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

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.

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

THE OUTFIT

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

Casual Style with Creamy White Shearling Jacket

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Fact: One of the quickest ways to comfort is shearling. From shearling and sherpa socks to sherpa sweats, pullovers and sweaters…having this ultra-soft texture in your closet this season can help make you feel cozy in an instant. It’s one of those looks that oozes casual comfort and, in my opinion, is a great staple style to have in your collection. 

With the start of fall and all through winter, out come the teddy coats in shades of brown like tan, camel and cognac. These are great for adding warmth to your wardrobe but there’s something about creamy winter white that gives a fresh and lighter feel this time of year—something that’s so often welcome and needed as we’re wishing for and dreaming of spring.

Like I mentioned, I love the way these cozy styles like sherpa, fleece and faux shearling add an almost instant casual appeal to any outfit. When a silky or satiny top feels a bit too dressy or a fitted knit seems too “slick,” adding this texture in a layer can have a really great casual-cool effect. It’s also just an easy layer to throw on with almost everything for day-to-day wear, especially in a creamy tone like this—it goes with everything!

I layered mine from Nordstrom (similar here) over a really great long-sleeved knit knot-front top I picked up recently from Madewell and also available here. I love the fit and feel of this one and it’s one of those staple styles you can wear every season. 

Of course, I pulled out a trusted pair of high rise Levi’s 721 jeans (tts) and slipped into my M.Gemi Corsa ankle boots for all day comfort. I can totally see this cozy white sherpa style taking me into spring with white or cropped denim and sneakers or even being great beach days and summer nights with cutoff shorts. 

As always, thank you so much for reading! 

xx Tyler

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Camel Coat, White Sweater + Talking About Shopping Less

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Happy, happy New Year, friends! I hope you’re all enjoying time off or time spent with friends and family. We’ve had a busy holiday season but have also been able to enjoy some relaxation and I hope the same for you!

I’ve been meaning to share this look on the blog and thought it would be the perfect classic, timeless look to kick off the New Year and also share something that’s been on my mind. One thing I’ve been working on is shopping with intention (meaning adding more wardrobe staples vs. trends), while also re-working items in my closet. I think in this world of Instagram and blogging, there’s so much “stuff” with pressure to buy, buy, buy, keeping up with the latest this or that. And while I don’t think there’s anything wrong with indulging or treating yourself, sometimes you just need a reset.

Honestly, I think one thing that’s helped has been our move. I have an outrageous amount of clothes. And packing them into countless boxes helped me visualize this excess. So many don’t even see the light of day. And that’s horrible. Stressful even! Why am I buying so much, why do I feel like I’m wasting so much, why do I feel like I have nothing to wear? I spent some time purging and donating, while giving life to items in my closet I truly love, and also focusing on building up my wardrobe staples. My plan is to continue this pattern. And honestly, you guys…it’s refreshing.

This season, I’ve shopped less, investing in pieces I truly love and have noticed I actually have less desire to shop—yet somehow I have more to wear.

I finished 2018 with this mindset (shopping with intention) and it’s something I plan to continue into (and hopefully through) 2019. Building a wardrobe of items that fill a void, pieces I feel confident in, things I can wear again and again, season after season, and pieces that are worn, loved and see the light of day.

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For me, this outfit is the epitome of what I want to continue to build on. I bought this camel coat last year (I think during Black Friday or a holiday sale) and hesitated because we don’t have that many opportunities to wear coats in day-to-day life in California. But I’m so glad I ended up with it because a camel coat is one of those timeless wardrobe staples I’m talking about. Something you can reach for with everything and that you can throw on to feel put-together and chic in an instant. THAT is the feeling I want to focus on in 2019.

Classic Camel Coats

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camel coat outfit
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Pairing camel with winter white is one of my favorite combinations and white sweaters are a soft spot for me. You guys, I have too many. BUT, my intention is to focus on more classic silhouettes this season. For me, that means fewer oversized styles and slouchy silhouettes I don’t always feel work for any and every occasion. Don’t get me wrong, slouchy sweaters have their place (hello, #weekendstyle with leggings and sneakers) but I know I feel better in something with a little more structure and it’s what I end up reaching for when I want to look and feel presentable. Sweater styles I’ve been looking for are crew necks, mock necks and generally styles that have a bit more structure. Also, I don’t need 5-7 similar lower-quality sweaters when I can have 2-3 high-quality staples.

