Friday, October 9, 2015

Scarf It

Has anyone else noticed this skinny scarf trend? I first spotted it when a handful of my favorite bloggers rocked it late summer and then, when I recently received my J Crew fall style guide, BAM! Front cover. Skinny scarf. I quickly dug through my "yet-to-be-worn-vintage" stash for some I knew I had purchased (I know. I know. Its a problem I am working on... kind of) and I was so excited my past self had somehow knew my present self would need these pretties. It was a pure Back To The Future genius moment I tell you. Anyways, as much I was loving the look I was a little frustrated with how to wear the trend. Mind you that is probably why they had been in my "pending' pile. Although the most popular way its done is by tying it around the neck,  I choose to start by trying it as a wrist accessory as showcased on the cover of the J Crew Style Guide. I actually tried to replicate the whole look, minus the shoes. I do this quite a lot when exploring a new trend. I find it helps to mimic a favorite fashion icon or go-to label look book model, pin pointing what I really like about a trend and how to incorporate it into my own wardrobe. For a day in SF, exploring the De Young Museum this ensemble was spot on and I can say I am officially on the skinny scarf bandwagon!

Buckle Wedges Gap shop HERE
Vintage Coach Bucket Bag via Crossroads Trading Co.
Thrifted Wool Jacket via Goodwill
Jeans Banana Republic
Vintage Scarf via De Anza Flea Market
Vintage Bracelet via Petaluma Antique Faire
Shirt Target

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Looking to connect with local SF Bay Area creatives, it is going to be three years since I rebranded my blog and what a life changing experience it has been! I know I have said it before but if there is any piece of advice I can share, with any of you who are on a creative journey, it is to surround yourself with people who love like you do. By love I mean, passion, joy and ambition. They will help you when you have those moments of self doubt and inspire you to keep dreaming big when things get impossible. Seeking to capture this experience and share it, I recently partnered up with Verge Restaurant and Lounge at Toll House Hotel to host a small group of Silicon Valley style makers to an amazing evening of chic cocktails, delicious dining and creative conversation!

Verge is a hidden gem in downtown Los Gatos. It recently re-opened its doors after a beautiful remodel of not only its aesthetic design but of its menu as well. From dishes to drinks, I honestly have been blown away by everything I have tried. My favorites foods include the Wild Mushroom Cobbler, the Crispy Brussel Sprouts and the Pork Wings. My favorite libations are the Passion of The Fruit and the Green Tea Macha Fizz. The attention Chef Albert Nguyen-Phuoc brings to his cuisine craft is present in each of his creations, thus I suggest a shared dish experience so you can taste every savory to sweet bite of bliss.

I was joined for the night by beauties Amanda Kuzak, Nicole Bagai, Paulina Perrucci and Alyson Alconis and it was a delight to host such a fun group of gals. We talked about everything from blogging hiccups to career goals, as well as good old fashioned relationship girl talk of course! As I stated in an Instagram post from that night, "My Heart Is Full..." It was quiet a treat to break bread with up and coming Silicon Valley women in such an amazing setting. Make sure to check out their blogs for their re-cap of the night and stay tuned to the blog for another style maker event in the making!

Vintage Coach Purse Black and Brown
Thrifted Skirt Crossroads Trading Co.
Vintage Blouse Black and Brown
Vintage Sandals Kuzak's Closet
Vintage Yves St. Laurent Shoes Black and Brown

Dinner Photos Kai Soto Photography

Flowers Apis Floral
Paper Design The Party Evangelist

Friday, September 18, 2015

Fall Feels

I cannot believe its officially fall. Where has the time gone?! As much as I enjoy all the perks of summer, like late evening trail runs and patio dinner dates, fall is still my favorite season. Ok, Ok, I am slightly biased since my birthday happens to be right in the thick of it but cozy sweaters? soft rain? PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES?!? come on! what's not to love? lol. Although heat waves are still coming and going here in California, slight wind chill and overcast skies are starting to creep in making me have all the fall feels. I am so excited cuddle season (and by cuddle I mean, place my dog in my death grip on the couch because he is a major brat when I want him to cuddle with me #thestruggleisreal) is right around the corner!

