A Trip Back In Time

I’m a bit captivated by all things vintage, so when I came across this video of a trip on a Berkeley trolley from, get this, 1906, I knew I had to share! It was filmed just a month after the notorious San Francisco Earthquake, at the beginning of a mass migration out of the city to escape the quake’s aftermath. If you look closely at the image below, you can see a man walking right in the middle of the train tracks. The drama that ensues from this event shows that, even back then, Berkeley was a place where people weren’t afraid to do things a little bit differently. We’ll miss you Berkeley. Only three more days until we move!





We Ruby Press ladies seem to find ourselves on 4th Street in Berkeley fairly often- whether we’re there visiting a dear client {Convert, Convert Shoes and Castle in the Air} or just shopping and grabbing a bite {Tacubaya seems to be the topic of conversation more often than it should!}.  The most recent addition to the charming shopping street is Nest and oh, how I am in love!  The Parisian-inspired store brings out my inner Francophile and I just can’t resist stopping in on a regular basis. No wonder Living Etc voted Nest as one of the best interior shops in the world—it is simply divine.

{Images from here}

Peralta Junction

My favorite part of living in the Bay Area is that there are constantly new things popping up. Needless to say, when I heard about the pop-up carnival that recently occupied a once-abandoned lot in West Oakland, I was dying to go.  Inspired by depression-era traveling circuses, the carnival featured works by local artists and lots of yummy treats, courtesy of a rotation of Bay Area food trucks -an urban amusement park brought to life each weekend in October and November.

Unfortunately the carnival has been cancelled for this coming weekend (its final) due to anticipated stormy weather, so I won’t get the chance to go. If it comes around next year, I’ll be first in line!


{Image by jessicasoupgarou}