Beauty at the Edge of the City

When summer arrives I try to take a little time out of my normal hectic work schedule to enjoy where I live. And most importantly, take advantage of the diversity that we have at our fingertips within San Francisco. When you live at the edge of a continent, there are so many places you can visit. How many cities can boast some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, as well as redwood trees that grow to be giants? When you live in a city like this one, you have to constantly remind yourself to take advantage of all that it has to offer.

At the beginning of the summer, I set goals of what I want to see in the city and its surroundings. Last summer, I focused upon the neighborhoods I didn’t know well – the Mission, North Beach, Chinatown, and Noe Valley. This summer, my goal is to visit the natural areas – beaches, forests, eucalyptus groves, and SF bay. Many of these places are easy to get to, but once you are there, you have to struggle to compete for the small number of parking spaces – competing with folks from town and tourists from around the world.

Recently, I’ve taken to using Uber to avoid the parking drama. One of my favorite adventures, was to go for a visit to the Sutro Baths, a hike through Lands End, and then capped it off with brunch at the Cliff House. I took advantage of upfront pricing with Uber. By using this feature, the ETA and what the cost would be (it was a flat rate). No more hassle – now I can take advantage of places I want to visit without the struggle!

Looking out on the Pacific Ocean, I dream of my next adventure in a faraway land. But until then, I will continue to find adventures in my own backyard. I’m already planning my next adventure: to Muir Woods and the lovely giant redwoods. Do you have any adventures you are planning to do in your city this summer?

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Photos by Andrea Posadas for Sacramento Street

Creating a Better Morning Routine

Do you ever feel like your morning has come and gone entirely too quickly? It certainly happens at our house. I think it’s a constant struggle for everyone. By the time we wake up as a family, have our cups of tea (which I re-heat a least 3 times) and get dressed, we are usually behind schedule. With that being said, we’re tried to create a certain rhythm that works for us. Here are three things that have helped me be more efficient in the mornings. I’ll be honest, it doesn’t happen all the time.

  1. Showering at night. This may sound simple but if I actually have the energy to shower at night and do my hair, then I’m not the last one to get dressed in the morning.
  2. Tidying up. I’ve followed this rule for a long time. Every night before going to bed I spend at least 10 to 15 minutes cleaning up toys, mail, shoes – basically anything that looks out of place. I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to wake up and have everything in order. Yes, it gets messy all over again but a least it’s not a mess on top of a mess.
  3. Outfit plan. Since I usually get everyone else ready before myself, I’ve found that figuring out what to wear in advance based on my schedule helps me out. I used to find myself staring at my closet feeling like I had nothing to wear. And while options are limited these days with only five weeks left until my due date, it still helps knowing what I will be wearing.

Do you have any helpful tips for creating a better morning routine for you and your family? I still need to work on the breakfast/lunch making part.

Photos by Andrea Posadas for Sacramento Street

Weekend Agenda: Embracing An Early Summer

One of the things I look forward to the most in the summer, are impromptu days at the beach. The lovely thing about San Francisco, is the close proximity to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. It’s a giant sand box for my son and I can relax and lounge while he is in beach heaven.

There isn’t too much planning involved – I just pack up snacks (required with a toddler) and roll up my Hedgehouse throwbeds and head for one of the many beaches we have here. I love being able to relax on the cloud-like softness of mattresses made of down and feathers. And I don’t have to worry about sand since they have covers that can be cleaned. I find shaking them out after a beach visit is all I need to do. I also bring along a towel in case my son and I decide to wade into the ocean. My favorite towel (beyond beautiful!) is the Hedgehouse Travel Towels in a large blue and white stripe. Seriously, what says summer more than blue and white stripes!

Also, Hedgehouse is having a Memorial Day sale – 25% off sitewide with code HHSTYLE – so if you are looking to add a few essentials for this summer now is the time to do so!

We’ll be taking advantage of being a family of three this Memorial Day weekend before baby girl arrives – I’m hoping the fog breaks for a little beach trip. Do you have any plans this holiday weekend? I probably won’t be going on any big trips this summer with a baby arriving in a few weeks, but I know I can have perfect days right here at home!

Photos by Andrea Posadas for Sacramento Street

Interiors: A Tranquil Space

As summer grows near, all I can day-dream about is spending my summer days in a light-filled home that brings the outdoors inside. When I came across this home that is bathed in natural light I couldn’t pass up the change to share it with all of you.

Perhaps it’s because I live in California where the weather permits us to live much of our time outdoors, but I dream of a home where I can have a flow between the two. I love where patios become part of the living space and indoor spaces are light-filled and breezy.

This Australian home has all of the qualities I hope for. Until that day, a girl can dream!

Photography Bo Wong | Styling Anna Flanders for Australian House & Garden Magazine