Thursday, August 30, 2018

Why Italy is my Favorite + Finders Keepers Arcadia Top

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Napoli Italia, Naples italy, what to wear in Naples, Italy, Finders Keepers the label Arcadia top, gold hoops, Bali bamboo rectangle bag, One Teaspoon shorts
 Napoli Italia, Naples italy, what to wear in Naples, Italy, Finders Keepers the label Arcadia top, gold hoops, Bali bamboo rectangle bag, One Teaspoon shorts
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It's no secret the love affair I have with one country in particular. I've said it in person, I've said it on IG stories, and I've said it here already. Yes, I do have a thing for Italy. It has an extraordinary place in my wanderlust heart. I've been to many areas of the country like Rome, Amalfi, Naples, Sicily, and while I still have yet to visit up North it's on my bucket list for that next Summer trip! Because Italy is best served up with a Spritz in that (scorching) Summertime heat. 

Today I'm sharing a look I wore while wandering the streets of Napoli, the birthplace of Pizza, as the legend goes. The architecture is so stunning, it's an old city and the peeling paint, and time-worn cobblestones only add to its alluring romanticism. Not to mention a few Spritzes before dinner, and the chatter of a bustling city mixed in with the warm Summer night air, well that's just a recipe for the perfect day. Allora, indeed. 

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Birthday Suit

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Another year older, another year wiser as the old adage goes. And guess what, folks? Yup, today's the big day --- it's my BIRTHDAY. 2018 has been an interesting year for me, one of change, tough calls, teachable moments and lots of travel (and that's not over yet)! It's also the year I felt like I outgrew my career path's current trajectory, without the right guidance, leadership and motivation it was time to leave my 9-7 (yeah, long work days) in pursuit of other things like time for myself, to reset and find what it is I really want to focus my energy on whether it's another role in a similar industry, something entirely different and out of my comfort zone - to grow and learn a new skill set, or take this blog to the next level and focus on it full time. At this point in my life, there are so many ways I could go, and I am so grateful for that.

This little hiatus has given me the time to enjoy my freedom, and focus on myself, my relationship and think about my future — if that's not self-love I don't know what is. Hell, maybe this whole 'another year older, another year wiser' thing is actually working after all?

Here's to another year, and another adventure. As always, thank you for following along and letting me share my journey with you.


Photography by Jane Kim

Thursday, August 23, 2018

My Favorite Boutique for Good Basics in San Francisco

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There are several things high on my list when I look for things that make a city cool. Like when I'm traveling, I'm always scouting out the best restaurants, markets to visit, and boutiques to shop in. Boutiques are at the very nature of what makes a city cool, and we are so lucky here in San Francisco to be littered with some pretty amazing ones. Shopping at big box stores, well-know websites, and seeing the same dress on every last blogger can leave you wondering where all the individual style has actually gone. I love shopping in little-known boutiques where you know the shop girl and the inventory is always top notch, lucky for me, or maybe not so lucky for my wallet, there are some pretty swell ones here in SF -- Le Point, Modern Citizen, Isalis, Hero Shop, and dress

Today I want to share more about my experience at dress, a little shop in the Marina district, off the beaten path, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it-kind-of shop. I first found them in 2015, the main shopkeeper, Elke has been working the store for the last 17 years. Her cool, laid-back German style, bohemian jewelry, and insane knowledge about fashion and brands having been in the industry over the previous 27 years, with her start in high-end residential interior design, is intriguing and also makes it really easy to get along with her.  In two minutes she's sized you up, figured out the brands that would work best with your body type, and flatter you the most. She's essentially your BFF who is also your stylist for any occasion since she knows her stuff and can style you for any event you are not quite sure how to dress for yourself -- meeting the parents, wedding date, first day on the job-- yeah that good. You can tell she really loves her career, she mentioned she enjoys "working directly with women, helping them look and feel their best is a joy and why I come to work every day."

