Northern California Travel Diary

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This past week I traveled to Northern California and visited some favorite old spots as well as newfound treasures! If you're planning a trip to this destination soon here are a few places you definitely have to check out!


Before heading into San Fran we stopped into Treasure Island to grab amazing views of Alcatraz and the San Francisco skyline.
We parked by Ghirardelli Square for some chocolate and milkshakes, walked down to the fisherman's wharf where they have lots dining and shopping, and then ended up at Pier 39 to watch the sea lions.
Swerved down historic Lombard Street
Shopped on Union Street and went a store called Anomie that I was dying to visit! The owner has a blog and YouTube channel herself and it was amazing to finally see it in person. I purchased a gold hammered stacking ring and and Herbivore coco rose lip conditioner.
Saw the Golden Gate Bridge from above and below and even walked the entirety of it up and back!
Grabbed a coffee in the cutest little town, Sausalito, and then made our way back to the bridge to watch the sunset.


Monterey is a beautiful beach town but first I had to have my In N Out fix.
Took a visit to the Monterey Aquarium which is home to sea horses, jellyfish, sharks, penguins, and even cute little sea otters.


We took the 17 mile drive which passes through Carmel and this was one of my favorite places that I visited. Many famous actors choose to live here and I can see why! You're secluded by the ocean but have access to the cutest boutiques and restaurants.
A pit stop during the 17 mile drive is The Lone Cyprus that just sits by itself at the end of the rocks.
The beaches at Carmel are not for the faint hearted as it was around 50 degrees during the day - LAYER UP!


I stayed in San Jose and visited two main shopping areas that blew me away with their stores!
Stanford Mall was outdoors and had high-end designer stores to stores such as Free People, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and my new obsession: MUJI!
MUJI is like a japanese IKEA where they focus on decluttering, storage, cute containers, and stationary. I didn't know that they sold skincare so I picked up and few bits and they are amazing!
The Anthropologie there had a floral department, a huge home decor section, and amazing beauty brands such as RMS were featured!

Santana Row is another outdoor shopping complex that caters to both high end stores as well as reasonably priced stores such as H&M.
California is so beautiful and I can't wait to go back! x

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