Favorite Things: September 23rd

Guess what everyone, I actually broke a sweat in the city this week. Twice. Otherwise, this whirlwind of a week (in life, work and everything in between) flew by (I mean, what’s new) and now my neck hurts really bad. Otherwise, here are my favorite things that I discovered this week:

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I got a haircut a couple of weeks ago (which I love) and my stylist recommended that I try out the three-day method. Which basically means don’t wash your hair until the third day. Without the Death Valley dry shampoo by R+Co., I wouldn’t have made it throughout the week.

Narcos on Netflix has been my TV jam as of late. Get ready for lots of drugs, guns and other unmentionables.

New week, new book. Just kidding, I’m lucky if I finish a book within two months. I’m crushing on Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett—it has pictures!

How can I forget the magic that is a Beyoncé concert? That woman sang, danced and made me cry. She really can do it all.

Wednesday Wants: What to Wear in Seattle

What to Wear in Seattle

T-30 days until I head back north to Seattle for a few days of eating, eating, and a little bit of walking. It’s been a while since I’ve last been there (where I literally only spent only a day), so it’s like I’ll be going for my first time! Per usual, it’s bound to be cold and a little rainy while I’m there. But I’ll be with my number one travel partner and a little weekend away never hurts either. Here’s what I’ll pack for Seattle:

Good ol’ blue jeans: Can’t really go wrong here, right?

Grey & White Sweater via Zara: I’ve been craving some warm basics and I think that this might just make the cut for the cold and damp weather in the PNW.

Small Leather Backpack: Seattle has less bustling streets than SF, so I’m going to take that opportunity to not get robbed with a backpack. Plus, they’re chic again!

A Wool Beret: I’m a hat girl—I love them and I will wear them for any appropriate occasion. This one from Goorin Bros is chic and so is this one from ShopBop.

Water Repellant Jacket from Zara: I’ve had my eye on this rain coat for a while—it better not sell out before I leave!

The Heel Boot by Everlane: Everlane launched a new (and higher) ankle boot. Would def wear these with a pair of black skinny jeans and a chambray top for work, work, work, work, work.

Windowpane Cape Scarf by Madewell: Just because it’s cloudy with a chance of rain, it doesn’t mean that I won’t be layering up with a thick scarf.

Favorite Things: September 9th

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You know what wasn’t my favorite thing this week? Cramming five days worth of work into four short days. Otherwise, it was a beautiful week in San Francisco where the sun actually came out and evenings were filled with rosé and good meals. Here were my other favorite things from this week:

  • Tokyo-based, Mensho Ramen, actually opened up in the city a while ago, but we finally made it out! Pro tip: Get in line on the early side (we’re talking 5:30 or earlier) and know exactly what you want to order the minute you sit down. They’re not ones to wait while you ponder over the menu.
  • I’m a sucker for the wood wick candles by the Santa Cruz-based Let’s Put a Bird On It. I’m obsessed with the ‘Mermaid’ roll-on fragrance.
  • Engagement parties! I am so, so happy for my friends who are in love and about to mutually put a ring on it. I’m sure there’s more engagement parties in my horizon and for now, I love them!
  • I’m a big fan of palm leaf prints and this ‘Palm Beach’ water bottle by S’well is just waiting to be added to my ever-growing collection of water bottles.
  • New ideas. If you can’t tell from the photo above, there’s a new segment coming on the blog. And no, it’s not how to wear hats or how to prevent farmer’s tans (because let’s be real, I frequently rock them).

Wednesday Wants: September Edition

September Wants

This month, I’m feeling simple. I want to uniform-ize (not a word) my outfits, dumb down my already simple makeup routine and rely on one key beauty product to get me through the month. I’m craving actual grown-up sleepwear in the form of matching sleep sets, a lace cami to wear under a chunky cardigan during the day, then instantly take on a night out. Pair that with a pair of ultra-comfortable pumps and I’ll be set. Gosh, I’m even surprising myself with how basic I’m feeling this month.

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

Favorite Things: August 26th

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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!

 

Wednesday Wants: Madewell Fall Favorites

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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.

Sunpleat lace-up top – Alright, this is a double-feature, but I still love this top.

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.

 

 

Favorite Things, August 12th

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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.

Favorite Things: August 5th

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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 Sowone 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.

Stranger Things. I mean, who is not watching it right now? As of publication, I am only on episode three, but once I am done, I’m going to check out this list of books that The Verge rounded up.

If you ever feel a little low, see this tweet. It makes me laugh out loud every time. I’m 12.

 

Wednesday Wants: August Edition

Oh Wonderful Wednesday Wants: August

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 White Courier Shirt
Georgia Perry Drake Pin
Polaroid ‘Snap’ Instant Camera
Bunnies in LA ‘Pizza’ Charm Necklace 
J. Crew Signet Bag
Madewell Pre-order Sunpleat top (sold-out already!)
Quay ‘Princess Polly’ Sunglasses 
Saddle Stool by Target
Vintage Levi’s
RMS Lip to Cheek Stain

 

Cute Shop: Only Child, Berkeley

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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.

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Only Child Clothing

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?”.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

To get your paws on Only Child clothing, head to her site and be sure to check out her blog to get the behind the scenes scoop on the latest Only Child updates.