September 19, 2014

Cozy Season

 Jacket, top, pants, sneakers: Ross (c/o)

We haven't had a real rain day in California in a while. I miss them dearly. Yesterday, we got a tease of rain. While I didn't pull out my umbrella or other rain gear, it reminded me of the hopeful rainy season ahead (*crossing all fingers and toes*). 

Despite the non-rainy rain, I could smell the change in the air that comes when seasons change. It made me feel ready to fully embrace fall and all my seasonal traditions. Part of that includes the best kind of cozy days. With the chill in the air and the decrease in daylight, I opt for pieces that make me feel comfortable. 

In my final collaborative look with Ross for #RossFallFaves I'm all about this laid-back vibe. In my house, seasonal traditions include staying in on Sundays to watch the (football) game. We do what we have to in the morning and hang out with our friends for the rest of the day to cheer or jeer the teams. It's a tradition I love and I love a look that can get me indoors to outdoors without fuss. With such a casual vibe, this floral jacket is a great way to dress up without dressing up. The sheer detail creates a lightness to the look that I couldn't achieve with any of my other jackets. It's perfect for that quick coffee break I love to take.

What's your favorite seasonal traditional?


And with my final collaborative look comes your final voting! If you want your own seasonal cozy look you can win a $150 gift card to Ross by voting for me or any other look. I'm so grateful for your support and votes throughout this fun challenge. Thanks for it all!

As with my first, second and third look for #RossFallFaves, I received a gift card for this post but all comments and opinions are my own. Thanks again to Ross for including me in this campaign.

September 18, 2014

Colored Stripes

 Dress: H&M (old), T-shirt: Target, Denim jacket: H&M, Sneakers: Nike Free Run 5.0, Accessories: Karen Walker sunglasses, Baggu Duck bag

This incredibly old dress still happens to reside in my closet season after season because I love how colorful it is. The stripes are bold and big and the dress serves as a great piece to layer around. The hem becomes questionable the older I get since it reads so youthful but, I find the balance works if you keep the top half conservative. And being in SF means layers anyway.

September 17, 2014

Wednesday Whim - 365 Postcards for Ants

 all images via Lorraine Loots via Lustik Tumblr 

The last time you may recall seeing such detail at such a small scale was with this Wednesday Whim post. This series of art features Cape Town artist, Lorraine Loots and her beautiful miniature paintings.  Starting January 1, 2013 Lorraine Loots embarked on an artistic challenge to paint a miniature piece of art every single day. Working only with paint brushes, pencils, a steady hand and an eye for detail, the project evolved into a second phase (365 Postcards for Ants) in celebration of Cape Town for the World Design Capital 2014

Her ability to capture an insane amount of detail and perspective on such a reduced scale is awe inducing. If you like what you see, you can get on that waiting list of hers to obtain a painting or a limited edition "postcard." But, you have to act quickly since many spots are already reserved. 

You can catch up with more of her work on her Facebook and Instagram and see her 2013 art on her Tumblr archive.

September 16, 2014

A Vest

 Dress: Amour Vert, Vest: H&M, Boots: Ross (c/o), Accessories: Karen Walker sunglasses, Forever 21 hat, Free People sequin crossbody bag

This vest is an old H&M purchase based on a whim. A sporadic shopping splurge I have gotten my wear out of (1, 2, 3, 4, 5...and then some). I didn't even realize I have worn this piece as often as I have. It seems so ordinary among the other things in my closet yet, it has been represented quite often. The vest has done well as a layering piece and also in making outfits more visually interesting. Despite being an inexpensive item in the wardrobe, I definitely feel I got a big bargain out of it.

September 12, 2014

In With The New

top, sports bra, athletic pants c/o Ross

Ever since I became serious about leading a healthier lifestyle I have likewise become serious about my athletic attire. You see, when I was just talking about being healthy, I didn't really do or have anything that truly represented that lifestyle. I consumed plenty of "bad snacks" and old t-shirts and barely used sports bras summed up my "gear." Yup. Poser.

As I made the transition to this better-for-me lifestyle I began to feel healthier in ways I didn't realize. My energy level was higher. My stamina was longer. I maintained focus for longer periods of time. The change took time but, you know all
those benefits that people discuss? They were right.

The old mantra is also true; when you feel better you definitely want to look better. So out went my lame athletic wear and in came clothes that made me look as motivated as I felt. In my third collaborative look with Ross for #RossFallFaves, I picked up some basic athletic wear on maj-ah discount. When I saw some brand name labels that I would never purchase otherwise, I knew I scored. Seriously. Scored! Just like the last looks, you can vote here for your favorite look and you can win a $150 gift card to spend on some new gear yourself! A vote for me is always, always appreciated!

Have you stepped up your routine recently? Any tips to share?

As an update, thank you to all who voted for my first look that won! My second look is still up for contention.  
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.


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