Wednesday Wants: White Sneakers 

What’s the one wardrobe staple that I can’t live without? Aside from a fresh pair of undies, it’s always a white sneaker. From my first pair of white Converse in college to my newest pair of Allbirds (which are perfect for traveling), they’re top dog in my shoe closet. Yes, white sneakers do get dirty pretty quickly, but most of my favorites can be thrown straight into the washer with a little bit of OxiClean and a healthy does of air-dry time. Whether I’m “dressing them up” with a floral blouse for work or dressing down with a sweater for the weekends, here are my favorite white sneakers.

1. Superga Cotu Classic: Fine Italian sandals for a not-so-Italian price. Supergra’s are perfect for running those weekend errands. They’re solid and sturdy, just like a long line at the grocery store on a Sunday night.

2. Puma Basket Sneakers: Now that’s what I call a comeback. Puma fell off of my personal radar, but they’re back! These basket sneakers have been making their rounds with bigger laces that look a lot more ladylike.

3. Allbirds: Sneakers made from wool? Yup, and they’re the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. I sprung for these for my trip to Oaxaca (more on that later), and they were the first pair of sneakers to keep my feet happy even after a long day of playing turista. Want to wash them? Just take out the inner sole and throw them in the wash!

4. Kenneth Cole ‘Kam’Fancify your feet with these puppies from Kenneth Cole. Gigi and Kendall have worn these babies, so why haven’t you gotten a pair yet? Even if you march to the beat of your own fashion drum, these sneaks are a fine alternative to flats from 9 to 5.

5/6. Vans ‘Old Skool’My pre-teen pipe dreams are still alive and well. Even though I’m not into sk8r bois named Kevin anymore, I still love my Vans.

The Under Hundred Gift Guide

Happy holidays! Are you #stressing about getting gifts for all your big loves this holiday? Don’t worry, I am too. I am what they call a “visual learner” so I had to assemble a visual list to get all my gift-giving essentials in one place this year. Here are all my picks, all of which are clocking in at under one hundred dollar bills.

Here’s the Oh Wonderful gift guide for 2016: 

Under $100 Gift Guide 2016

What to Get Your Boo

If he needs a wardrobe refresh, opt for a pocket tee by Everlane where everything’s made in full transparency. If he’s into cooking (and you’re into eating), invest in his (or her) culinary future and your future meals by getting them a long-lasting cast iron Lodge pan. Help him keep his finances in line with a leather wallet from Tanner goods and keep him active with wool sneakers from All Birds.

What to Get Your Parents 

Out-gift your parental units this year and recap your favorite memory of the year with a photo printed from Parabo Press. Help them wake up with a gift box of coffee from San Francisco-based, Blue Bottle coffee. Help them serve themselves or their future guests with a bowl from Heath served straight from a cast iron pot from Le Creuset.

What to Get Your Best Friend

Help your gal pal keep her lips super soft with Glossier’s Balm Dotcom (you know I love it too), then help her keep her hands soft with Byredo hand lotion. Tell her and everyone else how dope she is with a charm necklace from Kris Nations. Have her gather all of her essentials into a leather travel pouch from Cuyana.

Wednesday Wants: A Cool, Grey City Wardrobe

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I’ve always wanted to be one of those girls who look impeccably dressed no matter where they are—whether it’s the grocery store at 3 p.m. or the coffee shop at 7 a.m. Instead, I’m that girl who spends 40 minutes to achieve that dewy look and curls my hair so that it looks like I didn’t brush it. I think that the secret to those ladies is that they often know their color palette and they stick to it. Maybe Karl the Fog is influencing me or maybe it’s because I like it’s versatility, but I think grey might be my go-to color this season. Here are my favorite cool grey pieces to wear in this cool, grey city, clockwise from top left.

The Oh Wonderful picks for an all-grey wardrobe: 

Rivington Sweater Coat by Madewell: Hurry up, this sweater is selling out fast! This jacket will be a long duster coat on my 5’1 frame, but I’m excited to pair it with my favorite jeans and mini dresses this season.

Cluse ‘La Boheme’ Watch: You can’t ever go wrong with a classic timepiece. Trends come and go, just like the time. Not sure what I was trying to do there.

Vans Pig Suede Court DX sneakers: I need to get lace-up low tops this season and you can bet that I’ll look for a suede pair. These grey ones by Vans will go with anything.

Eugenia Kim Fedora: I’ve been a fan of Eugenia Kim and her toppers for a while and each season she gets better and better. It’s a #goal to own one of her hats—so why not start with a grey fedora?

Sole Society ‘Selena’ Backpack: As the temperatures drop, I’ll probably want to keep my hands warm and cozy in my pockets. A backpack to store all of my essentials will keep me hands-free as I head to work.

Wool Coat by Mango: If it starts to get really cold, I’ll layer on a grey wool coat over one of my favorite moto jackets. It doesn’t hurt to double the warmth, right?

Pat McGrath Metalmorphosis 005 in Silver Metallic: The famed and headband wearing makeup-artist, Pat McGrath has unleashed her fabulous collection at Sephora. I’m crushing on the sliver metallic set, after all, I do have a cool skin tone.

Grey Turtleneck by J. Crew: Jeans, ankle boots and a grey turtleneck have been my outfit of choice as of late. I only expect to add a couple more grey turtlenecks by the end of the year.

‘Taye’ Boots by Sam Edelman: I’m all about versatility when it comes to getting dressed, from my hair to my boots. I like a boot that I can dress up with a shimmery mini dress or dress down with distressed jeans and a tee. These fit the bill perfectly.

Wednesday Wants: Fall Outerwear

Fall Outwear

Fall is here, fall is here, fall is heeeeereeeee (Oprah voice)! As I was getting dressed this morning in my dark as night black jeans, shapeless turtleneck and new over-the-knee/Kanye inspired boots, I no longer felt the weirdly emotional dilemma I had wearing a coat in the middle of July. To ring in the appropriately cold season, I rounded up my fall outerwear picks this season—all under 350 dollar bills, from left to right, bottom to top.

Leather Moto Jacket: I declared that I’d like a moto jacket in nearly every color, but I also want to add in some shearling this season for a softer, edgier (but totally warmer) spin.

Water Repellent Trench Coat: Last winter we experienced a mild El Niño and I invested in a very functional, but unstylish nylon raincoat. Once it rains, I’ll pull out a cropped trench coat instead—who cares if my hair gets wet. Actually, I care.

Denim Bomber Jacket: I know nylon bomber jackets are “in” right now, denim is a much cooler take on a bomber jacket. This Naked and Famous bomber is making me swoon.

Menswear Wool Coat: Now that I find myself wearing a hefty dose of stripes, black and jeans, I have no need to stray too far from a uniform. A menswear-inspired coat is an easy way to look a little chic and feel a lot warmer.

Printed Statement Coat: For those days when I want to pack more punch with my fall outerwear, I reach for a patterned statement coat. Windowpane prints or a fun, botanical print get my vote.

Wool Cocoon Coat: Also last season, I invested in a J.Crew Wool Cocoon coat in a mint green. They’ve been making these coats since 2006 (says them) and every year they come out with new colors. This season, I am crushing on the olive green hue.

 

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

Oh Wonderful Favorite Things

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

Madewll Fall Favorites

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.