Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cucumber Salad.






Life has been crazy busy lately; I’ve been basically living on cucumber salad – easy & delicious!

Ingredients:
·   4 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced
·   1/2 cup vinegar
·   1/4 cup cold water
·   2 tablespoons chopped dill
·   3 tablespoons sugar
·   1/2 teaspoon salt
·   dash pepper

Preparation:
Combine sliced cucumber with vinegar, water, dill, sugar and salt; cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours before serving.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Floral + Stripes.


H&M top & jacket//JCrew scarf//DVF sunglasses//ring c/o Julie Collection

Meet Tatiana, my new bestie.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

3 Things.



Simple & sweet is exactly what this Memorial Day weekend was. Typically I head to the desert for sun and quiet. Rather, this year I enjoyed a staycation exploring The Haight, trying new restaurants and boutique shopping – it just doesn’t get much more relaxing than that. Plus multiple trips to Duboce dog park made for a very happy (and exhausted) Ziggy.



1. The famous & funky Haight-Asbury cross streets

2. Decadent French toast from Duboce Park Café

3. The quaint streets of San Francisco

Friday, May 25, 2012

Happy Thoughts.



 Anthropologie skirt & top//Dolce Vita shoes//JCrew scarf//DVF sunglasses//Marc Jacobs handbag//Tiffany & Co. ring

Have a sunny and relaxing Memorial Day weekend! xx

Thursday, May 24, 2012

La Dolce Vita.

Dolce Vita Bagley

Best Summer sandal - every time I buy a new pair of Dolce Vita's I remember why I keeps going back again and again (and again and again and again)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Starships.



Let's face it - bathing suit season is just around the corner and whether you are ready or not, it's happening. When it comes to choosing a bathing suit, you just can't go wrong with neon - the brighter the better. Play with different styles and cuts and have fun. Just make sure to rotate suits so your tan lines can fill in.

And of course, don't forget your sunscreen. Safety first, kids.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Silk Crepe.


essie's silk crepe

I love this color for my toes - a Barbie pink with such a subtle shimmer it's barely noticeable at first glance.

Monday, May 21, 2012

3 Things.



I've quickly snapped back to reality after a quiet and relaxing weekend (for the most part). I'm so looking forward to the long weekend ahead. While I'm counting down the days, here are a few things I'm still dwelling on.


1. The warm weather enhancing sweet scents

2. Family brunch at Dell'Uva

3. Ziggy watching the evening fog roll in

Friday, May 18, 2012

Hello, Weekend.


 Tory Burch blouse//7FAMK jeans//Dolce Vita shoes//Marc Jacobs handbag//DVF sunglasses

After a busy week at work, the fun filled weekend ahead feels like a reward. On tap, artMRKT, the Union Square DSW grand opening, a very special LIVE performance by Sunday Skool, family brunch, catch up with friends, and of course Ziggy and I will take advantage of the beautiful weather ahead. While home, I plan on perusing this site for a little something something; I've been cruising this in particular for a little while now. Which item(s) catch your eye?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Rotunda.



A San Francisco classic and one of my favorite places to lunch in the city located right inside of Neiman Marcus. I never tire of the delicious popovers with strawberry butter and the stunning stain glass domed ceiling - it's the ultimate spot for any girly gathering (just remember to make reservations)

(the lobster club is to die for)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Minimalistic.

essie's minimalistic

A barely there pink perfect in just 3 coats - now how is that for being minimalistic ;)

Monday, May 14, 2012

3 Things.


A little change of scenery can be so refreshing. For mother's day, my mom, Ziggy and I had ourselves a little overnight stay-cation in San Francisco. We got in touch with our inner tourists finding perfect balance of relaxation, excellent food, and walks through Nob Hill. I fell in love with the city all over again.




1. The phenomenal views from the top of Nob Hill.

2. Discovering just how delicious the Nob Hill Café is & it’s just around the corner.

3. Cozying up in the luxurious bedding at The Fairmont.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Afternoon Treat.



Is anyone else as excited about the unveiling of the Swatch Chrono Collection as I am? I can't wait to get my hot little hands on one of my very own.

Which do you prefer - the fuschia or red circle?

Simply the Best.


Happy Mother's Day to all the fabulous mothers I know and love, especially my own mom. I'm grateful for your kind heart, constant support, guidance & wisdom, all the laughter and for sharing your love of fashion with me.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Check out our mother's day feature on Eileen Fisher's facebook page here.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Garden Therapy.



