new yorkMargaret Park

coast to coast: from ny to sf

new yorkMargaret Park
coast to coast: from ny to sf

where to begin. one of the biggest whirlwinds of my life started immediately after my last post. half of the month of august was spent in phoenix and los angeles with my family, while i was interviewing for an awesome job opportunity in san francisco. the day before labor day weekend, i signed on with sephora to join their visual creative marketing team as a senior art director.

the move happened very suddenly, but in all honesty, my husband and i had been discussing the possibility of a move out west for the past few years. before meeting paul, i never thought i would leave new york, but for many different reasons (his and mine individually and together), we decided last winter that 2017 was the year to make it happen. when the sephora offer came through, we bit the bullet and moved out to san francisco within 3 weeks.

september was sheer madness. i had my final week at VP+C, followed by a stressful 4 day trip to san francisco to look at apartments (17 apartments viewed in 3 days, several hills climbed, a dozen or so carsick uber rides, lots of caffeine and fast meals in between appointments + neighborhood scouting—1 lease signed on the last day!), an intense 10 days of packing 10 years of our lives in new york, 2 very dear friends' weddings in the city, and then we drove across the country to our new home. we arrived in san francisco with 1 short weekend to spare before starting our new jobs (and our new lives).

it was absolute chaos but despite the lack of sleep and extreme stress of the timeline + packing/moving, i think it might have been the best way to leave new york. paul and i are incredibly lucky for how everything aligned during the process—my dream job secured, office transfer for paul approved within 2 days, new work start dates matched, apartment miraculously found in 4 days, lifetime bucket list cross country drive completed without any major issues (or fighting, ha).

i imagine it'll take at least a few seasons (if not a few years) for this charming city to start to feel like home. before that starts to happen, a quick moment to reflect on a few photos that i liked from the past 10 years in new york. 


one of my first experiments with an SLR, learning about light and shutter speeds.


our first photos of each other. paul's social media presence is super quiet so i had to sneak in photos of him so i could show my friends what he looked like.


one of the many trips to moma, the only museum i've ever been a member of. i quit after the bjork exhibition... sorry not sorry.


admiring pretty flowers with my downtown grace at the brooklyn botanical garden. i downloaded instagram when i got home this day because grace encouraged me to try it. "i think you would really have fun with it." girl, you were so right.


dinner with friends. i've always loved hosting, but cooking has never been my forté. a few select friends and immediate family have been my "guinea pigs" as paul and i practice old and new recipes.


sheep's meadow on a sticky afternoon with linh.


family time at jesse + nancy's beautiful wedding at the mondrian, now called nomo soho. i feel lucky that 4 of my 10 years working in new york were in offices located in soho, one of my favorite 'hoods.


i've been a massive confetti system fan for years. i was super excited to meet nicholas when we made a big order for an event. super smart, lovely, extremely talented artist. here's a snap from their installation at beauty con in brooklyn in may.


the benefit to working all the way on 11th avenue in chelsea for 4 years was the ability to easily access the galleries. at the yayoi kusama exhibition in 2013 just before it got super crowded.


central park after blizzard, january 2011, shot on canon ftb (film). 


young yankee fan


two bridges


portrait by my friend minnow


engagement photos by minnow


experimenting with long exposure shots