5 Things to Do in San Francisco

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If you’re going to San Francisco....

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...be sure to take a jacket!

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Living in the Bay Area, there’s certainly no lack of things to do. Whether you head north to Napa Valley, explore the city or visit the East Bay, you really have a vast array of options. From beach days to nature hikes; city life to wine country. It’s honestly an incredible area I truly feel lucky to both live in and be from. 

Growing up in the suburbs of the East Bay (about 25 miles outside San Francisco), a trip into “the city” was always a treat and something I was able to start doing “on my own” in high school. We would take the train in for a shopping trip in Union Square. In college, we’d meet “in the city” for drinks when everyone was back home. And in my few single years after college, it seemed like the only place to meet people was “in the city.” 

Fast forward to now and I started going “into the city” less and less. Call it having less free time or more “wanting to spend your free time with Netflix, your dogs and a murder documentary” but, somehow, over the years, it happened. 

But on a Saturday in the middle of February, after almost a month of rain and being cooped up inside, Patricia Nash Designs inspired me to take a trip...into the city. 

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Aa a brand inspired by discovery, Patricia Nash values both wonder and wander and her designs are inspired by her own travels, memories, people and places she cherishes. With meticulous craftsmanship and loving design, her handbags, footwear and accessories are perfect to take you through your own everyday travels and adventures. Plus everything in between.

For me, a day trip to San Francisco entails plenty of walking. I’m sure you’ve all heard of its infamous hills. I slipped into these Fia Loafers for the first time and was instantly amazed at their level of comfort. Memory foam flats? Yep! Memory foam flats that feel like you’re walking on a cloud. We were able to walk through the Marina and uphill through Pacific Heights with ease.

I also took along her Raffia Meldola Satchel which is both spacious and beautifully crafted with unique details. I absolutely love the acrylic tortoise-shell-effect handles. It also has plenty of pocket space, along with a detachable strap and scarf.

Of course, if you’re heading into the city, layers are a must. San Francisco and the entire Bay Area is made up of microclimates, meaning you can go from cold to hot to windy and pretty much everything in between. Keep in mind, the closer you get to the water, the colder it can be. Overall though, San Francisco weather is pretty mild.

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5 Things to Do in San Francisco | www.girlmeetsgold.com
5 Things to Do in San Francisco | www.girlmeetsgold.com

We spent our day in the Marina, grabbed coffee, picked up flowers, meandered up through Pacific Heights and caught a tiny bit of the Chinese New Year parade all while enjoying this beautiful city and each other’s company. And it was glorious.

And without further ado, whether you’re a Bay Area Native like me or visiting this city by the Bay for your first time, here’s 5 things to do in San Francisco…

No. 1 Meander Through the Marina:

If you’re looking for a place to start in San Francisco, try the Marina. You can catch a picturesque view of the Golden Gate just as easily as you can grab coffee and brunch, pick up fresh flowers and do some boutique shopping. Make your way up towards Pacific Heights and The Presidio for quintessential SF mansions and city views. 

No. 2 Bike Across the Golden Gate:

Everyone should do this at least once. We did this for my 27th birthday to check something off my bucket list and it was truly an exhilarating feeling and incredible experience. It’s easy to rent bikes from plenty of places, depending on how far you feel like biking. Tip: once you head across the bridge, grab a drink in Sausalito and take the ferry back. Also Tip: the bridge is incredibly windy. Why I didn’t realize this, I have no idea. It’s San Francisco.

No. 3 Play Tourist at Fisherman’s Wharf 

If you took the ferry back from Sausalito, you’ll end up at The Ferry Building at the Embarcadero. Brave the crowds and play tourist. With Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll have plenty of water (or seal) views. Tip: this is also a great area if you want to spend a rainy day indoors. There’s both the Exploratorium and Aquarium. You can even go to Ripley’s Believe it or Not and the Wax Museum if that’s your thing. Or, grab clam chowder and a lobster roll at Hog Island or Pier 23 plus an Irish Coffee at The Buena Vista. You’ll also be really close to Ghirardelli Square. You can catch a cable car and take it all the way to Powell Street. 

No. 4 Go Shopping in Union Square

If you took the cable car from Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll find yourself hitting the end of the line at Powell Street and the heart of Union Square. Take some time to meander through Westfield Mall or simply walk up towards Union Square for a day of downtown shopping. 

No. 5 Take in the SF Views

For when you’re just in it for the #PhotoOp, San Francisco has plenty of places to take in the views or get a gram-worthy shot. Try Twin Peaks, Hawk Hill, Alamo Square, Coit Tower, Lombard Street, Kirby Cove for a swing that overlooks the Bay, or grab drinks at a high-rise like Top of the Mark or The View Lounge at the Marriott. End with dinner at The Cliff House or Waterbar. 

As always, thank you for reading. Have you spent time in San Francisco?

XO Tyler

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Special thanks to Patricia Nash Designs for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.

Trunk Club Women - My First Winter Trunk

Trunk Club Review | white mockneck sweater

Happy holiday weekend, friends! I had my first Trunk Club Trunk delivered this week and so many of you expressed an interest in seeing a roundup of what I received, so I wanted to get a post up here for you to reference and thought I’d start with a few FAQ’s before diving into the pieces.

