Christmastime in San Francisco

Got off work early and decided to spend some time in the city to soak up all the Christmas vibes. It was a beautiful afternoon in San Francisco because it wasn’t too cold and the fog hadn’t rolled in yet. Check out my photos below to see how I spent the afternoon.

The huge Christmas tree in Union Square.

The huge Christmas tree in Union Square.

Walked from Union Square to The Fairmont which was pretty much all uphill.  This was the view from the top of the hill.

Walked from Union Square to The Fairmont which was pretty much all uphill. This was the view from the top of the hill.

The view from the other side wasn’t bad either.

The view from the other side wasn’t bad either.

Finally made it to The Fairmont!

Finally made it to The Fairmont!

The Christmas tree in the lobby.

The Christmas tree in the lobby.

The real reason I walked all the way to The Fairmont… They have a life-size gingerbread house in the lobby! It’s made with real gingerbread and candy.

The real reason I walked all the way to The Fairmont… They have a life-size gingerbread house in the lobby! It’s made with real gingerbread and candy.

You can even walk through the gingerbread house (which smells amazing btw).

You can even walk through the gingerbread house (which smells amazing btw).

Walked another mile to North Beach and finished the afternoon off with drinks and dinner.

Walked another mile to North Beach and finished the afternoon off with drinks and dinner.

Calistoga, CA - December 2018

This weekend I took a trip to Calistoga, CA which is in the heart of the Napa Valley. It was my first time visiting and I definitely will be back again soon! Calistoga is home to some huge wineries if that’s your thing, but I much prefer the small family-style wineries this town has to offer. On my trip I visited Chateau Montelena Winery and Castello di Amorosa Winery. Both of these wineries were huge but had beautiful grounds. However they are more for the sights than the wine. I also visited Vincent Arroyo Winery and Tedeschi Family Winery which were both amazing. Vincent Arroyo had amazing reds and Tedeschi had wonderful whites as well as some red I enjoyed. Both wineries had really friendly and knowledgeable staff and I’m happy to say that I’m now a wine club member at both! Below you’ll find some photos from my trip.

In front of Chateau Montelena Winery

In front of Chateau Montelena Winery

The lake at Chateau Montelena

The lake at Chateau Montelena

Calistoga is beautiful in the fall / early winter

Calistoga is beautiful in the fall / early winter

The Napa River flows through downtown Calistoga

The Napa River flows through downtown Calistoga

My Black Friday Game Plan 2018

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Black Friday. I know that most of these deals are already available online, but I love the excitement of going to the stores on Black Friday and finding the best deals on gifts for friends, family, and myself. Below you can find the stores and deals that I’m most excited to shop on Black Friday.

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American Eagle - 40% off everything

Aerie - 40% off everything

Express - 50% off everything

Lucky Brand - 50% off everything

Nordstrom - Select items up to 60% off

Rebecca Minkoff - 25% off $100+

Ulta - Select Jumbo Bed Head Shampoos and Conditioners $7.99