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

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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

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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

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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

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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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How To Be a Dirty Hippie Without Smelling Like One

camp collection tee How To Be a Dirty Hippie Without Smelling Like OnePhoto via Camp Collection

As I mentioned yesterday, I spent the weekend in the Russian River Valley at my friends’ new place. One thing I didn’t mention is that they’re working on the bathroom, so we couldn’t shower. Personally that’s perfectly fine with me, but I do prefer to not offend others if possible. And since I recently stopped using traditional deodorant (because of that thing where you can’t even scrub that stuff off in the shower??), it was a bit of a challenge. Turned out I had plenty of products on hand to stay relatively stink-free. So whether your camping, temporarily shower-less, or just lazy, here are some products that will prevent you from becoming friendless.
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This Was the Best Scone I’ve Ever Eaten

We drove 30 minutes for scones, and I would happily have driven a few hours. Wild Flour Bread in Freestone, CA in Sonoma County is that good. We’ve made several trips to the Russian River Valley this summer because our awesome and generous friends bought a place in Monte Rio. It has been so much fun exploring the area. On Sunday morning we made our pilgrimage to this wood-fired bakery.

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The amount of baked goods available, especially when you’re hungry and possibly a little bit hungover on a Sunday morning, is overwhelming. They have something called Fougasse, which is bread with potato, garlic, rosemary, jack cheddar and swiss cheese. The Bohemian has orange, apricot and pecans. The sticky bun is packed with currants, cinnamon and walnuts.

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Everything except the scones comes loaf form, so be prepared to share or take some home. Even I, with my insatiable sweet tooth, couldn’t finish what we ordered:
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What Will You Do With the Final 50 Days of Summer?

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Hey everyone, it’s August 1! We have one more month of summer left until the kiddos (or you) start back to school. But I’m a cup half full kinda gal, so I’m going remind you that summer isn’t actually over until September 22, so that’s nearly a month of summer after the kids go back to school! Plus, we all know September is when summer just gets going in the San Francisco area. So that means 50+ more days full of opportunities to break out the brightly-colored beach accoutrements.

As I mentioned last week, I’m partnering with Serena & Lily, and co-hosted a trunk show at the brand’s San Francisco design shop on Wednesday with a group of lovely SF bloggers where we celebrated exactly those items. They are even prettier in person—I basically wanted everything. They’re available for a limited time only, and some are on sale. So make your way to the beautiful new Serena & Lily space at 3457 Sacramento Street or get shopping online! Click below for some of my favorites from the lifestyle collection.
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So I Just Put My Age on Facebook

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I was 6 in 1974.




I’m 46. That might be even scarier to say than “I got fired.”

We all know age is often a closely guarded secret by women. “How old are you?” is considered to be a very rude question indeed. Why? Because America hates old people.

Just kidding. I don’t know why it’s so terrible to admit you’re past 30 or 40 or whatever. Even some of the strongest women in history (Frida Kahlo, for example) lied about their age. Is it just too awful to go public about losing your ability to reproduce? To realize we’ll never experience young love again? To face that our career is not where we’d like it to be and time is running out? Whoa, hopefully that’s just me because that shit is depressing.

BUT. I was at a blogger event last night, where Miss Savvy in San Fran (AKA Melissa) told me she’d just celebrated her 40th birthday, to which I responded: “Oh, the 40s have been the best decade of my life!” And it’s totally true. Partly because a lot of awesome things happened (adopting a baby, moving to the beach, strengthening my marriage). But also because I’m comfortable in my own skin for the first time ever.

Yes I wish I’d felt this OK with who I am at 25, but it’s been a long road. Here’s one thing that happened:
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