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.