7.01.2016

go/see/buy: sayulita.

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so truth time: the last time i went on a beach vacation was probably when i was in my early 20s, and it was probably to someplace like myrtle beach, the jersey shore, or miami. i'm just not a beach person—even though i went to shore being from philly but to sit on sand all day and work on my tan (ha!) didn't seem all that appealing. city vacations are more my jam, where there could be a beach (like my trips to santa barbara or carmel), but that's not the main draw.

back in april, i decided to take a solo vacation. with so much going on in my world, taking a breather was exactly what i needed to prepare myself mentally and physically for the rest of the year. so when i started researching where to go, a few names kept coming up—miami (been there, done that), charleston, san diego, malibu/venice, italy, and mexico. after doing a bit more investigating and talking to a few friends, sayulita won because it was walkable, cheap, and warm.

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and win i did. sayulita is such a beautiful town with lovely people from all walks of life. and if you live on the west coast (especially california), it's really easy to get to (a 3 hour flight). it's very walkable with lots of hotels, rentals and hostels in and around downtown, and a solo traveller, i felt very safe even at night.

there's lots to do no matter if you are into art, shopping, music, food, or adventure. i mixed a bit of everything into my trip: taking a catamaran out to the marietas islands to do some paddleboarding and snorkeling (and dolphin spotting) and trying my hand at surfing; checking out lots of local shops and galleries, eating lots & lots of yummy food, doing some morning yoga in the rooftop studio in my hotel, and just lounging on the beach with a good book or taking a dip in the crystal blue waters.

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all in all, traveling alone to somewhere i had never been was amazing, and i'm already plotting my next solo trip, this time looking into europe. as i look at this photos sitting in foggy san francisco, it's making me missing the sun and sand. if you're in the states, have a lovely holiday weekend and hopefully yours involves a bit of warm weather...

loft poncho, j.crew swimsuit (sold out; bikini separates still available) / bikyni crop top, gap shortsmango sandalssuper sunglasses / rag and bone boyfriend shortsgap tote / isabel marant top (similar here and here), gap shorts, river island gladiators (old, similar), silence and noise bag

where i stayed: hotelito los suenos, just north of the town center and 2 blocks from the beach
where i ate: ino (italian), tacos ivan (literally carving meat for the tacos right on the street), palmar trapiche (tropical beer garden with great food), sayulita espresso cafe (so many yummy smoothies!), la rustica (right on the main street so amazing people watching plus delicious woodfire pizzas), don pedro's for oceanfront dining and live salsa music on monday's
where i shopped: sayulita sol, a great jewelry shop owned by a fellow philadelphian; evoke the spirit, buddha for eclectic print dresses and lovely spa treatments, pacha mama
what i did: ally cat sailing cruise, surf lesson at sayulita surf school

6.22.2016

the new look: the tux dress.

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after a wonderfully relaxing five days in mexico, i'm back in san francisco feeling refreshed and recharged. it's amazing what a short getaway can do for you physically and mentally. and since i'm back at work getting sh*t done, i thought this was the perfect look to feature. i spied this dress during an internal walkthrough and immediately put it at the top of my shopping list. the fabric is a bit heavier, so it can be worn year round with a jacket over or a layer under, or even open as a long vest (and you know i love those). it also effortlessly goes from desk to dinner with the right accessories and undoing a few of the bottom buttons. and if you aren't into all things neutral (like i tend to be), it also comes in a gorgeous red.

vintage jacket (similar here and here), banana republic dress (wearing a size 4, also comes in red), saint laurent pumps (similar in snakeskin and in zebra), céline bag, lulu frost and banana republic pins, super sunglasses, bite beauty amuse bouche lipstick in beetroot

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6.16.2016

the new look: khakis.



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khakis. you probably hear that word and don't think fashion or style. maybe you think of tech guys or the 90's, when business casual became de rigeur. personally i think of all the great gap commercials, like khaki swing, west side story, funk, a thing called love, skateboarding (with crystal method), khaki a go-go, and one of my favorites khaki soul. it's a shame khakis get a bad rap when they have such a rich history.

i've been wearing these a lot as an unexpected alternative to jeans and something about them feels fresh for warmer weather. so how do you wear khakis and not look dated? it's all about fit and pairing them with modern pieces. here took my gap girlfriend chinos (which are slouchy but not baggy) and added a drapey white button up shirt (unbuttoned a bit more), a denim jacket, and patterned sandals, but a colorful tweed jacket (like this one) or a fun shirt would work too. heels are also key, like a feminine pump or sandal. there are lots of khaki styles out right now, from skinnier silhouettes to cargos (j. brand recently brought back their hugely successful houlihan's...i have a grey pair) so don't be afraid to give khakis a new look.

madewell jacket (wearing a medium), uniqlo shirt c/o, gap khakis and belt, club monaco sandals, phillip lim clutch (pre-owned here in black), super sunglasses, bauble bar charm necklace, cluse watch

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6.15.2016

resort 2017: protagonist.

