the new look: classic.

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sometimes the best outfit is the simpliest. while i wait to hit the lottery or sell off 90% of my wardrobe for a real chanel jacket (i have been stalking a few on the real real), this zara one will do nicely. also i love that it's not black. i also finally found the perfect pair of vintage levi's courtesy of re/done. i'm still planning on taking them to my tailor to have them shortened and slightly tapered but otherwise the higher rise, distressed but no holes wash, and not-super tight fit were exactly what i was looking for.

zara jacket, express bodysuit c/o, re/done jeans, club monaco sandals, pierre hardy clutch, super sunglasses, urban outfitters hoops, rodin lip color in billie on the bike 

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inspired by: oversized.

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a few weeks ago, i talked about some things to pay attention to as fashion month kicks off, and as i've been pinning some of my favorite street style looks, one thing is apparent—the 80s oversized trend is back. and dare i say it's not really a trend at this point, it's a way of life. so how do you incorporate it without looking like you stole your dad's shirt or got dressed in the dark? add some femininity. whether it's a fitted mock turtleneck like annina mislin (second from last...also a mock turtleneck!), a softer texture like silk, a strappy sandal, or showing some skin (big shirt, no pants). something else that stood out? minimal accessories. all you need is a sunglasses, a chic bag, and off you go.

pics from collage vintage, vogue, and vogue.fr


the new look: new york whites.

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the calendar may say that it's fall, but i am still embracing summer—especially when the temps rise into the 80s in san francisco. this dress from j.o.a. has a built-in tie at the waist to give you a some shape, and a sheer hem to take the typical white shift dress up a notch. i added a patterned clutch, snakeskin heels, and vintage earrings for meetings while in new york, but you could wear this with nude pumps, a cardigan, or even flats (if you're on the taller side) for the office. and just because it turns cool doesn't mean you have to put this dress in storage. i'll be wearing it later on with suede pumps, tights, and a chunky cardigan or moto jacket.

j.o.a. dress (under $60), pedder red sandals (similar), proenza schouler clutch (leather version), vintage earrings, super sunglasses, cluse watch, céline and giles and brother bracelets

photos by lydia hudgens


the new look: houlihan.

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these were taken back when i was in new york before labor day; after doing a fitting and shooting another look with lydia, we decided to get a drink and a bite to eat at the pavilion in union square park. sometimes with everything that's going on in our lives, you just need to slow down and take the time to catch up time with your girlfriends.

while it was plenty warm in new york, it cooled down a bit at night, perfect for this tie front blouse and instead of jeans, i paired it with the j. brand houlihan's. i've had my pair for a while, and have continued to wear them through the years. since this pair has zero distressing, they make a good alternative for work when you don't want to do a dark skinny jean.

thanks for stopping by and hope you're having a good week!

banana republic blouse, j. brand houlihan cargos (wearing a size 28), pedder red sandals (similar), super sunglasses, chanel bag, hérmes bracelet, cluse watch, ben-amun earrings 

photos by lydia hudgens


five things to watch this fashion month.

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it's about that time again, the month-long circus extravaganza known as the spring/summer shows. this season more than ever, there is much to pay attention to. even if you aren't a follower of fashion, some of the changes will impact how we'll dress every day.

1. buy now, wear now. it's that fashion show conundrum that we've been talking about but many conglomerates don't want to implement (except burberry and tommy hilfiger)—it's september, so why will the runways be flooded with clothes we can't buy until march? enter brands like diane von furstenberg, club monaco, thakoon, rebecca minkoff, tom ford, and more. instead of showing spring 2017, these brands are showing fall 2016 product that is available to purchase right after each show. in many cases, the designers are also producing spring 2017, just showing samples to buyers and long-lead time publications. will more brands catch on and actually show fashion the way real people wear fashion (and make shows more ?

2. old faces, new places. raf simons at calvin klein, maria grazia chiuri at dior. bouchra jarrar at lanvin. laura kim and fernando garcia (of monse) at oscar de la renta. anthony vaccarello at saint laurent. new creative directors are taking the reins at some major brands that have been at the forefront of leading trends for years. all of these designers (save kim and garcia, who were previously at odlr before leaving to start monse) have led other brands (some more than one...looking at you raf) so it will be interesting to see what freshness they'll bring to their new gigs. and as an aside, how will pierpaolo piccioli continue to print money at valentino on his own and what does olivier theyskens bring to the table designing for himself?

3. the change-up. the cfda did a long exploration earlier this year about how to make fashion week better and they concluded...it needed to change. ok, but how to do that? some brands have made the shows an experience and open to the public—think yeezy season (you can watch today at 3pm EST if you're a tidal subscriber). tommy hilfiger is hosting a carnival with gigi hadid, rebecca minkoff's show is going to be right in front of her grand street flagship, opening ceremony's is a "performance" featuring fred armisen and carrie brownstein of portlandia and whoopi goldberg, and tom ford is back to his dinner/performance that he did for his first solo runway show (and will also be livestreamed on e!).

4. get tech. brands are embracing snapchat more than ever, with vogue launching a new snap channel yesterday (with features from kim kardashian and miranda kerr). google, long on the edges of being hip at fashion week, is trying to push to the forefront by implementing search that will generate content from the designers' shows. they've brought in former elle and maxim editor kate lanphear to lead the effort, so this feels more legit.

