Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Day at the de Young Museum

I am a lucky girl to have visitors come to the Bay Area to visit me. A couple of weekends ago, all three of my parents (yes, three parents) came to spend the day in the bay. My mom, dad, and stepdad drove down together (yes, they are all friends and get along just great) and we whizzed over the Bay Bridge, into SF, and through the narrow streets to the de Young museum. I've lived in SF and Oakland for almost a decade, stomped around most neighborhoods, toured most exhibits and museums, but still haven't made the stop at the famous de Young. Crazy, right? 

Anyway, we had an amazing family day at the museum and ended up heading over to the Mission area, compared/contrasted Mission vs. Valencia, took note of the rise of gentrification, and shopped a little too ;)

I chose to sport a super casual look with a striped sweater dress, leopard print scarf, vintage utility jacket, textured tights, tall boots and a custom-made leather bag. 

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Sweater dress: Old Navy, scarf: H&M, tights: Nordstrom, boots: Enzo Angiolini, jacket: vintage, purse: custom, hand-made in Ethiopia. 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Look of the Day: Metallic Meets Camo Meets Glitter

Who knew combining metallic, camo, and glitter could be so comfortable and not look like a disco ball?! When I first threw on this outfit, I didn't think it would work, but then I was pleasantly surprised. What made it all flow together is the balance of shine on top and bottom. The camo is subtle as well with deep purple shades and black.

See what I mean below:

camo khaki pants: Gap, glitter sneaks: Toms, metallic sweatshirt: Gap, chunky knit scarf: H&M, leather messenger bag: custom made in Ethiopia.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Seeing Red: Valentine's Day Inspired Mashup

Seeing Red: Valentine's Day Inspired

Tabitha Simmons perforated boots

I love Love. Yeah, I said it! And I'm not talking only about mushy-mushy, romantic, The Notebook type of love. I mean all of it. The love between you and your parents, your gal-pals, your furry friends, and your lover. I'm talking about the love you have for your passions in life. Whatever makes you happy: food, fun, anything and everything that makes us smile and enjoy life to the max.

I roll my eyes when Valentine's Day is propped up as 'Singles Awareness Day' because it points out the lack of love in your life, when it's only a portion. It's discounting the fact that love exists in so many other areas and makes people feel bad about what's missing. I say F that. Take this day (and everyday, really) to be grateful and show the people you love how much you love them. Whether it's a batch of group texts to your nearest to dearest to sending your mama her favorite flowers-- we've all got love in our lives. Just show it and embrace it.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Overcoat Overload

Winter is certainly chilling my bones some days. As a Bay Area commuter, part of my journey to work every day consists of walking a couple miles in bustling downtown SF and along tranquil Lake Merritt in Oakland. The early morning breeze and evening chill makes me shiver with goosebumps.

To keep me warm and brave the icy wind, my coats have gotten longer and longer. Peep a couple of my favorite overcoats below:

Overcoat Overload

Purple wool coat
$155 -

Pink coat

Green gemstone ring
$8.71 -

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Look of the Day: Tribal Inspired

What a beautiful winter, isn't it? Well, not everyone lives in (the best state ever) California. Here in the Golden State, we're experiencing a rather warm winter. The sun shines so bright and I can feel the envy from my friends shivering on the East Coast. #sorrynotsorry 

I will say though, the weather has been creating difficult winter wardrobe choices. Numerous questions like, "Is it going to be warm or chilly today? Should I wear a longer jacket? Will I be too hot in boots?" and the like, run through my mind during my daily morning 'get ready' routine. On this day, it started out gloomy with overcast and then leaded to lots of sun with a cool breeze. I screamed, "Make up your mind, weather!" 

So finally, I put together a Native American inspired tribal dress that's thick like a sweater plus tall black boots with exposed zippers paired with patterned black tights. This way I could stay mostly warm with thick pieces and exposed arms and neck to keep me cool and balanced. With this casual look, I played down the number of jewelry pieces and narrowed down to my favorite, Bobbi J earrings. Hair and makeup are simple and sweet with half up and super straight a neutral brown eyeshadow by MAC named Corduroy. 

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Monday Motivation: Attack Your 2014 Goals With a Plan

Happy 2014! I hope everyone's holiday season was amazing and filled with lots of love, joy, and laughter. Didn't it seem to pass by really fast? Like, there was so much commotion before the holidays with all the crazy sales, white elephant and ugly sweater parties, and Christmas dinners? And then boom, it's the December 26th and everything is done? Yeah, that's how I felt.

Anyway, now with the new year in full speed, it's new years resolution time, right? Really, we can make resolutions any time we please, but the new year makes it much more exciting and motivating. So, I've started drafting my 'official' list of goals I will accomplish (notice my word choice there), and I noticed one major thing: I needed a plan. This is why most new years resolutions, or goals for that matter, don't get accomplished-- because there's no plan of attack! How are we going to set a goal, but not have a way to get there? We must make a plan.

For instance, one of my goals is to read one book per month. My main excuse is that I 'didn't have enough time', which is complete BS because I definitely had enough time to watch Scandal, Real Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Boardwalk Empire, Homeland, etc. Ultimately, I found productive free time while I'm commuting to SF every day-- duh! I found while I'm on BART or casual carpool, I have 15 minutes each way to dedicate to reading. That's at least 30 minutes of reading each day for 5 days a week. Surely I can finish one book per month.

So when you look at your list of things you will do this year, ask yourself how you're going to get there because that is your ticket for accomplishing your goals. For a plan of attack for goal setting and accomplishing, I really enjoyed Refinery29's post by Gretchen Rubin. Click here to kick 2014's ass.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Look of the Day: Miss Mix-a-lot

Before today, I couldn't tell you the last time I wore a leotard. The only time that comes to mind is during my short-lived ballet days when I was 5 years old. This time around, I ditched the pink tutu. 

I'm a big fan of mixing textiles and in this look, I did exactly that. Leather, canvas, cotton, wool, denim— the works! I kept it casual with a hint of edge pairing RACHEL Rachel Roy denim, Nasty Gal jacket, Forever 21 lion leotard, H&M infinity scarf, and Franco Sarto motorcycle boots.