The weather in California has been particularly lovely lately making me long for the days I had more space to enjoy the sun, namely a backyard. Days the weather was nice you could almost guarantee I'd be out back gardening - I found it to be quite therapeutic plus I always had fresh herbs & beautiful flowers around the house. Sadly, the size of my San Francisco apartment just won't allow for this, but I look forward to the day when own my own little piece of heaven in the city. It most likely won't have that backyard, but here are a few cute happy compromises that could work for a city gal like me.





Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Collide.

Illamasqua's Collide

So bright my nails have been glowing for days and I kind of love it.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Personal Style.

Lately, I've been asked about my personal style - what inspires me, how I put together certain looks, etc. It's all about comfort and confidence. During my twenties, my wardrobe was really in a state of flux. While I was great at picking out cute and well-styled individual pieces, I never really knew how to combine them to achieve a personal style. I knew what I wanted, but struggled to achieve a cohesive "look" that felt like me. If you've ever felt this way, it's time to get organized and give these tips a go:


Fashion Magazines. Flip through fashion magazines and gather images of your favorite celebrities and fashion icons. Now is not the time for compromise - whose closet would you covet most if you could choose anyone in the world? Don't limit yourself to those whose looks you like, but ones that feel like you (and if funds were unlimited and you have your own stylist). And although not formally trained, sometimes I enjoy sketching out the looks myself. And while I'm lucky to haven inherited quite the artistic streak from my grandmother, I'd love to further refine my skillset. I've been referencing this guide to Online Schools for more details about fashion merchandising and design education.  


Mr. Newton// The Socialite Speaks//Refinery 29//A Peek of Chic are just a few of my daily reads.

Street Style. Fashion blogging is obviously one of my passions and I peruse other blogs as a source of inspiration. While you're out in the real world, check out people around you who look the most together. What are they wearing? Tailored blazers, designer handbags, colorful scarves? Note key style pieces in your mind and begin the search for your own interpretation. Personally, I live by my ipad and Pinterest to keep organized.

Classic Quality.

Classic Quality. Invest in some high quality pieces in your wardrobe, these items will last you a lifetime. I love the mix of trendy lower price items combined with a high-end handbag or shoes. Sometimes it just makes sense to spend more on a few simple items, such as a beautiful white blouse, designer scarf, high quality belt, a strand of pearls, great jeans, and similar items. 


Make a List. Now go back and make a list of recurring themes from your celebrity photos, favorite street fashion and your own best pieces. Really break down what you see, don’t guess. Is it the chunky accessories that make the look? The retro tops? Make a list of the major characteristics that you see in all three of your categories. These are the keys to your personal style; these are the types of items to reference when you shop. Again, pinterest is a dream for this.

Don’t Be Afraid of Change. Some of the items on your list might be scarily different than your normal look, but don’t be afraid of them! If necessary, ease into incorporating them into your look, especially if you’re in a notoriously unstylish place like Starbucks on Sunday morning or the airport (seriously, is that where fashion goes to die?!)


UC Santa Cruz graduation

Educate yourself. I've always been an advocate of education. I can't think of a better way to build confidence and polish oneself. Since graduating college a few years ago, I've always known I need to continue on with an MBA and then attend fashion school in order to build a well-rounded understanding of the industry. Lately, I've been referencing this resource to learn more about degree programs right for me.

Monday, May 7, 2012

3 Things.


Yet another weekend full of delicious food, successful shopping and lots of laughter in good company. It just doesn't get better than that.




1. A quick stop at the Stanford mall Eileen Fisher for a little inspiration.

2. Super moon on Saturday night - just beautiful!

3. And seriously the best guacamole from Palacios. Slighty obsessed.
 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Lucky Stripes.


Free People dress//Zara sweater//JCrew scarf//Dolce Vita shoes//DVF sunnies//Bulova watch c/o Watcho

I always say joke that I’m gonna live in muumuus some day – actually, caftans (the chic muumuu). For now, I stick with a more age appropriate version in a long maxi, which I’ve been living in the past few weekends. The California weather has been so beautiful, I’m looking forward to getting out with Ziggy and soaking up some sun.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Endless Possibilities.


With pieces like this, the possibilities are endless. Whether worn together or separately Tory Burch killed it with this look. Now I'm the lucky one who got my hot little hands on both pieces & can't wait to mix (and match) things up.