San Francisco, my home away from homecoming

Hey, everyone! I hope all is well and that you’re enjoying this holiday season, staying as stress-free as you can. If you’re done with all of you’re shopping…major kudos because I haven’t done much. No worries, you know your girl works best under pressure, I got this!

I’ve got my coffee and a (finally) organized iTunes library, so I’m feeling pretty accomplished this morning, the main thing I want to do though, is to tell you about my San Francisco adventures from last week.

“If you’re alive, you can’t be bored in San Francisco. If you’re not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life.” — William Saroyan

San Francisco is my favorite place to be. It brings me to life. 

I’ve had tickets to see a band called Grizzly Bear for about six months now, so this trip has been in the works for a while. On Monday, I headed out of town, along with my boyfriend and his brother. My boyfriend is the one that got me into this band. If you know me at all, you know that I listen to a lot of different music and they are now one of my favorites.

After checking into our room, we walked around for a bit, then hopped on the bus to get to Haight-Ashbury. We stopped for a drink at Hobson’s Choice. I asked for my fave, a margarita on the rocks with salt. The guys opted for a beer, the darkest one in the place, real manly men beers, I just can’t. I get the notes of chocolate and/or coffee in those types of beers, but still, I can’t. It was a cool bar, I’ll definitely be back. 

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2 beers and a little margarita at Hobson’s Choice.

The weather was perfect in the city and I love all of the walking, even if I don’t have a specific place in mind. Except for those extreeeemely steep roads, if the people I was with didn’t know the extent of my out of shape-ness, they learned that day!

A quick bite to eat before the concert happened at Akiko’s Sushi Bar. You can’t go wrong with the Rainbow Roll at pretty much any sushi spot, but this one was particularly good. I didn’t snap a pic of that, which I now regret but will blame on the fact that it took me 30 minutes to stop feeling the pain my chest from that steep walk I mentioned earlier.

We were really lucky that the restaurant and the hotel, King George are both on Mason St. and neither were too far from the Warfield Theater on Market St. After we ate, we stopped back to hotel to partake in the complimentary wine and cheese happy hour and then headed off to the the Warfield.

When we arrived at the venue, we grabbed some (pricey) beers and made our way to our seats. The opening act was serpentwithfeet, I enjoyed and was intrigued by this artist’s performance. I have tried, but still cannot come up with the words to describe his music, so I’m going to have a Rolling Stone article about him from September of 2016 help me out.  They described serpentwithfeet’s sound as, “swooning falsetto, left-field R&B and dark electronic drama.” That sounds about right.

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The Warfied Theater

I wasn’t sure what to make of him then, but I appreciated the fact that I was in San Francisco getting to see a musical act that I would never get the chance to see in my small town of Hanford.  After a brief intermission, it was now time for Grizzly Bear.

When I first heard of them, around 5 years ago, they sounded like the modern day Beach Boys, with a nice blend of vocal harmonies, traditional and electronic instruments. Who can resist an omnichord and a banjo? I became an instant fan.

They didn’t disappoint. They played a lot of my favorites and a few from their latest album, Painted Ruins. It was a spectacular show.

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Grizzly Bear

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Besides seeing Grizzly Bear in concert, I had some other plans in mind. I needed to see and pay more attention to the art. I had a checklist of the things that I wanted see and I got to hit mostly all of them. Jimi Hendrix’s apartment and the new murals of Prince and David Bowie on Haight-Ashbury, check! Chinatown, check! Golden Gate Park, check! Fisherman’s Wharf, check!

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Jimi Hendrix’s former apartment on Haight-Ashbury

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Street Ganesh

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Just listen…

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Janis, Jimi, Jerry, David, Lemmy & Prince

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The great Jerry Garcia

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Hey guuuurl!

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“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul. Wisdom is better than silver and gold.” -Bob Marley

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Some wise words for ya…

The one place that I didn’t get to was the Clarion Mural Project, so that’s a definite must the next time I get back. This time, I won’t let so much time pass. And I need to see my San Francisco Giants play more often, it’s ridiculous.

