Bookstore Hopping | Booksmith in San Francisco, CA

On my recent trip to SF, of course I wanted to visit a local indie bookstore. I had a couple in mind but didn’t get to visit either (they were too far north). Instead, I found one very serendipitously while I was exploring the Haight-Ashbury section of the city. It was called Booksmith and it was very, very cool.

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I always feel too conspicuous taking actual photos inside a busy store so I apologize for these rather blurry iPhone photos!
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What I loved about Booksmith was how quirky and also browser-friendly it was. Almost every single book on display came with a personalized, handwritten staff recommendation card, to the point where more little handwritten slips were visible hanging from the shelves than books! It’s not a bad thing, though. It’s a very good thing, because back covers, inside flaps and of course, the cover don’t always give you that in-depth why-you-should-actually-read-this kind of rec.

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I also loved the hand-drawn chalkboard titles for each section! They were so creative and beautifully rendered. For a bookstore in the heart of the Haight, it was also very kid-friendly. The Children’s Section was huge, but I only missed some good San Francisco/California/Haight-Ashbury history books. I would have loved to bring one home with me to learn more about this section of the city.

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I also loved the floors. They were a wreck, and beautiful.

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Deets: 1644 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117. Go check it out 😉

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Travel Tales of San Francisco

I just got back from my very first trip to California/the West Coast. My cousin and I went to San Francisco for a few days to visit a friend, and spent many, many hours walking up and down crazy hills, being totally amazed by the Victorian architecture, going on spooky Alcatraz tours, and in my case, completely biting it while biking across the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco’s beauty frequently took my breath away, and I loved every minute of exploring this great American city. Here are some photo highlights of my trip.

Warning: many pretty photos ahead:

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view from the top of Lombard Street. My feet and legs took the brunt of the pain! 😉

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view from our awesome seafood dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf

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Alcatraz Island from Pier 44

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CHOCOLATE

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Snapchat selfie while hanging onto a cable car 😉

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Alcatraz cell—so tiny!

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view of San Francisco from Alcatraz Island—unbelievable.

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The Bay

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Janis Joplin’s house

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The Grateful Dead’s house

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view of SF from the Golden Gate Park observation deck

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Chinatown was beautiful. (Food was awesome, too!)

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My favorite kinds of vacations are the ones that I get to do a mix of relaxation, exploration, sight-seeing, some museums/history stuff, and a lot of eating! We did a whole lot of touristy things this trip which I loved, but if and when I ever make it back to SF, I’d love to take more time to do the local things. For the first time, it was pretty perfect.

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San Francisco Style | Here's what my packing list looks like

A new city and a new vacation means some new clothes. I’ve read that San Francisco isn’t hot in the summer; rather, the weather fluctuates and it’s important to wear layers! I love that, especially since dresses and cardigans are my favorite combination. But I also love these pretty pretty rompers and these romantic dresses.

 

1, 2, and 4 from Forever 21, 3, 5, and 6 from NewDress.com. Links on my Polyvore.

Can’t wait!

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Going to San Francisco…

Hey friends! I’m excited to share some travel news. This summer my cousin and I are going to San Francisco to visit a friend, and I’m getting so excited to visit California for the first time. Yep—first time on the West Coast. We already have a long list of places to see and things to do, but if you’ve been to SF or live there, let me know if you have any recommendations! We want an action-packed week. 🙂

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LOVE.

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