My Winter Closet Sneak Peek

Leopard jacket and Orange Jacket-French Connection, Scarf-Gifted

With winter quickly approaching, I decided to go through my closet and pick out some of my essential pieces to wear this season. Being from San Francisco, we pretty much experience the cool temperatures year around so it is no surprise that most of my closet is made up of coats and light jackets (perfect for layering). I have been seeing a lot of jewel tones in magazines and was pleased to see that I already have a few items that fit the trend. One of my absolute favorites is my blue scarf. I wear it all the time for its versatility and for the colorful impact it gives to any outfit. Seeing my things laid out actually makes me a little bit excited for the fog.

Purple Boots-Unlisted, Leopard heals-Max Studio, Brown Boots-MICHAEL Michael Kors

Military Jacket-Zara, Leather Jacket-Bebe

Skirt-Forever 21, Top & Ring-Bananna Republic, Shoes-BCBG, Headband-JCrew, Clutch-Ambiance

Ok, so this is officially my first outfit post. Posing for the camera was a little awkward but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it over time. I must have taken over fifty pictures (most of which I immediately deleted). It is not as easy as it seems. I only hope that one day I can have images as amazing as those taken by some of my favorite bloggers (Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere, Jessica from What I Wore, and Kelly from the Glamourai). In fact the only easy part to this process was picking out the outfit. I’ve been looking for a striped skirt for a while and finally found this one at Forever 21. Bright colors make me happy so I decided to incorporate them into the rest of the outfit being that the skirt was black and white. I can’t wait to wear the skirt again in the spring with a denim jacket, fedora and cute strappy sandals.

Love Want Need: Burgundy Bag

I have really been wanting a burgundy bag like this ever since I saw this ad by Louis Vuitton a while back. The color is perfect for fall and goes with just about anything. It’s a nice alternative to a neutral black or beige. I’m really drawn to the classic lines and structured look of it. I love keeping it simple and classic and by doing so know that any one of these could last me for many fall seasons to come. 

Rebecca Minkoff
J. Crew

I love sequins. I love them even more when I find them on a cute clutch. An evening bag is an essential accessory during the holiday season and a clutch is my favorite way to go. They dress up any outfit and can make a statement on their own. With fun patterns, great colors, and pretty details these six are a few I’d love to get my hands on.

1. Juicy Couture
2. Rachel Roy
3. Matthew Williamson
4. Santi
5. Halston Heritage
6. Santi

Weekend Purchases

This past weekend was so much fun. I spent it in Palm Springs with my boyfriend and we enjoyed spending time away from the rush of daily life. We pretty much played everything by ear and it’s starting to become a favorite destination (you can see our last visit here). We definitely wanted to relax and enjoyed a day of pampering at The Spring day spa. I highly recommend spending an afternoon there if you are planning a trip to Palm Springs any time soon. A soak in the mineral hot springs and a massage worked wonders. I also knew I wanted to do a little shopping. We made a stop at a few shops and I picked up some amazing deals. Take a look at these stylish finds that made it home with me…

Deux Lux clutch

J.Crew and Banana Republic belts

J.Crew jacket (color sold out online)

Brian Atwood heels – similar here

Essie Polish in Set in Stones, Sand Tropez, Turquoise & Caicos

J.Crew blouse

J.Crew dress – I’m wearing this one on Christmas

Stylish Pumps

The pump is probably my favorite type of heel. It’s classic and always flattering and are available in amazing assortments. We all know I’m no stranger to colorful accessories and shoes I’d say are definitely my weakness. A good shoe can really make an outfit. For that reason, I’m immediately drawn to statement making beauties like these pairs. They can all stand on their own with a simple outfit like jeans and a t-shirt or can also help spice up a dressier ensemble. I’m really lusting for the ones with the red and pink heel.

Hot Stuff: Supercalifragilipstick

The name! The packaging! The colors! Oh MY….I’m smitten over this lipstick. Kate Spade and Poppy King have partnered up to create the cutest new beauty must-have. It screams fun and girly, not to mention that I want it in every shade. The only con is actually having to decide on one.  Want one too? You can purchase yours here. 

