Friday, May 25, 2018

Red Polka Dots in Napoli

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{Dress | Bag | Shoes}


Typing this out, I have the window wide open -- hearing birds chirping, motos buzzing by the little alley (I'm currently living near), and lots of voices singing, and sing-songy speaking Italian., you can almost hear the folks talking with their hands. Did I mention I'm currently in Napoli? Naples, Italy, not Naples, Florida if it wasn't clear enough. I'm on holiday and in love with this country. I've been to Italy three times now. Visited all of Rome, Santa Margharita Ligure, Sicily - including Palermo and Catania, and this time around spending more time in Rome, Napoli, and the Amalfi. I'm practically Italian at this point. The locals definitely think I'm Italian, at least until I open my mouth. I can't wait, it's going to be a great two and a half weeks. Leave me your recommendations in the comments on what to eat, see and do in any of these places. Feel free to follow along on my IG stories to get the latest play-by-play. Ciao!

Photography by Jessica Monroy

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Matching Floral Twin Set

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{Twin set gifted from Isalis similar style | Boots | Bag | Hat}



San Francisco has a mostly constant mid 60's weather pattern, so as we get further along in the year, it feels more natural (although not always) to wear sweet matching separates like this dainty floral ruffled number. The top and matching bottoms are great together and emphasize a very ladylike silhouette, but I most definitely plan on wearing them separate as well. The top over straight cut denim, or bathing suit bottoms in the Amalfi coast (next week!), or the skirt paired with a simple white tee and satin slides.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Spring Beauty {and other} Favorites



Nail lacquer {Orange | Clear | Yellow | Grey | Off-White}

Accessories { Pearls | Double Disc Earrings | Opal Dangling Earrings | Gold Magnetic}

Beauty & Fragrance {Bronzer | Brush | Illuminator}

As I sit here typing this out the sun is shining through the windows, people are walking outside without a jacket on, the trees are in full bloom, and the sky is the prettiest shade of blue without a cloud to be seen for miles. It's Spring in San Francisco, people! Let's all rejoice for a moment, shall we? It's also time to dust off those pretty floral dresses, slap on a base tan, and up that spring beauty game. While I'm still working out, those first to-do's on my list, picking out my Spring beauty must-haves are already checked off, and I wanted to share them with you.

A few years ago I was one of those girls who you would rarely see without a new shade of vibrant nail lacquer weekly. Working in fashion, you tend to dress the part, and I wanted to make sure my nails were dressed up too. Nowadays, I'll throw on a new shade here and there when I do my own nails, and when I do it's always a bright hue-- I like to think the brighter shade looks best on my skin tone.  Over the years I've noticed my nails need more affection, maybe less polish and more SPF or going au natural. I was throwing on any kind of cheap polish and realized I needed to be more conscious of the type of polish I was using. I recently discovered Londontown -- a luxe, vegan and cruelty-free nail care line infused with all natural oils and minerals to strengthen my nails from within. They have what seems like dozens of colors to choose from, from bold on-trend hues to natural tones for the demure girl. Check them out here.

What is it Coco Chanel says about accessories? Always look in the mirror before you leave the house and take one this off, huh? Well, I digress, as a maximalist, I say add one thing on! In fact, this Spring we are loving all things earrings, the bigger, the better. I tend to favor gold (again, the hue compliments my particular skin tone) but if silver is your thing, go for it, it's fresh and different, and you will stand out since most folks are going for the gold, pun intended. Want to try something entirely new? Think Vogue editorial spread! Mismatch those big gold earrings, like I did here. The latest additions to my jewelry box are these Margaret Elizabeth earrings, BaubleBar earrings here and here (both under $11!), and these very chic Maison Miru double pearls.  Forget necklaces, earrings are in for Spring.

Now let's get to beauty and fragrance, shall we? Tom Ford scents are in folks. This line is new to my vanity table and now will forever not be there. I am partially obsessed, partially in love. This spring while I gravitate towards fresh and fruity, Black Orchid and Vanille Fatale are giving that sweetness I'm looking for this time of year while serving up major sass in an elevated way.

Have you heard of lilah b?  They describe their line as "a minimalist collection of color, that allows women to achieve a finished look with fewer products." Definitely, something I can entirely get behind as I am in a constant battle with my makeup case as it never wants to quickly zip up, probably because there is way too much crammed into it. The lilah b. Glisten + Glow Skin Illuminator is something I am currently slathering all over my cheekbones to achieve an effortless dewy glow. It's a luxe whipped formula to give a natural-looking candlelit luminosity and makes me feel like a million bucks even if that is all I wear on my face (plus SPF of course, always SPF, folks).

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Low V-Neck Gingham Jumpsuit

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{Jumpsuit borrowed from Isalis, another style here | Denim jacket | Circle bag | Slides | Sunglasses | Hoop earrings}


I'm not sure if I've already said it but I didn't choose the gingham life, the gingham life chose me, just in case you were wondering. This iconic print has slowly overtaken my feed and my closet, case in point, exhibit A, this image I just posted today. And here I am in a different texture and color scheme but in gingham none-the-less. For all my San Francisco readers, this jumpsuit was found in a local shop, called Isalis, here in the city, check them out for all your on-trend boutique needs.

This little number is precisely what I need when I go to Italy later this month, comfortable, convenient to style (like no thought needs to go into it) and yet still so put together. I think my favorite part of this look is the understated but very much dramatic back.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Spotted On The Runway

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{similar style Dress & here | Bag | Shoes | Earrings}


When Marc Jacobs says "there is never a wrong time for a polka dot," I think I'm onto something when I don a floor-length polka dot maxi in the streets of San Francisco. This pattern has lovingly found its way in my closet since birth. I'm sure my mom found a way to get me into this pattern many times before I could dress myself, but there are two different polka dot looks I'll never forget, and now this dress makes three.

The first time -- said mother signed up herself and her two daughters to take part in the annual school talent show. Unclear on the objective, the song or dance I may or may not have been tasked to sing or perform to in Minnie Mouse ears, but the one thing I do remember is my outfit. It was a black leotard with a full black, and white polka dot skirt (complete with elastic waistband) that my mother had sewn, and painted on my face were mouse whiskers in cheap eyeliner. My mom, sister and I all wore the same outfit. Up on the big stage, I'm sure (we) I  looked ridiculous, but in a cute, she's only 4 years old kind of way. I still have the picture to prove it!

The second time -- I found a red and white polka dot, A-line midi tube dress years, and years and years ago at Charlotte Russe. I've probably had it in my closet and summer rotation for 10 years now. The timeless style of the dress and spot-on pattern (pun intended) make it a keeper, and I don't see myself getting rid of it anytime soon. If I ever do find a picture of me in this dress, I promise I'll share. Regardless here are some gems from BACK IN THE DAY. Ready? 2012, 2012, 2013. You are welcome.  

Photography by Jessica Monroy

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