Friday, September 30, 2011

Green with Envy

Happy Friday everyone! I for one am excited for this weekend. Saturday I'm going to stop by Hardly Strictly Bluegrass for a few hours in GG Park to catch a few bands perform before work. Sunday I am headed to the Alameda Flea Market. It'll be my first time, and I hear it's overwhelming, but I am looking for a few things I hope I find. The heat has been persistent and it's been getting harder and harder to look good while sweating buckets. I've decided to skip additional jewelry and leave accessories out for the most part, but I've found that a cute headband can help you look a bit more pulled together without adding anymore bulk to make you uncomfortable in the heat.

Blouse: Anthropologie. Jeans: H&M. Shoes: Coclico. Headband: Gifted. Bag: H&M. Sunglasses: Ray Ban

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bows and Stripes

I'm gonna have to be honest; while I love this skirt I find it very difficult to style. I don't know if it's because of the style of the skirt itself, or lack of imagination. This morning while I was figuring out what to wear this pairing came to mind, and I have to be honest that I was a little disappointed in not seeing this before. The structured top in a neutral color helps tone down the bold stripes of the skirt, and because the blouse is not tucked in, yet still defined at the waist, I think it helps continue the line of the silhouette.

Top: Anthropologie. Skirt: Forever 21. Shoes: Anthropologie. Bag: H&M. Sunglasses: Vintage

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Summer Tweed

I know you probably read the title of this post and thought "Tweed in the Summer time. No way." Yes way. As an accent of course! I've always been drawn to pieces that have a little something special, and in this case my skirt has tweed outlining the waist and button line down the front. It makes this new purchase the perfect Summer to Fall transition piece. It's super hot here right now so I kept accessories to a minimum, make-up to a minimum, hair up in a bun, and layers light and barely there.

Tank: Forever 21. Skirt: Anthropologie. Shoes: Miss Albright. Necklace: Anthropologie. Belt: Vintage. Bag: H&M. Sunglasses: Ray Bans.

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Monday, September 26, 2011


Like I mentioned previously, I enjoyed my Sunday with two of my favorite people enjoying what this great city has to offer; amazing food and amazing sights. We went to Dynamo Donuts, a gourmet donut shop in Potrero Hill, and we splurged. We also took advantage of the shop's cute patio seating, despite the not so fair weather. After that we drove around the city, specifically the Presidio, and enjoyed the scenic route back home.

Dynamo Donuts: Maple Bacon Apple (two left), Chocolate Rose (front), Caramel De Sel (top right), and Chocolate Spice (bottom right)

Mocha Art

Just your friendly neighborhood spider...

Golden Gate Bridge
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday Rain

I hope you all had a wonderful Saturday! Mine was busy busy busy. I woke up this morning and it was all wet had rained overnight, and it was misting all day. That was a very short Indian Summer if I do say so myself. I enjoyed my day getting coffee and donuts with two of my favorite people, and driving around the city taking in the scenery just as the sun resurfaced right before I had to head to work. I'll post a few pics up over the week but for now some outfit pics.

Trench and Sweater: H&M. Tank: Banana Republic. Jeans: Gap. Shoes: Anthropologie. Scarf: World Market. Bag: H&M. Sunglasses: Vintage.

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Friday, September 23, 2011


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Thursday, September 22, 2011


Today was a very rare, and very welcomed day off. I got to enjoy it meeting a good friend downtown for some burgers at Super Duper Burger (they really are super duper). We also did some shopping and got to take in some San Francisco sun in the Yerba Buena Gardens. I love the Gardens because it's nestled away in the heart of downtown SF with a fantastic view of all the wonderful architecture.
Onto my outfit: I love this flowy top because I think it to be quite versatile. The hem allows me to layer it under cropped sweaters, tuck it into skirts/pants/shorts/whatever, or knot it up. Today since I am wearing a very fitted plum pencil skirt I thought a billowy top would help balance it out and create modesty. I knotted the front to show off the high waist of the skirt. Add some fun jewelry and you have yourself an outfit rivaling the architecture of Sf's finest. Also say hello to a new bag. I've been needing a bigger bag lately and this one was perfect. It has a vintage appeal and is the perfect size.

