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Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Mission District

I'm back with my second post on our time in San Francisco earlier this year! I had so many shots to share that I decided to break up the content in three blogposts, so enjoy ;-)

This post will cover our time exploring Mission District and the Castro area. I took a billion pictures obviously, but since I didn't feel like lugging my heavy camera around all these shots are phone pics, sorry!

We started our second full day in San Francisco determined to cover most of the city's remaining tourist attractions, after visiting Bernal Heights park, the Golden Gate bridge, Chinatown and the Financial District the day before. We set out on foot after grabbing some food at the local supermarket, no time for full breakfast!

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Mission District

San Francisco, where gay pride is loud, proud and very tongue in, erm, cheek. Touches like these were ubiquitous, making it very clear that this city embraces its status of liberal, LGBTQ+ haven.

And those houses!

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Mission District
Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Mission District
Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Mission District
Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Mission District

I think I mentioned this in my previous post, but I was honestly surprised by how basically every house here looks as spectacular as the next. Before coming to San Fran I had expected some streets or neighborhoods looking picture pretty, but not to be confronted with such an abundance of these beautiful Painted Ladies. If only I could own a home like this!

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Mission District

Mission District is filled with adorable little boutiques offering eclectic mixes of vintage, hipster fashion, art, design and fascinating junk - 100% my taste and aesthetic. You could easily spend a day strolling around checking out the goods, but you might find it challenging not to spend all of your cash.

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Mission District

San Fran also has the cutest firetrucks - no fair! Btw this Anonyme Designers dress paired with my oldskool Vans and Kate Spade NY bag was the perfect outfit to explore SF. A little contemporary, a little vintage flowerchild.

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Mission District
Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Mission District

Honestly, Miranda's "bitch what" face is so on point.

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Mission District

Pussy Power iconography was everywhere - San Francisco, unabashedly feminist!

And then we stumbled upon the most perfect hipster/curiosities shop I have ever been to: Paxton Gate. Everything from taxidermy to crystals, this is the store I'd LIVE in as a teenage tumblr witch. Also, the place to go to if you're looking for a memorable gift for someone who doesn't really *need* anything. I mean, you simply don't KNOW whether you need a taxidermy Jackalope in your life, do you?

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Paxton Gate
Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Paxton Gate
Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Paxton Gate

Seriously, follow this shop on Instagram, or drop by if you're in the vicinity. You won't be disappointed!

Another awesome feature of Mission District is its murals. It's like walking through an art exhibition, but a little grittier and more in touch with everyday life.

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Castro area
Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Clarion alley

We passed a Goodwill and obviously I had to take a look inside. San Francisco may be one of the top destinations for thrifting. Also, for uber stylish stranger spotting. Can I have this lady's entire look please?

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 vintage

After some meandering, we made it to Clarion alley which is one of streets where basically every surface is covered in stunning murals. A must visit! But there's a lot of alleys like these if you start exploring the Mission District so keep your eyes peeled.

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Clarion alley
Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Clarion alley
Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Clarion alley

FINALLY, vulva/vagina themed graffiti. 

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2

Aaaand yep, this is the heart of the summer of love, so obviously you see these types of Volkswagen hippie-mobiles everywhere.

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2

You know you wanna attend this shindig.

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Castro area

When the gay pride references started to become more obvious, we knew we were getting close to the Castro theatre, which was basically the center of the LGBTQ+ cultural/political counter culture that started gaining momentum in the 1970s. 

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2 Castro area

The theatre now hosts campy events like Frozen singalongs but also plays classic movies. Btw, how genius is the double feature of Guess who's coming to dinner vs Get out? On my bucketlist: returning to San Francisco and going to a show at the Castro. Preferably a Frozen singalong.

Travel: California Diaries - San Francisco pt. 2

It's hard to put in words what it is like to walk around in San Francisco. The city is relatively small, yet the interesting features are so plenty that they are also quite spread out, so you can easily lose a lot of time getting from point A to B over the rolling hills. But the sprawling, dynamic feeling conjured by streets running up and down the slopes entices you to explore more, to want to see what's on beyond that climb. It also creates a very open, airy feeling, especially with the strong winds seemingly never taking a break. San Francisco is without a doubt one of the loveliest cities I have visited. Stay tuned for my next post, where I cover the mecca of Hippie/vintage lovers: Haight Ashbury.