As I mentioned at the start of summer, I have been trying to step up my casual style game and it has gotten even more essential recently for non-stop coffee dates have me needing chic but comfortable on-the-go looks that I can dress-up/dress-down and now layer for fall. Taking basics from "blah" boring to effortlessly beautiful, Skunkfunk's sustainable fashion clothing line has hit this style transition right on the nose for me. Made out of eco-friendly Lyocell, I styled this Skunkfunk faux denim dress for day of meetings that was followed by an event. Denim on denim looks are great way to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall. The key to this style is keeping to only two pieces of denim per ensemble such as a chambray button up paired with a denim skirt or a denim jacket paired with a great pair of blue jeans. My current favorite way to do denim on denim is via the "shirt tied around the waist" trend. It was a bit of a challenge to figure out how to style it/tie it properly on my body type but I was very happy with the outcome! Happy Fall Lovelies!

Dress Skunkfunk shop HERE
Vintage Coach Savers
Thrifted Denim Button-Up Savers
Vintage Sandals Kuzak's Closet

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Windy City Romp

Petite aka Pretty Darn Short, rompers are definitely not an item I shop for often. I think rompers are actually a hard silhouette to work with for most gals. Front pooch problems, overflowing chest conditions and the dreaded 'mom butt' issue, all of these things make finding a romper just as hard as finding the right jean. Thus like when shopping for denim, rompers are all about the fit and trying on every style and cut is essential for finding the right romper for you. Last year for my birthday I found an amazing romper at f21 and for the first time I opened up my wardrobe to this kind of piece. Simple, with no elastic waist and an open back, I realized that for my short and slightly curvy torso the common flouncy printed romper that looks like a matching top and short set was not for me. Instead a piece that is streamlined and solid color, which gives more the illusion of a dress is what I should really be seeking. Thus VIOLA! This Free People piece I found at Santana Row is now my third romper purchase. From its sassy yet subtle neckline detail to its scalloped hem embellishment, I love it so much that it has been on repeat this summer.  I dressed it up with my vintage summer hat to a 4th Of July outdoor dinner and most recently paired it with my favorite thrifted 90's sandals for a fun day exploring Chicago. 

Romper Free People c/o Santana Row
Vintage Sandals Goodwill 
Vintage Coach Cross-Body EcoThrift
Sunnies Peter Pilotto for Target

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Orange Creek Sour

Happy #nationalwhiskeysourday my dears!!! So excited to share with you today a twist on this classic drink. Giving this citrus based cocktail a sweet spin, head mixologist Adam Chick of Four Seasons Silicon Valley created the Orange Creek Sour and let me tell you it was a delicious delight! 

Since I started working on my Mixology 101 series on the blog something that has definitely surprised me has been sudden love affair with Whiskey. Honestly nothing beats a good classic Sweet Old Fashioned in my book, but the Orange Creek Sour definitely gives it a run for its money. Subtly sweet, its burnt orange twang perfectly compliments the Whiskey's oak layers, making it a great cocktail to make as you transition from summer to fall flavors. I know I will be doing just so, biding adieu to the sunny season this coming Labor Day weekend with an Orange Creek Sour!

Orange Gum Syrup
Lemon Juice
Luxardo Cherries

1. Boil orange gum syrup until bottom is burnt
2. Stir orange gum syrup mixture together and set aside 
3. Place one egg white into cocktail shaker
4. Pour .75 oz lemon juice
5. Pour 1.25 Whiskey
6. Add a spoonful of burnt orange gum syrup
7. Dry shake
8. Add ice and shake well
9. Rim glass with sugar and cinnamon
10. Double strain into glass 
11. Garnish with Luxardo Cherries

Come taste this fall craft cocktail and many more this Friday at Four Season's Silicon Valley Chronicle Nights Totally 80's Party (RSVP HERE)!

Four Seasons Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto 

2050 University Ave. 
East Palo Alto, CA. 94303 
(650) 566-1200