the haute couture shows ended a week and a half ago, and in the vein of bill cunningham, i was more intrigued by what i saw outside of the shows than inside (for the record, my favorite show was dior). one thing i picked up on was women taking suits or suiting pieces and dressing them down, either with simple tees or graphics, ankle booties, or loafers. i especially love the look 4th from the bottom—slim tuxedo pants paired with a slouchy cardigan. it could look sloppy or dowdy, but it's all in the proportion, accessories and attitude.
what's been inspiring you style-wise recently?
photos via fashion guitar and vogue espana
eco-fashion has gotten a bad rep. stereotypes abound that the eco friendly clothing is too granola or too expensive, but if you just do a bit more digging, you can uncover a hidden gem. i have been to amour vert's pop-up shop on fillmore street in my neighborhood a bunch of times, and have scooped up their super soft striped tees. i knew the line used organic fabrics, but it wasn't until a few weeks ago when i attended a summer shopping event at the hayes valley boutique that i learned more about the brand and how much they are doing to change the face of sustainable fashion.
i had a chance to chat with founder linda balti about how the line came to be, and it started as a girl who always loved fashion. but instead of studying fashion design, she majored in computer science and made flight simulators. she met her husband (now ceo of the company), who developed a product to clear land mines, at a tradeshow. so neither one of them were in typical creative fields. balti still dreamed of fashion, but she also learned about the immense waste the fashion industry produces. when she wanted to start buying eco-friendly brands, she found what i mentioned above—options that weren't in line with her taste or out of her budget. so while her husband was getting his mba at stanford, she started amour vert (green love in french) in 2009 with a capsule collection and a simple idea—buy a tee, plant a tree. now the company is headquartered in dogpatch, with items made in oakland and san francisco. the clothing is made of varied fabrics including indian silk, bamboo, polyester made from soda bottles, tencel & modal made from trees and ones she has developed in house. balti and her team take a sustainable approach to everything they do, from using ocean freight to biodegradable bags and paper to vegetable dyes.
balti's french sense of style definitely comes through in what you'll find in the line—loads of striped tees, tanks, and dresses, but also watercolor print dresses, dotted culottes, crisp shirting, knit jackets, and elegant skirts, like this wrap one. my friend lindsay was wearing it when i showed up at the event and i immediately needed to try it on. the wrap silhouette is so flattering; women of all sizes tried it on at the event and they all looked great in it. it could be worn in the winter with tights and boots, to the office, or at the beach wrapped over a sleek one-piece.
check out the entire collection and get $25 off your purchase, or if you're in the bay area, visit their stores in hayes valley, tiburon, and soon in palo alto...
uniqlo shirt c/o, amour vert skirt c/o, zara shoes (old, similar here and here), chanel bag, super sunglasses, cluse watch, anita k choker, bite beauty amuse bouche lipstick in beetroot
photos by alex drysdale
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.
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.
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 shorts, mango sandals, super sunglasses / rag and bone boyfriend shorts, gap 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
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
photos by alex drysdale
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
photos by alex drysdale
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.
photos via vogue
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
photos by alex drysdale