Friday, May 17, 2013

Where in the World is Lindy?

For those of you who read this blog before I moved to San Francisco, you may remember my BFF Lindy. For those who are new- she wrote compelling posts such as "Tips from a Professional Wedding Guest," and really shined in a number of outfit posts [like this, this, and this]. Many of you may have frantically been wondering where she went and if we were still BFFs [we are]. She was visiting a few weeks ago, and was obviously subjected to an outfit post... in which, as usual, she really shined. She also wanted to say hello, so without further adieu... here's Lindy:

sweater J.Crew // shorts J.Crew // shoes Frye // bag Marc Jacobs // sunnies RayBan
For the few of you who may have been wondering what the heck happened to me when Kelli up and left me for San Francisco, here is a brief update about what I've been up to these past 10 months:  Instead of staying in Idaho, and crying over my baked potato, I took the opportunity to follow my own heart to Seattle. It has been a smooth transition with the exception of one area- getting dressed every morning! Never did I realize how easy I had it in Boise!  I now spend a hefty amount of time commuting on public transportation and walking meaning my fashion choices actually have to serve a function as well looking good.  As most of you know, Seattle is a rather wet and cold city- therefore most days I head out the door looking more prepared for an episode of Deadliest Catch than anything.  However it's worth it to arrive to work warm and dry.  
The other difficult adjustment has been not having Kelli to meet me in the kitchen every morning with her exclaiming “oh great outfit!” I now live with two boys and therefore instead of waking up to compliments, I find myself explaining that the pattern of my dress is actually referred to as hound’s-tooth over morning my coffee. 

Luckily, San Francisco is only a short plane ride away giving Kelli and me the chance to still have brunch filled weekends on occasion!  I was lucky to be in town a couple of weekends ago for a friend’s wedding and the weather could not have been more perfect! We spent the day doing two of our favorite past times... eating and laying in the park.  It was a great time that I hope to repeat again soon!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Refinery29: 12 Decor Pros Tell All

I have an exciting announcement! Today, I was featured alongside 11 other San Francisco decor pros on Refinery29. Upgrading your home can turn into an expensive little project, so we shared our favorite finds to make a beautiful space on a budget. Click here to view my picks and hopefully get some decor ideas of your own. 

Thanks for having me, Refinery29

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Camp San Francisco.

blouse H&M // shorts Anthropologie // shoes c/o Matisse // sunnies Free People // bag Gap // bracelet c/o Realia by Jen

One thing I really love about San Francisco is that it sort of feels like summer camp all the time. There are tons of activities always going on- like festivals and races and dance parties. Everyone knows someone who is basically a cool arts & crafts counselor- and they're willing to teach you how to screen print or make flower crowns or letterpress. If dancing is your thing, you can head to Golden Gate Park and take free classes every Sunday. Do you like riding bikes? They've made an entire course just for you. There is also such a sense of community, like everyone who lives here is in this together. Whenever one of our sports teams is doing well- you know it. In fact, you can't escape it. The entire city is decked out in team colors, BBQing in front of their apartment buildings, entirely ignoring the lack of a front yard. You can't help but be swept up into the hype; all of the sudden you have the Giants roster memorized- including where they like to drink on weekends.

The best part about living in [Camp] San Francisco is that no one ever takes a beautiful day for granted. When I lived in Boise, you went outside or you didn't- there was no guilt attached. Here... Karl the Fog takes a 3 day weekend and the entire city goes nuts. You cannot sit inside your apartment on a nice day or it will haunt you for weeks. On this day, it was 75 degrees and we were headed to the park. In my tote, you'd find a bottle of champagne and plastic cups. We sprawled out on a huge blanket, listened to our favorite songs, and did nothing but laugh and enjoy the warmth. And, for the sake of this originally being a fashion post, this is what I wore. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Rue Does the Pacific Northwest

Last week at Rue, we released a new issue- full to the brim of all things Pacific Northwest! This was especially fun for me to work on since I grew up in Boise and spent much of my childhood visiting Portland, Seattle, and everywhere in between. I wanted to share some of my favorite features [which also serve as an explanation as to what I've been working on outside of this blog]. Without further adieu... 

The girls of Hens & Chicks Collective went on a Pacific Northwest Picnic
[photographed by Julie Harmsen]

We got a peek into the offices of the amazing blog A Merry Mishap
[photographed by Jennifer Hagler]

We showed you how to make homemade bagels [which technically can be paired with lox... yuck]!
[photographed by Eva Kolenko]

We toured a chic Portland home with a killer art collection. 
[photographed by David Papazian]

Kirsten Grove opened the doors to her recently redecorated bedroom.
[photographed by Sara K Byrne]

Boise blogger Rachelle Francey shared her amazing all-white abode. 
[photographed by Tim Riley]

And we toured the feminine space of a Seattle fashionista. 
[photographed and designed by Brian Paquette]

I know I say this every time, but this is truly one of my most favorite issues yet. If you haven't poured through the pages, click here and get started. You're sure to find something you love... and my Editor's Page was pretty spectacular this time, if I do say so myself. Which I do. 

I'M CURIOUS... which part of Rue's Pacific Northwest issue was your favorite??

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

WWL: Skinny Camo Jeans

THIS: top // pants // bag // ring // sandals
THAT: top // pants // clutch // ring // heels

Here we have another edition of THIS or THAT. I've been a fan of camo jeans for awhile, but have been afraid to try the trend myself. This pair by Rag & Bone is a little bit understated- making them feel like a safer bet. All I'm saying is I don't want to be dressed like Buster from Arrested Development.

SO, I leave it to you as a poll- which way would you wear camo skinnies? Casual with brights, or with a hint of drama for a night out? All I know... is that I'm personally torn and I want to wear BOTH outfits immediately.

Let me know your favorite version in the comments, and if you so desire- shop the looks here: