small bites.

yay for the weekend! but here's a few things i found poking around on the internets that i thought were trés cool...

garance doré went to cannes this year and was going to a premiere so she did what any other person would do (unless you're diane kruger or blake lively)...hired a stylist. so cool to hear (and see) her behind the scenes account of something at times seems so easy. oh and how amazing does she look?

i've been obsessed with type and hand lettering for as long as i can remember, and in the age of computers and "everyone is a designer," that art seemed like it was dying. over the weekend, i met cynthia warren, the fabulous designer behind the invites that chez panisse does, who does everything by hand. another fabulous lettering designer from the bay area jessica hische (she worked on the grand budapest hotel) is coming out with a book called in progress: see inside a lettering artist's sketchbook and process, from beginning to vector (check out the cool video of the inside). it will be so interesting to learn more about lettering and maybe get back to doing some of my own.

the nordstrom half-yearly sale started yesterday, and there are so many great pieces on my wishlist. this dress for the weekend and this one for work, love these pumps for pretty much anytime and this cover-up for warm getaways.

two fashion collaborations to know about. first the j.crew/cfda fashion fund pieces featuring paul andrew, eva fehren, and ryan roche are available for pre-order now...this pump is to-die-for. then this fall, athleta is teaming up with derek lam for the 10 crosby athleta collection. nike has been doing partnerships with fashion designers for a few seasons now (like the most recent one with sacai)—this is my version of athleisure.


the new look: gray days.

the weather here has been rather un-spring like for the past week or two, with foggy, overcast skies and chilly temperatures. so it's only fitting that i've been dressing in darker tones (and a lot of denim). this cashmere sweater (on sale!) and neoprene skirt, paired with silver accents, were perfect for a meeting last week.

it's been a crazy last week, with two big meetings and a walkthrough before thursday...is it bad that i'm already looking forward to this 3-day weekend?

vince sweater, j. crew skirt, coach wedges (old, similar pump version), pierre hardy pouch, accessorize earrings, céline bracelet, super sunglasses

photos by alex drysdale


the new look: pulled together.

pulled together this look with some of my closet staples—a black blazer, white shirt, and a statement skirt—for a day full of meetings earlier in the week. and while my look is made up of older items, you can easily use pieces from your own closet for something similar. focus on one major print in one item, then keep the rest of the look neutral...

zara blazer, uniqlo shirt c/o, balenciaga skirt (love this zebra print one and this one under $60), vince pumps, proenza schouler clutch (in leather), ben-amun earrings, super sunglasses

photos by alex drysdale


academy of art and california college of arts graduation fashion shows.

academy of art's emma xueling cui's graduation collection

this time of year, college students all over the country are getting ready for finals and graduation. in fashion, finals aren't necessarily the traditional tests and papers, but designing collections. this week, students at academy of art university (where i received my mfa in graphic design) and california college of arts will be presenting their senior collections in runway shows. it's always cool to get to see what the seniors and graduate students do; i am always blown away by their talent. i also love seeing when students are recognized by their professors or given internships with top brands on the spot.

academy of art's damien chandra, whose collection is inspired by sculptor willy verginer

i've attended the academy of art show a number of times both here and in new york, and the level of production is always top notch. i also love that students can collaborate across majors, for example, fashion design and metalsmithing. this year, the council of fashion designers of america as well as aau alumna (and 2014 cfda/fashion fund finalist) ryan roche are being honored. in addition, max azria group creative director lubov azria will be in attendance as students are presenting a capsule collection in honor of hervé léger's 30th anniversary. emma xueling cut and damien chandra were two of the collections that i was into based on the sketches, and you can see more of the designers and read about their inspirations on the aau school of fashion blog.

sketches from the collections of farah fara, nina sturmfels, vanina howan, and tiana rashae, all from california college of arts

meanwhile, at cca, the show is made up of 13 undergrads who are chosen to participate by a jury of industry professionals. the program is known for their dedication to sustainability, recently being named the top program of its kind in the world by fahsionista. it's my first time at the cca show, and i'm excited to see what the designers have in store.

follow me on instagram as i'm at the shows this thursday (aau) and friday (cca)...

academy of art university (@aaufashion on twitter and instagram / #academyartfashion)
an archive of the academy of art shows

california college of art (@cacollegeofarts on twitter and instagram / #ccafashionshow)
highlights from last year's california college of arts show


the new look: smell the roses.