Top: Anthropologie. Skirt: Forever 21. Shoes: Miss Albright. Bag: H&M. Sunglasses: Ray Bans. Necklaces: Anthropologie and gifted.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Emmys Recap

This may be a few days too late, but I did want to share with you all my top three favorite dresses from the Emmys this past weekend. I have to be honest; I was not quite as impressed as I wanted to be with the stars' outfits. Most seemed to be almost there, but not quite perfect in my opinion. Below are the three that stood out the most for me.

Diana Agron: I love her get-up for a few reasons. The color of her dress is not only beautiful on its own, but it compliments her skin, hair and features beautifully. The cut of the dress is also unique, and while some critics thought it to be unflattering, I think it balanced her shape out quite well since she is actually a bit bottom heavy. She accessorized in a very smart manner with statement earrings (I love them), a diamond bracelet, and fun clutch. What pulls it all together is her hair and makeup. Her hair is pulled up in a modern take on a retro up-do and her makeup is clean with a clear focus on her eyes. The teal eye-liner was the perfect touch!

Clare Danes: This look is a bit similar to Diana's outfit, though much edgier. First off I would like to point out that the fit of this dress is absolutely fantastic on Clare. She has always been a more daring person to watch on the red carpet, and this is no exception. Some people thought this dress was too busy, and I can see where they are coming from, however, since she kept accessories to a minimum (just a fun pair of earrings), and her hair simple, the focus is all on the dress, where it should be. Her make-up just adds to the over all edginess of the look.

Julia Stiles: What caught my eye most about this look is the detailing and fit of the dress. I wish the color was a bit richer, but Julia pulls this dress off with her fair skin and blond hair. If she were fair with darker hair it may have washed her out. The side swept waves add to the overall ethereal look, making this a very cohesive outfit. If she had her hair up I would have liked to see a statement necklace, but the way it is is just perfect.
And there you have it, my three favorite looks from the night. Like I said before, I wish there was more that I could have been impressed with. I would have liked to see some daring dresses, or super funky accessories, but it seems as though the girls played it safe this time around. What dresses were your favorites? Do you agree with my top three or do you think I missed someone?
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

DIY: Nail Art

Water Marble Nail Polish!
This is the fun project that I mentioned I tried last night. It took a long time to do so make sure you have peed before hand (I had problems with this as I have a tiny bladder), will not be hungry in the next hour or so, and have some water or soda by your side to keep your self hydrated in moments of frustration! I'm just kidding, it's not that intense, once you get the hang of it.
Materials: You will need a disposable cup filled with ROOM TEMPERATURE water. Nail polish remover. Plenty of Q-tips and paper towels. At least 3 different colors of nail polish. Tape. And a needle or toothpick.

-Start off with white nails. (you can choose another color as your base coat, but white helps the colors pop.)
-Tape around your nail to help with less clean up.
- Begin to drop nail polish colors in the water one at a time to make a bulls eye pattern. Continue doing this until the polish does not spread anymore (2 cycles at least). I find it easy to just let one drop of polish fall into the water off the brush.
- Once you have your bulls eye, take your tooth pick or needle and draw in a pattern.
- When you are satisfied with the pattern pick a spot and dump you nail on top that spot and into/ through the water.
-Keep your finger submerged and blow on the polish remaining at the top of the water.
-Use you toothpick or needle to clean up the polish.

- Remove your nail from the water and peel off the tape. Clean up around the nail bed with nail polish remover and a Q-tip.
-Repeat 9 more times.
Right Hand
Left hand
I know that these pics and instructions may leave you with questions. I wish I was able to take more pics of the process but with wet nails it's very hard to do. So I recommend checking out some tutorials on youtube. Just search "Water Marble Nails". Here is one I like.