Classic Staple Sweaters

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camel coat outfit

Another area I’ve focused on is boots. I have too many shoes, not enough shoes to wear. Anyone else? I talked about these M.Gemi Corsa boots already and if you have the opportunity to spend a little more, I highly recommend them and the M.Gemi brand in general. This pair is timeless and chic and can be worn casually and dressed up—which was something I know I was lacking. I love how they come up a little higher on the leg, which is great for letting skinny jeans fall into or straighter styles fall over. In this outfit, you can see how I tucked my jeans into them. I also love the 2.15 inch heel on these. They’re incredibly comfortable and easy to wear. You can get $60 off with code TYLER60. I’m between an 8 and 8.5 and wear the 39 in these.

You also may have seen I asked my Trunk Club Stylist (see this post) for some everyday boots and I ended up buying two more pairs that also fill a void in my collection. These Steve Madden ankle boots were the perfect-shade-of-brown booties (I have the cognac suede) I couldn’t put my finger on I was missing. I’ve had a hard time with Chelsea boots in the past but these are a great everyday-casual style I’ll be slipping into. The price point is great at just under $100 and they come in several colors. FYI, I always wear an 8.5 in Steve Madden but I almost think I could have even done an 8. I read reviews from people mentioning they sized up but I would probably stick to your normal size first.

The last pair of ankle boots I bought myself this season will be another wardrobe staple for me and also came in my Trunk Club. These Marc Fisher ‘Yale’ Chelsea boots in black are my new “cool girl” boots. Sleek, stylish and a little slick. These can easily do casual to dressy and will be what I reach for on a night out and will be my go-to with black denim and a moto jacket. In my experience, these run a little big. I had to exchange the 8.5 for an 8.

Classic Ankle Boots

To be honest, the main thing that has changed in terms of my shopping is this: I ask myself if something fills a void in my wardrobe. If the answer is no, I don’t buy it. And I am going to try to continue shopping with this mindset. For me, I know my void includes timeless sweaters I can wear for both work and play, outerwear that can do double duty and I always seem to notice a lack when I need something a little dressy or special for a night out.

What’s an area of your own closet you’d like to build? I plan to continue to share great deals, sales, finds and my favorite outfits with you all but I am honestly so excited to focus on building up a closet full of wardrobe staples (and pieces I feel good in) and I can’t wait to shop less in 2019.

As always, thank you SO much for reading and Happy HAPPY New Year to all of you!

xx Tyler

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

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The Perfect Holiday Bag You Need

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I’ve cracked the code to making any outfit look holiday-ready and it’s this little velvet and sequin clutch. Paired with sweaters in any color or as a way to take your work look from desk to holiday dinner, it’s the quickest way to festive attire and just adds the perfect finishing touch and sparkle for the season. I promise.

In this look, I added it to this & Other Stories bell sleeve sweater that can go from casual to dressy with ease. I love the deep green for the season and it instantly feels holiday-ready. Mock neck style sweaters are also a great staple that’s right on-trend. I know turtlenecks aren’t for everyone but a mock neck can bridge the gap to give off that chic and bundled look without sacrificing comfort—or feeling stuffy. Personally, I love having sweaters with just a little something extra and details like mock necks or bell sleeves give basic styles the perfect twist to elevate your holiday look. 

Of course, I tucked this sweater into my Levi’s Wedgie jeans that have been getting plenty of wear this season. I love how well they pair with booties and how chic they look with my M.Gemi Corsa boots underneath. These booties are sheer perfection, I swear. I have a hard time finding ankle boots that aren’t too high yet still have a bit of a heel, so they don’t feel frumpy. These are 2.15 inches and are really manageable. I love how they come up higher on the leg and look great with dresses, too. So far, they haven’t needed any breaking in period and are really comfortable for all-day wear. 

They’re definitely a splurge but you can get $60 off with code TYLER60 and I promise the quality is incredible. I’m in between sizes (8 and 8.5) and went with the size 39 which fits perfectly.

As always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

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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!