last week was certainly eventful, in more ways than one. i already mentioned that our fall photoshoot was thursday and friday, and i was really excited but also a bit nervous. i was super psyched about our models and the prospect of shooting in our wonderful house, but i was also fearful of not getting all the shots we needed for an entire season. the early part of the week was full of prepping—finalizing the details like hair, makeup, signing off on props, and doing the shotlist.

then on top of that, wednesday i was promoted, which was of course amazing, but again, it added a bigger feeling of anxiousness. and then a funny thing happened—i decided to have fun with it. the photoshoots are the best part of my job (if we're being real), and i certainly wasn't going to spend all day and night worrying about what could go wrong. everything didn't go exactly go according to plan, but it was figured out, and the show went on. our team and talent were amazing (see the photographic evidence here), and after those two days i was left with no voice because of how much i was enjoying myself. so what's the moral of this story? sometimes, you've just gotta let go and just have fun, and everything else will work itself out (and when it does, you treat yourself to something nice).

mango jacket (in black, chocolate and light beige, similar grey here), j. crew sweater, asos skirt (love this jacquard one), jil sander pumps, super sunglasses, chanel bag (this one is $25 off), dior earrings, 

photos by alex drysdale; taken at the sf conservatory of flowers in golden gate park


oh hey may.

here are a few things i'm into this month, and as always, see more fun stuff on instagram—including behind the scenes of our fall photoshoot (the thing taking up much of my time), which is tomorrow and friday. we're shooting in a really cool house, so i'm pretty stoked.


chloë sevigny has such great style and an idgaf* attitude that goes with being a red carpet (and acting) rebel. i recently ordered her new photobook filled with images ranging from the more personal (like proms) to red carpet appearances. the look above is one of my all-time favorites (it's alber elbaz for yves saint laurent from the 2000 oscars—she was nominated for boys don't cry)

i follow courtney of always judging on snapchat, and she got a video of banks performing at the iro store opening party in new york and i was intrigued. i downloaded her album goddess and have been listening to it nonstop. her voice is part florence welch and part aaliyah, which is quite magical.

yes, i'm from philly but i am totally about dub nation this postseason. getting my basketball/hockey playoff fix until the dull days of baseball start.

even though i have combination/oily skin, i usually shy away from powder foundations, but on a trip to chanel to get some other makeup, the artist tried double perfection lumière on me and i fell in love. it's got a slightly luminous finish that doesn't look caked on and lasts through the day.

pretty obsessed with these me & me initial necklaces from louis vuitton. they are on a longer chain, perfect for layering with other delicate necklaces.

i wanted a pair of espadrilles for knocking around in and while i adore these aquazzura ones, spending $500 on a pair of summer shoes wasn't on my agenda. enter these fab lace up ones from gap. they come in various neutral colors and patterns, and the best part? they're under $35.

annie and i saw dior and i this past weekend and it's one of the best fashion documentaries i've ever seen. raf simons is just so sweet humbled by this job. for him to design a couture collection in eight weeks seems impossible, but with the help of his right hand and his amazing team, it's a triumph.

*i don't give a f--- / images: chloe sevigny / banks / curry / dior


2015 met gala favorites.

the met gala is the biggest night of the year for fashion, and some really take dressing for it to a new level, as they should. it's really the only event where traditional rules don't apply, but somehow people still dress traditionally for it, eschewing the theme and just putting on a pretty gown. this year's gala was for the exhibit 'china: through the looking glass,' which features over 100 archival and modern costumes from designers like roberto cavalli, yves saint laurent, valentino, and john galliano alongside chinese art and film.

diane kruger (in chanel haute couture) and liya kebede (in phillip lim) both wore sleek pants with longer tunics—while i loved both for their uniqueness, the color was not a good match to the event's theme (white is a color of mourning in chinese culture).

lauren santo domingo in custom proenza schouler not only dressed to the theme but her dress wasn't costume-y. it was glamourous and modern. in the gown category, bee shaffer (alexander mcqueen) was stunning but also sexy in a non-vulgar way, while kendall jenner (calvin klein) did a more tasteful take on exposing the body than say her sister kim. and speaking of kim, can we stop with the dressing that are leaving not much to the imagination? rihanna did this at the cfda awards last year (she wore a dramatic cape by a chinese designer last night), and now it seems it's a game of who can expose the most skin without being completely naked (i'm looking at you, j. lo and beyoncé).

it was fun watching and reading the behind the scenes and red carpet coverage via instagram and snapchat, you get a sense of how crazy and amazing the night really is. did you have any favorites from the gala?

photos via vogue.com