Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pretty Please

 I need more stuff, like always. I want more, more, more. Every season, rain or shine, my closet longs for shiny new goods to be stored away never to be seen again, or better yet worn with relentless abandon. I would prefer the later since that would mean my cold hard cash was not wasted yet again on some fleeting trend, that usually ups the ante in my social circle. And by social circle I refer to: a PR maven, art gallery owner, extremely well dressed Vogue columnist, and chic lawyer that I roam the streets of NYC with--wait a minute I think that was a TV show, and I'm pretty sure that scenario is all in my head. 

Currently, my latest swoons are in no way reflective of the season. I am actually thinking long term, like Fall. These items needed to be in my closet five minutes ago: platforms, more platforms and a mannequin hand. That's right Rumi made them famous, and now they are back in stock, the Dany ladies and gents. Why? Because they are 5.5 inches, making me a cool 6 foot --okay maybe 5'9. But I'm trying to figure out sizing. Hello J. Simpson what happened to half sizes? Should I do 7 or 8..such a conundrum. Do any of you have these shoes, or know how Jess Simpson shoes fit on a 7.5 gal?

By the way, guess who was featured on StyleQuest...yours truly, check it out!

Pictures top to bottom: 1. Jessica Simpson Dany platforms, 2. Guiseppe Zanotti Sculptured Platform Wedge booties, 3. Urban Outfitters glass hand for my ever expanding ring collection

Monday, June 28, 2010

"Welcome to the Island"

I can't say enough good things about Angel Island. Its one of those places that reminds me of childhood summer camp day trips, gatherings, friends, all good memories; except for that one time my sister's cute new hat, blew off into the ocean...sad.  I love all its secret hidden spots, its ties to history, and the fact that I always feel one with nature upon arrival via ferry boat.  One secret spot we continue to visit yearly, is the almost secluded private beach. For the past two years this has been the go to spot for a friends b-day bash, and does not disappoint. Although the weather this year, left me yearning for a few more layers, and meant me stealing my wonderful boyfriend's, extremely large and unflattering (on me) fleece, a good time was had by all, as usual!

pictures top to bottom: 1.friends looking out to Angel Island on ferry, 2. me and bf on ferry with a fogged over Golden gate bridge, 3. the hike back from secret spot, 4. sliders cooking, eventually topped with Gruyere, and all the fixings, 5. bday boy with secret message, 6. elated to be heading up to museum, 7. view from hike, 8. Sausalito being overtaken by massive fog cloud. 

Stay tuned tomorrow for regularly schedule fashion programming....

Friday, June 25, 2010

the coolest guy I know

Went for an impromptu picnic on Sunday for Fathers Day, when the weather was unbelievably gorgeous. My mother made the most amazing chicken sandwiches, my sis brought homemade artichoke parm dip, and I brought the wine...yum! We marinated in the sun for a while, talked about future family vacations, and had a lovely time overall. Then we headed over the North Beach, for the North Beach Street Festival, which was packed with vendors, tourists, locals, and many tipsy folks. I was snapping away with my camera, and a guy came up to us to tell us about a an "awesome" Chinese restaurant down the street, "best in San Francisco". Its funny because he thought we were tourists, so we just went with it!

My dad even dressed up for the occasion. He is a prodigy of the "good old days", and sometimes he still dresses like it. So on Sunday, lo and behold, dad showed up for his day wearing a tangerine long sleeve button up, complete with pimp collar...that's one snazzy guy!

 {dad: wearing pimp collar; me: wearing Martin+Osa shorts, ON striped top, dollhouse flats; on Christina: Aldo necklace}

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010


I'm the first to admit I love to try ostentatious trends whether it's turban inspired headpieces a la Carrie, or obscenely flamboyant harem pants, which Parisennes pull off so well. But one thing which I usually like to keep neutral is my eye-wear. I tend to be attracted to classic shapes, colors and name brands glasses which have been around for ages, they are protecting my eyes after all! But last week when I ran across underground Italian label Super, most of my sun-glass notions went out the window. And I wanted to get Super, bad! With Summer here already, I just might have to don a pair of these fashion forward glasses asap. 

Super makes extraordinary shades in candy colored hues, and interesting shapes, yet also caters to the more classic- ladies who lunch crowd. Not only are the shades so totally bad-ass, but they are hand-made in Italy with the best materials possible, including Zeiss lenses, which guarantee an extremely high level of eye protection.

I am loving all their shades, but theses are my absolute fave!

I LOOOVE the second pair. They would be eternally classic with that thick framed cheetah/tortoise print. But the 3rd pair (ohhweee!)these are kinda fierce, but a little too on trend to be spending that kind of $ on them. What say you?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Only one day into Summer, and I'm already showing skin.

{dress: 12th St. by Cynthia Vincent, Steve Madden sandals}

{DIY earring, vintage ring}

When the temperature rises, and the sun stays up longer than it should, I usually fling open my closet doors, and look for a dress. And it's usually something totally inappropriate for the occasion- in this case, getting an oil change. 