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The Softest Grey Free People Sweater

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UPDATE with Black Friday Sale Info:

Free People Sweater - 30% off HERE, 30% off + additional 25% off with code SCORE HERE

Levi’s 501 Jeans - 40% with code INDIGO

Rebecca Minkoff Bag - Currently on sale + an additional 25% off with code THX 25

Slingback Flats - Part of the Buy More, Save More sale; up to 25% off at Shopbop

I found one of the softest sweaters of the season and it’s this Free People Break Away pullover. I think having a classic grey sweater in your collection is a must—there’s just something effortless about them—but this sweater does also come in a few more fall-ready tones like mustard, olive and a dark, pinky burgundy color that would be great for holiday festivities.

I’ve worn this sweater with my go-to Levi’s 501 jeans shown here, tucked into skirts paired with boots and tossed on over my faux leather Spanx. It’s a really great, versatile piece and I love the mock neck. It does run a little oversized (as most Free People pieces do), but I think it just lends to the lived-in, effortless, cozy look. It also tucks well but looks great left undone, as well.

Whenever I need a quick outfit for on-the-go days, I reach for an outfit combination like this one but now that it’s finally cooling down, I’ll be swapping my flats out for booties!

FYI, this sweater is currently 30% off at select retailers! Check the first two links below. I’m wearing an xs.

As always, thank you for reading!

x Tyler

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

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Sherpa Teddy Coat for Fall and Winter

Shop the Look Below.  Anthropologie Sweater Tee  | Madewell Jacket  HERE  and  HERE  | Levi’s Jeans  HERE ,  HERE  and HERE |  Shopbop Flats  |  See By Chloe Bag  |  Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Shop the Look Below. Anthropologie Sweater Tee | Madewell Jacket HERE and HERE | Levi’s Jeans HERE, HERE and HERE | Shopbop Flats | See By Chloe Bag | Ray-Ban Sunglasses

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I fully believe everyone needs a teddy coat in their collection. They’re definitely a trendy style for the season but it’s also a style you’ll want to pull out each season when the weather changes. Since I snagged a couple low-end styles to test the trend last year, this year I decided to splurge a little on something a bit more high-quality and classic. Enter this perfect Madewell Sherpa Jacket

I absolutely love the silhouette of this one. It’s not overly oversized or too slouchy like some I’ve seen and actually has a bit of structure which, to me, helps it feel a bit more classic. I also love the golden brown tone that adds a rich fall hue to any outfit combination. It’s super soft and the inside is lined with silky fabric. This is truly something I’ve been reaching for morning and night to take the dogs out or just run outside. I even throw it on for extra warmth at my very casual office. It’s just a great casual layer for fall and winter and something you can reach for daily. 

I can see this teddy coat looking cute with any color denim (like black for an edgy look) and even a cute and comfy skirt + over the knee boot combo this season. For sizing reference, I’m generally an xs or small and went with the size small.

As always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

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The Comfiest Plaid Blazer You Need

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Finally found the blazer to make you want to live in blazers. 🙌🏼This Max Studio houndstooth plaid jacket (also in stock HERE) is, in my opinion, a must-have in your wardrobe. It’s the epitome of fall and winter and I’m quickly noticing it makes any outfit look (and feel) instantly elevated. I’ve worn it for daytime, workdays and date night, over sweater tees (like the one here from Anthropologie that’s so good), layered over satin lace camisoles and paired with an olive mini skirt—as seen in my Apple Hill post. It just works anywhere and everywhere. And if you swap out your usual cardigan for this blazer, I swear you will feel so GOOD.

In the past, I’ve thought of blazers as stuffy and stiff, too structured or just not right for my lifestyle. But I was wrong and I have no shame admitting it. I love how this one is more of a slouchy boyfriend style that’s still the perfect amount of fitted and flattering. It’s also a rayon/nylon blend with spandex, which adds the perfect amount of stretch to keep it comfortable. I’ve worn this on car rides and in the movie theater and felt just as comfortable in it as I would have been in a cozy cardigan. That I can promise.

I feel like I’m going way over-the-top hyping this blazer but I just can’t tell you enough how much I love it. And I know you will, too. It’s not stuffy. It’s just really wearable and effortless. For sizing reference, I’m in between xs and small and went with the small, which fits perfectly.

I paired it with black distressed jeans for a more casual vibe here and slipped into these python slingback flats for a little pattern play. Tip when mixing patterns. Stay in the same tones (like the black tones here) and you can’t go wrong.

As always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

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