The Fashion Allowance

Pashli

I guess I missed the memo that when you quit your job, you also quit shopping! This has been a rude awakening for me + has forced me to get creative. After spending far too much time staring aimlessly at everything in my closet I decided that it was time for a closet cleanse.
Lucky for me I recently discovered that my go to clothing resale shop, Crossroads launched a new initiative that allows for you to sell your clothes by mail. This is a MAJOR win. Anyone who lives in San Francisco knows that lugging your clothes from your closet to a Crossroads is not an easy task. However, ordering a FREE pre-paid shopping bag that is delivered to your house within days is. When my bag arrived I quickly examined my closet for trendy summer styles that I had lost interest in + within minutes the bag was full. I dragged that bad boy down to the mail box for the mailman + patiently waited for my shopping allowance to arrive!
Less than a week later I was ready to shop again. You may have seen on my twitter feed that last week Benji and I hit up (my favorite) Crossroads location on Fillmore. I scoured the ultimate jackpot that day with the dress I am wearing in this post! This dress was brand new with tags and ONLY $28!

Pashli

Pashli

Cameo The Label

This dress is by Cameo, one of my favorite Australian designers + the creative minds behind one of my favorite peplum tops, styled herehere. I decided to style this AMAZING dress with a few sneak peek pieces from jewelry favorite, Marrin Costello. I am obsessed with the pieces I had a chance to play with from her new stoned collection + can not wait to see the collection in full.

Marrin Costello

Kenzo Wallet

Cameo The Label

Cameo The Label

What I Wore:

Dress: Cameo via Crossroads, Warpaint Dress (sold out). Shop similar below.
Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim, ‘Pashli’ Medium Satchel.
Take advantage of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ‘Pashli’ here.
Clutch: Kenzo, Travel Wallet
Shoes: The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden, Tdallas
Sunglasses: RayBan, Aviator Large Metal
Earrings+ Bracelets (c/o): Marrin Costello
Nails: Floss Gloss, Biscuit

A Fashion Flashback

Banana Republic Jumpsuit

Yesterday I spent the day in my old hood just down south from the city. A drive by my high school was a scary reminder that my 10 year high school union is quickly approaching. My style in high school was terrifying. After nearly a decade in a Catholic school uniform, I literally lost my mind my freshman year of high school and wore some insanely inappropriate outfits!

Banana Republic Jumpsuit

Chloe Suede Cuffed Wedge Ankle Boot

10 years later I still find myself pushing boundaries and taking just a hint of style with me from the past. Who remembers the oh-so famous Manolo Blanik Timberland inspired bootie? These boots were made famous by Beyonce + JLo and may or may not have been taped to my wall, next to a collage of Justin Timberlake. Flash forward to present day and I am rocking a very similar bootie. Thanks to the AMAZING Barney’s Warehouse sale. I scored these Chloé boots on MAJOR sale and have a feeling these bad boys will be shoe staple in my closet I will not regret.

Arm Party

3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Bag

Banana Republic Jumpsuit

Banana Republic Jumpsuit

What I Wore:

Jumpsuit: Banana Republic (old)
Vest: Gap, 1969 Destructed Denim Oversize Vest
Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Medium 31 Minute Bag (camo + sold out). I DIE for this new printed clutch from Mr. Lim.
Shoes: Chloé, Suede Cuffed Wedge Ankle Boot
Sunglasses: RayBan, ‘Original Aviator’ 58mm Aviators
Bracelets: Gorjana, Mila Hexagon Cuff + Kamryn Dame, Prince
Watch: Tag via Poshmark
Nails: Floss Gloss, Biscuit + Lips: Givenchy, Rouge Interdit Satin Lips (true red)

Summer School Style


Cameo Peplum Top

Last night I attended a ‘School Night’ session with Reward Style. It has been quite a few years since I sat in a classroom, however I am quite sure no classroom is like a Reward Style class room. Filled with Bay Area bloggers, a wine + cheese bar, a jewelry bar and a whole lot of fashion chatter, this classroom was like no other. I didn’t have a ton of time to get ready for this event, so I went with a couple of my closet staples: skinny jeans + nude pumps. I topped it off (literally) with my power peplum top from Australian favorite Cameo and ran out the door!

