Friday, November 30, 2012

Party People!

As the season of Holiday Parties makes its grand debut this weekend, I have a lot of outfits swirling around my head. Planning outfits is one of the great joys of being a girl... yet nothing is more devastating than when you have just the best idea ever- and you try it on and it's an incredible disaster. Story of my life, I would say. My tip: if you have a big event, try your outfit on a few days before so it doesn't turn into a mad scramble to find something that works 2 minutes before you have to be out the door.

Since the weather is more temperate in California, I am actually looking forward to getting ready for holiday parties this year! Since comfort rules all in my life, my holiday-party-attendee-history would always consist of trying to find the best way to stay warm yet sort of look dressed up. This resulted in a lot of pantsuits. Maybe not the suit part, but definitely pants. So many pants. This year though- I am ready for my girly-moment. Here is my inspiration: 

WHIMSICAL, no?! Who cares that it isn't Halloween? I sure don't. Here is how I'd recreate this look myself. As you can see, if I have to compromise on sequin content- I take it to the next lev and add LEATHER SLEEVES. Meow:


Right? Like a little bit of fabulous, a little bit of crazy cat lady. Otherwise known as "me." SO I mean, if you're down with this look, you can shop it here:


And you know what else? I hope you have a perfect weekend!! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

wwl: Nothing.

Well you guys. For the first Wednesday in probably my entire life, I am not wishing for anything. Literally, NOTHING. Christmas came early to our little San Francisco apartment, and I still don't believe it. 

I got home pretty late on Monday [it was the night before Rue came out, after all]. Tim asked if I wanted a glass of wine, and led me to the dining room. There was a cardboard box that he'd painted red and blue, tied up in bright red ribbon, and in one of his signature fonts it said Merry X-Mas. I opened it, and immediately burst into tears.

True story. 
If you look at Rue's "Meet the Team" page [pg. 10], you'll see the number one item on my wish list this year was a DSLR... a question I'd answered about 3 hours earlier. I have wanted a new camera since the moment I started this blog. In fact, image quality is the reason I rarely post recipes, and why I haven't given an apartment tour of our "new" place.

When I say I "burst into tears," that is not a metaphor. That means I actually cried because I was so overcome with gratitude. So, I couldn't bring myself to round up my favorite shoes or t-shirts today. All of my wishes for a long, long time have been completely used up. 

In the coming weeks, I'll finally share a tour of our home, start posting my favorite recipes , and include more outfits as well. I can't wait to see where this little blog goes now! 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

P is for PINK & POLKA.

 blouse H&M // sweater Forever21 // denim Current/Elliott // shoes J.Crew 

A few weeks ago, I was wishing for these pink J.Crew ballet flats. On Black Friday, we were near a J.Crew so [to Tim's dismay] I popped in fought the crowds to see what sort of sales they were offering. Harmless enough, right? Well, count my lucky stars when these little pretties were on sale + an additional 25% off! They may as well have been free. My bank account wasn't even mad.

Something about pink makes me feel all ladylike, whether I want to be or not. Wearing my comfy Current/Elliots and my go-to polka dot sweater, I needed something more. I picked up this top at H&M- and while I love it... it's totally wrinkle-prone. The worst. So under the sweater it went... voila. That shirt just found its calling in life.

PS.... have you guys seen the NEW Rue Holiday Issue??? In my humble opinion, its AMAZING. You'll love it! 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Rue Magazine: At Home with Kelley Moore.

As many of you know, I am [so fortunate to be] on the team at Rue Magazine. This is extremely convenient, because Rue is [and has been] my go-to for inspiration. About a month ago, I assisted on a photo shoot at the ever-amazing Kelley Moore's Pacific Heights home. It was so beautiful, I totally had one of those "Is this real life" moments. And, it ended up being my absolute favorite feature in the issue. Since we are releasing our holiday issue this TUESDAY [get excited, people], I thought I better hop to it and share my favorite photos from Kelley's home. Her living room is beyond, and I hope you love it as much as I do!
Rue Magazine, October/November 2012 issue. Photography by Michelle Drewes. Interior Design by Kelley Moore

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WWL: Pajama Party

Since I work from home, the desire to stay in my pajamas all day is pretty prevalent in my life. Don't get me wrong, I love this. I am entirely obsessed with the fact I get to wear comfortable clothes sweats all day. Now, it is important to note I don't leave the house in sweats... if I have an event or meeting, I put on a proper outfit. Even MORE important to note, I at least get presentable before Tim gets home ESPECIALLY if we have date night. But let's just agree that between the hours of 7AM and 4PM, I'm in yoga pants and a chunky knit sweater and/or t-shirt with the shape of Idaho on it. 

I realized that if I am going to insist on this daily uniform, I need to step up my game. While technically it is behind closed doors, I still feel frumpy and sloppy. Don't even get me started on how the FedEx man's judging eyes make me feel! So when I came across the darling site byLangley, I fell madly in love. Pajamas that are cozy and comfy and all of those good words that make you think of how soft your bed is- but somehow also stylish. Plus, when I went to roundup my favorite links... I saw they're having a sale this weekend. 25% off with code THANKS25 at checkout. The stars have aligned just so and I'll go ahead and continue my days as the host of the world's longest pajama party. 