Dress has a wide array of brands and clothing types from casual, to dressy. A few of the brands I love that they carry are Ulla Johnson, Trave, Mother, Chan Luu, Rag & Bone, and IRO. Elke mentioned that they are known for their selection of everyday basics like tees, or cashmere crew necks. I put that statement to the test, and the last time I was in the store I picked up a few basic tees from ATM to try out. I also picked up a Ulla Johnson top, because, hello it's Ulla, and a cool pair of denim from Trave-- a brand I've never heard of. Pretty much everytime you head into dress you are guaranteed to find a cool label you've never heard of, or an interesting local designer because their curated selection is that good. Do yourself a favor and get yourself to dress ASAP and ask for Elke (pronounced El-ka) and tell her Carlina sent you! 

Photography by Jane Kim

Monday, August 20, 2018

Have Shirt Will Travel

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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

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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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Friday, August 10, 2018

The Perfect Weekend Getaway to Healdsburg


The weekend before my summer holiday to Europe a group of friends and I booked it to Healdsburg to on what felt like one of the first warm Summer weekends. It was the perfect pre-getaway getaway. Healdsburg and wine country for that matter will always have a soft spot in my heart, it's the place I run off to when I miss the sun and the San Francisco Fogust (see fog + August) won't do. With all the unfortunate fires that have affected this area in and around the surrounding areas now is the time to really bring tourism back to Wine Country, I encourage those thinking about making a trip to do so! The city is thriving, the weather is glorious, the wine and food is second to none. Below I'm sharing my itinerary, where I ate, where I slept and where I wine'd. Follow along for the perfect weekend getaway to Healdsburg.

Stay: Two Thirty-Five Luxury Suites

Why: This is a different kind of hotel, the property has four separate suites, and each suite has three rooms with en-suite bathrooms complete with a living area, and kitchen which we entirely took advantage of. It's the perfect lodging situation for a group of friends, or a larger family in which to visit the area. We stayed in the Plaza Suite, and it comfortably accommodated our party of six.

It's peak Summer season in tourist-driven Healdsburg, you'd think the place would be crawling with bellboys, check-in hosts, valet and the like but the property was smoothly run like a well-oiled machine by none other than Holly, a small but mighty innkeeper. She took care of everything, in fact, I barely saw another soul on the premises besides our group. Holly made sure we had all the fixin's to make sure our home away from home felt wine country ready, we were greeted with a glorious spread of wine, fruit, cheese and local bread to kick start our weekend.

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Our rooms were spacious, luxe and the beds were so insanely comfortable. Definitely check out Two Thirty-Five Luxury Suites the next time you are looking for a place to stay in Healdsburg.

Where: Half a block from Healdsburg historic downtown plaza at 235 Healdsburg Ave.

Where to Wine:


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We visited some fantastic local wine tasting rooms, the majority of which were only a few blocks from our hotel accommodations, which is always a perk, no need to worry about who is driving to the next spot!

Banshee Wines: This hipster cool spot is number one on my list, it's the equivalent of Scribe, which almost everyone I know seems to love. It has a southwestern meets Palm Springs meets mid Century vibe. While that's a whole lot of vibe, just know it's cool, and the wine is good. Definitely book a corner booth to get the full landscape of your visit while enjoying the rosé. It's very photogenic.

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Grapeseed: This was such a cool concept, GrapeSeed is known for their wine meets art experience, touted as the largest art gallery north of Los Angeles they do seated flights smack dab in the middle of their gallery. You also have the chance to sip and walk the property and experience it however you'd like. Loved this concept because it was very different from any other wine tasting flight I've ever done in Healdsburg.


Portalupi: This family owned and operated tasting room in downtown Healdsburg rounded out our day of wine tasting. And on the perfect note too as we did a wine and food pairing around 4pm right when we were feeling a little peckish. The Cali- Italian inspired bites were so tasty -- think goat cheese, sun-ripened tomatoes with balsamic glaze, and ravioli. Let's just say one morsel of each was enough to open this girls appetite. 


