now and later

with fashion propelling us so far in advance, it can sometimes be a challenge to think of just what season to post about. with nyfw coming up in only one week, it’s hard to imagine that these spring 2010 collections showed last summer. and with the weather as schizophrenic as it’s been here in california, i can’t decide if i’m ready to start thinking about spring or if i should run out to buy myself a new statement coat for the chilly days ahead of me. but be that as it may, spring is definitely upon us in a mere 6 weeks. isn’t that what the groundhog said? and i just can’t keep my mind off these beautifully styled looks from stella mccartney spring 2010. those little lace camisoles peeking perfectly from beneath denim a-line skirts, high rise trousers, and teeny tiny shorts are the perfect complement to the cool and clean color palette. that paired with the vintage-inspired sandals has got me ready to run out to the beach on a warm spring day.

and for those days when the sky turns gray, i can always comfort myself with inspiration from her pre-fall 2010 collection that just came out. it’s always good to plan ahead!

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chambray baby

it’s only wednesday and i’m already feeling the need for a super casual outfit. i actually started off with a sheer blouse from the 1940′s with black bra underneath, before i quickly decided that i would be having no such adventures for today, thank you. instead, i will be super cool and chill out in my canadian tuxedo, and maybe do a little shopping while i ponder the meaning of lost and try to wrap my head around the new season that started last night. omg did you guys watch it? i’m still a little stunned and i don’t know what to think. parallel universes? what?

ahem. back to the outfit. my boyfriend really liked this look and said i look like an arteest. a bohemian, if you will. then he asked me if i would find him a shirt like this. cute!

chambray blouse, forever 21
bullhead solana skinny jeans, courtesy of pacsun
vintage ankle socks, ebay
blimey oxfords, courtesy of seychelles
vintage dooney & bourke purse, thrifted


mixing business with leather

today was one of those days where my head was full of mixed bizness. as in, while i was uploading my photos, i got that beck song in my head… because i was wearing a leather skirt. anyway, this outfit was originally influenced by my love for marc jacobs spring 2009 and miu miu spring 2010 (see: blouse with birds and unicorns on it), but once i actually got it on, all i could think about was nicki grant from big love. perhaps that’s because i’m just as obsessed with that show as i am with miu miu and marc. seriously, did you see the latest episode? steamy! i also kinda think i slightly resemble a hot dog in this outfit. and now i am hungry. ah, the inner workings of my mind…

vintage blouse with birds and unicorns, missfarfalia on etsy
yellow sash, american apparel
vintage brown leather skirt, thrifted
vintage woven flats, pineapple mint on etsy


red lips vintage cardigan giveaway!

enter for a chance to win this vintage cardigan from red lips vintage on etsy!

this week, i’ve teamed up with rachel at red lips vintage to give away this incredible vintage native american print cardigan. and the pretty pink color is just perfect for valentine’s day! the red lips vintage shop on etsy provides you with the finest hand picked vintage items at very affordable prices. and after you’ve checked out the great selection, be sure to stop by rachel’s super cool blog for shop updates, outfit posts, and musings from the girl behind the shop.

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julie of orchid grey!

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hello february

oh hello, february, i didn’t see you there! but now that you’re here, i suppose we’ll hang out for the next 28 days. and right smack in the middle, we’ll celebrate valentines day. i know we’re not quite there yet, but i figured i would have fun with two of my newest acquisitions and experiment with a festive outfit for the occasion. this beautiful cranberry ascot was hand knit by tara-lynn of yarnovermovement. once it arrived in the mail, i immediately swapped out my vintage fur collar for this lovely little neck decoration, and i never want to take it off! it keeps my neck warm when it’s a little chilly and it adds a nice touch of color to my outfits. it’s a perfect compliment to this equally lovely pink flannel dress from adelaide’s homesewn. a very versatile little number, indeed.

i feel so happy to be supporting two of my favorite etsy shops today. there is nothing better than vintage and hand-made items arriving in beautifully wrapped packages from small businesses that i really believe in. we can always run off to the “high street” shops for a quick fix, but it’s important to remember where our money goes. i know it’s not always possible when you’re on a budget, but i find it to be a very satisfying and rewarding experience knowing that when i am able to buy local, vintage, and independent, my money is going straight to the people who are providing those products. and that’s good for all of us.

hand-knit ascot in raspberry, yarnovermovement on etsy
vintage pink flannel dress, adelaide’s homesewn on etsy
little heart tights, tabio
platform oxfords, seychelles
bow headband, forever 21


one dress two ways!

what a wonderful treat for a monday morning! i recently did a little cross-country clothing swap with jessica of what i wore and it has been such a delight! today jessica wore this adorable vintage sailor dress that i sent her in the exchange. i wore it with red tights and mod shoes for a more vintage look (seen here) back in december, but i absolutely love her fun and modern, nautical twist! the breton stripe shirt layered underneath is the perfect touch! it is so nice to see another blogger breath new life into an old piece. i can’t wait to see how she styles up the rest of the items that we swapped.

to see more photos of jessica’s look and to find out about the rest of what she’s wearing, click here!

and click here to see the way we both wore a pretty vintage hibiscus cut out blouse.


what’s the forecast?

one thing i’ve noticed about my style is that it isn’t clearly marked by the four seasons. i live in the temperate san francisco bay area. we don’t really have seasons, though we do have very interesting micro-climates. it can be warm and sunny and then turn cold and chilly within a few hours time or within a few blocks, so you can never really be certain just how to dress! today it was warm enough to go without a coat, and winter dressing has just gotten so boooring, so i decided to try out two of my “spring” items: a vintage boater hat and a vintage liberty of london print blouse, complete with little birds in a garden of flowers and berries. i felt like wearing them, spring or summer or not!

speaking of spring, i don’t think i’ll be so bold as to start forecasting the big trends, but i do know one thing i’m looking forward to: prints! i’ve already started collecting a number of button down blouses with interesting prints, especially if animals are included in said print. i think this influence is strongly stemming from the amazing miu miu cat, dog, and bird prints of spring 2010.

i also think this will be the year that i actually wear my boater hat. after falling in absolute love with the charles anastase spring 2009 collection last year (and of course marc jacobs and lover), i scoured ebay for weeks waiting for the perfect straw boater to pop up. low and behold i snagged this beauty for quite a good price. i wore it once or twice, and it soon became another decoration atop my dresser. i thought perhaps they would become passe and that apparently i wasn’t bold enough to take the plunge, but after seeing plenty of new spring collections featuring the boater, i think i’ll still have my chance to incorporate them into my wardrobe. what spring/summer trends do you see in your future?

vintage boater, ebay
vintage liberty of london print blouse, sunny day diggs on etsy
vintage liz claiborne skirt, estate sale
brown stockings, target
platform oxfords, courtesy of seychelles

behind the scenes with the sf style

soooo… i know you’ve seen this outfit before, but i hope you’ll bear with me because i want to show you a little behind-the-scenes sneak peek of a super secret photo shoot! last week, i was fortunate enough to meet jt and dyanna, the masterminds behind the san francisco street style site, the sf style. it was a particularly rainy day, and as you can see, i was a little wrinkled and a little scatterbrained. but despite the rain, it turned out to be quite a nice afternoon. we ran to catch a few buses and took cover in a cute little bookstore in russian hill. we were enjoying our time so much, that we decided to go out for some nick’s crispy tacos after the shoot. it was taco happy hour. need i say more?

and whether or not you live in the san francisco bay area, you should definitely check out the awesome street styles over at the sf style! and expect to see more awesome collabs with these cool kids very soon. i hear they got some pretty good pictures out of this shoot and i can’t wait to see the results!