5. street style backlash. remember a few years ago when "normcore" was a thing? if you look at street style photos, it really is a thing with street style stars. women like giorgia tordini, annina mislin, leila yavari, sarah davis and more have perfected the un-uniform of bomber and army jackets, 501's, the mid-height or chunky low heel, sweaters, and *gasp* sneakers. i'm sure someone will attempt the balenciaga puffer, but for the most part, i'm feeling a much more low-key approach to fashion week dressing, more in line with how the rest of us are putting ourselves together right now.

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the new look: penns landing.

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another look for my trip to philly featuring this gorgeous off the shoulder dress from modern citizen. it's made of a floaty silky material and has sheer panels in the sleeves. it was the ideal weight for wandering around the humid city, but i could see wearing this in sf's indian summer over a pair of skinny jeans or leather leggings.

these shots were taken down at penns landing, an area of the city right on the delaware river with views of...new jersey...haha! actually i spent many a weekend right along here watching fireworks, eating from food trunks, dancing at free concerts (like donna summer, the roots, and john legend), and checking out local artisans.

i still miss philly very much and it's always going to be a major part of me. the city is so vibrant and an amazing mix of old and new. independence mall, liberty bell, etc. are just part of what you should see if you're there on vacation. more of my favorite spots to visit (and where i ate when i was in town):

boathouse row: along the schuylkill river is wear high school, college, and club rowing teams have homes to store their boats. the dad vail regatta is my favorite event to attend
fairmount park: right next to boathouse row, it's the largest urban landscaped park in the world and is also home to the philadelphia zoo, the oldest in the country.
museum row: home to the philadelphia museum of art, the barnes foundation (check out this documentary about it), and the rodin museum (the largest home of his work outside france). there's also the franklin institute science museum (it has a heart you can walk through as well as a actual size locomotive inside), academy of sciences, and the please touch museum (for the kiddies)
olde city: home to lots of great interior design studios, shops, & restaurants. you'll also find the betsy ross house and elfreth's alley, the nation's longest continuously inhabited residential street.
mutter museum: if you're into weird science, this is the place for you. a large collection of medical oddities, antique equipment, and more.
eastern state penitentary: from the outside, it looks like a medieval castle, but inside was one of the oldest and most expensive prisons in the country. once home to al capone, it is believed to have ghosts and paranormal activity, as explored on film in mtv's fear and the movie the 12 monkeys. the halloween tours are especially freaky.
morris arboretum: a 92-acre garden filled with over 12,000 kinds of plants and trees. i love the 50-foot canopy walk where you can view the gardens from above.

fork (olde city): probably one of my favorite philly restaurants for 15 years. just good food.
butcher & singer (rittenhouse square): love this steakhouse. other rittenhouse favorites include parc and rouge, both of which have outdoor seating facing the park—good people watching—and dandelion pub for proper british fare.
serpico (south street): rotating menu that's always on point
osteria (fairmount): they have the best "high-end" pizzas, but also great other italian dishes
standard tap (northern liberties): i pretty much always go here when i'm in philly. the burger can't be beat and the selection of beers is top notch.
talula's garden/talula's daily (washington square/society hill): what you'd call farm to table. talula's daily is a great place to pick up something on the go—it's got a coffee shop, cheese shop, salad bar, bakery and more.
volvér: for a romantic or fancy dinner out, this is my go-to. it's closed right now for summer, but reopens early september with a new menu.

modern citizen dress (a few left, also love this top from their new collection), m.gemi sandals (sold out, similar here and here), madewell bag (comes in eight colors), super sunglasses, céline and giles and brother bracelets, cluse watch, vintage earrings

photos by danielle conyers


friday mood.

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i alluded to this in my last post, but i've been non-stop since the beginning of august (or more accurately i should say the end of july). first there was my trip back east, then our holiday photoshoot part 1, then another trip back east, and most recently prepping for our holiday photoshoot part 2. but let's be clear: i love my job, and really appreciate that i can do what i love every day. yes some days are more challenging than others, but everyone has days like that, but i'm lucky that the challenge is that i don't like what i do.

also tbh i've been struggling with blog writers block. i have a lot i want to say (and have the notebook to prove it!), but sitting down and getting my thoughts down is proving difficult and i'm not sure why. i've been reading a few posts about it, namely this one and this one., which have been theraputic. we're getting near the end of august (what??) and fashion week month is coming up which tends to be energizing for me, so i'm focusing on the positive and carving out more time for this space. anywoo, here's a bit of what has captured my attention recently...

1. it's august and we still haven't had summer in sf. july and august have been exceptionally cool. the good thing about this is if you've started picking up fall pieces, you can wear them now. the juxtaposition of the herringbone coat and lace dress (with a hint of plaid) is so chic.
2. i generally am not a fan of nineties fashion unless it's a calvin klein/helmut lang minimalist moment, but chokers man...i can't get enough. i have this one, but i was recently gifted this one from urban outiftters. i'm been playing with layering them with longer necklaces, but i also love the idea of mixing them with chains, like these from james michelle.
3. if you know who makes the clutch the woman in the mustard coat is carrying, i'll be forever grateful. clutches are so. not. practical, but whatevs.
4. speaking of textures, velvet is my new obsession. i have a pair of navy velvet block heel pumps from last year (still may attempt that diy), but a velvet bomber? oh yea.
5. back in my youth, my bff and i were going to get tattoos. i couldn't decide what i wanted inked on my body for the rest of my life, so i ended up getting a navel piercing (which i still have btw). but one of really good friends got a quote tattoo on her inner wrist a while back, and i'm really into doing something like that. i already know what it would say, but it's not deciding the writing style, where it would go and how high my tolerance for pain is...haha!

what are you into these days? hopefully you're soaking up some summer and ready to have a great weekend!

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