Poolside: Dallas Style

H&M Studio Collection

A long weekend in Dallas called for BBQ, Big Hair + Bathing Suits.

The weather was absolutely perfect, the eats were unreal (more to come on Wednesday) and the people were oh-so-friendly.

Now, the ladies of Dallas take glam to the next level (not my norm). But they definitely inspired me to spend an extra moment in the mirror teasing my weave and applying my makeup properly…even by the pool for this look.

H&M Studio Collection

H&M Studio Collection

H&M Studio Collection

H&M Studio Collection

H&M Studio Collection

H&M Studio Collection

H&M Studio Collection

H&M Studio Collection

What I Wore:

Tunic: H&M, Studio Collection V-Neck Tunic

Bathing Suit: Missguided, Coral Bikini Top

Jacket: Brandy Melville, California Denim Jacket (sold out). Love this denim jacket option from Urban Outfitter’s Kimchi Blue collection.

Sandals: Zara, Leather Roman Sandals (last year). Loving these super affordable options here + here.

Necklace: The 2 Bandits, Pacific Coast Highway

Sunglasses: Capital Eyewear, Morgan

Lips: Dior, Contour Lipliner Pencil (jungle brown) + e.l.f., Matte Lip Color (natural)

Nails: Victoria, Victoria Beckham x Nails Inc, White Bamboo

Photos by Sukilynn

Project Sister Act: Gold Digger

KatWalkSF - Project Sister ActAm I a gold digger? No

But, after looking at my bank account I probably should be.

Ok..back to this blog post. Let’s take a minute and chat about Project Sister Act. The founder of Project Sister Act, Sheela wrote a piece called Dressing My Age. What she didn’t expect, in the process of conducting research for her blog post, was to discover many beautiful women of all ages. A complete debunking of the myth that fashion blogging is restricted to and dominated by only one age group. 
 
Thus, as a follow-up, she started Project Sister Act to showcase how, age notwithstanding, we can all wear the one same colour or accent, in our own way, and pull it off ever so stylish.  

KatWalkSF - Project Sister Act

KatWalkSF - Project Sister Act

KatWalkSF - Project Sister Act

KatWalkSF - Project Sister Act

KatWalkSF - Project Sister Act

And here are the lovely ladies that I am teaming up with all showcasing their ‘Gold Digger’ looks!

Left to Right

Rebecca of Red Tag Chic Los Angeles, Eve of The World According to Eve and Sheela of Sheelagoh

KatWalkSF - Project Sister Act

What I Wore:

Jacket: Nasty Gal, Taking Names Trench Coat

Top: Topshop, Off the shoulder blouson top (old). Shop new here.

Jeans: Current/Elliott, The Cropped Straight Leg jean

Shoes: Sophia Webster x J. Crew, Amma Pump

Lips: Dior, Contour Lipliner Pencil + e.l.f., Matte Lip Color (natural)

Bag: Vintage

Necklaces: Marrin Costello, Custom Piece + Kamryn Dame, Nugget Choker

Photos by Garry Alexander

 

What I Like: Current Inspiration

Brandy Melville

What I Like

What I’m Wearing

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What’s Inspiring Me

Shellys London

Suede Platforms

Dior Beauty - Valley Fair

Everything Dior Beauty

Nails Inc

White Bamboo Nails by Victoria, Victoria Beckham x Nails Inc

Chantal Guillon

Macarons

Will Leather

Lariat

Shore Project

Shore Projects Watch

Banana Republic - Villa Platform Pump

Villa Platform Pumps

Alexis Bittar

Alexis Bittar Bracelets…all day, every day.

What I Ate Wednesday: Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House and Bocanova

KatWalkSFThe food scene in Oakland is awesome…from what I hear.

I can’t think of the last time I ventured out there….period.

A fully planned ‘foodie’ adventure across the bridge to Oakland was a welcome idea and probably the only way to get us out there. So, Garry and I ventured out to Oakland a couple of days ago with a group of food bloggers and hit Jack London Square’s, Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House and Bocanova.

Each dish we tried at both restaurants were killer and paired with the perfect cocktail.

