November 30, 2010

blog lovin: home+food

As you can imagine, I mostly read fashion blogs. But I also love to peruse interior design and cooking blogs. Here are three I’ve been enjoying lately:

Kate Collins Interiors brings me daily interior design inspiration. Kate is a San Francisco interior designer and a fellow Whitman College graduate. I love her stories about great finds on Craigslist or at the Alameda flea market.

My friend Elena just told me about Copy Cat Chic, a San Francisco design blog by Reichel Brouggard. She’s gal with great style who knows how to find a good deal.

Minneapolis Hunter is the creation of my dear friend Jules. I’m so amazed by how productive she is over a weekend with sewing projects, DIY home decor improvements, and fabulous recipes. Her post on easy homemade bread changed my life.

23 of 30: in the navy

Originally I thought about belting this cardigan. The dress is navy and the only belt I had that would work is black. Black+navy has never felt right to me. I was willing to go out of my comfort zone for the 30 for 30, but then it felt a little awkward over the drawstring on the dress. What are your thoughts about mixing black and navy?

November 29, 2010

22 of 30: the remix that never was

 I had big plans to remix this blouse with more than just jeans, but sadly I think this will probably be the only time I wear it in the 30 for 30. You can read more about this Love 21 blouse here.

I bought this Rag & Bone trench a couple of years ago with Micki Turner, an image consultant and friend who taught me how to make wise fashion investments. I wrote all about my shopping trip with her in this post. She shares really great style tips on her Facebook page and I especially liked a recent post about her top 10 most versatile pieces for fall.

November 28, 2010

20-21 of 30: scarves and bracelets

Here’s one of my Thanksgiving weekend outfits. I got this circle scarf at Gap. I wore it out to a bar and it was a little chilly so I tried putting my arms through it to wear it like a shrug.

It looked a little strange from the back but it kept my shoulders warm.

Day 21 was a lazy Sunday so this is just a simple, casual outfit. Scarves and bracelets have been my go-to during the 30 for 30 to add a little flare.

Here’s another set of African bracelets, made out of recycled plastic bags. I bought them at Global Exchange in Noe Valley. The 30 for 30 has introduced me to a really cool blogger from Namibia, Tanya Turi of T’s Rekindle Blog. We connected over the post where I wore the telephone wire bracelets. I love all of her looks and especially liked her post about shopping local. A good reminder as we start buying holiday presents.

November 27, 2010

18-19 of 30: thankful

This is what I wore on Thanksgiving. Pretty much a repeat of Day 9 (sorry), but this time featuring oatmeal ribbed tights and fall leaves!

Here I’m wearing some gifts from two very stylish ladies. My friend Dana sneakily got me the scarf last year for Christmas. I saw it while shopping with her and she convinced me not to buy it so she could get it for me. The bracelet is from my boyfriend’s mom, Claudia. I love it and get compliments every time I wear it. Thanks Dana and Claudia!

local gift guide: the mission statement

Wouldn’t you like to do all of your holiday shopping in one store? How about somewhere right in the neighborhood? No pushy crowds? No long lines? Delightful, helpful salespeople? Well I have some great news for you: The Mission Statement on 18th between Guerrero and Valencia is the one-stop-shop for all your gift-giving needs. This designer co-op is filled with locally-made, unique items you won’t find anywhere else. Here’s my gift guide and be sure to check out their December calendar for daily sales. 

For him

Estrella Tadeo, local apparel designer and founder of The Mission Statement, hunts down the coolest vintage ties. These stitched canvas belts can be cut to fit any size and she’ll custom make them if you have a specific color in mind.

A non-cheesy SF shirt by Culture Consumer. All of their men’s tees will be 30% off on 12/11.

For her

A woman can never have too many scarves, especially when they’re as cool as these. The knit ones on top are made by Venn Apparel and the braided ones are by Culture Consumer.

For the (eco-friendly) fashionista

Kayu is a San Francisco-based sunglasses and handbag designer. All the materials are natural, renewable, and produced in a sustainable manner. For every pair of bamboo sunglasses purchased, Kayu will pay for one sight-restoring surgery in India. For every handbag purchased they buy a backpack and school supplies for a child in Cambodia.

For the jewelry-lover

 I’m a long-time fan of Vanessa Gade’s jewelry and I’ve been lusting after a set of her rings for a year now. All stack rings will be 30% off on 12/8 (custom orders too) and the necklaces will be 30% off on 12/19.

For the foodie

Inna Jam makes fresh, seasonal jams with organic fruit sourced within 100 miles of Berkeley, where they’re based.

For kids

Adorable Animal Instincts onesies and kids t-shirts. I wish they made the Sutro Tower monkey one for adults too.

For the stocking

Metaphor Organic soaps, lotions, and lip balms are the perfect small gift. I couldn’t resist buying a bar of coconut lime soap for myself.

For more information about The Mission Statement, here’s an article I wrote for

November 25, 2010

happy birthday mission:closet

A year ago today, I wrote my first post on mission:closet. I didn’t know what would come of the blog, I just knew I loved fashion and I wanted to write about it. It turns out mission:closet has become a great creative outlet and has helped me meet many cool people: the stylish and admirable Mission boutique owners, local fashion designers and jewelry makers, journalists, vintage connoisseurs, fellow style bloggers, and the fashionista inside my friends. These people inspire me.

