outfit favorites june 19

les mads: peach strip
indeed. again with my love of breton stripes, only this one is even better! patches on the elbows and paired with a perfect peach silk skirt.

nast: lol
this lovely lady shoes us the perfect way to do casual oxfords. i love how she balances out the super comfy jacket with bright white jeans to keep things looking nice and refined.

yeye! style blog: quiet day
is this not the most adorable vintage 1930’s dress you have ever seen? the details are amazing. this is the kind of vintage find i hope to snag for myself one day!

lionheart vintage: blogging bummer denied!
such perfect use of color in this fun summery outfit. the romper and straw hat are perfect for hot days, and that amazing turquoise jacket is a great cover up for when it cools off in the evening.

vanessa jackman: running with the fash pack… australian fashion week 2010
another excellent use of color. i love every beautiful shade of rich blue, and the addition of those amazing chartreuse silk pants is pretty much perfect.

love more: stripes shirts and denim
and one more study in casual cool. note to self: find a sweater like that to throw over my chambray/skinny jeans uniform to take it up a notch!

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odds and ends

seeing as how i post my outfits on here 5 days a week, you can probably imagine that not every single photo shoot works out as effortlessly and easily as it appears in the magical world of blogging. browsing through my photo library, you would laugh at all of the strange outtakes where i look like i have a tree stump growing out of the top of my head, or my face is distorted in some sort of odd expression that i didn’t even know faces could make, and plenty of pictures of me reaching towards the camera to snatch it out of my boyfriend’s hand so i can get a look at our progress. and still on other days, the camera settings are wonky and nothing comes out at all: overexposed, blurry, harsh shadows, and things that can’t be fixed by the wizardry of photoshop. all of these funny/strange/interesting images just get cast aside and buried in the folders of my computer.

yesterday was one of those shoots where we went on a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood, enjoying the evening light and exploring for new backdrops for our pictures. but when i got home, i discovered that they weren’t quite sufficient for an outfit post since they don’t actually show what i’m wearing very well. despite the goof up, i decided to post a few images that i did like to give you a peek at some of the content that usually doesn’t make its way onto the blog for one reason or another.

next time i’ll have to do an installment of outtakes with all of the more quirky, silly moments caught on camera!


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lexie of little boat!

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…but wait! before you go, i also want to let you know that modcloth has announced the winners of the name it and win it: roadtrip edition contest. to catch you up to speed, i was the san francisco representative on their virtual roadtrip and readers were asked to name this lovely dress i wore. one of the perks was that i got to pick the winner! so without further adieu, the dress has been named:


it was actually a really tough decision because there were so many good entries! but the otis redding reference was clearly a win.

honorable mentions:
mary haight and ashbury olsen dress (a play on words and a reference to full house!)
harold and mod dress (did you know it was filmed entirely in the bay area? and it’s one of my favs.)
don’t play coit with me dress
haight couture dress
california gold crush dress
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young edwardian

jacket: vintage scalloped sassoon jacket from pretty penny blouse: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of loft jeans: j brand 210 the oslo in indigo shoes: nine west suede platforms bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of loft hat: vintage straw boater hat

that’s right, folks! i’m running with a theme here. remember when i said i wanted to go a bit more edwardian with my teddy girl look? like yesterday? well, after posting those inspiration pictures today, i went to my closet and managed to find just what i needed was already hanging on the racks. the only thing is that this version is a bit more grown up and ladylike, so it was harder for me to try and look like a tough kid while wearing these stiletto heels! but i actually really like the effect. it suddenly makes me miss the days when i had really long hair, so i could twist my hair into some sort of fancy edwardian up-do.

anyway, i thought it was kinda silly that while taking style tips from days gone by, i’m actually quite on trend with the scalloped edge of my blazer and my little straw hat. though i suppose that’s half of the fun in dressing vintage and vintage-inspired. even trends from as far back as a hundred years can still make their way back into our modern wardrobes.

jacket: vintage scalloped sassoon jacket from pretty penny
blouse: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of loft
jeans: j brand 210 the oslo in indigo
shoes: nine west suede platforms
bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of loft
hat: vintage straw boater hat

jacket: vintage scalloped sassoon jacket from pretty penny blouse: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of loft jeans: j brand 210 the oslo in indigo shoes: nine west suede platforms bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of loft hat: vintage straw boater hatjacket: vintage scalloped sassoon jacket from pretty penny blouse: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of loft jeans: j brand 210 the oslo in indigo shoes: nine west suede platforms bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of loft hat: vintage straw boater hatjacket: vintage scalloped sassoon jacket from pretty penny blouse: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of loft jeans: j brand 210 the oslo in indigo shoes: nine west suede platforms bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of loft hat: vintage straw boater hatjacket: vintage scalloped sassoon jacket from pretty penny blouse: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of loft jeans: j brand 210 the oslo in indigo shoes: nine west suede platforms bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of loft hat: vintage straw boater hatjacket: vintage scalloped sassoon jacket from pretty penny blouse: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of loft jeans: j brand 210 the oslo in indigo shoes: nine west suede platforms bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of loft hat: vintage straw boater hatand just a quick note to remind you that i’ll be guest editing at live.love.LOFT. for the month of june!

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teddy girls, part 2

after yesterday’s outfit post inspired by the teddy girls, i got a few requests for a post with some inspiration pictures. i had actually compiled a small collection, but didn’t post them because i wasn’t certain on all of the different image sources and i hate to post pictures without some sort of reference! but after some research, i believe that all of these photos were taken by ken russell, originally published in picture postmagazine in the summer of 1955. or at least this is what wikipedia tells me! (but please feel free to correct me if any of these have been misplaced!)

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teddy girl

jacket: boyfriend blazer courtesy of LOFT shirt: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 910 the oslo jeans in indigo shoes: wedge sandals courtesy of LOFT scarf: vintage silk scarfsince i’ve been having so much fun tying my hair up in vintage scarves with my little pompadour poof these past couple of days, i starting thinking of different ways to play it up. instead of just being all rosy-the-riveter with it (which is awesome, don’t get me wrong), today i decided to take some inspiration from the teddy girls of london in the 1950s. it’s just a touch of inspiration here since i’m definitely rocking a much more modern and refined version, so you can probably expect to see me trying this again with a bit more of a rough edge and edwardian twist. (i think i need some cameos, perhaps.) anyway, i went with my chambray and skinny jeans rolled up at the cuffs since the teddy girls were predominantly working class, and i know you’ve heard me mention my recent taste for everything work wear inspired. the blazer and heels dress it up a bit, and the scarf completes the look.

but i suppose more than anything, the idea of these rough and tumble kids on the streets of london in the 50s had me feeling a bit like a delinquent walking around the neighborhood for my photo shoot today. it was kinda fun to move out of cute territory and into something a bit more tough than my typical looks.

jacket: boyfriend blazer courtesy of LOFT
shirt: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt
jeans: j brand 910 the oslo jeans in indigo
shoes: wedge sandals courtesy of LOFT
scarf: vintage silk scarf

jacket: boyfriend blazer courtesy of LOFT shirt: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 910 the oslo jeans in indigo shoes: wedge sandals courtesy of LOFT scarf: vintage silk scarfjacket: boyfriend blazer courtesy of LOFT shirt: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 910 the oslo jeans in indigo shoes: wedge sandals courtesy of LOFT scarf: vintage silk scarfjacket: boyfriend blazer courtesy of LOFT shirt: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 910 the oslo jeans in indigo shoes: wedge sandals courtesy of LOFT scarf: vintage silk scarfjacket: boyfriend blazer courtesy of LOFT shirt: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 910 the oslo jeans in indigo shoes: wedge sandals courtesy of LOFT scarf: vintage silk scarfjacket: boyfriend blazer courtesy of LOFT shirt: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 910 the oslo jeans in indigo shoes: wedge sandals courtesy of LOFT scarf: vintage silk scarfjacket: boyfriend blazer courtesy of LOFT shirt: j.crew selvedge  chambray shirt jeans: j brand 910 the oslo jeans in indigo shoes: wedge  sandals courtesy of LOFT scarf: vintage silk scarfjacket: boyfriend blazer courtesy of LOFT shirt: j.crew selvedge  chambray shirt jeans: j brand 910 the oslo jeans in indigo shoes: wedge  sandals courtesy of LOFT scarf: vintage silk scarf

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vintage cycle chic

since i wasn’t around this sunday to do my usual cycle chic post for the week, i thought i’d pop in and share a little bit of fun bike inspiration with you today! rebecca of the clothes horse actually sent them to me in an email after she did some browsing of the photo archives on the nypl digital gallery. oh how i love public archives! anyway, while i certainly spend a lot of time browsing through images on the web and posting them to my tumblr, i realized that plenty of you guys probably do the same thing. so if you ever come across any fashionable cycling images, feel free to send them my way!

