The Champagne Edit :: California.

Today {well… if we’re being technical, tomorrow} marks four years since I took a one way flight to San Francisco.

It’s always a very nostalgic moment for me to look back on & I remember everything so vividly as if it was yesterday.

That Saturday was one of the strangest days of my life & one I will never forget. It’s a day I hold dear to my heart for every second & one I don’t for granted.

I’ve been talking and planning about the future a lot lately & it got us to talking about San Francisco. Though I don’t see myself here forever, I will forever consider San Francisco my cocoon.

One thing I think of often is how different my life would be if I didn’t move here. Moving here changed my life in so many ways. The end of 2013 was some of the hardest & darkest of my life, but I imagine metamorphosis is darkly terrifying for the caterpillar too.

Now a good 4 years later, here we are, & it’s been the brightest years of my life.

Everyday, I thank my lucky stars I had the courage to make the change. When I made the decision, it seemed so ludicrous at the time that even my girlfriends in Dallas were completely unsupportive of my decision. BUT- none of that mattered. It didn’t effect my decision in the slightest as it wasn’t anyone’s to make but me & is one I’ve never once regretted. The best thing I’ve ever done for myself was moving & there are so many times I wish I could go back in time & hug Dallas Shannon and tell her “just you wait til you see who & what’s in store for you”.

I also find with the biggest ideas, support is low. Steve Jobs was told that no one would buy his product but that also didn’t matter. The worst thing he could of done was feed other people’s beast instead of the one he fed… as we currently read this from an Apple product most likely.

My point with this story is that if you want to make a change, then do it. Feed the beast you believe in, not the one that others think you should do.

If you have an idea & you can feel it in your bones that you need to do it- DO IT. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks, it only matters what YOU do & how YOU feel. And hell, you can always e-mail me because I am ALL for people doing things on their terms – you have a cheerleader in me.

Things fall into place – but it’s more like Tetris. There are so many pieces falling, but you have to work your ass off to arrange them to fall into place.

Anyways, I wanted to get a little nostalgic about the day here. In fact, the image I used here is my very first apartment in Healdsburg.

As far as the weekend, I have a little tradition I do on my San Franniversary which is going to the restaurant I went to for dinner the evening I landed here. Other than that, some fun shoots for the blog, more apartment reno, & exploring the city. The Magician is back in San Francisco tomorrow so who knows, maybe we’ll go see him again 🙂

Sometimes I feel like I take it for granted that I live here, so I need to get out more. If you have any SF reccs, let me know.

What are you up to this weekend?

Now let’s get into the edit, shall we?

EAT ME ::PUMPKIN PANNA COTTA TART W/ GINGER MACAROON CRUST BY SWEET-TREATS-BAKING

A good panna cotta is one of my favourite desserts. So simple, yet indulgent… not to mention, thanks to the gelatin, they are easy to spike! This dessert is not only stunning but looks delicious, I can’t imagine how good the house smells as you make this. Adding to my list ASAP!

DRINK ME :: WATERMELON BASIL GIMLET BUCKETSCRANBERRY KOMBUCHA COCKTAIL by HUNGRY GIRL POR VIDA

As the seasons change, I really look forward to the change of the flavours if that makes sense. One of my favourite being cranberry. I LOVE spiked Kombucha and this Cranberry Kombucha looks divine! I love the addition of bitters too. Would be super easy to make a healthy mocktail of this too!

READ ME :: AVOIDING CAMERAS WHILE TRAINING THE LENS ON FOOD

This is a fascinating interview with famous food critic, Pete Wells, on the evolution of technology in regards to his job. With the rise of social media, it’s made us all into a bit of a food critic, ha! I remember the era when I worked in restaurants, social media was minimal & the food critics would try to be as incognito as possible. Interesting to think how taking photos of food then would be a dead giveaway vs now.

BUY ME :: CABLE KNIT CHENILLE BALLOON SLEEVE SWEATER

I’m actually wearing this right now as I type this!! It’s a STUNNING sweater and oh so soft, I love the velvet feel of it. It’s so easy to dress up or down. I have it with some ripped skinnies & combat boots but also love the idea of throwing this over a slinky dress & heels to hit the town. I have it in Ivory & highly considering getting the neon pink! How would you style it?

DANCE W/ ME ::THE xx – ON HOLD {JAMIE xx REMIX}

When I first moved to San Francisco, this style of music really captures it for me, especially with the xx. It’s also when I got into The Magician. He recently included this in his recent Magic Tape 74 {SO GOOD BTW – I have it prompted at the song below} & it’s a show stopper. It’s a hauntingly beautiful track that you have have to give a listen. I also like to get a bit moodier with my song choices in Fall & Winter.

THE FRIDAY STUFF PLAYLIST HERE

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PANDORA // INSTAGRAM // BLOGLOVIN // SPOTIFY // SOUNDCLOUD

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+ ALL PICS USED ARE FROM THE ARTICLES

RIP HUGH HEFNER

♡ MY CURRENT FAVS ♡

  • Comments ( 14 )

  • Congrats on the move and kudos for your courage. I completely understand; I moved to SF 5 years ago myself.
    Also- yes I totally read this from a MacBook.

    • Thanks so much! I love that you are here too – it def is a special city. Hopefully we can meet up one of these days 🙂 xx Shannon

  • Making moves (pun intended 😉) can be scary, but richly rewarding! You have such courage…I would love to move for better career opportunities, but I’m afraid of leaving NC because all of my
    Family is here. It was nice to read how you did what you needed to do for you! Thanks for sharing!

    • I LOVE a good pun 😉 Thank you so much- it def was scary at the time but it was what my heart & soul needed. Work will always be there, especially as things get more digital these days. Thank you so much for reading! I hope you had a great weekend, Amber!! xx Shannon

  • Congratulations on the move! Takes a lot of courage to leave your home for another, so proud of you for that!

    Linda
    http://lindatenchitran.com/2017/10/01/shopping-with-primark/

    • Thanks Linda! It was scary yet SO exciting. To this day I’m so thankful for it. Thank you for reading 🙂 x Shann

  • Nicole V

    It can be hard to make such a big move and I commend you for that! Oh, and I need that Kombucha in my life!

    • RIGHT?! It sounds so good. Thank you so much, Nicole 🙂 xx Shannon

  • I can relate, some of my biggest ideas nobody in my family could understand but they’ve always worked out and I’m glad I didn’t listen to all the naysayers.

    • YES! The best thing you can do is to follow your dreams or it’s something you’ll ever forget. I find in this day and age with technology & “us damn millenials” {ugh} there is a bit of a disconnect but NONE of that matters. What matters is you! Thanks for reading babe 🙂 x Shannon

  • Briana Trevino

    I’m loving this and the playlist!

    Briana
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/

  • Emily Soto

    I am loving that sweater! Looks so cozy!

    Emily
    withstyleandgrace.net

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