California Dreaming

The Painted Ladies

Earlier this month, I took advantage of some free air miles I’d earned since moving to NYC, and flew out to San Francisco, to visit some friends and do some sightseeing.

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I loved all of the amazing architecture around the city, especially all of the old Victorian houses, and the Painted Ladies around Alamo Square Park.

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Cynthia from Style Wylde in front of the Painted Ladies

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Aleister Crowley’s old house. Creepy!

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A new friend.

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I was lucky enough to catch the Alameda Point Antiques Fair that weekend, where I picked up some amazing vintage pieces, like an old kimono, a sari, and some Japanese paper art prints.

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There was plenty of cool old “junk” for sale.

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My friend Eliza modeling an old hat.

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…and a fur coat

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A much different kind of fur coat.

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Metal menagerie.

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A wannabe Marty McFly, hitching a ride.

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Eliza’s dog Colonel Mustard, post-flea trip.

Later in the week, I did more sightseeing:

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I managed to battle the Muni (bus system) and get to the Golden Gate on my own!

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Australian tourists took my photo.

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I walked half-way across the bridge.

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I didn’t jump.

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Then I made it to Chinatown:

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Bought plenty of souvenirs. But not this strange pillow I saw on display.

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Met a lion.

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Cute little street car.

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The tiny little underground map.

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A 1 car train!

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Dolores Park

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Acrobats in training.

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Not pictured: the hippy drum circle playing in the park.

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Hippy or Metal-head?

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I met up with Julio (who I’ve known since 2005, via my first blog, but had never met in person!) for some insanely cheap vintage shopping:
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Sadly, he did not buy this jacket.

I took home 2 old lacy lingerie inspired tops and a dress –all for TEN DOLLARS– via a vintage by the pound store.

On our way home, we stopped by Clarion Alley to photograph the beautiful street art that lines the entire alley:

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We saw quite a few artists in action:
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While it’s safe to say things like thrift shopping and even street art are better on the west coast, by the end of the week, I couldn’t be happier to be a New Yorker, and be heading home. I missed the big city, the ease of (nearly) all-encompassing public transportation, and the hustle and bustle of New York life.
California was fun, but the trip really affirmed by choice to move to the East Coast over 5 years ago, instead of heading out west.

* I also shot some street style while I was on vacation, which will hopefully be up on StyledOn in the near future.

See my full photo album here.

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