Trip report: ETA I wore the puffer after all

My plane's delayed so while I wait, I'll offer up the trip report. 

My packing proved excellent, so thank you for the advice! There were only a few items in Finds that I did not wear: the puffer (totally unnecessary), the blue and white silk blouse, and the DVF cardigan. I wore everything else, multiple times in most cases, and it all worked in different combinations well. 

Big winners included my Cole Haan oxfords -- more comfortable than either pair of sneakers even for a substantial hike in the Presidio and a walk down to Marshall's beach! (I washed them out afterwards, too, and now they are sparkling white again). 

The silver slingbacks worked! No slipping off and the comfort is great! They also pack well because they have such a low profile and they are lightweight. I only wore them twice, but was really glad to have them. 

The Dries van Noten pants were fantastic additions to this capsule. I got compliments on them and found them the perfect weight for the temperature several of the days and evenings. Wore them 3 times. 

The wool pants were too warm for most days but I did wear them once on a day that began cooler and foggy. I was really glad to have my Zara sarong shorts with me -- I wore those 3 times, too, because it was warmer than we'd anticipated most days. 

Denim jacket and sweaters were useful in the evenings and for sporadic layering in daytime. 

Judging from our short visit, San Francisco's climate is unlike any I've ever known and it might take some getting used to! Layers are key, as everyone advised. But I'm used to dressing in layers. This was a bit different because the changes can be so swift and also so temporary! If I lived here I'd definitely need a wardrobe of backpacks to carry around all my stuff all day! 

We had a terrific time checking out different neighbourhoods. We figured out the transit system and enjoyed getting around by MUNI and BART. We happened upon a gallery opening in Chinatown -- an African-American artist who does amazing work with resins and masks (https://jessicasilvermangaller.....lhouettes/) and got to mingle with the invited guests, which was fun. We stumbled on some lovely little community gardens. We explored lots of different neighbourhoods and did most of the typical tourist stuff as well. And we ate a lot of good food!

People were unfailingly helpful and kind. 

ETA: I wore the puffer after all. When our flight out of SF was delayed by about 4 hours, we missed our connection to Vancouver Island and it was the last flght. No hotel rooms to be found, so we ended up sitting in the airport all night. The puffer came in handy around 3 am in that pre-dawn chill! 

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23 Comments

  • Angie replied 10 months ago

    Well done, Suz! Fab you packed to perfection.

    If you hadn't brought your short puffer - you would have needed it - so good job bringing it along :)

    Yeah. SF is hottest in Sept and Oct, from what I hear from friends who live there. And we are as used to layering in the PNW. You've had practice ;) 

    Go Team Cole Haan! 

    Yay for comfy dressy shoes! And those awesome Zara sarong shorts!

    Glad you had a brilliant little getaway. Pretty pic at the end! 

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 10 months ago

    Beautiful photo of you! Sounds like your packing was just right--well done! What a great trip, too.

  • Dee replied 10 months ago

    Love that photo Suz, I can hear those waves crashing in. Nice bridge in the background too lol.
    Glad your wardrobe planning worked out well.

  • Karie replied 10 months ago

    Packing can be so tricky when the weather fluctuates a lot. Sounds like you nailed it. And it sounds like you had a great time!

  • Helena replied 10 months ago

    Sounds like a fab trip!

  • Jaime replied 10 months ago

    I can't believe you are back already :) . What a great trip and excellent job packing!

  • Nadya replied 10 months ago

    San Francisco is one of my favorite cities; I was lucky enough to live there for two years. I’m glad you saw the best of her! 

  • unfrumped replied 10 months ago

    Thanks for the report! Love travel wardrobe news.

    I spent August in San Francisco years ago, going there from Louisiana. The warmest things I took was a sort of trench coat and only one sweater, and I wore them constantly! I was completely unprepared for the chilly weather.

  • slim cat replied 10 months ago

    Wonderful trip and beautiful picture ( used to go for a walks there a few years back - great place )! Smart packing - total success ;-) .

  • Brooklyn replied 10 months ago

    Fantastic. You look lovely. I went to SF many years ago and loved it too.

  • rachylou replied 10 months ago

    You timed your trip just right for a bit of warm weather! Glad you enjoyed your visit! I feel silver shoes are the best travel trick and this validates the theory :)

  • Star replied 10 months ago

    How fab when a travel capsule works well so well.  You look gorgeous in the pic -  happy!  SF weather sounds intriguing to me. 

  • replied 10 months ago

    Glad you had a good trip and warm weather!

  • Olive Green replied 10 months ago

    Nice sunglasses and great smile. Happy you had a good time, I love a gallery walk. So nourishing. 

  • Suz replied 10 months ago

    Thanks, all. The moral of this story is that it really helps to ask YLF for weather information and also, if your colour palette is cohesive you can put together layers for different situations. Even flight delays, lol. 

  • Janet replied 10 months ago

    Great capsule and so glad you had a wonderful trip! That’s a lovely and happy photo of you. :-)

  • Sal replied 10 months ago

    Thanks - so pleased you had a wonderful trip!!  Except for the delay at the end.  

    And yes a versatile travel wardrobe - mix and match - is wonderful!!

  • Joy replied 10 months ago

    It seems like you need to be ready for anything in San Francisco.  I never been as cold as I was in San Francisco on July 4 th at a baseball game.  We watched S people arrived in winter coats, scarves, beanies and mittons.  They were smart.  We had just arrived from Nebraska sneer it does't cool off much at night and were entirely unprepared.  

    You were luck no to have to walk everywhere because of a black out..no electricity to run cable cars.  Comfortable shoes are a must.

  • quietloud replied 10 months ago

    That's a beautiful photo of you, and I am so happy to hear you had a great time! Also glad your packing was successful, it's the most satisfactory feeling when you end up wearing and feeling like you had use for pretty much everything you brought. :D

  • RobinF replied 10 months ago

    Sounds like a great trip - love the photo!

  • Kyle replied 10 months ago

    The more I look at what you packed, the more I see how brilliant and carefully considered it is. So happy it was a good trip. We’ve had great times in SF over the years.  A question about those Naturalizer sneakers: Are they a true metallic silver or just a silvery grey color? Hard to tell exactly from the photo and I’m currently looking for a comfy silver metallic sneaker…

  • Suz replied 10 months ago

    Thanks, everyone! 

    Kyle, the sneakers are kind of hard to describe. They are not the kind of silver metallic leather that I've had on footwear in the past. But they are leather! It's just that the leather looks a bit like fabric. And I would call it "silvery" rather than silver, if that makes sense. It is not as shiny. More a heathered  effect and they almost read as white or very pale blue when reflected off my jeans. 

  • Kyle replied 10 months ago

    Thank you, Suz. This is very helpful and now I’m going to take these out of the running as I want a true metallic!

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