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A Weekend in San Francisco; Behind the Scenes at our 2016 Summer/Spring Photoshoot

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To shoot our new 2016 summer/spring line, we traveled back to Harper & Bay’s birthplace; beautiful San Francisco, where the ice-cream is endless and every corner is practically the perfect backdrop. We only had a few days to get everything packed in, but boy did we pack everything in. Read on to hear about our adventures in the city, favorite food finds and to see some of our behind-the-scenes footage.

Due to {several} flight delays; I arrived in San Francisco around 1:30am on Saturday morning. Assuming I would have arrived much earlier, I had already made plans with some girl friends to get up early that morning to eat doughnuts and watch the sun rise over the Golden Gate Bridge. These same friends picked me up from the airport, laughed with me until 3:30 in the morning and then woke up 2 hours later to make sure we caught that sunrise. Although the night was still dark, I could tell that as we drove over the bridge that the sky was completely overcast and I might have woken my friends up to see nothing but fog. I prayed they wouldn’t be too disappointed and if they were, I prayed that the doughnuts would be good enough to make up for it. Luckily, the clouds parted just long enough for us to catch the sun, right before it slipped back behind the clouds, where it stayed for the rest of the day. Totally worth it.

We then stood in line for 2 hours for the most incredible thing that has happened to my mouth in a year, maybe a decade. Introducing:  the cruffin; a pastry that is part croissant, part muffin, part crème-filled doughnut and part heaven. Pro-tip, get there early and make sure you are in the line to the left of the front doors to make sure you get your cruffin. Everyone is limited to two and although you wouldn’t think you’d be able to eat two, I promise you that you can and you will. That is, if you know what’s good for you.

The rest of the weekend continued on in this pattern of; adventure, eat, nap and repeat. We went roller-skating in an old cathedral followed by burgers and milkshakes. We stuffed ourselves with gourmet fried chicken and explored downtown. We found an old tree swing on the beach and had lunch in Napa. All of these things I would, obviously, highly recommend and will list all the details below of where you can find them.

When it came time to get work done, the clouds disappeared just for our one day of shooting which made for a beautiful, sunny day in San Francisco. We had a very tight schedule which got off to a rocky start as I learned how to use Uber. Pro-tip (which everyone in the world probably already knows): don’t use Uber carpool when you are in a massive hurry. I figured out I had made this mistake when our driver started driving in the opposite direction of where we needed to be. I questioned his directions and he said, “Oh yes, we’ll get you there right after I drop off Aaron”. One of the models and I exchanged confused looks in the backseat. “Um… who is Aaron?” I asked. The driver responded, “Yes, yes, that’s right, Aaron.” I still had no idea what was going on. So we drove for a while in the (wrong) direction and finally I understood what I had done when we pulled to a stop and Aaron jumped in. He then pointed us even further in the opposite direction. We shortly jumped out, grabbed a new Uber and tried to get back on schedule. Bye Aaron.


The rest of this day was a blur of styling, posing, staging and shooting. We had such a great time making sure we got all the shots we needed to really showcase the new line. I truly hope you guys love it as much as I do.  And of course, this photoshoot adventure wouldn't be complete without some good-eats so we ended the day with a scoop of salted caramel ice-cream. And for the road, a stop at my favorite macaron shop. All I can say is it’s a good thing these dresses have some stretch in them.

XO- Taisja

Smitten Icecream

432 Octavia St #1a, San Francisco, CA 94102

No matter which flavor you choose, do not skip the waffle cone. It's by far the best part.


Wayfare Tavern

558 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Owned by Chef Tyler Florence. I'd recommend the beef tartar, the fried chicken, and always ask for an extra popover (and don't forget to add the creme and sea salt).


Craftsmen and Wolves

746 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

These guys are known for their amazing breakfast muffin, called "The Rebel Within". It's a sausage, green onion, and asiago muffin with a soft boiled egg surprise waiting on the inside. There is no way you can have a bad day when you've had this for breakfast.


Roam Artisan Burgers

1923 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

The burgers here are always on point but the sweet potato fries and the milkshakes are the real show stoppers at this place.


Chantal Guillon Macarons & Tea

437 A Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

So many colors and flavors to choose from but I never skip the salted caramel or the pistachio. 


Kirby Cove Campground

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.84035, -122.48889
37°50'25"N, 122°29'20"W

This secluded beach is located at the foot of the Marin Headlands, just West of the Golden Gate Bridge. It provides breathtaking views of the city and bridge and would be the perfect place for a camping adventure. It's in high demand, so book early!


Church of 8 Wheels

554 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94117

This place was packed on a Saturday night but all the better to people watch, my dear. My advice: get here early so you can have time to get comfortable on your skates before the crowds roll in. Get it? Roll in? Anyways, that way there'll be more space to practice. Made for the perfect girls-night-out!


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