Top 7 Picks From the Target x TOMS Holiday Gift Collaboration

toms x target womens poncho Top 7 Picks From the Target x TOMS Holiday Gift Collaboration

This is 100% necessary.

Poncho: $28

When I was little, my mom piled the presents high underneath the Christmas tree. She was a single mom working as a nurse until I was eight, and she was extremely frugal—except at Christmas time. It was a time to splurge a little, and I was, of course, so happy she did. And though I remember the joy of tearing open what seemed like an endless mountain of gifts, the list of presents I distinctly remember opening is short: When I was maybe five, I was thrilled to receive a large cloth drawstring sack filled with large wooden building brick of different shapes and sizes. I slung it over my shoulder and marched around the house with the blocks poking into my back. When I was a little older, I received a giant Lego set that nearly brought tears to my eyes. And when I was around middle-school age, it was a stereo with a turntable and 9-track player that made me weep with joy.

toms x target arrow clutch Top 7 Picks From the Target x TOMS Holiday Gift Collaboration

TOMSxTarget zip arrow clutch.

Clutch: $20

It wasn’t until I was older that I realized not everyone was as lucky as I was. And after experiencing adoption through the foster system, I’m even more acutely aware that many families won’t experience the joy of holiday giving like I did as a kid. So I’m very excited to partner with Target and TOMS on their holiday gift collection. Each time you buy something from the #TOMSforTarget collection, the brands will give a gift to someone in need: either a blanket via American Red Cross or a week of meals via Feeding America. Plus the prices are pretty amazing.

toms x target womens french terry sweatshirt Top 7 Picks From the Target x TOMS Holiday Gift Collaboration

Also, 100% need this one.

French terry sweatshirt: $22

toms x target toddler shoes Top 7 Picks From the Target x TOMS Holiday Gift Collaboration

Obviously Frida must have these.

Toddler shoes: $38

toms x target mens button down denim shirt Top 7 Picks From the Target x TOMS Holiday Gift Collaboration

I will perhaps buy this for the husband, then steal it for myself on occasion.

Men’s denim button up: $30

toms x target blanket Top 7 Picks From the Target x TOMS Holiday Gift Collaboration

So cozy and love the muted colors (also comes with yellow stripes!)

Fringe blanket: $30

toms for target chambray Top 7 Picks From the Target x TOMS Holiday Gift Collaboration

Never enough chambray shirts.

Chambray shirt: $26

I mean, you’d want to buy this stuff even it it didn’t have a do-gooder angle right? I want everything! But I chose my top seven favorites so my husband (ahem!) could have a short list to shop from.

Toms For Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+Toms limited edition gift you buy, we’re (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TOMSforTarget

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

When an Old Man’s Nightshirt Is So You

DSC02743 When an Old Mans Nightshirt Is So You

This “dress” might actually be a military-issue nightshirt of some sort, I’m thinking. I picture a mustachioed ship captain wearing it while examining large nautical maps underneath a swaying wax candle chandelier as he plots his course around the pirates. He is probably smoking a pipe. I didn’t have time to ask about that when I ducked into Reliquary to buy it a couple weeks ago because I had Frida in tow, and everyone knows it’s the worst idea to take toddlers clothes shopping. But I really wanted it and I didn’t know when I’d be back to Hayes Valley again and I would be super quick. I know. It’s just that I couldn’t get the washed-to-perfection (I bet in industrial washers) cotton out of my mind after first spying it a few months ago. And I had these black Freda Salvador boots from their sample sale earlier this year that I hadn’t worn yet.