This, 12th St. by Cynthia Vincent frock is one of my all time favorite dresses, its quintessential summer at its finest. It's pale blue and violet plaid overlay on a fresh ivory background is perfect in every way. The cut is extremely lady like, and so appropriate for a picnic, wine tasting, really anything a little more precious than a oil change! I think all I'm missing is an arm band, I'm on the hunt, any ideas on where to snag one?

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Sun Goes Down

Went to happy hour at Palomino on the Embarcadero recently with big group of friends. The weather was too nice to sit indoors, so we sat on the patio, under the stars and the Bridge. Lovely night, I love it when SF heats up!
{view from our outdoor table}

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fluorescent Feet

Happy Wednesday people! I was just perusing blogs, and happened to come accross Shecky's president, Claudia Chan's. I was browing through her "spotted in SF" list, and remembered she photographed my shoes, cuz she liked them. Well, lo and behold, there are my manicured toes front and center, rocking my Cynthia Vincent for Target sandals! OMG, its kinda cool that my feet are out there...haha! 

check out Claudia's post here...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Girls Night Out

Every time I attend Shecky's Girls Night Out, a few things are always guaranteed to happen. 1.) I overspend 2.) I wake up with a headache, and 3.) I can't wait for the next Shecky's event! What does this say about me? Well we won't get into that, but I will divulge that this years event was fantastic, even better than my last! "Discounted shopping"- or so say the LA vendors, unlimited cocktails, super gi-normous goodie bags, and female bonding at its finest, not a bad way  to spend a Thursday night if you ask me.

p.s I even got a compliment on my fab shoes from Shecky's it girl, and President Claudia Chan, wooohooo!!

{event held at the gorge Fort Mason}

{super boho chic feather earrings for sale....Mila you should have got them!!}
{my new fave hair accessory....the turban}

{queens of the night}

{on me (left): LOFT blouse, Empyre blazer, Alloy denim, Cynthia Vincent for Target sandals, thirfted belt, F21 turban, H&M feather earrings. On Christina (right): Nordstrom striped top, Xhilartion skirt, Steve Madden shoes, F21 crossbody, H&M jacket}

Thursday, June 10, 2010

TAPAS and wine

The truth about wine is that it is good for you. Wine is an antioxidant, and a de-stresser all at the same time. It's there for you after a long day at the office, and keeps you looking youthful--I think! So I went out on Saturday and had my fill of it, at the TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting event at Fort Mason.  The most extensive annual tasting of domestically produced Spanish and Portuguese wines in North America.

The venue was huge, over 50 boutique wineries were pouring, many of which I had never even heard of. A few of the tastings were mediocre, but one or two tables were really something! I enjoyed two in particular. Boony Doon Vineyard, was my first runner up, perhaps because of its close proximity to my current residence, or because it was one of the first tastings I tried, their stuff is good. But, my winner for best wine overall is Forlorn Hope Wines created by a charming fellow, by the name of Matthew Rorick. I was privileged enough to try several of his wines, unfortunately I missed one--which I am now kicking myself for, it was that amazing! It could have been the wine buzz talking, but the bf and I so nonchalantly swore this stuff would have to be poured at our wedding, a white and a red, you know to give the guests more options. Mind you, nobody is engaged-yet. So there I am sniffing, swirling, and sipping the most beautifully made Spanish inspired wine not made in Spain, and am in heaven, amongst the swarm of tipsy folks, pushing me aside to get their next pour. But I didn't mind, after trying Forlorn wines, I'd be pushing my way to the front of the line as well.

My first taste at this magical table was La Gitana- or gypsy in English- a beautifully crisp, and sweet white Summer wine (option A for the upcoming nuptials). Suspiro del Moro, a red, was next up (option B), and I believe I tried the romantically inclined Mil Amores (option C?), another red. They were all superb!

The day was made even sweeter, by a giant paella, freshly cooked, with it's distinct aroma wafting through the hall. Even though the line to get our paella was longer than the width of the hall, we withstood the growl in our bellies, and the thirst in our throat to get a piece of the paella pie. The food was amazing, the wine was delicious, and I am very happy to of had the opportunity to attend this event. I cannot wait to be in Spain this summer and do it all over again!

{Dakota Dress, thrifted jacket, Tanessi necklace}

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

hump-day happy hour

{Levi's shirt, Puella dress, Steven gladiators, F21 belt} 

Sometimes you just need a little pick me up. For me last week it was happy hour. The bf and I went to this great Mexican place, and had a ton of fried food and several Mezcal-rita's (made with mezcal instead of tequila)The weather was great so I wore a flirty length floral number but didn't want to get cold, so I threw on this au courant military green button-up with some jumbo sized jewelry. I definitely love the combo of the feminine mini dress, with the hard edged shirt!

p.s Guess who is headed to Europe this Summer?! I am elated, this will be my second time there and I can't wait! Let me know if you have any suggestions on where to go and what to do. I am planning on getting in some beach time, eat at amazing restos, and go shopping, natch, but obvi sightseeing and the like as well. We start in Rome, then to Paris, and finish in Barcelona!!! Is anyone else traveling this summer?

Besos xoxo