When my sister was in town we went to Balboa Cafe for brunch (so delicious… it’s hard for me to pick between the juevos rancheros and the crab cake benedict but the benedict won on this occasion) and on our walk home she snapped some photos of me.
Afterward we drove to the General Store, which reminded me so much of Austin it was freaky. Although, now that I think of it, almost everywhere that’s “in” seems to feel like Austin. The most magical part about the General Store was the surprise doll-sized greenhouse in the back replete with cacti and weathered wood. If I could have, I would have purchased a ceramic bud vase (a little overpriced) and a marvelous, oversized, two-toned wool sweater (also a bit pricey). Alas, I walked out with my sister, some great photos, and the knowledge of somewhere that feels a little like Texas hidden in San Francisco.
Tee: Stem (Nordstrom); Pants: 3.1 Phillip Lim (gift); Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden; Bag: Alexander Wang (gift); Headband: Nordstrom; Necklace: J. Crew; Earrings: Majorca (Bloomingdales)
Photographer: Ava F.
Shoot location: Lower Pac Heights
My sister came to visit me from Chicago a week ago and we had so much fun (as always)! Not only did we partake in many delicious meals (dinner at the Presidio Social Club, lunch at The Grove, and brunch at Balboa Cafe), but she also got to meet our new puppy, Tally. Here we’re on our way to a delicious lunch at The Grove– replete with multiple glasses of wine– followed by a nice stroll up and down Fillmore, stopping in stores to browse. It’s starting to get slightly chilly in San Francisco, but not enough to need a sweater during our outing. This easy outfit was perfect for the afternoon and it was just enough walking to save my feet from the blisters these shoes will always insist on leaving me with. I can’t wait to visit my sister sometime during the next few months, giving me a chance to bring out all of my serious winter wear!
Another little lady who would like to spend time in the snow– our precious Bernese Mountain Dog (for more adorable images of Tally, follow her on Instagram @tallybearkniesche):
Romper: Mahina; Sunnies: Tom Ford ‘Alicia’; Earrings: old (Nordstrom); Clutch: old (Nordstrom)
Location: Maui and Kauai
Photographer: John K. / me
We made two stops on our honeymoon- Kauai and Maui– and both were incredible! I had never been to Kauai and I think I may have a new favorite island. It was so lush, the water was warm, clear, and full of beautiful fish, and the juxtaposition of the mountainous terrane and the low valleys with the ocean was incredible. It really was like being at a spa placed right outside Jurassic Park. While we were there I stumbled upon a Hawaiian clothing store and this adorable romper (my first!) with a lovely floral print and crossed-strap detail in the back; it was great for the weather, easy to throw on, and will be a staple come summer… or our next vacation, whichever comes first.
A little over a month and a half has gone by since we spent a weekend in Carmel, California. It was so relaxing– right when we got there I felt like I didn’t have a care in the world. It’s been super warm and sunny there, too, which was nice for walking around, enjoying meals outside, and taking in the scenery along the 17 mile drive. And, of course, we had to go visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was my second time there and I loved it just as much as the first.
This outfit was perfect for our adventures in the aquarium and for enjoying a few cocktails at a patio bar around the corner from the aquarium right off of the ocean. The shirt is relaxed and breathable, and these pants go with just about anything. I love this handbag because I think I can actually store my life in it; the only problem is then being able to find everything!
Top: StyleMint; Jeans: Paige Denim; Shoes: Gizeh (Birkenstock); Handbag: Alexander Wang; Sunnies: Tom Ford
Photographer: Ava F.
It’s been a while! Sorry for the gap in posting– life has gotten hectic in a good way. Most wonderful of the reasons for this new chaos is my wedding this weekend! But, before then, it was time for a chai with my sister on a lovely morning in San Francisco. Hello, Indian summer.
Shoot location: outside the Giants ballpark (San Francisco, California)
Photographer: John K.
As a transplant from Texas and a very disappointed sports fan because of all of the teams in Dallas, I’m a free agent now looking for my future team and everyone I’ve met in San Francisco is holding their breath waiting for me to become a Giants fan. Unfortunately I’ve still never been to a game where they have won so the jury is still out. At least I can look cute while they are losing painfully. I can’t tell you how much I love these boots– they’re comfortable, fashionable, and a little edgy. Paired with a denim-on-denim ensemble and an event-appropriate hat and I was ready for the ball game.