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the resort shows have started (in case you missed chanel's extravaganza in cuba, vuitton in rio, and dior and gucci in england). while many of these are great for the spectacle, how about showing me some real clothes? protagonist has got you covered. new(ish, since fall) designer georgia lazarro has injected more color and more ladylike cues since taking over—no doubt learned at her years at calvin klein and narciso rodriguez, two minimalist scions. i love how clean it is with hints of 80s structure and 90s fluidity mixed with subtle patterns and bold color.

and speaking of protagonist, the new york times did a great feature on assembled brands, the parent company of the brand, started by vanessa traina and andrew pritzker. also under their umbrella? traina's impossibly chic the line as well her new fashion venture khaite (from former gap alum catherine holstein). their goal? build a stable of american brands from the ground up using slow, steady growth rather than the buy companies model of lvmh and kering. it's an interesting idea, and one i'll be interested to see come to life.

pre-shop the protagonist collection now at moda operandi.

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6.07.2016

the new look: transition.

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sorry for the radio silence around these parts last week; i've been doing my best juggling work, blog, and life and sometimes one or more takes precedence over the other. but really that's the great thing about having a blog is that you don't have to do it daily (despite what the pundits would have you believe); it's like a journal that's always there with a blank page, ready for you to continue writing your story.

i picked up this bomber a while back and it's become my new favorite layering piece for san francisco's june gloom—lightweight for when the sun (finally) emerges, and warm for those evenings having rosé outside. paired with this pretty pencil skirt from ann taylor (which is 40% off along with the coordinating shift dress, crop top, and shorts) and snakeskin heels it also works for work instead of a blazer or cardigan.

zara bomber, banana republic factory tee, ann taylor skirt (extra 40% off), pedder red sandals (similar here and here), chanel bag, céline sunglasses, vintage earrings, céline and giles and brother bracelets

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5.26.2016

go/see/buy: refined co.

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last year i attended the launch party for a new online boutique refined co., and i was so impressed with their tight edit of designers and categories and modern aesthetic. refined aims to help you find those unique pieces for your home and closet that are individual just like you. instead of a bunch of brands and endless scrolling, you'll find a highly refined collection of just the good stuff. i'm also inspired by tiffany and linna, the founders of refined and san francisco locals, as they work to build a brand slowly and thoughtfully, while also managing other projects and being wives and mothers.

when linna reached out to me last month about taking some pieces from the spring collection and styling them, i jumped at the chance. they have so many great styles that it was really hard to choose! in the end, i picked the 4 items above: a cream pleated skirt and long blazer from whyred, a floral dress from cosette, and a midi slit pencil skirt from baum und pferdgarten, and added in some accessories like a baby rider belt bag from loeffler randall and my beloved matte tortoiseshell kaibosh sunglasses i received at the launch party. i give some tips for styling these pieces, and how to incorporate some spring trends into your wardrobe.

see the whole feature here and as a bonus to my readers, from now until monday, take an extra 20% off sale with the code JADORE20. the floral dress i'm wearing is on sale, and i also love this lace blouse, this off-the-shoulder top, these platform sandals, and these boyfriend jeans. happy shopping!

one: j. crew shirt, whyred skirt, céline bag, kaibosh sunglassestwo: h and m bomber, cosette dress, m. gemi flats, chanel bag, super sunglasses / three: 194t sweatshirt, baum und pferdgarten skirt, jil sander pumps, loeffler randall bag / four: whyred blazer, banana republic tee, vintage shorts, urban outfitters scarf, balenciaga bag

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5.16.2016

the new look: local gem.

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when it comes to finding unique pieces in san francisco, i always rely on a few local boutiques where i know the owner has a really discerning eye. one of those places is elizabeth charles, who opened her namesake store on fillmore street back in 2007, before the influx of chain stores. charles seems to always have her pulse on what's new and now, being an early adopter of acne, self-portrait, veronica beard, frame, in addition to lots of chic australian designers (where she is from). i've gotten a few of my favorite pieces from there, like this no. 21 chambray shirt and my much-loved fur stole.

i was flipping through the racks this weekend and stopped right on this dress by preen. so many things i love in a one-and-done item—it's black and white in a cool, graphic pattern, it's made of a stretch, sweater material (i.e., comfy), and a flattering midi length. this wednesday, shopstyle collective is celebrating the relaunch of the elizabeth charles online store with a shopping event at the boutique from 5 to 8. there will be champagne and treats while you check out the newest arrivals. get all the event details here (rsvp at events@elizabeth-charles.com).

hope to see you wednesday and have a great week!

preen dress via elizabeth charles (borrowed), all saints jacket, zara shoes (old, similar here and here), proenza schouler clutch (leather version), super sunglasses