27 Oct 2018
Top – Aritzia / Pants – Alternative Apparel / Heels – Vince Camuto / Sunglasses – Marc Jacobs
If I’m going to spend an entire weekend out and about, I want to be in my most comfortable outfit. When Winny comes to town, we’re having two meals for every normal person’s one meal and finding new spots to venture off to. On this particular trip, we happened to be having a bowl of udon in Japantown and then came across this structure near our parked car. Despite it being a clear day with a blue sky, it was pretty breezy! Don’t mind the hair all over my face. Also, even though I like these photos, I don’t think I made the best decision in terms of picking a flattering outfit. Since the pants are already loose in itself, it probably would have been better to choose a more structured top instead of an equally loose top that I tried to make structured with a tuck.
16 Sep 2018
Sweater – Zara / Purse – Forever21 / Pants – Aritzia / Sneakers – Adidas
You guys, how good are these photos taken by my Instagram Dad?! I returned home this past March and we did brunch in Edmonds. It’s not quite Seattle, but it’s a cute and quiet neighborhood that feels homey to me. We’re also not upset about this backdrop. I love this mini shoot because we were having a big family brunch, but before going in my dad was game to shoot and I happened to be borrowing a chic Zara sweater from my mother. One of the best parts about returning home? Never needing to pack a full suitcase because Mom and I share the same size. That means I can leave my jackets behind since they take up the most space in my suitcase and pull from her closet instead. Not seen in this shoot, my dad shouting at me to “smile” and me giving him these looks instead. I’ll cut him some slack; it was the first time after all!
30 Aug 2018
Dress – Aritzia / Chambray shirt – Madewell
I can count on one hand the number of times I have visited Treasure Island. Once for the Treasure Island Flea Market and twice for the Treasure Island Music Festival. It’s an interesting San Francisco quirk, but sometimes it’s hard to tell where exactly it fits in to everything. It’s not exactly in the city so it isn’t easy to get to, but at the same time it isn’t far away either. During one of Winny’s last visits I asked her if she had any interest in exploring the island with me. Honestly, we were there for a few hours before heading back, but I can appreciate that the island is developing and trying to have their own personality.
We had brunch at the quaint Aracely Cafe that also doubles as a wedding venue! From there, we went to another fairly new spot called Mersea for the drinks and the views. The layout of the restaurant is all shipping containers so that adds to a fun vibe.
26 Aug 2018
Top – Madewell / Cardigan – Oak + Fort / Pants – Uniqlo
Ashley and I had stepped out of the office that day to run some errands across the street. I’d never seen this wall before and immediately was attracted to the color. Adjacent to this was another wall that was covered in a black and white design so we had a chance to use both. The best part about living/working in San Francisco is that your next backdrop is just steps away.
08 Aug 2018
Denim Jacket – Gap / Dress – Azalea / Backpack – Everlane / Shoes – Mom’s / Sunglasses – Marc Jacobs
Growing up, I looked forward to a new wardrobe each school year. My mom and I had a set up where she would give me a budget and the intent was for me to use that only for clothes. It taught me how to spend my money wisely and determine which pieces were crucial to spend on. Did I need five skirts or did I really need two sweaters and a pair of jeans? It also showed me that I could buy more affordable staple pieces through fast fashion retailers and splurge on just one thing that mattered to me if I wanted at the end.
After graduating college, I never intended to go back to school. It’s coincidental now though that me going back to work actually falls right around students returning to campus. I’m grateful that this lesson of school clothes shopping has taught me a better value in wearing clothes for longer than just a year so that I don’t have to do this as an adult. For this shoot, I borrowed my friend Courtney’s Everlane backpack because I thought it worked nicely with my outfit. Even as adults going to work, you still need something to carry all of your belongings. I’ve enjoyed chatting with some of my friends to see what they use for their everyday wear.
For myself personally, I’ve always ended up using my travel bags as a work bag. Initially, I would use them for weekend trips or as my personal item on flights, but now they serve more than one purpose. These days, it’s even tripling up as my bag to store my workout clothes for CorePower. This look reminds me a little bit of my youth and it’s not just because of the mid-calf socks that I’m wearing. I haven’t used a backpack since high school so shooting this 10 years later takes me back.
30 Jul 2018
Turtleneck – Aritzia / Denim – Gap
The year 2018 is my color block moment! Does it count if it’s only monochrome colors though? My everyday uniform used to always consist of a dress and a longer cardigan. These days, I’m embracing pants more than I ever have before and loving this everyday sheer turtleneck from Artizia. I’d like to own one of these in every color possible.
Where my office was located was in the heart of SOMA and surrounded by some of the coolest buildings and brick. I’m going to miss these spots so much when I move into my new office, but here’s hoping that we get just as good of shots there too.
26 Jul 2018
Turtleneck – Aritzia / Skirt- Brandy Melville
When I first moved to California, I quickly became a fan of Brandy Melville. Everything all in one size and reasonably priced? Take my wallet. It made shopping for anything oversized and petite-sized all in one less of a hassle. Don’t worry though – I’ve heard complaints on both sides and understand the criticism that they have received as well.
I’m not shopping at Brandy as frequently as I used to, but every now and then I’ll pop in and find that one piece that was made to come home with me. On that one particular occasion, it was this skirt. It is a little bit high-waisted, fitted, and reminds me of the 90’s. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how well it would pair with other items in my closet, but I love it with my Aritzia turtleneck which ends up being a little roomier.
I don’t have a great up close shot of the skirt, but it’s a lighter blue and striped.
22 Jul 2018
Teddy Coat – Cupcakes and Cashmere / Denim – Levi / Boots – J. Crew
It’s unclear whether or not the teddy coat trend is here to stay, but for now I’m a fan of anything cozy. It’s not crazy to think that this coat is out of place here. In the city, it can actually be chilly enough for this and the wind is oh-so-unforgiving. On this particular day though, I will admit that I found myself getting a little bit sweaty with this over me. This caramel brown color makes you feel like the ultimate teddy bear and there’s no other color that I would choose over this one. It’s going to be perfect for your wintertime and late fall/early spring, but might be a bit much anytime outside of those periods. I’m generally someone that skews being more cold than warm so when I’m at the office and without a blanket, a jacket like this will come in handy.
20 Jul 2018
Top – Everlane / Skort and Coat – Aritzia
Would you believe that 2017 was the year that I had my first taste of Taco Bell?! We were celebrating our CEO’s birthday and what he wanted was a ton of Taco Bell tacos delivered to us. Not one to turn down food, I sampled the Soft Taco Supreme (ground beef) and found joy. For as long as I have grown up in the North West, I’ve been loyal to Taco Time. I still am to this day, but if Taco Time isn’t here, am I wrong for trying to find an alternative? I think not. I feel blessed that there was a Taco Bell located just around the corner from our office which made it a great option when I was in a pinch for lunch.
Was this Taco Bell bag prop intentional? You bet it was. Was my actual lunch in there? Two soft taco supremes and a side of chips and nacho cheese, jealous?
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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