August, 2010

Flower Power

12 Aug

Flower Power

I guess you could say I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Just one of those days, you know what I mean?

Felt sick, looked like crap, got a bullshit $65 parking ticket, and on and on.

And then it happened… the sun came out for the first time in weeks – just what I needed to brighten my day. I chugged a kombucha, put on some summer(ish) gear, applied coral lipstick, and voilà!.. things are lookin’ up.

…sun, if you’re listening, please stick around… San Francisco needs you.

*wearing: LF shorts & hat, random leotard, Margiela platforms

Blackbird singing in the dead of night

10 Aug

This picture reminds me of Lola… she sleeps on her back, eyes wide open

(Natalia Vodianova via ModelLove, Annie Musselman, Tom Ford sunglass ads)

Baby needs a new pair of shoes

8 Aug

Baby needs a new pair of shoes

My parents have been in town, so the past few days were filled with delicious meals, good wine, and unbeatable company.

Spent a decent chunk of my weekend digging through discounts at the Barney’s Warehouse sale. My mom told me I needed new shoes, so that became a quick priority. Did pretty OK with two new pairs: Margiela and Pierre Hardy! You can barely see my platforms in this post, but I assure you that they’re pretty legit and this won’t be their last appearance on the blog.

On another note, I found out that SF is having the coldest summer in about 40 years… lovely. It’s only making me more excited for our NY trip next month, though – hopefully we’ll get to experience more reasonable temperatures for this time of year!

Hope y’all had a good weekend! Xo

*wearing: Mason Martin Margiela platoforms, Kova & T lace bellbottoms, LF tee, Topshop sweater, vintage jewelry

A-Wang Wannabe

5 Aug

A-Wang Wannabe

When I came across these pants on sale at Urban Outfitters I became very excited… You know how I feel about sweatpants disguised as something fashionable, and they totally reminded me of the Alexander Wang paper bag trousers I’ve wanted for months. When my friend Christina asked if they were, in fact, A.Wang, I realized I wasn’t the only one spotting the resemblance. There is a difference between a knockoff and a designer-inspired item, right? If not I’d have to throw out all my Jeffrey Campbells (GOD FORBID!).

Note: If I could dress in head-to-toe A.Wang all the time, oh Lord I would — but for now I’ll have to settle for a few wannabes.

*wearing: Urban Outfitters pants, T by Alexander Wang tank, Jeffrey Campbell clogs, jacket from Chinatown, vintage bracelets

Oh, and I’m dying to own a Diego bag. There’s no faking this badboy:

OnTheSpot: Corks and Caftans

4 Aug

I’m so excited to be featuring the lovely, stylish, and witty Carey Wodehouse of Corks & Caftans for this edition of OnTheSpot! We share two great passions in life – wine and fashion… there’s definitely a special bond going on here. She blogs with her husband, Rob, and together they maintain an awesome site with expert wine reviews and killer outfit posts. I am beyond inspired by Corks & Caftans… hurry and subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!

Carey’s totally nailed the bohemian-chic look, has she not? Get to know the fun-loving, hilarious, and one-of-a-kind woman behind Corks & Caftans by reading the interview below:

How would you describe your style in a nutshell?
Where the wind blows me! I’m inspired by so many different styles. But deep down, there’s a huge internal struggle between a fringe-wearing groupie and a buttoned-up, gin-drinking lit-head who dresses up to go to the airport.

How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
Just shy of two years! As the story goes, I got laid off from my job the day we got back from our honeymoon. I needed somewhere to channel my energies during a bleak winter of unemployment, and it grew from there. It was pretty wine-fueled in the beginning, but we’ve learned a lot and cyber-met a ton of rad peeps… yourself included.

What are three pieces you’d hate to live without and why?
My olive suede fringed boots—they are transformative and musical; my ancient Da-Nang silk camoflage pants—they are blissfully comfortable and sort of rebellious; and my blue Mara Hoffman caftan—it has this mood-lifting effect on me and looks as good with bare feet as it does with thigh-high boots.