Jack's Oyster Bar & Fish House

Starting with

DRAKE’S BAY by the DOZEN at Jack’s

Not only were these oysters the perfect size and briny,

They are $1.50 ALL DAY on Wednesdays.

Jack's Oyster Bar & Fish House

Both restaurants sit right on the water with tons of outdoor seating and sun.

Jack's Oyster Bar & Fish House

Lobster roll bites on housemade pretzel buns at Jack’s (drenched in butter) and paired with the Alameda Brewing Company’s Hefeweizen.

(above)

This combo was by far my favorite. See me shoveling my second lobster roll into my mouth.

(below)

Jack's Oyster Bar & Fish House

Bocanova

Once I cleaned all the butter off my face from the lobster roll’s at Jack’s (and charred octopus – not pictured but delicious), we walked a couple of feet over to Jack’s sister restaurant, Bocanova to finish off the night.

Swordfish Anticuchos (above), with aji amarillo, aji panca and garlic….aka the beautiful sauces smeared on the bottom of the plate.

I missed out on the warm chocolate bread pudding course due to my cinnamon allergy.

#NotBlessed

But I did snag the last drink pairing of a 10-year-old Madeira before hopping on the BART train back to San Francisco.

This was a welcome adventure and will not be the last time I jump on the BART and hit up all the Oakland eats!

KatWalkSF

Photos by Garry Alexander

Dior Beauty Launches at Valley Fair

Dior Beauty VF low res

The more photos I look at of me, the more beauty help I KNOW I need. Bronzer + BB Cream just don’t cut it and I am pretty sure I am no longer allowed to attempt to contour….after Garry told me JUST how uneven my face was.

Makeup has never come naturally to me (eh) so when the Dior Beauty team reached out to me to check out their new store I was immediately IN!

Last week Garry and I ventured out of San Francisco and all the way to Santa Clara’s Valley Fair mall for a sneak-peek of the new store. This was a major treat since this is one of the first Dior Beauty boutiques to open nationwide and the first in California. The store is AMAZING and the team is even better. We were lucky enough to hang out with the Dior Beauty team, tour the beautiful location and I got a VIP makeup tutorial (that I desperately needed).

Dior Valley Fair

Dior Valley Fair

Shake it, Spray it, Buff it, Love it!  Waterproof, Sweatproof makeup In a flash!

Dior, Airflash Spray Foundation-

Taking life/makeup/Real Housewife lessons from Kevin from Dior.

Not only was Kevin filled with a wealth of Dior beauty knowledge, he cured all my #whitegirlproblems and made me laugh.

Kevin, if you are reading this, Can we be friends in real life?

Dior Valley Fair

Ok…now back to the Dior.

This visit was not just about makeup. Garry and I learned about the history of Dior beauty. Take this bottle of J’adore  perfume. Former Dior designer, John Galliano’s found inspiration from Maasai warrior neckwear when designing this bottle. I would have never guessed!

Dior Valley Fair

Back to the makeup, my #whitegirlproblems and Kevin pretty much summing up my life with Dior Beauty.

Instant Cleansing Water is “Lazy Girl” one step cleanser and toner

Dior Valley Fair

And the final look on Santana Row.

Dior Valley Fair

Are you in the Bay Area? If so, you HAVE to check out this shop and attend the Grand Opening of Dior Beauty at Valley Fair.

You’re invited for a complimentary makeup application while enjoying light food and beverages.  You’ll also have a sneak-peak at their treatment room, exclusive to the Dior Beauty boutique at Valley Fair!  Additionally, Dior product samples will be available with purchase.

Be there!

When: Thursday 4/28 – Saturday 4/30 // Time: 12:00-6:00pm // Please call 408.484.3089 to RSVP for your complimentary makeup application

Location: Dior Beauty at Valley Fair – 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd (Level 1)  in Santa Clara.

Dior Valley Fair

What I Wore:

Dress: Balenciaga (VERY old). A MAJOR score from Nordstrom Rack 10+ years ago. Never ever selling. Check out similar styles here + here.

Belt: Gap (very old, talking 10+ years old. Shop similar here + here.

Shoes: Banana Republic, Ninah Pump (old). Love this new option from Jessica Simpson.

Bag: Banana Republic, Italian Vachetta Bucket Bag

Photos by Garry Alexander