an east coast thanksgiving.

currently in philadelphia spending the holiday week with my family. it's been a long time since i've been back for thanksgiving—usually i'm here for christmas— and so far i'm in love with the crisp fall air (soon to turn colder). i'll be posting on instagram, so check out my adventures in the city of brotherly love (and a bit beyond).

hope you have a lovely holiday celebrating with family and friends!

photo via wakanow by p damai; typography by kim mitchell stokes


the new look: textural mix.

fall is all about textures, and this look which has denim, leather (or in this case, coated denim) and alpaca is the perfect mix. i wore this to a styling session i did with paul last week. as part of his personal styling services, he goes through a client's closet and helps them make new looks out of things already in their closet...sound familiar? we had fun playing with a good friend of ours who used to live in new york but has found it challenging to incorporate some of those pieces into her northern california life. stay tuned for the feature on his blog.

two things of note: first, my sweater, vest, and pants are all on sale...pretty sweet. second, i'll be on set today and tomorrow for our spring photoshoot, so follow me on instagram for behind the scenes pics...should be a fun couple of days.

j.crew vest and sweater (both extra 30% off with code shopnow), rag and bone jeans (40% off!), valentino flats, reed krakoff bag (similar), super sunglasses, stella and dot necklace, jewelmint, céline, eddie borgo bracelets, lulu frost and melanie auld rings, michael kors earrings (also available in gold)


the new look: top it off.

a perk of living in the bay area: it never gets really cold here. on the east coast, i had a plethora of coats, parkas and jackets, but all for specific uses. when i was putting together my fall shopping list, a long wool vest was near the top of the list; i've seen how versatile my trench vest is, so a wool version would definitely be the same. this one from river island had everything i wanted: the perfect medium grey, cool details, a wool blend that's warm but not overly bulky, and a great price (which means i can get a few other things on said wishlist).

river island vest, j. crew men's shirt, ag jeans, céline pumps, tom ford sunglasses (grey sold out, available in red havana and black), balenciaga clutch, henri bendel and lulu frost rings, jewelmint, céline, eddie borgo bracelets; amk x stylemint and lulu frost necklaces, armani rouge d'armani sheer lipstick in #600


currently coveting: prep.

although i like to think that my fashion sense is girl meets boy, deep down, i'm a prep. growing up on the east coast, pieces like pegged jeans, pinstripe blazers, button-front shirts, loafers, peacoats, and duck boots were staples in my closet. now i love adding bits of prep to my wardrobe but in a more modern way, with newer pieces mixed with vintage ones like harris tweed blazers. i'll be back on the east coast in a few weeks (yay!), so i've been looking at a few new things to add to my closet. at the top of my list: the perfect pair of straight leg jeans with no distressing (or things i need to look for when i get there, like my signet ring).

banana republic popcorn stitch sweater / sarah chloe signet ring / phillip lim loafers / frame denim + inez & vinoodh straight leg jean / equipment tate striped cotton shirt / theory razan coat / clare vivier glasgow satchel / veronica beard stretch wool blazer with layered knit / westward leaning louisana sunglasses


exist on your own terms.

sorry for the lack of posts around here...the combination of a cold, the holiday season (hello retail job!), and a photoshoot next week have meant some late nights, which means no time for photos, but also feeling a bit drained, which means i'm lacking inspiration. so it goes. rather than post a bunch of fluff and phoning it in, i'd rather post life snippets on twitter or instagram, or pin up a storm while watching reruns of law & order or sports night (an old favorite that i've rediscovered). i was talking to a friend about this recently, and there's something about posting not out of necessity but because you really have something to say or share. it feels right blogging on my own terms and in my own way, and honestly it's much more authentic.

this weekend a few friends are hosting events that i'm planning to check out: alicia is bring a syllabus pop-up to downtown sf, and krystal will be at elizabeth charles with the designers behind the shoe line henri lepore dezert. i'll also be relishing in the down time until the next (busy) week starts.

hope you have a wonderful weekend and as always, thanks for stopping by!

design by kim mitchell stokes / image scanned by kelles via the fashion spot / "the looks that matter" by michael thompson from vogue july 2000 / model: shalom harlow / fashion editor: grace coddington / hair: didier malige / makeup: dick page


the new look: shim shimmer.

it's the time of year when people normally break out the sequins, but i can't get enough of them all year long. this tuxedo top from reiss is from back when they had a store in san francisco (sidenote: please come back!) and it looks just as great with distressed jeans as it does here with a black skirt and a moto jacket.

this look is from last week when we had a somewhat late warm streak, but i'm thankful the chill is back in the air...this girl is ready to layer (maybe with some shimmer!)

photos by krystal bick

acne studios jacket, reiss shirt, madewell skirt, kenneth cole pumps (similar save and splurge), proenza schouler wallet (solid leather version), linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, dior earrings (similar), earthy chic and giles and brother (extra 40% off with code extraextra) rings, dannijo cuff, nars pure matte lipstick in valparaiso


the new look: old favorites.

i read this post that jennine wrote on ifb yesterday and it hit home, as this is something i've been doing more and more of. more and more, i've been shopping my closet, making new combinations out of what's already there. you may recognize this skirt from here, this sweater was a sale purchase from zara in january and made an appearance at fashion week, and the pumps are from last year.

jennine's tips are spot on—i've been making seasonal shopping lists to keep from overspending (and too many impulse buys), selling or donating what i'm not wearing, taking care of things i love (like getting shoes re-soled, keeping bags in a dustbag, and repairing clothes asap), and looking at familiar pieces in new ways. play with proportions, wear a sweater over a dress, pair dressy with casual, or mix seasons.

how are you stretching your wardrobe without shopping?

zara sweater and pumps (similar), j. crew skirt, chanel bag (similar), linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, lulu frost for j. crew earrings (love this pair), jewelmint, eddie borgo, céline bracelets, vita fede and giles and brother rings