river weekend

as promised, today i am sharing a few pictures from my weekend at the russian river. as usual, i brought my camera with high hopes of getting excellent coverage of the weekend and sort of imagined myself documenting things meticulously right down to each meal we ate. but unfortunately, i hardly remembered to pick up the camera! the one time that i did bring my camera was on a canoe trip down the russian river, which in hindsight, was probably the least opportune time to bring it. i’m sure you can imagine my angst at the idea of capsizing and losing it, or my utter horror when i discovered that the people on the shores make a pasttime of shooting passers by in canoes with giant water cannons. it was definitely nice considering the sweltering heat, but after a certain point, i had to wrap my camera in a towel and bury it in a moderately water proof bag for the duration. live and learn!

anyway, we spent our time staying at a cabin in forestville and enjoyed a long and leisurely canoe trip down the russian river. we were all so exhausted from all of the rowing and heat of the sun that we barely had enough energy for an evening bbq! the next day we went on an expedition to one of my favorite bakeries, wild flour, for delicious fougasse, and then did some wandering around sebastopol, guerneville, and healdsburg before finishing up the evening watching the local fireworks show. all in all, it was a nice, relaxing weekend.

view of the front of the canoe.

view of the back of the canoe.

i think cheap beer is mandatory on the river.

almost every single shore was filled with people.

the bus ride back. heat exhaustion!

guerneville.

healdsburg.

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travel style

sweater: vintage cardigan from we move vintage top: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 210 the oslo shoes: kork-ease wedges sunglasses: ray-ban highstreet sunglasses

today i am back from a relaxing holiday weekend trip to the woods! i have to admit, i certainly wouldn’t mind an even longer trip, but it was definitely nice to get some rest and relaxation for a few days before getting back to the grind, as they say. and to give you a proper illustration of my state of mind, here is what i wore for the drive up north to the cabin where we stayed. it’s a warm and comfy variation of the scalloped shorts and cape ensemble i had worn earlier that day to accommodate the chilly evening weather. here in the bay area, we’re still experiencing pretty random weather patterns, as you’ll see when i share some of the pictures from a canoeing expedition the following day in which the temperature soared up over 90 degrees (more on that tomorrow)! and to give you the full picture, today we’re back to gray and gloomy skies!

the chambray blouse and dark jeans are my favorite go-to items when i want to be cozy, and based on the sheer number of times i’ve worn these wedges, you could probably guess that they’re extremely comfortable for something with such a high heel! and of course, an outfit for the great outdoors wouldn’t be complete without a thick knit vintage sweater with 70’s appeal. perfect for arriving in style, but also appropriate for enjoying a few beers outside by the fire.

sweater: vintage cardigan from we move vintage
top: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt
jeans: j brand 210 the oslo
shoes: kork-ease wedges
sunglasses: ray-ban highstreet sunglasses

sweater: vintage cardigan from we move vintage top: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 210 the oslo shoes: kork-ease wedges sunglasses: ray-ban highstreet sunglassessweater: vintage cardigan from we move vintage top: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 210 the oslo shoes: kork-ease wedges sunglasses: ray-ban highstreet sunglassessweater: vintage cardigan from we move vintage top: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 210 the oslo shoes: kork-ease wedges sunglasses: ray-ban highstreet sunglassessweater: vintage cardigan from we move vintage top: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 210 the oslo shoes: kork-ease wedges sunglasses: ray-ban highstreet sunglassessweater: vintage cardigan from we move vintage top: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 210 the oslo shoes: kork-ease wedges sunglasses: ray-ban highstreet sunglasses

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win a $50 gift card to purple deer!

