Is it just me or are we all thinking the same thing.. why is it so hard for us ladies to find a good plaid flannel? This one is from Madewell, and though I paid a pretty penny for it ($70 for plaid!!!? wtf!?) it was definitely worth it. I’ve worn this thing so many times in so many different ways.. under things, over things, tucked into things… that it honestly has paid for itself.
Quality over quantity they say… I feel like I am leaning more in that direction these days. I’m just tired of making that dreaded Buffalo Exchange trip every 3 months. Those trendy pieces I spend nothing on at Forever 21? Out of my life and out of my closet in 3 months! It’s like I’m an anorexic shopper… binging and purging! I mean hey, don’t get me wrong – I am a huge fan of Forever 21… but sometimes you just gotta try something else for a change!
Luckily I’ve learned over the years, that the “Quality over Quantity” thing is true… and when making that buying decision, I find that it’s always good to ask myself, is what I’m buying a staple or a trend? Staples are great… because they’re always in style and they are so versatile you will be happy forever! I would definitely call flannel a staple, along with a great pair of black jeans, a great pair of boots, and a great fitting black tee. Do you have any staples that you’ve splurged on over the years? Please do tell!
My new favorite plaid – Madewell
Denim -Madewell Skinny Skinny Ankle Jeans
Vintage boots & sunglasses – Pretty Penny
Backpack – Thrifted
I feel like I’m getting older… but in a good way. I’m growing my hair out, one of my friends just turned 30, and I now go to bed at like 10:30/11 every night except on Fridays & Saturdays. I can remember the days when I was in college when going out, meeting new people, going on road trips, was literally my top priority 24/7. It’s not that I don’t want to go out, go on road trips, and party every chance I get (I would LOVE to do this as much as you do, trust me) – it’s just that I’ve sort of slowed down and am now appreciating the pace of a calm world.
Yesterday was Veterans Day, and I was perfectly happy just sitting at home with Davy, sipping tea and eating soup. We finally made it out of the house for a matinee movie to which I was not surprised, we were to be the only young people in a room full of “old folks”… hehehe. Maybe I’m depressing you, maybe this all sounds boring, but I must tell you this! There’s a romance that happens… one that can’t happen in an anxious party time 24/7 kinda world. I’ve been with my boyfriend for 5 years now but I feel like now I’m taking the time to realize how special it is. Just a sappy girl in love..
Bowler hat – Vintage flea market find from Treasure Island Flea
Booties – Vintage find from Pretty Penny
Denim – Madewell Skinny Skinny Ankle Jeans
Sweater – Forever 21
Necklace – DIY bone necklace
Yesterday marked the official change from summer to Fall .. and though it always takes me a bit to get used to the clocks going back an hour, I really do love it when seasons change. This fall, I’m really digging on warm chestnut tones and cabin-weather apparel. Wool sweaters, beat up suede booties, and lazy hair has been sort of my mood lately. Oh, and black! LOTS OF BLACK!
There is just so much to take in, and so much to do! With Halloween just over, we have Thanksgiving and Christmas and all the holiday craziness to look forward to. Plus the air is so fresh! Ahhh, the smell of burning wood and fireplaces and cinnamon.
Wool sweater coat – vintage DKNY
Denim – Goldsign Virtual High Rise
Booties – Aldo
Backpack – Apostrophe, similar one here
This weekend was one of the hottest we’ve ever had in Oakland so far. Talk about a heatwave! David and I took Saturday to stroll around Piedmont Ave., iced coffees in hand. We ended up stumbling upon this amazing mural that I always walk by but never really take a full view of. Since it was such a bright and sunny day, we thought what better day to really take it in.
I love that about my neighborhood in Oakland. It’s tucked away from the big city, yet there are so many cool spots that make it feel bigger than it actually is. I love kitties – especially this painted one, who has 6 legs, 3 eyes, and a snake tail!
I am totally dorking out on Halloween right now, doing as much cheesy holiday stuff as possible! I’ve already succeeded in making Halloween cards, pumpkin picking at the patch, and decorating! What have you been up to?
