Summer Weather.

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Outfit Details | Dress (Cameo), Shoes (Valentino Rockstud Flats), Purse (Lauren by Ralph Lauren), Sunglasses (Karen Walker), Lipstick (MAC “Ruby Woo”).

Summer weather has hit San Francisco! I don’t know how long it will last, but I know that I’m going to be making the most of it while I can, which of course involves wearing this beautiful Cameo dress that I bought a couple of months ago. I’m pretty much drawn to anything striped so this dress was kind of a no-brainer for me. I love the ruffled skirt and the bell shape is perfect for warmer days. I will be wearing this dress on an awesome trip that I’m taking this summer (stay tuned!) and cannot wait!

I hope you are all having a great Monday. Thanks for stopping by!

Our Love Story.

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Jonny and I met seven years ago this month. The way we met was unique at the time and, I’m not gonna lie, it kind of dates me. Jonny “friended” me on MySpace. Yes, you read that right. MySpace. At the time (this was back in 2008), MySpace was already on it’s way out. I barely checked my account at that time, but for some reason, I felt inclined to look at it one day. When I logged on, I found a friend request from Jonny. He even wrote “I hear you like freakishly tall guys.” This unique and clever touch (I had written “I like freakishly tall guys” in my MySpace profile. I know, I was so cool.) really caught my attention for some reason. Of course, like any social media enthusiast, I went through all of his pictures before responding and I was immediately drawn to his kind face and striking blue eyes.

 

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We began e-mailing back and forth and he had a way with words. The fact that he could make me laugh out loud just by reading an e-mail was refreshing. You guys, I already felt like I was falling for him just by reading his e-mails. They were like little love letters that I grew to savor. We finally made plans to meet each other, but only after a few “how do you know I’m not a psycho?” jokes, of course. I was nervous driving up to his house because I just knew that he was special and that this could be…real.

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A fair warning, this next part gets a little cheesy. When I first saw Jonny walking toward me, I knew that I had found “the one.” My grandma always told me that she heard bells ringing when she first saw my grandpa and I had a similar experience when we met. We had an amazing first date. We went to see an old movie at a classic movie theater in Palo Alto near Stanford University, we ate slices of pizza, and basically laughed and flirted for the entire evening. It truly was a perfect date.

 

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As they say, the rest is history. We have been together ever since and I can honestly say that I fall more in love with Jonny with each passing year. We share something real and I can’t even tell you how comforting it is to have someone that I can trust 100% by my side. Never have I been able to be my complete self around a boyfriend but Jonny makes it easy for me. One of the things that I love most about our relationship is our ability to be honest with each other. Sure, at times the honesty can hurt and even turn into a fight, but we both know that we will always come back together when it’s over and, in my opinion, that is real love.

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This Valentine’s Day, I hope that you are reminded that love can be defined in many different ways. I feel very fortunate to have many sources of love in my life. From my amazing family to my friends to Jonny, my heart feels full at all times. Ever since I started this blog, I now feel so much support and love from all of you, and for that I am very grateful.

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Outfit Details | Me: Dress (ASOS), Shoes (Guess, similar), Purse (Coach, no longer available), Belt (kate spade new york), Earrings (Etsy). Jonny: Shirt (Target, similar), Jeans (Levi’s), Shoes (Aldo, similar).

Basically, I love you all. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Red and Pink.

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Outfit Details | Sweater (J Crew, similar), Skirt (J Crew, on sale!), Shoes (J Crew), Purse (Coach, no longer available), Sunglasses (Karen Walker), Necklace (c/o Rocksbox), Lipstick (MAC “Flat Out Fabulous”).

I bet my mom is looking at this outfit and shaking her head. Last weekend, I tried to encourage her to wear hot pink and red together to a Valentine’s Day party that she was invited to and she wrinkled her nose and shook her head “no!” as if this suggestion was crazy! For this blog post, I was inspired by that conversation. I love wearing unexpected color combinations that most people think of as a “don’t.” I love red and I love pink, so why not pair them together, especially if they are equally as bright? An outfit like this is definitely not for the weak at heart, but you guys, it’s so fun to wear!

This magenta cashmere sweater has been one of my favorites for years now. When J Crew launches their end of season mega sales, I always stock up on a few of these sweaters because they are. The. Best. Not only is the quality fantastic but J Crew’s unique colors cannot be beat. Speaking of awesome J Crew pieces, this skirt is ah-mazing and it’s on sale! It also comes in black and I highly recommend it for all occasions. Also, that slit up the front with it’s sexy-but-still-appropriate feel is the perfect finishing touch to this beautiful piece.

