The Piece: Madewell Denim Skirt

Yes, I am aware it is November, which means that we are one month away from winter officially arriving and just weeks from chowing down on a turkey leg. But just let me wear a denim skirt gosh dammit! Maybe it’s because I’m gearing up for a two- week sun-soaked vacation in Hawaii or maybe it’s because I choose to live my life in blissful ignorance towards things like weather. This month, I’ve been trying to jump at opportunities to wear my frayed hem denim skirt by Madewell (which is sold out, but similar ones linked below!).

For Weekend

Weekends in San Francisco are getting chillier and therefore I’m more inclined to stay curled up on the couch instead of hanging at a park. But on the rare instances that I choose to venture outside, I’ll be pairing my denim skirt with chunky sweaters and city-appropriate ankle booties.

For Vacation

T-minus a few weeks until I am sunburnt! My favorite piece to wear while on any warm weather vacation is a skirt. They’re easy to slip in and out of and to wear with goes a goes-with-anything white button-up, which I will definitely be layering over my pale, not swimsuit-ready body.

For Date Night

 

The key to dressing for date night? Wearing a very complicated outfit that looks like you don’t know what a “weather app” or really what “temperature” means. But there’s a strategy behind pairing teddy coat with a denim skirt! Have a conversation piece so that you have something to talk about which makes it seem like I am complex and mysterious woman. But, once that layer is shed, I’m just a very simple girl who just wants to wear a white tee with everything and have dinner paid for every once in a while.

For a Night Out

In my old age, my nights out mean that I am following the rule of two: I walk two blocks to my favorite brewery, drink two beers, then walk the two blocks back home. I like to keep it simple now with everything, so I’ll spring for my other favorite two pieces: a moto jacket and a cami to wear with my jean skirt.

The Piece: Levi’s Wedgie Fit Jeans

Never thought I’d say it, but I’m a big fan of wedgies. Wedgie fit jeans, that is. A distinct memory of my childhood was yelling, “NOOOOO, don’t give me a wedgie!” while my friends chased me around. Now that I think about it, my friends were jerks. No, these jeans don’t give you a wedgie, they just lend a special lift to your rear and somehow mold perfectly to your shape over time. These high rise, button fly, and no-stretch jeans are just too easy to wear with everything—this is how I’m wearing my Levi’s Wedgie Fit jeans.

For Date Night

Levi's Wedgie Fit Jean Outfits

Okay fine, we all know that no straight man in this city wants to date me, but if they ever change their mind this is what I would wear—my Tom Petty tee (to show them how good my taste in music is), my favorite hoop earrings (they are my confidence-boosting jewels), block heels (if I need to run away) and my Wedgie fits (because apparently butts are trending?).

For Work

Levi's Wedgie Fit Jean Outfits

It’s business time. Gotta layer up with a blazer, a turtleneck and my favorite mom jeans Wedgie fit jeans. The frayed hem makes it easy (and fun) to pair them with ankle boots that are a color just a little bit out of the ordinary—like grey! Or leopard (I own both).

For A Night Out

Levi's Wedgie Fit Jean Outfits

These older bones do not go to the club anymore unless said bones have had too much wine and think they are invincible. Anyways, I’m going denim on denim with an oversized denim jacket and a cheeky graphic tee. The trick to wearing denim on denim? Go for two different shades of blue (or black), to avoid looking like you’re wearing a denim suit from head to toe.

 For the Weekend

Levi's Wedgie Fit Jean Outfits

My favorite 48 hours of the week calls for my favorite staples in my closet at the moment: a hoodie, white sneakers, and my mini tassel bag from Cuyana. An easy, four-piece outfit that can never go wrong.

Logan’s Guide to Buying & “Investing” in Art

I like art. I like art museums. I like pretending that I’m an artist. I even like podcasts about art. I think at the young, ripe age of 26, I’d like to consider myself a baby art collector, much like Porsha from RHOA recently called herself a “baby vegan.” We’ll both get there eventually folks. Over the past 3 years of buying/investing in quite a few pieces, I’ve come up with my own set of rules that I use as my personal gut check when getting a new one.

1. Start small

If you’re just starting out with your art collection, really—just start small with your size and budget. As you buy more, you’ll see that your tastes will change (but also stay somewhat the same), so consider this your exploratory period where you learn about your preferred medium (print/photograph/painting/sculpture), color scheme, artists, where and how you like to buy your art. Plus, if you’re the type who’s always on the move, you won’t have to worry about lugging a larger piece every which way your heart desires.

