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


the new look: frill go round.

when thinking about my style, i tend to buy "high" in certain pieces, like blazers, shoes, and bags because they are wardrobe builders and "low" for more trendy items. but every now and then, something that might seem trendy to some can be a staple for you. i bought this peplum top from the row back in 2012, when it seemed peplums were in overload. at the time, i loved how structured this one was, along with the thin navy stripes and cream ground that meant i could wear it all year. even though it was almost $400, it was a solid investment as i'm still wearing it two years later. i've found that the thicker cotton construction and bracelet-length sleeves are super flattering on me, hence it's still in rotation even as the trend has waned. do you have a piece in your wardrobe that could be considered trendy that happens to really work for your body type?

the row top (old, love this st. john one or shop more striped peplums below), zara skirt (similar here and here), alexander wang pumps, marc jacobs bag, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses (black metal sold out; also available in matte silver, matte gold, and black plastic), bauble bar earrings, giles and brother ring, hermés bracelet


scenes from a weekend.

it was a chilly but relaxing weekend in sf, which is just what i needed after a draining last few weeks. here's some of what i was up to:

1. union square at night after hitting barneys and mkt with melissa / 2. new pj's and magazines / 3. the inside of the napa valley wine train was so glamorous / 4. had a wonderful time on the wine train with these ladies—old and new friends (see full outfit here; iro dress (similar), saint laurent clutch, club monaco bracelet (old) and heels, spring street via nordstrom earrings, super sunglasses) / 5. gorgeous merchandising at curve on fillmore street / 6. some things i picked up at renegade craft fair and on fillmore: nars 413 blkr the multiple, pretty little thing nyc choker, sora designs matte bracelet


the friday five: renegade craft fair edition.

it's back! one of the best small and local designer festivals is back this saturday and sunday at the fort mason festival pavilion. the renegade craft fair brings together hundred of vendors, food vendors including four barrel coffee and post street creamery, a photobooth, workshops, and more. here are my picks for the five "makers" i'm excited to check out this time around...you can view the complete list and if you aren't in sf, renegade craft will be back during the holidays, or see if they are coming to a city near you.

1. the grqp
started by two local artists, their prints focus on san francisco neighborhoods and bay area sights. i love series 256, pixel based pieces using colors from great works of art.

being borderline obsessive about paper goods, i love the cards, tags, prints, and coasters from this oakland based letterpress studio.

started by a former social science researcher, this bay area artist's jewelry design features geometric shapes and minimal lines. 

husband and wife team josh and pips make lovely pottery (like bowls, mugs, and even birdhouses!) and mixed media artwork from their studio in modesto.

5. herbivore botanicals
all their skin and hair care products are made with 100% natural plant oils and 100% natural minerals—nothing artificial. and they make great travel friendly sets for different skin types.

renegade craft fair, ft. mason festival pavilion, marina blvd. and buchanan street, 11am-6pm


the new look: mint and black.

wearing a sweater and (faux) leather pants in july. because it's summer in san francisco...

j. crew sweater (my color sold out but other colors available here and here at 40% off), georgie pant via intermix (similar here on sale), jil sander shoes, marc jacobs bag (similar), super sunglasses, campbell and gabriela artigas rings, jewelmint (similar), eddie borgo, and céline (similar) bracelets, bauble bar earrings


the new look: stripes and borders.

last week was a blur of work and meetings (and my madewell event—thanks to everyone who came by), so the name of the game was polished separates, like this skirt from a suit i bought last fall and a button front shirt with a bit of interest.

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

pink tartan shirt, banana republic skirt (previously seen here, similar ones below), vince pumps (on sale and also in taupe), celine bag, stella and dot earrings, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, jewelmint, eddie borgo, céline (similar), hermés bracelets, vintage ring


throwback: lazy day dressing.

the late nineties were the golden age for fashion magazines, especially harper's bazaar. the late liz tilberis created issues that were instant collectibles, and creative director fabien baron made typography glamorous again, as it was when alexey brodovitch was at the creative helm. i was going through the vintage magazine threads on the fashion spot (if you're a magazine lover, it's a goldmine) when i came across this editorial which felt so current. claudia schiffer chillin' at a lovely california house—washing the car, playing table tennis, running the dog around—and just generally being stunning.

shop the looks below...

"lazy day dressing" photographed by peter lindbergh from harper's bazaar june 1995 / model: claudia schiffer / hair: odile gilbert / makeup: dick page / scans by kelles via the fashion spot