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.

Jared Harrell Photo Exhibition

If you live in San Francisco and feel like seeing an amazing photography show on Wednesday, check out my friend Jared’s gallery show opening! Jared is a super talented photographer that I went to college with. He shoots a lot of amazing portraits and California scenery, and he’s also pretty fond of using a Hasselblad, and toy cameras like the Diana. Which makes him extra cool in my book! Jared is one of those rare talents who can make the everyday look fantastical, so this it is definitely worth seeing his show if you’re in SF. I’m Sad I have to miss it!

Jared and his cousin Blyss.

Wednesday, December 2nd at 7pm.
29 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA

See more of Jared’s work on his Flickr.

All Photographs ® Jared Harrell

Hello Kitty Three Apples Exhibition

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This year is Hello Kitty’s 35th Birthday. To celebrate, Sanrio has organized an exhibition in Culver City, CA. Featuring a hello kitty apartment, an art exhibition, a retrospective of hello kitty items from as far back as 1974, kitty breakfasts, a Halloween party, and special artist appearances!

The art exhibition will be curated by Jamie Rivadeneira, of Japan LA.

Other event higlights include:

Saturday October 24, 2009 time tbd
Special Fan Event with Yuko Yamaguchi and Simone Legno!

Meet Yuko Yamaguchi, aka ‘Kitty Mama’, Sanrio’s head Hello Kitty designer from Tokyo and Simone Legno, creator of the tokidoki apparel, art and lifestyle brand.
Be the first to get your hands on the exclusive Hello Kitty x tokidoki 35th anniversary design collection and get your fave pieces signed by Yuko and Simone!

Sunday November 1, 2009 12pm-3pm
Happy Birthday Hello Kitty!

Drop by Royal/T, have a cup of tea, and get your picture taken with Hello Kitty herself! Don’t forget to wish her a happy birthday!

Best of all: the exhibit is FREE and open to the public!

I’m sad I don’t live in California. I’ve been a Hello Kitty fan since I was about 4 years old. I still have some of my original HK items, like metal hair clips and pencil cases! Usually exhibitions like this are only in Japan, so this is a great opportunity to see some Sanrio and HK history right here in the USA!

Visit the official Three Apples site here.