A Fast and Furious Denim Affair

DSC01762 A Fast and Furious Denim Affair
I haven’t been buying clothes for myself all that much in the past two years. I’ve bought some of vintage, and a new item here and there, but compared to before Frida came into our home, I’m like an Amish person. I have my uniforms that I wear over and over again, and the funny thing is I don’t even mind. I’ve purged my closet several times, selling stuff at Crossroads Trading Company Threadflip, and Poshmark and sending them off to the Score! Pop-Up Swap. And it feels pretty good to have tamed my previously over-indulgent self.

That must be why I’ve barely taken off these Goldsign “The Stevie” jeans since I bought them recently at Rand and Statler in Hayes Valley. I mean it’s kind of a problem. They are all I want to wear, to a fault. You’ve already seen them here, and there I am above wearing them at the park with the little missy. I rather like my Canadian tuxedo look, but I can’t say the same for all of my recent ensembles involving these jeans.
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Five Essentials for Getting a No-Makeup Makeup Look

I promise I’m wearing makeup. Frida’s glow is 100% natural.

I was once walking through Neiman Marcus, heading out of the store, late as usual to get somewhere as I passed through the beauty department. A woman from one of the brands lunged at me and exclaimed: “No makeup! Let’s do your face!” In my mind I said: “I’ll have you know I spent a good 10 minutes applying this makeup.” But I just told her sorry, I’m in a rush. But I was offended that my beauty efforts were apparently not apparent. Then I realized it was a compliment, because looking like I’m not wearing makeup is my goal. There are those special events when I want a little something special, like winged eyeliner or a bold lip. But on a day-to-day basis, I’m all about the natural look.

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with the no-makeup makeup look, and it’s super easy (as it should be) to achieve. Here are my five essentials for looking like I’m not wearing any makeup. I mean you obviously could just not wear any makeup, but for me that would mean invisibly small eyes and sun damage spots and god knows what else. Also a note: I’ve always had oily skin so I tend to go for powder makeup (I know everyone says its good and ok to use moisturizing makeup on oily skin but I’m 46 and averse to change), but you could easily make substitutions if you’re more of a liquid/cream makeup kinda gal. Check out my essentials below!
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Getting Fired, Growing Older: Gifts That Keep on Giving

DSC01702 Getting Fired, Growing Older: Gifts That Keep on Giving

When you write a blog post about how you got fired, then get tons of supportive and kind comments from friends, colleagues, former colleagues and family members, it will feel super cathartic. You’ll feel a bit euphoric for a while. You might even say to yourself: “Man! I’m psyched I got fired!” You might get some employment offers—you did not see that coming.

And then one day you’ll walk into a press-only area at a huge music festival in your city, whereupon a former colleague will exclaim: “How’d you get in?” Other members of the press will look askance (You’ll find out later she sincerely meant no malice. She can’t help it if getting canned has made you a crazy-sensitive person.).
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Swap Clothes With Me on Thursday!

This Thursday, August 21 starting at 5pm, the SOMA StrEat Food Park will be THE place to grab some numminee(TM) for dinner, as well as a great place to snag some of my clothing for free! I’m a style partner with Score! Pop Up Swap, which is a charitable organization that throws clothing swaps, then donates the proceeds to charity.

Just buy a ticket for $10 (or $17 if you’d like a tote bag), then show up at the StrEat Food Park on Thursday with some clothes you’re no longer into. Other folks will do the same, and chances are you’ll love something they can’t even bear look at anymore and vice versa. Money from ticket sales goes to Hack the Hood, which provides design and technical training to low-income youth, who then use their skills to support local businesses and non-profits in the Bay Area.

You can also swap music, art supplies, housewares, books and other media. Check out the inside of my closet in the video to see if you might want a piece of that action.

Azalea Opens a Second Shop on Valencia Street in SF Today

azalea sf Azalea Opens a Second Shop on Valencia Street in SF Today

Here’s some good news for a Friday: Azalea, a must-shop clothing boutique for men and women at 411 Hayes Street that’s been in business for more than a decade, TODAY opened a sister shop at 956 Valencia Street! Be one of the first to shop the new digs on this gorgeous, sunny day. Look for brands including Alexander Wang, Comme Des Garcons, Naked and Famous, Obey and lots more.