From Left Field by Ty Hjortland

2. Try Local

Now that I sit down and actually think about it, most of my favorite pieces have come from California, with 2/3 of them coming from the same region (SLO). Sure, there are plenty of great artists scattered across the globe, but your favorites might be down the street (or highway!) from you. I would skip local “craft” fairs if you’re serious about getting (more) serious art in your house and head to local galleries and art shows if you have them. Another source for scouting locals? Instagram!

3. Think about the big picture

So if you’ve already got 2-3 pieces that you’re thinking really represent you and your burgeoning collection, any new purchases should fit in and complement what you have. For example, most of my pieces have some sort of blue and white scheme to them, but I threw in a pink piece that stands out but also fits right at home with everything else. IMHO, you can’t really place a Picasso and a Monet side by side.

From Inez Boutique in Los Olivos, CA. By Rana Wilson

4. Go with your gut

All right, my mantra (which gets me in trouble) is if you like it, buy it. If you get the heebie-jeebies/butterfly-in-stomach feeling when you see that piece, give it a new home on your wall/shelf/cabinet/backyard. One of my favorite pieces was recently purchased from a drawing rally, and when I saw it I knew and didn’t have any time to think about it.

5. But don’t be afraid to sleep on it

But my bank account has told me to do a serious gut check before pulling the plastic trigger on any new pieces. If you’ve got time to think about a new acquisition, take time to sleep on it. Take a photo of it (always ask!), print it out and put it on your wall to try and visualize it in your space and figure out if it fits in with your other works.

6. Each piece should have a story

Okay, I give terrible advice when it comes to buying things. If you leave this post with one thing, just know that every piece you have should have a story and you should remember, where/when/and who you were with you bought each piece. Good art is always memorable, but the best art has really great stories behind them. (Cough, see my brief stories below).

Wednesday Wants: New Apartment Vibes

Wednesday Wants New Apartment

New month, new apartment, same old me! I packed up and moved to my #dreamhood in San Francisco and now I get to walk three blocks to get a $7 scoop of ice cream from Bi-Rite. Color me very happy. To really get into my new space, I’m (naturally) looking for some new goods, because it’s all about reinvention right? Here’s what I want to add to my home and closet to fully complete my transition to being a NoPa girl.

Everlane suede bootiesSo my new neighborhood has just the slightest incline. Okay, to me an inch is an incline. I like walkable booties and I cannot lie—that’s all!

Inflorescence Eau de Parfum by ByredoI’ve been crushing on this EDP for a while now, but it might be finally time to pull the trigger. It’s light-ish, very floral and (in my opinion) can be worn all year round.

Cotton Poplin candle by ByredoOne scent for my body, one scent for my room. I smelled this at the Everlane showroom one day and my nose has never gone back.

Away luggageSome of my suitcase served as moving boxes, so it’s time for an upgrade. I mean, this suitcase has 2 USB chargers built in—so it’s perfect for when I drain my battery just before I have to board my flight.

Levi’s Ex-Boyfriend trucker jacketLast week at work, there was a point where I had three different jean jackets slung across my chair. So what’s one more?

Matrix blush pink chair by Article:  There’s a little corner of my room that’s waiting to host this chair. I know everyone’s all over millennial pink right now, and I guess that includes me too.

Hexagon sunglasses by Ray-BanSometimes you just get tired of plain old round and rectangular sunglasses (as is the case with me right now). I’m digging these hexagonal ones by Ray-Ban that everyone and their best friends have.

Wednesday Wants: Sand & Tan Summer Sandals

Brown sandals for summer

Summer’s making it’s official debut in less than a month, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the temps will start to drop in San Francisco. But no matter where I am, tan, block heeled sandals are my go-to for high summer dressing. They just go with everything—whether it’s my most unflattering pair of Levi’s and a white tee or my favorite striped dress. But there’s a new kid on the shoe block, the sand sandal to brighten up (and modernize) all the summer outfits you could dream up. Keep reading to see my favorite sand and tan sandals from Nordstrom, then click to get your hands on a pair!

Sand sandals for summer: 

  • “Carmela” sandals by Rebecca Minkoff:  Super strappy without being too declassé. These will pair perfectly with that imaginary golden tan and white dress combo that I can never achieve summer after summer.
  • “Franine” mules by Vince Camuto: Mules are the *it* shoe of 2017, but I just can’t seem to get on board (I think they make me look shorter). I think a strappier pair that shows a little more skin just might do the trick.
  • “Christy” sandals by Rebecca Minkoff: I’ve had a crush on these since last summer and there’s no sign of that slowing down. Just grown-up enough to make a T-shirt and jeans work at the office.

Tan sandals for summer:

Shop these picks and more below!

 

Favorite Things: May 11th

All these months and I haven’t had a single favorite thing. Of course it took a coffee shop with wild wallpaper to get me back in the groove. Kidding—but here’s my first favorite things in a long, long while.

