Monday, August 20, 2018

Have Shirt Will Travel

Banana Republic off the shoulder top with removable belt, Banana Republic, pre-fall style, short curly hair styles
Banana Republic off the shoulder top with removable belt, Banana Republic, pre-fall style, short curly hair styles
Banana Republic off the shoulder top with removable belt, Banana Republic, pre-fall style, short curly hair styles
Banana Republic off the shoulder top with removable belt, Banana Republic, pre-fall style, short curly hair styles
Banana Republic off the shoulder top with removable belt, Banana Republic, pre-fall style, short curly hair styles
{Top | Denim | Sandals | Hoops}

Here we are in the thick of Summer, and the San Francisco sun has barely reached about 68 degrees all winter, err Summer long. The feeling of the European sun slowly turning my skin tan (in a responsible SPF'd way) is long forgotten. I'm due for some sun, ASAP. A few weeks ago my husband and I decided to take a weekend trip to Los Angeles to visit family, and if I'm being honest get some sun, like, first stop post-airport: the beach. I recently picked up this off the shoulder top from Banana Republic and really loved how it felt summery, but the cargo texture was strong enough to be worn well into pre-fall. And that is precisely what I did-- tested it out in a warmer LA climate, and worn this past weekend in San Francisco.

Before I get into my LA look let's chat Banana Republic, when was the last time you went into the store? You might have forgotten about them since Marissa Webb left but I promise there are some goodies to be scored once you step foot inside. Last time I walked in I was pleasantly surprised with a full candy bar. For those who know me, know gummy candy is my weakness, so stocking up on candy was def my first stop, second stop was the cute Cosabella intimates, a display of vintage designer pieces and, and last stop the shoes (!) I always love stopping at the wall-o-shoes to see what my closet is lacking.

Los Angeles look: as we all know LA is about 30 degrees warmer at all times, or that's what it feels like, at least. So an overcoat and full-length pants just would not do. In LA I wore this top with a two-tone denim skirt, some strappy sandals, and accessorized with a top knot, some gold hoops, and a cute little basket bag.

Which look is more appropriate to your locale? SF or LA?

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Big thanks to Banana Republic for sponsoring this post.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Printed Summer Dresses + Straw Bags in Wine Country

Healdsburg wine weekend, wine country get away, red maxi summer dress, summer prints in wine country, straw bag, Dutcher Crossing winery
Healdsburg wine weekend, wine country get away, red maxi summer dress, summer prints in wine country, straw bag, Dutcher Crossing winery
Healdsburg wine weekend, wine country get away, red maxi summer dress, summer prints in wine country, straw bag, Dutcher Crossing winery
Healdsburg wine weekend, wine country get away, red maxi summer dress, summer prints in wine country, straw bag, Dutcher Crossing winery
Healdsburg wine weekend, wine country get away, red maxi summer dress, summer prints in wine country, straw bag, Dutcher Crossing winery
Healdsburg wine weekend, wine country get away, red maxi summer dress, summer prints in wine country, straw bag, Dutcher Crossing winery


A few days ago you might recall my expansive wine weekend in Healdsburg recap, it's here in case you missed it! On the last day our itinerary went a little something like this: wake up, eat pastries, put on unintentionally matching summer frocks with all ladies present, head to BBQ, eat hot dogs, drink wine, hang out in the sun. To say it was a perfect day was an understatement, if I could map out a summer day in my future, that is precisely what I'd want it to look like.

Chanda, Jules and I all unintentionally matched each other in our red, pink and white looks (see the 2nd to the last picture here for proof!) The weather in Wine Country wasn't terribly hot so I could get away with sleeves and a maxi cut. I love this apple red shade, it indeed is one of those shades that I would wear any time of the year, and somehow looks better on me when I have a tan. This little straw bag is my ONE TRUE summer score -- you'll never believe I found it in Chinatown for $1.99! They had it in a baby pink color too, but I figured I really didn't need two, I'm debating if I made the right choice.

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