More on California;

Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals

Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals
Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals
off shoulder crop top, retro round sunglasses
basket bag, round sunglasses, high waisted denim
Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals
 pink glitter sandals
Outfit: denim culottes and pink glitter sandals
 off shoulder crop top: Forever21 - high waisted denim culottes: Uniqlo - basket: Dille en Kamille - sunglasses: c/o Shein - pink glitter heel sandals: c/o Sacha shoes

I still had this outfit sitting in my folders, and it's way too cute to not post it just because Belgium has decided to get an early start on fall. Let's just dream of a gorgeous Indian Summer that would allow us to wear sandals and crop tops a little while longer, right?

This crop top was a favourite of mine past summer. I had been looking for something exactly like this for months before I finally found this one, ultra cheap at Forever21. I mean, F21 gets flack for being a little tacky and "young" at times, but I always love how the store manages to offer just what you're looking for. A wide range of easy, cute, trendy stuff: how can you not dig that?

The shoes are the focal point here, though. I never knew how much I needed pink glitter sandals in my life until I spotted these babies at Sacha. OK I did obviously, pink + glitter is everything I love. I also really love a mid height block heel because you know I have zero tolerance for super high heels. These sandals are still available in silver and black, and the pink has been going in and out of stock for a while so I'm pretty sure they'll pop up again if you keep an eye out.

Here's to shoes that make your heart skip a beat!

Outfit: ruffled jumpsuit, gold loafer pumps

Outfit: ruffled jumpsuit, gucci inspired gold loafer pumps, pink kate spade bag

GIVEAWAY: printing your favourite memories with Smartphoto

If you leave aside the stress of preparations and jumping into the unknown, travel is pretty much the best thing ever. I think we can all agree on that. I mean, I'm the kind of weirdo who even loves long layovers in a strange way. There's a special kind of charm about that moment in time and space where everyone is out of place, suspended in this liminality between leaving and arriving. But you know what's even better than travel? Immortalizing the memories you make by taking pictures. Keep reading if you want to win some materialized memories! 

Honestly, research shows that people who take pictures (f.e.when travelling) remember everything better and notice more, and I completely concur. My memory is crap, but I still remember every outfit I've blogged because I photographed it. And that's why I always push my boyfriend into taking pictures together. Because I know that it feels awkward AF in the moment, but you look back on the result and the memories come flooding back.

Case in point, this pic we shot on a beach in Théoule-sur-Mer. When I see this photograph, I remember how the sun had just set behind the Esterel hills, the warm sand, the cool breeze, the pizza we ate al fresco and the gorgeous views on Cannes across the bay.


And that's everything that comes to mind when I look at this canvas print I made of the picture that is currently hanging in our kitchen area!


Absolutely the best decoration ever: a little piece of a beautiful summer evening captured and displayed. I ordered the canvas off Smartphoto, a website that offers all kinds of photo printing options like picture books, smartphone cases, pillows, posters and much more. The option I picked was a picture on a 90x60 cm canvas.

Now, I KNOW all of you have a bunch of gorgeous memories/pictures lying around just waiting to be printed and featured or gifted to someone you love. And that's why I'm giving away a €25 gift code to one lucky winner! All you have to do is leave a comment below this post with a way for me to contact you or send me an email at thestylingdutchman@hotmail.com, and explain in a line what item you'd order and what memory you'll have them print out. But keep it clean ppl! 

Giveaway runs until the 17th of September, 8pm. Good luck! Giveaway closed!


Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall

Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
Outfit: 90s vibes and biker boots for fall
biker boots: c/o Via Roma at Torfs - Wonder Woman tee, choker, faux leather skirt, fishnet socks, velvet backpack: c/o Primark - pink sunglasses: c/o Polette

I am not ready to say goodbye to summer, but Belgian weather doesn't seem to be giving us a choice right now. The days are getting shorter, it's chilly outside, and not a day goes by without some rain. I took these pics when it was still a bit warmer but I would NOT be able to get away with this look sans tights right now! Luckily, this type of outfit looks just as cute with some nylons. My feet will have to get used to closed shoes again (sandals r life), but I have always loved a good chunky boot. These ones by Via Roma have a cool texturized finish and a slightly higher heel than your average biker boot, and I had fun pairing them with fishnet socks. The whole fishnet sock has been super trendy over the past year and I finally caved and got some for myself. What can I say, I always love a cute statement sock!

This outfit is a bit sexier than I generally dress these days, with the bare legs and the pleather mini, but the 90s/The Doom Generation type vibe is super cool so I still really love how this look came together. Hope you do too!

I'm starting at my new job tomorrow, so wish me luck ;-) Cheers!