Cameo Peplum Top

Alexis Bittar, Gorjana, Kamryn Dane, YSL

A lesson in the art of layering jewels by founder + designer of Gorjana, Gorjana Riedel inspired me to add on my new ‘Mila‘ cuff to create my own layered look.

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The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden TDALLAS

Alexander Wang, Rocco

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What I Wore:

Top: Cameo, Dahlia Peplum Top (sold out). Shop the dress version here.
Jeans: Gap, 1969 Destructed Always Skinny
Blazer: Elizabeth and James, (old). Love this new (on sale) version from Elizabeth and James here.
Shoes: The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden, Tdallas
Bag: Alexander Wang, ‘Rocco’ Leather Satchel
Sunglasses: RayBan, ‘Original Aviator’ 58mm Aviators
Rings: Kamryn Dane, Polk+ Saint Laurent via Poshmark
Bracelets: Alexis Bittar (c/o) ‘Elements’ Triple Chain Cuff + Gorjana (c/o), Mila Cuff

Style On The Go

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My everyday wardrobe has taken a major turn over the past two weeks. I am finding myself running around the city like a mad woman + doing my best to stay comfortable, yet still look chic. This is not easy. 90% of the time I am dragging Benji along, toting around my camera, laptop + an additional outfit AND running late!
These pictures were snapped right before a shoot. I knew I would be squeezing myself into some fabulous pieces and had to arrive hair + make up ready. I opted for a white button down (hair + make up friendly), work out pants (hush) and these AMAZING shoes from The Blonde Salad. What I love most about these pants is that YES, they are work out pants but they are so much more than that! These bad boys flatten the tummy, lift the rear, reduce the hips + slim the thighs. They are beyond flattering and provided me with the just ego boost I needed before getting in front of the camera. 

Check out a little sneak peek from yesterdays shoot with Inspirare + Jennymay.

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What I Wore:

Top: Gap, Shrunken Boyfriend Shirt
Pants: Style Firm LA, Competitor Tights
Shoes: The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden, Dallas Sandal
Watch: Karl Largerfeld, ’7′ Faceted Bezel Bracelet
Bag: Alexander Wang, ‘Rocco’ Leather Satchel 

Summer Layers

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I am pretty sure this picture says it all.
There is no need for me to insert the oh-so famous Mark Twain quote. We all know, Summer in San Francisco is cold!
The funny thing about the day we snapped these shots however, is that we started in sunny North Beach and by the time we parked in the Marina the weather had gone from calm + sunny to windy + freezing. The unpredictable weather in San Francisco has taught us to always bring a  stylish layering piece (to avoid looking like a tourist in the weird hoodies from Fisherman’s Wharf) and to stock up on some fashionable yet warm basics—> Insert Marine Layer.

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Green Juice at the beach? Absolutely!
The crew at Project Juice is cranking out some cold-pressed juice that literally knocked my socks off. After quite a few long nights celebrating the 4th + my new job, my body was begging for me to drop the beer + pick up some juice.

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What I Wore:

Top: Maine Layer (c/o), The Marlowe Woven
Shorts: American Eagle, Boyfit Bermuda Shorts
Bag: Lo & Sons (c/o),  The Catalina
Sunglasses: RayBan, ‘Original Aviator’ 58mm Aviators
Necklaces: Gazel (c/o), Chiya Turquoise Natural Stone, Vintage + Marrin Costello, Deanna Body Chain
Earrings: Tiffany & Co., Gold Beads
Hat: Gorrin Bros (c/o), Poolside
 
Photos by: J. Villarete Photography