woke up bright and early on saturday to attend the modacademy workshop, a seminar for college students and recent grads interested in the fashion industry put on by my work. i spoke on a panel about emerging social media with angela tafoya, the refinery29 san francisco editor, and eugenia chien, the blogger relations manager at polyvore. i tend to be pretty shy in real life, so i was a bit nervous about speaking to a crowd of people, but once we started talking, i actually had a lot of fun offering up advice on navigating this strange world of fashion meets tech. it also gave me flashbacks to my previous career, a two-year stint as a 5th grade educator, teaching classes like art, comic book writing, and journalism to 10-year-olds as part of an extracurricular program at a charter school, offering a college prep opportunity for students who wouldn’t have the opportunity otherwise. there are some obvious differences between the two, but both offered me an chance to not only overcome my shyness, but to also have a chance to make a positive impact on people’s lives. it was really fun, and i hope to do something like it again!
then on sunday, i ended up in petaluma again! this time, we wandered around the historic downtown to check out antique shops in search of silly cat figurines, first edition books, and vintage clothes. the weather was downright hot, but i kept cool sipping on ponche from sol food, this heavenly puerto rican restaurant in san rafael where we stopped for lunch on the way out. i’ve talked about this place before, but it’s worth mentioning again. i ate the camarones empanizados, prawns breaded in plantains and fried to perfection. then washed the whole thing down with ponche, a sweet mix of iced tea and limeade. i’m not much of a foodie, but i highly recommend this place!
dress: summer of love green paisley print dress courtesy of lulu’s
shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe
sunglasses: karen walker von trapp
bag: metal corner clutch courtesy of rebecca minkoff
lipstick: nars shchiap