9.21.2016

the new look: houlihan.

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these were taken back when i was in new york before labor day; after doing a fitting and shooting another look with lydia, we decided to get a drink and a bite to eat at the pavilion in union square park. sometimes with everything that's going on in our lives, you just need to slow down and take the time to catch up time with your girlfriends.

while it was plenty warm in new york, it cooled down a bit at night, perfect for this tie front blouse and instead of jeans, i paired it with the j. brand houlihan's. i've had my pair for a while, and have continued to wear them through the years. since this pair has zero distressing, they make a good alternative for work when you don't want to do a dark skinny jean.

thanks for stopping by and hope you're having a good week!

banana republic blouse, j. brand houlihan cargos (wearing a size 28), pedder red sandals (similar), super sunglasses, chanel bag, hérmes bracelet, cluse watch, ben-amun earrings 

photos by lydia hudgens

9.07.2016

five things to watch this fashion month.

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it's about that time again, the month-long circus extravaganza known as the spring/summer shows. this season more than ever, there is much to pay attention to. even if you aren't a follower of fashion, some of the changes will impact how we'll dress every day.

1. buy now, wear now. it's that fashion show conundrum that we've been talking about but many conglomerates don't want to implement (except burberry and tommy hilfiger)—it's september, so why will the runways be flooded with clothes we can't buy until march? enter brands like diane von furstenberg, club monaco, thakoon, rebecca minkoff, tom ford, and more. instead of showing spring 2017, these brands are showing fall 2016 product that is available to purchase right after each show. in many cases, the designers are also producing spring 2017, just showing samples to buyers and long-lead time publications. will more brands catch on and actually show fashion the way real people wear fashion (and make shows more ?

2. old faces, new places. raf simons at calvin klein, maria grazia chiuri at dior. bouchra jarrar at lanvin. laura kim and fernando garcia (of monse) at oscar de la renta. anthony vaccarello at saint laurent. new creative directors are taking the reins at some major brands that have been at the forefront of leading trends for years. all of these designers (save kim and garcia, who were previously at odlr before leaving to start monse) have led other brands (some more than one...looking at you raf) so it will be interesting to see what freshness they'll bring to their new gigs. and as an aside, how will pierpaolo piccioli continue to print money at valentino on his own and what does olivier theyskens bring to the table designing for himself?

3. the change-up. the cfda did a long exploration earlier this year about how to make fashion week better and they concluded...it needed to change. ok, but how to do that? some brands have made the shows an experience and open to the public—think yeezy season (you can watch today at 3pm EST if you're a tidal subscriber). tommy hilfiger is hosting a carnival with gigi hadid, rebecca minkoff's show is going to be right in front of her grand street flagship, opening ceremony's is a "performance" featuring fred armisen and carrie brownstein of portlandia and whoopi goldberg, and tom ford is back to his dinner/performance that he did for his first solo runway show (and will also be livestreamed on e!).

4. get tech. brands are embracing snapchat more than ever, with vogue launching a new snap channel yesterday (with features from kim kardashian and miranda kerr). google, long on the edges of being hip at fashion week, is trying to push to the forefront by implementing search that will generate content from the designers' shows. they've brought in former elle and maxim editor kate lanphear to lead the effort, so this feels more legit.

5. street style backlash. remember a few years ago when "normcore" was a thing? if you look at street style photos, it really is a thing with street style stars. women like giorgia tordini, annina mislin, leila yavari, sarah davis and more have perfected the un-uniform of bomber and army jackets, 501's, the mid-height or chunky low heel, sweaters, and *gasp* sneakers. i'm sure someone will attempt the balenciaga puffer, but for the most part, i'm feeling a much more low-key approach to fashion week dressing, more in line with how the rest of us are putting ourselves together right now.

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8.30.2016

the new look: penns landing.

