San Francisco: Biking, Bridges and Blouses

Posing in front of the Golden Gate BridgeIt’s time for another San Francisco post! This time the backdrop for my posing shenanigans was the infamous Golden Gate Bridge – one of the most iconic man-made structures in the world.

On day four of our week-long holiday, we decided to see the bridge like true tourists – by bike. We took a bus from our apartment into the city and walked along the Embarcadero in the scorching hot sun until we reached Blazing Saddles, the bike rental company our guidebook had recommended. For around $40 each, Mr Ship-Shape and I rented hybrid bikes to take us across the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, which I cannot recommend enough. The route to the bridge takes you around the coastline of the city and the views get better and better.

San Francico Bay It was hard work getting our bikes up the hill near the foot of the bridge, but I’m so pleased we did it, if only because it helped to work off the morning’s breakfast! For the five hour trip, which included a well earned scoop of ice cream and catching a ferry back from the port in Sausalito, I picked my favourite new purchase – this mustard polka dot blouse, complete with dinky gold buttons and a huge sailor collar.

I found it a couple of months ago at the Bristol Vintage Fair and, judging by the billowing sleeves and oversized colour, I think it’s either late 80s or early 90s. I couldn’t wait to bring it along to San Francisco with me, as sometimes it can be easer to road-test a new look or outfit on holiday, don’t you think?

Mustard blouse – vintage / ‘Boyfriend’ shorts – c/o New Look, Cabot Circus / Paisley scarf – vintage / White plimsoles – c/o Toast / Sunglasses – Primark

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8 Comment

  1. Tara O says: Reply

    Waaah, I want to go! That blouse is awesome and just look at that backdrop.

    Tara x

  2. Kelly says: Reply

    I’ve always wanted to go to San Francisco! Love your photos. x

  3. I have been to San Francisco numerous times and have only ever driven across the bridge so I consider you very very brave!

  4. Oh your look adorable. That top is amazing and I know what you mean about feeling more daring on holiday, partly because you feel like a different person and you know you’re unlikely to run into anyone you know! :)

  5. Maria says: Reply

    Oh I REALLY want to visit San Francisco, it looks amazing! I love the backdrop and your outfit is pretty darn awesome!

    Maria xxx

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