Will you try this at home? Send me some pics, I'd love to see the patterns you came up with!
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Sailing Away

Hey there Summer, you've finally arrived!!!

Today's outfit consists of floaty options, thin layers and fun colors. This skirt was a very special gift from Kyle, and is one of my favorites. I love the vintage shape and styling of the skirt, and how the sail boat print keeps it modern. This isn't the most versatile item I have in my closet, but it can definitely tread the line of modern and throw-back quite nicely.

Blouse and Skirt: Anthropologie. Sweater: Nordstrom Rack. Shoes: Steve Madden. Bag: Lucky Penny. Sunglasses: Vintage.

Also last night I spent about an hour on my nails. Why an hour? I finally tried water marbling, and am quite pleased with the results. While they may not be perfect I will run a tutorial post tomorrow. I think it's a pretty cool way to spice up your regular old nail polish. Pin It

Sun Spots

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! I have one more day to go and I plan on enjoying it fully out doors since the sun has decided to say hello. I spent most of the day hanging out with Kim sipping on iced coffees and swinging on swings. It was just what I needed after a hectic week. Something about a maxi dress lends ease to a laid back day, and this one was perfect for the day I had.

Dress and Cardi: Anthropologie. Belt: Forever 21. Shoes: TOMS. Bag: Lucky Penny. Sunglasses: Ray Ban

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Friday, September 16, 2011


Aren't you guys so happy it's Friday?!?! For me this means I have only 2 more days until my weekend starts, and I'm excited for it because on Sunday I plan to hit up Jeremey's 60% off Fall sale :) For those of you in the Bay area, there is one location in SF and one in Berkeley and I highly recommend you checking it out. It's like a Marshall's or Loehmann's on steroids. Designer and casual wear highly discounted.

As for my outfit; I have an incredibly busy day (hence the one picture) so I thought of doing comfortable layers. Think airport chic. My favorite stretchy jeans and 3/4 sleeve top with fun layers to put it all together.

Sweater: ByCorpus via Jeremey's ($4!!!!). Scarf: Handmade by me. Shirt: Target. Jeans: Forever 21. Boots: Luxury Rebel via Nordtroms. Necklace: Gifted. Bag: Lucky Penny.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Currently Craving: Warm Staples

I know San Francisco's "Indian Summer" is on its way. At least I hope it is. September, October, and sometimes even into November San Francisco hits very high temperatures and constant sunshine, which I cannot wait for. But being a bonafide San Franciscan means that I am always on the lookout for new, chic outerwear, and this season's batch is looking like it's going to be irresistible. I'm loving the different swingy silhouettes for coats, and leather accents on cold weather accessories. Lately I have also been thinking that it may be time for me to sift through my closet to get rid of older things to make room for some young adult/professional pieces. I've graduated and while I am currently comfortable with the jobs I do have, soon it will be time for me to not only apply to graduate programs, but also apply to some "big girl" type jobs. Below are a few things that are currently on my wish list, that I think will fit the bill for a more professional type look.

(Don't worry though, my personal style will always remain a bit funky and quirky...patterned tights and all)

This coat is amazing because of its shape. It's unique, and because it is made of a heavy fabric you know it will keep you warm through the coldest winter while making you look stylish and put-together. It is very different than anything I own, and have owned, but I am looking to add more grown up pieces to my wardrobe, and I think outerwear is a good place to start.

Here is another coat with a fantastic silhouette. It's much more tame than the H&M one, and cheaper, but it is also made of a less luxurious fabric. I personally am a fan of the darker color, and contrast belt and piping.I can see this fitting in with my closet perfectly, while also being a great grown up closet transitional piece.
I LOVE these gloves. All I can say is I need them. They are perfect.
This isn't necessarily cold weather appropriate on it's own but I can see this as a great transitional piece. During the "summer" this would be great with shorts and skirts, and as it gets colder you can pair them with jeans, tights and skirts, and maybe even some knitted socks on the coldest of days. They are a little girly, a little grungy, and a whole lot of cute. This may not be grown up wear, but hey, I'm still young ;)
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