four ways

top: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of LOFT jumper: puddle splashing jumper from modcloth shoes: kork-ease wedges bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of LOFT top: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of LOFT bottoms: high rise trousers from urban outfitters shoes: nine west suede platforms top: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of LOFT jacket: gap belted utility jacket jeans: j brand 210 the oslo sandals: volcom knock on wood sandals sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarers top: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of LOFT dress: h&m strapless cocktail dress shoes: wedge sandals courtesy of LOFT

how quickly the month of june has passed right by… i can’t believe i’m almost done with my month of guest editing and styling at the live.love.LOFT. blog. tomorrow will be my last official post, and with it, will come a little surprise for you all! but first, i want to share with you one of the projects that i worked on with LOFT. it was a challenge to style up one piece four different ways. i’ve actually never done a post like this before, but i certainly love to wear my favorite pieces over and over, so i decided to try my hand at styling up the pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse. it is one my favorite LOFT pieces this month, and i actually already styled it up in a teddy girl inspired look seen here. i’d worn it so much that i knew i could think up four more looks for all different occasions. in fact, i had so much fun styling up these outfits, that i think i might have to make this a more regular feature on my blog! so without further adieu, here’s what i came up with:


weekend garden party

top: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of LOFT jumper: puddle splashing jumper from modcloth shoes: kork-ease wedges bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of LOFT top: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of LOFT
jumper: puddle splashing jumper from modcloth
shoes: kork-ease wedges
bag: caning woven leather clutch courtesy of LOFT

business casual

top: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of LOFT bottoms: high rise trousers from urban outfitters shoes: nine west suede platformstop: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of LOFT
bottoms: high rise trousers from urban outfitters
shoes: nine west suede platforms

lazy sunday

top: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of LOFT jacket: gap belted utility jacket jeans: j brand 210 the oslo sandals: volcom knock on wood sandals sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarerstop: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of LOFT
jacket: gap belted utility jacket
jeans: j brand 210 the oslo
sandals: volcom knock on wood sandals
sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarers

dinner and a movie

top: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of LOFT dress: h&m strapless cocktail dress shoes: wedge sandals courtesy of LOFTtop: pleated sleeve ruffle neck blouse courtesy of LOFT
dress: h&m strapless cocktail dress
shoes: wedge sandals courtesy of LOFT

and just a quick note to remind you to check out my guest posts at live.love.LOFT. for the month of june!

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endless sundays

nope! this is not my sunday outfit, but rather, what i wore on monday morning. that’s the sun rising up behind me at approximately 7am. and as you can see, i got a trim to my pixie cut over the weekend! i had one of those endless sundays where i woke up and enjoyed a most delicious homemade breakfast of eggs and spinach on toast, complete with a few mimosas. then i made my way to san francisco to visit shannon to get my hairs trimmed before he leaves for vacation. of course, this turned into a hang out session at dolores park and an eventual stroll to the bar with friends once the sun went down. which of course, turned into a late night visit to the taqueria for an appropriately giant burrito. so please excuse me if i’m still recovering from my sunday of excess. phew!

top: embroidered bib pullover courtesy of LOFT
jumper: puddle splashing jumper courtesy of modcloth
shoes: vintage salvatore ferragamo bow flats

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guide to vintage bikes, part 1

after spending a considerable amount of time doing research for a vintage bike shopping guide, i finally decided that there are just too many great vintage bike options out there to put into one mega post, so instead, i’m breaking this up into several parts. these are obviously not the only bike options out there, but i’m focusing on bikes that are made with quality parts and materials that i expect will last you for years to come with the proper maintenance. you can obviously buy a vintage sears roebucks bike and have plenty of fun with it, but you don’t need me to tell you that! i’m also going to be focusing on upright and dutch style bikes because they are centered more around comfort and much easier to ride while wearing a mini skirt and heels than a more traditional road bike. it’s just my personal preference, though i will say that i ride both and that each has their own purpose.

for today, i’m starting with my absolute favorite vintage bikes: the raleigh superbe and the raleigh sports.

to give you a little background, the raleigh bicycle company was established in 1887 in nottingham, uk. they are one of the oldest bicycle companies in the world and they have a tradition of manufacturing beautiful and reliable bikes. they’re still in business today, but i much prefer their vintage bikes. if you’re lucky, you can find one at a local thrift shop or yard sale for as cheap as $20, but you can also expect to pay upwards of around $200 for one if you live in a more urban area where bikes are more common (i.e. san francisco or new york) or if it is in absolute mint condition.

