Give Me Those Spring Florals

Banana Republic Floral Print

Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking. Ah, yes Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada said it, but we all know that it doesn’t feel like spring without some big ass floral prints on our bodies.

For these looks, I partnered with Banana Republic to brighten up my wardrobe + embrace my feminine side…

However, I ironically paired both Banana Republic pieces with denim.

Banana Republic Floral Print

Fluffy sleeves, an abstract floral print and my neighbor’s beautiful flowers.

Banana Republic Floral Print

All the anklets are always a good idea – especially when paired with these jeans.

I’ve lived in these jeans for the past couple of weeks and they are < $40.

Jeans: Old Navy, Flared Cropped Jeans // Anklets: Marrin Costello, Queens Anklet // Shoes: Zara, Medium Heel Shoes with Bow

Banana Republic Floral Print

Double denim + a floral midi skirt. My Spring uniform.

Will you be wearing florals this Spring? Let me know in the comments how you will be styling them!

What I Wore:

Look #1

Denim Jacket: Brandy Melville (not available online). Love this option from Urban Outfitters.

Vest: Gap (old). Love this denim vest here from ASOS.

Top: Rêve En Vert (c/o), Linda Tee (lavender]

Skirt: Banana Republic (c/o), Ruched Floral Midi Skirt

Shoes: Ava & Aiden, Two-piece High Heel sandal (old). Love these new options here + here.

Sunglasses: Capital Eyewear, Morgan

Look #2

Top: Banana Republic (c/o), Ruffle-Sleeve Print Keyhole Top

Jeans: Old Navy, Flared Cropped Jeans

Shoes: Zara, Medium Heel Shoes with Bow

Anklets: Marrin Costello, Queens Anklet

Banana Republic provided free product in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

What I Ate Wednesday: The Columbus Charcuterie Platter

We all know that since I’ve started ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ it pretty much exclusively consists of me dining out + taking pictures of the glorious food a fabulous chef has prepared…

Well, this week is different! I teamed up with Columbus Craft Meats and their (killer) Charcuterie Sampler to host a rooftop happy hour (on my friend’s gorgeous rooftop deck) in San Francisco. The Columbus team made this oh-so-easy for me by making user-friendly packaging for the anti-chef. The charcuterie plated beautifully and paired easily with the local selections of cheeses, pickled vegetables, olives and wine I snagged at my neighborhood market.

columbus charcuterie sampler

columbus charcuterie sampler

Cultivar’s 2014 Sauvignon Blanc paired perfectly with the charcuterie board and instantly impressed my guests.

columbus charcuterie sampler

Now, the team over at Columbus made the charcuterie sampler for people like me. And by people like me, I mean people who love to eat and socialize but just don’t know how to do it!

The Castelvetrano olives in the white bowl were a major hit. Sometimes referred to as the “rich man’s black olive,” they are easily recognized by their distinctive bright green hue and meaty, buttery flesh. They paired perfectly with the charcuterie and instantly impressed my guests.

Next, I added some fresh basil to the board for a pop of color. I didn’t intend for any of my friends to EAT the basil…but I happened to turn around and catch one of my buddies shoveling it into his mouth…so much for a green garnish!

And of course, there was cheese! For this, I really had to trust my local cheesemonger. He steered me towards a couple different Spanish manchego cheeses and an aged parmesan. The parmesan had peppery notes to it, adding a bit of spice to the board.

Not shown is the KILLER sandwich I made with the leftovers. I took some of the baguette, smothered it in wholegrain mustard and layered the salami and manchego cheese onto it. This sandwich was PURE heaven!

columbus charcuterie sampler

 and I know we all love to “Eat Local”

In 1917, the founders of Columbus started air-drying salami in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood (my hood). They knew the foggy local climate made their product special. It’s why only slow-aged salami from the Bay Area should be called “Italian Dry.” #FunFact

Columbus has been committed to crafting great-tasting salami and deli meats for almost 100 years. And while a lot has changed since their founding in 1917, the best things have stayed the same!

Trust me, the charcuterie barely survived the shoot without everyone grabbing a sample, followed by seconds, followed by mouthfuls of salami!

columbus charcuterie sampler

What I Ate: Columbus Craft Meats Charcuterie Sampler

Paired with a selection of local, San Francisco cheeses, olives, pickled vegetables and Cultivar wine.

Thank you to Columbus Foods for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

 

 

Adventures in Yola, Nigeria and My Travel Essentials

KatWalkSF - NigeriaIf you follow me on social media you know that over the past couple of weeks I have been on a whirlwind adventure with my family. It started with a flight from San Francisco, CA to Washington, D.C. (to get my passport from the embassy) to Frankfurt, Germany to Abuja, Nigeria to my FINAL destination in Yola, Nigeria.

Why Yola, Nigeria?

My Aunt Margee lives in Yola and is currently serving as the President of the American University of Nigeria. She has been there for over six years and has been doing some amazing work (check out this piece on her here), so I figured that it was time for me to pack my bags and venture out to visit her.

Now, I have traveled to Africa before when I was younger, but never to Nigeria and I knew that my typical San Francisco #streetstyle wasn’t going to cut it in this very conservative Nigeria. So, I opted to pack a ton of loose maxi dresses/skirts and lightweight layering pieces.

