My favorite New Year’s Eve outfits tend to either be a cute cocktail dress or a sparkly top with a skirt or black skinnies. If you’re pressed for time and don’t want to spend much money, check out the party dresses at Forever 21 or H&M. I suggest wearing leggings and a tank top to the store so you can try on dresses over your clothes if the fitting room lines are too long. And accessorizing your favorite little black dress is always a great option.
December 27, 2010
Yesterday my sister and I had a delicious brunch at Berkeley’s La Note with our friend and fellow fashion blogger, Tania (above) of What Would a Nerd Wear. It was so fun to catch up and chat about blogging. Of course I loved her buffalo plaid and knee socks! Her blog is one of my favorite daily reads so check it out if you haven’t already.
December 26, 2010
Going home for Christmas just means a short drive from San Francisco to Berkeley for me. The real treat was having my sisters home to celebrate from Washington state and Washington DC. We had a great Christmas Eve and Christmas day with friends and family. Here’s the tree at my parents’ (11 feet!) and a gingerbread pear trifle I helped assemble. Hope you had a great holiday weekend!
December 22, 2010
This outfit was inspired by the handful of 30 for 30 bloggers who wore buffalo plaid shirts during the challenge. Every time I saw one I told myself I “needed” my own once the shopping ban ended. I found this J.Crew one on sale last week and now I’m wondering how I ever went so long without it.
Camel has just recently entered my wardrobe so I’m still figuring out the color combos I like. It started with my wool trench coat and next with this reconstructed vintage Lacoste cardigan by Taxi CDC. I put on the ruffly oatmeal CAbi top and decided to try mixing oatmeal and camel. I liked the combination but wish I had incorporated some color. I want to try camel with seafoam green or maybe coral. What colors do you like to mix with camel?
December 21, 2010
Missoni scarves are on Gilt Groupe today. These are some of my favorite scarves—they are beautiful, unique, and timeless. They make great gifts (someone gave one to my sister Maggie in high school and she still treasures it). Hurry because they’re selling out fast!
December 19, 2010
Here’s the full version of the dress I wore to my company holiday party on Friday night. It’s a Dolce & Gabbana hand-me-down from one of my mom’s best friends. The trim around the neck is dark green velvet. I went easy on the jewelry with just black dangly earrings and I put on a silver cuff as we were leaving the house. The party was a blast—Cyndi Lauper gave a surprise performance!
December 17, 2010
December 15, 2010
I missed my leather jacket and black booties during the 30 for 30. When I put them on today it felt like I was greeting two old friends I hadn’t seen in…was it just a month? It felt like much longer. The skirt is from J.Crew and it was my first post 30 for 30 purchase. During the challenge I realized I needed a shortish (yet work appropriate) neutral skirt in my life for winter.
The booties are by Sofft from a couple of years ago and they’re extremely comfortable. The necklace is Kyler by Joy O and was in the gift bag at the Polyvore event a few weeks ago. Joy O is a San Francisco jewelry designer who has made it big time with the celebs. Kyler is her sustainable eco-friendly line. I actually already owned a Kyler necklace because I blogged about one last year and my boyfriend went to mission:closet for Christmas gift ideas. He’s a smart one.
December 14, 2010
Etsy has always felt pretty overwhelming to me. So many sellers, so much weird stuff (please tell me you’ve seen Regretsy), and a lot of jewelry I could make myself. How do you find the good stuff without wandering the site for hours? Anytime someone tells me they found great jewelry on Etsy I ask them to send me the seller’s profile. I’ve found some great shops this way. Here are a few sellers I’m into. Do you have any favorite Etsy sellers?
I went to college with artist and jewelry maker Irene Wood. I bought a few of her pieces back then and lately I really like what she’s selling under her new label, Crow’s Catch.
photos by Irene Wood
My coworker Laurie has a pair of Canadian Kate Szabone’s earrings and every time she wears them I want them for my own ears. Kate also makes gorgeous precious rings.
I stumbled upon Lauren Haupt’s Etsy store during one of my marathon browsing sessions. When it comes to jewelry, I’m usually looking for something on trend or something totally unique and eye-catching. Lauren’s pieces are definitely part of the latter category.
December 13, 2010
A few key accessories can really glam up a simple black dress for a fancier event. I love the way you can transform a black dress into so many different outfits. Here are a few ideas for dressing up an LBD for a holiday party.
For this look I was inspired by the House of Harlow bracelet. I think it gives the whole outfit a cool urban rocker feel.
Metallic shoes always make me feel fancy and festive. Try some big earrings and a stack of bangles for a chic night out.
A capelet totally transforms the dress into a new look. Pair it with some rhinestone costume jewelry, little driving gloves, and you have an adorable vintage-inspired ensemble.
December 12, 2010
I decided to try Rent the Runway for the first of my two holiday parties and it turned out to be a success. As I was looking for dresses on the site it was really helped that you can filter by body type. The stylist’s notes were also useful. I found a few dresses I liked but the notes mentioned some were best for shorter women, smaller chests, etc. Still, it was tough to make a decision because they have tons of great dresses. In the end I chose this red-orange Shoshanna dress. It fit really well, was in perfect condition, and was so easy to return—they give you an envelope and you just drop it in any mailbox. I’ll definitely be renting the runway again sometime.
