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WRN FRSH Launch Party

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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).

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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:

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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!

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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.

 

All That Glitters

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Gold Leather T-Shirt Dress >> ASOS
Black Collarless Blazer (similar) >> Gap
Fox Fur Collar >> Vintage via Etsy
Bow Mini Wedge >> Madewell
Sheer Dot Tights >> Ann Taylor
Rockdale Geometric Crystal Necklace >>Francesca’s
Gemstone Bangles >> Margaret Elizabeth

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 ;)

Have a safe and exciting NYE — See you in 2014!

Relaxed Black

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Black Blouse w/ attached Cardigan (similar) >> DKNY via Macy’s
Black Peg Pants >> ASOS Curve
Fero Sandals >> Rachel Comey
Geometric Necklace (similar) >> Goddess of Jewelry via Etsy
Vertebrae Ring >> Alana Douvros via Etsy
Carry Bangle in “Stay Inspired” >> Gifted from Blogshop SF (from Kindred)
Black Perforated OC NY Bag (similar) >> Opening Ceremony

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.

Sorry for the wall of images– I just love the way Simone Anne captured this look! We had a fun time exploring the east bay and Bartavelle, as well as shooting my other outfit post. Check out Simone’s site and the full collection of images from our photo session.

Light Winter Layers

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Washed Grey Leather Jacket >> pureDKNY
Studded Cold Shoulder Blouse >> RACHEL Rachel Roy via Macy’s
Black Stick Jeans >> Marc by Marc Jacobs
Terracotta Pashmina >> Gifted (from India)
Studded Butler Booties >> Lucky Brand via Macy’s
Sterling Silver Ring >> Vintage

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! 

Glo >> Holiday Sparkle

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Vintage Beaded Sweater >> Ebay
Vince Side Zip Leggings >> Yoox
Chrome Hearts Glasses >> Optica SF
Vintage Christian Dior Clip-Ons >> Etsy
The Andie Sandal >> Madewell
Cage Cuff >> In God We Trust via Need Supply
Art Deco Cameo Ring >> Alameda Flea Market
Priest Resin Ring >> Alameda Flea Market

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.

Tailored Sailor

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 Sailor Peacoat >> ASOS
Colorblock Sweater >> DKNY via Macy’s
Lola Cropped Jeans >> Marc by Marc Jacobs
Padua Boots >> Rachel Comey via The Supply Room
Chunky Knit Infinity Scarf >> Banana Republic

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.

Spotted on the Street

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Olive Windbreaker >> Primark
DKNY Animal Print Blouse >> Macy’s
Black Harem Peg Pants >> ASOS Curve
Cynthia Flats >>Diesel
Spiked Jeweled Necklace >> Aldo London
Gold Cat Eye Ring >> Vintage (family heirloom)

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?

Want It: Totokaelo Current Faves

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve got some mad loyalty for Totokaelo. A seriously aspirational store, Totokaelo carries the most beautifully designed clothes you’ve ever seen. Yes, you might break your bank on a gorgeous coat, but the warm and approachable customer service and the sheer genius (GENIUS!) product curation definitely bring me back for more.

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As a luxury clothing lover with an unfortunate sizing disparity (PLEASE carry larger sizes, designers!), I’ve had my share of disappointments with similar retailers (COS for Opening Ceremony only carrying up to size 10 when the brand runs up to size 14, for example). When I was finally able to visit Totokaelo’s retail storefront in Seattle earlier this year, I was half expecting the same disappointment. I was wrong. Christine, an amazing shop gal, warmly approached me and guided me through the store’s selection with confidence that she’d find me something killer regardless of my size. She styled me head to toe for at least 1 or 2 hours and I walked away converted forever (and only slightly broke).

You can expect the same kind of service online– the team will measure, explain, and guide you through any of the products they carry and will come to the rescue if a product doesn’t wear the way it’s expected to. I regularly check in online, favorite things, and get all the measurement details so that my high end purchases pay off when they arrive. I suggest you check them out RIGHT NOW! Well, read through my current faves list below first and when you reach the inevitable need to purchase these covetables, check them out here.

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1. This Henrik Vibskov Confetti Print Dress is sleek as buttah. Sparkling, slouchy, fashion buttah. My gal Christine sent this over to me as a reco and I’ve been obsessing over it ever since. I think this would make the perfect holiday party dress with some fun tights, statement boots, an artful necklace, and giant coat. Right? Oh please fashion gods send this over to me!

2. I had the pleasure of trying on this beauty of an accessory when I visited the store and boy is it amazing. I haven’t quite mastered the chunky necklace look, but this one definitely stands out from the crowd and it’s just as amazing in person as it is in this minimalist photo.

3. OK. Who wouldn’t want this UZI Kimono Top? Flowy, forgiving, and the perfect mix of natural and black. It’s not too dressy and it’s not casual either– if I had this beaut, it would be working overtime in my wardrobe for sure.

4. Hello, rucksack perfection. Wood Wood nailed it with this man’s backpack that is equal parts fashion and function. I’ve been in need of a gym/climbing bag that isn’t embarrassing to take to work and this one could stow my purse as well as all my gear in one tidy attractive package.

5. These shoes, right?! Pump, ankle boot, footwear thing– whatever. It’s amaze. Ankles are always a great little sexy peek-a-boo in my eyes and these shoes do it in an interesting and super sophisticated way.

Thanks for reading! Now if you’ve made it this far, go and shop already!

MonoCREAMatic

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Blush Shift Dress >> RACHEL Rachel Roy via Macy’s
Cream Cocoon Coat >> Warehouse via ASOS 
Ciara Flatform Sandals >> Pour La Victoire via Shopbop
Knit Infinity Scarf >> Banana Republic
Leather Bow Bracelet >> Gap

Happy Monochromatic Monday! Or shall I say monoCREAMatic Monday :) Head-to-toe cream just seemed like the right thing to do for this work-to-play ensemble. It’s still sunny enough to do an open toe here in San Francisco, but the nights are chilly and a long coat and warm scarf are really necessary. I’m a shift dress fanatic (it works great for hiding the mid-section and highlighting the legs) and Rachel Roy just understands a woman’s body like no other.

What head-to-toe colors are you wearing this season?