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San Francisco's 7 best peaks for Instagram photos

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m a professional photographer and a San Francisco local. So what does that mean? That I know all the best places to shoot!

San Francisco's 7 best peaks for Instagram photos

Yoga is my spirit animal

Fun fact: I found yoga in ‘04, when I was 18 (this was before the internet was hugely popular and everyone knew everything at all times), and have practiced on and off ever since.

Yoga is my spirit animal

My current fave trend: Paperbag pants

This trend has been around for a few months now, but I hope it never goes away! Paperbag pants (and shorts) are seriously the comfiest and easiest to wear. No more belly donuts over low-cut jeans, or camel-toes of high-waists. Now women everywhere can enjoy a flattering high-cut, cinched waist with the looseness of pjs. Aahhhh... what dreams are made of. 

My current fave trend: Paperbag pants

The truth about lash extensions

I've been getting lash extensions for the past year, and every time I bring it up in conversation, I always get a ton of questions. So here's a little personalized FAQ for my lash extension experience.

The truth about lash extensions

How to: New bloggers, grow your influence!

One of the most common questions I get is: how do I get sent free products and invited to events? The answer: aside from straight up reaching out to specific brands and PR agencies, the best way to get started while you're growing and increasing your following is to join as many influencer PR platforms/apps as you can.

How to: New bloggers, grow your influence!

The perfect summer OTS shirt dress

I'm officially obsessed with this Forever21 off-the-shoulder striped shirt dress - I've literally worn it all weekend. The great thing is that although it's a summer dress, it can easily be worn with a cute leather or jean jacket for cooler weather (as it's been around 60 degrees here in San Francisco).

The perfect summer OTS shirt dress

The yellow one-piece

You guys, I found the CUTEST little one-piece swimsuit, and it's only $15.99!! I've been searching for the perfect one-piece - most I've found are too high in the front or the back, or cut too low around the hips, or show through too much. But not this one.

The yellow one-piece

My DIY office transformation (+ shopping links)

Since I started my own company 1.5 years ago, I've worked mostly from home. It never felt quite right to sit on the couch with my laptop, and the room where we put a desk was scattered with other random things, so I decided I really needed to put together an office where I love spending working hours.

My DIY office transformation (+ shopping links)

City Guide: Portland

Portland has always been one of my favorite cities: it's incredibly clean and green, it's foodie heaven, and everyone there is super weird. What's not to love!

City Guide: Portland

Where to eat in San Francisco if you're vegan + gluten-free

Ya'll know I've been gluten-free for years, but recently I added vegan to my dietary choices. I don't know if you've noticed, but it's actually not that easy to find restaurants that are both gf AND vegan - seems like most places offer one or the other. So here's a little guide of my favorite restaurants to grab gf/vegan healthy fresh meals in San Francisco.

Where to eat in San Francisco if you're vegan + gluten-free

Hotel review: The Sandman, Santa Rosa

In its past life, the Sandman was a motel, but it has since transformed into a chic, hipster, Palm-Springs-esque beauty, with a sunlit lodge-like lobby, cute retro rooms, and the most beautiful pool house you'll ever see.

Hotel review: The Sandman, Santa Rosa

Summer styles and sustainable fashion with Belvele

I'm sad to say that the concept of sustainable and ethical fashion is pretty new to me, but I jumped onboard as soon as I found out about it. We have to learn to be more intelligent consumers in all areas of our lives, and an easy way to start is fashion.

Summer styles and sustainable fashion with Belvele

Hello 2018

2017 was an epic year. The things that were good were really good, and the things that were bad were pretty darn bad. Some things that happened this year:

Hello 2018

The LTK wall in SF

Remember when the LIKEtoKNOW.it wall was in SF? No? That’s because it way back in late August (and it’s already gone). Went and loved it, but failed to post about it… until now!

The LTK wall in SF

Winter florals: My fave trend this season

Ya'll already know I love floral prints, and they were so in for Fall. So I figured... why not keep it going into winter?

Winter florals: My fave trend this season

My first year at Napa Valley Film Fest

Little-known fact about me: I'm not a huge fan of fiction in movies and books. Nor do I drink alcohol. So, Julia, why did you want to go to the Napa Valley Film Fest, you ask? Because: nature, gorgeous venues, documentaries, food presentations, and celebs ... duh.

My first year at Napa Valley Film Fest

Museum of Ice Cream, SF

Ya'll must know by now how much I love interactive art, so of course as soon as I heard that the Museum of Ice Cream was coming to SF, I knew I had to go there (duh!). MOIC LA didn't disappoint, and I had a feeling SF would be even better. And ... I was right! Here's a little peek into the experience.

Museum of Ice Cream, SF

The shirt dress and me

So yes, I know, the boyfriend-shirt-as-a-dress look is kind of a love-it or hate-it trend, and I wasn't sure which way I was swaying until I met this one. The Layla Boyfriend Shirt from Two Feathers is extremely comfortable, and the high-low cut ensures that, while sexy, you aren't accidentally showing off your bum.

The shirt dress and me

City Guide: Eureka

One thing that my husband and I have in common is that we much prefer driving to flying, so naturally, we love exploring our state and the states around us on road-trips. Last week we drove up the coast to Eureka, which is a little town in the redwood forests of Northern California.

City Guide: Eureka

My fave Fall OTS top

Life is a whirlwind lately, but in a good way. I started my own business in January and, I don't want to jinx it, but it's finally taking off. Owning your own business means sleepless nights, nonstop work, and constant stress because there's no one but you to do the work to make the business succeed.

My fave Fall OTS top

Color Factory: An interactive art exhibit in SF

One of my favorite things in the world are interactive art exhibits, so when Color Factory opened up in SF, of course I had to go. As a former Burning-Man-attendee and a lifelong believer in fun and imagination, I find it to be the most amazing experience to step into someone else's creative landscape (how do people come up with this stuff?!).

Color Factory: An interactive art exhibit in SF

And the rose goes to... this jumpsuit

I was instantly drawn to this jumpsuit. I mean, love-at-first-sight style. Like, it would've gotten the first impression rose if it was a contestant on the Bachelorette.

And the rose goes to... this jumpsuit

Why every woman needs a jumpsuit in her life

Jumpsuits are magical. A cute jumpsuit is literally the only piece of clothing you have to put on before walking out the door (though don't forget shoes!). You can accessorize a jumpsuit if you want, but you don't have to, and you'll still look put-together.

Why every woman needs a jumpsuit in her life