It's right crap outside today, so I've got no new Sunday pix to share with y'all, so how about a short story? A few of you have asked to know more about me, how I got here, and what inspired me to do this blog. If you're new to sfgirlbybay, I think you'll find that if you stick with me, you'll get to know me pretty well (and I hope you regular readers would agree). I kinda tend to share bits of my life. Sometimes, too many bits! I ran this post in its 'original' form back in May when I guest blogged for Grace on Design*Sponge, as a way of introducing myself to her readers. And, I actually was working on re-posting this story (to answer your inquiries) the evening Cooper passed away, one month ago this week and though I miss him terribly, he'll always be a huge part of my San Francisco story. Hopefully this post explains why I love writing this blog every gosh darn day. So...a little more about how sfgirlbybay came to be...
I have lived in San Francisco for 13 years now. Lucky 13. I grew up in the burbs of Los Angeles and almost every summer my family would load into the little red bug for a road trip up north. That's when I first fell in love with this City.
Later, and long grown up, when I decided I wanted a big life change, San Francisco is where I headed. I didn't know anyone here, save for one person who moved to Chicago the week I arrived. She left me with an old clock radio and the keys to her now barren apartment until her lease ran out. I improvised by going out and buying two rubber rafts (the cheap, neon colored, blow-up kind), duct taped them together, sprang for some cowboy-themed flannel sheets and for the next couple of weeks that was my bed. I couldn't have been happier or felt more at home. San Francisco just is the place I'm supposed to be.
13 years later, I live in the City and work in advertising as a freelance art buyer and creative services director at a small agency. Through my job, and many other avenues, I have met some of the most caring, creative and talented people you'd ever hope to know. They inspire me every day. Some of them are artists, photographers, crafters and designers, and many of them have become good friends. And, when I can, I like to shamelessly promote them in my posts each week. I don't think you'll find it to be nepotistic, because as you'll see these lovely people are not only friends and acquaintances, but as I said, really talented. And you don't have to be in San Francisco to enjoy their work, as most of it is available or can be appreciated online. I'll also share with you some of my favorite San Francisco shops, bargain-basement haunts and hangouts.
I have branched out to share much more than just San Francisco, but all the cool finds and interesting things I hear about in the art and design world that I think you might like to know about. And now, there's all the wonderfully cool people I've met through this blog, people I've written about, all the design bloggers and readers out there that have become my friends too. I hope it'll make you want to visit the City sometime soon, and come by sfgirlbybay often. Thanks so much for reading sfgirlbybay, it really is all my pleasure to write.