Oh Wonderful Favorite Things

Jane in San Francisco: One name to rule them all—Jane. Now with three locations around the city (2 of them close to my hood!), residents and tourists can get a taste of their housemade bread and pastries, plus a piping hot cup of Jane’s own coffee.

Everything by The OuaiYes, okay, I watch KUWTK. Yes, I learned about The Ouai through KKW’s Instagram. And yes, everything smells amazing. The Ouai’s dry shampoo is the best I’ve ever used—I feel fresher with just one spray and it lasts all day long. Plus it doesn’t hurt when the compliments on how good you smell start rolling in.

SF Conservatory of Flowers: I’ll be celebrating four years in the Bay this June and it took the four blood-related women in my family for me to visit the Conservatory of Flowers. Feel like you need some more butterflies in your life? Head here.

Trump Draws: Sorry to sour the mood. But let’s be real, my mood has been sour since November 9th, 2016. I will never respect the Cheeto in Chief, but I will always laugh at this Twitter account that shows off his most enviable skill. Are you kidding me? He’s skilled at nothing.

The Piece: Spring Faves from Tobi 

I could honestly online shop until I drop. Sure, I miss running my hands through items on a hanger, but I would gladly skip the small talk with store clerks any day of the week. Four score and a few days ago (literally it was back in college), a friend introduced me to Tobi.com before an ill fated trip to Vegas (will never share deets on that), where I found Vegas-ready dresses in a pinch. Fast-forward to years later and they’re my new go-to for spring pieces that are a little bit edgy, fairly feminine and totally wearable.

Keep scrolling to see how I’ll be wearing spring pieces from Tobi.com

For Work

You really can wear lace to work—in the form of lace-ups that is. A lace up tee is a new twist on an old classic that’s just fun enough to keep a classic outfit fresh. I’ll be pairing this Tobi tee with my favorite skinny jeans, lace-up sandals from Rebecca Minkoff (these sold out, but latest ones are here) and a vest to keep things a little more buttoned-up.

For Nights Out

Who am I kidding, I can’t go out more than once a month! But if there’s a daytime occasion to have a little fun coming up, you can count me in. For post-work occasions, I’ll take the Erma tee for a spin with a flouncy miniskirt, a cargo-meets-jean jacket from Anthropologie and my most-trusted ankle booties that I can last all day long in.

For Date Night

I hope you know that I can’t last an entire post without complaining about the weather in SF. For evening date nights, layering is key. So while I’ll still rock a spring-ready dress, I’ll layer it under a turtleneck that lasted me from fall to winter, and now into spring. I’ve been rocking the 1.State sneakers almost daily, so of course there’s no taking those out of rotation either.

For Weekends

Weekends are made for easy outfits and for trying things that I wouldn’t normally wear Monday to Friday. I’d like to pretend that I’m totally comfortable with anything off the shoulder (because they’re all the rage now, right?), but most of the time I find myself tugging at the top of the sleeves to keep it actually off the shoulder. Weekends are perfect for all that tugging activity, so I’ll be rocking a chambray (my fave fabric!) off the shoulder dress with a handkerchief tied around the neck for the ultimate in casual, laidback weekend dressing.

The Piece: Madewell Side-Slit Skirt

Side-slit skirt. Now say that five times fast. I’ve been on the hunt for a work to weekend-appropriate skirt that hit every check box on my list. What was on my list? Versatility, the perfect amount of leg baringness, and a streamlined (but not tight) silhouette. I think I met my match with Madewell’s side-slit skirt.

Introducing a brand new series on the blog: The Piece, wherein I take my favorite piece from the month and show you how I’ll be wearing it on repeat for the most repetitive occasions in my life: work, the occasional date, a night out and finally (the best), the weekend.

Want to see how I’ll be wearing this month’s piece? Keep scrolling.

For The Workday

The Piece: Madewell Side Slit Skirt

When it comes to personal style, I like to keep it simple. The boldest thing you’ll ever see me where is a bright(er) color and maybe a floral print or wise stripes. So when it comes to work, muted hues, slouchy silhouettes, and less-revealing pieces are my go-to. Chambray and stripes are my #powercouple, while ankle booties are just my shoe spirit animal.

For Date Night

The Piece: Madewell Side Slit Skirt

My perfect free drink date night outfit? Casual, comfortable and just a little coy. During the winter my go-to meet for drinks outfit was a  chunky knit sweater and distressed jeans (so I could show off just a little skin), but springtime means patio drinks (weather permitting), a unexpected side-slit and block-heel sandals.

