The coldest winter I ever spent…

…was a summer in San Francisco. This quote has always been attributed to Mark Twain, so it’s a shame he didn’t say it. Someone did though, and it’s understandable to anyone who’s ever visited the city by the bay. The neighborhoods near the ocean are almost always foggy and cold, but I don’t think I’ve ever been quite as surprised by the freezing winds as I was the sunny, warm day when my husband and I visited  Fort Point. It was still sunny, but it wasn’t warm anymore.

I was born in San Francisco and still have a lot of family living in the city. Although my parents and I relocated to Los Angeles when I was a tot we have driven up the highway to see our native town every summer ever since. It’s a beautiful place and I feel blessed to be able to visit so often. There are many sites to see but we often head to our favorite parks and places. One of those is Crissy Field, and right near it, the Civil War era fort at the mouth of the bay where my husband and I took these photos.


  • Jacket from Loehmanns (You can find a similar one here.)
  • Purse by Bagallini
  • Black T-shirt from The Gap
  • Red skirt from Top Shop
  • Leopard print flats from Nine West (You can find a similar pair here)

Have you ever been to San Francisco?  Were you surprised by the weather?


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26 Responses to The coldest winter I ever spent…

  1. Alexis Grace September 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I love your skirt next to the bridge!

    I have been to San Fran—- the weather is cold and foggy, but there is something slightly magical about it.
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    • Heather Fonseca September 4, 2012 at 10:05 am #

      It’s a magical city for sure Alexis. I’m not complaining. It’s beautiful.

  2. Donna
    September 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to go to San Francisco but haven’t gotten there yet. The weather can’t be that bad compared to Pittsburgh!
    Love the pictures. I especially like the last one. And I noticed that you’re wearing flats, like you talked about in one of your recent posts. I imagine that’s the only way to go walking around the bridge!
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    • Heather Fonseca September 4, 2012 at 10:05 am #

      Whenever I see San Francisco based fashion bloggers wearing mile high platforms I wonder if they just put them on for the photos. The city is hilly and everyone walks everywhere. Although I see a lot of women wearing high platforms here in L.A., I have yet to see a single woman in San Francisco in such shoes. I look too! The highest heels I’ve ever seen on the street are about 2″. Flats are a necessity in San Francisco.

  3. citizen rosebud
    September 3, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    I love SF but it is a bit chilly there. Even Seattle has hotter summers.
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    • Heather Fonseca September 4, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      Yes, it’s chilly! I think I prefer it to LA’s hot climate though.

  4. Mary Jo
    September 4, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    It looks so beautiful Heather–I do miss it, just not the cold summer weather! Although there was always something sort of nice about the atmospheric fog.

    xo Mary Jo
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    • Heather Fonseca September 4, 2012 at 10:02 am #

      The fog is beautiful. Great for the skin too I’ve noticed. Honestly the foggy weather never really bothers me, but when it goes from warm to freezing it’s a bit of a shock.

  5. SACRAMENTO September 4, 2012 at 5:10 am #

    I can cope with the cold much better than the heat.
    Brilliant photos.
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    • Heather Fonseca September 4, 2012 at 10:02 am #

      In general I do better in the cold than the heat too, but I don’t really have a good wardrobe for the cold. I was pretty layered up that day and I was still unprepared for the cold!

  6. Jeannie
    September 4, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Stunning photos!
    What a nice outfit! Great jacket, btw!
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    • Heather Fonseca September 4, 2012 at 10:01 am #

      Thanks Jeannie. It is a great jacket. I love the fit. Wish it was real leather rather than vinyl though! If I could find a place that made jackets to order I’d have it created in real leather.

    September 4, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    I love the red skirt! Yes, it’s always a bit breezy in SF, it’s usually warmer in October! I’m excited to embrace fall fashions!

    • Heather Fonseca September 4, 2012 at 10:00 am #

      Thats true, San Francisco is usually warmer in the fall!

  8. DressCode:HighFashion
    September 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    Hey dear,

    what a SUPER-AWESOME-ARTISTIC photoseries! AMAZING colours! I love how the red of the skirt pops out in the pictures and is a real eyecater. The femininity of the skirt also creates a great contrast to the urban/industrial environment.

    GREAT shooting!

    Hugs, Jen
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    • Heather Fonseca September 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

      Thank you Jen! It was a fun place for a photoshoot. My husband wants to go back next time we’re in the city, but I’ll be bringing fur with me! It was so cold.

  9. tania
    September 6, 2012 at 1:23 am #

    stumbled upon your blog and i just wanted to compliment the great design and photography!!

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  10. Sylvia
    September 6, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    Great photoshoot again. I’ve been to San Francisco a few times and indeed very surprised about how cold it was in summer. Much better in the winter months, when I first visited. It’s a lovely city though and that bridge is just the most picturesque. Great outfit too!
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    • Heather Fonseca September 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

      Thanks Sylvia. I find it’s very difficult to be chic on vacation. It always seems like I leave what I really need at home. Sigh.

    September 6, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    This is such a fabulous outfit for the setting around you. I was actually just in San Fran and it was super foggy and cold! I actually liked it, though — reminded me of home. 🙂
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    • Heather Fonseca September 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

      Honestly I like the super foggy cold in San Francisco too. It would be a welcome relief right now! It’s been too hot in L.A.

  12. Shanti September 8, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    amazing photos! love your flats!

    • Heather Fonseca September 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      Thanks Shanti. Those are the best flats. I’ve worn the heck out of them and they’re pretty much dead now. I’m hoping Nine West makes something similar this fall so I can pick up another pair, in like 10 colors!

  13. Stacey - Total City Girl
    September 12, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    I’ve been to San Francisco a few times. I really like it – probably BECAUSE OF the cool weather and I love how city-like it is. Would definitely go back!
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    • Heather Fonseca September 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

      It’s a beautiful place and I don’t mind the cooler weather. Living in sunny-all-the-time LA a bit of fog is refreshing!