Style to Steal - Daria Daria

December 16, 2013

I have a major obsession with international fashion blogs.

Rarely, even with Google Translate, do I understand what they're talking about. But the style, oh...the style.

I recently fell in love with Daria Daria. Equal parts awesome layering and neutrals, with a bold lip, I think she's just perfect.

I think you'll love her too.


What To Get Girls This Year

December 11, 2013

It should go without saying I would take one of anything on this list - so if you're reading, dear fiancé, I'm making it easy for you this year.

Whether you're shopping for your mom, sister, or best friend, I always say a good rule of thumb is to get them something that's either a little nicer than things they would buy for themselves. Spring for the cashmere instead of itchy wool, the luxe lip pencil or nail polish over a drugstore buy, or a showstopper necklace that makes any outfit special.

Oasap Plaid Coat  |  Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Bag |  Nordstrom Cashmere Infinity Scarf  |  NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cythere |  NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Train Bleu  |  Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush  |  Sam Edelman Petty Boots  |  Deborah Lippmann Mini Neutrals Set |  Loren Hope Carina Necklace  |  Ray-Ban Thick Cat Eye Wayfarer Sunglasses  |  Drybar 100 Proof Treatment Oil  |  J.Crew Fair Isle Trouser Socks  |  Everlane Slouchy Cashmere Cardigan in Burgundy



December 9, 2013

I may not be a parent yet - but I abide by the golden rule when giving gifts to kids - for the sake of parents sanity everywhere, nothing that makes noise, requires batteries, or takes hours to put together.

I also like to encourage creativity, so I love toys that encourage kids to come up with their own stories and adventures. Fun playhouses, art sets, or books that teach them about cool cities they might want to travel to someday.

Twig Creative Mint & White Toy Camera  |  Hopscotch Kids Non-Toxic Nail Polish  |  Crewcuts The Dude Tee  |  Crewcuts Sequin Heart Tee  |  MacAlister Camo Boots  |  MacAlister Shearling Gold Boots  |  Land of Nod Campfire Smores Set  |  Land of Nod Black & White Stripe Teepee |  This is San Francisco Book



December 3, 2013

Seventeenth & Irving's Very Merry Holiday Gift Guide for Guys 2013

Men. They are HARD to shop for, am I right? I start hassling the men in my life for gift ideas starting in October since I know it will take them that long to come up with even one little idea. For my husband-to-be, I've just given up on asking him. Instead, I wait for those little casual hints, come up with something fun for us to do - the experience gift, or I just buy a nicer version of something than he might buy himself.

I think that's a good route to take - the nicer than they might pick for themselves. We gals think nothing of dropping $25 dollars on quality hair care products, but for men? No sir. But a funny thing happens when you either just place it in their medicine cabinet or gift it to them.

"I like this new stuff you got. I mean, it's a little better than the old stuff I guess."

(It's always "stuff.")

And then they're converted, much like we are.

Original Chippewa Plain Toe Boots  |  Saturdays Surf NYC Kurt Cardigan  |  Everlane Crew Tee in Antique & V Tee in Pine  |  Imogene + Willie Leather Football  |  Abingdon Waxed Canvas & Leather Laptop Bag  |  Warby Parker Beckett in Evergreen  |  Michael Kors Scout Chronograph Watch  |  Crosley Portable USB Turntable  |  The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil  |  B. The Product Waxd Styling Paste


Three Things

October 3, 2013

ONE  |  Though it's not quite fall these days around San Francisco, I've been stocking up on fall and winter sweaters with all of the great sales. You see, while you're breaking out your leather and ankle boots, we're finally getting our long awaited summer - in September & October! I'm patiently waiting until the day I can wear this leather elbow patch sweater without breaking a sweat. And if you're coveting this like I was, it's 25% off until Sunday with the promo code SWEATERS.

TWO  |  Since getting engaged, I've become a bit obsessed with all things monogrammed. But I hate the stuffy styles of many items on the market. Instead, I love the modern feel of this leather pouch with its engraved block letters. Perfect for carrying a few essentials on the weekend or tossing in your larger tote during the work week.

THREE  |  It's no secret my love of neutrals extends to homegoods. When I saw this nesting bowl set, I just had to pick it up. The largest size is perfect for side dishes, while the smaller bowls are great for dips or snacks. Even the tiniest one gets used around my house for ketchup or mustard. I think these would make a great hostess gift. 

