Mother/Daughter Swim

May 20, 2016



Prepping for a much-needed beach trip this summer! A few of my favorite places to shop for affordable yet stylish swimwear are Old Navy (currently 40% off your order!), Target, and Victoria's Secret (also 40% off, and sadly this will be their last season offering swimsuits- better stock up). I can't justify splurging in designer pieces since we rarely get to soak up some sun. Not to mention, kids grow way too fast!

I've already grabbed a few things for the entire family since Old Navy's sale is just too good right now. Naturally, in a very neutral black, white and tan palette. While I've picked up this scalloped two-piece, I feel my best wearing the maillot version. I like being able to swim and play with Natalie without struggling to keep my top in place. I'll save the bikinis for when I tan or lounge by the water. 



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then shop a few more summer essentials I've picked up





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Oscar de la Renta : The Retrospective

May 19, 2016








Snippets from my visit to the de Young a couple months ago. Only a little over a week left to check out the Oscar de la Renta exhibit! I highly recommend it. More details here.

Goop MRKT

May 14, 2016










In a quaint alley nestled within the hustle and bustle of Union Square lies this hidden gem- the former V.C. Morris gift shop, and a true SF treasure designed by none other than Frank Lloyd Wright. Goop MRKT, a wonderfully curated  selection of Gwyneth Paltrow-approved goodies has set up shop in this famed spot. 

Local interior designer Steven Volpe effortlessly incorporated Goop's tried-and-true picks into the stunning space - sourcing original furniture and decor to create the perfect backdrop for the pop-up shop. Frank Lloyd Wright's structures are deeply rooted in nature. His philosophy of organic architecture - harmony between spaces, humanity and the environment perfectly aligns with Goop's core principles.  Thoughtfully edited and eco-conscious collections of home goods, clothing and beauty products for the whole family are all on display. Staples from Madewell and Old Navy sit alongside luxury pieces - there's a little something for everybody.

Whether you want to discover the Goop lifestyle, shop the goods, take in the visual inspiration or pay homage to Wright's work - this a must if you're in SF!

Check out Architectural Digest's write up on Steven Volpe x Goop MRKT  here.

Goop MRKT
May 5-May 22

140 Maiden Lane
San Francisco
415.872.9353


Spring Sandals

May 09, 2016

Gucci Leather Cross Strap Sandals


New in. First non-black heeled shoe purchase in a very long time. I've been stalking these sandals for a while now. There were no detailed reviews on it before I bit the bullet, so I figured it would be helpful to have a dedicated post.

The 5-inch heel height is not for the faint of heart, but I actually find it extremely walkable due to the block heel. I wore them for a good six hours (mostly sitting, but I walked close to half a mile in them) and the ball of my foot did not hurt at all by the end of the day. I'm no shoe design expert, but I'm guessing that the heel pitch was expertly calculated.

I went with the nude as opposed to black, since it helps lengthen the legs. The leather is beautiful, and it is really a great hue- not too warm, not too cool. I think it looks great against a lot of skin tones.

One major design detail that sold me on these: the part where the toes peek through is extremely flattering. Most cross strap sandals are cut so high up, they expose too much of the feet and toes - making them look extremely long.

Now for the downside. I have blisters. Super painful blisters - on my big toes and fourth toes. I had asked a few blogger friends for their opinions beforehand, so I knew this was a possibility. They all said that they cut into their toes during the first few wears. My feet blister up with flats, so I feel this may be more of a personal "sensitive-skin-and-feet" problem (or that may just be me trying to convince myself they were worth the splurge!).

I'm currently walking around the house with them on - a layer of thick socks underneath, to help stretch and soften the leather. I also plan to add some moleskin foam padding to the sore spots. I'll be sure to update this post once they're broken in!


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Old and New



Cuyana bag.  Missguided coat (old, similar here). Old Navy tee (another  favorite). Zara jeans (similar). Gucci sandals (similar, budget-friendly option). Dior sunglasses.

We had a lovely brunch-filled weekend - catching up with friends and celebrating mother's day. Dining out can be tricky with kids, but we always have a wonderful time at Wayfare Tavern - fancy enough for mom and dad, yet their dishes are simple enough for young palates! I highly recommend their fried chicken and their homemade donuts. 

Playing with proportions! This combo of wide leg cropped jeans, heeled mules and a half-tucked top is on heavy rotation. I feel it's the most flattering way to wear the denim trend. In this previous post, I was aiming for a more relaxed vibe. 

(Almost) Vintage:  I've had this long sleeve mock-neck tee for ten...... TEN years! It's older than Natalie. The best part? It cost me less than $10, and I got it at Old Navy. It just goes to show that quality can be had without spending a fortune. With proper care, bargain finds are great- if not, better investments. The trick is knowing what fabrics hold up well over time. I've found that anything 100% cotton and machine washable extra fine merino wool, cashmere and silk are wonderful. 

New in:  This Cuyana saddle bag (a mother's day present from the hubby!) - beautifully handcrafted with thoughtful, minimalist details. I'll be reaching for this often since it's perfectly sized for everyday essentials or travel - my compact camera fits perfectly!

Recent splurge:  These Gucci Cross Strap Sandals. I've been lusting after these since last fall, and finally bit the bullet. They are ridiculously high, but surprisingly easy to walk in. Although, I think it's going to take a few wears to break them in. I'll post detailed reviews on this bag and the heels in separate posts!


Thank you so much for dropping by! Have a great week ahead.



Relaxed

May 03, 2016


Modern Citizen top. Zara cropped wide leg jeans, similar . HM coat. Old Navy slides. Mansur Gavriel backpack via Barneys, another favorite here. Celine sunglasses.

Current vibes: oversized everything - for days when comfort and cozy trumps all. Hope you are having a great week so far!

Photography: Lorna Simpson

Jo Malone : Rare Teas

May 01, 2016


Meet my new favorite scent: Jo Malone's Silver Needle Tea - a delightfully fresh and romantic fragrance artfully crafted using fine rare tea grown in the lush valleys of Fujian, China.

Last week I had the pleasure of welcoming the new Jo Malone boutique on Union Street into the neighborhood. We spent the morning sipping on delicious tea by Bellocq and sampled the new Rare Teas collection - a stunning new fragrance lineup created by Master Perfumer Serge Majoullier.



The collection consists of six scents, infused straight from the leaf into a refined fragrance - beautifully packaged in a new bottle design. Rare teas are sourced from the Japanese Foothills, China and the Himalayas- each bud meticulously hand-picked and prepared. They are all deliciously comforting, each with their own distinct personality. 

Silver Needle Tea- Fresh, light, delicately floral
Jade Leaf Tea- Herbaceous, invigorating
Darjeeling Tea - Floral, exotic
Oolong Tea - Earthy, sweet, creamy
Golden Needle Tea - Spicy and woody
Midnight Black Tea - Sultry and seductive, smoky

A signature scent for everyone.  Pared back and luxurious, the collection is pure elegance -the art of tea translated into a memorable and invigorating sensorial experience.



The new Rare Teas collection will be available in 175 ml bottles at select Jo Malone boutiques. Visit the gorgeous new San Francisco location at:

2157 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

*Products provided by Jo Malone. All opinions are my own.*