Top – Forever21 / Romper – Oak + Fort / Shoes – Vince Camuto / Sunglasses – Marc Jacobs
Quick! Put on display your least attractive body part. I don’t know what compelled me to throw this pose up highlighting my elbows, but that’s what we got. If I had to look back on 2017, this outfit is definitely what I would call “a risk.” As some of you may know, rompers haven’t always been a hit with me. I was very skeptical for a couple of years and especially when they were a “peak” trend, but I gave it a shot. In fact, I gave it two shots because I own a couple of them now. For some reason, I woke up this morning and though “hmm, maybe I’ll layer it over a tee.” This actually didn’t turn out that bad, but when photographed incorrectly or at the wrong angle, it can become the least flattering outfit that I own. It’s a fun outfit to run around in the city in, but maybe not the best choice for work or on a scorching hot day like this day happened to be.
Talulah Slip Mini Dress –
$125 – 62.50
Every year, New Year’s Eve is the holiday that I look forward to the least! Except… for this year because I’m ditching the Seattle cold and bar scene for a relaxing New Year’s vacay poolside in Palm Springs. This is the first time that I’m ever traveling for this holiday, but very much looking forward to it. If there was any downside at all, it was figuring out how to pack from San Francisco for two very extreme climates. Happy to share the news that we survived that ordeal.
New Year’s Eve can be a hit or miss. Since everything is planned so last minute, you have a 50% chance of having your plans fall completely flat or having them be completely fun and spontaneous. Those are the stories that I love hearing about! Here is to a surprising midnight event for y’all, a fantastic outfit to kick things off in, and a very happy new year. Here are some of my very favorite last minute picks!
It’s quite possibly the best sale I’ve heard of all year. For this weekend only, one of my favorite retailers, Oak + Fort, is hosting a buy one get one free sale on select items. And no, they aren’t just accessories and little things. They are GOOD items. I’m talking dresses and outerwear from their collection – you know, the type of things you need this winter season. The sale is happening in stores and online, but personally, I would visit the store to get a better look at the merchandise and to be able to have the ability to try things on. Unfortunately, I’m not going to be participating (it’s taking all of my willpower not to) only because I need to focus on xmas shopping right now for my own family!
You can check out some of what is being offered here.
Sweater – Oak + Fort / Skirt – Brandy Melville / Sneakers – Keds / Sunglasses – Kate Spade
I have a huge crush on colored walls all over the Bay Area. Sometimes, I even find them to be the best accessory to any outfit because of what it adds. If you’ve been following my recent posts, then you know that I am obsessed with this Oak + Fort pullover sweater. I remember trying it on in store and feeling a little bit on the fence at first. Did I really need another sweater? The answer was so clearly “yes” when I put it on over my head. It was perfectly oversized, sheer enough, but cozy and one that I wanted to live in. I paired it with this corduroy Brandy Melville skirt that I’m still loving years later and to casual it up a bit – threw on the Keds! They never fail me.
You would think from how often I talk about the beaches in California that this would be the first time I’ve ever been exposed to them. It’s not, but I love them so much more in California than Washington. With Megan visiting, I wanted to give her an experience of both the city and life outside of it. Muir Beach is such a short drive from where we were so after brunch one day, we set off for the road. We wanted to do both Muir Beach and a hike in the Redwoods, but only had time for one. It was too cold to get in the water – and I don’t think I would’ve anyways, but it was so nice to walk along it. Megan also challenged me by asking if we could hike to the very top of the hill. I was definitely not wearing the appropriate attire given that I was in an Oak + Fort sweater, but I decided to be a good sport. She was visiting from Yakima after all!
Sweater – Madewell / Cardigan – Oak + Fort / Leggings – Aritzia / Socks – Uniqlo / Boots – J. Crew
The minute I saw this wall, all I could think of was Neapolitan ice cream! It was never my favorite growing up, but what a color palette right? I wore this during a San Francisco winter day that wasn’t so blistery for a day of shopping and a movie… another personal uniform of mine! We’re gearing up for a move to San Francisco next month (more on that soon!) and I can’t wait to have all the backdrops of the city ready for me!
Top – Aritzia / Sweater – Oak + Fort / Pants – Uniqlo
When all else fails, I know I can always rely on my Uniqlo jeggings (I know – hard to believe, right?) a solid top and a cardigan to throw on top of it. This is MY version of a jeans and a t-shirt look. This cardigan is made out of the fabric that reminds me of towels and bathrobes, but it’s the most cozy. I love getting wrapped up in this and to make things even better, it’s also perfectly oversized. When I was working in Mountain View, I just about exhausted every location on Castro Street to photograph with so this was one of the last shoots that we did. Don’t let the pretty greenery fool you. I’m totally in a parking lot… for a place I don’t even know.
Scarf – Oak + Fort / Dress – Aritzia
Real talk: I’m wearing this scarf right now in my home. Today, the Bay Area started raining again and when I got back home after work, my apartment was freezing! We’re still trying to recover and regain warmth. I’ve posted about this scarf many times before so it’s no secret that I’m actually in love with it. This was the same scarf that I discovered on Oak + Fort’s Instagram page and after seeing it for the first time, I drove myself right up to San Francisco to purchase it from their store in Hayes Valley. We had to try it on first HOBviously. This scarf is gigantic. It eats up all of my little scarves for breakfast, but that’s why we love it. It was a little bit intimidating at first and because of the size, I almost didn’t buy it. It’s the one item in my closet though that has received the most compliments and is cozy for those winter days and spring days that are still trying to be winter.
So what’s the best way to wear a blanket scarf? I don’t think there is one! Like bad hair days, I have bad scarf days and good scarf days. Some days I get it right and other days, I can’t be bothered. No matter what I do the scarf doesn’t look good and I just do away with it altogether. Here are two ways to wear it though that generally work best for me.
First, you can drape it over your shoulders with one side much longer than the other. Start wrapping the longer side around your neck over and over again until your neck is invisible. It will sort of look like the picture above. If you’ve got that, you’ve nailed it.
The other way is much simpler. I call it the “Grandma” look. Take your long blanket scarf and fold it so that it’s a triangle shape. Drape it over your shoulders and against your back and wear as a shawl. If you don’t have a jacket and you have a thick enough scarf, sometimes this works in a pinch!
Dress – Oak + Fort / Jacket – Aritzia / Boots – J. Crew
For the fall, I really enjoy wearing this kind of color palette. The weather is typically a little bit more dreary so these all feel like comfortable staples to me. I remember spending most of my college years looking for a jacket like this one. After scouring through all of the retailers both in stores and online, I was never able to find the perfect fit. And then came Aritzia and of course as we know, years later everything I buy there just happens to be a perfect fit. This jacket is no exception. I purchased this back in 2011 and to this day, I can’t imagine parting without it. It’s the perfect cover-up and even though it’s not black, it still goes with everything in my closet.