My boyfriend, looking handsome in his Theory suit, joins the mission:closet mirror photo fun.
I also rented these Gerard Yosca earrings with the dress.
I bought this gold clutch at a vintage shop in Austin, Texas.
Christian Siriano for Payless shoes I bought last year. Typically I would have worn heels but I already had these and they matched perfectly, plus I figured they’d be good for dancing.
December 10, 2010
Do some local shopping tonight at the Mission Holiday Block Party. Here’s a list of many of the events going on. Be sure to check out my faves:
Candystore Collective Stations throughout the store to sample holiday nog of all varieties, a DJ and art opening for artist, Kimia Kline. Enjoy 10% off during the event as well as enter to win a drawing for a gift bag of goods from the store.
Room 4 Snacks and wine and sales on hand-picked, stylish, and seriously affordable gifts.
BellJar Cocktails, Music and art opening. 20% off apparel and gift items.
The Mission Statement Open until 9 pm and serving up hot and spicy beverages, special discounts throughout including 30% off Culture Consumer tees (40% off two or more).
Weston Wear Weston Wear Store’s Grand Reopening Party!
Dema Serving bubbles and sales
La Cocina Gift Fair- Great gifts for food lovers from local entrepreneurs
December 8, 2010
Here’s my last 30 for 30 outfit! I know I’ve showed you a lot of faux fur recently, but remixing the vest more than once was one of my goals and today is my last chance! I changed the bottom half a few times (outtakes below) before I settled on the pencil skirt, polka dot tights, and black flats. I wish I could get all reflective and sappy on the last day of the challenge, but I’m dead tired and can’t find the words at the moment. My company is in the middle of our annual user conference so all my energy has been directed there. I will say that I learned a lot about creative remixing, met a ton of cool bloggers and readers, and have a better understanding of what’s a necessity and what’s a nice-to-have. Thanks for joining me!
December 6, 2010
I’d like to thank Kendi and the 30 for 30 for helping me realize that I really like wearing a collared shirt under a sweater. I think I subconsciously rejected this look for years due to memories of my K-8 Catholic school uniform which consisted of something similar. Of course I was one of the girls who LIVED for “free dress days” when I could wear whatever I pleased. Remembering this part of my life puts the 30 for 30 in perspective: it’s funny to think that the challenge has made me feel like I’ve really had to limit my clothing options when once upon a time the only choice I had was between navy chinos or a plaid skirt.
Last winter I lived in this blazer so I thought it was a must-have for the 30 for 30. Turns out I’m not feeling it as much this season. No reason in particular, I just found I didn’t reach for it until this weekend. I was racing out of the house this morning and the blue tunic shirt was pretty wrinkled. I didn’t have any other clean 30 for 30 options (as you can see I did not really plan out my 30 days). At the last minute I threw on the belt and managed to cover up the wrinkles.
December 4, 2010
Day 26: I’m getting over my cold so I have a bit more energy for remixing (aka changing out of my pajamas). Since the guy at the corner store was the only person who saw me in my day 25 outfit, I figured I could break out this scarf again. Here’s another way to remix the H&M faux fur. I like the way it can make any jacket look like it has a glam fur collar. It works with cardigans too.
Another F21 necklace
Day 27: I’ll admit that I was one of the bloggers who paid Kendi $4 for her 30 for 30 remixing guide. And it was $4 well spent. One of her suggestions was to add a “wild card” into the 30 items to keep things interesting. Today I definitely needed my wild card— this leopard-print shrug by CAbi. I’m soooo ready to have the rest of my closet back. Just 3 more days!
December 3, 2010
Curator is the showroom for one of my favorite casual San Francisco designers, She Bible. They’re having a holiday party tomorrow in Noe Valley on Church between 30th and Day. Stop by for drinks, sweets, and 20% off fall and winter items.
December 2, 2010
I was home sick again today and considered taking another day off from posting. Instead I figured I’d push on through the challenge (I’m pretty ready for it to be over) and show you how I bundled up to go out the one time I’ve left my apartment in the last 2.5 days. I needed supplies like OJ, soup, and cookies.
I bought this down jacket from Gap a couple of years ago for a winter trip to DC . I thought I wouldn’t get much wear out of it in San Francisco. I was wrong. It’s been really chilly the last couple of weeks and the down has become my BFF. Equally cozy is the faux fur scarf from H&M. I bought it last year but I think they have them again this season. Here’s hoping I feel well enough tomorrow to be a bit more creative.
I’m a little behind on my holiday party dress post this year. I think it’s because I’m not buying a new dress so I haven’t been on the hunt. I’m attending two formal office parties, my boyfriend’s and my own, but I’ve decided to wear to wear something I already own. I’ll post pictures after the parties.
The idea of scouring websites for cool dresses felt a little daunting for some reason, so I was really excited when another SF blogger, The Fashionista Lab, reminded me about Rent the Runway, the amazing website where you can rent designer dresses for a few days. Such a perfect idea for a fancy holiday party dress you’ll only wear once or twice. They have an incredible selection and I just learned that you get a backup size with each dress. You can also rent a second dress for the same day for just $25, so you have another option if the original doesn’t work out. Here are a few dresses I love, all between $50-100 to rent.