Today I’m thankful for you, my readers. Thanks for sticking with me. I have a lot of ideas and plans for the year ahead. I’d love it if you’d keep coming back.

Happy Thanksgiving,


November 24, 2010

17 of 30: faux sho

We’ve started turning on the heat in our apartment so I declare it officially cold enough to break out the (faux) fur vest. When I wear it people like to pet me. It’s a little strange but I can’t really blame them—the fur is so soft and fuzzy and cozy. I got the necklace at Forever 21. Before purchasing, I asked myself if it was gaudy or awesome. I’m often faced with this difficult question at F21. I’ll admit I’ve made some poor decisions, but I’m going to go ahead and call this one a $10 victory. For more posts about fur, check out this polyvore from a few weeks ago or  some thoughts on the debate about vintage (real) fur.

November 23, 2010

16 of 30: old reliable

Not sure why I’ve taken to naming articles of clothing after cartoons, but Old Reliable (Lady and the Tramp) comes to mind when I think of this chambray shirt (also seen on Day 1 of the 30 for 30). Today I paired it with a wool DVF skirt I got on super sale at Bloomingdale’s a few years ago. I think I’ll name the skirt Pink Panther. Not just because it’s pink. As a kid I had aspirations of growing up to become a detective. I even owned a crime busters kit. And now I have aspirations of becoming French. This will conclude my cartoon-themed outfit posts.


Sister Caroline is in town for Thanksgiving. I love this outfit. She bought both the striped tee and lace vest on our trip to France this summer. Très chic, ma soeur. Merci Google translate.

November 22, 2010

15 of 30: rainbow brite

After yesterday’s B&W post I decided it was time for a splash of color. This is my vintage Rainbow Brite belt, purchased at Isso in Noe Valley. If you loved Rainbow Brite, Jem, and She-Ra as a child, then we could probably be friends. And if you’re lucky, I’ll remember to scan some photos of 4-year-old Elisabeth in her She-Ra costume while I’m at my parents’ for Thanksgiving.

hot right now: 22nd and Guerrero

I highly recommend you wander up 22nd Street to the block between Guerrero and Fair Oaks. Pot+Pantry, an adorable new kitchen/decor store, just opened up with great gift ideas and treats for yourself. Two doors up, Bernadette at Dun Up Boutique has a bunch of cute tops and dresses for the holidays, plus she’s offering 15% off to mission:closet readers, just mention my blog. And in between the two shops, Frugalistas is hosting a designer sample sale from Black Friday through the weekend, with great deals on labels like Splendid, Ella Moss, and BCBG. 10% of the Frugalistas sale goes to charities benefiting single moms. 

Donna of Pot+Pantry

Jenn has some great BCBG party dresses at the Frugalistas sample sale

Sparkly tops for the holidays at Dun Up

November 21, 2010

14 of 30: b&w

I hope you all had fabulous weekends. The highlights of mine were Friday night date night at Beast and the Hare, a new restaurant in our neighborhood, and seeing Harry Potter 7 Part 1. Dinner was really good and I’m looking forward to going back. The movie was AWESOME.

I have a few experiments going on here. The first is the belted scarf, inspired by a few 30 for 30 remixers like Linley of  Dwelling & Telling. After seeing her work the look really well, I decided to give it a shot. As I near the second half of the challenge, I’m definitely feeling the need for more creativity and this satisfied the craving today. The second experiment is the lack of color—I usually add at least a hint of color to most outfits. The last experiment is the photo itself. My new tripod arrived so I’ll be able to mix up my locations a bit more.

13 of 30: my new camel

This J.Crew camel coat was my big fall purchase. I hadn’t bought a new coat in a few years so I decided it was time. I blogged about this wool-cashmere trench earlier in August and couldn’t stop thinking about it for a month—that’s how I knew it was the one. Temperatures have finally dropped in SF so yesterday was the first time I’d worn it. So far I’m really pleased with the purchase. It’s warm but not to heavy, therefore perfect for layering como una cebolla (like an onion, as they say in Spain).

November 19, 2010

12 of 30: ready for the rain

After my series of rain gear posts a couple of weeks ago, I figured it would be appropriate to show you my rainy day attire. It’s also raining as we speak in San Francisco and it’s supposed to continue aaaaall weekend long. Here’s the Merrell coat that I scored for a sweet deal last year, thanks to my friend Marissa’s friends and family discount. And these are my  brand-spanking-new (but pre 30 for 30) LL Bean boots. I’m excited to try them out with a skirt, wool tights, and chunky socks. I consider the coat and boots outwear so they’re not part of my 30 for 30, but I assure you the jeans and everything under the coat is kosher.

tonight: dema anniversary party

Dema is one of the Mission’s classic boutiques. I always like their dresses, accessories, and big selection of knit tops by designers like Michael Stars and Splendid. Stop by tonight for the anniversary party or all weekend for 20% off. Dema is a few doors down from Ritual on Valencia at 21st. 

polyvore meetup

The Polyvore meetup last night was delightful. It was great to meet so many creative, stylish bloggers and Polyvore lovers. It inspired me to get more imaginative with my sets so keep an eye on my Polyvore profile for some new stuff.

P for Polyvore

The meetup was held at The Box SF, a really cool event space at Howard and 7th.

I <3 succulents


A highlight of the evening was meeting these three bloggers, Tara of The Wonder Girl, Meghan of Wit & Whimsy, and Alicia of Cheetah is the New Black. Check out their blogs!