4 must-have fall boots

fall must-have boots

Fashion is always best in Fall and boots are always a Fall essential that makes the top of my shopping list. While I’ve invested in some classics that have lasted me a few years now (ahem, rag & bone), I still find myself buying at least a few new pairs each Fall. Sure, trends come and go but these are 4 must-have Fall boots to have this season.

combat: Combat boots are very trendy this season and they’ve gotten a little more extreme compared to last… but I prefer only a subtle combat boot to add some edginess to a basic or feminine outfit.
My picks: Zara  //  Loeffler Randall

flat brown: Flat brown boots can make the most casual outfits look very chic. A casual black or grey sweater, jeans, and brown boots – basically my fall uniform. Comfy and chic.
My picks: Steve Madden zipper boot  //  Splendid

simple black booties (with a heel): There are so many different styles of shoes out there that it’s easy to forget about the basics. But a simple black ankle boot is incredibly versatile; you can even wear them with a dress for a modern update or to add some edge (like I did here).
My picks:  Jeffrey Campbell open-toe  //  H&M  //  rag & bone  

over the knee (flat): Over the knee boots are here to stay and can look great when worn well (… flat is a must and skip the mini skirt.)
My picks:  Louise et Cie  //  Joie

Which boot are you eyeing this season? Let me know in the comments below.

a few friday favorites (fashion week edition)

peter pilotto

Things have been slow here on the blog... because I've just been very, very busy at work. It happens. No complaints. But I'm hoping to get some good rest this coming weekend and getting back here more often next week. Yay for weekend! In honor of one of the most important times of year – fashion week season, I've put together some of my favorite looks from the recent runways. Interestingly enough, like usual I seem to gravitate to simple and feminine silhouettes, florals, and lace. Always lace. Have a great weekend! Rebecca Taylor Yigal Azrouel Cushnie et Ochs Marissa Webb Erdem Peter Pilotto alice + olivia Moschino (okay, not really a "favorite" but the Barbie-inspired fashion is … Read More

spring 2015 fashion week beauty looks

marc jacobs spring 2015

I always look to the runways for beauty inspiration and ideas of new ways to wear my hair or makeup. This season, it was all about minimal makeup and one of two extremes in hair – statement or polished and simple. Here are 5 Spring 2015 Fashion Week beauty looks to try now. Deconstructed Makeup at Mara Hoffman (tutorial via Elle) No Makeup (literally!) at Marc Jacobs Dark Edged Eyes at Narciso Rodriguez Sleek Minimalism at Jason Wu Rope Braids at Donna Karan … Read More

zippered vest dress

OAK Vest

There is something very polished yet effortlessly cool about a long blazer vest. I've been looking for one that could be worn as a dress (a sleeveless version of what Blair wore here) and also casually with a pair of jeans (like Krystal here). I nearly gave up my search completely when I landed on this OAK vest. The zipper adds just a touch of edginess and while I know a vest is very excessive, it is a tailored, versatile piece that I'll be wearing regularly this Fall. What is your Fall fashion splurge? PS. Find it styled as a dress here … Read More

(kinda) grown up overalls

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Overalls are one of the few trends that I immediately got excited about... until I realized that most pairs reminded me of ones I owned in junior high. Why did I ever throw those things out?? I should have known that overalls would make their way back nearly 20 years later, right?  It only took me a very, very long search to find these more "modern" overalls and... well, I guess they are kinda grown up. I love 'em. MOTHER overalls (on sale)  //  H&M top  //  J.Crew pumps (similar)  //  3.1 Phillip Lim bag  //  Dior sunglasses  //  Zara ring  //  RumbaTime watch photos by Lydia Hudgens … Read More

heirloom tomato, corn and quinoa salad

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There are many days after a long day of work that I'm scrounging around my kitchen trying to throw something together for dinner. This salad was the result of doing just that. Because I haven't had the time to go to the grocery store lately, after a long day at work last week I found myself desperately searching the cupboards and fridge to see what I could come up with. This salad uses a few ingredients I ALWAYS have around – quinoa, corn (fresh is ideal, but I just used canned), and feta cheese. I combined it with some fresh produce that I also had laying around – tomatoes and avocado, added some truffle sea salt, balsamic, olive oil and yum – it really hit the spot! You can switch around … Read More

dressed up with nowhere to go

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Most days I like to dress for the occasion in the office – blazers for important presentations and meetings, flats and loose fitting pants for lazy days... and other days I like to dress up just for the fun of it. This is one of those. Of course, everyone asks where I'm going after work and the answer is: nowhere. Looking pretty can make you feel it too and most times that is good enough. Zara skirt (similar here and here)  //  H&M crop top (similar)  //  anthropologie necklace (on sale)  //  Prada sunglasses  //  3.1 Phillip Lim handbag  //  Loeffler Randall pumps photos by Lydia Hudgens … Read More

french braids with a twist tutorial

braids

Festivals usually require either a hat or a braid. Or maybe even both. My friend Noa has a preference for a classic crown braid so I styled her for FYF Fest this weekend. Since I like braids that are a little undone, I took the french braids into a messy bun. I used a new trick to secure the braid into the bun so that it would only look undone, but was actually tightly pulled back and stayed intact throughout all the dancing we did. And aside from festivals, this is a look I'll be sporting on some lazy hair days. The first step after parting the hair is to french braid along the hair line on each side. I prefer to have one side that starts from the part, while the another that starts … Read More

a few friday favorites

hair mistakes

This has either been the longest or shortest week ever, depending on how you look at it. I've been really, really busy at work and it won't be slowing down for at least the next few weeks. But it's all for something really exciting so it is all worth it. I will be taking a quick break before another hectic week begins to head down to LA for the weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing friends, enjoying some warm weather (it so does not feel like August in SF!) and watching one of my favorite bands, Interpol, perform at FYF. Hope you have a great weekend as well!  As for my favorites... Forget working out, forget shopping... sleep is my new cardio and I hope to get a lot of it this weekend. … Read More

on the road travel playlist

travel playlist

Okay, so the pictures are a little deceiving. While in past summers, I've traveled both near and far, this summer has limited to the near.  And I can't complain... between my girls wine tasting trip, a few warm weekends in LA LA land, and finally seeing Big Sur, it's been a great summer. I can't believe it's coming to an end. Denial. I'm flying out to LA again this weekend for one last warm summer weekend. Whether it's a short flight or a longer road trip, good beats are always a must. With a mix of pop and rock, old and new, here are some of tracks keeping me company on my recent travels. Daft Punk Is Playing At My House, LCD Soundsystem Black Skinhead, Kanye West Do I Wanna Know, … Read More