What is Trunk Club?

Trunk Club is a Nordstrom-owned styling service for men and women. You are paired up with a Stylist and are able to request a Trunk when you need one or setup automatic deliveries—monthly, quarterly, etc.

How does Trunk Club work?

When you sign up, you fill out a Style Profile so your Stylist is able to get an idea of your style and what you’re looking for. You’re able to chat with your Stylist throughout the process and review your Trunk before it ships. You then have 5 days after you receive your Trunk to try everything on, keep what you want and send back what you don’t. You can schedule a pickup for your Trunk or drop your Trunk off at a UPS or Nordstrom location.

Is there a fee?

There is a $25 styling fee which is credited towards any purchase but this fee is waived if you’re a Nordstrom cardholder.

Do you have a referral code?

Unfortunately, I do not have a referral code but you can use my referral link.

Who is your Stylist?

My Trunk Club Stylist is Lauren Wenstrup. and if you use my referral link, you will be paired up with her.

Many of you may know I used to work for Stitch Fix, which is a similar service. I wanted to try Trunk Club because I already shop heavily at Nordstrom and know and love the brands they carry—the same brands I’ll see in my Trunks, while discovering new ones. I’m in the process of really curating a classic wardrobe I can rely on. I’m truly trying to shop LESS. So, I’m requesting wardrobe staples in each Trunk—every two months— while letting a Stylist help get me out of my box just enough.

My First Trunk Club Trunk

Madewell Sweater | Levi’s Jeans | March Fisher Booties

My first favorite piece is this Madewell sweater. I asked my Stylist for mock neck styles and she delivered. This one is a great weight and works well both tucked and untucked. It comes in a few colors and I’m wearing an XS. Fit is TTS.

I have it tucked into these Levi’s 501 jeans which you guys know I love. These seem to be a bit stretchier than the light wash, true-denim pair I always wear. I size up to a 26 in those but these fit great in the 25. I also love the raw hem detailing. I thought these were black at first but think they may actually be a really dark, inky blue—FYI.

I also asked my Stylist for everyday booties and these Marc Fisher booties were one of the two pairs she included—I LOVE them! They’re a great low heel for everyday wear but have a pointy toe and just enough edge to dress them up for night, as well. These might run a bit big. I’m normally between an 8 and 8.5. My Stylist sent the 8.5 but I will probably exchange to try the size 8.

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Madewell Sweater | Levi’s Jeans | March Fisher Booties

I swapped out the white sweater for this Madewell cashmere mockneck next, which is a thinner material that feels lightweight, yet warm, and is really effortless. It’s slightly cropped but still easy to tuck. I think this golden tone may be sold out but it comes in a few colors and is definitely a cool and classic staple. I’m in an XS.

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Twill Blazer | Levi’s Jeans | March Fisher Booties

I’ve been really into blazers lately, which I told my Stylist. She added this twill double breasted blazer and I absolutely adore the fit. It’s a slightly higher price point but the quality is there and I can see this working well for both work and play. I’d probably wear it more casually with light wash jeans and sneakers. I am wearing the size 0.

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Madewell Wrap Top | Levi’s Jeans —also available HERE

I’m always looking for tops that I can dress up for dinner or an evening out—especially in these cooler months. I don’t know about you but my long-sleeve, dressy blouse collection is definitely lacking. I love the fall/winter twist on floral this Madewell Wrap Top has. I’m wearing the XXS and I’m normally an XS so I’m this runs slightly big.

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I would probably wear this with a faux leather moto jacket for night time or even a cardigan for something more casual for daytime.

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Leith Cardigan | Marc Fisher Booties

This Leith cardigan is also a Trunk Club piece and it is beyond soft! This is for sure a keeper and I may have to grab it in a few other colors it comes in—I know it’s currently on sale! It’s so soft and not at all itchy. I’m in the XXS and am 5’6” for reference.

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Steve Madden Ankle Boots

The second pair of booties I received were these Steve Madden Chelsea boots. I honestly thought I might return them—I have so many brown ankle boots that somehow go unworn. But these are SO good and are somehow just what I was missing. I love the height, color, comfort factor—everything. I am always consistently an 8.5 in Steve Madden and these are tts. They’re also an AMAZING price at $99. 95 and come in several colors.

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Madison & Berkely Midi Dress

This sweet floral midi dress was included in my Trunk and it’s such a fun, unique and feminine piece. I can see this working in fall and winter with booties and a wool coat, trench coat or moto jacket—or even for a winter wedding! I’m in an XS and I needed a bit of help zipping it, so if you’re in between sizes—size up!

In an effort to get this post up, I didn’t have a chance to share all 12 pieces in my Trunk but figured I’d start with my favorites. So far, I’m so happy with the process and what I received and I definitely plan to continue in the hopes to add some great new pieces to my collection. You can find out more and get your own trunk HERE.