In the dressing room Frida grabbed the curtain and one of the women working there said (very nicely) don’t pull on that honey its old and it could tear and I felt like she thought I wasn’t able to control my kid which I totally can’t while trying on clothing (and at other times) and I wanted to say she’s not really pulling on it she’s just kind of gathering the fabric in her arms but then I realized she was seconds away from yanking and why did I think any of this was a good idea so I kept my mouth shut and was pleased to see that the dress fit perfectly across my shoulders and the length worked.
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Let’s Talk About Personal Style at PoshFest, Tomorrow!

bob dylan Lets Talk About Personal Style at PoshFest, Tomorrow!
Photo via All Dylan

I was at an event for Veronica Beard a few weeks ago at Neiman Marcus, and my fellow bloggers and I were standing around, as we do, talking about were we got our sense of style. I kept quiet because I honestly had no clue from whence mine hails. I was an only child, and I never had a relative who was particularly interested in fashion, or a family friend.

I’ve been trying to come up with something ever since, and now the pressure it on: I’m on a panel tomorrow entitled “Style Q&A: Fashion Pros Help Elevate Your Look” for Poshfest (tickets still available!), a gathering of fashion and style enthusiasts organized by online clothing reseller and community Poshmark. I have a hunch someone might ask me that question, so it’s been at the back of my mind all week. I still don’t have a clear answer, but I think it might have something to do with moving to San Francisco in the ’90s. And Bob Dylan. And possibly Nirvana. And this Foxygen video is giving me some clues. Fingers crossed this will make sense by tomorrow.

Virginia Elwood Adapts Toca Boca Characters as Temporary Tattoos—You’ll Want a Permanent One!

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So don’t tell my mom, but I’m obsessed with the idea of getting a tattoo. I’ve seen so many beautiful ones on women I admire recently. (I confess this began with a marathon viewing of L.A. Ink.) Plus, I figure, I’m 46 years old. At least half of my life has been lived without a tattoo. Time’s a-wastin’.

So it was perfect timing when I found out that online and mobile kids’ game Toca Boca is collaborating with tattoo artist extraordinaire Virginia Elwood (who earlier this year was featured in Vogue!) Since discovering her work, I’m considering paying her a visit at Saved Tattoo in Brooklyn for my own ink, as they say (plus Robyn lives there, maybe she would hold my hand). Until then, Frida and I have been having fun with the temporary versions Elwood designs based on Toca Boca characters. I chatted with her on the phone to find out more about the collab and her inspirational career.

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Strappy Burgundy Suede Pumps Worn Three Ways

DSC02561 Strappy Burgundy Suede Pumps Worn Three Ways

I don’t know if it’s the effect of changing trends or my changing tastes, but what I thought was an undying love of platform shoes is kind of dying. Maybe it’s the Sarah Jessica Parker effect, but I’m feeling like wearing more classic, pointed-toe pumps lately.

So when Glam.comm called asking if I wanted to buy some shoes and write about them for a collab with DSW, I figured this was my chance. I landed not one but two pairs of Joes Jeans strappy pumps, one in black and white and one in maroon suede. Here, I’ve styled the maroon version three ways: formal-ish, a daytime look, and a casual weekend look.

I don’t dress up all that much, but with party season approaching, I’m hoping for some opportunities to turn it up a notch. I bought the green dress above at a sale in San Francisco hosted by ModaVive, which sells gently-used fashion and donates money to charities. I love the color and the length. I’ve had the Kenneth Jay Lane necklace forever. The bracelet is a J Crew necklace.
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Blue Sky and Blue Jeans

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Photos by Jennine Jacob.

When I was little, I begged my mom to wear jeans every day starting in second grade. But she felt strongly a little girl should wear a dress to school. As soon as I was free to choose my own outfits, guess what I wore every single day? I had some NICE acid wash pair, high-rise pleated (anyone remember Zena jeans? Those were my fave.), I had classic Levi’s, and I even had some denim skirts I didn’t mind wearing.

Now in my 40s I wear jeans less often, partly because my style has changed, partly because I can’t really abide tight clothing anymore. But this pair of (tight) DL1961 (they’re the Florence style in Thornton), is different. The jeans make me feel secure rather than like I’m letting in all hang out in a way that should be saved for the club, which is a thing I never frequented and still do not. I did have a short-lived rave phase but no one wore jeans to raves.