For A Night Out

The Piece: Madewell Side Slit Skirt

I don’t go out that often, but when I DO, the day of I always have a mini-meltdown trying to figure out what to wear. Wardrobe meltdowns are made harder when you’re trying to find something slinky to wear, but instead see the turtlenecks you own for each day of the week. But I’m excited to swap in a midi for skinny jeans for those very rare 2 a.m. nights.

For The Weekend

The Piece: Madewell Side Slit Skirt

Lately San Francisco weekends haven’t been the warmest, even though spring has officially sprung. But for that one hour where the sun might be out and the wind is hiding, I will happily slide into sandals and a straw hat. But I’ve learned that you should always carry a jacket in this city, so utility jackets are key (plus they have plenty of pockets).

Now shop the pieces shown here!

Wednesday Wants: J. Crew Spring Arrivals & Farewell Jenna Lyons

Wednesday Wants J Crew

Have you heard the news? Jenna Lyons is leaving J. Crew after 26 years. I am sad. Not like, “I must frame all of my favorite J. Crew pieces in a glass case so I can sell them on eBay one day,” but rather, I’m slightly excited for what’s to come. Let’s be real—J. Lyons set the standard for what all of us could expect from J. Crew. I acutely remember when I was 10 and browsing through their catalog, mentally picking out my favorite shade from their candy-colored collection of cashmere sweaters, thinking to myself, “I can’t wait until I’m older so I can buy one.” I’m probably disappointing my 10-year-old self by instead buying a cargo jacket that I’ll wear until it fades and toothpick jeans (which are the perfect median between skinny and straight).

I’m going to miss that classic (to me) that Jenna brought to the brand, from pairing tulle skirts with a chambray shirt to normalizing fuschia pink as a completely acceptable color to wear to the office, she really did wonders on J. Crew. Plus, let’s not forget the multiple times that Michelle Obama wore J. Crew. Talk about America’s brand.

Here are my current favorites from J. Crew’s spring collection: 

1. Cold-shoulder top: I’ve been told that my rosy-pink/translucent skin tone really pops in poppy red. Plus, cold-shoulder tops are trending for spring.

2. Slim boyfriend jeans: Get you a new pair of light wash jeans this spring. A loose, but flattering fit like a boyfriend jean might even extend into fall.

3. Galaxy hoop earrings: Hoop earrings are my new spirit animal and I’m ready to step up my hoop game with a more avant-garde pair.

4. Lace-up popover top: I don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing if people start to think of you when they see a striped shirt. I’m going to go with the notion that it’s a good thing, so I want to lace-up and go in this popover top.

5. Ruffle hem midi-dress: The minute I saw the red floral dress I was all *drool emoji*. Knowing my predictable dressing habits, I would probably wear this with tan heels and my favorite cargo jacket.

6. Seer-sucker jumpsuit: I’m a sucker for stripes  and jumpsuits (and really anything I can wear a straw fedora with).

7. Signet bag in calf hair: I just want to live a pressure-free life and head out the door in a t-shirt, jeans and a bold bag.

8. Lace-up suede sandals: See what I said about tan sandals? It’ll never end.

Wednesday Wants: Embroidered Clothing

Wednesday Wants: Embroidered Clothes
It’s time to get my stitch on. On a scale of 1-10 of craftiness, I’d safely same that I’m at a 4. I know how to use a hot glue gun (and skillfully), but I never had the patience for anything that required yarn or thread. Everyone’s pulled out their needle and thread for spring’s biggest trend—embroidery from head to toe. Here are my favorite picks for this stitched (and seriously pretty) trend, from top left to bottom right. 

  • Sam Edelman clutch: I. Love. Clutches. Apply your best Oprah voice when you say that in your head—because that’s exactly how I feel. I’m fully prepared to have orinthologists fawn over this bag. 
  • Madewell embroidered jeans: I can’t keep orchids alive, but at least I can wear them, with no water or sunlight required. I’m fully supportive of a denim-on-denim look with these jeans. 
  • ‘La vie’ military jacket by Rebecca Taylor: if you see me regularly, you know that there’s a 75% chance that I’ll be wearing a cargo jacket. A sweet, floral accent seems like the perfect spring update for this personal staple. 
  • Topshop skinny jeans: I need a new night-out rotation. Im digging the thought of embroidered skinny jeans and a black cold shoulder top, especially as warmer weather starts to really sit in. 
  • Gap button-up: No one can go wrong with a blue button-up. I’d dress this one down with boyfriend jeans and flat slip-ons. 
  • Guitar strap by Rebecca Minkoff: I don’t know how to “shred” anything other than old checks, but I will wear this as a bag strap. 
  • Zara embroidered jeans: These babies are sold out already, but tune keep tuning into Zara to check back for more. 
  • ‘Reena’sandals by Topshop: Kill two trends with one shoe. Lace yourself up in these embroidered sandals, then head out the door.