sky in real life
san francisco, ca
started with coffee & ended with coffee
mini vacation to the city with my love was everything
last time i visited San Francisco was not ideal, i was about fifteen and the only fun thing i can remember is the chinatown dumplings. YUM. but this experience definitely didn't leave SF on my "favorite places" list. however, after i made a trip as an adult with someone oh so special, my view on the city changed. the tall buildings, the vibrant murals, the colorful "full house" homes, amazing coffee shops and of course the food. definitely, cannot wait for the next visit. here are some of my favorite places.
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dolores park: people watch and relax at this beautiful park. bring your sunnies, a blanket and a brew
drink tasty coffee: sightglass, ritual, equator
tartine: best pastries in town, get the morning bun and a croissant PERFECT
brite creamery: cream brûlée ice cream, yup that's all
plow: lemon ricotta pancakes, potatoes, eggs, homemade pork sausage patties, oh my (tip* get there a little before they close to avoid the line)
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fentons: order the coffee cookies & cream (I died) cutest sundae shop, if a boy took me here on a first date I would definitely pop the question. swoon
brown sugar kitchen: perfect fried chicken and waffles, pulled pork sandwich, mac and cheese, need I say more?
ramen shop: pretty expensive and really dark inside. I had to use my phone light to actually see my food.... which is a shame because it was the prettiest bowl of ramen i have ever seen or eaten. very fancy but extremely fun!
trouble coffee: I'm way too uncool for this place, but w.e great espresso
1. avoid having a car, ride a bike or take the bus... parking is a B word.
2. carry a snack in your purse & plan on waiting for good food...on the plus side SO worth it.
3. always bring a jacket
4. always stop for ice cream and coffee
that's all for now, can't wait for the next adventure!
happy travel babes! -sky
disneyland anaheim, ca
My Disneyland annual pass ended last month, I was pretty bummed I couldn't renew. My savings took a hit after a year of constant trips to the magical kingdom, but my heart got stuffed with a whole lot of Mickey Mouse lovin'. An annual pass is highly recommended for someone that plans on going more than 5 times in a year. The pass gives you 10% at most food vendors, and retail shops as well. So you can actually save a bit, unless you are like myself who needs to eat two churros, a dole whip and popcorn etc. every time. I am a foodie. Soooo it is all justified, okay! I will miss the long days walking around the park, the "worth it" blisters on my feet, the tummy aches from all my favorite treats and the nostalgic wet musky smell of splash mountain. I'll visit again soon. My heart can't take much of a break... If you have never been and are needing some tips from someone who has been to this magical kingdom too many times to count, here are some of my tips, tricks and favorite things. Eat your heart out babes. -sky
disneyland skylarbryce style:
-if you live in southern california, i definitely recommend purchasing a season pass. if you go more than 3 times it pays for itself! also, if you decide to buy a season pass, the amount you paid for a ticket that day counts as a down payment and the following months you simply make small monthly payments. it also allows you to be a PARK HOPPER! which is so wonderful because you can now go to both parks that day.
-utilize fast passes. when you get inside the park go get a fastpass for one of the "longer wait time" rides. my top two are hyper space mountain and splash mountain. the fast pass dispensers are usually near the ride entrance. look for the signs or ask a friendly disneyland employee to guide the way.
-if you are headed to ca adventure for lunch, make sure to grab a fastpass for world of color and the cars ride. both have limited passes!
-FREE WATER. those three dollar waters add up. at any food vendor (that has a soda machine) will give you a free water WITH ICE!! it's really tasty and will save you from being dehydrated and broke after vacay.
-best snacks: churros, popcorn (best deal, best for sharing in a long line), chimichangas, mickey pretzel with cheese sauce, sliced mangos or apples, corn dogs at the little red wagon or corn dog castle
-best desserts: ghiradelli sundaes or soft serve at ca adventure, dole whip at the tiki room, mickey shaped ice cream bar.
-best larger meals: clam chowder or gumbo in a bread bowl, award weiners, cocina cucamonga mexican meals, lucky fortune cookery, wine country trattoria
-best cold drinks: bayside brews, ritas baja blenders, schmoozies smoothies
-make sure to pace yourself, keep that energy to get you to the fireworks show at the end of the night.
i hope these tips help on your next magical adventure.
happy travels babes! -sky
hi there cutie pies. so something pretty exciting happened last week! i won a little instagram photo contest held by Municipal Winemakers aka @muniwine, a local winery here in santa barbara. I have been obsessed with muni wine for about two years and i just cannot get enough.
for the contest, all i had to do was hashtag #munionenightstand on one of my instagram photos featuring muni wine, and out of their top five picks whichever got the most likes won a night stay at the ojai rancho inn. when i won i did a happy dance and then of course packed a bag. with work giving me a major headache, i could not wait to get out of town!!
i had never been to the ojai rancho inn, however many locals here in sb stay there for their bdays etc so i was always curious. the rancho inn is a part of the shelter social club which owns other hip hotels along with one of my favorite restaurants, sama sama.
the drive to ojai from santa barbara is breathtaking. winding roads through mountains and a gorgeous view of lake casitas. we pulled up to a cute red building, cacti, succulents and dirt roads led us to the office. a woman welcomed us with open arms, definitely the ojai hippy vibe in all the best ways. the lobby was bright with white walls and boho details. she handed us the key to room number four and we were set. the room had a california king bed and a JACUZZI. wow wow i could not believe it. let's just say i thoroughly enjoyed it. heehee.
the best part of the ojai rancho inn, is definitely the bar chiefs peak. it's connected to the pool area making it the perfect entrance to any vacay. my man had a cold beer, and i of course drank some muni bright white. we sat at the bar and chatted with the awsome staff then wandered out into the pool area where there stood a teepee, corn hole and a weaving class. we had a blast and then knocked out in that big beautiful bed. so thankful for this relaxing getaway. thank you muni, shelter social club and a shout out to the woman in the office. she called me adorable and i am a sucker for compliments. if you are ever in ojai check this place out. a little tip (weekdays are cheaper, and definitely pay a little extra for the jacuzzi room!)
happy travel babes! -sky