September 29, 2010


I recently found a new favorite place to shop in a dark corner of Westfield Mall. One of my friends from Victoria, BC told me about Aritzia, a Canadian clothing company that has branched out to US cities like SF, Seattle, Portland, Dallas, and Chicago. I’d seen it in the mall but had never felt compelled to go in for some reason. It’s in the older half at street-level, by the 5th Street entrance. When I finally went I was pleasantly surprised to find a fabulous selection of fashion-forward and well-made clothes. The price points vary but in general I think items are well-priced for the quality and uniqueness of the pieces. On my first trip to the store I met Christine, an incredibly stylish and helpful salesperson, who has since become my go-to gal when I’m looking for the key seasonal item to add to my wardrobe. Aritzia carries several house labels like Wilfred, Le Fou, and Talula, as well as designers like Current/Elliott, Acne, Citizens of Humanity, and J Brand. They have a great selection of denim jeggings and coats right now. The dress and creme-colored top from my recent lace post are from Aritzia. Check it out next time you’re cruising the mall.

Aritizia Fall '10 outerwear
Aritizia Fall ‘10 outerwear by elisabethcarr featuring a wool coat

Aritzia Fall '10 tops
Aritzia Fall ‘10 tops by elisabethcarr featuring a silk blouse

Arizia Fall '10 bottoms
Arizia Fall ‘10 bottoms by elisabethcarr featuring a tiered skirt

All photos

September 26, 2010

fall shoes: ankle boots

Photos: Who What Wear

For some reason I can’t get on the over-the-knee boot bandwagon. Perhaps it’s because I love the look of short boots so much right now. Wear them with skirts, shorts, skinnies, cropped pants, tights, bare-legs. Everything! Here are some of my fave fall picks:

black ankle boots
black ankle boots by elisabethcarr featuring lace up booties

brown ankle boots
brown ankle boots by elisabethcarr featuring ankle booties

Luxe ankle boots
Luxe ankle boots by elisabethcarr featuring wedge heel shoes

September 23, 2010

musthave du jour: lace


I’m a girly girl at heart so super feminine lace had me at hello. ScarJo’s blouse and pencil skirt combo works the mixed print trend in a totally sophisticated way. I also like the more flowy look of the dress below. And lately I can’t get enough of a loose lace tank or blouse layered over another camisole and jeans for day or night.

Lace and red

Lace and red by elisabethcarr featuring a pearl bangle

lace top
lace top by elisabethcarr featuring vintage tops

September 21, 2010

fall flare

The first time I saw Kate Moss wearing skinny jeans I thought to myself, “there’s no way I can pull those off” but then it was “this isn’t going to last long so I’ll just buy a cheap pair” and before I knew it I had about five pairs of skin tight denim in my closet and couldn’t imagine ever wearing flares or boot-cut pants again. I love skinnies and accept that they are a decade-long phenomenon at least, but I’m really feeling wide-leg pants right now, especially at the office where skinnies are sometimes a little too casual. A higher waist with a tucked-in shirt and a pair of heels is so flattering on everyone. Garance DorĂ© recently posted this photo and also shared her love of wide-leg pants.

Here are some more styling ideas from Net-a-Porter:

September 20, 2010

shine 'em up

The change of season has inspired me to clean out my closet and reacquaint myself with fall staples. I dug up three pairs of leather shoes that were horribly scuffed so one night last week I got around to shining them.

I bought a new horsehair brush and some brown polish at Walgreens and I sat on the floor of my living room. It reminded me of helping my dad shine his shoes when I was little. He stored his supplies in a wood Duckhorn wine box. I’d sit on the floor in the kitchen, inhale the smells, and watch while he transformed his shoes. Sometimes he’d let me do the brushing.

The smell of the polish and the sound of the brush stroking the leather is strangely soothing. There’s something very satisfying about polishing, or mending, or anything you’re decidedly not paying someone else to do. Afterward they were just like new. I would have taken before and after photos, but my camera is currently broken :(

Lately I’ve been blogging a lot about fall trends, and new things you can buy to augment your wardrobe, but sometimes there’s nothing better than sprucing up the items in your very own closet.