Seen anything lately you just adore?


August 21, 2013

/ ONE /  Michael Kors Pyramid Runway Watch / TWO / Rebecca Taylor Leather Sleeved Coat / THREE / Stella & Dot Sparkly Bardot Bracelet / FOUR / Tory Burch Clara Satchel / FIVE / Warby Parker Winston Sunglasses / SIX / Belle By Sigerson Morrison Kyeran Booties / SEVEN / Bare Minerals Power Neutrals Palette / EIGHT / Stella & Dot Kahlo Bib / NINE / J.Crew Leather Plaque Belt

Not to beat a dead horse here, but having some neutrals with lots of texture and interest will maximize your closet as fall starts approaching. Throw on some ankle boots with your favorite summer dress, add tights as the air grows colder, then top it off with this stunner for extra warmth.

I love olive as a neutral year round, which means this bag is at the top of my wishlist.

Are you ready for fall yet? What item is a must have for your wardrobe?


Style To Steal - Fashionvibe

June 10, 2013

You know how much I love a new-to-me blog, and it seems you guys love it just as much. 

Have you heard of Fashionvibe? Zina is a Barcelona based fashion blogger, and proves just how well Europeans do fashion. A steady rotation of neutrals with pops of pattern and color, with a little rock and roll and killer sunglasses, I just can't get enough of her.

Any fashion bloggers you've seen lately whose style you can't get enough of? Spill it!


Style to Steal - Lovely Pepa

May 22, 2013

Don't you just love when you find a gem after going down the rabbit hole of Pinterest inspiration?

This happens often to me, because I insist on all of my pins leading back to their proper source, or at least a source that properly credits them.

I stumbled across the pin above, which led me to a Tumblr, but through the magic of this nifty tool I discovered one of my favorite new style blogs, Lovely Pepa. I mean, just check out this girl's closet.

Of course, after digging around, I realize this new-to-me blog is quite big and popular. But isn't that what's amazing about blogs? There are so many out there that you can never quite read them all, and there's always a new source of inspiration to be discovered.

Tell me - what are some of your "hidden gems" that you love to read?

PS - Thank you for all your sweet notes and feedback on my promotion and Joy's Bright Lights feature. You guys are the best. Your patience and understanding while I adjust to this new pace of life mean the world to me.



April 10, 2013

In the last year, I focused on buying nothing but pieces that will be "workhorses" in my wardrobe. When I find myself in a store, staring down a need it right now item, I've done a pretty good job of forcing myself to stand there and actually think about what I'm doing.

It didn't always used to be this way. I used to just buy whatever I liked. Then I woke up and found myself with a closet full of pieces I only sort of liked. And none of it looked good together, which lead to many "I have nothing to wear!" mornings.

First thing's first, you must conquer that closet. Figure out what you actually need to fill holes. Make a list. Keep it on your phone. Shopping and spot a good deal you just can't pass up? I try and ask myself this:

Is it on the list? 

If it's not, why do you need it?

Can you think of at least three different and unique ways you can work it in? 

One item on my list was a black leather tote. Living in a city, I had three requirements of this tote. First, it had to have a zipper top for security. Second, I wanted short handles that allowed me to carry it in the crook of my arm, but not so long that the tote would touch the ground if I held it by my side (short people problems). Third, I knew an optional crossbody strap would allow me to use it hands free if needed. Beyond those basic requirements, I knew I wanted high quality materials and construction and free of trendy hardware so I could keep it for years.

But before it was ever on the list, I forced myself to think of three different ways to use it.

I'm imagining it in the spring with a pair of white jeans, a chambray shirt, and sandals for the farmers' market. Laugh if you must, but this is spring & summer wear here in chilly San Francisco.

I could also picture carrying it for a work function, adding interest to a basic black dress with statement shoes.

And since going out at night in San Francisco requires having a place to stash an extra scarf or jacket for the walk home, I knew it would be perfect for meeting up with girlfriends for drinks. San Francisco is pretty casual, so I tend to wear a pair of dark or black skinny jeans with a fun top and boots made for walking when I go out.

Do you keep a running wishlist of items for your closet? I'm curious to hear if any of you have this same strategy? I think it's saved me a ton of money on purchase mistakes.

