Video shot on iPhone, Canon point-and-shoot; edited on Final Cut Pro
Every time I get asked where I see myself in 5 years, my answer is inevitably “hopefully not outside of the Bay Area.” I love this place like I love home. Even after four years here, I lose my heart to SFO every so often because there is just an abundance of subcultures to indulge in. Not too long ago, this I-cannot-believe-my-eyes situation happened at the eclectic Mission Street. Here’s my camera roll of Mission highlights in the form of a DIY itinerary to help you cover the historic #BaeArea neighborhood by foot, complete with Yelp, Instagram, Google Maps and website links.
*Take the BART to 16th Street Mission.
Murals: The Mission is home to the largest amount of street art in the world, and these are some truly poignant, powerful, and poetic pieces of work. Dated between the 70s and 90s, these murals show how San Francisco’s art evolved. Visit Clarion Alley, Lilac Alley, and 19th & Mission for the Carlos Santana mural. Refer to this SF street art guide for more amazing street art.
Mexican Food: This one is a no-brainer. The Mission is a hub for the best Mexican restaurants in the Bay Area. La Taqueria (in my video, 2889 Mission Street), Taqueria El Farolito (2779 Mission Street) and Taqueria El Castillito (2092 Mission Street) are three mainstream albeit crowd-favorite establishments. Did some extra digging to find these underground ones: Yucatasia (strongly recommended for avocado lovers; 2164 Mission Street) and Chava’s Restaurant (for tortillas, tacos, and an assortment of beers; 2839 Mission Street)
Vintage Clothes, Souvenirs, Cards/ Gifts: Frida Kahlo aficionados, head straight to Luz De Luna (in my video)! The kitschy, quirky Serendipity (803 Valencia Street) lives up to its name - you’ll love every card, journal, candle, and gag gift you see. As a proponent of the sustainability movement, I’d really like to recommend these vintage/ consignment stores: The Painted Bird (1360 Valencia Street) and Schauplatz Vintage (791 Valencia Street.)
Dolores Park: Is it even a Mission District list withoutDolores Park ? I won’t say much, but this is the place to be for doing just about anything while soaking in terrific SF downtown views. Also, just Google Michael The Coconut Guy.
Bookstores: While Borderlands (in my video, 866 Valencia Street) is the perfect way to wind down the walking tour; they also have an extensive zine collection (coffee makes this a winner for me)Christopher’s Books (1400 18th Street) has an old-fashioned, cozy vibe, whereas Dog Eared Books (900 Valencia Street) is thoroughly inviting and inclusive of genres, therefore pretty packed. They opened a new store in the Castro, btw.
This post is not sponsored by Impossible Foods, and all opinions are 100% honest and my own
Remember that How I Met Your Mother episode where we learned that Marshall Eriksen spent a good chunk of his NYC years trying to find The Best Burger In New York? The one he ate when he first moved there? I’m not going to tell you that the Impossible Burger at Gott’s Roadside was the Marshall burger, because we all have our The Best Burger in New York story (and because you’re not going to believe me until you taste it.) But I’ll tell you this - the Impossible, genius of a patty is the cleanest (nutrients wise), healthiest, and the least disastrous (for the environment and cows both) burger you’ll ever eat. Fun fact: Bill Gates invested in this Redwood City-based startup for the third time this year.
It doesn’t include any artificial ingredients or hormones. According to the Impossible Foods website, the patty uses 95% less land, 74% less water, and creates 87% less greenhouse gas emissions compared to a regular hamburger patty. I took mine without the sauce, cheese, or butter to make it completely dairy-free!
I’ve never tasted meat so I can’t tell you how and if it compares to the real thing, but I can guarantee that it is absolutely scrumptious!!! Go on, give it a whirl at one of the many locations across the Bay Area and New York.
