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Parking Lot Green Dreams

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.

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Breaking Down the Blanket Scarf

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!

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Fall in Layers

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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.

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Everyday Coffee

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Romper – Oak + Fort / Wedges – Vince Camuto / Sunglasses – Kate Spade

For the longest time, I kept telling myself that I couldn’t pull off a romper. I told myself that before I even tried my first one on. Then one day, I decided that because it was black, I was going to just own it and then I did. You guys, we can do anything in this world. Remember how I told you all that I never leave Oak + Fort without ever buying anything? Well, that day I stepped into their Hayes Valley shop, I definitely didn’t believe I was going to walk out with this romper and it ended up being one of my favorite summer staples this past summer. It sort of pays homage to the little jumpers I wore as a kid and that’s one of the reasons why we like it so much, but don’t worry – the biggest pain point still exists – going to the bathroom and having to take the entire thing off.

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Our Favorite Looks of 2016

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Tank top – Abercrombie & Fitch / Chambray shirt – Madewell / Skirt – Brandy Melville

It’s way more fun to share your 12 favorite outfits from the year instead of the ones that just flopped, right?! We don’t always get it right, but luckily the shame of an outfit gone wrong usually only lasts a day. #blessed that my coworkers are always there to give me that immediate feedback. On the upside, I love the outfits that I’ve selected as my favorites for the year. We love that some of these outfits are ones that we’ve worn more than once and have recycled with other items from our closet to make them more versatile. And if there’s one thing that we appreciate more this year in these outfits than the ones we ended up hating – it’s that “less really is more.” Thanks Ma.

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Kinda Cold Sorta Warm

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Top – Aritzia /Skirt – Brandy Melville / Cardigan – Oak + Fort / Wallet – Kate Spade

If I could describe my style in one outfit, THIS would be one of them. We’ve had a lot of fun with this Brandy Melville skirt this year and I loved this pairing with a burnt corduroy and a classic white piece. I think the outfits that I wear that typically go over well are ones that have a balance of a structured piece and one that’s a little bit more fun and out there. I remember when I first bought this Aritzia blouse, I was very worried about how low cut it might be and was worried that we’d have a problem with my undergarment showing, but it actually hits at exactly the right spot. And what do you do when you need a cover up? Just throw one of your many cardigans over it!

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What We Wore: Our Birthday

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Top and Skirt – Brandy Melville / Cardigan – Oak + Fort

… 5 months ago! You know how sometimes you have your outfits that are your favorites and you just can’t go a week without wearing it? That was this one. So this is a great look for spring and maybe for fall, but I haven’t worn this ensemble all summer for pretty obvious reasons – that sweater gets me H O T! So do those boots so we’re going to reserve this for mid-to-late September. As most of you know, every year celebrating my birthday is kind of our thing and it’s totally when I’m at my happiest! (for the most part at least – I can remember one sad birthday to date) These photos that Sandy took of me this day are pretty joyous though. :)

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Side Action

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Hat – Nordstrom / T-shirt – Madewell / Cardigan – Oak + Fort / Skirt – Brandy Melville

I think this outfit will probably go down in history as being one of my favorites! What I love about this look is that it incorporates a lot of what fall reminds me of. Funny though cause this photo was actually taken during the winter time, but I love that there’s clearly a color scheme to this and a handful of different textures along with the color black at both the top and bottom of the outfit. I’m pretty proud of this one! Fall/winter in California is nothing complex – sometimes all you need is a light sweater and that’s why this outfit just works very easily. It’s not uncommon to have bare legs during this time of the year either. This look would definitely not work in Seattle during the winter time.

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Sunday Uniform

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Cardigan and Scarf – Oak + Fort / Leggings – Aritzia / Sneakers – Nike Flyknits

We don’t like to get particularly dressed up on Sundays since these are usually our days for getting errands done and for hardcore chillin’ but I found myself up in San Francisco on this Sunday doing a hangout with Mandi when we stumbled across this color block set-up. I’m convinced that I lived up there, we’d have amazing photos for our Instagram all the time, instead, we just get one a week. As I mentioned in a previous post earlier this week, I’m obsessed with these sneakers and I will pretty much pair them with any outfit not just my on-the-go outfits.

