March 21, 2015

San Francisco Photo Diary

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After Coachella, we took the shuttle bus back to LAX and flew directly on to beautiful San Francisco. By this stage, my scratchy Coachella cough had turned into full blown flu and I was feeling rough, so my first 2 days in SF were spent curled up in the fetal position in the hotel room bed. With no sign of getting better, I then saw a doctor who diagnosed me with bronchitis and sent me on my way with the most expensive antibiotics of my life (prime example of why medical insurance is sooo needed on a trip to the States!). I ended up losing my voice completely and couldn’t speak for the rest of our time there which was rather inconvenient as we were meeting up with my friend Becca who I hadn’t seen in years, our catchup involved a lot of hand signals, haha.

WHERE WE STAYED
We stayed at the Grand Hyatt in Union Square. We were initially going to do Airbnb, but couldn’t decide on an area, so we opted for a city hotel as we figured being central would make it easy for us to commute around. Webjet had a great deal on where you received two nights free at the Grand Hyatt, so we stayed for five and paid for three. The hotel was great and our room was a decent size with a good city view, so it worked out well! Plus it’s always nice to come home after a long day and fall into a freshly made, fluffy king sized bed.

WHAT WE DID

  • Haight Ashbury
    Eccentric shops and colourful houses, hippie-fied Haight was well worth the walk around, plus iconic Amoeba is there.
  • Lombard Street
    San Francisco’s prettiest street, so picturesque with pretty pastel houses & sweeping views of the bay.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf / Pier 39
    Super touristy, but felt like it needed to be done, if anything, for the taffy shop and the sea lions.
  • The Mission / Valencia Street
    Thrift stores, dive bars, coffeehouses, bookstores, art galleries, boutiques and really awesome street art everywhere. Definitely one of my favourite areas.
  • Alamo Square
    I grew up on Full House so this was quintessential San Francisco to me. It was raining when we went, but we still managed to snap some pics in front of The Painted Ladies.
  • Golden Gate bridge / Sausalito
    On our final day we drove across the Golden Gate bridge to Sausalito, a super cute seaside town on the other side of the bridge. We had breakfast there and walked around before our road trip back down to LA.

WHERE WE ATE / DRANK

  • E&O Kitchen and Bar | Union Square
    We ate here on the first night because it was late and close to our hotel. Turned out they had a great Asian fusion menu, their butternut squash dumplings were TO DIE FOR.
  • Stanza Coffee Bar | Haight
    Stopped here for a coffee while walking around Haight Ashbury. San Francisco proved me wrong when it came to American coffee, the coffee here was so good!
  • Tacolicious | Mission
    Said it before and I’ll say it again, Californian Mexican is the bomb. The tacos here were pretty epic, put Australia to shame. We ordered 10 for $36 between 3 of us, along with some margaritas and we were happy campers.
  • Four Barrel Coffee | Mission
    Another awesome space on Valencia St, hipsters take their coffee seriously because once again, the coffee was amazing here.
  • Brass Tacks | Hayes Valley
    My friend Becca took us here, a funky little bar in the heart of Hayes. We went on a weeknight and it was packed, awesome cocktails, good music, nice vibe. Loved it.
  • La Boulange | Hayes Valley
    A cool French cafe, I had the “Fantastic French Toast” which was on baked brioche, sooo good. I also had the worlds largest latte there, haha. Hit the spot on a cold day.

March 1, 2015

Daily Face

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I tend to get into a routine with the same products and my everyday makeup routine has comprised of these 10 products for the past year or so. Some are holy grail products that I’ve used for years (hello Nars foundation) and some are somewhat newer products I’ve been trying. Overall, I’m pretty happy with how everything is working together, so I probably won’t switch things up anytime soon… unless something mindblowing comes along — *cough* Urban Decay launch in Australia later this month *cough*

  1. MoisturiserKiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
  2. SPFMecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF 30
  3. PrimerHourglass Veil Mineral Primer
  4. FoundationNars Sheer Glow Foundation in ‘Santa Fe’
  5. Under Eye Primer | Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
  6. ConcealerMaybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer in ‘Brightener’
  7. BlushHourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in ‘Dim Infusion’
  8. EyelinerRimmel Scandal’Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner
  9. MascaraTarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara
  10. Brows | Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in ‘Medium Brown’

February 22, 2015

Coachella 2014!!! Day Three

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I woke up on the final day with a really scratchy throat and a hoarse cough. NICE TIMING, BODY. I pretended I didn’t feel like absolute death and we made our way over to the festival site for the last time, it felt a bit bittersweet~

We arrived just in time to catch Rudimental who put on a super energetic show. John Newman came out to do Feel The Love which was awesome (short Instagram video here). Our main agenda for the final day was to get on on that iconic Coachella ferris wheel! After observing the line situation on the previous two days, we figured going on before dusk would be a good plan of attack as it seemed less busy then. As we made our way across, The Naked and Famous were playing on the main stage so we watched a bit of their set from afar. When we arrived at the ferris wheel, the line was pretty damn long and it almost deterred us, but it seemed to be moving quickly and we ended up being in line for 10 minutes max. The ferris wheel gave 360 degree views of the Coachella Valley and put into perspective how truly stunning the Palm Desert really is, soooo worth it. After viewing Coachella from above, we went back down to check out some more sets from Little Dragon, Lana Del Rey, Beck and closing out the weekend in an absolutely epic way, Arcade Fire. The best end to the best weekend ♥

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January 26, 2015

Coachella 2014!!! Day Two

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Day 1 post here | Day 3 post here }

We were a bit more organised for the Saturday and got to the festival by about 1pm, just in time to see Washed Out who were on the top of my list of bands to see, mainly because of their style of music and the setting – dreamy, summery music with a palm tree backdrop in the beautiful Palm Desert, just perfection (short Instagram video here). So glad we saw them, definite highlight!

Saturday was significantly hotter than Friday, so we took a lot more beverage breaks, luckily the beer garden to the left of the Coachella Stage had perfect views of the stage, so we kicked back in there for a bit and watched Foster The People and Queens of the Stone Age. Once they were done we took a walk over to the Outdoor Theatre to catch Pharrell. On Weekend One he had some major voice issues because of a dust storm, but on Weekend Two he was THE BOMB. So much energy and loved seeing him start with Lose Yourself To Dance. He brought so many guests on stage – Usher, Nelly (lolll), Busta Rhymes and Jay Z. During his finale of “Happy”, we went back over to the Coachella Stage to get a good spot for Muse. I’ve seen Muse a few times and they are always consistently good, just over the top rock n roll, so it was cool to see them at Coachella. It was also Kate Hudson’s birthday, so Matt Bellamy made the crowd sing to her which was pretty funny.

So yeah, Day 2 was awesome and I’m glad we saw the full sets of way more bands than the day before.

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