the new look: day, night, denim.

the canadian tuxedo goes day to night around japantown...

one. h&m men's shirt, seven for all mankind jeans (25% off with code inthefamily25), vuitton flats (old), cuyana tote c/o (my color sold out, but here are more options), vintage bracelet, alex mika and vita fede rings, forever 21 earrings, anthropologie sunglasses
two. acne studios jacket, h&m men's shirt, seven for all mankind jeans, christian louboutin heels (similar), céline clutch, hermés, jewelmint, eddie borgo, céline bracelets, bauble bar earrings, alex mika and vita fede rings


the new look: tuxedo and cargos.

there are days that i love pairing two things that really have no business in the same look, and this was one of those days. i love these pants...LOVE. another j.crew purchase from around 2009-2010 (yay for the marissa webb years and another big YAY for her appointment as creative director of banana republic!) that have stood the test of time. so on this particular morning instead of reaching for a grey sweatshirt or plaid shirt, i pulled out this black silk tuxedo blouse (super soft on the skin because the shiny part is on the inside), coincidentally from banana republic. the old and the new coming together.

banana republic shirt (similar, also comes in white), j. crew pants (old, similar at 25% off with code inthefamily14), boutique 9 sandals (similar), vince camuto earrings, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, zara bag, club monaco belt, monserat de lucca (similar), céline, and jewelmint bracelets 

photos by lydia hudgens


currently coveting: spring jewelry.

i left two things off of my spring shopping list, probably for two reasons: first, i've already bought them and secondly because they've become such a part of my daily wardrobe.

the first is the céline knot bracelet i picked up in february. i had long admired céline's jewelry, but the stores in sf (neiman marcus, saks, and barneys) only carried one size in the bracelets. so when i was in new york, i popped in to check out the selection, and the thin knot was too beautiful to resist. even though it's an open design, getting a small ensures that it won't slip off my wrist (there's enough of an opening to get it off and on).

my other purchase happened because of new york as well. i had lunch with sarah and she was raving about her mise en dior earrings. then the same day i went to céline, i stopped into the dior flagship and saw the pearl and colored versions. while i loved the design, i wasn't crazy about the colors or the pearls, so i passed. but back in san francisco, after taking a peek into the dior shop within bloomingales, the salesperson casually mentioned the metal versions were soon coming in. oh, you don't say? "i can give you a call when they arrive." well why not? i went for the smaller silver/larger gold combo, which looked better against my skintone, and they've become my alternate to the diamond stud—still tasteful but a little more interesting.

céline bracelets, available at neiman marcus, barneys, saks fifth avenue in san francisco, or céline in los angeles and new york
dior "mise en dior" earrings available at the dior boutique inside bloomingdales in san francisco


the new look: bouquet.

how did i deal with the rain from last week? i wore lots of flowers...

zara jacket and shirt (see more floral blazers and shirts below), gap pants (previously seen here), prada pumps, marc jacobs bag, dior earrings, anthropologie sunglasses, alex mika and vita fede rings; jewelmint, eddie borgo, céline bracelets


the new look: sporty lace.

as i've gotten older, i've become more comfortable with my body, but that doesn't mean that i don't need a bit of shaping now and then. earlier this year, i heard of lyssé (li-say), a line that incorporates 3s™ technology that slims, smooths, and shapes in all its clothing. beth gold-cohen started the line in 2009; after searching to find leggings that didn't create a muffin top, she sewed her own pair by adding shapewear to the top.  now lyssé is not just leggings, but skirts, tops, and wraps that come in cotton and ponte, vegan leather and suede, and lace. even better, lyssé's pieces are all under $100 and come in sizes xs-3x. i really love lace pencil skirts, and since i have a solid black version, i choose this white and black version. the high waist is flattering for wearing tucked-in blouses, and i love that the waist stays flat. i'm all for clothes that do double duty, especially when they are as chic as this.

lyssé (facebook / twitter), also available at nordstrom, macy's, anthropologie, zappos and others (see site for full list of retailers)  

j. crew sweatshirt (similar) and necklace, lyssé skirt c/o, prada pumps, 3.1 phillip lim clutch (here in black and navy), linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, jewelmint, céline, eddie borgo, hermés bracelets

photos by lydia hudgens


currently coveting: spring shopping list.

over the last few weeks, i've been going through my closet, making keep/repair/donate or sell piles, and figured out what pieces i truly needed—spending a bit more (or waiting for a sale/coupon) but buying less. the grey suede stretch pumps from the balenciaga spring show were at the top of my list since i saw them, and it was my one splurge. i wanted a great pair of black and white sandals that would go with jeans, pants, and skirts, and these club monaco ones (that i got to try on back in february in new york) fit the bill.

i did need a pair of low heeled sandals, perfect for walking, and i happened upon my dream pair at cris consignment (at an amazing price) that i couldn't pass up. i discovered my perfect boy fit jeans from zara, not a high-end line. finally, i found a pair of wide leg cropped pants (which had been on my list since october) at a recent sale at theory.

so what else is on the list? new takes on the striped tee, leather top, and lightweight sweater that feel fresh but not trendy, a good pair of going out earrings, and a charm bracelet (a new obsession).

have you started your spring shopping yet? any great finds?

1. picked up these theory wide leg pants; definitely going to try this look / 2. t by alexander wang zip collar sweater / 3. lulu frost victorian plaza charm bracelet / 4. zara distressed boy jean (see them here) / 5. club monaco casey snake effect sandal (as seen here) / 6. love this look from the club monaco spring lookbook / 7. ann taylor perforated leather shell / 8. monica vinader diamond pave skinny earrings / 9. balenciaga mesh and suede runway pump (grey available at balenciaga stores) / 10. r13 striped boy tee

street style photos via style lovely and club monaco


the new look: abstract maxi.

finding a look for an evening wedding is usually easy for me; i go with a cocktail dress that's perfect for dancing and obviously doesn't upstage the bride. well in this case, the wedding was in napa at a private house, and was starting in the late afternoon. after spending an afternoon scouring my closet to piece together a look, i realized a printed maxi would be perfect, and alas, i did not own one. so another search ensued, this time to find a maxi that was dressy but not too formal, and also not too long—a seemingly tall order. nordstrom.com not only had an impressive selection of dresses and the ability to narrow your search via a variety of criteria, but utilitzed true fit technology, which ensures you order the right size based on your measurements. when i saw this dress, i loved the colorful rorschach print, beaded neckline, and side slit. with a few pieces i already had, the look really came together and i felt stylish and comfortable.

and the bride? she wore isabel marant...and looked absolutely gorgeous.

*this isn't a sponsored post; i just really like the nordstrom online shopping experience.

vintage blazer, charlie jade dress via nordstrom, rag and bone belt, club monaco sandals, marc jacobs clutch (similar), tom ford sunglasses, lulu frost earrings (old, love these and these), dannijo bracelet (clear stone version), henri bendel ring

photos by lydia hudgens