Yesterday was a pretty up-and-down day. We arrived in San Francisco yesterday morning and spent the day exploring the city and just taking it in. We drove and then hiked up to an incredible lookout point (where the above photo was taken), and it was spectacular. It was so high up that the view of the bridge and city, and also hills and ocean on the other side, was pretty mind-blowing (check out my snapchat for some photos and videos - username: jacylenore)!
Unfortunately in the evening our car was broken into and we had a lot stolen. Fortunately, no one was hurt and the car was unharmed other than a bashed window, but Trey and I lost several thousand dollars of stuff. Including my camera and laptop, lots of clothes and accessories, and other electronics. Why am I sharing this? Because it will probably change things on the blog for awhile, and because I hope the lessons we learned will spare one of you from this situation someday. Here's what we're learning through this situation and what I wanted to share with you...
- Don't leave anything in your car in a big city, especially with out-of-state plates. We didn't have any items blatantly laying out, but you could see that there were bags in the car by looking in the windows. We're staying outside of the city and didn't want to drive out to the hotel and then drive back in for dinner. We were so tired and distracted that we very stupidly were not thinking about the risk and how much of a target we were. I'm usually an extremely cautious person safety-wise, but in Missouri you can be so trusting and careless of what's in your car. All my girls out there - especially Midwest girls - you can never be too cautious!
- You have to focus on the positives. No one was hurt, the car wasn't stolen, and many things were not taken. It truly could have been so much worse. A couple of positives... We are going shopping today! Truly out of necessity in this situation, but shopping nonetheless haha. And, hopefully through insurance I will get a new laptop, which I desperately needed anyway. Ultimately, we're on vacation in California, which is pretty great.
- At the end of the day it's just stuff! Yes, I cried. Multiple times. And I feel so shaken up still. But, material possessions are so meaningless in the grand scheme of things. Everything except photos and documents can be replaced. When Trey and I finally got in bed late last night we talked about how thankful we were for our safety and that we have each other to go through hard times with.
Since I don't have a laptop or camera right now I probably won't be able to post much. This makes me really really sad. Not only do I love working on posts in general, but I've been planning and saving up my new clothes and best outfits to shoot on this trip. Thankfully I still have my phone, so I'll be posting about our trip and tons of outfits on my Instagram if you'd like to follow along there. I'll get some posts up on blog as much as I can with borrowed computers and the best iphone snaps I can get. Hopefully, we'll have a better idea later today of when we'll be reimbursed for technology items.
Thank you for making this blog such a wonderful thing for me. I love blogging and pour my heart into it, but what makes this place especially great is how many wonderful people I've met through here and what a positive place it is. I get to share my love of styling and fashion, and get to create a positive environment for women whom I have found so much in commong with! Just bear with me as blog posts will be a little few and far between for awhile :)