Friday, April 10, 2015

left my heart in san francisco {2100 post street}

On Krystal: Bonmot shirt (20% off with the code 'iheartsf'); Jeans: Abercrombie (old); Shoes: Manolo Blahnik; Necklaces: Jennifer Zeuner
On Elvis: Nothing! Just his amazing fur coat :)

I get oddly nostalgic about moving out of apartments. Even if I'm simply moving across town, there's something about that feeling of finality that hits me pretty hard. Will I ever walk up these stairs again? Will I ever see that downstairs neighbor that I never got along with but desperately tried to befriend? What about the nice ladies at the Starbucks on Fillmore who always remembered my order -- will I get to see them again? And don't get me started on the bay windows -- that perfect morning light will be hard to top elsewhere.

While I was moving out of my apartment last week, frantically cleaning, organizing and donating things along the way, I made a point to gather mental images of my most favorite and dear moments in this place. Because this apartment marked a lot of firsts for me. I brought my first dog home to this apartment. It was the first time I moved in with a boyfriend. It saw me through a few promotions, birthdays, anniversaries (and some heartache) -- it was my home base after countless trips and my refuge when I just needed a break from the world.

I loved that apartment.

Which then, got me thinking. Isn't it funny that we often christen a new apartment when we move into it, but we hardly ever give it a fitting goodbye? We'll toast the new beginning with champagne, but we skip the adieu part. Goodbyes are hard -- I'm not denying that. But it didn't seem right (to me anyway) to leave Apartment 15 without a proper send off -- a thank you and a celebration of sorts of all my favorite moments in that little one bedroom apartment on the third floor, tucked away in Lower Pac Heights. 

Given that my space was pretty empty for those last few days, Elvis and I set up camp on the floor with pizza (from Pizzeria Delfina, naturally), beer (Blue Moon!) and lots of magazines (or chew toys for him). I just love how Anna captured not only some great images but images that convey such a moment of transition. Bittersweet but with a heavy lean on the sweet side. We toasted the evening, shared stories of our favorite San Francisco memories and even ventured out to my fire escape, which I've been wanting to do for over two years now but never got the courage to do it. It was a lovely bookend to my California chapter -- just the right final notes to start my next one here in New York.

That also means, this is the end of my "Left My Heart in San Francisco" series. I hope you enjoyed following along as much as I loved revisiting and sharing places and memories that are near and dear to my heart. I know I have plenty more adventures to document in California, and the West Coast for that matter -- so we're not finished there just yet -- but I can't tell you how excited I am to embark on this next adventure. It's new and exciting and shiny and terrifying all at the same time. But I'm ready for it!

And in honor of that, my good friend Becky, the creative tour de force behind Bonmot (I'm wearing her marble tee here), is offering 20% off for This Time Tomorrow readers to put toward their next purchase. Simply use the code "iheartsf" at checkout.

Enjoy and I hope you all have a beautiful weekend, making memories wherever you are! 


  1. I love this and loved this series!! So excited for this next chapter.

  2. I bet! I really loved this series! It reminded me so much of SF. But NY would be great too:P XO

    Shall We Sasa

  3. Thanks for sharing all your favourite places - what a lovely apartment! I adored this series.

  4. I always like to take pictures of my apartment when I'm moving out! These turned out so great. I would definitely be sad to leave that place too!


  5. So sad!! The west/best coast will miss you but I'm sure you will enjoy NYC as well. Totally know what you mean about celebrating the end of an apartment era. I am moving back to SF soon and will have to do something similar when I say goodbye to my sweet home in NYC!


  6. I've loved this whole blog series, Krystal! Such a fitting way to say goodbye to your time in San Francisco and I especially love these shots of your empty apartment. I know my own apartment has many similar memories and it would be hard to say goodbye when/if I move out of it.

    xo, alison*elle

  7. These photos are so cute, they remind me of Breakfast and Tiffany's! That apartment looks amazing I love SF

  8. Lovely! Enjoy your new adventure in New York because I'm sure it's going to be freaking awesome...
    I love this series more than anything on your blog so far

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  9. I enjoyed reading your series! And I'm with you on feeling attached to an apartment. Looking forward to your new adventures!

  10. Do you have, or will you do, a post on how you came to getting a photographer to take pics of you/for you. And all pertinent details. Thanks in advance!

  11. Love your jeans!!
    And choice of Magazines :D

  12. Looks like you had a great apartment there (I love the character of those old SF buildings), I totally get your nostalgia about moving too. The last place I moved out of I'd lived in for several years and was my first place when I moved to LA. The carpets were gross and I hated the kitchen and I felt so ready to leave, but I was still sentimental when the time came. Your home represents a time in your life, you're leaving to a new one. Good luck.

  13. Lovely photos Krystal. Everything will be OK. Change is hard but you have friends in New York and new memories to make. Take care of yourself (and Elvis) - especially in the first few weeks as you settle into your new routine. x

  14. I know the feeling! Moving is exciting and tough at the same time. But there's something special about those last moments looking back into an empty space, remembering all the memories you made there. It looked like a beautiful spot. Good luck with the move!

  15. Elvis's face and those chubby legs absolutely melt my heart...
    Can't wait to see your new apt in NY :)

  16. Great photos, I love this post! A nice sendoff for your apartment!

  17. It can be hard to move away from a place that you are familiar with, thanks for sharing your experiences here! And love how you pair a pair of sleek white heels with the casual chic outfit, beautiful style!


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  20. That's so true! People often celebrate something new but hardly ever say goodbye to an apartment in the same fashion. I guess it's because moving takes a lot of effort and once it's done people are so wiped out that the thought doesn't even cross their mind.


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  24. I always like to take pictures of my apartment when I'm moving out! These turned out so great. I would definitely be sad to leave that place too!





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