Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A night in the city: Pooja + Vic - Engaged

Haven't done this in awhile! Got to follow these two lovebirds around the city recently. It was a totally gorgeous night - even with the full moon high and bright in the sky. Of course, it poured the next 3 days after that, but you wouldn't have known it.

Pooja is totally gorgeous, and Vic is a total stud. Together they make a pretty damn fine couple. ;) They are totally in love and it was fun to chase them around like paparazzi and capture their love.

We then walked along the Embarcadero, which has stunning views of the city skyline and the Bay Bridge.

Thank you, Pooja and Vic - you guys are awesome! Good luck with the last-minute wedding planning!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Trek Up Bernal Heights Park

I had seen photos of Bernal Heights Park on Instagram, and immediately put it on my list of places to check out ASAP. Even after all this time in SF, I've hardly explored this part of the city. But on one sunny, clear day, I was in the mood to explore after work, and decided it was the perfect opportunity to check it out.

The path up is a gradual uphill, and only about a mile. The view from the summit is absolutely amazing on a clear day - there are sweeping views of the city, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge, and all the way out into the East Bay.


Would definitely love to come back again (and do a shoot here!). I'm sure the view would be pretty spectacular at night as well!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

R&R in Cancun

It is officially fall now, but it (finally) feels like summer in San Francisco. This warm weather has me thinking of sitting on a beach all day, so I thought I'd post a recap of our Cancun trip from earlier this summer.

We had done the all-inclusive resort thing when we went to the Dominican Republic last summer, and had a fabulous time, so we decided to do it again. My idea of a the perfect vacation is usually running around any given destination trying to do as much as possible, so I had worried that I'd be bored. But I was perfectly happy to laze around the pool/beach, reading as many books as possible with a pina colada (or other fruity cocktail) in hand, and actually RELAXING for once - and I enjoyed doing this again.

We stayed at the Gran Caribe resort. We had a lovely stay there! The rooms were super nice, and all the staff we encountered were super helpful and just lovely. We didn't use the pool at all, but the resort is right on the beach, and we spent all of our time there. The beach area is well-maintained with plenty of chairs and it never felt crowded.

The water was just an amazing aquamarine color, and it almost seemed unreal. You know how when you see postcards of the Caribbean, you think, "there's no way that is real"? But it *is* real. I really was blown away.

We generally liked the food at the resort, and definitely indulged ourselves (#allinclusivelife). We enjoyed Il Pescatore, the Italian restaurant, and Maria's, the Mexican restaurant (which also had a fabulous new specialty margarita every night).

One thing I will say about food in Cancun is that you aren't going to find super authentic Mexican food while in the resort, or on the main hotel strip. We did go find some fish tacos outside the resort, but coming from California, with its abundance of amazing Mexican food everywhere you go, we weren't super blown away. (I'm spoiled.)

On our second day, we headed out to Isla Mujeres for some snorkeling. The blue waters here were absolutely unbelievable.

The excursion took us to Garrafon, which offers a variety of activities in addition to snorkeling, such as kayaking and zip-lining. The admission price to the park includes snorkel and kayak rentals, as well as use of the hammocks and pools, and lunch and an open bar. There is also a VIP option, which gives you access to an air-conditioned lounge with upgraded food and better locker facilities, which may have been a good idea since the "normal" food was quite bad. 

We snorkeled for a bit - we didn't see much at first, but once we ventured out a bit further, there was much more to see. We also ventured out of the park and walked around the island for a bit. We went to the Punta Sur cliffs, which is actually the southernmost point of the island, and the easternmost point in Mexico and where the sun rises first.

There is also a sculpture garden and Mayan temple just outside Garrafon.

We ended up relaxing in the hammocks the rest of the day.

Our last two days in Cancun were pretty overcast, with intermittent periods of rain, but that didn't stop us from enjoying the beautiful waters.

This also meant that the sunset on our last night was absolutely spectacular!

We will definitely be back for another relaxing vacation!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Favorite Finds from Uncommon Goods!

J and I have been on a mission to spruce up our place lately, so I was super excited when UncommonGoods contacted me to share some of my favorites from their site. Let's just say - there's sooooo many cool things that I had a hard time choosing! ;)

UncommonGoods started with a mission to connect makers and their creations with individuals looking from truly special goods, regardless of the distance between the maker and shopper. UncommonGoods features a variety of unique finds, from home decor, art, gifts, and more! Their company also places a strong emphasis on sustainability, which not only means working with their suppliers to create their products in a more socially and environmentally responsible manner, but also to treat every individual inside and outside their company with dignity and respect. They also have a program that will donate $1 on your behalf to a non-profit organization when making a purchase from their site.

Check out their collection of awesome home decor goods here! I love the unique, clever details on everything they have! Lots to ooh and aah over. :) Some of my favorites:
left to right, top to bottom: 
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Those camera pillows may be the cutest things I've ever seen! I love the stained glass on the feathers and the raindrop mobile - the colors are so vibrant! I love the suspension bridge shelves - so clever - and the wood on the wall shelf (and you can never go wrong with shelving space). J and I are big wine drinkers, so I love the wall mount wine bar. I also love the cool texture and bright colors of the rug. And the cork map would be great for pinning mini travel photos to, of places J and I have been.

J has also been on the lookout for more art to put up on our walls. Uncommon Goods definitely has a great selection of art here. There is something for everyone's tastes and styles. Here are some of my picks:

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I loved the Venn Diagram heart print - so cute (plus I love the woodgrain design). I apparently am very much loving wood right now, because I love the wooden skyline piece and the wooden block takara piece. And, since I'm a coffee fiend, and I love graphic posters, I had to include the espresso poster.

They also have a great selection of gifts for couples here. I see lots of fun goodies that we can fidt our coupled up friends this holiday season.

Be sure to check out the rest of the site - you will get lost looking for hours! ;)

note: This post is sponsored by UncommonGoods. All opinions and text are my own.