Thursday, July 11, 2013

Wanderlust





Outfit Details:
Charm Necklace - Anthropologie
Catherine Street Pippa (Dusty Mint) - Kate Spade
Crimped Bow Flats (Black) - Anthropologie

Can't believe it's already July and I wrote my last entry when I was in Pittsburgh! After my business trip to Pittsburgh, a few of my co-workers and I took an afternoon to drive through Amish country (which was so fun) on the way to Philadelphia for the weekend. I did all the typical Philly things, went on a hop-on-hop-off tour bus, ate a cheesesteak, and visited the beautiful flagship Anthropologie store. It was glorious, as expected. ;) I had such a great trip and can't wait for my next visit to the East Coast.

One of my resolutions for 2013 was to travel and visit new places. I've been doing a pretty good job so far, having hopped around from New York, to Pittsburgh, to Philadelphia. A few of my friends and I have also booked a trip to Seattle, with a quick detour to Vancouver, in October. I'm super excited, as I've always wanted to go to those two cities! If anyone has any recommendations on fun things to do, places to see, or yummy things to eat — feel free to drop me a line!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Cat's Knees




Outfit Details:
Plaid Shirt - H&M (super old)
Hardware Belt - Urban Outfitters (super old)
Cobble Hill Clarke (Dusty Mint) - Kate Spade
Frye Maxine Loop Pull-On Boot - Bergdorf Goodman

HEY YINZ! That's Pittsburghian for "y'all," apparently. I'm in Pittsburgh this week, visiting the office branch and warehouse we have here! I love this city way more than I'd ever expected — it's insanely beautiful. The weather is just right (for now), not crazy hot as I'd feared, and wonderfully perfect at night. I adore all the quaint brick buildings and colorful bridges (all 400 of them) and french fries on top of all my foods. :) I'm also excited to be heading to Philadelphia this weekend on a road trip before heading home to chilly San Francisco.

I didn't actually wear this outfit this week. I could never tolerate wearing spandex-y, superhero-costume-like material leggings in this humidity! These are photos from last week that I meant to post before I flew out here, but I never got around to it. Whoops! Awful material and questionable quality aside, these really are just the cutest leggings I've ever seen. It's a shame they're so expensive, because my heart couldn't bear to return them, even though my brain knew better.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Summertime TV




Outfit Details:
Cross-Stitch Row Dress - Anthropologie
Vintage Sunglasses - Brooklyn Flea
Cobble Hill Clarke (Dusty Mint) - Kate Spade
Flexible Schedule Flat in Mint - ModCloth

It's been a rough few weeks, so I've been super grateful for the long weekend. I can't believe it's already been a month since I got back from my trip to New York. *sigh* I still miss it! Time sure flies when you're... working...

So, I have a huge backlog of TV shows I've always wanted to start watching and I've finally started to tackle the list in earnest now that all my favorite shows are on hiatus for the summer. I always put off watching TV shows that already have lots of seasons to catch up on because it takes so much of my mental energy to get invested in the characters and the plot. I'm really obsessive, so once I latch onto something, I am like a maniac and watch the show every waking moment that I have free time. And then after I marathon-watch all the episodes and catch up, it's just OVER and I get so upset! Maybe I'm crazy... I don't know why I get like this.

The show I'm currently marathon-watching and super fanatical about is The Walking Dead. It's been sitting on my list for a long time now and I've always loved zombie flicks. I finally decided to start watching after even my hairstylist raved on and on about it during my haircut. Man, she was right. This show is so GOOD. I've been breezing through it on Netflix, and I'm really dreading the moment when I'm fully caught up and I have to wait for new episodes every week like a chump.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I Heart Everlane




Outfit Details:
Silk Blouse - Rounded Collar (White) - Everlane
Apothecary Skirt (Blue Floral) - Anthropologie
Vintage Sunglasses - Brooklyn Flea
Hue-Kissed Cameo Necklace (Mint) - Gift from Nick
Cobble Hill Clarke (Dusty Mint) - Kate Spade
Lacy Suede Oxfords (Brown) - Anthropologie

This blouse from Everlane is one of my favorites. I discovered the brand several months ago and fell deeply in love. Based in San Francisco and Los Angeles, they specialize in simple, classic basics that are carefully curated and made from high quality materials. By designing and producing all of their own clothing, as well as operating an online-only shop, they are able to price their pieces pretty reasonably. They also make a point of showing their customers how much everything costs to make and how much the markup is. I really appreciate that transparency and the commitment to great quality. Sorry this sounds like a sponsored post where I'm just going on and on about how awesome they are; I promise it's not (though if you sign up through my link above, I would get a referral credit. Just sayin'...).

