March 20, 2015


We took our four barrel coffees to go and meandered around the little streets on the North side of the Mission, just below the 101; body shops, tacky 90’s condos, gas stations and workshops, interspersed with blink-and-you’ll-miss-them alleys like this one — lined with steadfast Victorians and brightened with colors from paint and plants. Brittany and I were just looking for a quiet spot away from the hustle and bustle of Valencia, and our explorations were rewarded in spades when we found this charming little street tucked between the new Burma Love and a swanky cocktail lounge


Blouse: Buffalo Exchange (worn here)/Pants: from Endless Knot (worn here)/Clogs: Swedish Hasbeens (last worn here)/Bag & Blazer: Vintage

Brittany and I first met by stalking each other on instagram and finally broke through the 4th wall over coffee, cameras, and vintage Mercedes. I’m amazed how this is happening to me more and more — not only to meet street style bloggers, but fellow photo lovers, neighbors and sometimes the people one table over instagramming their meal at the same time as me. When friends told me in the early 2000’s I met him online, this was never, ever a good thing. But the instagram community, at least in SF, is something else altogether. Not only are there some amazing photographers out there providing daily inspiration, but so far people have been really warm and friendly. How about you? Have you had a bad experience on instagram yet? Met any insta-friends in the real world?


Thanks to Brittany for snapping these photos of me! If you’d like to check out the rest of the shots from this day be sure to head over to Brittany’s blog, Work it Berk.

If you’re in the bay area and would like to break the fourth wall with me and eat some delicious crab at the same time, I’m hosting a tasty event at the Feastly HQ next week with local chef and fishmonger Don. This is going to be the first in a series of dinners featured around different neighborhoods in San Francisco — for this one we’ll be exploring the history and flavors of North Beach in every course. I’ll take you ingredient by ingredient through stories of the characters, legends and events that shaped this part of SF. Check out the full menu and buy tickets here. Come hungry — leave educated! And if you can’t make it to the North Beach dinner, we’re doing the Richmond next in April, so be sure to keep in touch with me over at instagram, pinteresttwitter, or facebook.

Hope to see you there! Thank you as always for reading 


  1. Since I live in Thailand, I have met many bloggers both here and those who were on their way here. Times have definitely changed, eh? It’s no longer the weird and icky thing that it was….Hahahaha. And I would say, it’s been always positive. Cheers ^^

    • jm

      That’s awesome to hear Lani! Some of my best memories of traveling are meeting up with bloggers along the way. It adds so much depth to both the traveling experience and the friendship.

  2. That’s so cool that you got to hang out with the woman behind Work It Berk! I feel like I have been insta-stalking her for years too. I love that you two got to hang out IRL. These photos are charming and really do show the neighborhood in a new way.

    In fact, I think that’s the super-power of Thread and Bones. You show me the loveliness that is all around us.

    Also, you look really pretty.

    • jm

      Melissa — you are quite simply, the best =) thank you so much for stopping by and sharing these kind words — it has completely made my day.
      Love you!

  3. wish I could make it! As a pretty shy person, the internet has opened some pretty awesome doors for me. I’ve met some truly incredible people and learned a lot from them :) It’s been interesting to see the evolution of social media that’s occurred over the past few years.

    • jm

      That’s so cool Georgia! I’m an introvert myself as well and it’s been really helpful to get to know people through their blogs before meeting them. Wish you could make it to the dinner as well!

  4. I’ve never met up with “IG” friends, but we did have a sweet blog get together here in SoCal a couple weeks ago. It’s fun, but yes when I tell people I met these ladies “online”, I usually get a look of suspicion– concern at best.

    Also, YOUR HAIR IS AWESOME. xoxo

    • jm

      LOL! Sorry you’re still getting suspicion — I think maybe it’s less socially acceptable outside of SF — here it seems to have become the norm.

      Awe thank you! It’s driving me crazy. Time to switch things up soon!


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