Even though it was well over 100 degrees pretty much every day it worked…kind of!?!

Not pictured are these two dresses from Old Navy that literally became my uniform for the trip. Check them out here + here. They were easy to dress up and helped me to not reach ‘maximum sweat levels’ like the yellow skirt above.KatWalkSF - Nigeria

Here is a look at some of my Beauty Travel Essentials:

Shore Projects Watch, Glossier: Priming Moisturizer, Viktor & Rolf: Flowerbomb Precious Oil,

Lancomé: Juicy Shaker and Ziesche (everything).

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This blousy maxi dress from Carolina K made several appearances on me (and my sister) during the trip.

Created in 2002 by Argentinian musician and designer Carolina Kleinman, the eclectic Carolina K label takes a broad approach to clothing design. By merging vintage and modern elements and casting intricate embellishments on daring shapes, the label produces forward collections with a flowing, artistic feel. Carolina K clothing is crafted by artisans who work under global fair trade agreements, creating each piece in a new tradition of ethical fashion – making her pieces ideal for this trip!

Check out some of my new favorites from Carolina K here + here.

KatWalkSF - Nigeria

More Travel Essentials:

1. A Watch. This was a crucial accessory for me…especially when I fell asleep after nearly 24 hours of travel and had no idea where I was and what time it was because my iPhone was dead.

2. Coffee. All the coffee all the time. Lucky for me there was fresh french pressed coffee at the house for me every morning and a fabulous little coffee shop at the University that even offered iced coffee (a MUST with the Yola heat).

KatWalkSF - Nigeria

From the plane (there and back) to almost every adventure throughout the trip, these Backyard Footwear sneakers did a great job of keeping me comfortable and stylish on my trip.

Made by hand in the same European factory since 1972 with 100% natural and European sourced materials.  All leather is from Italy. These Backyard sneakers were made with an eco-friendly process and without chemicals, making them an easy choice on this trip.

Interested in checking these out?

Use the code: KATWALK to save 25%

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And last, but not least I kicked off my trip with the AUN Run for Peace.

The run benefits the American University of Nigeria’s Feed to Read Program, that provides displaced, orphaned and Almajiri children a daily meal and teaches them basic literacy and numeracy.

It costs $1 per day to feed one child their only meal of the day.
It costs $50 to teach that child to read.

During my trip, I was able to participate in the Feed to Read Program and observe first hand all of the amazing things that the team at AUN are working on!

You can still support this cause and donate here.

The Dog Ate My Jelly Shoes

Yellow Maxi Skirt

We all wore jelly (shoes) at one point or another. I had a pair of killer glitter jelly heels in the 4th or 5th grade that my dog, Mindy destroyed. She ripped the heel off and ate the strap. I am pretty sure I screamed and cried until my mother took me back to GapKids to replace them…clearly some things have never changed.

The Melissa + Jeremy Scott collaboration (all jelly shoes) was inspired by 60’s optimism! This collab is filled with all the new options of flats and even includes a collection for kids (sorry GapKids). An exclusive selection of the collection features a personalised Melissa’s air nozzle, placed in different moments. The style I am wearing features a functioning air nozzle, making these my very first pair of inflatable shoes.

Prada Baroque Sunglasses

Yellow Maxi Skirt

Yellow Maxi Skirt

Yellow Maxi Skirt

Melissa + Jeremy Scott

Paired with a $17 yellow maxi skirt (#truth), the inflatable shoes are not only comfortable but they work with this afternoon rooftop look.

Did you wear jelly shoes as I kid?

Will you be rocking them again this season?

Yellow Maxi Skirt

What I Wore:

Top: Topshop (old). Shop similar here.

Skirt: Zaful, Yellow High Waisted Maxi Skirt

Jacket: Banana Republic, Camo Military Jacket (sold out). Love this one from Velvet by Graham & Spencer.

Shoes: Melissa + Jeremy Scott, Inflatable Rubber Sandals

Bag: Louis Vuitton (vintage). Shop similar from The RealReal here + here.

Sunglasses: Prada, Oversized Baroque Round Sunglasses

Photos by Bradley Wittke // @WittkePhoto 

A Jumpsuit In Chinatown

Tobi JumpsuitWhat is better than a black stretchy jumpsuit?

Answer: Nothing

A ‘black stretchy jumpsuit’ is surprisingly quite the wardrobe staple. It can easily be dressed up while still staying comfortable and is my go-to piece of apparel whenever I get a spray tan…#truth.

This jumpsuit stands out because in addition to being a great everyday piece it is also less than $40!

Tobi Jumpsuit

The Daydreams Jumpsuit is Benji approved…maybe?!

Tobi Jumpsuit

What I Wore:

Jacket: Alexander Wang (very old). Shop new lightweight trench options here + here.

Jumpsuit: Tobi (c/o), Daydreams Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Shoes: Banana Republic, Vila Platform Pumps

Bag: Banana Republic, Italian Vachetta Bucket Bag

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Original Aviator

Dog: Benjamin Franklin

Photos by Garry Alexander