Embroidered Denim Dress

Embroidered Denim Dress xxkarlierae.com
Embroidered Denim Dress xxkarlierae.com
Embroidered Denim Dress xxkarlierae.com
Embroidered Denim Dress xxkarlierae.com
Embroidered Denim Dress xxkarlierae.com
Embroidered Denim Dress xxkarlierae.com
Embroidered Denim Dress xxkarlierae.com
Embroidered Denim Dress xxkarlierae.com
Embroidered Denim Dress xxkarlierae.com
Embroidered Denim Dress xxkarlierae.com

My Look: Dress | Clutch from Vici | Shoes | Earrings

Over this past weekend I got the pleasure of attending a brunch with Clarisonic with some other bloggers and influencers from the Seattle area, and honestly, it was probably my favorite brand-hosted brunch I've attended!! It was at Bar Melusine in Capitol Hill which was the perfect location! I'm talking seafoam green tile and chairs, walls of champagne, oysters over ice in baskets on the bar top - a serious insta-worthy location. I would definitely recommend it for your next outing if you're local. Aside from the bar, the Clarisonic staff was so friendly, easy to talk to, knowledgeable, and genuinely just wanted us to have a nice time! We got a chance to talk to all of the members of the team who were kind and STYLISH! I was eyeing all their outfits because they looked so dang cute. It really was a fun group and perfect brunch. On top of all that, we all got their new Smart Profile tool (shop it here) with four different attachable heads for it! This is the latest in technology as far as cleansing brushes go, and I am so excited to experiment with it more. 

Now onto my look. I got this dress a couple of weeks ago and have been so excited to wear it! It is not your typical denim dress - with embroideries and ruffles, the details make such a statement. I think this dress would be so adorable to wear on the Fourth of July!! Whether your are attending a party or a bbq, it would be perfect. My clutch is from Vici, and it's been my summer go-to as far as handbags go. I love the texture and color scheme. They have adorable handbags and killer low prices, the blush one I've been wearing lately on Instagram (see it here) is from them too! 

It's funny how Seattle's weather has been crap, and then the minute that the 'official day of summer' comes, it wakes up and realizes, "oh I'm supposed to be warm and sunny now"...finally! It's supposed hit 94 degrees on Sunday and I am so happy that the warm weather is here and (supposedly) staying. Hello summer activities!! This weekend we have a wedding to attend on Saturday and then hopefully will spend Sunday out on the boat! What are you guys up to in your warm weather?! I hope you are all enjoying some sunshine! Thanks for stopping by! 

Xx, 

San Francisco: Spots To Eat (And Drink)

San Francisco: Spots To Eat (And Drink)
San Francisco: Spots To Eat (And Drink)
San Francisco: Spots To Eat (And Drink)
San Francisco: Spots To Eat (And Drink)
San Francisco: Spots to Eat (And Drink)
San Francisco: Spots To Eat (And Drink)
San Francisco: Spots To Eat (And Drink)

My Look (top photo): Jumpsuit | Sweater is old | Earrings | Handbag

My Look (bottom photos): Top | Denim | Handbag | Shoes

As I am making this post, I realized that mostly every time I eat I always post on my Instagram story but rarely ever take real photos!! I need to get better at that. So, above are the only photos at restaurants that I took while in San Francisco for our one year anniversary. To make it easy for you guys, I'm just going to list them below and give any drink / food recommendations for each spot! 

The Ferry Building: We went here on our first day in SF for lunch! I would definitely say this is a San Francisco must. It reminds me of a Pike Place Market in Seattle! There are tons of eateries, coffee spots, and dessert stations!! We grabbed street tacos for lunch and then got an ice cream cone to eat while we walked around a little more. We only made it here once, but had we of had more days here I bet we would have gone another time or two! 

State Bird Provisions: This restaurant was way out of our comfort zone as far as food goes but we loved it!! The California state bird is Quail and that's their most popular thing on the menu so we had to try it!! It seriously tasted just like fried chicken lol. Al kept saying 'if it tastes like chicken then why don't they just serve chicken'! Haha we usually aren't very daring with our food choices obviously. This restaurant is a place where they walk around and showcase 12 different meals, appetizers, and desserts on a tray and you grab whatever you'd like! They also have a fixed menu so we ordered a couple things off the fixed menu and got a couple of the 'specials'. Definitely get a reservation here! 

The Progress: This is a 'sister restaurant' to State Bird and right next door. In the first photo above I am standing infront of this restaurant. We came here for drinks while we were waiting to be seated at State Bird because the wait was about an hour and I'm so happy we had a wait and had to come here because this was probably our favorite place!! They have specialty cocktails that were to die for!! Al got The Remedy and I got the Sunny Jim! They were both amazing, best drink we had in SF! The style of the restaurant is lots of white, wood, and greenery. Right up our alley! We loved and if we had more nights there we definitely would have gone back for dinner! 

