Hello from Chicago! How was your week? After three solid months of being cooped up in my office in Portland, it’s been so nice to get back out on the road again, meet new blogcadettes, see new sights, try new restaurants and take pleasure in walking down unfamiliar streets. It’s true that the best inspiration hits when you leave your comfort zone and step away from your routine.
I spent last week in San Francisco and finally got to see the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time. My friend Kristin Cofer drove Kat, Gala and I up a winding road to a lookout point so we could take it in up close and personal. We braved the wind and inched out of our car as the doors blew shut behind us and our dresses and hair blew everywhere. But, it was totally worth it — just look at that view!
We also stopped by the beach which was also incredibly cold and super windy….but I can never say no to sand and waves and kites!
The one must-see spot on my list for San Francisco was Lombard Street, the crookedest street in the world. Eight incredibly sharp turns later, we were at the bottom, taking selfies.
Two things I picked up in San Franscico: Rodin lip balm and a Zara necklace.
We held our class at Makeshift Society, a co-working space in the heart of Hayes Valley. Our class was such an eclectic bunch and I’m still buzzing from the wonderful ladies I met. A full recap is coming next week!
While hanging out in Hayes Valley, we visited the Juice Shop truck. The best selection of juices, killer branding and a big green truck? Perfection.
On Monday, we packed our bags, headed for Chicago. It was my first time in the Windy City and it got off to a dramatic start. Right as we landed, a storm hit and we were stuck on the plane for an extra two hours as lightning struck all around.
The next day, we visited the famous Chicago Theatre sign. How amazing is that typography?!
And, no stop in Chicago is complete without snapping shots of your reflection at the Cloud Gate.
We’re staying in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago and loving the mix of independent shops and restaurants.
When we landed in Chicago, everyone was raving about the food and recommending tons of restaurants but the true gem by far has been Frasca. We’ve been here multiple times…all I have to say is garlic focaccia and skillet cookie. #heavenonaplate
I love all the old signs in our neighborhood including Dinkel’s Bakery.
I passed this house in our neighborhood and wanted to move in immediately. That mask! That red door!
When we were out and about, we stopped into the Anthropologie store and I fell in love with this painted firewood wall.
Fizz is in our neighborhood and I’m hoping to stop in before we leave on Monday.
And with that, I’m off to teach at Blogcademy Chicago. Enjoy your weekend!
Top and bottom photos: Kristin Cofer.