August 12, 2013
Winston in Vogue, and other outfit completers.

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Just in case you haven’t heard, everyone’s current favorite Jennifer (Lawrence) is covering Vogue’s September issue. While clicking through the shots (here), I paused at the above and thought this might be the most perfect Fall image we will see (forget what I said about the Saint Laurent-clad Amanda Seyfried). While that wool Louis Vuitton coat is in a league of it’s own, and the juxtaposition of the silk shorts with the otherwise Jackie-O polished look is spot on…it’s really the dog that completes the image. Upon reading, I learned the photographed pup’s name is WINSTON (!!!). 

Perhaps it’s largely due to Vogue.com’s “Cat Week” spin on Shark Week last Monday, or perhaps it’s because I know I can’t keep a dog in my shoebox Manhattan apartment, but for the first time ever, I’ve found myself wanting a cat.

If I’m being totally honest, maybe it’s because I think it will be a really great accessory and really compliment the aesthetic of my apartment. Maybe I think it will photograph really, really well. Regardless, animals kind of complete us, right? HAVE YOU SEEN 101 DALMATIANS? Whatever. Until then, I have my Winston. 

Here’s some favorite cat and dog images from Vogue and other places to further my point. 

Lindsey Wixson, August 2013, Vogue Brazil.

Coco Rocha, Vogue, 2006.

Cara Delevinge, Vogue Japan, September 2013.

Jane Fonda, Vogue, 1959.

Vogue, 1983.

Vogue, 2005. 

Johnny Depp.

Vogue, 1956.

Mariah Carey.

Vogue, 1982.

Vogue Paris, date unknown.

Audrey Hepburn, date unknown.

My uber-talented friend Brooke at a corner store in Brooklyn this weekend.

Finally… me and Winston this weekend on the rooftop bar of The Standard in Manhattan. We’re not *QUITE* like Jennifer Lawrence and her Winston. Maybe next time I’ll wear a giant wool coat and silk shorts.

xoxo

December 29, 2012
SHINE BRIGHT.

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"SO WE BEAT ON, BOATS AGAINST THE CURRENT, BORNE BACK CEASELESSLY INTO THE PAST." - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

In 2012, this blog has had a little over 5,000 visitors, spanning 85 countries. In Internet terms, I know that’s not a lot, but it sure feels humbling. For me, this is about inspiration; inspiration for style, and dressing, and of course fashion. I try not to let my own life bleed into it all too much, but so much of personal style is directly correlated to your circumstances. I believe that so, incredibly deeply, especially upon reviewing posts throughout the last year. I see a style diary, baring my soul and the places its taken me the last 12 months.

While home for Christmas, I attempted to visit my Dad’s gym, using one of his Family passes. When I showed the lovely and friendly (*_*) girl at the desk my drivers license to sign in, she immediately passed it back to me and without making eye contact, said “you’re not from Modesto; we can’t let you in. You’re a resident of San Francisco.” I wanted to laugh at her and explain “No, no…I GREW UP here. I am Modesto; people know me here.” And then I looked around and saw the gym I went to all through high school had different paint on the walls, different equipment, and looked like a completely different place than when I regularly ran through the halls, recognizing cute boys from school. I didn’t recognize anyone anymore, and I’m no longer from there.

Every New Year’s I find myself reflecting the past year and asking myself how much of the past do I take with me, and how much do I barge forward, never looking back. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer to that. I know I’ve figured it out little by little, year by year. I know this year was one full of many highs and many lows, but I enter 2013 with a great clarity; knowing where I’ve been and just enough to know where I’m at right now. And maybe…that’s enough for now.

This week, Leandra Medine wrote this on her blog:

Sometimes I’ll see an image and will connect with it so viscerally and simultaneously inexplicably, and no matter how hard I try to explain the instantaneously forged new, albeit deep, relationship, I just can’t.”

I couldn’t agree more. So many of the images I’ve used on here feel like postcards from my soul; guiding my sartorial inspiration and postmarking a season of my life. So, I’ll leave you with these. 

Happy New Year to you all, my darling readers. Whether you read this just to humor me, or if we’ve never met. You make me quite happy, and I wish you the most wonderful 2013.

xxxx


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October 9, 2012
bisou, bisou.

Here’s a few things I’ve been jonesing over lately, particularly, those floral Rag and Bone booties. I’m not sure how much longer I can withhold myself. Happy Tuesday!

1. Topshop sequined collar sweater

2. Great Gatsby iPad case

3. Paris print

4. Floral Rag and Bone bootie

5. Madewell cableknit knee highs

6.Topshop Jacquard mini skirt

7. Zara Home metallic pillows

And just for extra good measure, so I don’t feel like I’m **entirely** half assing this post, here are some of my fave street style shots from Fashion Weeks this past month. Peace out homezzz.