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Oh…Didn’t See You There

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Dress – Oak + Fort / Choker – Free People / Socks – SmartWool 

We love this dress. Not only is it super warm and functional for those fall/winter months, but it’s a pretty cute piece as well. What I like about this and what makes it okay for me to wear to work is that it’s conservative in the front, but once you get the side view – you see those slits! I was also going through a pretty heavy SmartWool socks period in my life and wanted to wear these with every outfit. I later came to realize that because of how thick they are, they don’t work well with these black boots of mine and end up making my feet sweaty so we’ve since retired this look. And because of this look, we decided to not wear this choker as a choker and loosely made it worn as a necklace.

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That One Time It Rained

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Dress – Aritzia / Cardigan – Oak & Fort / Belt – Mom’s / Gold ring – Catbird / Silver ring – LA boutique

Today was actually the hottest day of the week and I had this feeling walking to my car this morning and realizing just how grateful I am to live in a place like California where it is sunny 95% of the time. I never realized how much this could affect my mood especially since I’m from Seattle where it rains so often. It never seemed to bother me that much before, but when you spend most of your days in sunshine, it can make all the difference. One of the things that I used to hate about rainy days in Seattle is that you had to be completely covered. Locals in California still kind of believe that too, but I wanted to defy the usual. So what if it’s raining, you can still wear a dress without tights and you’ll survive. I had never worn this outfit altogether before so I paired my favorite long sleeved Aritzia dress (yes I have like 4 black Aritzia dresses, okay?) with this Oak + Fort cardigan that I wear once a week pretty much. I didn’t want my long sleeved dress to get lost in this though so I decided to roll up the sleeves of my cardigan so that they could make an appearance. This belt is my mother’s which I stole a very long time ago. It’s a pretty long belt so sometimes it’s annoying to have to wrap it around lots of times. On this morning, I managed to come up with this one way of tying my belt and I have never been able to do it again (even while looking at this picture as an example!)

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Outfit Throwback

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Cardigan – Oak + Fort / Sneakers – Converse

I went through a phase in high school / college where I was building up a pretty serious collection of cardigans. My everyday uniform really just consisted of a dress, a cardigan, and my favorite pair of Keds. It was simple, but it was all that I really needed. This photo is kind of funny to me because 25-year old me in this picture looks like I’m back in high school again and we don’t entirely hate it. It’s nice to see when some things don’t change.

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The Coziest

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Dress  and Scarf – Oak + Fort 

A couple of years ago, I discovered a Canadian boutique through Instagram called Oak + Fort. On a day trip up to Vancouver with my family, I made sure that we didn’t leave without me stopping in – even on the rainiest day that I’ve seen in a long time. I walked away with two pieces back then – I mean I traveled all that way! When I learned this fall that they were opening up a San Francisco location in Hayes Valley, I was ecstatic. What I love about the brand is that everything is pretty minimalistic – if you’re not big into color and like to stick to the basic monochrome shades of white, black, tan, neutral, this is your store. Everything also tends to be on the roomier/baggier side as well so for petite girls like me, shopping there can be a little bit challenging. I remember bringing Jen with me and she had a ton of luck with everything while I struggled to feel like I was pulling these pieces off. Every thing I tried on looked like it was wearing me. Luckily for me though, this dress was the perfect balance of bagginess, but also fit for my frame. The two slits on either side give me a little bit more dimension and makes it a little less conservative. I also fell in love with this scarf when I saw a post of it on the brand’s Instagram. This thing is HUGE. I never thought I could wear anything like this, but it’s perfection. It’s exactly what you need for the coldest of winter days and also doubles as the perfectly sized personal blanket when I’m in a friend’s cold apartment or when I just happen to be extra chilly. It’s the one piece that gets the most compliments when I’m out also so that has to mean something, right? If I haven’t sold you enough on why this brand is so great, their pieces also happen to be very affordable. I think we can all appreciate not breaking our wallets.

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Favorites of 2015

Whoops! We’re already two days into the new year so we’re just a little bit behind on this, but we couldn’t move forward with other posts without writing this one first. 2015 was good to us, but we’re even more excited for 2016 and what’s ahead!

Favorite Style Icon: Olivia Culpo

So we have to admit, Olivia wasn’t always on our radar, but in 2015 she kind of came out into her own. After being linked to Nick Jonas for quite a while and splitting from him earlier this year, she started to wear the “single-girl” look flawlessly. We might even go as far as saying that she was the role model for a lot of newly-single girls. She sort of rebounded with Tim Tebow for a bit, but that didn’t make headlines as much and instead she was being recognized for what she was wearing day to day and on the red carpet. Additionally, she’s part of the Revolve Girl Gang with all of our favorite fashionable bloggers!