now onto these photos! i love how sassy and fun these vintage ladies look posing with their bikes. perhaps inspiration for a cycle chic photo shoot…

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pablo picasso

top: h&m striped mini dress shorts: saturday gardening shorts courtesy of modcloth shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. bag: thrifted vintage coach purse scarf: vintage satin scarfpeople occasionally ask me where i get my style inspiration. the usual answer is that it’s a combination of reading personal style blogs, street style blogs, industry blogs, browsing the runway collections and magazine editorials, and watching films. i suppose those are all the pretty obvious answers for a person who tends to spend her life online and writes a style blog like myself! but every once in a while, i find myself inspired by something a little bit different. today my outfit was directly influenced by the iconic pablo picasso. except, you know, without all the crazy genius painting skills and womanizing and whatnot.

anyway, in my mental image of him, i always see him wearing a classic striped shirt. espadrilles originated in the pyrenees between the borders of spain and france, and picasso spent most of his time between barcelona and paris! the floral shorts have a certain painterly quality, and, well, picasso was a painter. i suppose the association is quite loose, but these were the sorts of images that came to mind as i got dressed today. just in case you were wondering.

top: h&m striped mini dress
shorts: saturday gardening shorts courtesy of modcloth
shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc.
bag: thrifted vintage coach purse
scarf: vintage satin scarf

top: h&m striped mini dress shorts: saturday gardening shorts courtesy of modcloth shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. bag: thrifted vintage coach purse scarf: vintage satin scarftop: h&m striped mini dress shorts: saturday gardening shorts courtesy of modcloth shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. bag: thrifted vintage coach purse scarf: vintage satin scarftop: h&m striped mini dress shorts: saturday gardening shorts courtesy of modcloth shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. bag: thrifted vintage coach purse scarf: vintage satin scarftop: h&m striped mini dress shorts: saturday gardening shorts courtesy of modcloth shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. bag: thrifted vintage coach purse scarf: vintage satin scarf

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heat wave

dress: chambray wrap dress courtesy of LOFT shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe clogs bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of LOFT sunglasses: lum vintage sunglasses scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf

i may have already mentioned several times that the temperatures reached up over 90 degrees here in the bay area this weekend. you might know this because i mentioned it on twitter, tumblr, and in my last blog post. even though i’m a native to the southern california desert, it appears as though the last 10 years of living in northern california have gotten me pretty well acclimated to the cooler temperatures. after all that wishing for hotter weather, i have to admit i wasn’t quite prepared for the sweltering heat. even with my super short hair, i couldn’t stand the feeling of it touching the back of my neck and forehead, so i improvised with this retro ‘do and pulled it all back with a vintage scarf. i felt so perfectly work wear inspired with my head wrap that it only felt fitting to pair it with a bit of chambray.

getting dressed this weekend was definitely more about keeping cool than anything else. living in places where the weather gets hot, it’s pretty much essential to ditch the layers and go for something really cool and simple. times like this you can really only reach for a dress and add a bit of personality with a few vintage accessories.

dress: chambray wrap dress courtesy of LOFT
shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe clogs in mustard
bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of LOFT
sunglasses: lum vintage sunglasses
scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf

dress: chambray wrap dress courtesy of LOFT shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe clogs bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of LOFT sunglasses: lum vintage sunglasses scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarfdress: chambray wrap dress courtesy of LOFT shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe clogs bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of LOFT sunglasses: lum vintage sunglasses scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarfdress: chambray wrap dress courtesy of LOFT shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe clogs bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of LOFT sunglasses: lum vintage sunglasses scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarfdress: chambray wrap dress courtesy of LOFT shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe clogs bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of LOFT sunglasses: lum vintage sunglasses scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarfdress: chambray wrap dress courtesy of LOFT shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe clogs bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of LOFT sunglasses: lum vintage sunglasses scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarfdress: chambray wrap dress courtesy of LOFT shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe clogs bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of LOFT sunglasses: lum vintage sunglasses scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarfdress: chambray wrap dress courtesy of LOFT shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe clogs bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of LOFT sunglasses: lum vintage sunglasses scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf
and just a quick note to remind you that i’ll be guest editing at live.love.LOFT. for the month of june!

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