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Visiting San Francisco: All the Shopping

27 Jun

If you followed along with me on Instagram (@PocketfulofJoules) while I was in San Francisco last week, you might know that I went a little crazy with the shopping. Okay, a lot crazy. So crazy that I realized that there was no way all my stuff would fit back in my little carry-on and I had to go and buy myself another suitcase.


Even though I did ALL the shopping, I didn’t spend ALL the money. So, let me show you all the deals I found while putting in some miles in San Francisco:

Nordstrom Rack Scores
I find that Nordstrom Racks can be totally hit or miss depending on the location, so I was curious to stop by the Market Street location. I was thrilled to see a ‘baby bell sleeve’ blouse that I’d been eying online – baby bell, not Babel for my cheese lovers – so I tried it on. It was this one for $26 and it looked awful on me. So, that basically saved me like $80 to pay to Nordstrom to send it to me, only to have me return it at a later date.

I did buy two things though… this zip up star hoodie for $32 and also this pretty ‘good luck’ elephant necklace for $29.

I wore the hoodie every night when I got back to my chilly hotel room (and also a night when I went out and about for dinner). As for the necklace, it is my new favorite and I’ve worn it every day since I bought it!

Anthropologie Score
There was an Anthropologie right by my hotel and they sent me an email that they were having a 50% off sale, so I figured I’d stop by and take a little look around. I ended up with this Julian Tie-Sleeve Top because I can’t resist a cool black tank top for $30.


You can tie the straps as high or low as you like, which is great for a perfect fit. It looks super cute untucked with a more fitted cardigan over top, or on its own half-tucked into jeans or shorts. I think I’m going to get a ton of wear out of this one! If you want to try it for yourself, you might want to size down. I went with a medium and it still looks nice and flowy.

Goodwill Scores
I actually stopped at three different Goodwills during my trip. The first one at 1580 Mission Street had a huge selection and I spotted some great finds from Boden and Joie, but nothing came home with me. That was NOT the case at my second Goodwill. The location at 296 Bay Street was one of the nicest I’ve ever seen and OHMYGOSH the scores were crazy.

Prada sweater, $4.99
Within my first rack or two, I came across a cashmere and silk Prada sweater. PRADA! Oh yeah, and it was $4.99. As you can imagine, I hid that thing in the bottom of my basket and was totally afraid someone might come and grab it from me! I found an identical one online in pink with an original price of $840 so this deal is even bigger than when I found a DVF dress with tags still on it. I can’t wait to wear it in the fall/winter tucked into a high-waisted skirt!

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Dainty Low Top, $9.99
Another lesson in looking everywhere at a thrift store… these sneakers were in the men’s section even though if you look inside they have women’s sizing. I recognized them as the Dainty Low Tops and they are being sold on the Converse website for $50. This pair was never worn and my size, so it was obviously meant to be!

Poncho, $8.99
I know, shopping for a poncho is a little ridiculous in June… but when you see something you like at a thrift store, you need to just go for it. This one is a nice medium-weight fabric and the leather and metal clasp is really snazzy. There are no tags on it, so I couldn’t track it down anywhere. However, I think that will be a great addition to my wardrobe next winter.

Aris A. USA Velvet Burnout Duster, $4.99
When I saw this cute velvet burnout thing I didn’t recognize the brand, but it reminded me of some kimono’s that I’ve seen recently at Anthropologie. I thought it could look cute with a tank top and jeans, or maybe even as a cover-up at the beach. I googled the brand a bit and found a similar design online for $175. While I would never pay almost $200 for this, at just $4.99 it was a total steal!

I decided to visit one last Goodwill at the 822 Geary Street location. That one was very similar to the ones that we have back home and there was a total hodgepodge of stuff. I ended up with just one item, this top for $5.99:

The upper tag had been cut out, but there was still the inside tag intact. I did some google sleuthing and found that this is the Textured Dot Sweater from Ann Taylor that was sold for $80.


I really like the weight of the fabric, the subtle dots and the sleeve length. The navy color will also work with much of my closet, so I should be able to get wear out of this pretty much immediately. (6/28 update: I wore it today!)

Old Navy Score
I was in San Fransicso during Pride month and missed the Pride parade by just one day. Lots of stores had rainbow flags and Pride displays, and I was initially able to resist this shirt when I saw it in the window at Old Navy. Then, I went on a Segway adventure (more coming about that later this week) and sunburned the crap out of my chest. Every shirt I had packed was a v-neck, so I bought this one to protect my poor sunburned skin. No regrets on the $14 purchase, because it is awfully cute.