Goodies: September

1. LUSH Sparkle Toothy Tabs, 
2. LUSH Mint Julep Lip Scrub: I love this lip scrub
3. Forever 21 Bangles
4. Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub
5. Loreal Le Gloss lip gloss
6.Modcloth Notepad
7. Sonia Kashuk Concealer Palette

My Style

( Jacket- French Connection, Pants- J.Crew, Shoes- Marc Fisher, Clutch- Hobo International, Rings- Banana Republic/ Kate Spade/ Gift)

I have been looking for the perfect Faux Fur Leopard coat for a while. After spotting this one by French Connection at a favorite local store called Ambiance, I knew I had found exactly what I wanted. It’s warm, cozy, and perfect for chilly San Francisco days. 

While most of the country is getting those summer temperatures, San Francisco has been windy and chilly. The forecast yesterday said it was going to be nice but all I could see out my window in the morning was fog. I never believe the weather man so I layered up in this outfit for the cooler morning. Needless to say it did get nicer in the afternoon but never warm enough to really remove my layers. I recently got this maxi skirt and I love that I can layer it on cooler days and dress it down with sandals and a tank for warmer days. 

So a while back I wanted these J.Brand pants but couldn’t budget spending $200 on a pair. You could only imagine how happy I was to find this similar style at a fraction of the cost. I immediately thought to wear it with my yellow cardigan for a little color action. 

I love my bow pumps. I wear them a lot and you might have seen them here reand here. They complimented the pants so perfectly and added a feminine touch to the overall look. 

wearing: Tart collection maxi skirt // H&M vest // Forever 21 ring & scarf // Gapshirt // Michael Kors boots  // Target belt

Style My Home

linens by Rachel Castle

One of my biggest pleasures is climbing into a bed with clean good quality sheets. It’s just one of those things that I personally love to indulge in and Rachel Castledesigns bed linens that don’t disappoint! I love the way she plays with pops of color on white in a whimsy manner. They make a bed pretty darn fun to look at, like art. And speaking of art, that painting is her work too. Amazing right! I would love to hang one of her pieces on my gallery wall that’s still a work in progress. 

Here are some of my favorite paintings and prints she has created…

first photo by Jason Busch // all other photos via Rachel Castle

Packing For Warm Weather

I’m starting to pack my bags for Palm Springs. I leave Thursday for a weekend getaway and can’t wait to enjoy the sunshine and lounge by the pool. With summer almost in full swing, I’m sure many of you are doing similar warm weather vacations. Some of my must haves for some fun in the sun…
01| A chambray top and white tank – both basics that can pair well with any outfit or even double as cover ups02| a fun swim suit 03| a cute pair of sandals either with a small heel or as a flat – they are comfortable yet stylish and breathable for those higher temperatures04| nail polish – open toe shoes mean a nice pedicure is definitely required so pack a bright shade. Summer is always a great time to experiment with fun colors. 
05| a basic maxi skirt or dress – easy and comfy!
06| sunglasses
07| hat
08| SUNBLOCK!!! 

Weekend Getaway

I was lucky enough to getaway to Palm Springs this past weekend for my birthday and stayed at the La Quinta Resort. Life has been pretty busy lately so getting the opportunity to do absolutely nothing but lounge in the sun by the pool was pure luxury for me. It gave me the chance to reflect and gain a fresh perspective on what I want my focus to be on in the future. 

I’m sure you have noticed that I have been a little m.i.a. lately and I really want to apologize for that. I love blogging and try to get it in when I can but having a full time job where I average about 10 work hours a day plus commute makes it a little difficult. I know a lot of you out there are in similar situations and rock it and I would love to hear some tips on how you manage to balance it all. If you have any tools you love to use I would love to read about them in the comments! One thing I know for sure is that creating is where my passions lie and I’m dying to get into a routine that allows me to create original content for you guys. I have been collecting inspiration and pinning a lot of images that stimulate me creatively so I’m looking forward to the upcoming months. I know it might start off sporadically but I promise good things will come. 

Hope you all had a great weekend!