the new look: the frill of it.

two things about this look: this shirt is something i would have never imagined i would buy, but the mixed textures and the juxtaposition of the wide sleeves and the slim body won me over (it's a "going out top" you can wear for day). second, these jeans are my second pair of high waist denim that i picked up from aritzia (on one of those days when they were having a sale but of course my purchase was not on sale...doh!). the fit of these is pretty stellar, and i'm now contemplating getting the faded black pair to add to my denim collection...because a girl can never have enough jeans.

photos by krystal bick

j. crew top (sold out online, but check in stores), citizens of humanity jeans (also available in blue and faded black), zara sandals (old, similar here and here), chanel bag, elizabeth cole earrings (in turquoise), jewelmint, céline, eddie borgo bracelets, campbell and vita fede rings, super sunglasses, dior addict extreme lip color in paparazzi


currently coveting: it's raining buckets.

unless you've been under a rock (or unlike myself, just not into bags), the hottest bag on the market is by mansur gavriel. the simple leather bucket bag, some with contrast color lining that burst onto the scene around this time last year and were promptly sold out everywhere. a few fashion lovers, blair eadie and garance doré among them, seemed to champion them before anyone else, but the bucket bag shape is not new. with most things bag-related, it all started with the french, specifically louis vuitton.

the noé was the second bag created by gaston-louis vuitton (after the keepall) in 1932 when a champagne manufacturer contacted the brand about making a bag that could transport five bottles chicly. the noé's flat base could hold four bottles and then the fifth was placed upside down in the center. as with most classic vuitton styles, the noé comes in a number of different colors and materials such as monogram canvas, epi, damier azur canvas, and monogram idylle canvas (a more graphic version with a white ground) plus seasonal/limited edition colorways. originally available in the classic and petit sizes, the noé bb is the newest style on the scene, a smaller style with an extra-long crossbody strap...similar to the mansur gavriel mini size.

now that the bucket shape is clearly back (i still have my jessica stam x rachel roy bucket bag from 2010), other designers are jumping on the bandwagon, with offerings in croc, snakeskin, perforated leather, vegan leather, and more if you're not into the minimalist style of the gavriel. i'm still on the fence about the shape; it seems perfect for after five or the weekends, but i do find mine a challenge to get into. i have to say my heart skipped a beat when i saw the proenza (but when doesn't it?)...i mean suede, leather, and snakeskin colorblocking!

check out my bucket bag picks below...

1. vince camuto colby drawstring bag / 2. mansur gavriel bucket bag / 3. opening ceremony izzy printed suede drawstring bag / 4. isaac mizrahi new york lillian colorblock drawstring bag / 5. elizabeth & james cynnie spotted calf hair bag / 6. saint laurent medium bucket bag / 7. zara printed croc drawstring bag / 8. alexander wang spotted diego calf hair bag / 9. alexander mcqueen bucket bag / 10. proenza schouler medium bucket bag in suede, leather and snakeskin

video courtesy of louis vuitton


the new look: white out.

usually when i go shopping in the midst of sale season, i gravitate right to the thing that isn't on sale. this time when i was hunting for a white maxi dress to add to my rotation (i've already got great options in black and in a print), i found this one at nordstrom, freshly marked down. the slub knit is comfy but the slightly sheer top layer, thigh-high slit and subtle fray trim at the neck and cuffed sleeves give it an edge—perfect with flat sandals for a weekend of errands or the beach, or with heels and a clutch for a night out.

p.s. splendid also has this dress in black, heather grey, and pink... 

splendid maxi dress, balenciaga sandals (old, love these and these — both on sale), alexander wang bag (in black), lulu frost earrings, jewelmint, céline, sora black bracelets, alex mika ring, anthropologie sunglasses, rolex watch


scenes from a weekend.

as i said last monday, i've been feeling personally drained the last few weeks between work and life, and the last two weekends i've been lucky to spend some quality time with people that i love. coincidentally, both weekends have involved a trip to wine country. this time around, it was a sunny and warm saturday at the coppola winery. i mean, can you think of anything better on a hot day than swimming in the pool, sipping sofia mini's and something called the luxury lemonade (citron vodka, lemonade, sofia blanc), reading and relaxing? yea, me either.

j. crew tulle underwire one-piece, calypso st. barths caftan (sold out, but love this one and this one)


the friday five: summer into fall.

today's weather nonwithstanding, i'm thinking ahead to some transitional pieces i can wear now through fall, like a chunky sweater, print booties, and a plaid skirt. they feels a bit nineties, no?

have a great weekend!

alexander wang zip sweater / tsovet copper and black watch / tibi milou brocade booties / anthropologie saturn cuff bracelet / a.l.c. asymmetric belted mini skirt


the new look: spotted.

other than jeans, heels, and a blazer, this is my favorite thing to wear—a sweatshirt, full skirt (preferably proenza) and some heels. done and done...

j. crew sweatshirt (new version and similar here under $15), proenza schouler skirt (old, similar), club monaco sandals, forever 21 earrings, super sunglasses, pierre hardy pouch, céline (similar), jewelmint (similar), and eddie borgo bracelets, vita fede and campbell rings, bite beauty cashmere lip creme in port


go/see/buy: fashion on the square.

san francisco has tried to do fashion weeks many times over the years, and none have succeeded as well as fashion on the square. started ten years ago as a one day event in union square, it's now expanded to a week-long affair and one of the largest charity fashion event in the state. in addition to workshops, speaker events, and runway shows, fots supports young designers by having the fashion departments from fidm, academy of art, art institute of san francisco and more show on the runway. fashion on the square turns ten this year and i'm so excited to be a part of the event as they are honoring my ten years of blogging.

there are lots of wonderful things happening this week, on thursday as part of the w hotel w inspire series, caity from moi contre la vie is hosting a 3 course lunch with tips on work dressing, accessorizing and making a look your own. friday, the w hosts the fresh faces in fashion runway show and party, saturday is the children, teens and adult show in maiden lane, and sunday is the grand finale runway fashion show at the intercontinental hotel where san francisco's own wilkes bashford will be given the fots fashion icon award and i will be honored as well.

tickets for thursday's lunch can be purchased through the w hotel, and all other event tickets (and more information on designers, etc.) are available on the fashion on the square website.

images courtesy of fashion on the square