Thanks for stopping by!

I Heart You.

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Outfit Details | Dress (kate spade new york, drooling over this one!), Top (J Crew, similar), Belt (kate spade new york), Shoes (J Crew), Clutch (Clare Vivier), Sunglasses (Karen Walker), Earrings (Etsy), Lipstick (MAC “Flat Out Fabulous”).

Happy Valentine’s Day week! I know that’s not actually a “thing” but I know I’ll be celebrating by continuing to wear pink and red almost daily and eating Valentine’s candies by the handful. Cool? Cool.

To start this week off on the right foot, I broke out my “perfect” dress. We all have one of these items that live in our closets. That dress that you keep coming back to time after time, those jeans that hug you just right, that purse that just seems to go with every outfit. For me, that item is this kate spade new york dress. I bought it just under a year ago and never once did I regret it. Jonny and I both agree that this dress can do no wrong because every time I wear it, I can’t help but smile from ear to ear. Plus, it’s A-line style and bold color will stand the test of time, at least in my closet. I paired it with this adorable heart button down top that my sister lent me (thanks, Ar!) and I love how it looks with the hot pink!

Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday to dress up for that I find myself gravitating toward cutesy outfits. You know, full skirts, button down tops, classic heels, bows! I just can’t get enough. I’m pretty sure this holiday was made for a girlie girl like me and I am living it up all week. I hope you tune in!

Thanks for stopping by!

The French Tulip.

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Outfit Details | Coat (Piperlime, love this one), Dress (BCBG, similar), Top (J Crew, similar), Bow Tie (ASOS), Metallic Oxfords (J Crew), Sunglasses (Karen Walker, almost identical), Purse (Rebecca Minkoff), Lipstick (MAC “Snob”), Camera (Samsung NX300).

Blush must be the most flattering color there is. It’s feminine without feeling over the top and it always looks sophisticated. I borrowed the gorgeous BCBG lace dress from my sister (can I get an “amen!” for sisters and their awesome closets?) after I saw how beautiful it looked on her. I thought it would be perfect for a little Valentine’s Day outfit inspiration for you all and it actually inspired me to buy this dress for myself! I scoured the internet to find this dress (it’s from last spring) and finally found it on Poshmark and was so happy with my transaction. It was super easy to use and the seller’s are much more in touch with their potential buyers than eBay. I highly recommend it if you are looking for one of those special pieces that is no longer for sale.

Jonny and I have been trying to stretch ourselves by taking pictures in new locations and I really wanted to try out a blog shoot on the busiest street in our neighborhood, 24th street. This flower shop lives in my neighborhood (Noe Valley) and is just the cutest. I knew I wanted this as my background, but I was nervous because I would have to shoot on a busy street in front of lots of people (eek!). I usually don’t like drawing attention to myself in a major way, so this was way outside my comfort zone. I am really proud of myself for trying something new and I really love the results! Poor Jonny had to dodge in and out of people a thousand times but never complained. I’m one lucky girl!

On another note, it’s FRIDAY!!!!! Have a great weekend, friends!

Heart Glasses.

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Outfit Details | Sweater (Zara, old), Dress (Oh My Heart via Nordstrom), Shoes (J Crew, love these!), Sunglasses (Modcloth), Lipstick (MAC “Ruby Woo”), Belt (kate spade new york).

I’ve always been jealous of girls who can wear fun-shaped sunglasses. I always thought that they looked weird or silly when I wore them, but when I saw them on other girls, they always looked so cute and fun! I found these velvet heart-shaped sunglasses (perfect for Valentine’s Day!) on Modcloth and decided to take the plunge and bought them. I have to say, I love how cute they are. Will I wear them everyday of the week? Probably not, but they are such a fun alternative to my usual black sunglasses, so I figured, what the heck.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to dress up your Valentine’s Day look, why not try out this pair of heart-shaped sunglasses? They are such an easy addition and they are incredibly fun to wear. Bonus: Every time I walked by someone on the street, they smiled when they saw my sunglasses!

Thanks for stopping by!

Fuchsia Blazer.

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Outfit Details | Blazer (Mural via Nordstrom), Top (ASOS), Jeans (J Brand), Shoes (Tibi “Piper Boot”), Clutch (Clare Vivier), Lipstick (MAC “Flat Out Fabulous”), Sunglasses (Karen Walker), Earrings (kate spade new york).

