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Orange Dreamsicle

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.

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Yow Yow! in Muir Beach

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!

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Neapolitan

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!

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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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