I really, really want a straw tote. Really. Lately it seems like they've been popping up everywhere, and offer the perfect mix between vacation whimsy and everyday functionality. Perfect for the beach, a trip to the farmer's market, or to add some vacay vibes to a Monday, straw totes are the it bag for Spring 2017.
I've always struggled with my skin. It was never actually severe, I was just really self conscious and paranoid about it. Even if I was going to the beach, I was sure to have some concealer and bronzer in my bag. In high school, I regularly went to the dermatologist and by freshman year of college I was breaking out regularly due to stress. A mixture of prescribed antibiotics and topical treatments and a happier environment helped get my skin back under control, but I was never really happy with it. Recently though, I've gotten way more comfortable in my own skin after completely gutting and then rebuilding my skincare regimen.
Living in San Francisco means I do a ton of walking, and I'm constantly on the hunt for comfy shoes. I immediately loved the classic look of People Footwear shoes, and knew I'd order a pair eventually. I got The Stanley in white/beach glass blue, and couldn't be happier.
Every year at about this time I start to crave sunny weather, but usually San Francisco isn't in the mood to cooperate. I think it's much easier to be excited about winter when Christmas is still in the air, all your sweaters are new, and boots still seem novel. Once we're into February, I can't wait for spring, even though there's still plenty of winter left.
Aloha! I'm headed to Oahu and Maui for two weeks, and can't wait for the beaches and sunshine. I try to keep it simple and streamlined when I travel, and I try to pack multi-functional pieces that coordinate. For this trip, my bag is full of swim suits, comfy tees, a few layering pieces so I don't get too much sun, and a couple of dresses.
It seems like the whole month of December is a whirlwind of parties, drinks, friends and sparkles. Every year, the firm I work at treats us to an amazing, wine-filled lunch at Original Joe's, and every year I struggle with what to wear. I want to dress up (everyone gets pretty festive) but not too dressed up since it's lunch. I want to be festive, but not freeze to death walking up to North Beach. I want to be work appropriate and fun. Every year I struggle to find the perfect outfit, but this year I think I've nailed it.
Daylight Saving Time has ended, the days are getting shorter and crisper, and the ice rinks have even gone up at Union Square and on the Embarcadero. Fall is in full swing, and the holidays are right around the corner. I'm loving all the 70's inspired boho floral dresses paired with booties, and clean, black pieces. Maybe I've lived in The City for too long, but you can never go wrong with a classic wardrobe staple in black.
Happy Monday! This past weekend was rainy, windy and grey. It was also the first real taste of Fall that SF has seen. It was the perfect weather for piling on the blankets, browsing Netflix and baking pies. And drinking wine.
From the sleek, minimalist, millennial pink packaging to the simple list of ingredients and dedication to "skin first", Glossier struck a chord with me from the beginning. I knew they had a huge cult following, and that some of their wait list items had lists longer than 10,000. I knew Glossier was founded by beauty editors looking for perfect solutions. What I didn't know was how much Glossier's new Supers would affect my skin and simplify my daily routine.
Here in The City, our Indian Summer was cut super short by actual chilly fall weather. As sad as I am that the sunshine and warm temps aren't sticking around, I'm always really excited to pick up a few new fall pieces and get cozy. Since SF spends most of the year somewhere between fall and spring, it's always a good idea to pick up a few new sweaters, some comfy boots and even a long sleeve tee or two.
It's been a little over four years since I purchased my Madewell Transport Tote. At the time, I was surviving my first post-college adult job. The bag was pricey for me at the time. It retails for $168 today, but I remember paying less in 2012. I'd been eyeing it for ages, and was completely stoked when I finally decided to treat myself. It's pretty much been my go-to everyday bag ever since.
I'm so excited for the weekend! I know it's only Monday, but I'm taking a short week (and an extra long holiday weekend) to fly down to San Diego and hang out with my family and get some sun. Fogust has been a killer this year, and I can't wait to sit in the sunshine and swim.
San Francisco is well known for it's micro climates, chilly afternoons and evening fog. Walking is a way of life. The City seems to constantly hover just below 70, and constantly feels like either fall or spring. This is the land of layers, puffy coats and always bringing a pair of sunglasses with you (just in case!).
It's officially the best shopping time of the year! Unlike Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or the day after Christmas, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale doens't discount leftover items. Instead, Nordstrom puts a ton of their new pre-fall and fall merchandise on sale! Everything from exclusive make-up sets and fall-ready boots and jackets to men's, kid's and home items are all on sale.
Have you ever come across a company or store where you want pretty much everything? Have you also been able to afford it all? ASOS was that for me. I discovered the site a couple months ago, and I've ordered quite a few things so far. I love their saved items option, since I'm the kind of person that saves things online forever before doing research and finally ordering. I also love that they offer such a wide variety of looks and brands. Their shipping is fast and everything comes in a small bag.
Summer here is very different from the classic California Summer of Hollywood and dreaming tourists. Here, summer can mean stiflingly hot one day and freezing, windy and grey the next. I regularly get a good laugh watching tourists in flip flops, tanks and shorts clinging to a cable car and shivering as the fog rolls in. Here it can be summer at lunch and winter by evening.
Weekend trips are my faves. You get the adventure of a vacation without having to fork over big money, take time off work, or have to get on a long flight. San Francisco is perfectly situated for countless weekend adventures, and some of my favorite destinations are only a few hours drive away. Lake Tahoe, Mendocino, Santa Cruz, Napa, Sonoma, the Russian River and Lake Berryessa are just a few. San Francisco's dreary, cold, foggy summers make escaping for a few days and finding some sunshine that much more important.
To say I'm obsessed with pineapples lately is putting it lightly. I've been eating tons of them, and seriously lusting after pretty much anything with a pineapple on it. There are t-shirts, emoji hats and skirts everywhere. (Lemons are popular too, but I'll save that for another post.) If it's not pineapple print, its texture in unexpected places. Tassels are constantly on my mind too. I love the idea of spicing up a plain outfit with a touch of whimsy, but not letting whimsical gypsy style overwhelm your everyday look. I think these pieces are easy to mix in with other closet staples, and are a wearable way to embrace this fun tropical trend!
I've never shared a review before, but after researching and wanting a pair of One Teaspoon shorts for ages, I finally got not one but two pairs! I bought one pair second hand on Tradesy (more on that experience below) and the other pair online from Free People. Both pairs are the Bandits style which feature a higher rise, light to medium distressing, concealed four button closure, half-rolled hem and signature five pocket design.
It may be rainy and cold right now, but you know what they say about March! In like a lion, out like a lamb! I can't wait for sunshine and warm weather to return. Spring is one of the best seasons in SF, and many people say that the weather here is perpetually stuck in spring or fall. This makes buying spring, or any transitional clothing, a great investment, but can also cause even the most experienced layer-er to suffer from the occasional Outfit Crisis. How to pair light-weight spring pieces with bulkier warm essentials?
There's only a few short days left until Christmas, and then only a couple more until New Year's Eve! If you're still scrambling to come up with the perfect outfit, don't worry! I've solved that Outfit Crisis!
In the Bay Area, we've been hearing non-stop about the 'too big to fail' monster El Nino that is headed our way. When it will actually arrive is still up for debate, but with our first storm of the season forecast for Wednesday, I've been searching for some inspiration.
Layering for fall is tried and true method for dealing with the change of seasons no matter where you live. But, for San Francisco, layering is carried through all year. The things that make fall perfect for layering, are also ever present in SF's countless micro climates.