Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday's Thought


Wednesday, December 11, 2013


jacket Goode Rider c/o // glasses Free People // sweater Target // necklace Yellow Owl Workshop

I used to always laugh when friends who lived in warmer climates would complain about "winter." Three winters ago, my car was a snowball and I refused to leave the house for 2 days. I could only dream of spending my Decembers in a balmy 60 degrees. However... San Francisco has actually been so freaking cold this week. Maybe I've just been spoiled by warmer temperatures or my body has adapted or my blood has thinned out... but I've been a walking talking icicle. Goode Rider sent this jacket in the nick of time. It has a down shell, a shearling-lined hood, and a micro fleece lining. In a word? It's heaven. I wore it all of yesterday in Golden Gate Park and wasn't cold once. Shoot. Maybe it's time to plan a little snowy escape??

Monday, December 9, 2013

New Favorite Sweater

sweater Ella Moss // sunglasses Nordstrom [old]

Turns out, it's pretty hard to figure out how to pose while highlighting elbow patches. I mean, other girls do it all the time but I was sure confused. This is probably why I'm not a regular "fashion" blogger.

However, awkward-blogging woes aside... this Ella Moss sweater is the best thing ever. It is SO cozy, yet doesn't feel frumpy. I love the leather accents and unique neckline. This sweater is perfect for going out to dinner OR curling up for a House Hunters International marathon.... not that I do that. [I definitely do.]

Friday, December 6, 2013

Our San Francisco Apartment: The Kitchen

I have to be honest. Our kitchen is the worst. It is.... the worst. Two-thirds of it are floor to ceiling plywood [PLYWOOD] cabinets and countertops. Okay, maybe the counters are a laminate of some sort but it's all a very, very pale wood. It's unappealing and also, there are no outlets. And the counter space is NOT enough for like... baking cookies, or homemade pizza, or even a margarita station! However, 1/3 of it is pretty rad because we painted a chalkboard wall and brought in a little cart. Here are some photos:

When the Huffington Post picked up the story, someone commented "What exactly is she cutting all of those lemons for, anyways??" Well, rude commenter... maybe I was making lemonade!! I wasn't. I just wanted to bring some color into our totally dismal kitchen. And, truth be told, I almost never drink water without a fresh lemon... so I do cut lemons A LOT. Sheesh. But in the end... the joke is TOALLY on him because by adding this cart + chalkboard wall... I turned a real lemon into a beautiful lemonade stand. Or something.

Seriously though, this cart has been a total lifesaver. We wired some additional power strips to the area and are able to have a coffee maker, mixer, and EVEN a margarita station when needed. Granted, I requested that Bess not photograph the terrible side of the kitchen... so I guess it looks pretty great from this angle. I'm just saying, if you're ever invited over- don't be surprised at the other half.

IMAGE CREDIT: Bess Friday for Rue Magazine.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Our San Francisco Apartment: The Bedroom

As far as decor goes, our bedroom actually took the longest... by a lot. We completed it maybe 2 weeks before Bess came over to take photos. Because of the bay windows, there were only 2 spots the bed could go... neither of which felt very zen. We had a lot of artwork in there, and a few furniture pieces that didn't make sense or feel cohesive. The whole thing felt like the room where old furniture went to die. 

However, I decided that with all of the natural light- white bedding was exactly what the space needed. Now... this was a pretty hard decision. We have 2 cats jumping on the bed all day and our apartment gets DUSTY. I am pleased to say [and pleasantly surprised] that the bedding has held up and still looks fresh! Here are my favorite photos: 

BEDROOM: 1. Geo Console Table // 2. Bedding: CoverletComforterPillows // 3. Bed // 4. Polka Dot Pillows // 5. Rug // 6. Mirrored Side Table // 7. Polka Dot Curtains // 8. Chair

Funny story: During the photo shoot, we kept trying to get Roxanne [my cat] in the pictures. She had a really cute little scarf on and we gave her a bath the night before so she'd look extra fluffy. I'm obsessed with her... and really just wanted her in a picture, you know?? Unfortunately, she really does blend into the background. Pretty devastating if you ask me. Of course, the WHOLE time Leonard was knocking things over and ruining everyone's day- and CERTAINLY not earning his place in a photo. It's a miracle he wasn't "set free" that day. The moment we moved into the bedroom to shoot, he positioned himself front & center and practiced his America's Next Top Model poses. And with his stupid orange spotted coat? He looked awesome. As usual, Leonard wins.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Our San Francisco Apartment: The Dining Room