Look 1:
Look 2:
Look 3: 
 bra // shorts // robe 

*This is NOT a sponsored post. I literally do wear my pajam-jams all day, every day... and simply found my dream solution to that problem. Happy Wednesday!! 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sarah Seven Tastemaker Brunch.

This weekend, I was so fortunate to attend a brunch hosted by Erin [of Apartment34] at the San Francisco Sarah Seven studio. I don't even know where to begin describing how lucky I feel! First, I have been a huge fan of Sarah Seven for years. And, when I moved to SF- I was just hoping to make a few friends. I never thought in my wildest dreams I'd be attending these events. Pretty surreal- and something I'll never take for granted. If you think I'm done gushing, I'm not:

The outdoor brunch had the most beautiful tablescape- lots of pink and glam gold accents. While we dined and sipped mimosas, we were treated to a fashion show with Sarah's latest designs. If you follow me on Instagram- you likely saw the #tastemakerbrunch hashtag all over the place. Here are some of my favorite bits & pieces from the day:

Cute little menus.

Gold rimmed glasses are the way to my heart. 

Little tubes of glitter for each gal to match the dresses: 

...like this one!

My favorite from the day.

With Miss Sarah Seven herself. 

And even more gorgeous gowns in the showroom. I resisted trying any on. Mostly because I ate a lot. :)

Now, since I was away from the blog all last week... here is a little something extra to make up for it. WHAT I WORE [to the brunch]:
pants, necklace, & sweater H&M // shoes Badgley Mischka // watch MBMJ 

That moment when you realize a majority of your outfit is from H&M, but you're entirely okay with it. Also, my little blondie roots are starting to shine through...I KNOW. I am waiting until I can see my stylist in Boise [Deseree] because I thoroughly do not enjoy anyone else touching my hair. 

Thanks for stopping by and indulging my super-long post. Have a great day!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

What a Weekend.

Some quick snaps from my weekend. And also last weekend, too. 
Cute packaging by La Boulange

"Giggling Geishas" [not a joke] at Ozumo for Lindy's birthday dinner.

Since we're BFFs, we got BFF bracelets. 

Margs at Tacolicious

Just the girls! ;)

With major thanks to Courtney, I was able to go see DiffaSF before the big event. Loved all the different tablescapes. 

Black ceramics from my favorite table. 

And darling terrariums, too. If you're not familiar, you should read about the event

Snuggle time with my main squeeze. 

AND, a little preview for tomorrow's post. Cute chalkboard sketches at the Sarah Seven showroom. No, I wasn't shopping. :)

Also... I've been feeling SO tired lately. No matter how much sleep I get, I'm entirely exhausted. If you have any tips for boosting energy [aside from drinking all of the coffee], let me know. Now, to bed I go.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Twirl.


Meow. Sorry for going MIA! I am a firm believer in "if I don't have anything worthwhile to share, I won't share it." So I took a little bloggy-break. I've been busy with some *very exciting* projects I can't wait to share, and on top of that... I've been just exhausted. SO tired. 

So, thank you for your patience. 

Now, go put on your party dress and your best twirling shoes. It is Friday, after all! Happy Weekend!

Friday, November 9, 2012

DIY: Washi Tape Tea Lights

Hello, and welcome to the easiest DIY on the internet EVER! I am not a DIYer, or at least one who does it often. I used to do projects all of the time, but over the past few years it has tapered off. Speaking of tape [see what I did there??], today's DIY is all about my new favorite product: Washi Tape. I saw this project originally on Pinterest and knew I had to give it a go for myself. 

All you need is a few tea light candles [mine are from Ikea] and your favorite Washi Tape. I do like the look of metallic tape for this project- but with all of the bright colors in our living room [we always have candles going], I knew something neon was the best choice. 
First, carefully wrap the tape around the edge of the tea light. The Ikea ones are more shallow, so there will be an overlap of tape if you have those. 
Then, carefully trim the tape. I am not very good at this part, as you can see in the below photo. BUT, the whole process is so quick it doesn't really matter *too much.* Plus, tea lights don't last for very long... so you can cover a BUNCH and swap them out. Once they're lit, you won't even notice the edges [if you're like me and don't know how to use scissors]. 
Then, enjoy! This tape coloring was very subtle- it was one of the details I'll enjoy but won't necessarily make a huge impact. With all of the tape options available, you can do something much more bold to fit the aesthetic of your decor.
So there you have it, the world's easiest and quickest DIY! Next time, I'll put my big girl pants on and we'll try something a little more intricate. ;)

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! My best friend, Lindy, is coming to visit!!! When I made the move to SF, she headed north to Seattle... and it is has been nearly 4 months since we've seen each other which is absolutely heart breaking and also ridiculous so to say we're excited is a bit of an understatement!! We'll be heading all over the city, showing her my favorite spots and doing lots of best friend things. It is very safe to say I will not be blogging on Monday but that my Instagram account will be overwhelmingly active. 

