Lace Inset Cami from Calypso St. Barth
‘My One True Love’ Iron On Patch from Tuesday Bassen
Pajama Top from Gap
Loeffler Randall ‘Clara’ Pump
>Coco Rose Body Polish from Herbivore
Longwear Eyeshadow in ‘Shore’ by Bobbi Brown
Spring sprang, summer came and went (barely) and fall’s about to set in. But true to San Francisco, it’s about to get hot and I’m not mad about it. As we all head into a new season, I’m diving into some new beauty products that will beat the Indian summer that SF’s about to get and save my skin before winter comes. Here are my fall beauty essentials that I added to my (literal) beauty shelf:
U.F.O. Face Oil by Sunday Riley: My skin has been forgetting that it’s nearly quarter of a century old and is instead, acting like a pre-teen. U.F.O. is using it’s salicylic acid powers mixed with all sorts of natural ingredients to clear up my sensitive, combination skin.
Glossier Haloscope in Quartz: I never thought that I would rely on highlighter as part of my makeup routine. However, after leaving my Haloscope at a pal’s house for over a month, I really missed that glowing/subtle glitter bomb look that it lends.
Body Oil by Four Birds Beauty: During a weekend visit to Neeko, Ash introduced me to Philly-based Four Birds Beauty and this moisturizing body oil. I’ve always been adverse to anything oily, but this soaks right in (and quickly too) and makes my skin suuuuper soft.
Mega Greens Detoxifying Face Mask by Glossier: Alright, I swear Glossier isn’t paying me to write anything. Mega Greens sucks everything out without making my face feel like it’s being pulled in a million directions.
Makana Candle in Tea Leaf: It’s a 100% gurantee that I’m burning a Makana candle nearly every night. Each time I pay a visit home to the OC, I have to stop at Whole Foods to pick up some more. My suitcase always smells real nice when I get back to SF.
Triple Action Cleansing Water by Sephora: Micellar water is all the rage now and is a serious heavy-lifter when it comes to removing eye makeup. I prefer this to any other oil-based eye makeup remover since it makes my eyes feel squeky clean instead of drenched in mascara residue and oil.
Alba Botanica Hawaiian Facial Mask: My ideal Friday night consists of a glass of wine, a watchable movie and a face mask. Lately, it’s been this organic skin-peel-meet-clarifying-mask by Alba Botanica.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner: I don’t know how to put this any other way, but I have oily eyelids. There hasn’t been an eyeliner that’s managed to stay put, until now. Who knew that my favorite lip gloss brand as a little babe would be my favorite eyeliner brand as a big babe?
Stay tuned for the winter beauty roundup in a couple of months!
Holy moly. The week flew by, the month flew by and I flew through the week feeling a little sluggish but a lot happy about what I do. Honestly, life is really different when you thoroughly enjoy your job and the people you work with. Plus, I relearned how to curl my hair this week! Get the scoop on my favorite things from this week.
A 10-minute messy waves tutorial from Hither and Thither.
Everlane is the sexiest company I know. They just released a new shoe this week called the Modern Oxford and it’s cute.
I am slowly chipping away at becoming a real adult. How? I became a wine club member at Nielsen Wines! Plus, I love coming home to a great bottle of wine.
Glossier did it again. I picked up the Milky Jelly Cleanser and Gen G in Crush and they are my new favorites. Milky Jelly takes off all of my makeup and leaves my skin super soft. Meanwhile, Gen G is brightening up my face with its hot, pinkish hue.
HELP: Does anyone have any favorite denim brands? I crush on AG jeans, but I’m ready for something new. Any recs appreciated!
Guess who has a great new fall collection? Madewell, of course. The little sister of J. Crew is consistently turning out great stuff, and this fall is no exception. I’m loving the minimal prints, salmon pink and lush fabrics like suede, linen and soft knits.
Here’s what I want to wear this fall, all from Madewell:
Striped One-shoulder Dress – This dress would be perfect to combat the famed Indian summers that strike SF.
The Octavia tassel sandal – Salmon pink, block heels and tassels are my literal dream shoe.
Small zip pouch in ‘antique cream’ – I’m a sucker for eye-catching prints, especially ones with little faces.
Suede motorcycle jacket – I. Love. Moto. Jackets. By the end of 2020, I want to have one in every wearable color.
Cape scarf in ‘Windowpane’ – What’s the best thing to wear when it gets cold? Blanket scarves. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns with this plaid print!
‘Flea Market’ jeans – I’ve had light wash flare jeans on my wish list for a while. These little pockets (more flattering for the back, if you know what I mean), look super cute.
Inez ankle strap sandal – Low heels are perfect for transitioning from work to evening activities. Pair it with an ankle strap and I’m sold.
Striped lace-up sweater – Everyone around the U.S. is bundling up, while all of us in San Francisco have been ready for months. This lace-up sweater will let me show off my stone & very-cold bravery.
Modern linen top – With a little extra pizza incorporated into my diet, I’m crushing on tees that give me a little more room. A flared hem? I’m sold.
JM Drygoods embroidered shorts – Alright, I’m still banking on those few, short weeks of Indian summer with these shorts.