Who and/or what inspires your style?
Definitely other bloggers… Penny Lane… huge, chunky knit sweaters… Candice Bergen in her modeling days… Marisa Berenson… Copenhagen cycling chic… Jane Birkin… characters in Judith Krantz novels.

What is the best part about wearing a caftan?
The drama! It’s also really conducive to lounging around while still looking polished. [Which is directly supportive of my daydream to one day have a home completely furnished with floor pillows.] People are always so surprised to see how sexy a caftan can be, and make you feel. I’m one woman strong and growing to fight the “muumuu” stereotype.

Why wine?
It’s so fascinating to me that wine is basically a living, breathing thing. It literally has a piece of where it came from inside it, and will mean something different—and taste different—to every person that drinks it. That and, anything that someone puts their heart and soul into I want to taste and be a part of. The whole concept is passionate, dramatic, and sensual.

Favorite everyday wine? Favorite special occasion/isn’t-life-grand wine?
Everyday: We are finding tons of New Zealand Pinot Noir that’s super affordable and delicious; it’s so light, you can drink it into the wee hours. Which I’m prone to do on “school nights.” But deep down, I’m a lover of dusty, earthy Italian wine you imagine carrying in a leather pouch through Tuscany. I’d say my special occasion would be some out of this world Sangiovese I have yet to try, or, more modestly, Monsanto Chianti.

Funniest experience while under the influence?
Let’s say I haven’t always been the responsible cyclist I am today. It might have taken me 8-9 times to actually get on my old beach cruiser in FL… before crashing into the bumper of a parked police cruiser a few yards away.

If you could be anywhere in the world right this second where would you be?
I would be sipping wine in a tiny bar in a little town along the Canal du Midi in Southwest France, watching soccer on a flickering television set with a cat lounging in a sunny spot—maybe Trebes. I did a 2-week boat/bike cruise along the Canal 5 years ago and it changed my life.

What’s on your playlist right now?
I’m having writer’s block at work this week, so a specially concocted blend of The Black Crowes (always), Band of Horses, Cloud Control, The Drive-By Truckers, Delta Spirit, The Burning Hotels, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Andrew Bird, and a little Cat Stevens for good measure.

What are a few of your favorite blogs?
Holy guacamole… let’s see. I love An Apple A Day from Emerson Merrick. She’s like a living vintage doll who canoes and wears antique underpants. Race for Prosperity is like all the editorial eye candy I’d ever need all in one place…. heaven. And for personal style, Mariannan is so perfect. Easily imitable, breezy, sweet… just perfect.

Justin Bieber… go.
…is like Lady Gaga for undersexed tweens, and thank God for him! That poor generation out there right now going through puberty doesn’t have a JTT or a Kurt Cobain [or Aladdin, if you’re into animated abs] to get them through all that angst like we did. Beebs, you’ve got some big shoes to fill.

Karl who?
Karl is such a naughty little biotche! Let’s call him Karl Jangly Fingers Lagerfeld. One person’s brain I do not want to crawl inside. Guy can make a mean abominable snow man suit, dude. You know you want to get one and come visit us in Saratoga when it gets to around 11 below.

Cat Lady

2 Aug

Cat lady:

Never thought of this as a nice thing to call someone…

…but now I kind of want to be one…

(don’t tell Lola)

CONGRATULATIONS to Nikki M. – the winner of the Marc by Marc Jacobs clutch! Thanks so much to all who entered — more fun giveaways to come, so stay tuned!! <3

(Siri Tollerod by Miles Aldridge for Vogue Italia: images via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Geisha girl

1 Aug

Geisha girl

Today my sister and I took a little daytrip to the Alameda flea market — I freaking love that place. We found oodles of affordable, wacky jewelry and both walked away with an armful of vintage gems. I scored this fuschia kimono-like jacket for $5. Pretty nice find, right?

After the flea market we headed to my sister’s part of town. She’s living in Fort Mason, where there are tons of secret spots just waiting to be discovered. I came across this beautiful little garden none of us knew existed! I’ll definitely be going back there… it’s so charming and peaceful.

I think pink is my favorite color again! At least for today.

*wearing: vintage kimono, vintage Levi’s, Jeffrey Campbell wedges, ASOS bodysuit, Chanel sunglasses