There are a couple of art walks here in the city and I know the first Friday of every month they have on in Oakland but until last week I had never been to one. I’m usually lazy when it comes to art and I always miss the Divisadero one (even though I can literally walk there) but this time I made an effort to stop in – and by effort I mean my friends were showing art so I had more of a reason.
The concept itself is actually really cool. For about a 5 or 6 block stint on Divis there are open shops with people’s art displayed. My friends had their art showing in a gallery but there were first floors of apartments that were open and some first floor shops that were displaying works as well.
It was a really cool community thing to do in such a little-big city and in such a cool neighborhood. It’s a great spot to meet people and to see some really amazing art (aka. my friend’s art – shameless plug, I think yes). You can check them both out here and here.
For a little night cap we visited the La Urbana garage bar (sounds weird, but it’s cool) and had a couple tacos and brews to celebrate our artist friends. It was a great place to celebrate whenever they both got a text to tell them something had sold!
Fashion Week has consumed my free time more this year than ever before. I guess I really do like fashion and reading about the newest updates, good thing I have a fashion blog – phew, passed the test on that one. The prints and outfits from NYFW are endless and I love the unique outfits on the attendees, they are as much a part of the shows as the models.
One of my favorite shows was Kate Spade, she always has interesting prints and silhouettes, and it looks like she came to the Haight for some inspiration. Kate Spade and Haight Street couldn’t be more opposite, but here they could be distant cousins. This bold Kate Spade print is fun and bright for spring and little ol’ Haight wanted to participate in fashion week too by painting the meter maid vehicles in a matching print. This street’s colorful murals and characters would make an interesting runway show…
While fashion is transitioning from spring and summer to fall, San Francisco (always a little behind the times weather-wise) is trying to transition from winter to summer. Our summer usually starts in September and it’s been a long time coming. I dont know about you other SF friends, but I am ready for dresses and less fog, a lot less fog. We are venturing north of the city this weekend to see the sun for Nate’s bacon birthday and hopefully going to an amusement park on Monday – you know, for some good old fashion fun! What are your plans for the long weekend?
Remember back in January when I said I was going to do this as my New Year’s Resolution? Thinking back, I’m not sure if I actually had any intentions of fulfilling that resolution at the time but yesterday I did. I ran 13.1 miles for the first time ever and let me tell you, it wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done but it was one of the best!
Here is a quick recap…
Miles 1-5: All in Golden Gate Park (where it was cloudy), there were a couple hills but we were cruising along just fine.
Miles 5-10: Left the nice clouds in the park and ran down Haight street (pretty perfect). Some of our friends gathered to cheer us on. And after seeing them we were jazzed, the sun wasn’t too hot yet and we were excited to go downhill for a bit.
Miles 10-13.1: Were R-O-U-G-H to say the least. Our legs were tired, it was hot (something we weren’t prepared for knowing the race was in SF and it’s NEVER hot here), and the water stations for the second leg felt really far apart. But we didn’t stop or walk and we talked each other through it. The finish line, bright blue with balloons and music, promising beer and water, was a welcome sight.
Saying that I feel accomplished is an understatement. I have always been more inclined to water sports. I would rather swim a mile then run one, so this was a true test of my will power and I still can’t really believe I did it. It was hard, to say the least, but I’m so glad I did it. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my running partner, and my one piece of advice for you if you are thinking of running a half or a full – is to get someone to run with you. It makes all the difference. With one half marathon under my belt, I’m ready for the next one – Disney Half 2015 here we come!