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Boho: Floral Dress + Ankle Boots

floral dress, ankle boots, boho, bohemian, blue leather jacket

Every fall, ankle boots become one of the key essentials recommended for your closet.

Although it’s not an essential for everyone, it’s quickly become one of mine. I’ve been so picky with boots that it’s nearly impossible to add any new shoes into my collection. But this pair goes well with so many of my outfits that I sometimes wonder, “Where have they been all my life?” I can hardly imagine my life without them now.

floral dress, ankle boots, boho, bohemian, blue leather jacket

Lucky Brand leather jacket || Nordstrom floral dress || Urban Outfitters braided belt || BP ankle boots

There’s something about ankle boots that adds a bit of interest to an outfit. Call it a rocker’s edge or a hipster’s swagger, but they are pretty neat. In a neutral color and a bit of a heel, they can easily be dressed up or down.

What to wear with Ankle Boots

  • A floral dress with a leather jacket
  • A pair of skinny jeans with a striped shirt
  • A casual pencil skirt with a vintage tee

How do you wear your ankle boots?

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Living a green minimalist life is one of the life goals I would like to achieve within the next 5 years. I have yet to master living with a small footprint and yet feeling like I have all the luxuries of a normal life. As much as I have pared down, it still feels like I have too much stuff. But there’s some inspiration that I have gained lately and I’d like to share a few with you.

Spruce and Juice: Lululemon x Project Juice SF

lululemon, project juice, spruce and juice, sf blogger event

Last week, I went to the Spruce and Juice event at the Foundation Cafe in SF. Lululemon and Project Juice were promoting healthy living and fashionable exercise options. I got to meet some local bloggers and we were picking each others brains about what’s trending in SF.

Un-Fancy

One of my newest additions to my blog reader is Un-Fancy. Caroline in Texas creates awesome capsule collections for her daily life and I’m totally digging her series on wardrobe planning. Her take on denim and simple looks shows that you don’t need a huge closet to look chic and presentable.

Tiny House Nation

Lately, I’ve been trying to find new shows to watch and I came upon Tiny House Nation. With housing prices skyrocketing in the San Francisco Bay Area, it seems like owning a home in this environment is nearly impossible. I heard Sonoma County is trying to build a community for tiny house dwellers. Check out Tiny House Travelers for some inspiration, they’re building in the SF Bay Area! We don’t have to live in a large space to have a full and meaningful life.

Sara Bareilles Cover of Sia’s “Chandelier”

As much as I love Sia’s pop power ballad, “Chandelier”, I enjoy cover songs that capture a different mood from the original. Sara Bareille’s acoustic, stripped down cover is so haunting and beautiful. This song has become an anthem of sorts to push me out of my comfort zone. It’s not related to the song at all, but the melody and energy really gets me going.

Want to see more of these posts? Let me know what you think and if you want to be featured here, please email me! :)

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With NYFW kicking into full gear, it was a reminder to bring out my fall shoe collection.

Simple classic styles are easy to match with almost any outfit. This is a small collection, sure, but each one pulls its weight. It’s rare that I have a situation where my shoes don’t go with my outfit. I carefully select my shoes so that there are no shoe orphans. Don’t you hate it when you buy a pair of shoes and it seems like you have to buy a new outfit just to wear with it?

fall shoe collection

BP brown ankle boots || Corso Como knee high black boots || Beatrix Ong heels || Boutique 9 heels || Jack Wills oxfords || D&G heels

For my fall shoe collection, I rely on brown and black shoes as anchor points. Since  I prefer to wear more color on my body than on my feet, I try to keep the shoes in a neutral tone. I would love to expand my collection with more color and print, but I don’t know what I want.

Leopard print loafers?

Bright red pumps?

Something completely wild?

There are so many choices, it can be overwhelming to decide on a new pair. I’d like another pair of flats, but not ballet flats. They aren’t very supportive, especially after a long walk. Perhaps I may indulge in some loafers, if I can get over the grandma connotation. I’ll test the waters on some new styles and maybe I’ll find something to add to this collection.

Do you have your eyes on some new shoes? What’s in your fall shoe collection?

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borrowed from the boys, silk blouse, tweed shorts

Is it fall yet?

