Today was a special day. Through the magic of fog and Apple’s SD card reader for your phone, my Nikon was back in action. I missed the large, high quality, light absorbing, and isolated focusing power of my camera, and now I can access them again without a functioning computer (at the moment).
To celebrate, I took a walk to Lands End with my sister and some friends. It was foggy, dusty and windy. None of us were wearing make up, and it was that kind of cold that you think you can stand though you know the whole time it will always win, but it’s okay because you’re suffering together. I did my best to tell today’s story – I hope it translates. Enjoy 🙂
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art closed in 2013 in order to add more art, more culture, and to really contribute to the architecture of San Francisco. The new building is seven floors of a designer’s dream doused in natural light, and even if you just pay $25 to fill your Snapchat story, it’s going to be beautiful…and your pictures will turn out great. E.g. myself, my iPhone, and my friends today. Take a look at my visit below 🙂
There is nothing like a stranger touching your face, squeezing disgusting crap out of your pores, and massaging your feet for an exorbitant about of money to really wind you down. Sarcasm aside, I have totally spent $160 on a 55 minute facial which ultimately leads to buyers remorse when you check your credit card balance.
Saving money is always first priority but I just can’t get enough of the spa. In an act of desperation, I began my internet research journey so I could have my cake and eat it too.
The solution: beauty schools!!! They’re a compromise to spending hundreds of dollars because you’re helping these students learn and gain hands-on experience (literally). My favorite in San Francisco is Cinta Aveda Institute in the Financial District.
CHEAP – at Cinta, a one hour facial is only $40 +tip
You’re helping students
These students are being taught by class-act professionals
These schools have all the professional products that your favorite spa has
They’re not pros with years of experience but it for sure gets the job done
There are no private rooms, but curtained off rooms keep you secluded in privacy with your esthetician. You can hear the other estheticians and clients as well.
If you fall in love with an esthetician, they will be gone after they’re done with their program
For me, the pros and cons are incredibly imbalanced. I’m all about that dollar to quality minute ratio and this is high. I go at least once a month and it’s totally worth it to me.
There is a man named Kenny that I work with who is quite the Renaissance man – he bakes bread, goes mushroom picking, bikes, and loves ice cream just as much as I do. He has an ice cream classification system that sorts various brands in either New School or Old School. He’s a man that gets me.
I too am just as interested in ice cream especially after just accepting that I work out for the sole reason to eat more of it. I have recently been trying to find a way to classify my ice cream experience just as Kenny has and I think I finally thought it through. Is this the most nerdy thing to ever have been blogged? Let’s see.
Category 1 – Home Style
A lot of custards
Toppings offered: chocolate sprinkles, rainbow sprinkles, whipped cream from the can, maraschino cherries, crushed peanuts
This is just the beginning. Ice cream truly is a life style and with new places like Salt and Straw coming from L.A., there will never be a stop which is fine because I’d much rather talk about this than dating any day. Regardless, I will probably use this as a forward in my life’s manifesto. Keep up with my ice cream journey on Instagram with the hashtag #GenEatsIceCream
One of the best things about living in San Francisco is that I can be in a completely different world in 20 minutes. So when a friend reached out to me that just moved back to San Francisco and wanted to hang out, I couldn’t help but suggest a quintessential San Francisco hike (and when I say ‘hike’ I mean strenuous walk). That was the very cleverly named “Land’s End” in between Ocean Beach and the beautiful SF neighborhood of Seacliff.
You can start out in the Sutro park which has some stairs as an entrance on 40th ave. and Balboa and just head north along the ocean. There are a few turns that lead you to the beach that require a few (a lot) of stairs, but it’s all worth it to me.
You can take this walk all the way to China Beach which is a little secluded landmark by some of San Francisco’s best real estate. The entire walk is a good 4.5 miles that smells like the ocean the whole time. It’s a good time to catch up with friends, get the blood moving and see the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge.