Thursday, May 28, 2009

San Francisco's callin' us

I spent the past weekend in California, cold grey San Francisco to be precise. It was a nice weekend but it was too gosh darn cold for my liking. Like - I could have used my winter coat and been really content, that's how cold it was. I won't complain anymore because I did enough of that and my poor boyfriend is sick of hearing about my disinterest for San Francisco weather!!

But in between whining about chilly fingers and eating more in-n-out than one human being should possibly eat in a weekend I was able to see some lovely things! A vintage paper show that I could have spent at least 5 hours at and easily spent $500 - but we were good and didn't buy a thing! There was a beautiful pale pink and green chrysanthemum print that I almost bought but decided against and now I keep thinking about it... But, I'm sure I'll find something somewhere to fill the void!

We also did a little shopping on Haight Street, gosh - I've come to the conclusion that all the vintage shops in SF have silly price tags (too many pennies, wayy too many pennies folks!) but I did come home with a beautiful wool cloche from the 20's with tan top stitching and an olive green bow! And two perfect one piece bathing suits from the 50's that fit so well I'd be stupid to leave them behind. Detailed photos of those to come!!!

We did a good amount of wandering around Golden Gate Park. Please, don't get me wrong - I will always, always love Boston Garden, but Golden Gate Park is certainly something special! I mean - octopuses and white washed Victorian greenhouses? Yes, thank you!

Academy of Sciences

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Sad Seahorse

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I think my favorite part of the entire trip was getting to see sea-horses in real life! I wandered around the Academy of Sciences or a long time hoping to find a little tank with them in it and I was about ready to go upstairs when I finally spotted them! There were three in the tank and they barely moved at all - much different then their portrayals in Jean Painlevé's films... but, everyone has their bad days I guess.. I think I stood by their tank for way too long and had too many funny interactions with strangers who wanted to pay the sea-horses a visit. Come to think of it, I spent a creepily long amount of time sitting by that tank! It was funny though, most of the people who stopped by made a remark about how 'cute' they are - I couldn't agree more!!

I also think that the Conservatory of Flowers is definitely my favorite place to be in all of California - the aquatic plant room was perfect - hot and humid!!! I think come fall I'm going to spend a lot of time there. It's a bit more affordable then visiting the sea-horses too.



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Conservatory of Flowers

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Conservatory of Flowers

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I spent my last day in California actually enjoying some real heat and sunshine (not just fake sauna style heat at the Conservatory) but we had to go about an hour and a half outside of the city to get it. ... The Russian River! We had ourselves a little picnic afternoon with some kind folks and tasty treats! I was especially excited to wear one of my new bathing suits and take my hat out for the day! I even got to bring along two of my rattier patchwork quilts! I've deemed them my official picnic adventure quilts and I can't wait to see where else they'll take me!

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Psst - There's a little sneak at one of my bathing suits - and a double sneak peak at my hat!!!

40 comments:

Lizard said...

xD i like the first 2 photos a lot! The silhouette looks great against the water ^___^

Love the second one too! I never can get good pictures of seahorses - they move around too fast
xD

jayne said...

your bathing suit is fantastic! as is your shorts outfit, that trip looks so fun, i've always wanted to go to SF!

Amy Schulz said...

You have great fashion sense. Love the bathing suit! Where did you get it?

Anonymous said...

belle and sebastian?? SO DAMN GOOD

corrie said...

That bathing suit is so sweet. This post is inspiring me to go hunt down some vintage bathing suits too...I can't wait for beach season. So close yet so far away!

Anthony Jimenez said...

Hi, my name is anthony. i've been following your blog for a little while now. I somehow stumbled upon it, and found it interesting. I got excited that you went to the russian river! That's where I spent my high school years, and it holds a very special place in my heart, and pretty much molded me into the person i am today. Where did you go exactly? I live in Santa Rosa now, which i'm sure you passed along the way.

Monster Girl said...

that's such a cool bathing suit! What a great find. I love sea-horses too :)

Pretty Pirate said...

aww, you were here on the weekend we had record cold temps. Thats so sad, it's lovely now. I'm glad you got to experience some heat at the river, lovely shots. Next time you are in town you must go vintage shopping in the mission, my hood, it's much more affordable and there are tons of thrift stores as well. I love that suit, nice find!

Hannah said...

I love that little sea horse, it really is the cutest. I also love your hat! I found something similar in a burnt orange shade not long back but unfortunately it was too small for my head :(

amy@flyingakite.blogspot.com said...

you are TOO precious and beautiful.. when I look at you, I feel as though I'm looking into a year book, or photo log from the past.. My mother's perhaps.. You leave me wishing I was a 50's girl.

Never change

xxoxo hope to hear from you
love always
-amy !!

Manja said...

Your bathing suit is lovely and you're right - it does seem to fit like a glove, you look great in it!

Ah, I wish I were in California...but some day, I'm gonna make it there ;)

Sara Manzanares said...