T-shirt: Southward (boutique in Decatur, TX…also here); Tank: Nordstrom; Jeans: Gap; Boots: Vince Camuto (the real deal); Sunnies: Urban Outfitters (non-mirrored here)
Photo credit: John K.
Well, I meant to do this shoot in Texas (jorts, hay bales in the background, etc.) but we ran out of time. I think it worked out just as well back in San Francisco. I saw this shirt in the window of a boutique in Decatur and had to have it. It was a little pricey for a t-shirt from the middle-of-nowhere Texas, but it’s soft and amazing so why not. I also brought those amazing Chloé-knockoff Vince Camuto boots back from Texas so I incorporate them in to my outfits once again. The jeans I just got today; I was sent on an assignment for the personal stylist I work for and, of course, walked out of the store with items I had no intention of getting. Good thing everything was on super sale!
Top: Blue Rain (Francesca’s); Shorts: Levis (Urban Outfitters- old but love these); Sandals: J. Crew (old but similar here); Handbag: Nordstrom (old but similar here); Sunglasses: Tom Ford (Nordstrom); Earrings: Anthropologie (old but similar here)
Our short trip to Texas was a great one. Of course it reached 100 degrees for the first time this summer just for us. Despite the heat, spending time in the country was a nice way to unwind. My parents just had the hay in their pasture baled, so those large rolled bales along with the windmill was the perfect country setting. With it being so hot all I was in while I was there were flowing tops, shorts and, while in the pool, a swimsuit. It made packing very simple! These pictures were taken in Sanger near a restaurant called Babe’s. I grew up going to the one in Roanoke, but the food is basically the same at the Sanger location. They have a choice of fried chicken, chicken fried steak, and a few other fried protein options and everyone gets shared sides of salad, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, gravy, and biscuits. So basically a heart attack if you eat there all the time but every once in a while it’s great to go. Just remember, it’s BYOB so bring a cooler with wine or beer (or both!) and you’ve got yourself a southern feast. I recommend trying it if you’re in the area!
Top: Lush (Nordstrom- old but similar here); Blazer: Olivia Moon (Nordstrom- old but similar here); Jeans: Hudson (old but similar here); Shoes: Nordstrom; Earrings: my sister’s (these are fun); Sunglasses: Tom Ford ‘Alicia’ (Nordstrom)
Photographer: John K.
So, just as I was writing about incorporating more color in to my wardrobe here I am back in black. Sometimes going back to neutrals cleanses your fashion palate and gives you room to jump back in to some color thereafter. Color lends itself to making pieces less of a staple and more of a once-in-a-while wear because they’re so noticeable whereas blacks can easily be worn in a variety of ways and more often without drawing attention to that fact. Don’t get me wrong adding color in the summer is refreshing and the very best time to do so, but we can’t ignore the neutrals for a whole season now can we?
Other neutrals I’m head-over-heels for (PS I’m obviously really feeling my roots right now with our Texas tip literally right around the corner…can you tell?):
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Top: Vanessa Virginia (Anthropologie- sold out but like this one); Jeans: Red Engine (old but similar here); Shoes: Classiques Entier (Nordstrom- old but similar here); Purse: Nordstrom (old but similar here); Sunglasses: Tom Ford ‘Alicia’ (Nordstrom); Bracelet: J. Crew (old but I LOVE this one); Earrings: Nadri (Nordstrom)
Photographer: John K.
I’ve been wearing much brighter colors than I used to– maybe the beautiful summer weather has inspired me to branch out from blacks and whites. I also got a new fitness tracker bracelet (the Jawbone Up) in a lime color so I’m basically just going all-in. I used to take it off when having pictures taken for my blog but I’m pushing for it to be incorporated into outfits as an accessory so I can stop feeling like it’s ruining my look. We’ll see how that works out. But for now it’ll be showing up in most of my posts as a colorful statement promoting a healthier way of living.