My Week in San Francisco







Photos by Emily Malan

H&M x Balmain Blazer (Similar) // Zara Jeans (Similar) // White Tee
Ted Baker Bow Heels // Givenchy Bag // Celine Sunglasses

Happy Friday everyone! You’ll know from my social media (especially Snapchat – retroflame1) that I spent most of the week in one of my favourite places ever, San Francisco. I went to San Francisco for the very first time in March (see full guide + Vlog HERE) and have already been back twice since then. I absolutely LOVE it there! As you might know, my boyfriend, Tommy, moved there from Ireland in January, so I’ve been taking every chance that comes my way to visit. It’s about a 6 hour flight from New York which definitely is a bit of a trek, but it’s always always worth the journey. This trip was actually mainly for work as I had different meetings there throughout the week, but I still had loads of time to spend with Tommy and also my parents – who were visiting too! Such a treat to see them again! It was their first time in SF, so I brought them to some of my favourite places in the city and the 4 of us did A LOT of eating every evening.

One of my favourite things about San Francisco is probably the thing that most people there complain about – the weather. I absolutely love ANY excuse to be back in Autumn/Winter style outfits. You’ll know by now that Summer dressing just isn’t for me, so I couldn’t have been happier to get away from NYC humidity for a few days and get back into one of my favourite type of looks – lightly ripped denim jeans, a simple white tee and a classic black blazer (this oneI’ve linked is a more affordable version). Whenever I travel, I always try to limit the amount of accessories I bring along and just pack my best pieces. I am OBSESSED with these Ted Baker bow heels. Aren’t they stunning? I also never travel without my Givenchy Antigona and Celine sunglasses. Two of my best purchases to date!





As I mentioned, I’ve already shared my favourite San Francisco recommendations HERE (where to stay, where to shop, what to do, where to eat, etc.) but of course, I found some new favourites on this trip. As my parents were here for this visit, we all stayed in a really cool hotel called Hotel Zeppelin. Such a handy location and the modern decor was right down my alley. For dinner, we went back to one of my favourites, Calzones, in North Beach and also found the most delicious Indian restaurant called, Amber India. Indian is our favourite food ever and we definitely approved of this one. We also had a really delicious breakfast in 398 Brasserie which I would definitely recommend too!

It was my third time in San Francisco, but the first time the sun was actually shining while I was there so I finally got to walk over the Golden Gate Bridge. You can also cycle it but we decided to just take our time and walk. We walked all the way over and then made our way to Sausalito, the small seaside town on the other side. Just WOW! Honestly, the nicest place I’ve been in a while. We felt like we were in a cute European village. It’s definitely a little on the touristy side, but beautiful nonetheless. We had a delicious lunch at Barrel House Tavern (ask for a seat outside) and then jumped on the ferry back to the city. Such a fab day and one we’ll remember for a while!


I always leave San Francisco with a smile on my face and hopefully I’ll be back again before I know it. Happy to be back in NYC just in time for the weekend and to catch up with the girls over a few cocktails tonight. As always, you can follow along on Snapchat (retroflame1) – which by the way I 100% still prefer over Insta stories.

Hope you all have an a great weekend!

Erika x


  1. Flora

    12 August

    I absolutely LOVE your blazer!! You look beautiful :) I’ve never been to San Francisco but it’s definitely on my list of places to visit xx


  2. Amy McMahon

    13 August

    I love that blazer! Such a classic and laid back look!

  3. Jasmine

    13 August

    I loved Sausalito too, such a pretty place to visit. Did you go to the hidden steps? Loved the snapchats 😀 I went to San Francisco recently and wrote about it in my blog:

  4. Fowzia Madar

    15 August

    I love the outfit, the blazer is so beautiful,



  5. Elizabeth

    15 August

    Love this post Erika!! I was in SF earlier this summer and really liked it too!

    We went to the bridge but we only walked 1/3 way across to see the views as it was late in the evening. I’m definitely going to walk it all next time! Sausalito looked amazing from your Insta & Snapchat.

    Btw I’m happy you liking snapchat more and sticking with it because I love your snapchats every day!


  6. Linda To

    29 August

    I love this post! I am booking flights to San Francisco this week and planning to do a road trip down to Los Angeles. Can’t wait to see a post of your recommendations. P.s your snapchats are the best.
    Linda X

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