Earlier this week I shared my detailed packing list with you guys. We headed out of town for a week, and I managed to fit just about all of it into a small, carry-on sized suitcase. I was pretty darn pleased with the ease of getting dressed and the level of my satisfaction each day.
Please excuse the myriad of photos. I was on vacation, and stellar photos were not at the top of my list, I was eager to relax and spend time with my family. But I wanted to document and share with you guys, so I snapped half-decent pictures along the way.
Without further adieu…
Travel day! We finished cleaning our house for our Airbnb guests and drove down to the in-laws for a block party. Right before bed, I remembered to snap a photo. Tired, but happy!
I spent the morning watching the eclipse in my pajamas – awesome! Finally got dressed and headed out to eat with the extended family at a local favorite.
Made the quick (1 hour) car trip down to Eugene to drop off our dog (and apparently half my stuff!) and spend a little time with my parents. We always enjoy visiting the University of Oregon campus, where both Mr. Seasons and I went to college. We graduated from the same program, with the same emphasis (one year apart), but did not meet until our first jobs out of college! The UO is a special place for us, we even got married on campus!
This is my favorite picture from the set because this little man has my heart. Sadly, it is also my last photo with my DSLR of the whole trip! I managed to make do with my cell phone, which I upgraded for the better camera, but there were certainly some situations where I wish I’d had it.
Driving day! Yes, we drove the eight hours from Eugene to San Francisco. The kids did great. They listened to music on their headphones a lot, read books, and of course pestered us with questions. >< Mr. Seasons taught them the license plate game, which took up a good amount of their attention on the way down and back. It was like a freeway easter egg hunt! I wore my jumpsuit, again, because it’s the best thing to wear when traveling!
Let the fun begin! It was our first full day in the bay and we wasted no time getting started. We poked around Sausalito and Fort Baker, to see some sights from my childhood. We spent some time at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, which was so fun for the kids. Mr. Seasons and I happily relaxed and let them dive in and touch everything in sight. Later in the day, we crossed the bridge, had sourdough bread and clam chowder, walked along the waterfront, and enjoyed some touristy sites. It was quite chilly with the wind, but the clouds burned off nicely by the afternoon. It cracked me up to see people everywhere wearing winter coats in August!
This day I had a few special stops planned, including a visit to meet the team at Everlane! It was really fun, and everyone was so nice. I happened to visit during their denim preview (they had customers come in and try them on and write a review), so I joined in on the fun. I brought a few pairs home, and I’ll be reviewing them for you guys next week!
And, if you’re one of my email subscribers, you’ll have the chance to shop the jeans a few hours before they release to the public! You can sign up with my pop-up, or opt in with the box on the right side.
The fit lab is really cool! I loved being able to see and touch so many products in person. It was truly a different experience than shopping online! If you’re ever in NYC or SF, I highly recommend it.
Surprise! I added two new items to my suitcase. I was shopping for shoes at Everlane, but ended up getting these pants and shirt instead. The refined Wide Leg pants have a new fabrication that is supposed to stretch out less. On a whim I tried on a size down, and liked the fit better than my previous pair.
I was down to one pair of shoes for the remainder of the trip (see previous post), and thankfully they were my most comfortable ones! They may not have been my first sartorial choice, but my feet were happy. I wore my leather jacket quite a bit on this trip, and daresay, I think I finally really like it. Love is a bit strong at this point, but I think I’m starting to fall for it! Often I find I need to wear an item over and over again before it really grows on me.
My family spent some time at Mission Dolores Park while I was at Everlane. If you come to SF with kids, this place is a must – you can’t see it in this pic, but there’s a huge slide and play area!
I drug my family out to the Dogpatch part of town to try on some clogs. The gals that work at Bryr are AWESOME! You can see Erin chatting it up with my curious eight-year-old in the background. I got a good idea about fit, and seeing styles in person was fun. I’m thinking about ordering these next spring!
We finished the day by having BBQ nearby at Smokestack, where we ended up sitting next to another family with small kids. We instantly hit it off with the parents, bonding over drinks and parenting stories. The kids became fast friends and enjoyed each others’ silly antics. I think we were there for two hours! A crazy-fun addition to our day’s adventures.
I started this morning by meeting my friend Harben for coffee! She and I have gotten to know each other over Instagram the last few years and it was super fun to meet in person! We took this pic in front of the Mill but actually grabbed coffee a few blocks down the street at another cute coffee shop. Harben is amazing. She’s smart and kind, and we had a great time connecting in person. And her style game is fierce.
After Harben and I said our goodbyes, my family and I headed in search of Chinatown. It was way more commercialized than I remember, but maybe I was just young and naive before. We ended up having dim sum in the financial district, and then later got some awesome dumplings in outer Richmond.
Lastly, we wandered around Golden Gate park a bit. Wow, what a beautiful place! I feel like I could have spent a lot more time there. I love the trees in San Francisco, particularly the eucalyptus trees. The smell always brings waves of nostalgia for me, plus they’re beautiful!
Lastly, on the drive home I wore my white linen dress. Linen is such a great travel companion because it handles a variety of temps well, and when you wash it, it air dries super fast. You never have to worry about your clothes being ready to wear by morning.
Overall, it was great to get out of dodge and visit a place that’s different than home. It is always a breath of fresh air and a reminder of why I like home so much. It was the perspective I needed! Do you feel like traveling gives you a perspective shift?
Here’s to more traveling in the future!