Runner Up: Kiernan Shipka

Favorite Getaway: Los Angeles

It’s so hard to pick a favorite! This year we went to Austin and Portland for the first time which was so much fun, but honestly spending some quality time with one of your best gal pals and talking wedding stuff with her is hard to top. I loved staying with Gelesia and seeing LA through her eyes. It also doesn’t hurt that we love a lot of the same things and can eat six meals a day together. She also doesn’t mind standing in being my photographer for a weekend – the feeling is mutual though ;)

Runner Up: Austin

Favorite artist of the year: Kehlani

We haven’t stopped listening to Kehlani since we first learned about her this summer. Now, everyone knows that I’m a huge fan of the girl anthems and she’s our poster girl for 2015. Kehlani’s music really hits home to a lot of people which is why she’s actually one of the most successful artists of 2015 said …everyone. I also read this feature on her the other day through The Fader that I would recommend. You can either listen to her music first or read this, whatever the case, you’re going to be sold on her. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been blasting her album on the 101 up to San Francisco and singing at the top of my lungs. In case you haven’t realized it yet – she’s a badass so when you sing like her, you feel like one too.

Runner Up: Leon Bridges

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: The Affair

I know – I can hardly believe that I didn’t select Vanderpump Rules again for the 3rd year in a row. When I was negotiating with Comcast earlier this year, they threw in Showtime for me and I spent that time getting all caught up on this addicting television series. I only had it for 90 days so when the show returns for its next season, I’ll have to ask for this back. I absolutely love love love the show though and it’s crazy because the characters aren’t at all likable. In fact, Noah Solloway is kind of like the worst human being ever and so is his daughter Whitney – jesus. Regardless, we’re hooked and we can’t help it. When I first heard about the show, I thought it was all romance and drama, but now it’s turning into a murder mystery and we don’t hate it.

Runner Up: Super Girl

Favorite item purchased this year: Oak + Fort Scarf C15

I’m never letting this piece go. The first time I saw this scarf featured on Oak + Fort’s Instagram, I knew I had to have it. Yeah so that’s another thing this year, we developed a really unhealthy habit of seeing things on Instagram and then buying it right after. Real talk though, this oversized scarf though sometimes bigger than my entire body is the comfiest coziest piece I’ve ever owned! I love wearing it with my dresses or using it as a blanket when I go out somewhere. You really can’t go wrong. The other day I was strolling through Nordstrom and two people working the floor had complimented me on it… one right after the other in the same department. Even everyone else knows how strong of a piece this is.

Runner Up: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases

Favorite albums (in no particular order):

  1. Kehlani – You Should Be Here
  2. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  3. The Flavr Blue – Love Notes
  4. Justin Bieber – Purpose
  5. Little Mix – Get Weird
  6. Beat Connection – Product 3
  7. The Internet – Ego Death
  8. Alina Baraz – Urban Flora EP
  9. Miguel – Wildheart
  10. Madeon – Adventure

(We are very happy to see two Seattle groups on here! Well, I mean I made this list so I chose them, but they had a great year!)

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Favorite online past time: Instagram

Oh goodness, isn’t it obvious? We love Instagram this year more than ever! If you’re not following me yet, come and join us! You’ll likely see more daily updates there when we can’t always get to the blog itself.

Runner Up: What other apps do we need to be using?

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Oak + Fort Comes to SF!

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I just learned this week that one of my favorite brands out of Vancouver, Oak + Fort, had decided to open up their 2nd US store in Hayes Valley in San Francisco so I made plans this weekend to head over there and bring my co-worker Jen with me. The store was pretty much made for her and I think she now loves it way more than I do. Lucky for her, it’s right down the street from her home. The store specializes in a lot of oversized pieces, but really prides themselves on comfort so everything is super snuggly and warm – just what we’re looking for in the Bay Area this fall! So I walked away with three beautiful pieces and Jen loved everything so she snagged like 10! We also had the best time with all of the ladies working there who let us chit chat with them and let me bop around in their shop in the oversized scarf that I ended up bringing home with me. Maybe we’ll just come back for the friends.

Here are the pieces I took home:

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