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another look for my trip to philly featuring this gorgeous off the shoulder dress from modern citizen. it's made of a floaty silky material and has sheer panels in the sleeves. it was the ideal weight for wandering around the humid city, but i could see wearing this in sf's indian summer over a pair of skinny jeans or leather leggings.

these shots were taken down at penns landing, an area of the city right on the delaware river with views of...new jersey...haha! actually i spent many a weekend right along here watching fireworks, eating from food trunks, dancing at free concerts (like donna summer, the roots, and john legend), and checking out local artisans.

i still miss philly very much and it's always going to be a major part of me. the city is so vibrant and an amazing mix of old and new. independence mall, liberty bell, etc. are just part of what you should see if you're there on vacation. more of my favorite spots to visit (and where i ate when i was in town):

boathouse row: along the schuylkill river is wear high school, college, and club rowing teams have homes to store their boats. the dad vail regatta is my favorite event to attend
fairmount park: right next to boathouse row, it's the largest urban landscaped park in the world and is also home to the philadelphia zoo, the oldest in the country.
museum row: home to the philadelphia museum of art, the barnes foundation (check out this documentary about it), and the rodin museum (the largest home of his work outside france). there's also the franklin institute science museum (it has a heart you can walk through as well as a actual size locomotive inside), academy of sciences, and the please touch museum (for the kiddies)
olde city: home to lots of great interior design studios, shops, & restaurants. you'll also find the betsy ross house and elfreth's alley, the nation's longest continuously inhabited residential street.
mutter museum: if you're into weird science, this is the place for you. a large collection of medical oddities, antique equipment, and more.
eastern state penitentary: from the outside, it looks like a medieval castle, but inside was one of the oldest and most expensive prisons in the country. once home to al capone, it is believed to have ghosts and paranormal activity, as explored on film in mtv's fear and the movie the 12 monkeys. the halloween tours are especially freaky.
morris arboretum: a 92-acre garden filled with over 12,000 kinds of plants and trees. i love the 50-foot canopy walk where you can view the gardens from above.

fork (olde city): probably one of my favorite philly restaurants for 15 years. just good food.
butcher & singer (rittenhouse square): love this steakhouse. other rittenhouse favorites include parc and rouge, both of which have outdoor seating facing the park—good people watching—and dandelion pub for proper british fare.
serpico (south street): rotating menu that's always on point
osteria (fairmount): they have the best "high-end" pizzas, but also great other italian dishes
standard tap (northern liberties): i pretty much always go here when i'm in philly. the burger can't be beat and the selection of beers is top notch.
talula's garden/talula's daily (washington square/society hill): what you'd call farm to table. talula's daily is a great place to pick up something on the go—it's got a coffee shop, cheese shop, salad bar, bakery and more.
volvér: for a romantic or fancy dinner out, this is my go-to. it's closed right now for summer, but reopens early september with a new menu.

modern citizen dress (a few left, also love this top from their new collection), m.gemi sandals (sold out, similar here and here), madewell bag (comes in eight colors), super sunglasses, céline and giles and brother bracelets, cluse watch, vintage earrings

photos by danielle conyers

8.26.2016

friday mood.

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i alluded to this in my last post, but i've been non-stop since the beginning of august (or more accurately i should say the end of july). first there was my trip back east, then our holiday photoshoot part 1, then another trip back east, and most recently prepping for our holiday photoshoot part 2. but let's be clear: i love my job, and really appreciate that i can do what i love every day. yes some days are more challenging than others, but everyone has days like that, but i'm lucky that the challenge is that i don't like what i do.

also tbh i've been struggling with blog writers block. i have a lot i want to say (and have the notebook to prove it!), but sitting down and getting my thoughts down is proving difficult and i'm not sure why. i've been reading a few posts about it, namely this one and this one., which have been theraputic. we're getting near the end of august (what??) and fashion week month is coming up which tends to be energizing for me, so i'm focusing on the positive and carving out more time for this space. anywoo, here's a bit of what has captured my attention recently...

