Monday, April 16, 2018

#flywheelambassador

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Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco
Flywheel, Flywheel ambassador, New Balance leggings, New Balance pullover, Nike air max 270, training for 10K, San Francisco

In college, I made it a point to head to the gym once a week (for social reasons mostly), maybe went for a quick run around the sorority block (probably to work on my tan), and most definitely never enjoyed any of it. It was a means to control my weight and eat even more nachos that at-the-time I didn't see any issue with. Fast forward years later post-graduation I grew a new found appreciation for breaking a sweat. It wasn't easy and took a lot of trial and error to figure out the right classes and sweat sessions that felt fun and right for my body. On top of that I didn't just want to work out better I wanted to see the fruits of my labor and see a change in my body so eating healthier was step two to finding a better balance. 

Currently, I am training for a 10K. In February I ran one so this one will be my second 10K in a few months. The training is my favorite part, it allows my body to prepare itself for the big run. Last time around I didn't push myself enough to run on hills so when it came time to do it for real I overexerted myself and hurt my knee somewhere along on race day. 

To be better prepared for this race I partnered up with Flywheel-- an indoor cycling studio-- to train better, smarter and push my body for the upcoming race. I've been a fan of Flywheel for many years now, I've spent many a bad-Monday in the studio sweating out the day. The energy from the tireless instructors, immaculate facilities, perks I didn't even know I needed like fresh fruit, face wash, and endless bobby pins make this gym one of my favorites in San Francisco.  

If you are in the area, I'd definitely recommend this gorgeous gym, central to downtown and the Embarcadero. Use code FLY VANILLA for your first class on-the-house!

Post sponsored by Flywheel. Photography by Jessica Monroy

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Spring Micro Trends: Linen and More

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Even before the first day of Spring officially hit I was ready to wear my lighter tones and pastel neutrals. This longline blazer was a Zara Winter sale find a few years ago, I really liked the double-breasted look of it even though I wouldn't wear it for a few months after it came in. And guess what? Linen is in, in a big way this season. I'm just going to go ahead and call it, linen and polka dots are this Spring's micro-trends! Are you a fan of any of them? Do tell and send me your recommendations to shop, I need more polka dots in my life.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

What I wore in Palm Springs for Alt Summit

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I was lucky enough to attend Alt Summit for the first time ever earlier this year, and as a fellow blogger or overall enjoyer of blogs, you know how big of a deal this can be! I learned a great deal from empowering and knowledgeable speakers, soaked up all the creative and contagious energy from fellow creatives and was utterly inspired by the colorful and happy vibes in Palm Springs. Did I mention it was also my first time in Palm Springs? The weather was on the cooler side, so I did bring my standard San Francisco day-to-day attire and ended up with a bohemian business chic look overall.

Look 1: This Kimono screams boho Palm Springs relaxed attire, I was intent on doing it justice in the land of palm trees and perpetual tans. I added a little black dress underneath to fully let the kimono shine, let my hair down, literally, and added my fave red boots to complete an easy desert-chic look.

{Kimono gifted | Dress | Boots gifted | Hoops}


Look 2: Granted this look is more business chic than boho vibes, but can we at least agree it's cute and you know you want to tie a neck scarf on now, am I right? The lighter shades of the peasant top and the light wash denim make it appropriate for Palm Springs, and the pops of red, slick back ballerina bun and silver shoes make it more me and elevate the look. While it might have been more conference business chic, I def wore this look while scouting out all the PS classics like the Pink Door house, the Parker, and all the charming hotels that somehow don't seem to mind when you just wander in to photograph even though you aren't a patron.

{Blazer | Top | Denim | Silk scarf gifted | Lipstick | Shoes | Sunglasses gifted}


Look 3: Somehow that big-city-girl-look that doesn't shy away from all black outfits ended up in my suitcase. It's strange because it isn't a look I usually wear, perhaps I was mourning the end of the conference? Either way, the dress is lovely on its own but since it was a chilly day the blazer was worn on top since it was the only jacket other than the kimono that I brought with me. 



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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

St. Supery Tour a la French Vibes

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{Sweater gifted | Denim | Bag | Shoes | Beret | Long necklace gifted | Short necklace gifted | Hoop earrings gifted | Lipstick}

While I didn't necessarily plan it, the vibes are very much French city chic today. It's most likely the red beret and red lip.  I've noticed from a few European bloggers I love to follow that no matter the season they throw in a little straw bag when the weather is still cold. I just might have to follow this practice to breathe new life into that transitional weather wardrobe. 

