A Day in the Marina District

When you have six essays, one exam, and really just want it to be the holidays already its good to take a break and do a little city wandering. Having passed Fillmore St many times on the Muni, heading to Marina Green for America's Cup and what have you, it was time to explore the area properly. I also knew one of my favourite online stores was hiding on a street nearby...We actually went to some other areas afterwards too - but more on that later!

First stop was Brandy Melville, one of my personal online favourites, and also popular with other bloggers like Rosie of thelondoner.me and hellonikki.net. Apparently it recently opened back home on the Kings Road, London.

One of the rooms. I've already got my Christmas and post-holiday wishlist prepared. I'll be sharing my items with you soon. 

Cute signs for your home, these ones are personal to San Francisco.

These cute hearts are dotted around the city with different designs on them.

My favourite pizza place in SF: Extreme. We shared half Pandora's Box (spinach,artichoke hearts,sundried tomatoes, garlic & feta) & half Holy Cow (four cheeses and walnuts)!

The San Francisco-based French bakery: La Boulange. Everything from pastries to quiches and coffee.

A little treat in a pretty blue bag.

Passion fruit macaroon. Chocolate macaroon.

What did you all get up to this weekend? 


Travel Essentials

This year has seen me move myself from England to San Francisco for a year. In this time I'll also be hopping around the West Coast and, although I had to pack for a year, I thought I'd share a few of my travel essentials with you... before I share my actual travels.

Lipbalm: I've been using PawPaw for over two years now ever since my Australian flat mate introduced us... I use it religiously on dry lips, but its also great on chapped skin and cuts etc.
Neutral Nail Colour: This is a new purchase and a great colour. It's good to have a shade that will go with almost anything when packing light.
Mini Hand cream: Crabtree and Evelyn is not too greasy, and this one smells delicious!

Moleskine planner - trying to organise interning, school, socialising and travelling can be tricky. This makes sure that (in the main) I don't forget anything.
Journal - I would never be able to keep up with a daily diary, but I love to fill this little book with photos, tickets, notes and so forth from my travels.

Book - I'm currently reading Patti Smith's Just Kids. I highly recommend you read it too. 
Travel guide - before I settled into the city this book was super helpful. A lovely little gift from my sister, Rough Guides provide some of the best travel books in my opinion.

Smartphone - while I am in love with my DSLR sometimes I just need a quick snapshot or something lighter. The camera on this little one is brilliant, and it has all the apps I could ever need without costing so much $$.

I've already visited Southern California once - and I'll shortly be sharing my adventures with you. Next up is the Christmas holidays where I'll be revisiting SoCal, heading to LA, and plans are in the works to head North to Portland and Seattle.

What are your travel essentials? Or if you've been to these places any hotspots I should visit?