When you’re a tastemaker, you can’t just stay anywhere when you travel. You must stay at a place whose boldness matches your own style. That is why Brenda Wasylucha, creator of Taste Mak-er, chose the W Hotel for her weekend getaway to San Francisco.
Brenda’s style is classic, yet bold. Though neutral colors define her look, she uses distinct shapes to set herself apart.
Traveling to San Francisco requires a lot of planning. Strategic packing to prepare for all sorts of weather is a must. It might be bright and sunny everywhere else in the Bay, but there's a great chance that Karl the Fog will cover the city at some point during your trip.
But if you're a tastemaker you can't let the weather affect your style. If anything, embrace the perpetual cool climate and take advantage of your chance to wear boots year round.
We caught up with Brenda, a true fashionista wherever she goes, to find out her insider tips for travelling in San Francisco.
Q: Packing for a getaway to San Francisco can be tricky. What advice do you have for those that want to stay stylish yet practical?
Brenda: Bring an umbrella, a good jacket and good rain shoes. Layering pieces are key. Unfortunately, I didn’t consider bringing rain boots and suffered a tad for it.
Q: San Francisco is known for its hills. How did you prepare for this?
B: Make sure to pack for long walks and all sorts of weather. I was really glad I brought comfortable shoes for our walk around Golden Gate Park. You can’t go to SF and not explore its wonders on foot, it’s kind of what everyone does there.
Q: What are your top 3 sites to see in San Francisco?
1. Twin Peaks Summit – breathtaking!
2. Golden Gate Park – amazing view and sea lions. It’s a win win.
3. The Painted Ladies – where the blogger in me came out. I love aesthetically pleasing architecture.
Q: San Francisco is a foodie’s dream come true. Tourists come to the city just to eat. As a food enthusiast, it is important to strategically plan your meals to pack in the best of the best. As a vegan, how did you prepare for your weekend getaway in San Francisco?
B: Well, I consider myself vegan-ish. I eat fish once in a while. I think it’s a lot easier for vegans to travel as of late, it’s catching on and even if a restaurant isn’t necessarily vegan, most are pretty accommodating. 5 years ago it was much harder. Yelp also helps.
Q: What were your favorite dishes in San Francisco?
B: The squash crostini at TRACE! It was so different from your average avocado toast. I loved the touch of pomegranate seed, it’s exciting when restaurants experiment with new combinations and surprising flavors.
Another favorite was the peanut butter bar from Wholesome Bakery. I’m still dreaming about that thing.
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Note: All photos courtesy of Brenda Wasylucha.
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