{ xx SLS }: a lil catch up & then I’m off to Denver!

{ bathroom selfie at The Angler // a fun post-Japanese treat }

HELLO! It’s been SO LONG since I’ve done a post like this but it’s just been so necessary.

Last week was CRAZYTOWN with Tokyo Fashion Week. I loved every second but it was nonstop all day week on VERY little sleep. I was up all night, slept from about 7a – 10a, and back at it. The last time I felt that busy with work was back in 2014/2015 when I used to coordinate a conference called Money 20/20 {throwback post!!!}.

Same deal: nonstop work, go go go all the time, little sleep… but FUN.

One thing that happened though last week though?

It REALLY invigorated my love and fire for blogging. It was one of those weeks where as much work as it was, it really reminded me why I do this!

{ rainy palms in San Francisco }
{ pretty plants in The Marina, SF }

I bring it up because you will be seeing more & more of that kind of action here. It’s REALLY easy to put blogs aside for other social media networks – especially instagram.

Where energy goes, energy flows. Instagram is great & fun, but it’s not why I do what I do. THIS blog is. I’m putting a lot less focus on instagram these days and my focus on here 100%… that may be controversial but I never started everything just to have an instagram account, you know?

It’s funny, I was telling Erik that I think there’s a huge misconception with blogging as a whole. The misconception being everything gets smoother & easier as things go & grow. In fact, it’s the complete opposite. Everything gets busier & more chaotic lol but I love it. Really, I do!

As fun as Tokyo Fashion Week was to cover here, obviously, I’d love to do it there in real time… but when I’m at that phase of my blog life, it will be that much MORE busy & crazy.

But I like the crazy. I like the busyness… in fact, I THRIVE on it.

So cheers to being & keeping busy & bring on the crazy!

{ new york kisses on film // finally got 2387729347 rolls developed! }

As far as life, let’s just say there has been a LOT going on. Lots of changes, new beginnings, & transitions. All good things! Some I’m not ready to bring on here but I will soon.

It’s been so long since I’ve gone on a vacation. I know we traveled often last year, but I wouldn’t call any of those vacations really.

SO- I planned an impromptu getaway & I’m off to Denver for the week to visit my best friend! I cannot wait to get out there – in fact, I haven’t been as an adult and have only heard fantastic things.

{ been shooting a lot on film lately // working on a secret project! }

SO- I planned an impromptu getaway & I’m off to Denver for the week to visit my best friend! I cannot wait to get out there – in fact, I haven’t been as an adult and have only heard fantastic things.

In fact, she moved to Denver from Fort Worth right before I decided to leave Dallas for San Francisco so it will be so nice to spend time with her just like we did in Texas.

Think lots of lifetime movies, wine in the hot tub, probably random baking, lots of sushi… basically what girls nights are made of.

Any places you recommend in Denver? Let me know!

{ Saintsbury Winery on film! // Napa, California }

Right before Tokyo Fashion Week, Erik & I knew that it was going to be a crazy week {& basically I wouldn’t see him at all even though we live together lol}. SO- we played a lil hooky.

We were having coffee early Thursday morning & decided kcuf it, let’s go to Napa. A few hours later, we got in the car & headed north.

We hit up Saintsbury {our newest membership}, Homewood, Hanson’s Vodka & then went to the revamped Fremont Diner called Boxcar.

It was so fun & felt a little bit naughty! It was nice since the crowds were minimal so the tastings felt a bit more intimate. I also took the day off completely on social media & latergrammed everything.

It’s funny how “scandalous” that feels sometimes… but like most scandals, still a little fun, right?

{ casual brunch at La Boulange in San Francisco // I got the ham & swiss with a coconut cold brew! }
{ current fav nail polish: China Glaze ‘Pearl Jammin'” }

I’ll get some mini recaps on the above wineries, the distillery, & the restaurant but HIGHLY RECC them all if you find yourselves up here! To make it easier, three of them are right across from each other!

All right! Well that’s all I have for you as a little update & I promise I will get more of these going weekly.

Okay how about you? What have YOU been up to? & any Denver reccs, let me know!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

xx SLS

+++ ps: I cannot stop listening to this spring playlist!! check it out! it’s so vibey and I have it downloaded for my flight!


  • ‘twas a good weekend 🌉 enjoyed every sunset, went wine tasting in Healdsburg, & had a lazy totally disconnected Sunday {finished @cw_crazyxgf and the series finale was seriously one of the best I’ve ever seen 10/10 recc - I really LOVED the last season too} ✨ now back to work! hope y’all had a lovely weekend too 🥰 #slssunset #slsootd
  • Erik and I are trying something new for cooking! This helps us shop smaller and really reduce food waste. I explain it here in more detail. Here is everything I bought for the next couple of days while I’m in control of the kitchen!

note: we already had some vegetables and grains so things may look a bit light - sorry, forgot to fully mention that in the vid. also this weekend, we will be in wine country all day as well as an event so that slashed a number of meals. -
🖤 CAPSULE WARDROBE: https://essellesse.com/capsule-wardrobe-june-2019/ 🖤 -
📀 PLAYLIST: http://bit.ly/summernightsxyz 📀
_songs in this vid: 
___STAR GUITAR by Shinichi Osawa & Pogo
___Digitalism remixed by Shinichi Osawa
___my spotify: http://bit.ly/slsspotify -
⚜️ MORE @WHOLEFOODS BEAUTY HERE: https://essellesse.com/category/lifestyle/beauty/whole-foods-beauty/ ⚜️
boring hashtags: #sfblogger #sanfrancisco #groceryhaul #wholefoods #sanfrancisco #healthycooking #groceries #lifeandthyme #whatigot #fortwo #forone #healthyrecipes #healthylifestyle # igerssf #sanfrancitizens #cooking #lifestyleblogger #california
  • felt cute bc we finally had the first sunset after the heatwave 🌇📟 #slsootd
  • marina strolls in this lighting = one of my fav things ⚜️ did a quick q&a today in my stories of you want to check it out, in fact I used the vsco filter mentioned on this photo! 🔆 #slssf #marinadistrict #marinasf
  • #capsulewardrobe still going strong 🐩 it’s been fun to rewear and restyle all the same items and create a “uniform” - {especially since we have a shopping ban in full effect!} 💕 #slsootd #depop #christiandior #lookdujour #lazyluxury
  • My fav dispensaries in SF + Napa are live on essellesse.com 💚 link in bio 🌁 #slssf #goldengatebridge #mysf
  • My fav SF restaurant: @mr_rintaro 🏮 if you’re in SF and love Japanese cuisine, you will LOVE, trust me. 🍶 here I have the KAISEN MORIDON SET: chopped sashimi over hot rice w / big eye tuna, baja yellowtail amberjack, konbu-cured halibut, swordfish belly, & half moon bay wasabi 👅 any other japanese places I need to go in sf let me know!  #slssf #sfeats #rintaro

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