Packing List: San Francisco in November

Remember my quick trip to the San Francisco Bay Area a couple weeks ago? If you haven’t read about it yet, check it out here. I did the best suitcase packing I’ve ever done (yeah, I’m bragging!) in that I wore and used every item that I brought. Usually, I lovingly call myself “the overpack packer” because I have a hard time narrowing down what I actually need–a girl’s gotta have fashion options, am I right? But this trip, I was sharing a small suitcase with my mom, so I had to be really choosy when picking my clothes.

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Here’s a list of all of the clothing I brought to wear in the San Francisco Bay Area in November:

1 pair long pants/jeans (don’t forget your belt if you need one!)
1 pair neutral capris
1 cardigan sweater
1 pullover sweater
1 jean jacket
3 short-sleeved/tank tops
raincoat with hood
knit hat
pretty scarf
jewelry: necklace, watch, ring
glasses

for my interview: 2 blouses
1 pair slacks
1 blazer

Basically, the key is all about the layers. Make sure that all of your clothes can be worn together, to give you the most combinations! The bay can swing from hot to cold in minutes, so having lots of layers is crucial to stay comfortable. Scarves and hats are also great for keeping the wind away. Side note, when I got to SF, I was totally bummed because I forgot to grab my sunglasses as I headed out the door to the airport. That’s the problem with flying when it’s dark out–you don’t think about grabbing your sunnies!

Happy travels, no matter the season!

xo

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A Big Announcement

Today I have some big news to share with you: I got a job! I’ve been looking for jobs since passing the NBCOT exam (occupational therapy boards) in late August, and it’s been a challenging and frustrating few months. 

Even when my life feels totally ridiculous, I prefer not to be bored. I think I’m a wanderer at heart.


I was in the SF Bay Area for a job interview recently (you can read about that trip here), and I’m happy to announce that I’ve accepted the job! I don’t want to say too much about it right now, but I’ll be working in a hand therapy clinic, which is my dream. I’m terrified and elated, and all of this is very bittersweet. So in a couple of weeks, I’m moving from beautiful Colorado, which I’ll always consider to be my home, to California. Big changes! 

I’m launched into what I call “survival mode” with arranging travel plans, housing, and all of the logistical things that are involved with moving. It’s an exciting time for me, but also an emotional and stressful time. I’m so thankful to have the love and support of my friends and family, and I really feel like so many people out there are rooting for me and sending good vibes my way, which has been amazing and I feel so lucky. So thank you, everyone! You’re making a stressful and emotional transition much less awful (: 

I’ll keep you all posted on how my move and my transition to California life is going! For now, thanks for reading and sending any good vibes you have to spare. Stay tuned! 

xo 

A Few Days in the Bay!

This year has been a good year of traveling and exploring for me — from living in 4 states last year to looking for jobs nation-wide, it’s been kind of a whirlwind. And I’ll be honest, while I love traveling and getting to experience new places, I’m craving some form of stability in my life! But anyway…

Last week, I had the chance to visit the San Francisco bay area for a few days (I had a last minute job interview) and I wanted to share my quick trip with you all! My mom tagged along for the ride, and I’m so grateful she was able to visit the bay area with me and support me during a semi-stressful week. Here are some photos from our trip:

We spent most of our time in Fremont, because that’s the town I was interviewing in, and we loved it. The community was friendly and felt very safe and comfortable! Lots of great food, too. Central Park and the lake were gorgeous. You keep being you, California!

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We loved walking around the Don Edward’s Wildlife Refuge:

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and these snails hanging out on this sign:

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We had to stop at In-N-Out, of course, because when in California…

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We spent one exhausting, breathtaking day in San Francisco, and I fell in love with that city.

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The Pier 39 sea lions:

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If you squint and look real hard, you can see the Golden Gate bridge in the left!

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Coit Tower is certainly beautiful, but we loved walking down the crazy stairs through the neighborhoods even more. I was feeling pretty glad we were going down, because that staircase was totally long and steep!

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We rode a cable car and it was amazing! That was actually the first thing we did when we hopped off the BART, and it was totally worth the $7.

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The neighborhoods just blew me away. Just walking through the streets and admiring the little homes and shops was so fun!

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And I found my dream house, that one in pink (of course!).

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And Chinatown was an absolute dream:

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And even though it was totally touristy, Lombard St (the crookedest street) was incredible. Sometimes you gotta enjoy the cheesiness in touristy places, you know?

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It was a short trip, but a great trip! SF Bay, I love you. Will definitely be back.

xo

 

In the Kitchen

*This post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*

I was flipping through a magazine last month when I came upon this recipe, and I immediately tore the page out to save it. It just looked like the perfect fall meal–comforting, easy, and hearty. I’ve just been waiting for the perfect opportunity to try it out.

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Luckily, this weekend was my mom’s birthday! So I pulled out the dutch oven and made this one-pot, amazingly easy, delicious stew. It turned out so good! Definitely better than I expected. Everyone in my family was impressed with the stew, and presented me with the “Cooking Genius” award (Ok, they didn’t. But they did really love this meal!).

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Anyway, add this awesome chicken stew to your fall/winter meals! It is easily dairy free (just don’t add the optional parmesan cheese over your individual serving), so it gets bonus points for that. Your family and friends will love it! If you’re serving a big group, I’d definitely double the recipe.

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For her birthday, my mom requested this lemon bundt, which was SO GOOD AND LEMONY. I used this glaze (And had a total emergency because it was so liquidy and instantly rolled off the cake and spilled all over the floor and table. Frosting everywhere, frosting flood. But we’ll just ignore that doofy part!) and it was the perfect frosting to compliment the cake. Let us eat cake! (:

xo

My Halloween Costume

I know, it’s November 1st and you’re probably totally over Halloween…but I wanted to share my costume with you all! I loved this costume so much, and I felt really proud of it because I actually got my act together this year to decide what I wanted to be and then pull it all together. And the best part is I got all of the pieces at the thrift store, and created my costume out of it! Halloween is just the best.

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I have always wanted to be a skunk for Halloween. Dreams really do come true!

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xo