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california: los angeles

I realised that I totally skipped over our short time in LA and forgot to post about it! Here are some highlights. (Also, I feel like I have to tell you that we saw real-life Kanye in the flesh in a restaurant. I think I would have died if Kim was there too) cute cactuses on the street / exploring echo park / the line hotel / lunch at commissary / coolifornia / best ever breakfast in bed You can see the rest of my California posts here, or check out my instagram, #southbynorthcalifornia

california: yucca valley

Yucca Valley was one of the most awesome places I have ever been. We only spent one night there after a few nights in LA and it felt like being on another planet. After driving inland for a couple of hours we hit the town of Yucca Valley just before sunset. We had directions to our accommodation but no actual address, as the owners like to keep it a secret to avoid visitors who are not actually staying the night. As soon as we pulled off the main road we were pretty surprised to find ourselves on sand roads. They were all sign posted and marked on the map as normal roads but it was sand as far as the eye could see – besides a few houses dotted around. The rental car may have almost got stuck in the sand and there may have been some mild panic at this point… As soon as we arrived at the trailer park we knew it was a special place. There were airstreamer caravans, tipis, archery, mini golf, …

california: a tiny cabin in big sur

The first stop on our California road trip was an Air Bnb cabin in Big Sur. David came to collect me on my last day at work, and we hit the road straight away. We had apparently chosen the only day of hideous weather in the entire 14 weeks that I was there to start our holiday. Driving on strange roads in torrential rain at night does not make for chilled and relaxing times! A quick stop at In-n-Out Burger kind-of saved the day, and we carried on trudging through the rain. It was a long, slightly spooky (did I mention that it was Halloween night?) but exciting drive off Highway 1 and through redwood forests to get there – we finally arrived at our little cabin at around 9pm. The cabin was up a very steep, and now very muddy hill – we knew this was the case when booking. We parked at the bottom outside the main house (a totally amazing geodesic dome structure) and one of the owners drove us up in his 4wd, sliding around …

california: hiking in mount tamalpais

Dave arrived in San Francisco after I had been there for about ten weeks, and one of the things he was most keen to do was hike at Mount Tamalpais. We drove there across the Golden Gate Bridge (which was exciting enough as it is!) and wound our way up to the visitor centre. It was such an amazing drive, we couldn’t believe how high it was. San Francisco looked tiny from right at the top. Map in hand, we decided to do a four mile round trip, the Steep Ravine trail down the mountain, and the Dipsea trail back up. Steep Ravine was a steep (doh) trail through a magical redwood forest, with babbling brooks and waterfalls along the way. It felt like fern gully come to life. To come back up, the Dipsea trail starts with Cardiac Hill – this is exactly as you would imagine it to be, and I was rubbish at it. I had to pull it together when a 70 year old man went skipping past me as I was …

san francisco | two

My time in San Francisco is just flying by! Can someone please put a pause button on 2014?! I’m pretty sure it was January about five minutes ago. Anyway – I’ve only got a few weeks left, eep. Here are some snippets of my second month. Dream princess barbie houses on Alamo Square | Can’t get enough of the sunsets round here | Spending a lot of time in the Mission | Art in progress | Walks on the Embarcadero Taken on my iPhone, edited with VSCO Cam. To see more, hop over to my instagram and grid.

happy monday links | two

Here are a few things I have been enjoying on the internet this week. This beautiful ice cream photography and styling. Seriously lovely. Marzipan and challah are two of my favourite things, combining them is pure genius. Wondering if I can recreate this with hair chalk? This friendly washi tape. And to finish, possibly the best instagram I’ve ever seen. (Photo by me, taken at Baker Beach, SF.) posted by Claire.  

san francisco | one

I am lucky enough to be spending a few months in San Francisco and have been here since the beginning of August. David isn’t with me (he’ll be visiting soon!) but I’m trying to make the most of my time and explore the city. There are so many interesting neighbourhoods to discover, it actually reminds me a lot of Sydney. Obviously the food is amazing, there are waaaaay too many delicious bakeries and cafes – I’m spending a lot of time trying to resist various baked/glazed/cheese-stuffed goods…. This is what the first month looked like. Bay Bridge at sunset / Palm trees in the Mission / The Embarcadero / Sail boat on the bay / Ferry trip with pals / Views from Sausalito / People watching in Sausalito / Farmers market swag Taken on my iPhone, edited with VSCO Cam. To see more, hop over to my instagram and grid.

english countryside

This is what summer in the English countryside looks like – a few photos from my recent trip back home. Giant magnolia flower / A growing orchard / Driving down country lanes / Evening sheep / Friendly chickens / Apple tree / The friendliest cat / Pale blue house / Work-life balance. Taken on my iPhone, edited with VSCO Cam. To see more, hop over to my instagram and grid. posted by Claire.

guest series: onomichi with oh my tokyo

I could not be more thrilled to have Nana from Oh My Tokyo sharing photos with us. Nana is originally from Oslo, and lives in Tokyo. Her blog is full of absolutely gorgeous pictures of Japan, (you won’t stop scrolling) and her instagram feed is much the same. Here are some photos from Nana’s trip to Onomichi. ______________________________________________________________________ It was an early Saturday morning in March when I arrived in Onomichi, a coastal town in Hiroshima prefecture. Three and a half hours earlier I had set out from Miyajima station, slowly making my way up the coastline by local train as the sun rose over the Seto Inland Sea. I had been travelling by train for a few days now, using the JR Seishun 18 ticket which, despite what the name might imply in Japanese, is not limited to 18 years olds, but instead offers any and all unlimited travel by local and express train for five days. The past two days I had crossed the country, going through Okayama, Hiroshima city and Miyajima (home …


This is what a three week trip back home to London looks like. Summer evening in Granary Square / Lobster at the Boundary Rooftop / Grafitti on Rivington Street / Vintage dress from Beyond Retro / D&AD Young Blood exhibition / Bicycle on Warren Street / Roses in Victoria Park / Delicious meal at Honey and Co / Kings Cross Taken on my iPhone, edited with VSCO Cam. See more on my grid. posted by Claire