The Tote | Michael Kors Gilmore Tote
Outfit 1 | Merona Chambray Shirt | Old Navy White Denim | Splendid Sandals
Outfit 2 | Zara Dress | Stella & Dot Rebel Pendant | Zara Heels
Outfit 3 | Madewell Linen Tee | Topshop Black Denim | DV Dolce Vita Booties


March 11, 2013

ONE  |  Don't you love running into a piece that becomes an instant favorite by chance? That's what happened when I was cruising Target the other day, purchasing exciting daily life necessities like Method counter spray. Another shopper happened to abandon this chambray shirt in the cleaning aisle and it caught my eye. Fast forward to me racing through the clothing section, searching for the shirt in my size, in the dressing room, and this baby was in my cart in rapid time. I've had it one week and I won't admit how many times I've worn it since purchasing. The fit reminds me of the lighter version of this closet favorite mentioned here.

TWO  |  Did you guys know I'm a Stella & Dot Independent Stylist? I love their jewelry and being able to share it with other people is so easy that becoming one was a no brainer. I picked up this Rebel Pendant and I'm wearing it with everything. The long length makes it perfect to layer with shorter necklaces, it dresses up a casual v-neck tee + jeans, and I receive lots of compliments whenever I wear it. PS - shop the trunk show for a chance to win a free piece from me!

THREE  |  Whether you call them investment pieces or just smart purchases, a good leather bag is a closet staple that gets better with age. When completing an inventory of my closet, I noticed I have a dark brown, a black, my beloved burgundy bag, but not a nice medium tan. I think this one would be a great fit.

Seen anything lately you just adore?


March 4, 2013

Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder

ONE  |  This batik pattern on this pillow reminds me of summer. I love the ombre effect and the dark inky blue on luxe silk. I might have to pick up a pair for our living room since summer weather's not coming to San Francisco any time soon.

TWO  |  Speaking of sunny weather, I love a good pair of sunglasses. I've been rocking the same pair of Cole Haan aviators for approximately four years now ( invest once, wear forever ) but I think I'm ready to add a retro oversized pair like these to the rotation. These come in lots of colors, but I like the leopard most.

THREE  |  I picked up this NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder on a total whim, but it's turned out to be one of the best beauty buys I've made! I dubbed it "Photoshop Powder" because it has a "blurriness" to it when you brush it over your skin. It hides redness, pores, and the reflective quality gives your skin a nice "lit from within" glow, sort of like your favorite Instagram filter or Photoshop action. I can't say enough good things about this powder, which I hope is a strong endorsement since I've always been firmly anti-powder.


February 25, 2013

ONE  |  This leather jacket is lust worthy from first glance. While it being part of The Man Repeller x PJK Patterson J. Kincaid collaboration might be reason enough alone to purchase, it's also a highly versatile piece for the investment. You can wear it with the leather peplum attached over a fitted dress, or zip off the peplum for a casual moto jacket. Two looks in one = piece you'll keep for life.

TWO  |  While I love NARS makeup, I've never tried any of their skincare until last week. I've been using the Lightening Cream to combat some sun damage from my careless teenage years that's recently appeared on my face, and after one week I'm already impressed with the results. The cream also makes my skin feel super soft. The Total Replenishing Eye Cream is another favorite, thick enough to moisturize and tighten, but light enough to keep your concealer in place.

THREE  |  I bought these DV Dolce Vita Java boots after seeing them on another blogger, and I am in love. Around San Francisco, you can never have too many pairs of walkable, closed toe shoes. These are not only comfy, but the styling reminds me of this more expensive pair, for a quarter of the price. (PS - More sizes here.)


January 31, 2013

How do you guys feel about Valentine's Day?

I'm pretty ambivalent. We don't go all out for it around here. I much prefer just-because flowers. We usually cook a nice dinner at home...something a little more luxe than our everyday meals, like lobster and eat our weight in dessert.

But if I can use a holiday to treat myself to a new candle or a little Tibi, why not? I love this little arrow bracelet too, for wearing daily well after the holiday.