Buena Vista Cafe: We had heard from SO MANY PEOPLE that we had to go here to have their signature Irish Coffee so we went here after Lombard Street (walking distance) and before we went to the Golden State Bridge! (See my post on the best Golden Gate Bridge lookout spots HERE). I am not lying when I say this Irish Coffee was UNREAL good and everybody that goes to SF needs to get one!! We actually sat awhile and had two there, then got one to-go to share haha! 

Bar Bocce: This is a outdoor bar / restaurant located in Sausalito! It is on the opposite side of the Golden Gate Bridge from the city but in the cutest town that is well worth the drive across! The views here are beautiful and it is so fun to spend the day walking around this little town. Bar Bocce is a little more loud and has a 'bar vibe' but if you are looking for that it is so fun! We loved it here and it sits right on the water! Their menu mostly consists of salads, pizza, and sandwiches. I got a kale & ricotta pizza that was AMAZING and Al got a BLTA of sorts that he said was the best one he's ever had. Boom. Really fun place - thank you Asia for the recommendation!! 

A16: A couple people recommended this restaurant to us and after finding out it was Italian food we were like YUUUP. We came here for dinner our second night and it was such a fun experience. The restaurant is beautiful and when you walk up from the street it looks tiny but then goes so far back and opens up nicely. Here we got the burrata as an appetizer which was similar to a mozzarella dip with crostini. It was a little funky of a texture but tasted good! We are big cheese people! For dinner we shared the maccaronara which is their signature pasta dish. It's similar to a spaghetti but with a more smokey sauce and thicker noodles. I loved it!! We also shared one of their pizzas, I can't remember the name of it and for some reason it's not online, but it had eggplant and was very tasty! Al was a little hesitant on the eggplant but we were making it a goal to try new foods and he ended up really enjoying it! He actually said it tasted kinda like meat! haha 

Tonga Room: If you are looking for a fun bar, this is your place. The Tonga Room is located inside of the Fairmont hotel in the room where the pool used to be. It is tiki themed - to the max. I got the Mai Tai which is their most popular drink and it may have been the best Mai Tai I've had!! This place was so so much fun with live music and dancing. Pictured above you can see that they kept the pool and put a boat into the middle of the pool where the band plays!!! I was not expecting that and was laughing for a solid 20 minutes - mostly because I thought it was the coolest thing ever. You guys will love this place! 

The Grove: We went here for brunch on our anniversary morning! I got avocado and poached egg toast, and Al got a breakfast sandwich. Both were so good! We both got vanilla lattes, mine hot and his iced. This meal is pictured above! The Grove was walking distance from our hotel so the location for us was perfect. We really liked the atmosphere and the staff and would definitely recommend this spot for breakfast or brunch! 

Boulevard: This is the restaurant we went to for our anniversary dinner! It is right down by the Ferry Building and you can see the Bay Bridge from most tables! The view is beautiful. This restaurant I would say is more of a 'steakhouse' as far as the atmosphere and the menu goes - we love steakhouses so Al was pretty excited about this one! Here I got the halibut & Al got steak, we also had the best bottle of wine we have ever tasted - seriously!! It was Herman Story "On The Road". We actually ended up buying two bottles of it and bringing the rest of it back to our home with us because it was that good!! 

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Those are all the major eateries we hit while spending our long weekend in San Francisco and let me just say...that is a city of food! There were tons of places we didn't get to try, but we were more than happy with all the restaurants we got to go to! As always, if you have any questions or want more SF recommendations, shoot me an email or comment below! Hope you guys enjoy these eats!! 

See my Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points

See my Stay At Four Seasons San Francisco

Xx, 

Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points

Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
The reality of my day.

The reality of my day.

Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points
Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points

My Look: Top | Denim | Sneakers | Handbag | Choker | Bracelet

Al and I don't usually make itineraries when going on short weekend getaways, but on this specific trip we knew the Golden Gate Bridge was a must. I love collecting photos of our travels together so I knew I wanted to take the time to go to a good lookout point and have a good chunk of my day with a Golden Gate view. Al spent the whole morning while I was showering and getting ready looking up the top lookout points and choosing which one we were going to go to. He found two that just happened to be 'connected' so we decided to do both and I'm so happy we did! 

