November 3, 2013

fall favorites

Fall '13 Favorites Part 1
Fall '13 Favorites Part 1 by missioncloset featuring j. crew skirts

Wedding planning, triathlon training, and general work/life busy-ness have kept me from thinking about my fall wardrobe. But a couple of weeks ago I spent a few hours flipping through the September-November magazines that had piled up and suddenly I got excited about clothes again.  I'm especially drawn to comfortable classics with a bit of an edge. I can't seem to take off my soft wool blazer with leather sleeves and I'm constantly reaching for an over sized button-down or graphic tee to throw over my favorite pair of skinnies. My annual ankle boot purchase got a bit of a makeover with gold buckles and a low heel. And as far as palette goes, I'm really feeling black+white, burgundy, hunter green, cobalt, charcoal, and a little mustard here and there.

July 28, 2013

stella & dot

My friend Ali recently became a stylist for Stella & Dot, a Bay Area based accessory company started by a Stanford GSB grad. Since Ali knows I love jewelry, she asked me if I wanted to host a trunk show. I'd been to a Stella & Dot party at my friend Carolyn's  a couple of years ago and really liked their pieces. So I invited some friends over last week to sip wine and shop for jewelry. I really love the fall line. A lot of the pieces are bold and edgy, incorporating great colors, textures, and metals. I definitely see inspiration from some of my favorite designers like Iosseliani and Danijjo. Above are a few of my favorite items, and you can check out the rest of my trunk show until August 16th.  Or let Ali know if you want to have your friends over for your own trunk show.

July 15, 2013

go-to pants

I've been wearing these Joe's Jeans printed pants nonstop this summer. My sister Maggie picked them out for me in Walla Walla, Washington, of all places. The print is super fun and summery (the perfect pickup for those gloomy SF days) and the colors work with a lot of different solids like navy, white, black, grey, and any pastel. If you're looking for a pair of statement pants, they're still available at Shopbop, Neiman Marcus, and Joe's Jeans.

July 5, 2013

summer soup

Photo: For the Love of Food

Remember when I said I'm not sure what kind of blog mission:closet will become? Well, it probably won't become a cooking blog, but I might post some recipes occasionally. I love to cook and I'm trying to do it more often, so maybe it will hold me accountable if I start to post the recipes after I make them. A few weeks ago, my friend Sherry made me a delicious broccoli and kale soup and I tried it myself the other day. It's so easy, so healthy, and so delicious.

Creamy Broccoli and Kale Soup
From For the Love of Food
Serves 4

1 Tablespoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups vegetable stock
1 bunch broccoli, chopped (6 cups)
1/2 bunch kale, chopped (4 cups)
2 Tablespoons tahini
Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, cut into wedges

Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic and sauté about 3 minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and kale, turn heat to low, and let simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat and stir in tahini. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.  

Blend the soup by using an immersion blender or transfering it to a regular blender. (If using a regular blender, be very careful as the steam can sometimes cause the lid to blow off.  I allowed the soup to cool for a few minutes, removed the plastic plug from the lid of my blender, then blended small batches on medium speed while holding the lid down with a towel covering the hole. I'm going to invest in an immersion blender soon.) 

Squeeze lemon wedge over soup. Serve hot.

June 30, 2013

I'm back...with news!

Over the past week or so, a little voice has been telling me to start blogging again. But when you've been MIA for over 6 months, it's hard to know where to start. Ever since I started my job at Facebook, I've had less time for blogging. The commute sucks up a lot of time and it's impossible to get back to the city in time to go to the fashion events where I often found my material.

To be honest, I've also had less desire to blog. I think it's because I found a job that really satisfies me, where I can be creative, and write, and think about challenging problems. But I still love fashion, and I miss chronicling my life in some small way. So today, when I received an email out of the blue from someone who stumbled across my blog, I was inspired to fire up Blogger.

Then I remembered I haven't officially shared my fun news. Nick and I got engaged last month! We're over the moon. We haven't planned anything yet, but of course I've already pinned dozens of potential wedding dresses. I promise mission:closet won't become a wedding blog. Though I don't really know what kind of blog it will become. I do know that I'm excited to kick of the next chapter of my life, and the next chapter of mission:closet.

December 7, 2012

a different dress

Holiday '12 Dresses by missioncloset on

My company holiday party is tonight so I have cocktail dresses on the brain. I usually try to find a dress that's unique, on-trend and classy. This season I'm loving all the lace, brocade and graphic prints. Stand out in a sea of LBDs in one of these eye-popping numbers.

November 11, 2012

andy and ali

Our dear friends Andy and Ali got married in September in Los Gatos. The ceremony and reception were at Nestldown, an incredible venue that really feels like an enchanted forest. It was a beautiful evening so we ate dinner outside and danced all night in the barn on the property. Photos by One Love Photography.

Ali's gown is by Romona Keveza and the bridesmaids wore Ivy & Aster

I loved the flowers in Ali's hair, and that big grin on Andy's face all night.

Flowers by Plan Decor
The Steins! Wooooot woooot!

November 5, 2012

fall favorites: emerald

Emerald City

Emerald City by missioncloset featuring skinny cropped pants

While oxblood is still my #1 color crush this fall, I'm also flirting with emerald shades of green. I couldn't resist these J. Crew flats in Boulevard Green and am finding them surprisingly easy to pair with the rest of my fall wardrobe. I love them with shades of blue, creme, gold, cognac and black. I'm also on the hunt for a green day-to-night dress to wear during the holiday season. Let me know if you stumble across one.

October 23, 2012

julia and frank

Julia is my dear friend from college. She married Frank in St. Paul, Minnesota in May. It was a beautiful celebration at the St. Paul Athletic Club that included a surprise performance of The Book of Love by some of the men in Julia's life. You can watch the video on Julia's blog, Minneapolis Hunter. Photos by Stephany Wieland of EyeSpy Photography.

Gown by Amsale
Flowers by Martha's Gardens

Two maple trees decorated the ceremony. Afterward, Julia's parents planted the Julia and Frank trees in their garden. 
These tall, elegant centerpieces made the ballroom look and feel like a forest canopy.
Cake by Buttercream
WOOT! Mr. and Mrs. Rancone!

October 22, 2012

fall favorites: leather

Leather '12

Everywhere I shop, I see leather dresses, jackets, skirts, tops, pants, collars, sleeves and trim. I like when it's unexpected and almost contradictory, like a girly pleated skirt or a cozy sweater coat with leather piping. Colored leather is especially big right now. Burgundy, gray and dark green are beautiful alternatives this season to the black leather rocker look. Embellishments like trim, collars, and panels are a great way to subtly wear the trend. And a leather jacket is, of course, a wardrobe staple, especially in San Francisco where you can wear one year-round.  I found a jacket I loved last year and I've never regretted the investment. Here are some outfit ideas from net-a-porter to help inspire you: