5 Styles to Enjoy Before Summer Is Officially Over

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I had been ignoring all the back-to-school, end-of-summer, fall-is-coming media. I suppose I can’t live in denial forever—the teenager is back in school for his first year of high school, and August is more than half over. However! We can all appreciate the summer to its full extent, which exists for another full month. Fall doesn’t officially begin until September 23. So relish these next five weeks with some whites, sandals, and exposed shoulders.

Paige High-Rise Canyon Flare in Powell, $229

It’ll be time to rotate out those light washes once summer and winter hits, so get your fill of nearly-white denim with flowy tops while temps are still high.

Tibi Silk Crepe de Chine Navy Top, $350

My one regret of the summer (besides not taking a month-long vacay in Paris) is that I did not buy an off-shoulder, flowy top like this one! I might just have to snap this one up for the final days of August. You could definitely wear this into fall and dress it up for special occasions in the winter.

Freda Salvador Open Toe City Sandals, $285 (on sale!)

It’s no secret that I’m a major Freda fan. These neutral sandals with their walkable heel are perfect for every day of the week.

Karen Walker Intergalactic Sunglasses, $171 (on sale!)

Sir Elton John would approve.

Factory Chroma White Tote, $48 (on sale!)

I’ve been so obsessed with rainbow motifs this summer, what with the Supreme Court ruling and all! The price is right on this white vegan leather bag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citizens of Humanity Culottes, Gauchos, or Ankle Pants for Shorties

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Shorties like me, that is. But I’m not complaining.

Back story: some of you may know that lately I’ve been blogging about jeans at Eat Sleep Denim, thanks to my pal Jennine who gave me all her jobs she didn’t want anymore, bless her. Because of that gig, I received an email from Citizens of Humanity about these amazing, high-waisted culottes (The Melanie), which were to be available later this summer. I wrote about them then, and I loved them so freaking much that I begged the Citizen’s rep to send me a pair and she did. Here they are in all their gaucho glory.

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I’ve been a Citizen’s fan for, like, ever. They always make room for my thighs and don’t gap at the waist, which are two real challenges my hourglass/curvy body type presents for pants. I always take a 28 in every CoH style — and even now at my slightly larger girth, I can still squeeze into that same size. Granted they will be a bit more comfortable if I drop a few pounds.

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If you’re as nuts about them as I am, they’re available at Need Supply Co.

Shirt: Mollusk, shoes: Freda Salvador, bracelet and necklace: Eddie Borgo for Target

 

How to Get Out the Door Fast and With Style When School Starts

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Unbelievably, our teenager starts high school this week. Which means I have to start getting up early again to get everyone’s shit together. And that’s not going to be easy because not only does said teen currently sleep in until well after noon o’clock, even our little one has gotten into the habit of sleeping in until 9, sometimes nearly 10am!

In a way it’s a dream come true for a 3-year-old to sleep so late. But I fear it’s a bad habit to get into, and that she’ll have a hard time later in life trying to wake up for school. So, this week, everything changes. And it’s gonna hurt.

Living in the suburbs for the past four years, I’ve gotten into some pretty lazy habits getting-dressed-wise. I have zero qualms about wearing sweats to the grocery store, and I’m sure I would not want a street style review of my daycare dropoff outfit.

But it’s time to step things up, because whereas toddlers don’t really notice a lazy mom’s getup, teenagers might. And the less I can embarrass mine, the better (although I realize that by definition this is already a lost battle). In any case, I’m doing it for my own self-esteem as well.

Above are some building blocks for getting out the door quickly, stylishly, and hopefully happily. Details below!

1. Current/Elliott ‘The Fling’ Patchwork Boyfriend Jean, $129 (on sale!): No one will notice if you spill coffee on these.

2. Steven Alan ‘Minnie’ Slouchy Crew Neck Sweater, $160 (on sale!): Comfy, cozy, and casual-chic—it also comes in white, if you’re brave.

3. Opening Ceremony ‘Grunge’ Slip-On Platform Sneaker, $195: To give your look a little edge and a pop of color.

4. Stella McCartney Fuchsia Match Key Chain, $165: This is, perhaps, a ridiculously expensive key chain. But it will make you smile as you grab your keys. Plus the bright color might help you find them: priceless.

5. Roxy X Pendelton ‘Turrain’ Tote, $78 (on sale!): Relaxed, bright, stylish, practical—all bases covered.

What to Wear: Happily We Won’t Need Rubber Boots for Outside Lands

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In June I was in New York to visit my bestie Robyn, and to attend the Governor’s Ball Music Festival. The first night of shows was a muddy mess and I regretted wearing a favorite pair of Freda Salvador booties. So the next day I hit the streets of Brooklyn hunting for Hunter rubber boots, and I found them at DNA Footwear. I was so pleased with myself!

Until it ended up being pretty hot and mostly dried up on Saturday at the shows. And until I had to figure out a way to lug those monsters home in my suitcase.

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But I kind of liked how quirky they looked with this thrifted dress from Wallflower SF — and I was protected from the remaining mud. The bag is Fjallraven, a gift from Mother magazine — and boy has it come in handy!

Anyway, festival outfits are on my mind since Outside Lands starts TOMORROW! Are you going? I’m so excited for Elton John, OMG.

Also check out my Outside Lands shopping and beauty lists!

What to Wear to Outside Lands Music Festival

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Too many stripes? No! Not possible. Especially when we’re talking about a music festival. You really can’t have too much of anything when it comes to your outfit. And these are some things you will definitely want to have for a stylish and successful weekend at Outside Lands music festival in Golden Gate Park.

I’m SO EXCITED this year because Elton John is playing. I sang so many of his songs as a teenager while sitting in the back of my parents’ car, and while holed up in my bedroom listening to the radio. Tiny Dancer? Benny and the Jets? Your Song? Rocket Man? Crocodile Rock??? Holy shit he has so many hits — I’m getting even more excited as I list them. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road!!!

