I’ve always been extremely inspired by Jeana Sohn’s Closet Visit blog and wanted to do my own take on this type of style interview with friends who deserve some fashion recognition. I visited Glo last year to shoot a holiday look in her SF apartment and have been sitting on this second post for a while — sorry! I hope you enjoy this peek into her very lovingly curated closet filled with vintage treasures, modern staples, and vampy little surprises.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m currently a MD/PhD student at Stanford living in SF. Having grown up in the suburbs I’ve always had a hankering to experience city life, which tends to have easier access to culture, music, food and diversity. This also means I commute by train everyday, which sometimes limits my weekday outfits. Consequently it’s hard to keep me out of heels on the weekends.
Share a little bit about your personal style.
I gravitate towards the unique and usually run pretty low on “basic” pieces (I own no sweat pants). I’m always on the lookout for vintage pieces and anything structured. Lots of high-waists and strong shoulders. I think because my day job is less concerned with flair I lead a silent rebellion through my style.
Closet size: Quantity or Quality?
In my early twenties it was all about quantity, and most pieces had some kind of overt pizazz. I now find myself employing more subtlety and constraint. In the last year I’ve pared down my wardrobe to match my smaller SF apartment. But more importantly, I’m much less likely to make impulse purchases when I have pieces that I really love. This has become pretty important on a student’s budget.
Most cherished item in your closet?
My most sentimental accessory is my mother’s gold necklace. It was the first thing she purchased with her graduate student stipend and she gave the necklace to me when I started my own graduate studies. It serves as a tangible reminder of the strong and ambitious women that came before me.
What are the must-have basics in your closet?
High-waisted black pants, button down shirt, leather jacket and structured blazer.
Thing to save on/bargain for?
EVERYTHING. I am a pathological bargain hunter. Most of the clothing in my closet is at least 50% off retail. Very very rarely do I pay full price. Ebay used to be my homepage.
What do you splurge on?
Good shoes. My mom always used to tell me to never skimp on shoes because they support us all day. I never really understood that until now. I don’t rotate my shoes as I should so I wear through them like crazy. Only the well-made shoes can survive my abuse. I do still wait until they go on sale though.
You GUYS!!! Come visit me at the Old Navy Flagship store in SF as I co-host their Fashion Blogger Event this THURSDAY, 4/24 @5pm PST.
I’ll be styling a few of my favorite looks from their “Rock Your Blues” collection with Craft & Couture and Ryzenberg On. In addition to some amazing (and super affordable) looks, there will be a DJ, photo booth, and delicious treats (including a cookie with my face on it– seriously!)
As one of the few mainstream brands that carries up to a size XXL/18 in stores, I’ve always shopped Old Navy for great everyday items (like one of my first looks here) and wearable trend pieces. I’m so excited that they invited me to take part in this event, so if you’re in the SF Bay Area, come on over and hang out this week!
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the WRN FRSH launch party at Seedstore! I frequent this Clement St. shop pretty regularly– they carry a wide variety of rugged-luxe goods with a pretty rockin’ plus size selection. Also, one of my favorite shop gals in the city works there, Gene, and I couldn’t miss the opportunity to see her new fashion line debut. WRN FRSH is an eclectic mix of vintage fabrics in modern shapes, curated and designed by Gene and her boy Michael (below).
I’m a pretty picky vintage shopper but found so many covetable pieces — like a grandpa-chic coat turned cropped blazer, and a perfectly minimalist varsity jacket. Each piece has been re-tailored to feature a bold shape or modern relaxed fit and I had no problem finding a bunch of items in my size (since oversize pieces are a favorite for Gene). Here are a few of my fitting room favorites:
I couldn’t help but take home that amazing red arrow-print blouse… and I was even able to score this amazing fuzzy wool and suede jacket (below) for my sister!
All of the items are affordable and perfectly designed with both modern and vintage aesthetics in mind. WRN FRSH will be selling their designs at Seedstore so be sure to stop by the next time you’re visiting Clement! I definitely plan to make a few trips to check out what’s new — good vintage is so hard to find and WRN FRSH totally takes the frustration out of the hunt.
Who’s ready to ring in the new year? I’ll be welcoming 2014 with my new favorite show-stopping shift dress — hello, metallic leather! I haven’t been able to find a perfect leather shirt, but this dress will do the trick. I also stumbled upon this amazing necklace when I was shopping in Sacramento over the holiday. You can never have too much sparkle for new years eve, so make sure you add a few extra glittery things before you head out tonight
Black outfits have recently made a huge comeback in my wardrobe — but that doesn’t mean they have to be super serious or stiff! I keep my blacks relaxed and soft with light fabrics and flowy shapes, but I had to throw a little hard edge in there with my red lips and geometric jewelry.
Thank goodness that frigid cold spell is over! We had a pretty mild weekend and I’m a fan of lighter layers like this super thin (and cozy) pureDKNY leather jacket. I also recently dug up this pashmina that my aunt had brought me back from India — perfect outfit addition I think. Paired with some solid black basics, this is my typical look for a casual work day or weekend stroll and I figured I’d soften the upcoming holiday blow (sparkles, shimmer, and bold print coming soon!) with something more toned down.
Stay tuned for my holiday outfit stories… they’re pretty dazzling!
The holidays are here and I’m bringing the festive cheer (and some sequins) with my oh-so-sexy friend, Glo — you can thank me for this eye-candy later She’s got a seriously eclectic fashion sense (think vintage jewels and sleek modern lines with a touch of pinup vamp), plus she has the brilliant brains to match as an MD-in-the-making. She lives here in SF with my childhood friend (and obviously very lucky man), Eric. A peek into her fabulous closet coming soon in January…
More than just a strong eye for fashion, Glo carries with her the inner confidence to rock a variety of looks — the key to great personal style in my opinion. Whether it’s sexy suited menswear, a slinky maxi, or just a black robe (seriously), she radiates femininity without apology. In fact, she puts outfits together with a similar perspective: mixing and matching with confident ease, forming her own effortless sex appeal. You need to know and love your body to be a true style chameleon and Glo’s got it down pat.
This weekend I went for a quick adventure and photo shoot out on the East Bay with the photography phenom Simone Anne. I met Simone at Blogshop and instantly connected — she’s warm, bubbly, energetic and we share the same passion for beautiful and well curated content. I knew I wanted to work with her. She’s got a really easy-going and impromptu approach to her photography (she spotted great lighting left and right during our excursion) and it definitely shows in her images.
I had such a hard time choosing photos when I went through the film– they were all so good! She really captured both the soft and sharp elements in this cozy little number — and can we just point out the soft winter lighting? No light kits here, friends. It’s au naturel.
Be sure to check out Simone’s site (snatch her up for your next shoot!) and follow her travels on We Are Adventure — I’ll be posting a little somethin’ somethin’ there in the coming months.
I recently purchased a bunch of new DKNY items at Macy’s and I have to say– they’re all amazing quality and a breeze (hah!) to style up or down. I love the mix of black, tan, and naturals in this abstract animal print. Harem peg pants are also a look I’m trying out and although it’s totally Man Repeller status (my boyfriend hates these!), I think they give such a cool, relaxed look to my wardrobe. What are your thoughts on the harem pant look?