Next up on the tour, our dining room:

DINING ROOM: 1. Rug // 2. Lighting // 3. Antler Candleholders // 4. R & R Print  // 5. Large Painting // 6. Desk // 7. Sheepskin // 8. Fox Print // 9. Mirrored Jewelry Box // 10. Sabertooth Skull (spray painted gold)

This space has gone through MANY changes since we first moved in. The white built-in was a great feature, but did control the design of the room. The original paint color was the same neutral that you see in the living room, but we wanted a darker hue to really highlight the architecture. We were a little nervous going so dark in such a large room, but once the paint dried... we were obsessed. [OKAY... I was nervous. Tim was the genius behind the operation. As usual.]

For layout, we first had the table pushed against the window. It really felt too crowded, but we weren't sure where else to move it. Once we installed the light fixture, it was a no brainer to center the table underneath. It was literally one of those "OH my gosh, how have we been so stupid this WHOLE time??" moments. They happen a lot. As for my desk? It's been in every possible space in here. I'm pleased to say it still resides in the window [where I'm typing right now]!

In the first picture, you can sort of see the closet doors on the left. That space used to be for a Murphy bed. It is HUGE and such a relief- as San Francisco apartments are known to have the SMALLEST closets ever. It was for sure a selling point when we looked at the place. Currently, it's jam packed with our extra bedding, winter coats, a broken vacuum, and Christmas decorations that I need to dig out. Big closets are seriously the greatest luxury. Of course, in typical Tim//Kelli fashion- a few decor pieces have shifted around. But in general- this is our dining space and I adore it.

Check back tomorrow as we move to the next room in the house. :)

IMAGE CREDIT: Bess Friday for Rue Magazine.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Our San Francisco Apartment: The Living Room

With the holidays here, I'm in nesting mode. Candles lit every night, lots of blankets & movies, and a full-blown appreciation for our small San Francisco home. The full tour was on Rue Daily in early September, but I wanted to share some of the photos here too!

I have to say- our photographer was amazing. When I first saw Bess Friday's work, I knew she had to be the one to shoot our place. She is so talented. Let's be honest- when I first got the pictures back, I actually cried tears of joy. I am SO grateful that Tim and I will always have beautiful photos of our first home together, and I can't thank Bess enough for the wonderful job that she did.

Over the next four days, I'll share all of my favorite photos. First up, our living room!

LIVING ROOM: 1. Rockers // 2. Coffee Table // 3. Triangle Terrarium // 4. Yellow Tray // 5. Rug // 6. Gold Accent Table // 7. Sheepskin // 8. Alligator Dish 

The living room was the first room we completed... actually only about a month after I moved here. We went across the bridge to Emeryville and visited IKEA and West Elm. It was so much fun! Tim and I were finally living in the same city, and we were wandering these stores trying to choose things together. Luckily, our styles blended fairly seamlessly.

Once the room was [basically] finished, I remember just sitting on the sofa in the sunlight and looking at everything. Well, gazing is probably a better term. I felt like I finally had my dream home... or I guess more importantly, my dream life. It's funny how a great room can do that for you. While the rest of the apartment is pretty fab... this room will always be my favorite.

Tomorrow, we'll take a little tour of the dining room. Thanks for reading!!

[NOTE: the print on the wall is NOT our address, it's one of Tim's old addresses. :) Don't worry.]

IMAGE CREDIT: Bess Friday for Rue Magazine.

Tuesday Update:

Happy Tuesday!! I've got a few updates for now, and will be back this afternoon with a fun post.

FIRST, an ALL NEW RUE hit digital newsstands today! Say HELLO to Rue Holiday 2013! We've got gift guides for everyone on your list, entertaining & decor tips, and some hot chocolate recipes that are.... well, life changing. Click here to check it out!

ALSO, I am over at YOURS TRULY today sharing "Something for Him." A sweet little gift guide for the man in your life. Note to Tim: don't read it or you'll spoil Christmas. Thank you so much to Chelsea for having me!!

Alright, that's all for the moment... but be sure to come back this evening for an exciting little series. :)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Giveaway: San Francisco's Best - #ShopLocalSF

'Tis the season... to shop small and stay local! One of my favorite things about this city, and I think you'll agree, is all of the chic small businesses. It is so enjoyable to explore new neighborhoods, meet darling shop owners, and come home with a few unique pieces I know I can't find anywhere else. 

