Wait until you see what I can fit in a carry-on

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My mother and I are avid shoppers…not quite shopaholics, but the next step down. Basically, we love getting bargains on cute things- who doesn’t? 

As a female, I cannot disgrace my species and ignore the amazing shopping that occurred while I was in San Francisco. I was on a strict budget but still managed to come back to the East Coast with one of a kind jewelry and clothing that could only be found in California. From shops on Union Street to the Mission area of town, my mom and I squeezed in many miles of walking to visit what seemed to be hundreds of stores.

I bought my new favorite dress at Synergy Organic Clothing on Valencia Street. They offer the most comfortable clothing made from organic cotton and dyed using low-impact dyes that are all put together by some amazing people in Nepal. Synergy offers a bang for your buck, since I’m sure you’re thinking your wallet is going to feel a lot lighter when you try to save the world by buying organic cotton and low-impact dyes that are giving jobs to some people that really need them. By using Fair Trade practices, Synergy makes sure that the smile their clothing puts on your face is starting by putting a smile on the face of their employees in Nepal. If you don’t live near one of their stores, check them out at http://www.synergyclothing.com!

I have an affinity for all things pertaining to sailboats, and let's be honest- aqua is my color. Love this Synergy dress. (This picture is also a hint as to where I'll be traveling for my next new location!)

I have an affinity for all things pertaining to sailboats, and let’s be honest- aqua is my color. Love this Synergy dress. (This picture is also a hint as to where I’ll be traveling for my next new location!)

Y & I Clothing Boutique was also amazing. I found the perfect date night dress and crop top (that will be worn as soon as I get the confidence to pull it off- will definitely require me to leave my comfort zone behind!). The employees were super sweet! One of my part time jobs is to work retail, and they went above and beyond to make sure I found something I liked without being pushy. All of their stuff was reasonably priced for the amount of cuteness. If I had more of a budget, I would have gotten one of everything there! Check out their store at http://www.shopyandi.com. 

My new date night dress and crop top! (So it almost comes down to the top of my pants, but I'm still nervous to show the world my tummy.)

My new date night dress and crop top! (So it almost comes down to the top of my pants, but I’m still nervous to show the world my tummy.)

We ventured to the Mission District of San Francisco and found more great bargains! My mom loves stopping in Goodwills to see what steals she can find in clothing – I tend to spend my whole time looking for good deals on books. Luckily, my mom looks for stuff my size and found this awesome Zara skirt for me. It’s adorable and I try not to wear it every day, but those little blue bicycles make it pretty irresistible. I found a random pop-up shop within a store full of mostly furniture vendors where I discovered this awesome horse necklace. I’m originally from Kentucky and grew up on a horse farm, so of course I couldn’t resist. It’s my new favorite piece to spice up a t-shirt and jeans. I would have gladly paid more than the $20 I shelled out for it.

For a grand total of $25, I found this cute Zara skirt at Goodwill and this necklace at a pop-up shop!

For a grand total of $25, I found this cute Zara skirt at Goodwill and this necklace at a pop-up shop!

While in the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, I had to grab a couple of cheesy t-shirts (that weren’t your typical tacky tourist souvenirs) to prove I had been in California. Also, I was in dire need of t-shirts to wear with shorts for the rest of summer that weren’t plain white, navy, or black. I got these for about $8 a piece and they are so soft and so far the screen printing is still on them! Hooray!

My new tourist t-shirts. :)

My new tourist t-shirts. 🙂

Last but not least, I had to invest in a pair of Toms shoes while across the Bay in Sausalito. They were all of the rage among Californians and now I know why. These shoes are SO COMFORTABLE! I’m not a huge fan of the original Toms shoe designs because they make my already big feet look even bigger, but these ballet flats are my jam. I had to invest in these and a $25 pair of yellow jeans that I’ve been wearing almost every other day since I’ve gotten home. (I’m rotating them with the bicycle skirt.)

The cute town of Sausalito had a few cute shops, including one where I discovered that Toms makes ballet flats!

The cute town of Sausalito had a few cute shops, including one where I discovered that Toms makes ballet flats!

With all of my new clothes and accessories, I learned the hard way that it is possible to stuff twice as much as should be physically possible into one carry-on bag. Did I miss anything while in San Francisco? I would love to go back and see what else I can add to my closet!

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