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outfit favorites july 3


i tell you, the more blogs i frequent each week, the harder it is for me to pick only 6 outfits to feature in my round up posts! but i suppose you can always see everything that’s inspiring me in an almost constant flow on my tumblr. and onto my favorites:trendy crew: carlota, sonar barcelona
ok, this lovely lady is wearing a lot of what i’m loving for summer: round sunglasses, cute little shorts, and ankle straps! i’ve only been getting into ankle strap wedges and platforms, but her cute little sandals have got me thinking about flats! much more casual and easy.


altamira nyc: tati cotlier

i’ll admit, this photo isn’t actually from this week, but it did make the rounds on tumblr and i fell in love. i’m really seeing the possibility of a cute little sweater like that, especially when paired with stripes, slacks, and cute little oxfords!

hoy fashion: topshop bandstand picnic
i have been really loving the outfits coming up on hoy fashion lately. there is just something so appealing to the easy simplicity of a cute 90’s dress with oxford boots and a loud pop of bright lipstick. i think this is appealing to my 10 year old self in some ways (you know, way back in 1993.)

team peter stigter: streetfashion paris menswear
i love this outfit because i find it so perfectly androgynous. the prim and proper button up oxford tucked in to those cute rolled up shorts with the best pair of oxfords i have ever seen and a clutch!? not to mention the great colors. it’s basically amazing.

hoy fashion: topshop bandstand picnic
another really simple, yet perfect outfit. i really like the fluffy, lacy cream dress with a denim jacket. and it reminds me that i don’t even have a denim jacket anymore. i think i need one asap.

mr. newton: the sundowner
and of course, i am collecting as many inspiring pictures of girls in scalloped shorts because they can be trick to style. this is actually blogger alma luna. i definitely like her cool pairing complete with a pretty headscarf as the topper!

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summer capes




back in the winter, my mom sent me a couple of blanket capes to keep me warm. it kinda got me feeling a little bit cape obsessed, and then during nyfw, i discovered that rebecca of the clothes horse was also feeling the frenzy in an adorable knit cape very similar to this one! i had seen a few here and there, but opted not to get one because i knew that the weather would change and they just seemed so wintery. but when this vintage knit cape came up in a swap with the delightful dozen, i decided i would give it a try, summer or not! and i’m really glad i did because the lightweight knit and flowy shape is actually the perfect way to keep warm as the sun begins to set, and the air gets a tad bit chilly.

it also gave me the perfect opportunity to try out my scalloped shorts for the first time! these have actually been hanging around my closet for a couple of weeks while i tried to figure out the best way to wear them. ever since chloe spring 2009, i’ve been wanting a pair of scalloped edge shorts, so i guess i’d built it up a lot in my mind! so i’m glad that i was able to pair them up with the scalloped hem on this lovely cape.on a side note, yesterday i was having a conversation with my boyfriend as to the origin of this cape. my first inclination is that it’s a scandinavian style pattern, but i’ve also seen other similar capes with more native american style and mexican style prints as well… it’s vintage with no tag, so i’m basically just guessing. anyway, regardless of the origin, it got me thinking about conversations i’ve been reading on blogs like threadbared about cultural appropriation. so i thought i would offer up that link with some suggested reading for your friday afternoon. always good to do a little research into the history/origin of our clothes!

cape: vintage cape from leproust vintage
top: thrifted vintage silk blouse
shorts: lucca couture scalloped shorts
belt: thrifted vintage woven belt
shoes: kork-ease wedges
sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarers



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in the spirit

remember yesterday, when i was talking about a fashion rut? well, since i couldn’t just run out and buy an entirely new wardrobe, i decided to rummage around for things i hadn’t worn in a really long time… and out popped this bright and cheery summer dress from last year! it’s a really simple ruched tube dress with a lovely floral print that comes in handy on those super hot days when all you wanna do is lay around in front of a fan eating popsicles. and while it certainly isn’t that warm out (yet), i can still always use my trick of layering strapless dresses with cute tops and scarves and things. and instead of toning it down with something black, i opted to go all out and pair it with a bright red swiss dot blouse and my mustard yellow swedish hasbeens.

this is also going to come in handy over the holiday weekend with my bf’s family. just yesterday i realized that i should probably think of a few festive outfits for the occasion, and i think this might be one of them. while i have been known to don quite a few red, white, and blue outfits, the only day that makes it seem overkill is the 4th of july. so instead i opted to go for a trusty combo of primary colors.