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Location: City Hall/ Civic Center, San Francisco
Insist that a fashionista name his/ her sartorial inspiration from the Twenties, and the answer will most likely be a unanimous The Great Gatsby. My introduction to the nouveau riche happened as a result of high school reading, but in less than a year, I found myself reading Fitzgerald’s other works that included The Beautiful and Damned, and Tender Is The Night. I knew there would come a time when I pay homage to the jazz age as told by Fitzgerald via a blog blurb, but I didn’t want to do a modern, frivolous spin on The Great Gatsby alone. (I say frivolous because it is hard to illustrate Gatsby without highlighting its fragility and flaws) Sure, the iconic movie put Twenties fashion back on the map, but F. Scott Fitzgerald opened me up to a world of romance like I had never seen before, so I wanted my outfit to go beyond what meets the eye.
Being practical and realistic were two traits that did not define the love between Scott and Zelda. (Take a few minutes to read excerpts from the phenomenal letters they exchanged, here.) This blurb is an ode to their fearless, sweeps-you-off-your-feet, and conventional love story, quite contrary (read: practical) to the romance (can it even be called romance?) we see these days, if I may.
Man, those Pigalles are hard to totter around in, but the only justification I got is red. lacquered. soles. The perverse decision of wearing a body con maxi with a plunging neckline? I won’t even bother justifying that. The cinched waist and figure-hugging silhouette blatantly betray 1920s fashion. The only thing that gives a nod to a time when fashion equaled elegance is this silk clutch with its architecturally-informed lines, and a jeweled snap closure. Also, nothing says roaring Twenties like a pair of ostentatious, show-off-ey pearl-embedded Chand Balis...right?
There goes my love story with fashion from the 20(10)'s. Of course it is impractical and flawed.
Eschewing whites just this one time to show you what a fantasy summer outfit looks like
Photos: Emily Wolfe
Location: The Ferry Building, San Francisco
Romper: Forever 21 | Headpiece: Miraya | Gold Booties: BCBG Max Azria
Off-late, I've been experimenting judiciously with silhouettes, including my own versions of loosely cut "dresses" and oversized pieces. Summer, however, is a whole other ball game. I practice "buy now, wear forever" as best as possible, and this Forever 21 piece is over 2 years old now. This is a testament to the fact that a romper is a pillar of summer style year after year. While I recommend that you do something more utilitarian when you take your fun and flirty outfits out for a spin, the point behind adding this statement Prima Ballerina headpiece is to show you how to confidently punctuate any look. And you already know that bold, gold accessories have always semaphored an enlivened grace for me.
Not sure if you noticed, but I have a very poetic approach to most things that I do, be it writing, photoshoots, or even social media captions. The dreamer is so inherent, my styling and the vibe of my blog shoots reflect that. And that's when I realize that producing content for this blog is really cathartic for me. The whole process of putting together a moodboard, pulling accessories that align with the setting, sinking into the mood, and finally telling a story...it never gets mundane. I never scout locations on-the-go, instead, I treat it like I would a traditional magazine editorial. In fact, a large part of my outfit decision depends on where and what time of the day we're shooting, sunset time, weather, and how crowded or not the place will be. I think that's what constitutes being a Fashion Journalist for me - it goes beyond an #OOTD, and is a consistent effort to retain the traditional flavor of fashion. On that note, I'm sharing my final print magazine with you all here below, a culmination of 2 years of learning, struggling, failing, and I am compelled to repeat - LEARNING. My Master's journey and the timing of everything was an indicator of stars aligning in my favor, and to think that it all started with one magazine is serendipitous! What a wonderful feeling to look back upon things and feel like you were destined to make it this far. Hope these 74 pages ignite/ reignite a love for print.
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Miraya originated as a concept magazine for a Publishing class, but much of it now exists online and has been adapted for this blog. The core remains intact, and that is to explore the changing landscape of contemporary Indian fashion through the international lens, engaging readers in a creative juxtaposition between tradition and modernity. Spearheaded by Founder and Creative Director, Namrata Loka.
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