the new look: step outside.

boyfriend jean
printed clutch
black cashmere cardigan
distressed jeans

life has been quite hectic lately, between the day job, taking on some freelance projects, this here blog, and you know...life. so every once it a while, it's nice to get outside, have a tea, breathe some fresh air, and check out the sights and sounds around you. it's amazing how a little break can change your whole day...

j.crew cashmere cardigan, american apparel tank, zara jeans (similar), manolo blahnik pumps (budget version), super sunglassespierre hardy pouch, accessorize hoops

photos by alex drysdale; taken at piccino cafe


the new look: short story.

it may be close to the end of august, but in these parts, shorts-wearing weather is just getting started. shorts are something i don't wear very much other than the occasional romper and some denim cutoffs, mainly because it's hard to find ones that fit my hips and thighs. i'm a big fan of drapey styles, like this bermuda style from loft (perfect for a more creative office or a dinner out) and a shorter, pleated pair from banana republic (also available in an orange-y red and white). the fabric on these is great and doesn't wrinkle, so ideal for more humid days or travel, and gives just enough polish to a striped tee or tank.

one: equipment shirt, loft shorts, club monaco sandals, chanel bag, super sunglasses, lulu frost for j.crew earrings (similar), rouge d'armani lipstick in sheer plum 
two: j. crew shirt, banana republic shorts, céline sandals, balenciaga bag, super sunglasses, accessorize hoops, miansai and hermes bracelets, nars satin lip pencil in hyde park

photos by dana stokes


the new look: prep.

blue dress
polo dress
celine sandal
striped shirt

i've mentioned this before, but back when i lived on the east coast my style was on the preppy side. barn jackets, vintage tweed blazers, tapered jeans, topsiders, and duck boots dominated my closet, and the ne plus ultra was an oxford button up shirt from ralph lauren. i had an oversized white one that i pretty much wore to death that had the multicolored polo player on the left chest. flash forward to last year when i found this cotton knit oxford shirtdress on sale, and i've worn it a few ways since (like under another skirt)—a shirtdress is the ultimate in put-on-and-go. but i love it in its pure state, with a striped shirt tied around the waist for even more prep-ness.

ralph lauren shirtdress (old, similar below), gap shirt (similar), céline sandals, alexander wang bag, super sunglasses, ben-amun earrings

photos by alex drysdale; shots 1-3 photographed at cottage row 


the new look: straight, not narrow.

wide leg pant
denim jacket
gold bracelets
printed pant
navy wide leg pant

with the weather warming up, an easy, wide leg pant is the perfect antidote to skinny pants, jeans, and slim skirts. these are from a favorite theory set from last winter, and i paired it with this slouchy linen tee i've been living in from banana republic (i also have it in white and black). the print on the pant is noticable but not overwhelming on my small(ish) frame (i'm 5'5") and the flat front/elastic back waist is super comfy for those days when you chow down on a burger and truffle parmesan fries, as i did last week at roam.

hope your week is off to a great start...

madewell jacket, banana republic tee, theory pants (old but love the wide leg pant options below), alexander wang sandals, super sunglasses, proenza schouler clutch (leather version), vintage chain necklace, j.crew and vintage via elle-meme bracelets


the new look: suede days.

i never quite understood the appeal of leather or suede shorts—it does seem like an oxymoron doesn't it? wearing a fabric that's not really breathable and can be heavy in the warmest months of the year. but then people started sporting them in the early spring and fall, and later with tights and booties. i found this pair at the h&m near my parents' house shopping with my mom a few months back. i wore them twice in the week i was home, but then they were stored away once i arrived back in sf. but really, they're perfect for our non-humid summers. they're faux, so not as weighty as most suede can be, and they have a nice, polished look to them, which lent itself to dressing up with this drapey off-the-shoulder top and my beloved low-heel bam bam sandals.

asos top, h and m shorts (similar for $12 and more options below), céline sandals (available new at neiman marcus and barneys; preloved options here, here and here), balenciaga bag (new version and soft option), oliver peoples sunglasses, hellbent earrings


the new look: black/black.

renewing my love of polos with this silk version i found at aritzia during their end of season sale (which is still going on). i also picked up a sweater version from j.crew and pulled out a more traditional one (from who else? ralph lauren) out of storage. the nice drape of this one was perfectly paired with my silk theory culottes. and once you start building a look based on all black, you may as well keep going...

wilfred top via aritzia (love this one), theory culottes, zara sandals (old, similar), balenciaga clutch (also comes in a new version with strap), club monaco earrings, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses

photos by alex drysdale


mid week mood.

i know it's only august and most places are in the depths of summer, but with a trip to new york on the horizon, i can't help but think ahead to fall's textures and layers. very much into oversized sweaters and vintage blazers (like the ones i would buy from thrift stores in the east village in college), showing a bit of leg in a slip skirt or mini, and amber valletta's amazing haircut (thinking about a chop).

photos via 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5