the new look: white out.

usually when i go shopping in the midst of sale season, i gravitate right to the thing that isn't on sale. this time when i was hunting for a white maxi dress to add to my rotation (i've already got great options in black and in a print), i found this one at nordstrom, freshly marked down. the slub knit is comfy but the slightly sheer top layer, thigh-high slit and subtle fray trim at the neck and cuffed sleeves give it an edge—perfect with flat sandals for a weekend of errands or the beach, or with heels and a clutch for a night out.

p.s. splendid also has this dress in black, heather grey, and pink... 

splendid maxi dress, balenciaga sandals (old, love these and these — both on sale), alexander wang bag (in black), lulu frost earrings, jewelmint, céline, sora black bracelets, alex mika ring, anthropologie sunglasses, rolex watch


scenes from a weekend.

as i said last monday, i've been feeling personally drained the last few weeks between work and life, and the last two weekends i've been lucky to spend some quality time with people that i love. coincidentally, both weekends have involved a trip to wine country. this time around, it was a sunny and warm saturday at the coppola winery. i mean, can you think of anything better on a hot day than swimming in the pool, sipping sofia mini's and something called the luxury lemonade (citron vodka, lemonade, sofia blanc), reading and relaxing? yea, me either.

j. crew tulle underwire one-piece, calypso st. barths caftan (sold out, but love this one and this one)


the friday five: summer into fall.

today's weather nonwithstanding, i'm thinking ahead to some transitional pieces i can wear now through fall, like a chunky sweater, print booties, and a plaid skirt. they feels a bit nineties, no?

have a great weekend!

alexander wang zip sweater / tsovet copper and black watch / tibi milou brocade booties / anthropologie saturn cuff bracelet / a.l.c. asymmetric belted mini skirt


the new look: spotted.

other than jeans, heels, and a blazer, this is my favorite thing to wear—a sweatshirt, full skirt (preferably proenza) and some heels. done and done...

j. crew sweatshirt (new version and similar here under $15), proenza schouler skirt (old, similar), club monaco sandals, forever 21 earrings, super sunglasses, pierre hardy pouch, céline (similar), jewelmint (similar), and eddie borgo bracelets, vita fede and campbell rings, bite beauty cashmere lip creme in port


go/see/buy: fashion on the square.

san francisco has tried to do fashion weeks many times over the years, and none have succeeded as well as fashion on the square. started ten years ago as a one day event in union square, it's now expanded to a week-long affair and one of the largest charity fashion event in the state. in addition to workshops, speaker events, and runway shows, fots supports young designers by having the fashion departments from fidm, academy of art, art institute of san francisco and more show on the runway. fashion on the square turns ten this year and i'm so excited to be a part of the event as they are honoring my ten years of blogging.

there are lots of wonderful things happening this week, on thursday as part of the w hotel w inspire series, caity from moi contre la vie is hosting a 3 course lunch with tips on work dressing, accessorizing and making a look your own. friday, the w hosts the fresh faces in fashion runway show and party, saturday is the children, teens and adult show in maiden lane, and sunday is the grand finale runway fashion show at the intercontinental hotel where san francisco's own wilkes bashford will be given the fots fashion icon award and i will be honored as well.

tickets for thursday's lunch can be purchased through the w hotel, and all other event tickets (and more information on designers, etc.) are available on the fashion on the square website.

images courtesy of fashion on the square


the new look: frill go round.

when thinking about my style, i tend to buy "high" in certain pieces, like blazers, shoes, and bags because they are wardrobe builders and "low" for more trendy items. but every now and then, something that might seem trendy to some can be a staple for you. i bought this peplum top from the row back in 2012, when it seemed peplums were in overload. at the time, i loved how structured this one was, along with the thin navy stripes and cream ground that meant i could wear it all year. even though it was almost $400, it was a solid investment as i'm still wearing it two years later. i've found that the thicker cotton construction and bracelet-length sleeves are super flattering on me, hence it's still in rotation even as the trend has waned. do you have a piece in your wardrobe that could be considered trendy that happens to really work for your body type?

the row top (old, love this st. john one or shop more striped peplums below), zara skirt (similar here and here), alexander wang pumps, marc jacobs bag, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses (black metal sold out; also available in matte silver, matte gold, and black plastic), bauble bar earrings, giles and brother ring, hermés bracelet


scenes from a weekend.

it was a chilly but relaxing weekend in sf, which is just what i needed after a draining last few weeks. here's some of what i was up to:

1. union square at night after hitting barneys and mkt with melissa / 2. new pj's and magazines / 3. the inside of the napa valley wine train was so glamorous / 4. had a wonderful time on the wine train with these ladies—old and new friends (see full outfit here; iro dress (similar), saint laurent clutch, club monaco bracelet (old) and heels, spring street via nordstrom earrings, super sunglasses) / 5. gorgeous merchandising at curve on fillmore street / 6. some things i picked up at renegade craft fair and on fillmore: nars 413 blkr the multiple, pretty little thing nyc choker, sora designs matte bracelet