I've teamed up with 11 local bloggers to shed light on some fantastic boutiques and gifts around San Francisco. The holidays are here, and our shopping lists are long. On top of that, who has time to run around the city picking everything up?? [Hint: NOT ME.] That's why I'm newly obsessed with SixDoors. This app brings the best shops around SF directly to your phone... and then delivers the goods to you on the very same day.

I hope you’ll #ShopLocalSF this season and support the hundreds of local boutiques and shops that shape this city into what it is—unique, authentic, and San Francisco sourced.
With a few of my favorite SF shops in mind, I’ve curated a Gift Guide for the Trendsetter: 

Angela and Roi Cross-Body Bag, BeGood Clothing, $65 // Kris Nations Gold Fill Charm Bracelets, Bell Jar, $37 // Ceres Cuff Ring, Half Hitch Goods, $138 // iSanctuary Chevron Brass Necklace, BeGood Clothing, $32 // je t'aime Pendant, Park and Pond, $45 // Mata Traders Chevron Necklace, BeGood Clothing, $28 // Bianca Clutch, Bell Jar, $316 // Arrowhead Necklace, Ruby, $35 // Painted Leather Clutch, Whistle, $52
I love finding new accessories that you won't see anywhere else... and I feel like this guide encompasses just that. Lucky for me, this entire gift set is available for same-day delivery anywhere in San Francisco - just download the SixDoors app and head to “The Holiday Shop” tab. In addition to my guide, you’ll also see 11 other hand-picked gift ideas from fellow local bloggers & friends. 
Here's where things get exciting. In support of #ShopLocalSF, I’m giving away a $100 credit towards this gift set, or any items you desire available for purchase and same-day delivery in San Francisco! 
Enter to win here: 

THE MORE, THE MERRIER!! Beginning on November 29, and through December 16th, head to a different SF blog each day to win more and discover great boutiques and gift ideas around the city:
Day 1 - GIFTS TO PAMPER A FRIEND: Visit Victoria of SF Girl By Bay on Friday, 11/29 to find perfect gifts for pampering.
Day 2 - GIFTS FOR THE TRENDSETTER: Visit ME! Kelli of Leopard and Lavender on Monday, 12/2 to find stylish, of-the-moment gift ideas.
Day 3 - GIFTS FOR CITY KIDS: Visit Kate of Style Smaller on Tuesday, 12/3 to discover picks for the little ones in your life.
Day 4 - GIFTS FOR THE NEWLYWEDS: Visit Allison of Engaged and Inspired on Wednesday, 12/4 to find gift ideas for your favorite new couple.
Day 5 - HANDMADE GIFTS: Visit Natalie of Coquette on Thursday, 12/5 to find items made lovingly by hand.
Day 6 - GIFTS FOR SAVVY HOSTESS: Visit Melissa of Savvy in San Francisco on Friday, 12/6 to find gems for your favorite in-the-know gal pal.
Day 7 - HOSTESS GIFTS WITH A TWIST: Visit Paul of Urbanite Suburbanite on Monday, 12/9 to find a little something unique for your holiday hostess.
Day 8 - GIFTS FOR THE FOLKSY FOODIE: Visit Ana of Fluxi on Tour on Tuesday, 12/10 for yummy, giftable treats.
Day 9 - GIFTS FOR STYLE SAVVY FAMILIES: Visit Janette of Fashion Loves People on Wednesday, 12/11 for unique gifts for parents and kids.
Day 10 - GIFTS FOR THE FRENCHIE FOODIE: Visit Andi of Misadventures with Andi on Thursday, 12/12 to find great gifts for the Francophile in your life.
Day 11 - GIFTS FOR THE STYLISH GOURMAND: Visit Marcia and Tablehopper’s The Sugar Mama on Friday, 12/13 to find great gifts for your favorite foodie.
Day 12 - Visit Adelle of Fashionista Lab on Monday, 12/16 to find high style items for you or your FAVORITE FASHIONISTA.
Enter each giveaway throughout November and December, and discover some amazing, San Francisco based blogs and shops this holiday season! Check out all of our hand-picked gift sets and #ShopLocalSF by downloading the SixDoors app.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Spotted Shoes

As if the name of my blog didn't make it glaringly obvious, I've got a little thing for leopard print. More recently? I'm craving leopard print shoes. Unfortunately, the addiction has gotten slightly out of hand and I'm now gravitating towards any footwear with any spots at all. This would be fine & well if I had more shoe storage and a generous budget, but both of those areas are looking pretty meager these days. I can dream though... right? I rounded up a few of my recent favorites.


