While we're kind of partial to NYC living, if we had to cheat on our city, we'd probably do it with San Francisco. It's beautiful and smart and oh-so-stylish...kind of like Storq founder and generally cool San Francisco mama Courtney Klein.
The former New Yorker launched her maternity fashion line in San Francisco with just 4 belly-friendly basics in 2014, and his since expanded not only her offerings (check out Storq's nursing-friendly caftan and tailored shirt) but also her family: daughter Nell just turned 2 and her second baby is due in a few weeks. Which makes her the perfect guide for our pregnancy tour of our West Coast crush. Here's 10 of Courtney's best spots to recommend when you're pregnant in San Francisco.
1. Shopping for You:
General Store. You know that one stylish thing you put on with a little black (Storq) dress that makes it look like you tried? This store is packed full of those things.
2. Shopping for Baby:
Sprout San Francisco. From diapers to strollers to clothes, Sprout's a one-stop shop for everything baby. Bonus, they pride themselves on stocking organic and natural products.
3. Shopping for both of you:
Press: Works on Paper. Out-of-print titles to add some quirk to you nursery bookshelf and an A+ stationary offering for the many, many inevitable thank you cards in your future.
Green Heart Foods. Awesome food that makes it easy to be a healthy eater. Pat yourself on the back after your meal.
Neighbor Bakehouse. My go-to spot for a preggo sweet treat. The croissant is the best in the city (maybe country!), and they are just so nice.
Samovar Tea Lounge. Missing coffee? Samovar's got your back with the most delicious caffeine-free rooibos chai.
International Orange. The pillows there make their mom-to-be massage extra luxurious. And be sure to make time before or after your massage to enjoy the outdoor sun deck.
Baker Beach. The super short trip from the parking lot to the beach makes this a particularly great option to get in some solid beach days at the tail end of pregnancy.
SFMoma. Newly opened. Gigantic. Perfect for a stroll when you need to walk that baby out.
Mankas Lodge. At just an hour from the city, Mankas is the spot for all your local babymoon needs.
Photos by Sabrina Bot.