It’s been getting hotter in the Bay and I’m finally busting out some shorts, specifically, tweed shorts. Love the texture and the cut…I never thought I’d love a pair of tweed shorts, but it’s grown on me. I don’t often wear shorts but it’s so convenient when the weather is right.

Lately, I’ve been obsessing about some borrowed from the boys looks. It’s been a while since I’ve written about the menswear influences in my personal style, but it’s always there. I used to think that looking more masculine or androgynous was key to this style of dressing but recently, I’ve been drawn to feminine silhouettes with masculine details. My boyfriend hates these boyish looks because he’d much prefer me in a dress. Still, I like to experiment with this look so I’ll be trying it out this Fall. If I get horrible feedback, then I’ll hang my hat but until then, more boyish styles please!

Another element that I’ve been rediscovering is my flatcap. Since I lost both my summer straw hats to the elements, I’ve decided NOT to purchase another fedora or Panama hat. I’ve worn those styles for the past 5 years and it’s time to move onto something else. So it’s been fun trying different outfits with the flatcap. It gives a more masculine edge and adds visual interest and texture.

borrowed from the boys, silk blouse, tweed shorts

Thomas Pink silk blouse || Forever 21 tweed shorts || Jack Wills oxford flats || Kate Spade Kayda purse || Kangol plaid flat cap

Borrowed from the Boys Style Tips

  • Pair a feminine silhouette with masculine details
  • Wear a more androgynous silhouette with feminine details
  • Add a boyish hat, a bowtie, a tie, or men’s style shoes to an outfit for visual interest and freshness

What do you think about the borrowed from the boys elements? Is there a specific item you’re coveting this Fall?

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lace tee, leopard clutch, blue pants, birthday

Just Another Birthday

Today’s my birthday and as another year passes, I’m remembering to be gentle to myself. I don’t usually do much on my birthday, just a quiet dinner with friends is enough. It’s never been a big deal since summer birthdays tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to party guests. Still, I do appreciate all the friends and family that have sent their well wishes.

As another year passes, it can be easy to remember all the things I haven’t yet achieved and what little I have attained…but I’m striving to be content. Content with my body, content with my style, content with life. I used to have a definitive guide to how life should be, but as I get older, that picture becomes fuzzier. Things don’t always turn out as planned as it’s ok. Things aren’t perfect and that’s ok. Sometimes the timing isn’t right and that’s ok too. Not only should I celebrate the positives, but learn from the negatives. Life will always have ups and downs, sometimes more downs than ups…and yet, it’s still meaningful. It’s still valuable. And it’s still part of a life filled with contentment. I’m not so serious anymore.

Why so serious? Or not

I don’t take myself that seriously. I don’t take fashion too seriously. What’s the point in being so serious all the time?

Learning to laugh at myself is a way to let go, to stop trying to be in control of everything. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Sometimes, you just have to make do with what you have and let it be enough. Even these photos, the quality isn’t ideal since I lent out my DSLR for a few weeks. Instead, I have a super old point and shoot and it does the job. Not perfect, not super awesome quality, but it’s good enough.

Sometimes, we have to let go of the little inconveniences and laugh it off.

lace tee, leopard clutch, blue pants, birthday

Lucky Brand Jeans lace tee || Alice + Olivia tank || Trina Turk blue pants || Topshop sandals || DIY leopard clutch

Learn to want less

With each passing birthday, I’m learning to want less, to be minimalist, and essentialist. I’m not only wearing black and white, but rather taking a long term approach to building and maintaining my wardrobe. I’m mending and repairing more often than buying new things because it still feels like, well, I have what I need.

The need to accumulate will always be there, but I’ve learned to hold back and say no. The more I understand and know what’s in my closet, the less I have to search elsewhere for my favorite outfits. No longer are they theoretical ideas, but concrete items in my collection. It’s a long journey to get to this point and I still have a long way to go.

I’m hoping that this year will be a year of less. Less wants, less clothes, less worrying. So that I have have more what is valuable and meaningful to me.

So until my next birthday comes around, I’ll continue to enjoy the life that’s already here.