MaryJohn Garnet Rings  |  Smock Lucky To Have You Card  |  NARS Easy Lover Lip Gloss  |  Madewell Sidewalk Skimmers  |  Stella & Dot Gilded Arrow Bangle  |  Tibi Scattered Heart Cami  |  Very Kiki Girl's Heart Tee  |  Archipelago Botanicals Red Amaryllis Candle

Not Boring Neutrals - Wardrobe Inspiration

January 23, 2013

I've been scouring the web for the last couple of weeks for wardrobe inspiration since stating my intention to stick with "not boring neutral" as my closet theme this year. Lots of pinning involved.

Then I happened upon the Vince spring lookbook. Talk about wanting one of each.

But besides being a beautiful lookbook, what this really comes down to is the idea of a capsule wardrobe. The perfect black strappy heels, slim cut black pants that can go day to night, a great jacket, tailored blouses. Mix, mix, mix to your heart's content.

I decided to combine all the looks into an easy to print image to hang in my closet. These looks are perfect for weather here year round in San Francisco (except sub in ankle boots, brrr!) but could easily be transitioned warmer or cooler depending on weather in your neck of the woods.

I'm curious, do you create a wardrobe "intention" each season, or a moodboard that guides your purchases? Or do you just stick with what you've got and mix in new trends?

Look, It's Me!

January 22, 2013

You know what stinks about getting older? Things like vision changes. I used to pride myself on my 20/15 vision, because hey...I could be a fighter pilot.

Needless to say, I didn't grow up to be a fighter pilot, and instead I'm a regular worker bee that sits at my computer for 10 hours a day between my 9-5 and my work for Seventeenth & Irving. Since I've been doing that for about 8 years now, my vision is slowly fading.

But the bonus? Glasses are cool and trendy again!

I've recently purchased several frames to suit my mood or outfit, so when asked me to pick out a pair that I liked, I couldn't say no. I have to admit, purchasing a pair of glasses online was a scary idea for someone like me who's "blessed" with a wider face, so I really liked the virtual optician feature that lets you buy glasses by frame measurements. Perfect to find a pair with similar dimensions to eyeglasses you may already own.

I decided to pick a pair that had a little bit of textural interest, so I went with this pair that reminded me of woodgrain. If you're looking for a new pair of prescription glasses, is an excellent resource for an affordable new pair. They're always offering a great discount on top of their already affordable prices. My pair totaled less than $100 for stylish frames with anti-glare coating.

WHAT I'M WEARING  |   Gap Trench Coat (very it once, have it forever) | ASOS Faux Fur Collar (Similar) | Style & Co Skinny Jeans | Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Francesca Handbag | Kenneth Cole Reaction Boots - On Sale

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January 15, 2013


Just three things I can't stop staring at this week.

Since I've limited myself to a mostly neutral color palette, I've paid extra attention to texture, pattern, and special details, especially when it comes to tops.

Throw them on with skinny jeans and heels, a pencil skirt and pumps, or layered with weathered leather and ankle boots to feel instantly pulled together.

What's on your closet wishlist lately? See the rest of what I love this week.

(Also, I got a stylus to try adding some handwritten elements. Pardon me while I learn how to use it.)


January 10, 2013

Funny things happen when you write a blog, and read at least a hundred of them.

You start noticing patterns, and trends, and how everyone seems to have the same taste.

I blame Pinterest. (Not too much though, I love you, Pinterest.)

Bright neon satchels are suddenly everywhere.

Mint green is always paired with something sparkly or gold.

Everybody is suddenly wearing polka dots and sequins.

But what if you don't like that? As an artist, people's personal style has always intrigued me. But if it's not really your taste, and you still wear it because you see it everywhere, is that really style? Or are you just wearing what the stores or the top ten fashion bloggers tell you to wear?

In my home, I've always preferred a sort of neutral palette. Call it the curse of working a creative career, but as a designer, I used to be surrounded by so much color and pattern. When I came home from work, I wanted nothing but a peaceful retreat. I decorated my home in blues, greys, lavender, with touches of gold and warm wood. I didn't feel bad when I skipped over bright pink accent pillows or chevron.

After years of purchase mistakes, and clearing those mistakes out of my closet, when I stand back and look at the things I really love, they all follow this same pattern. Yesterday I mentioned that when it comes to 2013, one of my goals is to simplify all areas of life.

I fear you'll think I'm boring, but pardon me if I wear nothing but black, brown, olive, burgundy, navy, ivory and every shade in that palette this year.

I'm using these ladies, proving a limited palette is anything but boring, as my inspiration.