dress: vintage floral dress
top: vintage swiss dot blouse
shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe clogs
bag: vintage straw bag
sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarers


dress: vintage floral dress top: vintage swiss dot blouse shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe clogs bag: vintage straw bag sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarersdress: vintage floral dress top: vintage swiss dot blouse shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe clogs bag: vintage straw bag sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarersdress: vintage floral dress top: vintage swiss dot blouse shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe clogs bag: vintage straw bag sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarersdress: vintage floral dress top: vintage swiss dot blouse shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe clogs bag: vintage straw bag sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarersdress: vintage floral dress top: vintage swiss dot blouse shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe clogs bag: vintage straw bag sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarers

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three unexpected favorites

a couple weeks ago, i shared my top 3 favorite resort 2011 collections, even though all of the collections had yet to come out! i was just so enthusiastic about marc jacobs, erin fetherston, and stella mccartney, that i had to do a post about them as soon as i saw them! but now that i’ve seen everything that’s come out, i thought i would take a moment to share the rest of my favorites. and the most surprising part is that all 3 of these picks were collections that i rarely ever paid attention to before!

first up, pictured above is sonia rykiel resort 2011. the color palette was fresh and interesting and i loved the vintage-inspired rick rack details on shoes, belts, and dresses. the splashes of color on shoes, and the cute clutches and cross-body bags were the perfect accessories. and of course, you all know i’m hat crazy, so i loved the straw sailor hats!

another favorite was jason wu resort 2011. i love the mix of a proper, ladylike dresses with more playful school boy looks complete with big ascot ties, cute shorts, and those perfect little straw hats. the aesthetic is geek chic and vintage-inspired, something that is definitely right up my alley!

and probably the least expected favorite of the bunch was vena cava resort 2011. i would have easily passed it by, but i was won over by the wide brimmed straw hats. then, upon closer inspection, i realized how perfectly cool and wearable many of the looks are. there were cute little overalls, 80’s style dresses, zig zag details, and straw hats. the look is totally california and also something that can easily be recreated after a trip to the thrift shop!

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pattern play

and so today marks the last day of june and my final guest post for the live.love.LOFT. blog. the final project was to style an outfit with LOFT items from head-to-toe! since i don’t ever wear one single label in an entire outfit, this actually proved to be one of the hardest challenges i’ve ever done. i definitely like to mix things up by using a variety of different brands at different price points, both modern and vintage. so in order to accomplish the challenge, i decided to keep things interesting with some fun pattern play. and i used the opportunity to try out a style a little bit different than what i normally wear. yes, i am wearing tie-dye and shiny in one outfit! two things i don’t think i’ve ever even worn on their own! but i think it turned out quite nicely and it was a fun change of pace.

in fact, lately i’ve really been needing a change of pace when it comes to my sartorial choices. i don’t want to say i’m in a fashion rut, but i’m definitely ready to start doing some major thrifting and vintage shopping to help me find some more unique and interesting statement pieces. it’s so easy for me to get stuck on all of my favorite classic pieces that i sometimes forget to, you know, be free and stuff, and have more fun getting dressed. so here’s to thinking outside the box and trying new things!

t-shirt, skirt, and sandals courtesy of LOFT

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ways to wear it

on the heels of my first experiment at remixing a single item four different ways, i thought it would be the perfect time to share a little swap i did with jessica of what i wore back in january. we were both feeling a little bored with our wardrobes, so we decided to send each other some clothes to change things up a bit, sorta like a mini style challenge. the only problem is that i sent her clothes that were a bit more appropriate for summer in new york, while i was getting away with styling them in the temperate california winter!

but now that it’s sweltering hot in nyc, i get to see how jess styled up a pair of vintage levi’s cut offs and a cute vintage dress. and i love how you can see the transition from winter to summer (and west coast to east coast) in these photos! i also think it’s really fun to see how someone would style up pieces from my own wardrobe.

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