer!
Me: Well, what are you going to do with it?
Police Office: I am just getting a burrito from the taco truck right there and I didn’t want to get wet….
Me: Oh, embarrassed and laughing out loud I obviously gave him my umbrella! Can’t hold up a burrito run!!
His Co-Workers: What a crybaby! Can’t even handle the rain! At least get the girl a taco! lol!
The Brooklyn Night Bazar is basically like a start up party where you have a huge space where different artists and small businesses can display and sell their products as well as including a bar, different food vendors and live music! It’s really fun and a great way to see whats out there and find niche products. The last time I went to one in SF, I bought a Carrotcake Jam for example. I would probably never had purchased that at the store if I wasn’t introduced to it there. This time around I found some really nice earrings and a bomb cookie!
It’s not a chocolate chip cookie, it’s a chocolate cookie chip! It has a sea salt sprinkled chocolate base with chunks of cookie and cookie dough. Amazing!!!
My catch at the Flea and Night Bazar!
On Sunday I only had a few hours before my flight and we ended up walking the Brooklyn Bridge and roaming the streets of New York back up to the Upper East Side. I don’t know why we ended up spending so much time in Brooklyn, but I am glad we did because I loved it! I don’t think you can ever see everything in New York and that’s why I love that city so much! There is always something new and different to experience or see. I am sure I’ll be back again soon!