Another cold week in SF where I questioned why I live here instead of warm, sunny LA where everyone is at least two feet taller than me and 15 shades more tan than I will ever be. Honestly, I’m starting to get a little peeved with San Francisco and, wait for it, miss the East Bay. While I get ready for work and put on a sweater and at least one jacket, here are my fave things from the week:
- Want to know the best bar in San Francisco? Head to the unmarked Trick Dog in that weird and wonderful border between the Mission and Portrero and get ready to have the best cocktails in the city. Romanism & Rebellion (it’s button pictured above) has avocado purée and coconut whipped cream
- These Bitch, plz shirts. This 2016 presidential race is all sorts of crazy and “is this real life?”, but out of all of it, #ImWithHer. Best campaign shirt so far? See the start of this sentence. These Industry Standard embroidered jeans are pretty cool too.
- My wedgie fit Levi’s are my favorite pair now. Their high-rise, button-front makes me feel so tucked in throughout the day, but also very ’70s. I can dig it and definitely get on board with multiple pairs.
- Frank Ocean’s album. Just kidding, it still hasn’t come out.
Before we dive into favorite things this week, let me make one thing clear. The above picture is not from this week. Would you like a current update of the weather in SF? Think cold, grey and foggy. It was miserable. To cheer things up a bit, here were the things that I really crushed on this week.
This KQED interview with Aminatou Sow, one of my favorite podcasters (from Call Your Girlfriend) and all around smart/funny/woke lady. Best quote: “I’m the girlfriend Drake fights with in “Child’s Play,” the one that takes his Bugatti to go buy tampons at CVS. God bless that woman wherever she is.”
Who What Wear’s floral print bomber from their fall collection at Target. A lot of my coworkers grabbed one from my place of work, but I missed out. Big time.
If you ever feel a little low, see this tweet. It makes me laugh out loud every time. I’m 12.
When anybody asks me, “What’s new?” I really and truly never have anything good to say. Like, do I want to brag about how many Pokémon I’ve managed to catch today while riding the bus? Do people want to know that I know all the words to “Childs Play” by Drake? Instead, my readers, I’d rather talk about the things I’m craving this month. Here are my August favorites from top to bottom and from left to right. Now I must go to read the Reddit threads and teach myself more Pokémon strategies.
Madewell Pre-order Sunpleat top (sold-out already!)
Raise your hand if you’ve taught yourself a new skill, then launched a business within a year. Any takers? Haley Tucker of Only Child can raise her hand (seriously high) on that one. Tucker, a San Diego native and Bay Area transplant, started Only Child in November of last year when she was still working at a San Francisco art gallery and making clothes on the side. Her minimalist, do-it-all pieces became so popular that she went off on her own to focus on Only Child seven days a week. Literally, when I met her she had just taken her first day off since she’s started.
Only Child was born out of her desire to create high-quality pieces that are ethically made (everything’s handmade in her Berkeley studio) and serve as those dependable, go-to workhorses of your wardrobe. As a firm believer that your outfits influence how you feel, Tucker set out to create elevated basics that weren’t boring. The women who wear her clothing are the ones who are always on the hunt for minimalist, easy-to-wear and versatile pieces that can be dressed-up or down and worn all around town. As Tucker put it, “can she look cool and still do a million things?”.
Most of the silhouettes that make up Only Child’s collection are a little bit boxy, but come in the softest colors and fabrics that I’ve ever seen. Expect ultra-layerable kimonos, easy tunics that pair perfectly with your blackest jeans or your most distressed pair of skinnies, and tunic dresses that need just a stacked heel and a bangle to complete the “look.”
Even though Only Child initially started as a venture to fill her own closet with pieces that she couldn’t find in stores, Tucker’s found this incredible niche when it comes to designing and marketing her clothing. With one hand on the ‘gram (Instagram, that is) and a serious hankering towards thinking outside the box, Tucker partners with well-known style bloggers like Style Bee and Cali Vintage to co-design limited edition Only Child pieces.
Even though it’s barely been a year since Only Child has sprouted, Tucker’s thinking big when it comes to her small studio in Berkeley. She’s already done West Coast Craft, fostered perfect partnerships with style mavens and already has her sights set on finding a bigger studio (eventually) and continuing to grow the line. This fall, expect to see deep hues of purple, grey and black—all in the silkiest and smoothest fabrications that you’ll ever lay your paws on.
Need Supply Co.: If you’re on the hunt for pieces to fill-up a simplistic and modern wardrobe, look to Virginia-based Need Supply Co. Brands like The Horse, Baggu, LNA and Comme de Garçons can be tracked down here. Bonus points: They’re having a sale right now!
Cravings by Chrissy Teigen: Finally contributed to Luna’s college fund. You’re welcome, Chrissy! All of the recipes are super easy to make and there’s a 90% chance everything you need is already in your fridge or cabinet. Plus her recipes are so simple, they make the perfect starting point for making something exxxxxtra fancy.
Brainstorming recipes: Going off of the theme of cooking up a storm from Cravings, I couldn’t stop thinking of new recipes to get down in the kitchen with. Expect some in the coming weeks, everyone!
‘In Common’ by Alicia Keys: Okay, I know that I’m late to the music game on this one by listening to the new single by Alicia Keys. Serene, calming and catchy is how I describe it and you can bet that I’ll be listening to it all week. Plus, read this piece that Keys wrote for Lenny.
Succulents c/o your local hardware store
Rebecca Minkoff ‘Feed’ Bag in Guava (Out of stock, similar here)