(polka dot skirt – Max Studio, denim shirt – H&M, sandals – DSW, bag & sunglasses – vintage)
We took these photos as the last rays of the sun were coming down. I always forget that the sun sets so early now! It’s been so warm in Oakland lately that I’ve completely forgotten that Fall and Winter is here. It’s only when I start to see the Halloween candy and decorations at the store that I really believe that this season change is approaching!
I’ve been really into plaids lately… this skirt is no exception! It was an amazing $4 thrift store find – in such great vintage condition that I even defied weather with it! I wore it on a 75 degree day… and no I didn’t regret it! It sits perfectly at my waist and makes me feel like a vintage schoolgirl who is too cool for school. What are you most excited about this season? I love watching the colors change…
Plaid skirt – vintage
Long Sleeve Top – Uniqlo
Flats – Zara
Necklace – handmade
I always seem to forget about what makes San Francisco so special, why I moved here, and why I call this place home … but, then there are days like these when I remember! I had scored on a free set of tickets to the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor, so I took the rather beautiful yet windy Saturday with David to explore and enjoy. If you haven’t been to the de Young yet, I highly recommend spending a whole day there. There is so much to see and do! The little museum cafe is also quite amazing – and is seated in the beautiful outdoor sculpture garden in the middle of the Golden Gate park. It was so good that we even went there twice in one visit!
My favorite exhibit was the Rose Mandel photography exhibit. Her work really spoke to me, and though the Richard Diebenkorn show was pretty cool too, I was rather taken aback by her photography. I took a photo of a little blurb that was written about her in the 1960s… the writer was explaining how photography can be interpreted like poetry. I like to think so too…
Outfit details: (jacket – H&M, leggings – vintage riding pants, sweater – Crossroads, shoes – thrifted, Casio watch)
It always feels good to create these little wishlists when a new season comes around. Not only because it reminds me of all the things I want to buy… but also because even if I can’t – I can prove to everyone that I would if I could! Now let’s get serious here, I REALLY DO NEED EVERYTHING ON THIS WISHLIST! Well, maybe just the new pair of boots, or maybe just the leopard flats, hold on – take it back – maybe just the plaid coat. Come to think of it – arrrg!
See now this is the problem with Fall fashion! I always WANT. IT. ALL. But really, though – I think we all feel the same way. If I bought everything in my wishlist, I’d be $1800 in debt but I’d sure as hell be lookin’ fly. I could probably make this all work if I just found cheaper alternatives – but as long as I’m still wish-listing, I don’t mind putting down $495 for a leather skirt I can just dream about.
This is my favorite time of year. It’s September, and the temperatures are rising in the Bay Area. Friday was absolutely amazing in Oakland – it was a boiling 83 degrees out. I literally took a pair of scissors and turned my t-shirt into a crop top because I was so hot!
I had the day off so David and I did what we always do on a hot day off – grabbed brunch at Mama’s then headed to the lake. We made a quick pit-stop for banh-mi’s and beers (even after a big brunch), and lied in the shade barefoot while whistling to our own made up songs.
Also, I’m wearing white shorts! The reason I have absolutely no problem wearing white shorts is, well, I’ll tell you a little secret (they make my legs look tanner than they actually are)! Also I just realized Labor day is tomorrow and you know what they say about wearing white after Labor Day. What are your plans for tomorrow? so excited to BBQ!!!!
Shorts, belt, and hat – thrifted
Vintage coach bag – thrifted
Top – my own handmade version of a crop top, from H&M
Sunglasses – Pretty Penny
There are those days when I look into my closet and tell myself, “Arrg, I have nothing to wear”! Sometimes those days are extremely annoying (I’d say most of them are). But then there are those few times when you actually throw something together and you’re like shit, why didn’t I think of that in the first place!?
It all started with this top – which I picked up at H&M the other day. What drew me to it was how it looked like a vintage sweater from the ’50s; the cut-outs and embroidery were spot on. I tried on literally 5 different pairs of bottoms with this top – (jeans, skirts, pants, other pairs of shorts) and somehow my black and white gingham shorts worked the best. I’m glad I just kept going for it!
We took these photos in a random little spot in Lake Merritt on our Saturday of adventures. Laid back strolls, then to Chinatown for a street fest, boba, and banh mi’s… overall a pretty nice day.
Top – H&M
Gingham shorts – Uniqlo
Shoes & belt – thrifted
Sunglasses – Pretty Penny