Dutcher Crossing: I absolutely love this brand, I've raved about them before on my Instagram and on my blog in the past so it should come as no surprise that I highly suggest visiting DC when you are in Healdsburg or near it. They are not just a tasting room they are a vineyard with beautiful sprawling fields, picnic tables to take in the scenery, complete with a sweet winery dog who doesn't mind company and isn't afraid to say hello. We happened to show up on a Sunday when they had a BBQ for the release of their latest Summer wine, and let's just say my new favorite food and wine pairing are a hot dog and with a bold red. True summer in a meal. 



Where to dine: 



There was so much good food consumed on this trip, and the hot dogs weren't even the best part. Keep on reading to hear a few of the restaurants really made our trip a foodie success.

Studio Barndiva: We visited the Gallery Bar on Friday when we drove in. After announcing our reservation, we were promptly sat in a beautiful, almost secluded, private corner with twinkling lights making for a very romantic mood for our party of six. You might not need a reservation after 8pm as we almost had the place to ourselves, so don't fret if you don't have one. The fare was California fresh fare with a French bistro twist. We left completely stuffed and only slightly buzzed as the entire table unanimously ordered the same drink -- the Special-- made with brown butter whiskey, heirloom apple juice, and fresh thyme syrup!

Valette: This was my second time at Valette, and boy did it not disappoint, slightly overwhelming but that was not at all a problem, you see my seatmates decided it was a good idea to do the chefs "Trust Me" tasting menu and since I had experienced it here before I assumed I already knew what to expect. I was very wrong. Assuming only five courses would be served as that is what I had read on Valette's website, turns out I read that wrong, and it actually said that it's a minimum of five courses! Long story short about 10 courses came out, and without actually knowing that I ate every since course, not wanting to waste any of the delicious food including that fantastic warm bread and butter they whip up in the kitchen. Let's just say towards the end of the meal my seatmates could not even finish their glass of wine-- UTTER SHOCK AND HORROR-- I guess they were really full. Truth be told, no matter how full I am the wine will always be drunk.

BIG thanks to the Two Thirty Five Luxury Suites, Banshee Wines, Grapeseed, Portalupi, Dutcher Crossing, Barndiva and Valette for an incredible weekend! 

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Partial photography by Stephanie Hopkins

Monday, August 6, 2018

A Review on the New McQueen Documentary

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{Top (on major sale!) | Denim | Lipstick | Earring}


This weekend my husband and I took a trip down to LA to visit family, it was brief but so lovely to get out of San Francisco for 48 hours. My brother-in-law and his wife just had a baby, and we were visiting the little one for the first time so on top of the fantastic weather, we were graced with, meeting my new nephew was the cherry on top of the weekend.

We took an early flight from back from LA and made it to San Francisco by midday, with so much time left to enjoy on Sunday Funday we decided to see the new McQueen documentary and let me tell you it was so moving! Go see it now, it was one of the best fashion films I've seen in a while. The film depicts the rise and fall of legendary visionary and designer Alexandar McQueen. To see him find himself, and hone his craft in his hometown of Sussex, to become the creative director at Givenchy, to fully realizing the potential of his strangely beautiful McQueen lines and becoming a household name was inspiring.

Definitely a feel-good movie at times, to see an ordinary boy from a humble household chase his dream of designing until he succeeded was beautiful. But to see the tumultuous ups and downs of the fame, the dream realized, and to see how truly vulnerable McQueen was, was the real hold of the movie. At the end of the film, while the credits were rolling, the entire movie theatre audience sat still -- possibly just as moved by the film--- and in our microwave mentality world where everything is go, go, go it was touching to see an entire room pause to reflect on the lesson we had all just learned. If you are a fashion fanatic like I am, have a love of documentaries, or just like impactful movies I'd highly suggest making the time to see this film.

Photography by Jane Kim

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