Also, what's more, French than red wine and cheese?! This weekend I visited the beautiful St. Supery winery in St. Helena. The team welcomed me onto the premises for an informative and yummy wine and cheese pairing. We started off with a cone of truffled popcorn and crisp white wine to start the day. Then we were whisked off to see the private art collection on the top floor -- it's not usually part of the tour unless you reserve the private rooms, so it was really nice to see this exclusive part of the winery. Afterward, we were treated to a big plate of Manchego and another hard cheese with a coffee rind that was absolutely incredible paired with a flight of big red wines. Fun fact about me, I love big red wines, they are my go-to beverage when I'm out on the town. We finished our last few sips out on the sunny patio, purchased a bottle of the Malbec and said au revoir to our new friends at St. Supery

Big thanks to St. Supery for hosting us!

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Friday, March 23, 2018

The Winter to Spring Outfit Transition

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{Coat | Denim | Top | Loafers | Sunglasses | Bag (another good one!)} 



Transitioning between seasons can be tough, on Instagram it's all pretty pastels, mini ruffled frocks, and sweet little basket bags -- but this is real life so let's dish on how to actually transition from Winter to Spring. It's still cold, and still raining around these parts, Spring showers, ya know? There is no way you'll actually catch me baring un-tanned, goose-bumpy skin until the weather starts cooperating, so until then let's figure this dress code out and work with what we got, am I right? 

Keep those layers. While Spring is officially here, it won't feel like it for awhile so don't put those knits, coats or turtlenecks in storage just yet. I wore this coat all winter long, the lighter hue of the plaid makes it the perfect outwear layer to wear over lighter materials and a plethora of sunnier shades. Keep your layers close, and you won't be surprised when those Spring showers hit!

Bring in some lighter shades. It goes without saying, but the easiest way to bring this new season into your wardrobe is lighter and brighter colors. Sweet pastels shades are my preference, like mint, yellow, pink and periwinkle. If you don't feel like donning a five-year-old's Easter Sunday wardrobe go the texture route -- eyelet, ruffles, and light wash denim. Accessories or nail polish for the commitment-phobes are also a great way to incorporate new life into your wardrobe this season like I did with a baby blue hue. 

Footwear. If it's not raining or snowing shoes allow me to dip my toes into the proverbial pool if you will. The backless mules I'm wearing above are the definition of transitional-gear, business in the front and party in the back. Also, the vivid white shade screams "I'm ready for some sunshine and rosé-filled days."

Accessorize. Basket bags, wicker totes, colorful headwraps, chunky gold earrings, and light pink gloss are on my mind this Spring. 

What's on your list this Spring?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Playing dress-up: Monique Lhuillier at Francis Ford Coppola

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Late last year Rent the Runway reached out and offered to let me play dress up for three months in their eternally chic and never-ending closet. I, of course, jumped at the chance, in fact, those are my favorite kinds of emails as you can imagine. This meant no "it-item" or floor length ball gown was safe, and I was truly ready to test drive all the items I've been eying in every glam editorial spread. 

This Monique Lhuillier floor-length ruffled floral tulle gown was calling my 'allergic to vanilla' name, and just what I needed to wear for a weekend away in wine country. It was perfectly fitted to frolic around the Francis Ford Coppola and Dutcher Crossing winery grounds in.  To sum up, we drank, we twirled and felt oh-so-glam while doing so. 

Big thanks to Rent The Runway for letting me play dress up!

Friday, March 9, 2018

le parisien sweatshirt // maison kitsuné

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{Sweatshirt gifted | Denim | Bag gifted | Sneakers | Hat | Moto jacket}


 I recently partnered with Farfetch to showcase this beautiful Maison Kitsuné jumper. I feel so European when I call a sweatshirt a "jumper". So here I am featuring this gorgeous jumper in the middle of bustling Chinatown. I also did an interview with Farfetch, check out my thoughts below and the spread here:

Describe your style in 3 words Colorful, Stylish, Unexpected 

What’s your everyday uniform? Layers! A cool coat or blazer, skinny denim and comfortable flats. 

What’s the style vibe in your city? It's comfort over fashion for the most part. Cool, uncomplicated and casual. 

What are your style tips for wearing a logo knit? Have fun with it! Just because it's a logo jumper doesn't mean denim only, you can try a skirt, or overalls to mix it up.

How important is it to you to keep a sense of humour in dressing? Humour and personality are key when dressing for me. Style is so personal for me. I choose to feel an emotion and evoke a persona when I select what I wear each morning.  

What’s the meaning behind the slogan you’re wearing? Parisene-- for me it means an aspirational/inspirational lifestyle. Paris is one of my favorite places, it holds great memories. 

If you were to design your own slogan sweater/tee what would it say? Work hard and be nice. 

If your style were a film, what would it be? If it was summer-- The Talented Mr. Ripley for my slight obsession with Italian Summers and how to dress for them.  For any other time of the year, The Devil Wears Prada because Andy Sachs was always switching it up, and that is me everyday 

What’s on your Farfetch wishlist? Anine Bing boots, Valentino Tango heels, and all the Self-Portrait.

 Post in partnership with Farfetch