one of the biggest factors for choosing a vintage bike is the quality of the materials and parts used on the bike. while raleigh certainly had many similar bikes (in appearance), the superbe and sports models were made with some of the best parts and materials. most commonly, you’ll find models made in the 1970’s, and i highly recommend them. they originally came with features such as reynolds tubing (this is steel, so it is heavy, but less so that your typical steel), sturmey archer hubs (the highest quality on the market even today), and brooks leather saddles. often times the saddle will be switched out with something more modern, but if the bike still has the saddle, then it’s a definite win since brooks leather saddles run upwards of $200 brand new!

now i know you’re probably thinking that these bikes must be rare or hard-to-find, but i was able to find a mint condition raleigh superbe with the original brooks saddle for $200 after searching for about a month on craigslist. it might be a bit more work than hopping into your local walmart, but trust me when i say that it’s definitely worth the search. these bikes are beautiful, reliable, and easy to get serviced! i recommend checking your local newspaper listings, craigslist, or ebay.

vintage bike images found via here and here.

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outfit favorites june 26

hello mr. fox: coffee
i love the ease and simplicity of this perfect summer outfit. silk blouse, casual shorts, and perfect oxfords paired with a killer clutch and sweet round sunglasses. it’s pretty much the best summer uniform ever.

vanessa jackman: running with the fashpack, australian fashion week 2010
this lovely lady has such excellent styling. the belted short sleeved jacket is so right for when the temperatures drop in the evening and i love her straight skirt with socks and wedge booties. this is a perfect example of transitional dressing while we wait for the weather to actually get hot here in the bay area!

hanneli mustaparta: brighter days, darker colors
it’s official, this is going to be the year that i find myself a cute floral romper. it takes off the edge and keeps you from looking like you belong in shop class and it makes just the perfect statement so all you’ll need are cute oxfords and a simple belt.

froufrouu: patient, aware
this outfit is so dead on! i love the combination of high rise khakis with the over-sized hat and clutch. and i think i need to get myself a pair of neutral kork-ease wedges like that! so perfect paired with dark socks!

the stylish heart: green machine
her styling is just lovely, but it’s amazing how that perfect shade of green shorts take it to completely new territory. a reminder that a pop of color is in order for the summer.

hoy fashion: topshop bandstand picnic, liverpool
with all of the neutrals we’ve been seeing lately, i didn’t realize how fresh it could be to don a pair of white shorts with a white top. and she keeps it perfectly cool with classic sunglasses and a killer pair of oxfords.

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grand lake

dress: the pagoda knot dress courtesy of modcloth sweater: zara boyfriend cardigan shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. (hint: you can get a similar pair at j.crew) hat: vintage straw boater hat

considering the nautical theme of my outfit today, i thought the lake would be a very fitting spot for photos. i’m always surprised that i don’t take pictures at lake merritt more often, considering that this is about 5 blocks from where i live. it’s a hot spot for joggers, since the perimeter is a little over 3 miles long. and on this particular day, we discovered that people still go rollerblading as well. i hadn’t seen someone on rollerblades since i got a pair for christmas when i was 10! anyway, even though i thought they looked pretty silly, i myself felt pretty awkward snapping pictures out in public. it was actually my most public photo session to date, and i was quite proud of myself for managing to get as many shots as i did, seeing as how i get incredibly embarrassed when people are watching.

so today i am wearing one of my favorite summer uniforms. a cute belted dress, a cardigan for layering, platform wedges, and a straw hat. it’s a relatively simple formula, but it can always look completely different given the choice of colors, patterns, proportions, and accessories. i particularly love this dress because i know it’s going to be a very versatile part of my wardrobe. the soft and thin jersey knit is beyond comfortable. today i dressed it up a bit, but it could also double as a casual beach cover up with a simple pair of flat sandals. and well, the super short length will come in handy when the weather finally gets hot. and it was something that particularly appealed to my boyfriend. i certainly don’t dress for him, but it’s always entertaining to see what he likes, even if it isn’t very surprising! haha!

dress: the pagoda knot dress courtesy of modcloth
sweater: zara boyfriend cardigan
shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. (hint: you can get a similar pair at j.crew)
hat: vintage straw boater hat

dress: the pagoda knot dress courtesy of modcloth sweater: zara boyfriend cardigan shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. (hint: you can get a similar pair at j.crew) hat: vintage straw boater hatdress: the pagoda knot dress courtesy of modcloth sweater: zara boyfriend cardigan shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. (hint: you can get a similar pair at j.crew) hat: vintage straw boater hatdress: the pagoda knot dress courtesy of modcloth sweater: zara boyfriend cardigan shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. (hint: you can get a similar pair at j.crew) hat: vintage straw boater hatdress: the pagoda knot dress courtesy of modcloth sweater: zara boyfriend cardigan shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. (hint: you can get a similar pair at j.crew) hat: vintage straw boater hatdress: the pagoda knot dress courtesy of modcloth sweater: zara boyfriend cardigan shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. (hint: you can get a similar pair at j.crew) hat: vintage straw boater hatdress: the pagoda knot dress courtesy of modcloth sweater: zara boyfriend cardigan shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. (hint: you can get a similar pair at j.crew) hat: vintage straw boater hat