Cheers! :)

 

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summer camping essentials tent

Instead of glamorous getaways, my friends and I prefer camping weekends as an affordable alternative. Usually this means heading off to Big Sur, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe. But this past weekend, we visited Morgan Hill, specifically the Henry W. Coe State Park. I packed my summer camping essentials and carried it all on my own.

More glamping than camping, we went hiking and took a dip in Anderson Lake. We did some cooking, played a few games, and just had a blast despite the 100+ degree weather in the afternoon. I overpacked but it wasn’t too much since I didn’t anticipate how hot the weekend would be, especially at the campsite.

My lifesavers during our 6 mile hike were my hat, water bottle, sunscreen, and insect repellant. At the lake, I really appreciated my sandals for walking into the rocky and muddy lake floor and my quick drying camp towel. We limited the amount of super sweet and salty snacks we consumed so that we wouldn’t be so thirsty. Staying cool and hydrated was probably the most important part of our trip to stay healthy and energized.

summer camping essentials packing list

Clothing Packing List

The weather was expected to be in the mid-90s during the day and low-60s at night, so I had to pack for all situations. I brought my workout gear for day hiking and some warm yet lightweight items for the evening. I wish everything fit more compactly, but until I get one of those ultra light down jackets and fleeces, I’ll make do with what I have. I wore everything except one outfit. It was surprising how hot it was during the weekend and on the last night, it rained a bit so it was definitely cool in the evening. Next time, I should bring one less outfit and add a lightweight rain jacket instead.

  • 2 Hot Weather outfits: 3 tank tops, 2 sports bras, 1 capri leggings, 1 pair shorts
  • 2 Cold Weather outfit: chambray shirt, sweatshirt, leggings, mint jeans, khaki jacket
  • Accessories: 1 scarf, 1 hat
  • 1 floral sundress
  • 1 swimsuit

summer camping essentials packing list

Summer Camping Essentials

Everything I brought fit into a backpack and small bag for shoes. I have some pouches to pack everything neatly without digging around for my items. There weren’t any shower facilities so I didn’t make use of my shampoo and soap. But a dip in the lake was quite refreshing and it made me feel cleaner. I relied on wet wipes and dry shampoo to look and feel more refreshed during the trip. It’s a little vain, but if there are photos to take, it makes sense to look halfway decent. It’s amazing how much we take everyday conveniences for granted until we don’t have it anymore.

  • 3 pairs of shoes: Vans slip-ons, Reva sandals, hiking boots
  • 3 days worth of undergarments and socks
  • Shower essentials: camp towel, travel shampoo and soap
  • Toiletries: travel makeup kit, deodorant, wet wipes, dry shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • 1 pair of pajamas
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 flashlight
  • 1 backpack
  • 1 cross body bag (check this post to see what’s in my bag)
  • 1 Polaroid camera and film
  • Not shown: sleeping bag, tent, sunscreen, insect repellant, food, etc.

What do you bring when you go camping? Do you take everything with you or are you an ultralight packer?

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gap chambray shirtdress and oxford brogues

As an avid chambray lover,  this chambray shirtdress is so easy to wear. Just put it on, add a belt, slip on some oxfords…and presto! Instant outfit.

I am never too far away from anything denim. There’s just something about the color, the texture, and the look that makes it awesome. Chambray is a summer staple that never seems to go out of fashion. Added to this shirtdress silhouette, which is my latest obsession, it’s a look that’s comfy, casual, and chic.

gap chambray shirtdress and oxford brogues

Gap Chambray Shirtdress || M+O orange belt || Jack Wills oxford brogues

I mentioned in a previous post that I am adopting a more classic sense of style. It’s easier to put together outfits when you have all your basics and neutrals. For me, this chambray shirtdress is a versatile staple that works in many different situations. It can look super casual with a pair of sandals or dressed up with a pair of heels.

Dresses are hard to wear since I don’t feel as in ease in a dress than in a pair of pants. But I realize that dresses are more figure flattering and forgiving so I’m pushing myself to wear more dresses. I am transitioning away from my tomboy sensibilities, but I still have a die-hard love of oxford brogues. Seriously. Is there any shoe that can be so cool? Oxfords makes any outfit look so interesting.

What’s your take on classics? Do you consider them to be interesting or boring?

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