Monday, July 16, 2018

The Most Photogenic Neighborhood in San Francisco

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As a San Francisco blogger, there are a plethora of places I love to shoot in, a classic spot like Maiden Lane, the nostalgic beauty of Alamo Square, my neighborhood in North Beach, and not to mention as a blogger we really can make any wall, alley or sidewalk our backdrop. As I was looking through these images, I realized that this four-block radius in between The Mission and Potrero Hill is one of my favorite places to visit and shoot in. It has an industrial, up-and-coming vibe and many a startup/well-established business have claimed this little corner of the city for their growing companies at a discounted rate, i.e., cheap rent. Companies like Charlotte Russe, Goorin Bros., Everlane, and even Glossier did their popup in this neighboorhood not too long ago. At every turn, you find a photogenic corner prettier than the next as witnessed by the images below but even more impressive is the food and drink offerings in the area. After photographing this look at a few different stops Jessica and I popped into Trick Dog for a drink. After a long day of shooting an Aperol Spritz was in order for me and a glass of chilled rosé for her. 

If you are in search of the cutest corners and homes to squat in front of for that covetable IG shot look no further than the outer Mission. You won't leave lacking content, and you can treat yourself to a bite or drink at spots like Flour + Water, Trick Dog, or Tartine Manufactory

Oh, and did I mention parking is actually easy to find in this area?! A major perk if you are visiting and don't want to spend lots of $$ on parking. 

Photography by Jessica Monroy

Friday, July 13, 2018

A Fresh Cut // Short Curly Bob for Summer


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Two weeks ago I found myself in a salon chair in Walnut Creek. I'd been contemplating going short for a while and well today was the day. I hadn't gotten a haircut in almost a year, maybe a year and a half if I was being honest. Last time I went short was way back in May here. The night before I was up late pursuing Pinterest searching "curly bobs" for said morning appointment and I pinned a plethora of looks that I was confident would look good on me. So with my mobile Pinterest board in hand, I walked into Stem Salon in Walnut Creek to meet with Jess for my new do. 

As we sat in the chair I described my ideal hairstyle -- short, past the ears but not longer than the base of my neck, I had to be able to tie my hair up easily. Basically, I was hoping to come out of this looking like Yasmin Sewell. As Jess patiently listening to my requests, she saw the vision and understood my wants. We washed, we cut, we styled. In the end, I got my Yasmin cut and feel like a new woman. My hair feels so much better, hell after a year and a half of not cutting it you'd think it would right? The curls just naturally bounce, and my husband loves it. Win-win if you ask me! Thinking about going a bit lighter, maybe some color -- what do you think? I haven't dyed my hair in about eight years so not 100% sure yet but we'll see. Stay tuned! In the meantime shop all the products that a curly haired girl needs below. 



Big thanks to Stem Salon for hosting me!