"Boston has its Marathon... Pamplona has the bulls... New Orleans has Mardi Gras...
San Francisco has the historic Bay to Breakers presented by craigslist 12k.
The 101-year old Bay to Breakers presented by craigslist 12k is one of the world’s largest and oldest footraces, held annually in San Francisco, California. The name reflects the traditional course which takes tens of thousands of participants from the northeast end of the downtown area near The Embarcadero (the "bay" side of the city) to the west end of the city and the "breakers" of Ocean Beach. The 7.46 mile (12 kilometer) race features world-class athletes in addition to costumed runners and 'fun-loving' folks out for a great day of running and walking through San Francisco."
Okay - Basically it's one huge shit show. (In all the right ways). For those in New Orleans, think Red Dress Run. It is technically a run, but many of the participants (including myself) see it as an excuse to dress up like idiots, start drinking at 7am, pAArty, and end the day (somewhere around 2pm) with a ton of food and then bed. Our group of 40ish's theme was cowboys and Indians...clearly. Obviously I woke up for just long enough to eat (again) and watch the Billboard Music Awards, but not much more than that. OMG it was exactly what I thought and so, so fun. Literally favorite day in San Francisco to date.
Posted by The Mended Nest at 11:10 AM
My friend, Katherine made these arrangement, took pictures, and sent to me
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Tonight, Korey and I are going to see Sara Bareilles, one of my favorite artists of all time in concert and I CANNOT WAIT. I've seen her before, but this time will be so much more fun. Instead of having to sit in traffic for two hours to see her in a shitty casino in effing Mississippi like last time, I get to see her up close at Slim's, a super intimate venue right in SOMA in San Francisco. Better company, too. With Brave out, I'm excited to her new material from her upcoming album. Then of course, I'm thinking Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay as an encore song. Just saying.
Posted by The Mended Nest at 11:03 AM
At least once a week. That'a how often I wear this look in one form or another. MAybe the shirt changes. Sometimes I wear different shoes. However, with San Francisco weather, this look can't be beat.
Jeans: Levi's 511
Shirt: Polo (Ralf Lauren)
Glasses: Ray-Ban Meteor
Shoes: Clark's Desert Boot
Posted by The Mended Nest at 10:43 AM
This week has flown by and I'm totally okay with that. I think that part of the reason was that I was keeping myself busy trying to finish this credenza for Korey, my boyfriend, before he left for LA for the weekend. It's the first piece I've done since moving from Louisiana and I'm basically in love.
Step 1: painted the entire credenza in Annie Sloan's Florence
Step 2: painted the exterior of the credenza in Annie Sloan's Country Grey
Step 3: sanded the credenza creating an antiqued/distressed look allowing some of the Florence to show through in spots.
Step 4: applied clear wax to the entire credenza
Step 5: applied dark wax (minimally) to the exterior completing the distressed/antiqued look
Please keep reading for many more projects to come. I already have one in the pipeline...
BTW - the "M" on the credenza is not for me. His roommate's name is Matt, too. #justsaying
This is the preview post to tomorrow's reveal. This is an old credenza that I restored using Annie Sloan's line of paints and waxes. Make sure to read tomorrow for the big reveal!
1) painted entire desk in Florence
2) painted exterior in Country Grey leaving the inside Florence
3) sanded/distressed the exterior allowing the Florence and original wood to show through
3) waxed the credenza using the dark and clear waxes on the exterior and just clear on the interior
In terms of favorite people in San Francisco (excluding boyfriends) Kat is currently in a three-way tie. She's hilarious, spontaneous, smart, oh...and incredibly sexy. I don't get to see her as often as I's like because of our schedules, but we make a point to meet at LEAST meet once a week for Philz. #twotesorasplease
Literally, I've never seen this girl look bad. Like ever. The outfit above is what she met me in on a particularly cold coffee-date morning. Please note that she doesn't have an ounce of make up on (she had no idea I was going to be taking her picture) and she STILL looks flawless.
Glasses: Vue dc
Nail Color: OPI - Mod About You
Posted by The Mended Nest at 10:32 AM
With mimosas in hand, Matt, Adam, Adam's friend, Lisa, and I drove past the Golden Gate Bridge and into Muir Woods. After driving through the mountains with with literally million dollar views and then parking, we walked down major hills to this supposed German "beer garden". Just as we were convinced we were given wrong directions by man washing his Subaru after walking past a few...folks (that I'm convinced were extras from The Hills Have Eyes), we turned a corner and started to hear the buzzing of people. When we finally walked up, I even better than I expected.
Tons of people sitting around, enjoying the sun, loving life, and drinking pitchers and pitchers of beer. By what they were wearing, it was obvious that most had hiked there, some had driven like us, and ONE (Lisa) obviously had never been as she was in heels. After buying a few pitchers, we found a spot to sit, Adam somehow came across a guitar, and we drank, laughed, and sang as Adam played acoustic versions of some of the gayest songs ever: Born this Way, Call your Girlfriend, and Lights. Basically amazing.
Posted by The Mended Nest at 10:53 AM
Kristi, my crazy cousin from New Orleans (going to PT school in San Diego) visited me this past Thursday to Monday...and I'm still recovering.
Literally from Thursday to Sunday, we did nothing but binge drink (classy...or should I say klassy?). The only thing that really changed was the scenery. Whether we were in bars in Northbeach, Dolores Park soaking up the beautiful CA sun, hanging out at Pier 23, or at friends' (crazy-sick) houses, Kristi for sure brought the pAArty. I mean...those places and a strip club* Honestly, I'm surprised I got around to showing her any of the SF attractions (like the Painted Ladies above).
*Yes, The Gold Club has a Friday $4.99 fried chicken lunch buffet special. Why would I NOT take her there with a few of our friends?
Since she's been living in San Diego for so long, she was under the impression that rompers or flouncy shirts, or summer dresses...all with high heels ("but they're wedges!") would suffice anywhere in California. No, no, no. Literally, it's always cold here at night, especially near the Panhandle, where I live. And good luck walking EVERYwhere in heels. #notthativetried
I think she had a great time, as I and my friends did. I basically had to peel her away from a party Sunday night...so she wouldn't sleep through her shuttle pick up time of 3:30am Monday morning. All in all, I'd say it was a successful cousin weekend!
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