I'm fascinated by that seahorse!!! And, of course, by your lovely looks, as always :)

Alyssa said...

It is nice to know that they're weather has been just as bad as ours!
I am so jealous of your bathing suit...

danielledelamont said...

Wow, no prior seahorse experience? In Australia (from whence I hail) you can get bags of dried ones at craft stores to do collages with...which is really creepy...hrm :_

Aaron said...

Well I'm so thrilled that you had a good time out there..

I guess I should be happy for you. :)

The russian river is great. That bathing suit is awesome.

I've got some pretty terrible ones that you need to see.

We've got to get elinors up before you go or I fear it won't ever happen...

Ruth =] said...

I love that picture of you against the fish tank - just wonderful

San Francisco is amazing! Such a great place and the people are so nice. The Academy of the Sciences was one of my favourite places :) I almost got offered a job!

xxx

Parapluie said...

Oh, the photo of the sea horse is so wonderful! Love your outfits!

Amanda Nicole said...

Conservatories always make me happy. And that seahorse - adorable!

anabela / fieldguided said...

The seahorse is the most beautiful creature! They make me feel a little bit sad, though. I'm not sure why.

Kelley Anne said...

Wow! What a lovely bathing suit:) I've been keeping my eyes peeled for some vintage swimsuits lately. I also love your denim shorts.

Greenhouses and botanical gardens are always wonderful to wander through.

Quenchant of the Curious said...

your hat makes the post that much more marvelous! luv it!

Suzy said...

oh how i swooned the first time i heard that belle and sebastian song (and everytime i've heard it since).

you make me sad i didn't take advantage of the most gorgeous collection of cloches at an antique store the other day. not too sad, though, as i may end up working there this summer! fingers, stay crossed!

p.s. i finally looked at your flickr page to find that Alice had a named that silly plant 'string of pearls.' done and done.

Hannah said...

gah i cant get over that gingham swim suit! it looks like a marvelous trip, despite the cold weather. cant wait to go on picnics myself!

Eyeliah SS said...

Great details, that conservatory is an excellent place for outfit shots too. :-)

Quixsa said...

Love the photos! :0)

anja louise said...

There's so much I want to comment on! The flower conservatory looks so great, and I love your swimsuit, and the quilts!! I've been wanting an old patchwork quilt a lot lately, but haven't seen any affordable ones yet.

Market Publique said...

Sounds like an awesome trip! Love the pictures of the water!

Bee said...

Ah, I'm in love with that bathing suit! I've been on the hunt for something similar for so long... Swimsuit-envy right here!

Verbosity to Me said...

I love your bathing suits and your writing! Please check out my new blog and let on some hits of how to make it as delightful as yours!

Martini said...

i'm due to go there in a few weeks. i hope it's sunny then.

Annabel said...

ahh, my boyfriend lives right by golden gate park so we walk there to go on picnics! the weather's been bugging me as well. i had a friend up but it was hard to so anything because she under packed and didn't bring enough clothes for 60 degree weather. this one weird weekend in april it reached 90 degrees and suddenly dropped back down before may!

jessica said...

Ooh, I totally stink at commenting on your blog--but every looks perfect, perfect!!!! Your outfit with the little lace top and perfectly dreamy cloche hat makes my heart melt a little--I love it! And that bathing suit looks incredible on you!!! A perfect fit! And it's a-dorable!! Aw, and the seahorses look especially cute! I think they're the funniest little guys! You're the greatest my dear!!

xx

m.bibelot said...

*psst* next time, go to the academy of sciences on a Thursday 6-10pm. For people 21+ only and tickets are $10 instead of the reg. $24.95! You can visit your seahorse friends with a cocktail in hand and live music playing in the background :)

Anonymous said...

nicest body, i wish mine become like yours soon ;P

sarah said...

i feel i should apologize on san francisco's behalf. the weather is so spastic! if you want warm, then come back in september/october for our indian summer...

p.s. haight street is obscenely $$.
check out valencia st. in the mission next time 'round.

wecouldgrowup2gether said...

sea horses are magical creatures!

Hippie Frou Frou said...

Your bathing suit is uber cute!! Looks like a fantastic day spent on the water!

jess s//

Helena said...

i absolutely adore your playsuit that and your trip is such an inspiration for a little summer adventure
xxxxxx

The Wandering Writer said...

I just moved from San Francisco! I will be moving to England for grad school in August.

Are you moving to SF or just visiting? I think that the Conservatory was my favorite spot in GGP too. I just love that there was a part of the early 1900's left. Next time you're there go out to Ocean Beach to see the Sutro Baths, and visit the now modern (too bad because it was so pretty when it was first built) Cliffhouse for pictures. And don't forget Musee Mecanique now in Pier 41 in Fisherman's Wharf. Now talking about SF, I miss it. And the Russian River is so nice in the summer. Hope you enjoyed your trip! :)

Rosie said...

..the Giants and Mets will play. Piazza, New York catcher are you straight or are you gay?

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