Let me know if you have any questions at all and, as always, thank you for reading!

x Tyler

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White Lace Holiday Style with Faux Fur

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’Tis the season for holiday parties and if you’re anything like me—you almost never know what to wear. 😂I typically rely on some combination of jeans + a pretty blouse and if you’re a jeans gal, as well, that really never fails. 

Try giving your holiday look a fresh update this year with bright winter white in sheer lace. This Free People bodysuit is the prettiest combination of classic and feminine and just begs to be dressed up with a little holiday sparkle. For something a bit more subdued and edgy, it also comes in black!

I tucked it into my go-to Levi’s 501 jeans but this pairs perfectly with any of your favorite bottoms from denim to dress pants and mini skirts. Hello, cute New Year’s look with a sequin mini. 😍I love how it has a bit of natural looseness at the waist so it gives off that effortless tuck perfectly—without the work! It also has snaps and a thong so it’s seamless and doesn’t disrupt your, ahem, bathroom trips.

For an indoor party (or California winter temps), these Madewell Harper Mules are so perfect. Comfy, easy-to-wear and chic as can be.

Top off your look with festive faux fur—the faux part is most important. I love this one by BlankNYC and it comes in several great colors for the season. It honestly elevates any look in an instant but really looks great dressed up or down. For reference, I’m in the size x-small. 

Of course, you can’t go wrong with velvet or sequins and this little & Other Stories bag is sheer holiday perfection. The perfect arm candy to make a statement. 

I hope you’re all having a great holiday season and, as always, thank you so much for reading!

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

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A Comfy Wrap Top for Fall

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Shop the Look Below. Free People Top | Levi’s Jeans | See By Chloe Bag | Ray-Ban Sunglasses

You know those tops that make you feel feminine and flattered in an instant? That’s wrap tops. Wrap tops do that. 🙌🏼For me, every time I toss on a wrap silhouette, I feel instantly put together and like my curves are highlighted yet in the most effortless and natural way that’s not overly revealing. Subtly sexy—that’s a wrap top. 

I love this one from Free People because it’s an ultra comfy knit with a touch of elastane for plenty of stretch. This would be perfect for a busty frame or even nursing. Neither of which apply to me but regardless, I think they’re both key attributes so many women need in a top. 

This one comes in a couple other colors (like black and Moroccan spice!) I can see working well for every season. It’s light enough to be a spring staple yet perfect for fall (both day and night) paired with denim (like my current favorite Levi’s worn here), skirts, work pants and booties. 

For sizing reference, I’m in an xs and , as always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

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Summer to Fall Style - Gold Top

Shop the Look Below.  Line & Dot Top  |  Levi's Jeans

Shop the Look Below. Line & Dot Top | Levi's Jeans

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Is anyone getting a taste of fall where they live? We've had some cooler weather here in the Bay Area lately and while I am NEVER one to wish away summer, it had me feeling like "hey, let's go home and light candles and snuggle up with the heater turned on" and I have to admit—I kinda liked it.

But what's a girl to do when it's technically still summer but also cooling off? Or better yet, when it's fall yet it's still hot out? One of my favorite ways to transition my outfits through these mid-seasons is to pair my jeans with anything in fall hues. I fell in love with the caramel-gold color of this Line & Dot square neck blouse and it's the epitome of perfect for summer to fall style. You know when a top just makes you feel good? This is that. 🙌🏼It has that warm, sunny yellow tone for warm summer weather, yet feels rich for the fall season, as well. It reminds me of Thanksgiving and I love that.

During this weird transitional time, I also love to start shopping for blouses with sleeves. They're great for the office and I can pair them with jeans or even shorts to finish out the summer. Try denim in a lighter wash for summer or darker (even black) come fall. A few more wonderful colors to take you from summer to fall? Deep greens, plums, marigold, burnt orange, etc. I love how these still feel somewhat muted and neutral and you can try a sleeveless style in one of these tones paired with a cardigan or even tuck this top into a skirt and pair with booties later on. 

For sizing reference, I'm wearing an xs in the top and size 26 in the jeans and I'm normally between a 25/26.

How do transition your wardrobe into fall? Or do you?

As always, thank you for reading!

xx Tyler

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Yellow Gingham Smocked Top

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Don’t get me wrong—I love gingham but sometimes it can feel a little overly preppy for my personal taste. For this reason, I tend to gravitate towards black gingham or styles that are a bit edgy, feminine or unique. This Urban Outfitters gingham cinched sleeve blouse is just that. 

I love the smocked style which I always find super flattering. It gives a fitted bodice look without being “uncomfortably” tight. The sweet ruffle sleeves and puff detail adds such a great feminine flair and the golden yellow is oh-so-gorgeous for every season. I feel like this is one of those colors to help you branch out of your typical neutral tones because it still feels muted. It does also come in a pretty soft blue. 

Of course, I paired this top with my go-to summer denim, these 501 Levi’s, for an effortless vibe but I’ve seen it tucked into denim skirts. 

I’m wearing a small here but I probably could have gotten away with an x-small, as well. The sleeves do tend to slide off the shoulder but it works with the off-shoulder vibe. 

As always, thank you for reading! 

xx, Tyler

Photos by Sarah Eichstedt Photography

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