thursday thoughts.

i read this post on corals and cognacs today (thanks hallie!) and it got me thinking about my own life and the blog. this blog has always been my happy place, where i can share my love of fashion, design, style, whatever i feel like and not necessarily let the outside world in. because sometimes it's not super pretty. there are times when i've tried to find that happy place where i can write and create content and it hasn't been easy, like recently. even though i've been at this for 10 years (!), i don't feel like an expert. i'm figuring this whole thing out as i go along, and how to fit it into the rest of my life, especially when "the rest of my life" has taken a trip to crazytown. so i'm taking a step back, and silencing the mind—refocusing on a few things.

so anywoo, the point of this is to say, thank you for continuing to stop by here, and for tweeting, repinning, commenting, for keeping the conversations going. for being virtual friends. because we all need them. and rosé...that is much needed too.

"what's chic now" by daniel jackson / harper's bazaar september 2013 / model: iselin steiro / stylist: alastair mckimm / hair: esther langham / makeup: francelle / photo fashionscansremastered via the fashionspot / design by kim mitchell stokes


the new look: pop.

taking a break from the neutrals that have taken over my looks recently (except for this) to wear some pink on pink...

j. crew cardigan (worn backwards, new version), carolina herrera skirt (previously seen here, love this midi and this one), club monaco sandals, marc jacobs bag, vintage earrings via elle-meme, alex mika and vita fede rings, hermés bracelet, laura mercier rouge nouveau lip color in chic


scenes from a weekend.

even though i had to work this weekend, i still managed to fit in some fun and a bit of sun...hope you had a nice one!

1. at the end of last week, i worked on our holiday (and january) photoshoots. it was another amazing time on set with our team...it truly takes a village. you'll see the images (and the product will be in-store) at the beginning of november. / 2. what i wore for the second shoot day: marc by marc jacobs jacket c/o net-a-porter (old, similar), j. crew sweatshirt (old, similar), citizens of humanity jeans, valentino flats, zara bag (old, similar) / 3. after the shoot, had a wonderful dinner with some friends at trou normand, a new restaurant in the old pacific bell building in soma. love the lighting situation in the bar area. / 4. saturday stripes: banana republic tee, alexander wang sandals, mcguire jeans, gorjana c/o, jewelmint (similar), and céline (similar) bracelets, chanel bag, michael kors watch (similar) / 5. a beautiful day in duboce park / 6. perusing the céline jewelry selection at saks fifth avenue / 7. the rag & bone pop-in shop at nordstrom has some great pieces and exclusives...just the thing to tie me over until their shop opens on fillmore street.


the new look: proportion play.

over the last few weeks, i've been prepping for our holiday photoshoot (search #brfsholiday14 on instagram for sneak peeks) and part of that has been learning about our new styling point of view we've been doing more playing with proportions, so why not give that a go in my day-to-day outfitting? not only am i pairing something long with something short, but something polished (a satin lapel tuxedo blazer) with something distressed (a frayed edge rainroad stripe denim mini). can't wait to do more proportion mixing come fall, like long cardigans belted over dresses, or a cropped top with a maxi skirt.

isabel marant x h and m jacket (similar here and here), victoria's secret shirt, club monaco belt, j brand skirt (similar under $40), céline sandals, phillip lim clutch (in black), melanie auld and henri bendel rings, stella and dot necklace, melissa joy manning earrings, super sunglasses, nars satin lip pencil in hyde park


the new look: blue/blue.

lots going on last week (did you follow along on instagram?) and another big one this week, so keeping it short and sweet today.
hope you're week is off to a great start!

j. crew tee, asos skirt, balenciaga sandals (in neoprene and leather), chanel bag, gorjana c/o, jewelmint (similar) and céline (similar) bracelets, campbell and vita fede rings, dior earrings (similar), marc jacobs beauty kiss pop lip color stick in headliner


the new look: tried and true but new.

clearly i've been feeling neutrals like black, white, grey, and navy lately...maybe because the weather in san francisco has turned from partly sunny to foggy and cool. this look is a variation on something that is a tried-and-true combo for me, made fresh by two updates. i rediscovered this belt hanging on the back of my bedroom door, which changes the silhouette of the more oversized blazer, and the navy suede pumps make this feel more modern than the expected black.

p.s. tonight i'll be attending a fun party at the banana republic flagship store on grant street to launch our new fall collection (my navy suede pumps are part of it), styled by marissa webb. follow along on twitter and instagram with the hashtag #thenewbr.

vintage blazer, vince t-shirt (in solid grey or similar striped), express belt, j.crew jeans (self-altered), banana republic pumps, céline bag, super sunglasses, lulu frost x j.crew earrings (old, love these art deco ones), campbell and vita fede rings, hermés and céline (similar) bracelets, dior addict extreme lipstick in paparazzi


drugstore beauty faves.

while i love a fancy department store beauty treatment, when i had my first interaction with makeup, it was at the drugstore. my friends would pool our money and head to the local cvs, buying bonne bell lip smackers, cover girl eye shadow quads, and wet & wild eyeliners. now there are many brands to choose from and a broader range of shades for women of all colors.

here are some of my favorite drugstore makeup and skincare products...just roll over the products to learn more. i'd love to hear what your budget beauty picks are (from either a drugstore or a discount chain like ulta or target).

face/eyes: l'oreal true match natural mineral foundation / neutrogena nourishing eyeliner (i have black, twilight blue, and pewter) / l'oreal power volume collagen mascara (for night) / revlon colorstay whipped creme foundation / rimmer glam'eye eyeshadow trios (and quads) / revlon brow fantasy / maybelling full n' soft mascara (for everyday) / iman creamy concealer / revlon photoready skinlights illuminator (i use peach light) / nyx matte bronzer / cover girl cheekers blush

lips/skin/tools: aquaphor healing ointment (as a lip primer/moisturizer) / revlon super lustrous lipstick (so many colors!) / sally hansen complete salon manicure / eco tools brushes / revlon lip butters / aveeno positively radiant daily moisturizer spf 30 / olay total effects 7 blemish control cleanser / revlon colorstay ultimate liquid lipstick