And in case you were wondering - I think yellow looks radiant on you. I admire how you can pair plaid with polka dots and completely work it. I'm celebrating what makes you "you" and me "me." That's really what style is, am I wrong?


December 27, 2012

What are you doing New Year's Eve?

I'm keeping it low key around here, celebrating with family and friends at home. But whether you're toasting from the comfort of your couch, or the belle of a big NYE ball, it's always fun to put a little sparkle in your outfit.

And since the best way to start a new year is with money in your pocket, everything's under $125!

Keeping it simple?
Top / Skirt / Earrings / Booties

Sending 2012 out with a bang?
Dress / Heels


December 11, 2012

After "Travel Light - Two Weeks In A Carry-On," the number one question I received was "this looks great for summer, but how do I do this for winter?"

It can be done, I promise!

I'll briefly touch on some of the original tips here, but if you've been here a while, you can skip through below to see the outfits.

The bulk of the work in traveling light is planning. Preparation is everything. You must spend a couple of hours thinking through this, and not wait until the night before. I can't stress this enough. Take your time. Think it out. You'll also breathe easier not running around the night before haphazardly packing. This leads to forgotten items and overpacking.

Ready? Click through the jump to see the tips + outfits to take.


November 14, 2012

After last month's "Visit Here, Pack This" series by Brookelyn, so many of you asked for one in my own town! I take this as a sign you will all be visiting soon, yes? While I know my city best, Brookelyn has you covered with the right things to pack so that you stay stylish while engulfed in the fog or chilly sunshine we're so lovingly known for. At the end of the post, I've shared my favorite things to do when you're in town.

When you come to San Francisco, you'll want lots of layers. The temperature changes dramatically throughout the day, and even from neighborhood to neighborhood. It's windy by the bridge, warmer downtown, and perpetually summer in the Mission. There's a reason locals always have a scarf or cardigan in their bag. And leave your flip flops at home - 90% of the time it's too chilly for that, and you'll want something that's comfy for all of the walking you'll do here. The best way to see San Francisco is on foot!

//  FOR DAY  // 

Dorothy Perkins Top |  Topshop Cardigan  |  Faux Leather Pants  | Topshop Snood  |  Cole Haan Ballet Flats

//  FOR NIGHT  // 

J.Crew Dress  |  Topshop Belt  |  Topshop Fur Vest  |  BaubleBar Necklace  |  Cole Haan Booties 


Rebecca Minkoff Clutch (crossbody by day, clutch in the evening)  |  Topshop Coat

Ferry Building Farmer's Market - Make sure to schedule your trip on a Saturday so that you can peruse the world famous market. The early bird avoids the crowd and gets the best selections, so make sure to get up early and head over. Start with a New Orleans iced coffee or an individual drip coffee at Blue Bottle and pick up a breakfast pastry from Mariposa Bakery - great for gluten and non-gluten eaters alike! Make sure to sample as much cheese as your heart desires at Cowgirl Creamery, pick up some fresh fruit from Frog Hollow Farm, and check out all of the unique food options for lunch.

Ice Cream at Bi-Rite - You can't miss a scoop of handcrafted ice cream at Bi-Rite. You know if the locals wait in line for it, it's good. To avoid the rush, head over around lunchtime on a weekday. Grab your scoop - Salted Caramel is one of their legendary flavors - and head to the top of the hill at nearby Dolores Park for a view of the entire city.

California Academy of Science - Where else can you visit a tropical rainforest, planetarium, and aquarium under one roof? This museum is a bit of a bus ride from downtown, but worth the trek.

Golden Gate Bridge - You can't come to San Francisco without visiting the Golden Gate Bridge. Take the 28 from downtown to get there and bring your tripod. You'll want to get the perfect postcard shot with yourself in the frame.

Shop in Hayes Valley - Hayes Valley is an area of town known for its great boutiques, its open air beer garden, and Miette Pastisserie. Grab a macaron or three and stretch out on the lawn to enjoy one of the sunny parts of the city (pssst, the original Blue Bottle Coffee is also in an alley here, in case you didn't get your fill at the Ferry Building.)

Grab a drink at Local Edition - Housed in the basement of the Hearst Building, they used to print the San Francisco Chronicle here. Sip a handcrafted Yellow Kid cocktail and checkout their collection of historic headline front pages. 

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