August 29, 2014

Lady in Black

 Top, pants, heels: Ross (c/o), Clutch: gifted (unknown brand) 

I recently collaborated with Ross Dress for Less for their #RossFallFaves campaign and each week I'll bring a new outfit to showcase. This week, it's all about entertaining

Not long ago, I hosted my first gig at my home. Since then, I have had several more get-togethers and I have become increasingly comfortable in the "entertaining at home" chapter of my life. 

Whether I'm hosting or I'm going to someone's home for a party I always keep a specific tip in mind. Keep things basic. It's easy to become obsessed with details but the older I get, the more I believe in the "less is more" adage. I kept my look simple but sophisticated. An all-black outfit is effortless to wear and you can create instant glam with accessories. I wore this look to a friend's "end of summer" party and easily mingled with guests and ate to my heart's content. These pretty dahlias also made the best accessory when I walked in.

If you feel so inclined, you can vote for my look. or any other blogger look, on their Facebook page. I'd be ever so grateful for your support! Woo!

Thanks to Ross for including me in this campaign. I received a gift card for this post but all comments and opinions are my own.

August 28, 2014


For the last several years, I started this simple tradition where I purchase something for myself on my birthday (which, by the way, has already passed! :). Nothing big. Nothing earth shattering. But, it's definitely a treat. 

This year, I went with this LBD. When I tried this dress on, I instantly liked what I saw. The eyelet design, the silhouette, the length. Everything worked. I was surprised I fell so fast for this dress but, once I did I couldn't leave it behind.

August 27, 2014

Wednesday Whim - We Are Flowers

 all images by Alan Tansey via Archinect

Created by a team at design studio, SoftLab, translucent flowers hang above the New York Melissa flagship to create an entrancing experience for the We Are Flowers collection. Digital technology is used to create 20,000+ flowers that hang from a Mylar net constructed out of 4,000 pieces. The floral installation "drapes" throughout the interior and down a vibrant yellow spiral staircase. 

The deliberate accuracy of the installation is offset by the beauty and delicate appearance of the flowers. The design team hopes that the man made pieces are forgotten by the "magic of a hanging garden of flowers." The installation and collection celebrate everything that flowers represent: beauty and femininity.

August 26, 2014

Athletic Vibes

When my then-boyfriend (now husband) first moved to San Francisco, he'd ask me, "why is everyone wearing yoga pants?" We were in the Marina district and it was a legitimate question to ask. (Sorry Marina folks!)

Nowadays, brands are taking on the notion of transitioning activewear to streetwear and I have to admit, I'm loving that. You won't catch me wearing yoga pants on the street, but these Nike-esque pants and figure flattering top definitely fits my vibe.

August 25, 2014

Last Minute

 Shirt: H&M Kids, Shorts: Gap (old), Teal oxfords: Forever 21, Accessories: Forever 21 hat, Alexis Bittar bracelets

I met up with a friend at the last minute this weekend so I threw on whatever I had available. I was in the middle of house chores so leaving for a quick coffee break sounded delightful. The weather was beautiful so I searched my drawer of shorts (which is small in quantity!) and pulled out this old pair. Do you remember when printed shorts were everywhere on people? I know the printed bottoms trend has faded but, it felt like a nice change-up from the minimalism vibe I've been gravitating towards lately. 


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