ANYWAY. I'm really into their silk blouses and t-shirts these days. They feel so comfortable to wear and pair nicely with all my prints and patterns. I swear, they're going to take over my entire wardrobe soon. Don't worry, you'll be seeing much more of these blouses to come. I seem to wear them all the time now! I've already converted a few people into Everlane fanatics like me, mwahaha. It's like a cult!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Tattoos, Part I: Maneki Usagi





Outfit Details:
Openback V-Neck (Black) - Anthropologie
Corey Lynn Calter Nocturnal Mini - Anthropologie
Vintage Sunglasses - Brooklyn Flea
Cobble Hill Clarke (Dusty Mint) - Kate Spade
Lacy Suede Oxfords (Brown) - Anthropologie

One thing I neglected to mention earlier: While I was in New York, I got a new tattoo! I had been wanting a new one for a while, and although there are some incredibly talented tattoo artists in the Bay Area, I was hesitant to try my luck with a total stranger. Being a visual artist myself, I'm ridiculously picky and I loved my tattoo artist in Chicago, who did my other two pieces. Imagine my surprise when Jason, my old tattoo artist, posted on Instagram that he'd be guest spotting in NYC the SAME WEEK I was going to be there! I could hardly book an appointment quickly enough!

This cute little bunny (a maneki usagi!) is what I ended up walking away with, and I loooooove it! It's a trifecta of three symbols of luck: a rabbit, traditionally regarded as a lucky animal (ie. a rabbit's foot, and the "rabbit rabbit rabbit" superstition); a maneki neko or "beckoning cat," which is commonly seen in many Japanese and Chinese businesses for luck; and peonies, which are omens of good fortune and happy marriages. <3 It's a commemoration of how completely blessed and lucky I've felt this year, a reminder of how perfectly and coincidentally things can work out, and hopefully a lucky charm for future good things to come. It was also a great way to remember an amazing week in New York City. :)

Here's a better look at the original sketch Jason drew up, a gross in-progress shot, and a picture of it freshly-done.

It was surprisingly not all that painful, I think because of the location (big meaty arms, mwahaha). It took about two hours (he's an incredibly fast tattooist) and I got to lay down for it, so it was actually kind of nice, though very boring. I had to sit upright for my previous tattoos, since they were on my shoulder, but was able to read magazines and do other stuff. Still, I definitely preferred laying down. Jason and I had some good conversation about how much we both loved Instagram and hated Facebook. It was almost relaxing, if you didn't count the constant buzz and stabbing sensation of tattoo needles. :P

I know I've said repeatedly that I would eventually do a post on my tattoos, so consider this a Part I, and I will make it a higher priority to take photos and write up posts for my other two. I promise!

Friday, May 3, 2013

SF vs. NYC





Outfit Details:
Bunny Print Blouse - H&M
Moroccan Beaded Necklace - Zzouzi Vintage & Handmade
Seychelles Investigate Loafers (Seafoam) - Last Call

I'm back from my NYC vaca, y'all! It was majorly fun; I did, and ate, and saw a million things! I miss it so much already, and can't wait to go back for another visit. Coming back to real life and responsibilities has been a difficult transition. All I want to do is stay up until sunrise and dance around in Jasmine's apartment to "Sweet Caroline," while listening to her upstair neighbors yell at each other all night. *sigh* What a life!

I felt like everyone I saw in Manhattan was so stylish! I'd love to adopt more of the chic East Coast vibe into my own wardrobe. These photos were taken pre-vacation, and are a little more of a quirky, San Francisco casual. It's so interesting to me how different cities have such different street styles. I don't think I'll ever be able to shake the animal-print obsession from my personal style, but my tastes are definitely evolving to incorporate more simple and modern pieces. We'll see how this goes!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mint + Houndstooth






Outfit Details:
Turquoise Cardigan - LOFT
Pardon My French Necklace - Kate Spade
Orla Kiely The Fox of Life Bag - ModCloth
Flexible Schedule Flat in Mint - ModCloth

I am totally into the black and white trend that's been so popular recently. I loved this combination of the bright mint with the houndstooth pattern. The weather has been so beautiful here lately. It was even hitting 80°F yesterday! That was a little too warm for me, but I've never liked hot weather.

Right now, I'm packing for a week-long trip to New York City, a much-needed vacation! I leave tomorrow and I am crazy excited. Sad to be leaving this perfect California weather, but looking forward to catching up with some old friends and exploring a new city. I actually used to live in New York when I was really young, so it's not completely new to me. I did all the major touristy stuff then, but you can't really enjoy a city properly when you're 8 years old. :P It'll be the first time I've left California since moving back here almost 3 years ago, and I desperately am in need of some time off. I'm not sure how much relaxation I'll really get, but it'll be refreshing to get away from my normal day-to-day for a while.