Entries Tagged as 'San Francisco'

Hardly Strictly, San Francisco

Posted on: October 6, 2014

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Top: Jessy Tank by Free People  //  Chain Bra: Vanessa Mooney  //  Shorts: One Teaspoon  (get 10% off by using coupon code TULIP at checkout)  //  Bracelet: 2 Bandits Leather Concho Wrap   //  Bracelet: Spell Thunderstruck Cuff  //  Bag: Spell & the Gypsy Collective  //  Shoes: Forever 21


Photos by: Patricia Ann Duffy O’Connor

1635 Mason St

Posted on: November 12, 2013

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November in San Francisco means layers. Layers on layers on layers. This little slip by Free People is easy to wear over jeans or a skirt. Thigh highs with boots and I’m good to go. The good thing about this top is, you can wear it by itself, or wear it with layers on top to make it look more like a dress or a skirt.

My friend reminded me today that we have so many of the same articles of clothing in both of our closets, but we wear them in completely different ways. I guess I would agree with her that I do have a “grungier” look thank her, but it’s only because I love vintage so much. I always try to add at least 1 element of vintage into an outfit just to add my own uniqueness to it. Who wants to fit in when you can stand out? Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!

Top: Trapeze Slip by FP  //  Skirt: Scrunch Wrap Skirt  // Socks: ‘Up All Night’ Commando Thigh High Socks  //  Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Boxxy Booties  //  Bag: Vintage

Photos: Danielle Lurie

Location: North Beach, 1635 Mason St

San Francisco Blind Cafe

Posted on: November 11, 2013

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

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Saturday night, I made reservations to go with a friend to the Blind Cafe for dinner. The Blind Cafe was a ‘pop-up event’ created in order to bring a sensory and dining experience together, where you gained a better understanding of what it was like to be blind. Besides recreating the “blind” environment of being in complete darkness, the experience itself was established in order to build closer relationships among one another, and remove all visual distractions that would otherwise take away from such a wonderful experience.

Brian Rocheleau, the event’s creator explained that, “Our visual conditioning, social etiquette and constant interruptions often cloud our ability to truly be present with ourselves, our community and music.” The whole point of the experience was to make you feel more alive and in tune with the world around you.

The 2-hour dinner included a Q&A with the blind staff, as well as a musical performance by Brian Rocheleau. No phones, no lights. (And no bathroom breaks unless you wanted to ruin the experience). Some people might ask why I would subject myself to such a ridiculous activity. In my mind, I could not wait to be out of my comfort zone.

Initially, I felt a little bit of shock and  brief feeling of abandonment as we maneuvered our way into the pitch dark to our table. It was upon arriving at our table and realizing that others too were experiencing similar feelings of vulnerability that allowed me to relax. By the end of the night, the sense of comradery in the room by the end of the night was overwhelming. We were all in it together, all figuring out how to navigate around a table and enjoy an evening of dining and entertainment without our sense of sight.

The dinner overall revealed to me how much I take simple things for granted like my sense of sight. It also made me realize that the visual distractions we have, such as cell phones, truly limit us from being in the present moment. Lastly, it opened my eyes (literally and figuratively) to see that humans make judgements about one another, before even knowing one another, based on physical appearance. This is because society has taught us that the way you present yourself is an indication of the person you are.

But what about those things that people can’t see? Like confidence? Ingenuity? A sense of adventure? A sense of humor? Humility? A dog lover? Someone who is family oriented? Someone who is outgoing? Someone who likes adventure? None of these are clearly written on us or can be seen by others by a simple glance.

By removing the visual judgements we would make about one another, it was easier to get to know a person in the dark for who they were on the inside. Therefore, if we eliminated our desires to be visually stimulated, we would really get to know a person for who they were on the inside. Because it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right?

Good news, the SF Blind Cafe will be returning in January! And for those of you who have not been, I highly recommend going.  So stay tuned to hear more about the event by visiting their website here: http://theblindcafe.com/

4th of July fun with @thedonald23

Posted on: July 6, 2013

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free to be, you and me

Posted on: January 7, 2013

If theres one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love nature. I believe in it’s healing powers and it’s ability to grant an escape to serenity. A place to be free from all the worries that consume and clutter our everyday lives, a place to wander and wonder. Don’t get me wrong I’m definitely a city girl but something about getting lost in the woods…..

Dress: For Love + Lemons / Rings: Vintage / Bracelets: Vintage and Leather wrap by The2Bandits / Necklaces: Self made / Shoes: Nasty Gal & Jeffrey Campbell Collaboration

Photographer: Kasra Rassouli

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