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April 23, 2016

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If You Love Prints Now Is A Good Time To Be You

There are so many amazing prints out there right now, my head could explode. J.Crew has a new round of Liberty prints, Uniqlo also has a Liberty collaboration, and then of course there’s Marimekko for Target! Beyond that, both the mall brands and the niche ones are killing it with great florals right now. Behold: 1 // […]

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April 23, 2016

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It’s Espadrille Season!!!

I love espadrilles. I’m not sure what it is about them, but I can’t wait to start wearing. Maybe because they’re so associated with summer and all the joys that go along with it, like sundresses and brightly colored toes. Sometimes I think I want to wear espadrilles all day every day, but I know I would miss all of the other sandals in my closet. I have 3 espadrilles ready to go into rotation, but there’s always room for more!

Affordable spring espadrilles.

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espadrilles- Michael Kors, Anthropologie, Maje 4 // 5 // 6

Espadrilles- rag&bone, anthropologie, soludos

7 // 8 // 9

Bonus Round: the Michael Kors espadrilles also come in gold!

March 20, 2016

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Layering for a Winter That Wants to be Spring/a Spring That Wants to be Winter

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Spring has been appearing in New York in fits and starts.  One day it’s warm and sunny then two days later it might snow. Rinse and repeat. I figured I better post these snow photos before they became completely irrelevant!

One thing I like about these photos is that I get to show you how I layer! I take layering very seriously (San Francisco trained me well). I’ve recently started wearing this windbreaker underneath coats and jackets. It has a slim fit so it doesn’t fit over bulky stuff, but it doesn’t need to be the outermost layer in order for it to work.

Underneath the sweater I’m wearing a performance-ish sleeveless wool turtleneck from the Lululemon Lab. In the winter I ALWAYS have a base layer of wool, HeatTech or something to that effect. I had a really cool visit at the Lululemon Lab pop-up in New York a couple of months ago. While I was just checking it out for my own curiosity, I ended up trying on a bunch of amazing things, and liked this turtleneck so much I bought it and walked out of the store wearing it. It’s an item I wear regularly.

On my legs I’m wearing amazing Falke tights. They’re wool on the outside and cotton on the inside, so they’re super warm without being scratchy. Genius!!

It’s supposed to snow again tomorrow, and if it does you know I’ll be ready!

Coat – J.Crew (on sale) // Windbreaker – Anthropologie // Sweater – Anthropologie (similar) // Tank – Lululemon Lab // Skirt – Banana Republic // Barrette – J.Crew // Earrings – Lulu Frost // Tights – Falke // Sneakers – Rebecca Minkoff

Photos by Paige Hogan

February 20, 2016

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Check, Please! (Obsessing Over Buffalo Check Plaids)

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Jacket – vintage // Dress – McQ Alexander McQueen // Boots – L.L. Bean // Ring – MM6 Maison Martin Margiela // Necklace – Anne Sisteron via Iconery (thanks Dad ;))

Photo by Megan Pfiffner

It’s not unusual for me to become completely obsessed with a print. Usually it’s a floral. Never has it been a plaid! For some reason, a few months ago, I could not let go of the idea of buffalo check plaid. I’m not really a plaid girl. While I do like a fun red tartan, American plaids make me think of being in the woods with an axe and cutting down trees. Lumberjacks. Maybe even maple syrup? So I was very surprised when I found myself trying to track down the perfect piece in buffalo check plaid. I don’t even know where the inspiration came from! I didn’t necessarily want to get a button-up shirt because, while the obvious choice, I don’t wear button-ups that often. I started with a scarf from Madewell. It’s not on the website anymore, but it featured three different red plaids, one of which was a buffalo check. It didn’t satisfy my itch.

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While in San Francisco last month, I was bopping around the Mission (my old ‘hood), waiting for a friend to get off work, when I spotted it in the back of a vintage store I hadn’t seen before. I couldn’t believe it. It seemed perfect. Shaped like a shirt, but roomy enough to be a jacket; 100% wool so I knew it would be warm. And bonus: it still had the label on it – Woolrich! I would like to say that I bought it promptly, but I didn’t. I considered going back the next day for it. But when somebody else came into the store and my first thought was, ‘b**** better not steal my jacket’, I knew I had to buy it. And guess what? I wore it nearly every day I was in SF, and I’ve worn it about twice a week since!

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Oh, and a note about the above outfit: I thought it was a hoot! A woodsy jacket and duck boots paired with a (butterfly) camouflage (Alexander McQueen) dress! I know most people didn’t get the joke. But I did. And that’s what matters.

If, like me, you’re having a buffalo check moment, check out these other options below:

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