Kim of Northern California Style and I were invited to attend a party just for bloggers at Brit + Co. in San Francisco last week. We didn't know much about it but it sounded intriguing and great excuse to see each other again.
It's a long drive to the city from our homes and besides, it's the holidays. We decided to stay overnight and make a trip out of it.
We both love the Kimpton Hotel group. This time, instead of staying at Hotel Monaco like we did last month, we chose The Sir Francis Drake in Union Square.
The hotel was decked out for the holidays. We loved this beautiful tree on the second level above the lobby.
The hotel was built in 1928 and has lots of old world charm and a coziness about it that is just perfect for the holidays.
Our room wasn't ready yet so we stored our luggage and made our way to Le Central for lunch.
It’s an old-school French bistro, a favorite of former mayor Willie Brown and many in San Francisco’s influential crowd.
The food is fantastic and so is the atmosphere. I can’t help but feel like I am in Paris when I'm there. I think Kim liked it, too.
After lunch and a little champagne, we were ready to explore Union Square. We ended up at the gigantic Grant Avenue Banana Republic store.
We took a look at the L’Wren Scott line and I tried on loads of clothes but nothing looked that great on me. But this little number, an Evan satchel, caught my eye. I happened to have a 40% off coupon and decided to go for it.
I am so glad I did! It's just what I wanted. A roomy bag that is low profile and seems like good quality - time will tell.
I also purchased this gold ring and Kim and I both bought matching black bow bracelets with gold studs. Every time I wear mine, which is often, I think of Kim and our fun time together.
Once we finished shopping, we went back to our room to change for the Brit + Co. event. We heard a rumor that our hotel had a complimentary wine reception.
Free wine?? Sign us up!
We enjoyed a glass, then made our way up the street to Brit + Co. headquarters.
We arrived early and found seats. We knew right away what we’d be doing in Brit + Co.’s new kitchen: we were going to decorate cookies!
First we offered snacks and drinks. Kim and I had a small taste of Brit + Co.'s homemade egg nog (very tasty) and admired the adorable gingerbread cake houses.
Once the room filled up and the seats were taken, things got underway. Brit herself was there and she spoke to us about what we’d be doing that evening.
She is a lovely young woman; dynamic with a very bright future ahead of her. Read Kim’s blog post for more about Brit and her background.
My prediction is that Brit Morin will be name you’ll be hearing a lot of. Just take a look at this article from The New York Times that came out the day we met her.
I must admit, the idea of trying to make my bare cookies look like these spirals was daunting. Then Brit herself sat right next to me which made me even more panicked. You must understand, I really am so terrible at anything crafty, artistic, or DIY.
But with the help of the cookie decorating expert from Wilton, my final three cookies ended up being pretty cute. Not bad, I would say, for such an un-crafty gal. Maybe I am not as terrible of a DIYer as I think I am!
After our fun cookie adventure, we returned to our room to drop off our cookies and our cookie swag gift filled with Wilton decorating toys.
We were ravenous and decided to go to the hotel's restaurant, Scala Bistro, for a late night meal.
Back in our room after a long day of fun, we finally went to sleep a little before midnight. We woke up early the next morning, just in time to see the beautiful sunrise while we drank our coffee.
Before we left to go home, we enjoyed a light breakfast in Union Square then got in a couple of hours of shopping in at Macy’s before heading home. I already miss Kim and am looking forward to seeing her again.
|I took this photo of the Union Square park on the way to breakfast around 8:00 a.m. |
Aren't they a cute couple? I love that she is wearing a Santa hat.
Look to the Brit + Co. website for lots of great DIY ideas, and Brit Kits which are fun little boxes that contain everything you need including instructions and materials to make some great handcrafted items. They make excellent gifts for the crafty person in your life.
Are you crafty?
Do you enjoy DIY projects?
Have you heard of Brit Morin, this Millennial mover and shaker?
P.S. I am thrilled to be mentioned among some of my favorite bloggers in this post on Babble.com Tuesday. Stop by to see who else you know on the list. I bet you'll see a few favorites!