Azalea’s new retail website is also pretty great. Happy shopping!

What if This Chocolate Peanut Butter Madness Were an Outfit?

Screen Shot 2014 08 13 at 7.52.45 PM What if This Chocolate Peanut Butter Madness Were an Outfit?

IMG 4352 e1407988103948 What if This Chocolate Peanut Butter Madness Were an Outfit? Are you familiar with Chocolands at the Outside Lands Music Festival? It’s exactly what it sounds like: a land filled with chocolate, and decorated with chocolate-dipped strawberry skull lanterns hanging from the trees. It’s a delightful place. We went for the Sharona’s chocolate covered brownie, and the handmade peanut butter cup and omg we didn’t regret it. I ate half of the brownie, stashed the rest in my bag, and was SUPER excited to munch on that on the long shuttle ride home. And so I got to thinking, what if this deliciousness were an outfit? The above is what came to mind, and I kind of want everything, especially that Rachel Pally dress. Shop the look below!

Fiat Lux Gold Cuts rings, $55, for all other items shop below!

Check out my other Outside Lands posts about street style, old school find my friends techniques, what to wear, and how to get the most out of the festival.

Jenny Lewis, The Flaming Lips, Janis Joplin, and Festival Style at Outside Lands 2014

DSC01533 Jenny Lewis, The Flaming Lips, Janis Joplin, and Festival Style at Outside Lands 2014

Hello! I think I am finally recovered from Outside Lands 2014, and here are some festival style shots I snapped, as well as a couple from performances. My favorites were Jenny Lewis, Flaming Lips, Arctic Monkeys, Tom Petty (he sang Friend of the Devil on the anniversary of Jerry’s death, tears), Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan & Sarah, Phosphorescent, Grouplove, and Holy Ghost! (whom I’d never heard before!).

I was having a difficult time finding great fest style this year—I was looking for folks who are really owning their look, not just donning a flower crown and maxi dress because it was the thing to do. But apparently I wasn’t looking hard enough because Refinery 29 found some amazing styles (including yours truly!). Anyway, without further ado, here are the photos. Can’t wait for next year!
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Kim Kardashian’s Head and Other Things People Carry at Outside Lands to Find Their Friends

DSC01528 Kim Kardashians Head and Other Things People Carry at Outside Lands to Find Their Friends
Over my many years attending Outside Lands, my usual partner in crime (but not this year, sniff), Robyn, noticed something beyond the flower crowns, cropped tops and cut-offs. Hundreds of people were carrying stuffed animals, balloons, inflatable creatures and the like, perched on tall sticks. Why? So they could find their friends, just in case the cell towers were too jammed to get messages across. It turns out, not only do these clever folks help their own friends find them, but anyone standing nearby as well. “I’m just to the left of the poo!” A few of these fine folks let me snap their photos. I think my favorite has to be Kim with the electric red eyes. How about you?
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What to Wear to Outside Lands Music Festival 2014: Shop Your Closet

IMG 3994 What to Wear to Outside Lands Music Festival 2014: Shop Your Closet
Outside Lands 2012, yes it was that cold. Photo by Jesus Diaz.

So you haven’t had a chance to go shopping for that perfect Outside Lands outfit? Well, the fest starts tomorrow, so it’s time to start shopping your closet. But don’t worry, you probably have most of these things lying around, possibly unworn for years. Time to break out those pieces and make them new to you. But if you feel like your closet is hopeless, don’t despair. I’ve included local shopping recommendations where you can find key items. Happy outfitting! See you at the park!
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How to Get the Most Out of San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music Festival

outside lands How to Get the Most Out of San Franciscos Outside Lands Music Festival

I’ve been hauling myself to Outside Lands for at least 5 years now. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with it—I love the bands, the food, the venue, and the sheer joy of running around at an outdoor music festival like a kid. Things I don’t love: the parking, the confusing weather (even for SF natives!), sore feet, crazy crowds, trying to see three bands I love who are all playing at the same time, the utter exhaustion after day 2. So here are some tips that will mitigate the misery of Outside Lands and highlight the fun.
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