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thrift town

blouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse jeans: j brand 210 the olso in indigo bag: woven leather caning hobo courtesy of LOFT shoes: kork-ease wedges scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarers

after getting my day started bright and early yesterday, you can imagine that i got all of my work done quite a bit earlier than usual. i’m still adjusting to the new schedule, but one thing i like so far is that i have extra time in the early afternoon to go on thrifting excursions! last year at this time, i was literally out in the shops 3 – 4 days per week and was waking up at 5am on the weekends to hit all of the estate sales, driving upwards of an hour one-way just to get to them! now it’s been months since i’ve fueled my vintage addiction, so it’s nice that i’ll get to indulge myself again this summer. and honestly, an addiction to thrifting is much more affordable that buying everything new!

so today i am wearing a little thrifting outfit in honor of my newest revelation. there’s really no reason to get dressed to the nines when going to the thrift store, post office, or farmer’s market, but it’s still nice to bring out a little bit of style while keeping comfortable. and basically, when thrifting yesterday, i found the perfect silk shirt for just that purpose. i’d been hunting for one for months with no luck, when suddenly this simple cream blouse with a perfect collar and a heavy gauge silk peered out at me amongst the hundreds of cheap castaways from big box stores. the fabric and construction actually remind me of the perfectly adorned spring 2010 miu miu blouses and i’m very tempted to try my hand at a little d.i.y….

oh yeah, and before i go, guess what i finally got myself? those round ray-ban sunglasses i’ve been going on and on about on tumblr. i thought i would go for the round karen walkers, but they ran out of stock where i had store credit, so i opted to go for the more toned-down ray-bans. they’re much more fresh and current than my classic wayfarers, but i’m still feeling a little bit on the fence about them. oh to keep or not to keep, that is the question.

blouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse
jeans: j brand 210 the olso in indigo
bag: woven leather caning hobo courtesy of LOFT
shoes: kork-ease wedges
scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf
sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarers

blouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse jeans: j brand 210 the olso in indigo bag: woven leather caning hobo courtesy of LOFT shoes: kork-ease wedges scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarersblouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse jeans: j brand 210 the olso in indigo bag: woven leather caning hobo courtesy of LOFT shoes: kork-ease wedges scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarersblouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse jeans: j brand 210 the olso in indigo bag: woven leather caning hobo courtesy of LOFT shoes: kork-ease wedges scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarersblouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse jeans: j brand 210 the olso in indigo bag: woven leather caning hobo courtesy of LOFT shoes: kork-ease wedges scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarersblouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse jeans: j brand 210 the olso in indigo bag: woven leather caning hobo courtesy of LOFT shoes: kork-ease wedges scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarersblouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse jeans: j brand 210 the olso in indigo bag: woven leather caning hobo courtesy of LOFT shoes: kork-ease wedges scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarersand 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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my history

after recently celebrating father’s day over the weekend and mother’s day last month, i decided that perhaps it was time to do another mi familia post today. i’ve done a few installations in the past including images of my mother’s side of the family from as long ago as the 1910’s seen here, here, and here. i was really delighted by the positive reception i received from them, particularly because i recognized that there isn’t a lot of representation of people of color in historical images of the united states unless it’s in the context of migrant farm workers or the civil rights movement. we don’t often get to see the more typical images like family portraits or snap shots at the park or on the beach. so i’m glad to be able to contribute my little collection to the public archive by posting them on my blog occasionally.and while we’re on the subject, i want to let you know that threadbared is calling for submissions for images of women of color in fashionable looks! they’re also looking for garments and accessories, newspaper articles, or other ephemera relating to women of color for a special fashion exhibition. click through for details on how to submit!i definitely intend to continue sharing more vintage images of my family on my blog as i unearth them, but in honor of my parents, today i thought it would be fitting to show you a few more recent images of my family. above from left: my mom, my dad, my dad’s sister/my godmother, and my mom’s brother/my nino. oh yes, and the little baby is me back in 1983, a few months after i was born. hehe, my mom is especially tiny at 4’11”. note the super tall wedges.

with my older sister, erica. i would just like to note that she is now 5’9″. apparently she got tall of the tall genes…

from left: erica (my older sister), devin (my younger brother), and me!

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