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?

One Reason for Wearing a New White Shirt to Play With a Toddler

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Photos by Kourosh Karimkhany

We’ve had a lot of house guests recently, one of which will soon become permanent. My office/closet is the default guest room, so when someone is visiting, I have to grab everything I’ll need out of there for the length of their visit. I always, always forget something (of course I do), and end up sneaking back into the room for underwear or deodorant or whatever. On this particular day, we were trying to get out the door for a walk and I realized I had no shirts available, except for this Tommy Hilfiger one I had just bought at Nordstrom (on sale!). I threw it on even though it was pristine white and we were heading to the park with Frida. File it under reasons why a mom might wear a crisp white button down to the park with her toddler. I’m happy to report it survived the trip shockingly dirt-free.

It’s all good incentive to get started on the massive reorganization in my near future. It’ll be much easier when everything is in one place. Danny of Key & Kite Woodworking is building me a clothing rack that I’m pretty excited about, and I have some Ikea visits that I’m much less excited about in my future!

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Wearing: White shirt by Tommy Hilfiger, similar here,The Stevie Jeans by Goldsign, Stella McCartney for Adidas shoes, similar here, Ralph Lauren sunglasses, similar here.

The Importance of Being Nice

Erin Kleinberg with her The Coveteur  co-founder Stephanie Mark in 2011 at Lucky FABB.

Erin Kleinberg with her The Coveteur co-founder Stephanie Mark in 2011 at Lucky FABB.

Yesterday’s Huffington Post interview with Erin Kleinberg is short and super sweet. I love her tips on succeeding in fashion, in particular the parts about being nice and doing time in retail.

I hate to admit it, but it hasn’t always been easy for me to be nice. I’ve worked in many jobs in the service industry including as a waitress and barista, and sometimes I wanted to tell my customers to shove it. Especially the caffeine addicted coffee people! There was one guy who came in every day and barked his order like a Marine colonel: LARGE DOUBLE CAP LOW FAT NO FOAM! No please, no thank you, just the tiny cafe filled with his bass vocals. After a couple weeks days I really could not muster a smile for this guy. As a waitress, I was hopeless. My customers were as miserable as I was and my attitude sucked.

I also worked in retail, where you had to at least paste a fake smile on your face. I tried to be genuinely happy—after a 12-year career in tech and science journalism I was working in fashion! I learned quickly that this was not my place in the industry. Bossy, cranky shopper vibes and intensely sore feet and legs were not my jam.

I think it was my job as an administrative assistant that taught me that you get farther, faster by being nice—genuinely nice. I still have a troublesome weakness for road rage, but when it comes to work, I am nice (I swear!). It has a lot to do with the fact that I now like what I’m doing.

So I get what Ms. Kleinberg is saying—being nice has major perks, and working in retail is important, if only to figure out that you hate it.

Team Seventies!

The trend everyone (including myself) is talking about the most coming out of fashion month is the seventies trend. It’s music to my ears, because seventies style lives on in my heart and mind forever and always. But knowing that I’ve got lots of people on my team makes it even more fun.

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And even though the February shows were for fall, I’m ready NOW to rock my wide-leg denim and billowy blouses. I’m also seeing turtlenecks everywhere, and I never thought I’d say it, but I’m excited to rock some turtlenecks! Here are some items I’ll be stocking up on for San Francisco’s spring, summer/winter, Indian summer—basically the rest of the year, which regardless of our complaints, doesn’t fluctuate in average temperature more than 10 degrees in a year.

Line Cove Turtleneck, $74

Weekday Cut-High Flared, Cropped Jeans, $65

Freda Salvador Free Fringed Suede Sandals, $495 (on sale!)

Etro long beaded necklace, $261

American Apparel iridescent clutch, $71 (on sale!)

How Bob Dylan Inspired a Timeless Men’s Fashion Collection

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Bob Dylan by Richard Avedon, 1065

Last year I started writing about luxury style, design and beauty for Forbes, did I tell you guys? I’ve covered a beauty line created by a cancer survivor, seventies trends on the runways, and a necklace vibrator (which got picked up by Reddit and now has more than 600,000 pageviews!).

Photo via John Varvatos

Photo via John Varvatos

One of the fun things about Forbes fashion coverage is that menswear designers get more attention than most of the publications I read and contribute to. For example, I was so excited to stumble upon this video interview with John Varvatos. He describes how his fall 2015 collection, which he showed in Milan (and which features a few hats Pharrell would surely love), was inspired by Central Park and the above photo of Bob Dylan, taken by Richard Avedon on 1965. Varvatos has always been heavily influenced by music. I interviewed him last year when he was in San Francisco and had just published his book Rock in Fashion. He told me back then about how music became such a big part of his life.
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Black Tights, White Dress, Loose Layers

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So, this sweater again! I threatened to layer it over a Mara Hoffman dress, but I got inspired to pull it over this vintage nightshirt-type vintage dress. Loose clothing is all I can tolerate lately, and I’m getting excited for spring and loving light, neutral colors. Also there’s something about black tights with a white dress that I kind of love.

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And these boots—sigh if only I could wear them for longer than 20 minutes!

Dress, vintage via Reliquary SF, similar here (also seen here); Sweater, vintage, similar here (also seen here); Boots, Margiela x H&M, similar here.

Dancing Into the Sunset

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The views of the sunset at our house have been epic lately. Sadly, it’s tough to get an outfit photo that also shows then sun going down over the Pacific. But the light is still kinda pretty. I was excited to find this Helmut Lang sweater at Crossroads Trading Company the other day, because it reminded me so much of this Mara Hoffman layering situation:

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For now I’m just layering it over a tank top, my DL1961 jeans (also seen here and here, obviously I’m pretty into them), and my Freda Salvador Strut lace-up oxfords (on sale!). But I’m imagining wearing it over one of my own Mara Hoffman dresses—or a new one! On a chilly night at the beach on the spring break vacation my husband doesn’t know yet that he’s taking me on, perhaps? I kid. I’ll probably just wear it here and walk down to our trusty old beach for an outfit photo. Stay tuned!

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Also: you know it’s useless to try to take photos with a toddler around, right? All she wants to do is dance.

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The Coats at Erdem Make Me Wish for a Polar Vortex in California

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Not really. I love not having to shovel. But wouldn’t it but fun to keep warm in one of these?

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Some of the dresses were rather gorgeous as well.

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Leather, lace, ruffles, brocade—we’re covering a lot of ground here but somehow it all works together and I like it.

I barely got to say hello, and we’re already saying goodbye to London fashion week! Like all the days of my life lately, it went way too fast.

Photos via Style.com

Rodarte’s Fall 2015 Disco Show

Rodarte Fall 2015

I’ve always been a fan of the Mulleavy sisters’ weirdness. And I can get behind their disco presentation this season. The leather leggings are divine (though the models’ legs are disturbingly bony in them), and I love how much asymmetry is present. The sheer lace is beautiful, and I’m down with the tweedy jackets. I’m less sure about the lamé-heavy pieces and Pebbles hemlines. But overall I love these women for taking risks and being from Aptos.

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The setlist was interesting too, here it is if you’d like to listen more:

The Rip – Portishead
Blind – Michael Gira
Run To Me – Bee Gees (such a gem from 1972)
Louise – Clan of Xymox