And that brings us to my last purchase… my extra suitcase! Apparently I’m not the only one who goes a little shopping crazy in San Francisco, because the TJ Maxx next door to my hotel had the largest selection of suitcase I’ve ever seen in one place! There were literally hundreds of choices and I ended up picking this adorable “London” design for $50.

I’ve been slowly switching out our crappy suitcases with nice ones, so this purchase wasn’t really much of a hardship. The inside has one zip closed portion, the wheels go all directions and its pattern will make it easy to find at the baggage claim. I’ll call that a win!

Have you ever bought so much on a trip that you had to buy another suitcase? Are you with me in squealing over that Prada find?


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Leaving on a Jet Plane… to San Francisco

20 Jun

If all goes according to plan – which includes hauling myself out of bed at 3am – I am on a plane to San Francisco right this moment!

Thanks to the time change, I’ll arrive in California around 9:00 local time. So, it is quite possible that my “day” will begin with a nap in a nice, cold hotel room. I’m hoping to do a little walking around/sightseeing that afternoon and evening. You can find my plan here: Traveling Fun, Share your San Francisco Tips!

Then, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I will be in conference sessions. If you think about me, stick some hilarious memes on my Facebook page so that I have something to do during the boring bits!

I’m hoping to do some more sightseeing on Saturday and will then take a red-eye plan back home.

If you are a reader in the San Franscisco area, send me an email to and maybe we can make a plan to grab coffee or a grown up beverage while I’m in town!

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Traveling Fun: Share your San Francisco Tips!

13 Jun

I’m going to be visiting San Francisco next week and I can’t wait! I’m going for a work conference, but I’ll have a bit of time before and after the event to do some exploring.

I’ve never been to San Francisco, so I’d love your tips!

Source: Google Maps


I’ll be staying at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis and won’t have a car, so I’ll be walking or use Uber to get around. Here’s what I have in mind so far:

Run or Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is the most famous bridge in the world and is 1.7 miles long. There is a pedestrian walkway, so I’m thinking it would be perfect for a run. For anyone who has been, is it running accessible or should I stick to a leisurely walk so I’m not the butthead jostling people? I’ll have to take an Uber from my hotel to get there, but should be able to run or walk across and back with no issues. Besides stopping for pictures, of course.

Ride a Cable Car
The cable cars run on tracks and have three routes, so I’m going to have to find one and jump on (it’s about $7 a ride). Sure, it’s touristy, but I’m a tourist!

Visit a Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop
Whenever I mention to anyone that I’m going to San Francisco, they immediately tell me to visit a Ghirardelli. Um… chocolate? You don’t have to twist my arm to get me to go! There is one about an 8 minute walk from my hotel at 865 Market Street, so I think I’ll be able to make a stop.

I always like to do a little shopping when I visit a new place and I will definitely make some time to shop around in San Francisco. I noticed when googling the map for Ghirardelli that there is also an Anthropologie (880 Market Street) and Nordstrom Rack (901 Market Street) nearby, so I’m sure I’ll have to do a pass-through of my two favorites. I don’t actually need anything right now after my big Boden trip… but I can always window shop. I’d love your suggestions for some fun local shops I should be sure to visit!

Go Thrifting
This is kind of under shopping… but with more ‘thrill of the hunt’ involved. While I’m in San Francisco, I’d love to hit up a few nearby thrift stores. After checking my handy dandy google maps, I think I’ll visit both the SF Out of the Closet Thrift Store (1498 Polk Street) and Goodwill (1589 Mission Street). If you are familiar with the area let me know which ones I should be sure to visit!

Tell me, what should I do in San Francisco?

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First OC Trip of the Summer + ALL the Whining

6 Jun

Jack and I spent the weekend in Ocean City with my family and it’s so nice to get away, even for a couple days. The weather was a little chilly on the beach on Saturday, but absolutely perfect on Sunday.

Most of the time, Jack is totally content playing by himself with his beach toys. However, over the weekend with a  super late 10pm bedtime and many of his favorite people in one place… well, there was A LOT of whining. Like, so much whining. Maybe even ALL the whining. It was exhausting.

So, I’m wondering… when on vacation, how do you deal with whining, bad behavior and meltdowns? Do you give them a free pass because they’re low on sleep and high on energy? Or do you stick with regular rules and punishments? I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments!

For me, it’s a little of both. If it’s just general whining, I point out that mommy doesn’t respond to whining. If it’s bad behavior – like splashing when someone says “no” – I pull him out of the situation, get down on his level and have the “no means no” talk for the millionth time. All in all, I’m really lucky that Jack is mostly well behaved, but he certainly gets a little crazy and acts out like any 5 year old!

Here are some pretty pictures with no whining included:

Don’t forget to leave a comment to tell me your thoughts on vacation discipline!

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