image credits: one* // two* // three* // four // five 
*due to the black hole that is tumblr, I'm unable to find the original sources on these photos. If you know, or have suggestions, please contact me so I can give proper credit! :) 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Forever 21 Bay Street Grand Opening

sweater Forever 21 c/o // necklace Forever 21 c/o // leather pants Forever 21 c/o // boots Kelsi Dagger

On Saturday, I was thrilled to co-host the grand opening of Bay Street's Forever 21 with the adorable Kailani of Kailani's Korner. It was totally bananas- people were lined up around the block at 5AM! Let's be honest, not to see me. BUT the new store was stunning, I'd probably line up too! It's beautiful, and in true Forever 21 fashion- every style was represented. Personally, I was obsessed with all of the boho & tribal-inspired pieces. I created 5 looks that I felt showcased my personal style. Yes, I chose a leather skirt-erall [overalls? skirt? skirterall??] because it was SO FAB. I had a lot of fun putting outfits together, and as expected... my wish list grew substantially.

I love how everything looks super luxe, but remains at a very friendly price-point. Which piece is your favorite??


Monday, November 25, 2013

Griffith Observatory

top H&M // jeans 7 for all Mankind // boots Calvin Klein [Picked up at DSW. I searched high & low and can't find them online, but here is a similar pair] // glasses Free People

One last photo set from our trip to LA! On the last day, we went to brunch at Alcove - a great cafe in the heart of Tim's old neighborhood. I was promised it was a celebrity hot spot, but I didn't see a single one. SIGH. We then headed up the hill to Griffith Observatory. It was such a beautiful park, and it was so refreshing to see LA from above. Plus, I was totally starstruck by the Hollywood sign. I know that sounds silly, but it always sort of takes my breath away when I see a famous landmark for the first time. I'm sure those of you living in LA don't even notice the sign since you see it daily, but I couldn't get enough!

Regarding the clothes, this H&M top is one of my favorites! It's made of a great tweed-y material, and has studs along the neckline so I never have to worry about accessorizing. It may or may not imply that I'm hiding a food-baby underneath, but I always prefer boxy tops over form-fitting silhouettes. [Full disclosure, I was hiding a food-baby underneath. The breakfast burrito at Alcove is the best thing in the world.]

Thanks so much for reading, and have a good Monday!!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Zara Heels

I loved these white Zara sandals so much that I just couldn't help it... I went back and got them in black. And at a jaw-dropping low price of $49, I think you should probably pick up both pairs as well. They fit the 3-Cs: cute, comfortable, and cost-efficient. No, I'm not proud of typing things like "Shoes so nice I bought them twice" and "the 3-Cs," but I am proud of the shoes. Happy Shopping! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Leather & Tweed

jacket Pins & Needles [old] // dress Gap // boots Calvin Klein [Picked up at DSW. I searched high & low and can't find them online, but here is a similar pair] // necklace Forever21 [old, similar

This outfit was the perfect look for Saturday night in LA. We snapped these photos in the garden at our hotel [The Hollywood Roosevelt] and then headed out on the town- quite literally. We met up with friends [who happened to be staying at THE COOLEST Airbnb place] before going to the art show. It's very likely I was the only person there who wasn't an extremely talented artist, but I'm pretty used to being mediocre so I still had a great time. Afterwards, Tim and I did "date-night, LA edition" and went to Bottega Louie. It was even better than I could have dreamed! I ordered a box of macarons to go and carried them around like they were my most prized possession. What can I say? I wanted them for breakfast the next day, and am pleased to say they survived the night. We ended up at The Dresden [of Swingers fame] and I am pretty sure I had the total Hollywood experience. Full disclosure... it was a wonderful night, of course- but SF still takes 1st as the best city in California.

I realize now that I probably should say something about the clothes. ;) The jacket & boots are total basics, but the dress takes the cake. It is made of a thick sweatshirt material, so it won't blow up if it's windy. It's also fairly warm [for a dress] so I totally recommend it for winter! The only downside is the sleeves are a little short for my long arms [I'm 5'7 and in a size small]. However, it looks great with the sleeves rolled up so I'm still obsessed. It looks like it's currently sold out online- but Gap ALWAYS restocks items and it will likely be available again within a few days.