Have an amazing weekend!! :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Wine Country.

As I mentioned on Monday, we went to wine country over the weekend. It was my first time going, ever, and it did not disappoint. The views are so amazing, the towns are so cute, and the wine... is so good. Tina already blogged the weekend, but I thought I'd share a few photos too!
 
top Anthropologie // necklace Forever21 // denim Hudson // shoes Target // bag Urban Outfitters

It is important to note that everything I'm wearing, except for my jeans and my bag, are literally 100 years old. OKAY at least 5 years old. No exaggeration on the 5 years part, seriously. I did purge a lot of clothing when I moved to the city, but these items survived and for good reason. I don't feel like this outfit looks like me 5 years ago, I simply styled them differently than I would have then. I will say, I wish I'd grabbed a cute clutch for this outfit instead of hanging onto my huge purse... but hindsight is 20/20.

Do you hold onto things in your closet, or are you constantly rotating them out? For either answer- leave your tips in the comments! I'm always so curious about other's opinions on the life-altering topic of "to keep or to sell."

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

WWL: Paint it Black.


My goodness, is that not the biggest product roundup of all time??? I got carried away, and am not even upset in the slightest. You see, when I wake up and have an event or a party and think "OMG I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR" I always resort to all black. It is the simplest way to put together an amazing outfit in under 5 minutes. Pile on your favorite pieces, walk out the door. 

I have a few friends who've told me they don't know how to pull it off, or that it seems intimidating. That is the beauty- anyone can pull it off. I do have a few tips to make it seem easier, more manageable, or all in all... not "depressing" as many people probably think.

First, if you want to avoid looking like a waiter- pile on fun shoes and accessories. The ban.do Cosmic Collar or Bow-Tie [in your hair OR on your shirt] may be small- but are fun, girly ways to add personality. Of course, you can also pile on colored or rhinestoned jewelry galore- it just didn't fit my all black scheme today, you know?? :) 

Next, invest in a variety of black shoes. I read somewhere once that you only need one pair of black shoes. I disagree. All black shoes are vastly different, and will bring something entirely different to the outfit. The studded boots [my number one wishlist item right now] will add an element of rock & roll, and look great with pants or a dress. The J.Crew heels are of course classic, and the Charlotte Olympia kitty flats will be casual but girly. 

Lastly, mix and match textures. Chunky knits with leather. Textured pants with a cute peplum. Lace with sheer tights. If you have different materials, you won't look like you're in a work uniform- you'll look super chic! The final thing I will say is faded black + crisp black is always a no-no. If you can't bear to get rid of your favorite [faded] black item, and the fabric allows, dye it! It will keep you looking sharp.

Snag the ban.do items here, and shop the rest of the look below! [colors do vary on the shopping widget, but all are available in black] Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Faux Real.

jacket Pins & Needles // tunic Forever 21, old // denim AG // shoes Seychelles, similar

Hello, readers. We're about to embark on an embarrassing confession that will ultimately lead to why I currently own this [faux] leather jacket. But that is why I am here. To show you my mediocre style & interests [which I thoroughly enjoy] and share embarrassing stories. Oh, and also make friends with you guys. So here we go. 

My first few weeks after moving, Tim and I frequented a restaurant on Haight called Martin Macks. It is walking distance from our place and has great food & service. Also, we didn't have TV yet and it was the only place playing the Olympics. One evening, while watching synchronized diving, a girl walked by our table and she was wearing a leather jacket. And I told Tim "That is literally the coolest girl I've ever seen." Because she was. She was wearing this amazing leather jacket and skinnies and studded sneakers and some sort of knitted hat and I immediately hated my entire closet. I do feel creepy for momentarily idolizing a stranger, but it happens. A lot, actually.

So ever since, I've wanted a leather jacket just about more than anything. I found this one at Urban Outfitters and it is the softest faux leather I've come across. It is warm and flexible, and has great quilting details. I may not look as cool as that girl did, but I love it. I think fashion is all about gathering inspiration from wherever, even if it is just someone you see on the Internet or at your favorite Haight St. establishment. Then, finding pieces that suit your personal style, and that you're comfortable in. Lastly, fashion is about making it all your own. If I copied her outfit to a T, I'd look like an idiot. But with my favorite flowy tunic and yellow heels? I look like me.

Especially in that last photo. Tim was telling jokes and I couldn't hold it together.

Monday, November 5, 2012

What a Weekend.

Whew. What a weekend it was! Here are some snaps:

Girl-time at Maven

My first experience at Pizzeria Delfina

Needless to say, I get the hype. DELICIOUS.

Headed with Tina and the boys to wine country for a fun tasting party, good food, and amazing wine.

Wandering through the vineyard.

Stopped for a nightcap at Spoonbar, a new favorite spot. Tina's drink had a lot to say... I think it is safe to say, we should have all heeded this drink's message as a warning.

Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead!!