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Chinatown

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Comfort Women Memorial

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Bruce Lee

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Christmas on Fisherman’s Wharf

Oh and I can’t forget to mention one of my favorite places of all, the record store. In this case, Amoeba Music. I’m always looking to add to my record collection. Of course, I wanted everything but I came home with the gem, ‘Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan.’

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I wanted everything!

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Classic!

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Nico’s favorite album

On a sad note, the morning that we woke up on our last day in the city, San Francisco’s Mayor, Ed Lee, passed away. Mayor Lee did great things for the city of San Francisco and will be dearly missed.

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Rest peacefully, Mayor Lee

So once again, I left my heart in that beautiful city. A place I love to get lost in.

Thanks for reading!

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Music is Magic: Daniel Caesar

Hey all! I’ve been a little lazy or unmotivated, if you will, to do much these days. Maybe it’s writer’s block, maybe it’s the change in weather, I’m not quite sure. But it’s Fall, my favorite season..a time to shed the old and renew.

I keep telling myself not to let so much time pass between posts. Even if it’s something small. So here is is something small.

One thing I can always talk about is music. So I thought it was time for a new installment of Music is Magic.

Albums that you can listen to from beginning to end, are rare. With that said, let’s talk about Daniel Caesar. His album Freudian, which was released in August of this year, is a beautiful showcase of what R&B was and should continue to be.

Every song sweeps me up, in a very ethereal way. It’s the type of music that I love to play on Saturday morning’s when I take my dog outside and I water my plants and sip my coffee. I look forward to these days.

Freudian is a perfect blend of R&B with hints of gospel, blues and rock; not to mention features from some of my favorite new (to me) artists in the game: Syd, H.E.R., and Kali Uchis.

With that quality of start to finish playability (pretty sure that’s a word), this is an album that I will be playing for a long time to come.

Below you can also listen to one of my favorites, Get You ft. Kali Uchis, on Spotify or purchase from iTunes here 

Thank you all for reading!

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Naturally K. Rich 2 Year Blogiversary!!

Two years ago today, I decided my tired little blog needed a major revamp and it was that day that Naturally K. Rich was born. I was pretty lost as far as the direction I wanted to go in with the other blog. I had a different one, that I would put poetry and other random writings on, and although I love to write, I wasn’t passionate about what I was writing about.

It wasn’t until, I decided to return to my natural hair, that a whole new world opened up for me. It became all about finding the right products to care for and style my hair. This then turned into wanting to share that with other people that may be on the same hair journey that I was on.

From the hair product reviews came makeup and skincare reviews, which then turned to trying new recipes, workouts, travel and book and music recommendations. All the things I’m into and hope that you enjoy reading about too.

Since I started Naturally K. Rich, I got a puppy named Zelda, started a new job, started taking acting classes and my hair has grown a lot!

I’m SO grateful to my subscribers! And those that follow the blog on social media. It means everything that you all decided to keep up with the blog.

I know that I need to be more consistent with posts and I’m definitely working on that. It’s work and I need to make sure that I carve out that time to get things done because it I love writing it!  So thank you all for sticking with me, for telling your friends and for sharing my posts. I appreciate it more than I can say.

My mindset has completely changed through blogging. I want to try more things so that I can write about them. Experiences, recipes, DIY hair and skin concoctions…the ones that are successful and the ones that go awry (I’ll save the latter for another post).

I’ve certainly grown in the time that I started Naturally K. Rich, half of the time I’m still trying to find my way through it all. I’ve learned that you cannot make everyone happy. You have to do the things that bring you joy. If things or people no longer bring you joy, make no apologies for releasing.

Soooo….

If you’re new to this blog, please click around and read my previous posts. I intend to keep Naturally K. Rich going! I hope to expand and get more readers. Who knows what else is in store? A podcast maybe? Oh, the places I want to go!

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Thank you for reading!

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