eyes like moon rise: SF travel diary

Channeling Frank Sinatra's "Dolores" in today's post. 

After about a year, I finally got the chance to go back to San Francisco to visit one of my closest friends from high school. After steering clear of the jam-packed tourist destinations like Union Square & Fisherman's Wharf, I found my love for all the unique shops & streets hidden between the hilltops. 

First stop: Mission & Valencia

We started off our morning right--with caffeine, of course, to fuel the miles and miles of walking we would do that day. If you ever get off at the 16th St. & Mission BART station, I would definitely recommend checking out Four Barrel Coffee. They make a delicious latte & chocolate banana scone. Plus, the interior is beautifully rustic--think converted warehouse--with exposed beams & dim lighting. 

Post-coffee fix, we visited Community Thrift and Dog-eared Books. The Baggu storefront on Valencia is a place you need to visit if you are a tote bag fanatic. You simply can't leave SF without picking out a lovely print from the wall of neatly arranged Baggu reusable bags. They have a huge selection--ranging from mesh to foliage prints. I fell in love with the "Orange Tree" print. Call me crazy but it was worth the $10!

Second Stop: Folsom St.

The Everlane showroom...it's simply a paradise of minimalistic interior design & high-quality basics. I've been a proud customer of Everlane since their site comprised of primarily the Twill Snap Backpack & Cotton U-Neck tees and it was nice to finally be able to shop their basics in person. The pop-up is especially useful if you're contemplating buying their shoes since sizing is typically the most difficult to match. I can't wait for the actual brick & mortar store to open.

Third Stop: 18th St. & Dolores Park

The end of our SF trip comprised of Vegan Hippie sandwiches & ice cream from the Birite Market & Creamery. If you have a major sweet tooth, get the Salted Caramel ice cream. You won't be sorry. 

Dolores Park on a calm Thursday afternoon. We managed to find a bench in the shade after walking to the very top of the hill. It was a serious trek and I was overdressed for the humid weather, as usual. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed sitting in the park watching the cutest dogs run by. A tip if you plan to visit, bring a picnic blanket. It's honestly pretty rare to find a bench that is situated under a tree, so most likely you'll end up sitting in the grass.

Last stop: Church & Market

We spent a full day exploring bookstores, thrift stores, deli markets, coffee shops, and ice cream parlors, but I feel like I only ventured into a tiny piece of the city. Our final stop was at the BART station & we were headed home. Bye, Maggie. See you next time!

Outfit details: Striped Blouse from Who What Wear x Target, Mom Jeans from Pacsun, Sunglasses from Boho Queen Jewelry, Peep Toe Booties from Forever 21, "Orange Tree" Standard Reusable Bag from Baggu

All style photos credited to my awesome friend Maggie.

Until next time, Megan.