Shoe shine kit from Sarenza

September 15, 2010

luxelist: gray glamour

Gray is a staple this fall. It’s not hard to come by and it’s probably already prevalent in your closet (but no, your hoodie doesn’t count), so I thought it would be fun to feature some not-so-basic, lustworthy gray pieces for inspiration. Never fear, color-lovers. According to NY’s Fashion Week, your beloved bright hues will be back come spring. In the meantime, pair your gray with really-red or fuschia lipstick or nail polish. I’m also working on an upcoming post about jewel tones for fall.

Loeffler Randall: Annie cut-out wedge  Stella McCartney: Stud-embellished sweater

D&G: Cable-knit wool-blend sweater dress  Isabel Marant: Wool-blend biker jacket

Alexander McQueen: Enamel skull bracelet    Proenza Schouler: PS1 large suede satchel

September 13, 2010

musthave du jour: leopard prints

Loeffler Randall: Combo coat

If you haven’t started seeing spots (sorry I couldn’t help myself) then it’s time to get out and shop, because leopard is everywhere this season.  If you find a piece you love in a neutral color it’s sure to last a long time because leopard is a trend that keeps on giving. Here are a few styling ideas:

Leopard sweater
Leopard sweater by elisabethcarr featuring slip on shoes

A light-colored leopard print sweater makes a subtle statement paired with gray pants and black pumps. 

leopard belt
leopard belt by elisabethcarr featuring nine west boots

You can’t go wrong with a belt, black mini dress, and booties. 

leopard bag
leopard bag by elisabethcarr featuring a nylon shoulder bag

I love the look of a leopard bag with a black blazer and tee. Or a bright (turquoise? magenta?) silk going out top would be great too. 

September 9, 2010

fashion's night out hits san francisco

Join in the celebration of NYC’s fashion week, right in our very own Union Square. Stores all over downtown will be hosting parties, sales, and fun events from 6-8pm. Maggie and I will be “participating” if you’d like to join us. There’s no better way to start your fall wardrobe research.

mom's old coach bag

My sister Maggie and I were wandering around the Mission’s many vintage stores the other weekend. Both on the street and in the stores we noticed a big trend: vintage Coach bags. No, not the fabric ones with Cs all over them. The simple, smooth leather classics with turnlock or flap closures and long straps. These bags have made a comeback thanks to the popularity of the crossbody.  Maggie and I joked about raiding our mom’s closet to find her old Coach bags, and then we remembered that our younger sister Caroline had already taken the loot. On our walk back to my apartment we stopped at a sidewalk sale and spotted this small vintage Coach, which I promptly purchased for $5.

easy on the wallet

Investing in good clothes is something I wholeheartedly support. I’m always on the lookout for clothes that will last me years and years instead of just a season or two. There’s no doubt that quality clothing is more expensive and often our budgets don’t allow for those types of purchases. I also prefer to pay (a lot) less for trendy items because they come and go far too fast.

I’ve found it’s hard to support local boutiques when I’m pinching pennies because the sales and deals tend to be at department stores and big chains. Luckily a couple of new boutiques have opened up in the neighborhood where you can buy local, stay on trend, and spend less.

Dun Up Boutique

Dun Up Boutique is on 22nd at Guerrero It’s right around the corner from my house so I’ve stopped in many times since it opened. Bernadette, the owner, has a great eye for trends at affordable prices. Right now she has some fab going out tops, like the tanks above, and cool leather earrings made by a local artist. The best part: nothing in the store is over $75!


Sway Boutique opened up on 24th Street in Noe Valley a few months ago. When I saw the sign I feared it was the sister of the teeny-bopper boutique on Telegraph Avenue where my sisters and I shopped in high school. I think it is the same owner, but thankfully the buyer knows its audience and the selection is much more appropriate for Mission/Noe Valley twenty and thirty somethings. This will now be my first stop when I’m looking for an inexpensive accessory or summer dress.

September 7, 2010

history repeating

When I worked at Sunset Magazine, editors often reminded us that “nothing is new.” A magazine that has been around for over 100 years has covered every topic, multiple times—and that’s ok, as long as you find a new, interesting spin. The same is clearly true in fashion and we see trends recurring many, many times throughout the decades. It turns out designers even copy their very own designs every so often. Think you can tell what’s soooo three years ago? Take this quiz to find out. Thanks to Ateqah for sharing!