go/see/buy: heather day x bonmot.

'tis the season for gifting—and gift guides. a few years ago i did shop small holiday featuring small businesses, local and beyond, on and offline, and this year with the economy being what it is, i'm again trying to buy gifts and holiday goods from small businesses. one that i discovered a while back is bonmot (means "good word" or commonly "good one" in french) designed by rebecca rauth. after working in product development for old navy and piperlime for over ten years, rauth started her own company a year ago, focusing on well made sophisticated classics with a bit of wit (like a collection based around shark week). she uses the finest silks (like you'd see from high-end brands) and finishings, and everything is designed and manufactured right in san francisco.

for her first collaboration, she partnered with oakland fine artist heather day, turning day's paintings into prints that are used on tops, dresses, and notebooks. i immediately gravitated towards this graphic black and white mini dress with a side ruffles and a dropped waist. it can be worn in so many ways—with sandals in the summer, booties or over the knee boots for cooler weather, or a bit more unexpected by pairing it with sleek black jeans and suede pumps.

read more about their partnership on the styleline, heather's thoughts on fashion and art on her blog, and shop the collection here. bonmot pieces make a great gift or a treat for yourself.

one // heather day x bonmot dress c/o, j brand jeans, manolo blahnik pumps, super sunglasses, banana republic earrings, céline clutch, hérmés and miansai bracelets
two // heather day x bonmot dress c/o, madewell jacket, stuart weitzman boots (similar at a steal), super sunglasses, chanel bag, accessorize hoops, hérmés and miansai bracelets

photos by lydia hudgens


the new look: fall formal.

a few weeks ago, my very good friends got married in the most incredible setting, the palace of fine art. outdoor weddings—especially this time of year—can be tricky because in san francisco it's usually sunny but can be chilly in the shade. you also don't want to be too formal for a ceremony that isn't in a church. this dress from bcbg is the perfect mix of formality with the long length and sexiness with the sheer hem. i also loved the metallic shades mixed with black ponte side and waist, which add a bit of stretch. because when you're dancing and eating (in this case, yummy bites from tyler florence's wayfare tavern), you don't want to be too constricted...

vintage jacket (similar), bcbg dress, vince camuto sandals, bauble bar earrings, super sunglasses, chanel clutch, vintage bracelet (love this one) and ring

photos by lydia hudgens


the new look: fall textures

now is about the time to break out the leather pants and the cozy cardigans—although i've been wearing this cardigan (or is it coatigan?) for a few weeks. it's from aritzia, which has become a new favorite for chic, elevated basics. this sweater is so freaking soft, has the slightest hint of stretch, and comes in seven colors and six sizes, basically something for everyone. it looks great here with more polished pieces, but i'm also looking forward to wearing it aprés snowboard with fleece sweats and a hot cup of cider...

artizia cardigan, gap tank, helmut lang pants (old, similar here and here), schutz pumps, goyard pouch, super sunglasses, j. crew necklace (similar), ben amun earrings (similar)

photos by lydia hudgens


editorial focus: sneaker chic.

so much to love in this editorial from cover magazine featuring aymeline valade (who appeared as betty catroux in saint laurent). these looks are so put together using pieces you probably have in your closet—denim jackets, pleated skirts, sequins, suiting, peacoats—and everything is paired with new balance sneakers. so chic.

get the look below...

cover magazine november 2015 / model : aymeline valade / photography ; rasmus skousen / styling: karin smeds / hair: lasse pedersen / makeup: trine skoth / images via visual optimism and dna models


the new look: downtown pink.

i'll be honest—the 70s thing that's all over fashion right now is not really me. i talked about it a bit here, but flared jeans, psychedelic prints, and the like that have explored recently (mainly thanks to gucci and chloe) aren't my bag. but a few weeks ago while perusing asos, i came across this dress that had a definite 70s vibe. i could totally see the top part of this dress with a longer, tiered maxi skirt and in a crazy print. thankfully this dress is a solid (pink, not something i'd normally go for) and short (something i would totally go for), and i thought what the heck. that's the thing i believe with trends: you have to find the ones that are right for you, and it's ok if every hot thing that comes down the runway or that's in vogue magazine isn't your style. maybe you can incorporate it into your wardrobe in a small way (like a fringed purge or platform sandals) or not at all. you do you.

asos dress, schutz sandals, super sunglasses, chanel bag, vintage earrings, dannijo bracelet (clear version, similar under $50)

photos by alex drysdale


fall inspiration.

it seems san francisco has moved beyond its indian summer and into fall (save for a few warm days or two), and i am happy to finally bring out more cozy sweaters, drapey knits, and tweed or furry jackets paired back to a classic white shirt (albeit slightly oversized) and worn-in denim. still loving a skinny jean but also newly devoted to a tomboy/girlfriend/vintage levi's fit. also into adding a suede or snakeskin heel to add a bit more texture.

images via 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 


the new look: grey midi.

it's a double throwback: first to this post from last month in new york and second, i'm in a very 80s off-the-shoulder dress. it was perfect for a night out at one my favorite restaurants, gramercy tavern. although after 3 courses and wine, i was thinking i should have worn something a bit looser (or at least some spanx)!

river island dress, schutz sandals, pierre hardy clutch, super sunglasses, dior earrings, lulu frost and vintage chanel pins, hérmés cuff

photos by lydia hudgens