It’s Monday again and I’m mourning the loss of the weekend. And these Monday blues call for a little retail therapy. I’m clearly still on my black and white kick and highest up on my wish list is the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag. It’s been an understated it bag for the last few years, but now that it’s finally available online without a wait list I’m just about ready to take the plunge. Watch this space.
I have been on a major black and white kick lately. All my latest clothing purchases have been black or white. Maybe a little gray here and there. Some people might find it boring, but head-to-toe black and white just feels so effortlessly cool. A loose-fit white button down and a pair of black skinnies has been my go-to outfit. If I feel like a pop of color, I’ll throw on a pair of colorful flats or switch to a bright purse.
While I was in New York last month, I saw the Birkenstock trend in full force. Everyone wearing them looked so cool. Birkenstocks have been on and off my wish list for the last couple years, but I didn’t want to fall into the trap of buying an ‘it’ item too late. At the height of my ‘need it’ phase, I texted Grace from New York asking for advice. I was standing in the SoHo Bloomingdales looking crazed with a floor sample of the Birkenstock Arizona sandal in one hand, my phone in the other hand, and a coffee in the crook of my arm. Grace was on the fence, telling me the styling can easily go from chic to crunchy (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing in San Francisco). True. I ended up walking out of the store empty-handed. Yet again, I needed to think about it.
But yesterday, it happened. I finally caved and ordered a pair. A lot of people may tag this as part of the ugly 90s fashion revival, but it doesn’t matter. I like them and that’s what matters.
Hello from NYC!
Last week while strolling through 5th Avenue and window shopping, I noticed I was in a head-to-toe Madewell outfit. Not surprising given that half my wardrobe is from there. Naturally, I had to Instagram the occasion. And what do you know? Madewell picked this little snap among a handful of other pics of their Transport Tote to feature on their site! You can see it right here. I’m totally blushing.
Bag: Madewell Transport Tote / Shoes: Madewell d’orsay flats / Jeans: Madewell Skinny Skinny Crop Zip Jeans / Shirt: Madewell boyshirt
Looking through my Inspiration board on Pinterest, I realized I had a lot of flower crown images pinned. Something about them is so fun and ethereal. With my whole neighborhood blooming with spring flowers, I was inspired to finally make my own. Instead of using fresh flowers that would only last a day at best, I used high quality silk flowers. I picked mine up from Shinoda Design Center in Orange County.
I wanted a blushy and muted color palette so I picked up light pinks, soft yellows, creams, and whites in the forms of roses, ranunculus, carnations, and peonies.
A few other things you’ll need: floral wire, floral tape, needle-nose pliers, and stem wire.
Start with your stem wire. Take 1 piece, and wrap it around the front of your head where you want the crown to rest. Take the 2nd wire and repeat for the back of your head. Bring the two pieces together and wrap the wires together in the overlapping sections. You should have an oval about the size of your head. Test the size and adjust as needed.
Take a 3-inch piece of floral tape and wrap it tightly around the exposed wire ends.
Snip each flower with a few inches of its steam remaining. Lay out how you want your flowers to be arranged. Beginning with your largest flower, lay it against the stem wire. Using two pieces of floral wire, wrap and secure the flower to the stem wire at the base of the flower and at the end of the cut stem. Continue adding flowers using this method.
When you are finished adding flowers, make sure any exposed floral wire and loose stems are covered with floral tape. This secures the flowers and will protect your head and hair from scratches and snags.
And here’s the completed flower crown!
A couple weekends ago I got a chance to visit Everlane for one of their open studio events. While sipping on a cocktail, I perused the racks of their new styles and colors.
Their studio/office space is a bright and airy loft in the heart of the Mission district that’s simply furnished with modern pieces. It was filled with dreamy, natural light that really brought the space to life.
The men’s new knit blazer – available tomorrow!
Guests could also take a peek at the creative work space with inspiration boards, fabric swatches, and sample pieces. It was personally inspiring to have even the slightest glimpse at the work that goes on behind the company.
If you’re in San Francisco and another open house is announced, definitely be sure to stop by! It’s a rare opportunity to get so up close to a clothing brand and it’s a neat experience.
Photos by Robin for Dressed In Orange
A few months ago I learned that my go-to hair salon was closing. While I was mourning the loss, I noticed a sign in the covered windows that said “Coming Soon: Pretty Penny Clothing”. Intrigued, I looked them up. A vintage shop just down the street from my apartment? I almost forgot about the salon.
I contacted Sarah, owner of Pretty Penny (and owner of the former salon it turns out), about coming by to check out the space. She kindly invited me to her grand opening party on Valentine’s Day. Seeing as my only plans were to watch House of Cards, I decided to pop in and snap some photos.
This is Pretty Penny’s 2nd location – they have another spot in the Rockridge District of Oakland. All their items are well curated and organized and their prices are fair. I had a great time looking through the sections and trying on some unique pieces.
And if you’re looking to sell, Pretty Penny buys clothing, jewelry, and accessories, offering 30% in cash and 40% in trade.
If you’re in the Mission (or Oakland!), stop by Pretty Penny at 1201A Guerrero St. for a vintage fix. I walk past the store every morning and night on my way to and from work, so I’m bound to return soon.
Here’s a sneak peek at Madewell‘s Spring 2014 line. Everything looks fresh and effortless – exactly what I’ve come to expect from Madewell. This is the debut collection for Madewell’s new head of design, Somsack Sikhounmuong, and I’d say he’s got me hooked. Here are my favorite looks:
For the next 2 weeks, you can pre-shop the collection here. I’m thinking I need to pre-order a few (okay, a dozen) things to refresh my spring wardrobe.
With holiday break wrapping up and everyone heading back to their daily routines, it can be hard to start in on the New Years resolutions that seemed so manageable just a week ago. I know I personally hit the snooze button too many times on Saturday morning and missed my yoga class, so I’m hoping that a couple new pieces of active wear will help shake me out of winter hibernation! I’m looking forward to getting myself a new comfy sweatshirt for walks to the gym, and a colorful headband for keeping my hair fuss-free during Sun Salutations. I’m also planning on getting a new pair of leggings, since I absolutely love my Lululemon Wunder Under Crops which have served me well at the gym, in the Pilates studio, and at yoga class!
Even if I can’t make it to the gym everyday, I am also trying to drink more water and to walk at least 7000 steps a day (increased from 5000, which was my goal last year). I find that drinking from a water bottle helps me visualize if I am on track to stay hydrated, and having my Fitbit on me is a great motivator to keep active, especially when I realize a day at the flea market is 13,000 steps!!!
I’ll be sharing some other resolutions throughout the rest of the week, but I’d love to hear: what made your New Years Resolutions list for 2014? Have you started in already, or are you as slow to kickoff as I am? :) Good luck!