The first point is called Battery Spencer. It is located on the opposite side of the bridge from the city, on the Marin County side. It's an old military installation that protected the bridge during World War II. This spot gets you nice and close to the bridge and is perfect for photos having the bridge as the statement. Warning, the wind is CRAY. I'm surprised we even got decent photos!! But San Francisco is a very windy city so what else can you expect when going up on a hill right by the water. From this point, you can walk to the next lookout spot called Kirby Cove. This spot has the infamous swing on the beach that you've probably seen in your research or on Pinterest!! Sadly, the swing fell a couple days before we went but there was lots of talk of them putting it back up if it's not up already. The walk to Kirby Cove is downhill on the way there and uphill on the way back. It's just under a mile each way. The cove is actually an area where people can camp too! There were a couple of families down there setting up tents and BBQ's! The beach is stunning and the view is breath taking. I am so happy we walked the extra miles to get this view, the whole walk was beautiful! I posted photos above of the different views we got during our walk. Learn from my mistakes and wear good shoes!! The only sneakers I brought on our trip were some Topshop ones and I was so mad at myself for not packing some real workout sneakers!! Al even gave me a piggy-back at one point because I was limping, LOL. Real life. You better know those sneakers came off the minute we got back in our Uber. 

If you make the trip over to the other side of the bridge where these spots are, I would recommend spending the day there and hopping over to Sausalito! It's only a 10-15 minute drive from Battery Spencer and well worth it! Sausalito as a cute little town right on the water with beautiful views of the city. There is shopping and tons of food! I would recommend getting a meal there and walking around because even just strolling around is so much fun. We ate lunch at Bar Bocce which was such a fun spot! Kind of an outdoor bar scene with great pizza! I got a kale & ricotta one :) 

San Francisco is such a lively city with endless things to do! It's a definite bucket list place! If you're planning a trip there and need recommendations, let me know! I'm happy to help! 

See Our Stay At The Four Seasons San Francisco 

See San Francisco: Spots To Eat (And Drink) 

Xx,

Our Stay At The Four Seasons San Francisco

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My Look: I'm actually wearing this jumper with an old Old Navy sweater over

I have been telling Al for probably the past 3 years that San Francisco was at the top of my 'weekend getaway' list. When my parents got married, they moved to San Francisco to start their lives together and lived their for 7 years, having me 5 years in. So I was born in SF but my father's job relocated him back to Seattle when I was 2; and I have never gotten the chance to go back. Now 20 years later, for our one year wedding anniversary, Al surprised me and took me! I was so excited and this city holds such a special place in my heart. For those who don't know my life story or know me personally, my parents ended up getting a divorce shortly after moving back to Seattle. So San Francisco really was the city of their marriage and that time together, although I was too young to remember. Now everything happens for a reason, and their separation has actually brought abundant blessings into my life. I have a HUGE amazing family because of it; 5 siblings, 4 parents. There are so many people in this world who don't get that kind of family love and support, people that don't have their parents anymore or have lost their siblings. So for me to having this huge, close family brings me so much joy and I am thankful. But at the end of the day, my parents are my parents, so of course it was meaningful for me to go back to that place. 

When Al was choosing a hotel for us to stay at, he ended up choosing the Four Seasons because that is the line of resorts we stayed at for our honeymoon in Bora Bora - so he thought it would be special and it was! There is something magical about staying at any Four Seasons resort, they really know how to treat you. Because of our anniversary, they gave us a room upgrade into this beautiful room up on the 14th floor with an amazing view of the city, and sent us a bottle of wine with a cheese board our first night. Room service with them is always incredible - they take the time to tidy up your room every day no matter how crazy you leave it. The rooms themselves are nice and roomy, you don't feel crowded. The staff is OVERLY helpful, I kept thinking "how are these people so nice and always in such a good mood??" There was a nice restaurant and bar right on the main floor by the lobby. Everything was wonderful! When you are staying at any Four Seasons, you have high expectations - and they always meet them for us. This specific hotel in SF was located right in the shopping district; you could see Chanel, Tiffany & Co, and Ted Baker from our window. Whenever Al and I travel, we like to be within walking distance to lots of stuff because we never really have an itinerary when we travel, we kinda just roll with it and do whatever we feel like at that moment. From our hotel we walked to go shopping, to get coffee and to several different breakfast & lunch spots, and even walked down to the Ferry Building which is a San Francisco MUST, and we could just walk there!  Location, location, location!!  No matter where you are traveling to, Four Seasons is always a good choice! We will definitely continue to stay at their beautiful hotels.

If you are planning a trip to SF, don't ever hesitate to message me and ask for recommendations! We had SUCH a fun weekend and a perfect anniversary! I'm more than happy to help you plan your trip! 

See San Francisco: Spots To Eat (And Drink)

See Best Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Points

Xx,