Polo

To be very honest I was watching Monte Carlo a couple of days before I wore this and was inspired (for lack of a better word) by the polo scene. I’ve always loved the whole classic Ralph Lauren look, and decided to give it a go myself.

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Photo 30-11-14 5 25 03 pmI wore a skinny fit white polo tee from Ralph Lauren with ripped jeans and ankle boots. I think it would look perfect with knee high brown leather boots too, but there was no space in my suitcase! I stained my lips with MAC Diva and went from a high ponytail to a french braid. I really love french braids and it fits really well with the equestrian look (in my opinion at least:)). It’s definitely different from what I usually wear and I absolutely loved how refreshing it felt.

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And now moving away from clothes, I went across the bridge to Point Bonita that day and the views are spectacular. I sadly didn’t have time to wait for the tunnel to open and go all the way to the lighthouse, but what I got to see was more than enough. Hearing the waves crashing is one of the best sounds. If you’re in an active mood, there are some great hiking trails in the area too!

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(Sorry the photos are a bit grainy!)

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Photo 1-12-14 10 52 16 pmThe first time I went to Grandview Park, there was almost no one else there; sitting at the top of the steps was one of the most peaceful times ever. As you can tell, I’m obsessed with any place by the ocean, or high up with a great view. And let me tell you, the view from here is spectacular. You get a 360˚ view of the city, and since it’s in a pretty quiet neighbourhood, it’s not jam-packed with people. Twin peaks is also really nice and makes for a great hike if you walk!

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It makes for a nice short trip, and I went back a second time to see the sunset from up there. Alternatively, bring a nice book, sit on the bench right at the top and read the afternoon away.

Photo 1-12-14 10 50 44 pmWalk a couple hundred meters and you’ll find yourself at the mosaic steps. They really are something special, inspired by the world-famous Rio de Janeiro tiled steps. Go there just to see the steps, or use the 163 of them as a way-too-beautiful stairmaster.

Till You Drop

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The best thing about following New York work hours here is that I end work pretty early which can only mean one thing: after work shopping. It doesn’t quite make up for having to get to the office at unearthly hours, but it comes close.

The office is located very conveniently (and dangerously) close to Union Square, which is basically shopping paradise for me. The atmosphere is great, there are often musicians playing in the square and people just enjoying a coffee at the many cafés. It’s the perfect place to unwind.

But of course, that isn’t why I go there. Union Square has some of my absolute favourite shops, including many that I don’t get in Berlin (and let me tell you, I am taking full advantage of that fact).

 

Photo 25-9-14 4 34 41 pmMacy’s, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus are all there, which of course means hours spent browsing there. There’s a Victoria’s Secret and VS Pink store both there as well for buying swimsuits, lingerie and perfume (and anything really). A short walk down the street is Steve Madden, one of my favourite shoe stores; I bought the best black suede over-the-knee boots there the other day. There’s also the more high-end stores like Prada, Mulberry (eyeing a bag from there;)), Chanel etc.. If you’re on a makeup hunt, there’s the usual Sephora and MAC and Benefit (from SF) and all the department store beauty sections. And apart from the mainstream stores, they have tons of more unique shops, especially on the side streets, where you can get really special pieces. Though if you want really unique, less mainstream stuff, I’d suggest hitting up other shopping areas in SF. Union square is just a very convenient, concentrated and well-known shopping area that I happen to like.

One of my favourite things about shopping here is how friendly the salespeople are. They’re always willing to help and even a little bit of small talk with them can brighten up your day.

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If all the shopping makes you a little bit peckish (and it probably will), grab a frozen yogurt at Pinkberry, or stop by any of the many cafés, for a little pick-me-up:)

If you’re ever in SF, make sure you stop by for some shopping (though you probably don’t need any encouragement:))

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Crew

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Crew neck sweater + boyfriend cut-offs = perfect, lazy, I just rolled out of bed looking this cool outfit. (I’m only half kidding here:)) Grey is one of my favourite fall colours. It’s very basic, but slightly more unexpected than black.

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Photo 26-9-14 6 20 41 pmI just got these denim shorts from Ralph Lauren and I already love the distressed detailing. I was also really drawn to this pair by the patriotic (though I’m not even American) pockets peeking out of the bottom of the shorts. It adds a little special touch. These cut-offs have a very lived-in, worn-in look, which is the perfect way I like my denim. It hits at my waist, a bit higher than my usual shorts and (at least I think) gives the wearer a really nice shape. They’re my new favourite pair, though I say that about every new pair I get.

Photo 26-9-14 6 22 37 pmThe sweater is slightly slouchy, slightly cropped, but definitely way more than slightly cool. I’ve always had a love for sweaters, but I usually go for plain knit sweaters; this one (just from Forever 21 though I don’t usually shop here) is a little different. To be honest, I’m pretty sure the words/names of places are just random, but it gives the look one of those, ‘I’m young and free’ kind of vibes. I love the black on the grey, as well as the font of the words.

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I’m unfortunately pretty short on shoes here due to certain luggage limits, but I think black knee-high gladiator sandals would suit this outfit perfectly. Add a little black shoulder bag with gold detailing for a cute way to stash your phone and lip gloss.

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