Happy February, friends! I cannot believe that one of my favorite months is already here. As you may have already gathered from my Instagram posts, I am planning on going all red, pink, and purple for the next couple of weeks leading up to the love-liest (see what I did there?!) day of all, Valentine’s Day! I know it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that I’m all about a day dedicated to love (I am a girlie girl after all), but it’s not even about that whole cliche “let me prove how much I love you with flowers and chocolates.” Hearts happen to be my favorite shapes and I love all the colors that accompany this cutesy holiday. It’s just so much…fun! I know some of you are rolling your eyes at me, but I’m not even ashamed of the fact that I picked yesterday’s fresh pressed juice solely based on it’s reddish-pink color. Yep. I’m all about it, y’all! It’s meant to be fun and I am going to fully embrace it this year.

Okay. Let’s talk clothes. I picked up this blazer with V-day in mind, but ever since I wore it  a couple of days ago, I can’t stop dreaming up ways to wear it with everything. I’m going to go ahead and say it. This is the perfect blazer. Perfect. So perfect that I even bought it in black because I know I’m going to wear it all the time. Is the fuchsia color not to die for? So fun. If you’re looking for a fun not too girlie look to wear around Valentine’s Day, I highly recommend checking this one out. I am also debuting my Clare Vivier leopard clutch after months of waiting for a backorder to come through. It’s finally mine and I may just be delirious that it’s actually mine, but it was entirely worth the long wait. I wore it all weekend and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Thanks for stopping by, all!

Classics.

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Outfit Details | Striped Top (Saint James), Button Down Shirt (J Crew), Bow Tie (ASOS), Pants (J Crew, on sale!), Shoes (J Crew, old), Hat (J Crew), Jacket (J crew, similar), Purse (c/o Jordana Paige), Sunglasses (Karen Walker), Lipstick (Stila Stay All Day Lipgloss in “Merlot”).

I have been wanting a Panama Hat for awhile now, but I live with a man who does not like hats on women (I know, right?!). It also doesn’t help that I have a huge noggin. Usually, hats don’t fit me well and I feel self-conscious when I wear them. I will be going a trip this summer (to be announced soon!) and I really wanted a fun and stylish hat that I could wear while I explore during the day. I decided to just pull the trigger and buy the hat that I always wanted and I. Am. In. Love. You guys, I don’t even feel weird and self-conscious wearing it!!! It’s a hat miracle! Of course, Jonny is still out on it, but what do guys know about women’s style, right?

I jokingly referred to this look as my “gondola-inspired” outfit on Instagram. You can see it right? The striped top and straw fedora are classics so they pair well together. Top it off with some chic pants, a killer pair of heels, and a bow tie and you’ve got yourself an entire look that you will keep coming back to time and time again.

Thanks for reading!

Whiteout.

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Outfit Details | Sweater (Club Monaco, on sale!), Skirt (Zara, similar), Shoes (J Crew, similar), Purse (Zara, love this one), Necklaces (c/o Rocksbox and Carrie Grace Shop), Sunglasses (Karen Walker).

Two monotone looks in one week! This girl’s crazy! Seriously, I am loving how fresh it looks to wear a variation of one color together, especially when you’re wearing all white. I know most ladies are shaking their heads thinking “all white?! No way!” but I really recommend trying it! I never really thought that wearing all white could be edgy but I’m really starting to think that white can look just as cool as black.

I hope you’re all having a great day! As always, thank you for stopping by my little blog!

Golden Hour.

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Outfit Details | Top (J Crew Factory, same style), Pants (Rag and Bone, on sale!), Shoes (Valentino Rockstud Pumps), Purse (Lauren by Ralph Lauren), Sunglasses (Karen Walker), Lipstick (Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipgloss in “Merlot”).

One of the things I love about having my own style blog is finding awesome areas to shoot photos in. Jonny and I were on our way to dinner in Marin (across the Golden Gate Bridge) when we spotted the Palace of Fine Arts. In an attempt to be spontaneous (it is way easier to shoot pictures in our own neighborhood!), we decided to quickly pull over and shoot in front of this amazing part of SF. For January, we have been experiencing record warm temps around the Bay Area, so the timing was perfect! The sun was just about to set and the Palace of Fine Arts was showing off how beautiful she is at dusk.

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that Marsala has been named Pantone’s color of the year for 2015. I, for one, am embracing this trend because Marsala (aka burgundy, wine, Bordeaux, etc.) is actually one of my favorite colors. So, to celebrate, I decided to dress myself in Marsala from head to…bag! You can see that my top is still a bit creased from it’s journey to my closet, but that’s just a bit of reality featured on the blog today. Sometimes, when you want to wear your new top right away, you don’t always have the time (or patience!) to steam out creases and wrinkles, especially when a photo shoot is as spontaneous as this one.

Thanks for reading!