I love San Francisco!
And although I am a bay area resident I do not often get the opportunity to walk the streets of downtown, explore the new shops, or even witness the bustling activities of the mundane events.
So when an opportunity to speak in a business conference came up, wherein my accommodations at the Grand Hyatt on Stockton Street was being sponsored, I could not pass up the chance!
It was certainly a career accolade to be a presenter, but I cannot deny the gleeful idea of being able to stay four days in the metropolis, knowing a flight down the elevator would be a stone’s throw away from Union Square.
And I would be able to enjoy all this with my sister Cai, who flew in from Manila to visit and will be on route to NYC in a few weeks as she makes it her new home.
On our first day, after checking in at the hotel and having our early lunch, we decided to explore the shopping havens along Market Street.
During our traipse, I recalled a special event of Gwyneth Patrow’s GOOP from a newsletter her online publication sends to my email. I checked her website and found out I was right! A GOOP Pop Up shop was being sent up in San Francisco!
I mentioned this to my sister and asked if she wanted to visit the GOOP store since it will be gone by May 22. She said, “Ofcourse!”
I forgot Cai is also a fan of Gwyneth’s GOOP and the lifestyle features is right along her alley since she herself is a magazine editor and writer (in case you are curious, my sister’s line up of articles are found here: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/bylines/cai-subijano and she spearheaded the launch of PREEN and SCOUT online magazines).
Using our reliable Google Maps, we followed directions towards Maiden Lane, which was at the corner of Grant and Geary Streets.
There we saw the famous Frank Lloyd Wright landmark with the flag sign with bold letter ‘goop MRKT‘.
As soon as we walked in we let out a breath of awe. The first word that came to mind is impeccable!
The pop up shop was smartfully set up by San Francisco interior designer Stephen Volpe.
It had a modern yet minimalist style with each curated sales display reflecting Gwyneth Paltrow’s pristine, artful, and indubitably luxurious taste.
The first thing I noticed was the stacked of Gwyneth Paltrow’s cook books in the corner. She has a new publication recently released entitled, “It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook.”
Normally I would buy my copy on Amazon, but if I could get a signed copy from Ms. Paltrow, I would certainly pay the retail of $35! I asked for one, but unfortunately they did not have any even though Gwyneth was at the store a week early during a book-signing event! I can’t believe I missed that! I happen to have all of Gwyneth’s books! Oh well!
I followed my sister to the beauty aisle. There on display were an array of recommended products by GOOP, along with the newly released GOOP by Juice Beauty skin care line.
On my blog newsfeed GOOP featured a selection of clean sunscreens and I was curious about the Drunken Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30. When I tried it I was impressed! I will definitely buy one once my tube of Honest Company 30 SPF is used up.
We explored every nook and cranny of the goop MRKT pop up shop, from the skincare counters, the kitchen display, fashion racks, all the way to the books on display.
Here are some of the photographs I took with my iPhone, edited using A Beautiful Mess’ Colorstory App:
We enjoyed our visit to goop MRKT but admittedly did not purchase any of the beautiful items. They are undoubtedly elegant but the prices were steep. But I already knew that. Much has been written about it. It did not bother me though because the intent of my visit was to get a first-hand glimpse of the GOOP lifestyle. Was I inspired? Absolutely! But I know exactly where I can find GOOP-like items that are a mere fraction of price. And there is nothing wrong with that. I bet GOOP would even flattered.