Are you going? I hope so! I’ll be writing about the festival here as well as on  my page at Forbes so stay tuned!

Miguelina Vega Striped Knitted Poncho, $350

Paige Denim High-Rise Bell Canyon Flare in Frenchie, $167 (on sale!)

Amour Vert Peonie Top, $85

Freda Salvador Fringe Chelsea Ankle Boot, $417 (on sale!)

Ray Bay Original Aviators, $150

Jansport Heritage Collection Adobe backpack, $55

Sarape Blanket, $26

Osei-Duro’s 25% off Summer Sale Is NOW

Desktop1I love this brand! I first encountered Osei-Duro at Gravel + Gold in San Francisco, and I still wear the pieces I bought years ago. Many of the garments are hand-dyed and made in Ghana. So I was pretty thrilled when I got the alert this morning that they’re having a 25% off summer sale. Now that I’ve secured the items on my wish list, I thought I’d share the good deals with you all :) The sale code is SSALE15.

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Take the Stress Out of Father’s Day Gift Giving

Compensation was provided by T.J. Maxx and Mode Media

One reason my dad is awesome: he will chase down a toddler to get the shot.

One reason my dad is awesome: he will chase down a toddler to get the shot.

Everyone’s dad is the hardest person in the world to buy a gift for, right? I’m pretty sure it’s not just me. But I’ve found a tactic that works for finding great surprises for myself as well as for dad: Go to T.J. Maxx with an open mind, and see what goodies you find.

The merchandise at T.J. Maxx is always changing, and that’s one of the things I love about shopping there. There’s always a sense of discovery. My local T.J. Maxx is right next to the grocery store I visit weekly, so I make it a habit to stop by whether I have something in mind to buy or not.

Last week, I made my regular visit with a vague idea that I needed a Father’s Day gift. I was secretly hoping for some T.J. Maxx magic, but I didn’t want to jinx anything. I casually passed through the men’s clothing—that’s one of the many things he does not need—and headed to the tech gadgets. He loves his iPad, and is a master photographer. He’s got tons of accessories for his DSLR, but he hasn’t experimented much yet with the camera on his tablet. So when I spotted a fish-eye lens made for a mobile device, I snapped it up. Then I spotted a five-piece “task master” tool set, which included a magnetic pick-up tool, carabiner, light-up screwdriver and leveler. It was inexpensive, would be easy to ship to Pennsylvania, and since my dad is doing some kind of odd job around the house pretty much every day, I’m pretty sure he’ll use it often.

Mission accomplished! But no visit to T.J. Maxx is complete without a visit to the home section. I scored a ceramic frying pan—my latest cooking obsession.

I'm so serious: these were a score.

I’m so serious: these were a score.

On my way out, I also grabbed these tortoiseshell sunglasses for myself, plus a white polo shirt in my dad’s size. After all, clothes aren’t always about “need,” right? As usual, T.J. Maxx magic helped me make it work.

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How to Get Free Tickets to the California College of the Arts Graduation Fashion Show!

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Photos by Stevan Nordstrom

It’s one of my favorite times of year. Not only did some amazing cruise fashion presentations happen in far-flung locales around the world, but here at home in San Francisco, the senior fashion students are putting on their graduate fashion shows. They’re always a ton of fun, and not what you might imagine when you picture a “student” fashion show. We have serious talent in this city, and some of the best will be on display this Friday when the California College of the Arts Fashion Design Program sends their hard work down the runway.

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The CCA campus at 1118 8th Street will become a full-blown runway tomorrow night, and as you can see from these photos taken at previous years’ shows, you won’t want to miss it. You can support the school by purchasing a ticket to attend the event for $40, or $100 for VIP entry, which includes wine and hors d’oeuvres at our a pre-show party from 6:30-7:45. Show starts at 8pm!

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Or, you can win free entry by commenting on this post! Just say hi, or tell me your favorite color, or if you’re feeling creative I really like poems. I will announce the randomly selected lucky winner tomorrow morning! I hope to see you there!

A Backyard Pirate Ship

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Our neighbors two doors down asked if we had seen the boat yet. Not in the ocean, which is just a few blocks away, but in the neighbors’ backyard oba dare (That’s how Frida says “over there.”) We had to tramp through some pretty high grass and, I suspect, some poison sumac. But our short hike led to a pirate ship, complete with a mast and sails, a ship’s wheel, and a bin of clothes for dressing up like pirates! Ahoy mateys!

Frida was in heaven, even though she fell off the ladder trying to get down out of the boat (I feyl off boat! I feyl off boat! Was her refrain the rest of the evening.). Two little boys came tearing out of the neighbor’s house, followed by their sweet mom, who invited us to come play on the boat anytime.

As you can see, I was wearing an unconventional outfit. I grabbed this blazer on the way out of the house because there was a little chill in the air. And I don’t usually hike in my Freda Salvador booties, but sometimes when a toddler is involved, you have to favor speed over appropriateness. Anyway, slightly inappropriate is better than bland, right? Arrr!

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What’s in Your Bag for Spring Break?

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I’ve collaborated on a video with Glam to talk about a topic near and dear to my heart: spring break. The truth this year mine will be spent welcoming a new member of our family in to our home and my vacation will likely come in July, when I’ll finally pack up this cute BluKicks bag with my favorite Mara Hoffman kaftan and a few other essentials and lounge for hours on the warm sand.

Watching the video made me realize some serious sunscreen would also be vital, like Maria emphasized in her segment, and a giant hat like Nkechi mentions. Both of them and the Glam crew were so much fun on set, can’t wait to do it again! What are your essentials for spring break?