19 Jul 2018
Dress – Aritzia / Denim jacket – Gap / Purse – Vince Camuto / Scarf – J. Crew
Even though I’ve been in the Bay Area for nearly five years, I still get really excited to explore a place I’ve never been to. It’s not very hard to do and it’s never too far. I feel really lucky! My company’s holiday party this year was a 3-part event. It started in Yountville with a lunch prepared by Thomas Keller and his team and led up to a Warriors game in Oakland. The night ended with a company favorite: karaoke in the city. It was hard not to find something for everyone, but the part that I was looking forward to the most was getting out of the city and exploring Yountville. I had never been there before and it felt like a mini town centered around fine dining.
Aside from having one of the best meals I’ve ever had, we had the whole afternoon full of activities, catching up with co-workers, and taking a tour of [The French Laundry’s] garden. The entire space was a dream for a perfectionist. Look at these manicured lawns! I also did something a little outside of my comfort zone. We were encouraged to sample the lettuce straight from the garden. It might have had some bits of dirt on it and we most definitely did not have anything to rinse it off with. It went straight from the ground and into our mouths and I didn’t hate it. That’s how much trust I put into this place.
Getting dressed for this event was an ordeal. Before joining this company, I was used to [holiday parties] that happened in the evening. It followed your standard cocktail attire, dinner, drinks, and DJ format and never skewed too far from that. How do you get dressed for an event that includes three very different parts? It started with the little black dress that I had purchased at Aritzia. On its own, it felt fancy enough, but it would not have been appropriate to wear all day. The solution? A casual somewhat oversized denim jacket over it and swapping out heels and sneakers for a classic black bootie. It was an outfit that held up for the entire day and was sufficient enough for each event.
Even though we had the afternoon in Yountville, it still didn’t feel like enough time. I didn’t even have a chance to stop in at [Bouchon Bakery]! We’ll definitely need a second trip.
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18 Jul 2018
Turtleneck, Raincoat, Hat – Aritzia / Denim – Levi’s / Rain boots – Hunter
I deemed 2018 the year of the coat because San Francisco receives much more rainfall than South Bay. When I moved up to the city during the summer, I wasn’t seeing the rain quite yet. There wasn’t a need for the coat then, but how quickly things changed. When the annual Aritzia sale came around during the holidays, I honed in on what it was I thought I actually needed and prioritized. One jacket or coat – two if I got lucky (which I did!) I ended up with this raincoat (pictured above) because I didn’t have one and a new wool coat that was reversible and had a great deal tied to it!
In Seattle, you’re not even considered a true local if you have an umbrella. At the end of the day, no one wants to be THAT wet. Between having a heavier raincoat and a lighter one, I chose a lighter version. It may not be that warm, but it will protect me from the drops. It also comes in the classic millennial pink shade that I’m still not over.
17 Jul 2018
Turtleneck – Aritzia / Skirt – Brandy Melville / Denim Jacket – Gap / Hat – Nordstrom / Sneakers – Nike
I never considered myself a big champagne drinker, but when I learned that The Riddler, a champagne bar in Hayes Valley, was serving up brunch on the weekends it seemed worth checking out. Nestled on a quiet street in Hayes, The Riddler sometimes feels like it goes unnoticed. One defining feature though? A champagne bottle painted on the side of their building that doubles as a photo backdrop.
The Riddler’s brunch menu is not like other brunch menus that you might find in San Francisco. Instead, it’s actually quite mysterious and not even found on their website. The only way I knew that they served brunch was through the grapevine and on other blogs.
How it works: There is a pre-fixe menu with three different categories that you get to choose from. For the starter, we had the option of choosing from two different yogurt parfaits. Next we chose from a selection of savory tarts and then a selection of quiches. The brunch at The Riddler is supposed to be considered a bit lighter than your usual, but it ends up being the perfect amount. As many of you know, I love variety in my meals so having a little bit of everything satisfied my craving. If this wasn’t enough, the menu also has a selection of various champagne cocktails for you to choose from to pair with the rest of your meal. Not only was everything pretty delicious, but it’s such a great setting for a morning with your girlfriends. I took two of my favorite girls that I thought would enjoy the brunch along for the ride and we loved every minute of it.
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17 Jul 2018
Who: Lily James
Wearing: Oscar de la Renta
Where: London premiere of “Mamma Mia!”
Normally, pouffy dresses like these are not a style that I resonate with, but it’s also another reason I gravitate towards them. I love the idea of pulling something off that I think I may not be able to. In other photos, Lily looks like she’s having the best time wearing it and she accessorized this look perfectly with hair that is effortlessly styled and simple heels.
16 Jul 2018
Treasure & Bond Print Pleated Top –
$59 – $38.90
With everything going on these days, I nearly forgot that this sale was about to happen! Thank goodness for my girlfriends and our group text to remind me of the first day for early access. I’m trying my hardest to save my money during my time off right now so it doesn’t make sense to make purchases on things that I don’t need, but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has always been perfect for the staples you do need. Around this time, I usually consider the items I’m hoping to make a purchase on for fall or items that I already own that could use an upgrade. Previously, those items have been a pair of classic black heels, booties, a wallet, and a purse – all of which I have purchased during this annual sale.
Ashley and I stopped by during Early Access this past weekend and while it was thrilling to see the pieces out, there wasn’t anything that I truly needed. That doesn’t mean though that I don’t have a list of things that would be “nice-to-have” and that’s what I’m going to share with you now!
Update: Now that I’ve finished working on this post, I’m convinced I need all of these items. Send help?
Kenneth Cole Envelope Collar Wool Blend Knit Coat in Camel –
$230 – $149.90
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16 Jul 2018
Dress – Aritzia
Every time holiday party season comes around, I always have some idea of the type of dress I want to wear. By mid-November, I’ve considered color, fabric, length, and accessories – all down to a tee so that I’ve honed in on exactly what I want. If I’m trying on other dresses, it’s mostly because it’s for fun or I need a gut check. Never did I ever think that in 2017, I would be looking for an updated LBD though! I knew I wanted something lacy, black, and with sleeves. I also knew that this would be a very popular style and that any party I went to, I would come across many other dresses like this one. Luckily, the fact that I would have chosen an unoriginal style did not bother me. This was one dress I didn’t have in my closet, but knew would be timeless for years to come.
I’m happy to report that since making this purchase, I have now worn it for 3 occasions total – a fancy holiday party, a dressed down holiday party and a bachelorette party! Sometimes the little black dress can seem a little bit like a cop out, but in my honest opinion, I think you can never have enough. There is always a use for one and there are so many variations of them to own. Also for those of you who have seen this photo and thought that my hair looked extremely long, there’s just a little girl sitting right behind me. My hair has never been this length!
16 Jul 2018
Who: Emmy Rossum
Wearing: Carolina Herrera
Where: Beats by Dre for Violet Grey party in Los Angeles