523f2864697ab02bfb004880._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

It is not sunny in the Bay area today. In fact, it’s been gloomy and rainy since yesterday. Perhaps this dreary weather is the reason why I find this Southern California bungalow so appealing.The rooms are filled with bright sunshine, there are lots of green plants, and the earth tone color of the interiors are calm and inviting. Not to mention that closet space (a wide open room dedicated to colorful maxi dresses and a seat lined with fur?!?!) is what dreams are made of. But probably my favorite part of this house is the outdoor living space – which looks perfect for soaking up those glorious sun rays. Now someone get me to SoCal stat!

523f2848697ab02c680047f3._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

523f2702697ab02c4e004bb3._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

523f276e697ab02c7e004c0f._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

523f2811697ab02bda004a60._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

523f2882697ab02c0d004b6f._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

523f2879697ab02c370049c5._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

523f276a697ab02ca20047c5._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

523f273a697ab02c680047e3._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

523f2759697ab02c370049b4._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

2 Comments

commuter essentials

Desktop9

Desktop10

Desktop11

Desktop13

Desktop14Today marks a milestone in my life – I start my first full-time job and I couldn’t be more excited! But because my new position is outside of the city, I’ll be doing some variation of walking/busing/riding the train everyday. So what better way to celebrate my new commuter lifestyle by going shopping for some of the things that will make my transition into the real world easier? After consulting with numerous friends who have been doing the whole commuter thing for a while now (I’m so late to the game) I came up with this list of must-have items for my new morning and evening routine. Some of them I’ve already purchased (like the Fossil bag – it was so hard to choose which one I wanted, Fossil has totally upped their game recently!) and some of them are still wants (the bike – hello, Christmas present!) but I’m convinced all of them will make my new full work day that much better.

1/a bag that can carry it all :: 2/a travel mug for on-the-go tea :: 3/a lightweight bike :: 4/a cute lunch bag :: 5/a comfortable walking shoe :: 6/a stylish pouch to hold train tickets/bus passes :: 7/extra phone chargers :: 8/grab + go snacks

432

c83074315e02fd057a9e3dcd1f4e98f2

385232bdbd1e3ee32c1fa08bfe61acce

1880390a45351fea12177741962bf963

streetfsn by Nam

09ae5dc06c80feba6786f94ba6c96386

232fb6f823b498e8ac0a8e4f1ebf6358

bb2ddc3a192e822e6fa0abc47482c56d

DSC_0548 [1600x1200]

aca1000563f47c218fccd35dfb70bb14

I was at my friend’s apartment in Lower Haight the other night getting ready for a Halloween party when I spotted it: an adorable mid-sized black floppy hat that was just perfect. I’m pretty sure I gasped and claimed that I wanted to steal it. But because I already had my flapper headpiece on for my costume (complete with a feather) I did no such thing. I’m such a fan of hats right now though, especially ones of the floppy variety. I prefer the “mid-sized” floppy hats – that are floppy but not TOO floppy. I think this is the most I’ve ever said that word in my life. Anyway, I am pretty sure it’s the most amazing and versatile cold weather accessory there is and I need to invest in one ASAP!

506b0071fb04d60a4d0011bc._w.540_h.810_s.fit_

There is just something so elegant about the simplicity of apartments in Paris. From my travels there, I remember being so enamored by the architecture of the buildings, and so pleasantly surprised when I stepped inside apartments that were simple and quirky. When we visited the apartment of my professor’s old professor (from when she studied there in the 60s) I fell in love with the floor-to-ceiling book shelves and the wide windows overlooking the tops of the buildings. But the furnishings were simple – well-made chairs and couches that looked as if they had lasted (and would last) a lifetime. It’s an unfussy way of decorating, there are no frills and everything has it’s own purpose. Julie Arrue’s apartment in Paris is no different and I find it absolutely charming.

51bc05cbd9127e2534000623._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

51bc05cdd9127e2641000692._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

51bc05d3d9127e24e1000647._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

51bc05efd9127e266800087b._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

51bc05d7dbd0cb1ee000070f._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

51bc05dcd9127e24d2000782._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

51bc05e8dbd0cb1f1e0006d9._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

51bc05ecd9127e2659000767._w.1000._h.1000._s.fit

Thanksgiving is a day of many things. Lots of food, spending time with family, reflecting on all the things we are grateful for. But it is also a special day that requires special attire! Holiday’s are an excuse to put on something cute and celebrate with the ones you love! Here are some of my picks for Thanksgiving clothes that will keep you fashion forward all day (and night) long!

For your pre-dinner turkey trot:

For a Thanksgiving brunch:

For an early Thanksgiving supper:

For a Thanksgiving dinner:

For post-turkey drinks with friends:

1/2/3/4/5

Happy week of Thanksgiving! It’s a time for food, family, and friends – many of the things I am most thankful for. Typically, my Thanksgiving consists of decorating and setting the table for my family and then socializing and eating the rest of the day. Last year, after finding these great templates from Martha Stewart, I decided we were having a dress up Thanksgiving at my house. I decided who would be a pilgrim and who would be a Native American and then made them their respective hats, bonnets, or headdresses which were waiting for each guest at their place setting. My whole family (especially the kids) loved dressing up and it was truly the most fun Thanksgiving in recent history. Here are some snippets from last year’s celebration:

{the dining room table set with each person’s hat at their place set. I tried to have an equal ratio of pilgrims and Native Americans around the table}

{the place-cards I made from mini gourds, thick brown paper, and cute pins}

{a better look at the mens pilgrim hats}

{my sister, grandma, and uncle donning their hats post-feast}

November November November where are you going? I cannot even believe NEXT WEEK is Thanksgiving. I’m so excited for it though, it’s literally what is keeping me going this week! With this realization also comes the fact that this month means my last Fall semester as a college undergrad is coming to a close. Last week I registered for my last semester of classes. This weekend is my last home football game. Pretty soon, I have to apply for graduation and buy my cap and gown. But enough of this sad talk of finality! Here are some happy glimpses of what’s been happening recently:

{sunset captured through the (sorta dirty) window of my apartment}

{red pants and riding boots}

{an eclectic mix of new reading material}

{mexican & margarita’s with friends}

{my well used (and growing) collection of essie nail polish}

{a beautiful Rifle Paper Co. notebook}