What I Wore: From Key Largo to Chinatown

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Chinatown Collage Chinatown Chinatown reflection Key Largo Outfit Carousel Collage Key Largo Outfit

I'll be honest- this was the outfit I was the most excited about wearing on my trip. It was inspired by Lauren Becall's outfit from the film Key Largo , but translated just as well to the crowded streets and alleys of Chinatown, don't you think?

Before we hopped a cable car over to Chinatown, we stopped by the Yerba Buena gardens. We were originally aiming for one of the "privately-owned public spaces" rooftop gardens*, but these gardens were only around the block from the hotel, and it was so delightful to see people out and about on in the cool, overcast morning. People were bringing their tiny children to play on the carousel, while senior citizens took leisurely walks with friends, and a day camp of school-aged kids started singing songs.

Afterwards, like I said, we got on the cable cars. The Market-Fisherman's Wharf cable car line was right by our hotel, but the lines grew to a wait of two hours or more! We skipped that in favor of the California street line, which passed right by Chinatown, and never had any wait (I'm not sure we ever saw a car that was all the way full there even, though that might have been timing.) The cable cars may have been a favorite part of our trip (oh, who's kidding. It was all our favorite part!). But there was something very exhilarating about standing up, gripping tight to a cable car pole and seeing traffic whizzing by you! Exploring the streets of Chinatown can seem very touristy at first (especially depending on the street you walk down), but there are the non-touristy parts too, and anyway, coming from an area that relies on tourism, I'd argue that there's a place for that sort of thing too. We tried our first ever Pork Buns, got all sorts of cheap souvenirs, and loved the real bustle beneath the tourism that bespoke of the sheer numbers that the most-densely populated neighborhood in America has.

We also bought some fortune cookies and there's a funny story with that- With a bag of fortune cookies in hand (to keep from any getting busted) we were  crossing the same four streets over and over, trying to find the right way to get to our next destination (Hayes Street and then the Haught, which was my favorite shopping area). After running about like chickens with our heads cut off, I made Amos stop and consult Google again. FINALLY, a clear answer. After we got on board the bus and sat down, I noticed on of the cookies had indeed broken. "You cannot travel in all directions at once," it said. How did the cookie know?

*PS Have you heard of these "privately-owned public spaces in San Francisco?"


  1. That cookie story is hilarious! It's such a trip when that happens :) I love your outfit! Looks like you had a great time :)

    xoxo Sarah

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  2. You look lovely! I can definitely see the Lauren Bacall influence (I'm a classic movie lover).
    Your midi skirt & neck scarf are gorgeous.

    Hudson East

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  3. These photos are SO lovely - and I'm loving that full skirt! xo

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  4. love this outfit!

    from helen at www.thelovecatsinc.com // @thelovecatsinc

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  5. thank you so much for such lovely comment <3

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    wow i love all your outfits with the scarf tied around your neck! so cute kristian!
    that is SO funny about your fortune cookie! one time while i was waiting for my transplant and i was SO sick, i went to restaurant for dinner (to escape the hospital for a night) and my fortune cookie said "do not give up...the best is yet to come!" sometimes i guess they just know...haha

    p.s. i have yet to read game of thrones but i desperatly want to!

    talk soon wild child
    Hattitude Style Blog

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  7. Woah, these pictures are AMAZING! Not only is your outfit just adorable (could that skirt be any more perfect?) but these shots are just gorgeous. I can't get over the one of you walking on the sidewalk or the reflection in your sunglasses. Definitely one of my favorite posts and outfits of yours! Keep the San Francisco shots coming!

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  8. amazing vintage-like look, dear~ love your accessories a lot~! )


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  9. Love the outfit! Wanna follow eachother? X


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  10. Super adorable!

    xo Jennifer


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  11. Another wonderful post!! Love the carousel!

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  12. Love that skirt! so cute! and the yellow top is wonderful

    I would love if you could check out my blog :)

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  13. Cute outfit, love that full skirt on you! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Would love to help support each other. Want to follow each other?


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  14. You warmed me up for a trip to San Fran! Too bad Kenneth has been there already and didn't really like it :s guess he didn't take a cable car ride! I love the retro inspired outfits that you wore :) That full black skirt looks fabulous on you! xo Nikki

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