The reason these are not only tolerable but my current favorites is because of the 4-way stretch. As I’ve mentioned, it sucks you in but still feels soft. You feel solid but not like you’re wearing a girdle. DL1961 uses a new fiber in their denim (along with cotton and Lycra) called Lenzing proModal, which is so absorbent that they’re testing it in diapers. For jeans, that extra absorbency means the dying, washing and treating process is cut in half, conserving water, dyes, energy and time.

I’m also wearing a top by Amourt Vert and booties from Kurt Geiger (they are surprisingly walkabale despite that treacherous-looking heel) and a clutch by Hayden Harnett. Also, the weather in Pacifica has been amazing. It was a perfect day at Pacifica Pier.
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Carmen Marc Valvo Says We Can Wear See-Through Skirts. Let’s Do It.

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Photos via The Cut

This is how I’m thinking lately: I’m 46 years old, and I’m super lucky if I have that many years left to live. Why hold back about… things? For example: tattoos. I will probably have the thing for less than half my life as it is, why not hurry up about it? Another example: clothing. The transparent chiffon skirts at the Carmen Marc Valvo fashion show at the Fairmont Hotel last week called to me, and why should I not return their call?
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My New Favorite Jeans: DL 1961 High Rise Ninas

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On Balmy Alley in the DL1961s

Photo by Jennine Jacob

The thigh gap is my unicorn. The space betwixt my upper thighs remains stubbornly dark and gapless as a playback and will, I’m certain, remain so until the day I die. I accept this, even as discussion of the proverbial thigh gap reaches a fever pitch. The Beyonce gap flap made it household terminology—even my husband knows it now. (“Me: Do my thighs look huge in this photo? Husband: No, you have a thigh gap. Me: How do you even know what that is? Him: I read Huffington Post.” And for the record we were discussing the photo above, and I do not have a thigh gap. It’s the way I was standing.) My favorite line in Mary HK Choi’s Kindle Single Oh, Nevermind: “My mother is 63 years old, and her thigh gap is righteous.”
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Coming to Terms With the ’90s Fashion Obsession #TBT

friends in jeans Coming to Terms With the 90s Fashion Obsession #TBT

The folks behind a new blog called SF-Looks got in touch with me earlier this week about their new site, which is a spinoff of their previous, very successful Tumblr site, Hel-Looks. Hel-Looks was a street style blog, dormant now that the owners are in SF, that showcased Helsinki’s most interesting dressers. Now they’ve brought the concept to the Bay. My first thought was: “Will they find enough material in San Francisco?” After I checked out the new SF site, my second thought was: Why is everyone so obsessed with the ’90s? About half of the subjects cited ’90s fashion as inspiration.
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Learn How To Keep Your Cool After Becoming a Mom

 Learn How To Keep Your Cool After Becoming a Mom

If you’re expecting, or trying to adopt, even if you’ve been trying really hard to be a mom for years like I did, you might have all kinds of fears about what life is going to be like after your little person arrives. I certainly did, and I would’ve loved something like Lovemade, an events series created by my friends Jeanne Chan of ShopSweetThings and Janette Crawford of Sun + Dotter and Homepolish.

Their goal is to reassure you that you will not lose your cool, your edginess, your character, or any of the other awesome stuff that makes you you, just because you’re a mom. Their first workshop is on Saturday, where expecting moms will learn about nursery design, maternity and baby fashion, breastfeeding, get a makeup tutorial with Bare Minerals artists, get baby bump photos with Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids, plus listen to a panel about work-life balance with Katie Hintz-Zambrano, founder of Mother magazine, Erica Chan Coffman of Honestlywtf and Liz Stanley of Say Yes.

The workshop costs $375 (sign up here), and includes a SWEET gift bag stuffed with goodies from International Orange spa, Freshly Picked baby moccasins (which make me want to have another infant immediately), The Honest Company diapers, bibs, bottles and lots more. Space is limited to 15, so sign up quick!