1. it's august and we still haven't had summer in sf. july and august have been exceptionally cool. the good thing about this is if you've started picking up fall pieces, you can wear them now. the juxtaposition of the herringbone coat and lace dress (with a hint of plaid) is so chic.
2. i generally am not a fan of nineties fashion unless it's a calvin klein/helmut lang minimalist moment, but chokers man...i can't get enough. i have this one, but i was recently gifted this one from urban outiftters. i'm been playing with layering them with longer necklaces, but i also love the idea of mixing them with chains, like these from james michelle.
3. if you know who makes the clutch the woman in the mustard coat is carrying, i'll be forever grateful. clutches are so. not. practical, but whatevs.
4. speaking of textures, velvet is my new obsession. i have a pair of navy velvet block heel pumps from last year (still may attempt that diy), but a velvet bomber? oh yea.
5. back in my youth, my bff and i were going to get tattoos. i couldn't decide what i wanted inked on my body for the rest of my life, so i ended up getting a navel piercing (which i still have btw). but one of really good friends got a quote tattoo on her inner wrist a while back, and i'm really into doing something like that. i already know what it would say, but it's not deciding the writing style, where it would go and how high my tolerance for pain is...haha!

what are you into these days? hopefully you're soaking up some summer and ready to have a great weekend!

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8.17.2016

the new look: headhouse square.

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i had so much fun back in the city of brotherly love a few weeks ago. i was there for my brother's wedding, and spent the early part of the week rediscovering the city. one place i loved going when i lived there was headhouse square, a little area right near south street in the society hill neighborhood. like the name suggest, society hill is an upscale part of the city where many officials lived (since it was close to independence mall) as well as doctors who worked at nearby pennsylvania hospital (the oldest hospital in the u.s.) headhouse square is an outdoor marketplace originally built in the 1700's. the end structure or "head house" was built in the early 1800's and restored in the 1960's. it now houses one of the longest continually running farmer's markets in the country (philly has got a lot of history!)

this preppy j. crew polo was just the right piece for walking around the city. this one is vintage washed so it's got a slight sunwashed color and it's super soft. i paired it with classic blue cutoffs, snakeskin heels, and a white blazer (for dinner at the air conditioned serpico). i've got another philly post coming up, along with some places i went to while i was in town so stay tuned.

i hate to use the cliché "i'm so busy," but i'm really busy...but in a good way. right after coming back from philly, i spent the week working on our holiday photoshoot (search #brfsholiday2016 on instagram for sneak peeks) and right now i'm in new york for another fun project. i can't complain though; i'm lucky to have a job—well 2 jobs—that i love and that push and challenge me. and if doesn't challenge you, it's not going to change you. and with that, i'm off to do a bit of exploring here before my meetings...have a great rest of the week!

vintage blazer (similar splurge and save), j. crew polo, gap shorts, pedder red sandals (similar), chanel bag, oliver peoples sunglasses, michael kors earrings, cluse watch

photos by danielle conyers

8.09.2016

the new look: summer sweater.

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this is a look i wore before i headed east from the latest amour vert collection. this one a sweaterdress made of 100% organic cotton that imo it's perfect for san francisco's cooler weather since it's a knit. i paired it with this shorter take on the army jacket by current/elliott for work, but it would also look great with a denim jacket and sneakers for a dressed-down look, or strappy heels for a date night. check out this dress and everything else in the online shop and get $25 off your purchase.

i'm going from a week in the east coast heat to art directing a holiday photoshoot later...hope you're week is off to a good start!

current/elliott jacket, amour vert dress c/o (wearing a medium, also available in white), club monaco sandals, proenza schouler clutch (leather version), super sunglasses, aqua earrings, cluse watch, céline and giles and brother bracelets

photos by alex drysdale

7.29.2016

editorial focus: pleasure island.

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i still have so many magazines from the liz tilberis' era at harpers bazaar, and i look at them now, especially the typography and editorials, and they feel so timeless. this editorial is from 1993—. amber valletta was (and still is) one of my all time favorite models for her ability to go from high fashion to fresh faced girl next door...don't get my started on her chic haircut! everything she's wearing is so in right now, from the minimalist deep v tank, slides, and slip dress to the piped shirting over a high waisted swim bottom and wide leg pants.

view more from the editoral here...and have a great weekend!

"pleasure island" by patrick demarchelier from harpers' bazaar may 1993 / model: amber valletta / hair: kevin mancuso / makeup: laura mercier / scans via coolpima