April 16, 2014

Wednesday Whim - The Essentials

 all images via Essentials via Creative Bloq (above bag: Anja Verdugo/photographer)

Do you remember the early days of Youtube vloggers and the "what's in my bag" posts? Those were (and still are!) some of my favorite type of videos. Call me nosy but, I find it fascinating what people carry around as part of the essentials. So when I came across this site (thanks to this other site) where 100 creative types (bloggers, editors, designers, artists, etc.) had their essential bag contents photographed, I was immediately immersed in intrigue. You can sum up what kind of person someone is by what they carry. The contents are photographed in that ever-so-effortless-but-very-constructed-composition way. 

The real goal of the site was to showcase Daniel Eckler's Kickstarter to build "A Better Backpack" (developed by MIJLO). The site helped achieve the fundraising goal to construct a pack that will "last a lifetime."  The concept derives from the the fact that the runway-to-rack process is happening faster and faster, which feeds a temporary and disposable consumerism cycle. MIJLO doesn't feel that fashion needs to be disposable in that way and owning something classic, like this backpack, will help change the cycle. 

Christine / blogger (Fash N Chips)

 Fabrizio Querida, Designer

Jiani Lu, Designer 

 Leta Sobierajski, Designer

 Thibault Zimmermann, Art Director

Clockwise from left: Markus Uran, Founder, Daniel Brokstad, Designer, Justin Broadbent, Artist 

L-R: Susana Simonpietri, Creative Director, Victoria Ling, Photographer 

Ellen Van Der Laan, Creative Director / Katie Hagar, Editor 

L-R: Yah-Leng Yu, Founder, Kerry O'Coy, Co-Founder

April 15, 2014

City Sneaks

T-Shirt: Lucky, Leather Jacket: H&M Icons Collection (old), Distressed denim shorts: Forever 21 (old), Sneakers: Ross (℅), Accessories: Aldo's sunglasses, SF Giants baseball cap via Lids, Lionette necklace, Lionette bracelet, 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli

San Francisco is synonymous with so much - food, site seeing, history, architecture and even its grand hills. While I'm not afraid to wear various styles of heels, I normally kick it with some good ol' sneakers; especially when I'm walking around this city. 

I snagged this pair from Ross recently and it's been a very welcome addition. I love the throw-back style and above all else, I love the comfort. I can wear them all day and not feel like I need a break. Pretty important in this hilly city of ours. 

Well, I love them so much I decided to show off my shoes on Ross's promotion on Facebook. Oh, you know how I love to enter contests (swoon!) and if you show off your shoes, you can win a $500, $300 or $100 Ross gift card. You can vote for me (please!) and/or submit your own shoe selfie! Good luck!

April 14, 2014


 Stripe top: Forever 21, Jeans: Forever 21, Heels: Ann Taylor, Accessories: Forever 21 necklace, Thrifted Coach Willis bag, Lionette bracelet, Nike FuelBand

I had a combination of work, chores and errands this weekend but, everything ended on a high note. We even tackled that hideous pile of laundry I referred to earlier (you'd be proud...staying up until 2am just doing laundry. Crazy. Party. Animals). Finishing what you need to do on a major to-do list is a wonderful feeling isn't it? With so much going on externally, I kept everything simple with my outfit so I could maintain focus on my goals. It worked. The result is serenity.

April 11, 2014

C'est La Vie

 T-Shirt: Gap, Faux leather pants: Forever 21, Jacket: Zara, Sneakers: Keds, Accessories: H&M hat, via Gilt necklace, Thrifted Coach Willis

Have you ever reached the end of your clothing cycle because the laundry is piled up and while you still have clothes and plenty of options you just feel like nothing is left? Oy. It feels so consumerist of me yet, it's a feeling that's there. This outfit pretty much sums up my life in a nutshell. Mixed up with spurts of surprise. As the saying goes, c'est la vie.

April 10, 2014


 Leather jacket: H&M Icons Collection, Top & skirt: Mono B. Clothing via Ideeli, Leopard sneakers: H&M, Accessories: Thrifted Coach Willis bag, Forever 21 necklace, Lionette bracelet, Michael Kors watch, Nike FuelBand

In case it was not already obvious, I have a bit of nerd in me. Since I don't work or live near the tech world that is so often associated with the Bay Area (Silicon Valley) when I get to visit a place like Facebook, I get star-struck. I once visited Google a while ago but, I don't think it counts when it's not posted to Instagram does it? 


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