April 3, 2012
on athleticism.

Two of my daily reads are Cup of Jo and Rockstar Diaries. After reading post after post about their biking adventures in New York City and Washington DC, respectively, the seed was planted.

On Saturday I purchased my biking dream.

This may come as a shock, but I am not athletic, nor am I very coordinated, so I’m slightly nervous about biking through San Francisco. One day I’m sure I’ll be biking in triathlons. But in the meantime, I have found the following images to provide much inspiration.

Audrey Hepburn.

Ethel Barrymore.

Grace Kelly.

Audrey Hepburn.

Brigitte Bardot.

February 27, 2012
the chicest.

After much consideration, I have come the conclusion that Natalie Portman in vintage Christian Dior was my #1 pick for best dressed last night.

While the dress was not necessarily gasp-worthy (aka, Gwyneth in a good way, Angelina in a bad way), there was just something so incredibly timeless. I mean, Vintage Dior from the 50s? You can’t go wrong. I’m not sure if it would be the best dress to wear for a Best Actress nominee, but for someone presenting she could not have looked more elegant or graceful.

I think it may have something to do with this comparison I keep drawing in my head…

Other dresses that made my list:

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford, obviously. By far the most fashion forward choice of the night.

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli.

Shockingly….Stacy Kiebler in Marchesa. Some hated this look. I personally loved it. Fresh off the runway from New York last week.

Last but not least…my girl forever and ever..Meryl Streep in Lanvin.

In her own sweet words, her final comments in her Best Actress acceptance speech:

"I want to thank all my colleagues. All my friends. I look out here and I see my love before my eyes –my old friends and my new friends. This is such a great honor, but what counts most to me is the friendship and the love and the sheer joy we have shared making movies together my friends."

October 13, 2011
Channeling Our Girl

My roommates have been gone this week (I can only tell you this now that they’re back just in case you were planning on coming and kidnapping me) and whenever I’m home alone I don’t like falling asleep. Therefore, every night this week I’ve watched Roman Holiday in bed. EVERY NIGHT. 

So today I dedicated my outfit to Audrey, in that one scene when she’s really drunk and goes home with Gregory Peck (nothing like this has EVER happened to me……………….). 

….this is because I have never met a man/boy that is even COMPARABLY close to Gregory Peck. 

My multiple viewings also increased my desire for one of these bad boys, which are lined up on the streets of my neighborhood, constantly tantalizing me:

One time I went to Rome and rode on a vespa with my future husband. Meet Sandro. He’s 62. 

The purpose of this post was…

*to emphasize my love for Roman Holiday

*to stay classy

June 29, 2011
young folk.

Just when you’re week starts feeling bland, you learn that Relient K covered Justin Bieber and Kanye covered Young Folks. Enjoi. 

April 4, 2011
and no dream is ever just a dream.

"You musn’t give your heart to a wild thing. The more you do, the stronger they get, until they’re strong enough to run into the woods or fly into a tree. And then to a higher tree and then to the sky."- Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

death via SprinkleBakes

And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true. 


December 30, 2010
Here’s to Twenty Eleven.

I am beyond ready for a new year. Here’s the thing about new year’s resolutions. I get really excited, and end up making a list of like, 30 things I want to change about my life. While that’s nice, it’s not entirely realistic. So this year, I definitely have some resolutions, considering 2011 will be a pretty defining year. I’m graduating in May and have absolutely no clue what’s next. I’m keeping most of these to myself, but here’s some inspiration/a few resolutions that I will share for the year to come:

Laughing. At all opportunities.

Carey Mulligan at the Oscars, photo from Vogue’s Best Dressed 2010 issue, re-affirming that she’s completely elegant, but doesn’t take herself too seriously. Absolute icon.

Refrain, as much as possible, from using the word “last”. 

This is my last semester of college. This could be my last few months living with my best friends. This could be last few months living in California. “Last” is a slippery slope and I’ve learned the hard way recently that focusing on the “last” rather than enjoying the moments is a big mistake. 

Send LOTS of Postcards. 

Don’t get me wrong, I live and breathe the tech savvy world of email, facebook, twitter, blogging…But. I think a brief handwritten note, goofy or sentimental, communicates so much more than anything typewritten ever could. Postcards are the perfect medium to send a brief message. 

Left: Vintage Penguin paperback cover postcards from Anthro. Right: Stitchable map postcard from The Curiosity Shoppe (I am DYING to send this…so cool)

I like this print from 20x200. Lots.

And lastly.. It doesn’t get much better than this. 


Have the happiest and most fashionable New Years Eve! Ladies, wear something sparkly (I definitely am). Boys, wear a bow tie. And if you want to have a really snazzy new years, I suggest downloading this playlist. 

April 30, 2010
Magnificence.

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