Now that the holidays over and we can breathe a bit, I’m excited to share a ton of photos over the week/end! Like I mentioned last week, my parents came to town from Ohio and we did it up. Big time.
When people come from out of town, I want to show them the best San Francisco has to offer. Often times, that’s in the form of good sights, good food, and good coffee.
Some of my parents highlights? A stroll through Sutro Baths, coffee pit-stop at St. Frank, pizza at Delfina, channeling our inner rebel at Craftsmen and Wolves, and Christmas Eve chinese food. It was pretty perfect.
How was your holiday? 🙂
Merry Christmas Eve. It’s been an amazing week hustlin’ to get everything done and then having my parents here. It’s really refreshing to show them around, take them to my favorite places in San Francisco and give them some insight into how I live here in this weird, beautiful city.
Along with hustlin’, I’ve been feeling extra thankful and grateful for the things I’ve experienced and the people I’ve met in 2015.
One of the people I’ve had a pleasure of meeting is Lauren Baird from Ways of Change.
For a little background, Ways of Change is an ethically sourced fashion brand connecting people affected by conflict and migration to a global community.
Most of the Ways of Change products are made from up-cycled and locally sourced materials – evidence above!
Their jewelry is absolutely beautiful and I can’t stop wearing their beautiful rings (more photos in an outfit post to come!).
Co-Founders Cara and Lauren hope for Ways of Change in the long run is to provide support to refugees as they return to their country of origin or community.
From speaking with Lauren, I am so passionate about their cause, mission, and integrity! If you want to take a look at their beautiful jewelry, I highly recommend scoping out the beautiful goods!
My favorites? The coil ring and Kan Bo bangle! ❤
Jacket: F21 via Crossroads Trading | Pants: Madewell via Crossroads Trading | Shoes: Vans | Beanie: H&M | Bag: Old Navy (similar)
Sooooo, I’ll give you a little back story behind today’s post.
I wear makeup often. In fact, I wear makeup every. single. day. It’s not that I hate my face. That’s not it at all. I love makeup for the same reason why many of you do too – I can play with different looks and styles and really, be whoever I want to be.
That being said, sometimes you gotta let your face breathe. So, when I woke up last Friday with a swollen eye…well, I think that was the makeup gods saying, “Aimee, give it a freakin’ rest.”
So, I did.
It feels a little unnerving to have your photo taken when you don’t really look like you’re “best.” But then again, what is your “best?”
I was talking to Tory about this whole scenario and mentioned that I was self-conscious about it. She had no idea I wasn’t wearing any makeup at all!
So there you have it, folks. This is me in all my swollen-eyed, Friday morning glory. Because if you can’t be real then what can you be?
Photography via Tory Putnam
Happy Monday! It’s a short week with the holidays, but I’ve been feeling especially grateful for a lot. Grateful for perspective, meeting new people, being present, spending time with dear friends, and for my family coming into town THIS WEEK!
The last time my parents came to San Francisco was 2011 and I had no idea about anything in the city. Luckily, I have a few years under my belt and a lot of places to show them.
If you have any ideas about where to take my parents, send ’em my way! I’ll be wining and dining them for the next week at Plow for their Plow Breakfast, an 8:30 a.m. (yikes) Alcatraz Visit, walks around Alta Plaza, pitstop to Jane for coffee and breakfast, Delfina for some delicious pizza and Mission Chinese for Christmas Eve dinner. 🙂