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south for the winter

I’m heading to Austin, Texas this weekend with J!  After a fun trip to New York City last year around the same time,  I thought- Wouldn’t it be fun to travel to another city during the Christmas season?

Rather than trying to brave the elements in the East Coast, I’m ready for some Southern BBQ, bizarreness, and dive bar bands.  I’ll be back with an entry full of photos of my travels and foodie places.

For more Lipstick, in the meantime, check out my latest writing pieces on eHow:

How To Travel Like a Local

How to Make Small Talk more Naturally


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the PNW

If I had to sum up my entire trip to Seattle, Vancouver, and Portland, it would be this:

I love being in a job that lets me travel as part of my professional development (NASPA conference). I feel silly holding an umbrella when it snows. Food tastes fresher by the water, real or imagined. Urban cities near the water and natural landscapes feel more relaxed and socially aware – likely real, not imagined. Oysters, wine, and coffee have never been consumed as much together as it did in one week of my life. Random road trips with friends are the best (even when you’re stuck for 2 hours at the Canadian border patrol). Running into celebrities at the airport are a nice way to end a vacation.

I am irritated that my vodpod account is not working and that Google Photos & WordPress have not yet found a way to compromise so that slideshows can be embedded! You all will just have to make do with the burden of linking to another page…

Pacific Northwest Tour blog pix


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Lipstick will be on hold for this week as I head over to New York City with J.

I can’t decide on whether I’m more excited to see the City all dressed up in its vibrant Christmas splendor or to gorge on the New York diet of pizza, European cuisine, caffeine, cupcakes, and delicatessens.

Either way, I’ll be sure to come back with loads of photos documenting my tasty travels.


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adventures in the City

A post in photos about my past two weeks as a city girl.

Last Friday, some friends and I checked out the Youth Speaks Living Word Festival (free) at Yerba Buena Gardens.

Goapele.  Her voice is just as amazing live, especially when she sings out “Obama 08.”

Kev Choice Ensemble setting up for a rockin’ performance.

Public art displayed in a parking lot – Mission / 24th St.

Asian Art Musuem.  An expansive collection of statues, scrolls, artifacts, paintings, and more spanning South, Southeast, and Eastern Asia.

The Roots concert.  Questlove drumming his solo on the left.  This was at San Jose State’s Event Center where Estelle and Gym Class Heroes also rocked the stage.  Mos Def made a special appearance to do a number with Black Thought.  I almost died.

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is now one of my new favorite things to do in the City.  More on my review is posted on Yelp, but here are some snapshots:

Start the day off right with a drip coffee from the Blue Bottle Coffee stand.

Deliciously sweet strawberries.

Floral bouqets.  Fresh flowers make me happy.

3 choices available: Recycle It, Compost It, or Waste It.

Happily grinding fresh flour.

Take your pick of these bright red tomatoes.

Obama supporters hang at the Farmers Market.  Me and Katy here showing Obama love – Yes We Can.

Coit Tower.  I learned that Lillie Hitchcock-Coit loved three things: cigars, gambling, and firefighters.

At the 75th Anniversary celebration for the Coit Tower, we spotted SF Mayor Gavin Newsom.  Now we’re buddies.  And yes, he’s even better-looking in real life.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was also there, but didn’t care to stick around for photo opps.

Free elevator ride to the top of Coit Tower.  Save your $5 – the free view from Pioneer Park is just as beautiful.

Winding down at the end of a long day at a dive bar.

Between my Cal Train commute to work and getting lost in the neighborhoods, I’ve managed to pack my evenings and weekends with unexpected discoveries in the simple, delicious, and awe-inspiring world of San Francisco.  From shopping at the boutique-lined Union, Fillmore, and Chestnut Street, to enjoying the vibrant murals splashed along the largely Latino populated Mission District, entering the boys only “Norwegian Club” in the Haight, dining at a winebar in SOMA, and checking out art gallery receptions in alleyways – it’s been an addicting adventure.

What are some spots in the City that you’ve discovered?


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