Don't forget, tomorrow I'll be at the Forever 21 Bay Street Grand Opening. Stop by for small bites, snacks, and 10% off. PLUS, I'll be sharing my favorite Forever 21 finds! Who will I see there?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Laid Back in LA

sweater Gap [on sale!!] // jeans Citizens // flats MIA [old, similar] // sunglasses Free People

When Tim and I went to LA last week, we were a little wimpy. Instead of driving the entire way on Friday [and paying for an expensive hotel], we opted to stop in Bakersfield. On Saturday morning, we had a little driving left before meeting some of Tim's friends in Santa Monica. I wanted to be comfortable in the car, but ready to brunch at a moment's notice. And let's be honest... shouldn't we ALL be ready to brunch at a moment's notice??

This Gap sweater was my saving grace. It is SO SOFT [the softest] but still flattering. I scooped it up on sale last week and am so glad I did. I can basically guarantee that if you ever see me out to brunch on a Saturday, I'll be wearing this sweater.

Also, it should be noted that the first photo is not posed. I was actually looking up at the palm trees. We have some in San Francisco, but none quite so tall. LA, your palm trees are crazy tall and I have a crush on them.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hair Today...

I've spent the past few hours combing through [pun intended...] hair photos on Pinterest. I'm heading to a new salon tomorrow and am 1/2 terrified, 1/2 excited. It's no secret, I'm OBSESSED with my hair stylist [Deseree at Graeber's in Boise, ID]... but I am not flying home for the holidays this season and am in desperate need of a cut and color. I don't plan on doing anything too drastic, but here's the image I'm taking along as inspiration:

Is ombre still a thing?? I hope so. Of course, my natural hair color isn't quite that dark... so I guess we'll see what we come up with. Also, if ombre ISN'T still a thing, maybe one of you could let me know before I make a terrible mistake.

Also, if you're in San Francisco- Rue will be hosting a fabulous party at Ella Moss on Fillmore tomorrow [Thursday]. I stopped by the store earlier in the week, and am not only obsessed with the clothing- the decor is to die for. It is such a beautiful space and the party is going to be amazing. Find details here- hope to see you there!

[image credit]

Friday, November 15, 2013

California Dreamin'

This afternoon, we're heading down the coast to the sun-soaked streets of Los Angeles. Tim has a piece in an art show and we decided to make a vacation out of it. He actually lived in LA for a number of years, and I've only been once. And by once, I mean I've been to Disneyland and also sat in traffic. I'm excited to see all his favorite hangouts and maybe even score an invite to dinner at Ellen and Portia's house. Okay... the second one might be a stretch, but you NEVER know. I'm told I can be very convincing. 

I hope you have a great weekend! 

PS... Piperlime is having a HUGE SALE on already marked-down items. Happy Shopping! 

[image credits: one // two]

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Latest Beauty Finds

You may not know this about me... but I am a total beauty-junkie. I wouldn't say I have a problem, but Tim is starting to get concerned about storage. [He's yet to discover the drawers I have below the bed... Shhh!] I love learning about ingredients and then trying things out to see if they live up to the hype. Unfortunately- most of them don't! I have pretty sensitive skin and I'm nit-picky about makeup. While I'll try any beauty fad under the sun, I will dislike most of them.

I recently stumbled upon four products that are total game changers.  FIRST... I've finally discovered a red lipstick that doesn't make me feel like I'm a 6 year old who got into my grandma's lipstick. [That happened.] It might help that the cap has a cute little gemstone... but Dolce & Gabbana's "Rubino" is creamy, flattering, and a new essential for a night out. For mascara, I'm loving Dolce & Gabbana's Passion Eyes Mascara in Nero 1. It makes my lashes full just like Bambi. And the best part? This mascara doesn't flake! That's a miracle in itself.

The last time I got a facial, the sun damage around my eyes was brought to my attention. Whoops! I needed to add an eye cream to my routine quick, and I tried out four different kinds before landing on It's Potent by Benefit. It is very lightweight and gives me a feeling of under eye "replenishment," which is weird sounding but the only way I can describe it. It's gentle and I wish all my skincare products made my face feel this way.

Lastly, the Perfect Ten palette by Bare Minerals is EVERYTHING. It's got 10 gorgeous shades- eyes, lips, and cheeks- and comes in a cute little case. The colors included are so flattering for day or night, and I've gotten three separate compliments on my makeup lately... which is a LOT considering I work from home.

Now it's your turn- any beauty products you're loving lately??