Scenes from San Francisco.

Recently, Spencer and I had our sweet friend Shawnie stay with us for five days. On one of her last days before returning to Portland, we took her to San Francisco. Starting off at Sightglass on Divisadero—one of mine and Spencer’s favorite SF coffee shops, we spent the day wandering around the city. Shawnie had just returned to the United States from Indonesia and Japan, so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to take her to one of my favorite shops, 45R, a Japanese clothing store known for the variety of garments offered in indigo. Although I haven’t yet visited Japan, I have an affinity for what I understand of the culture (and food!) because of the way that my father-figured raised me. Once a week or every other typically, he and I would go either to breakfast or to grab sushi at a local restaurant, and spent many hours talking about its culture. It’s amazing how influential and sentimental memory is.

Below, you’ll notice an image of a blueprint. I spoke with one of the owners/managers of this 45R store about the interior and how much I appreciate the wooden pieces in the store, which I knew had been shipped from Japan. She left momentarily to grab blueprints and explained to us what region each piece of wood is from, and where it is in the store. A sweet reminder to get to know shopkeepers and let them tell you their story.

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We popped into several shops, smelled perfumes from Le Labo, and I (shamelessly and curiously!) washed my face at Aesop to sample their products all before making our way to Heath Ceramics, and getting a small lunch at Tartine Manufactory.

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We ended the day in the Outer Sunset District to see one of the most remarkable sunsets I’ve seen in the city. Just when you’d think the sky would start to cool off, it would only get more firey and beautiful.