working girl

November 10, 2011 § 5 Comments

i have news! happy, newly employed news. come the monday after thanksgiving, i’ll be starting as a junior copywriter at a home decor/gift store here in san francisco. let’s just say there was a lot of jumping around involved after i received the offer and i may have let out a pretty sizable squeak… but honestly, after too many months of marinating in pajamas peppered by too few freelance gigs, it’s all rose-colored contacts and giggles over here.

then i looked in my closet, and a minor freak-out ensued.

you see, i’ve never actually had to “dress” for a job. four years (give or take) of working for various fashion and retail-focused start-ups has left me with lots of wiggle room, wardrobe-wise… which is totally fine until you end up with a job where styles err on the side of corporate.

in a nutshell, my closet is a place where flirty dresses, v-neck tees and boyfriend jeans hang out (heh) with enough little, medium and big brown bags to make my credit cards shudder in their worn leather sleeves. my trusty theory suit cowers in a corner, outnumbered by an army of casual attire. basically, i’m starting from scratch here. i went to zara yesterday, tried on as much of the store as i could fit into one of their teensy dressing rooms… and walked out with a skirt. one skirt.

question: what are your work outfit essentials? do you like to have fun with work outfits? any help/inspiration is much appreciated!

(photo from the devil wears prada – i couldn’t resist :))

a zara find

November 7, 2011 § 2 Comments

…or something like that.

i wouldn’t exactly call myself a handbag person – sure, the occasional carryall might capture my attention for a moment but my gaze is usually deflected to the nearest pair of shoes or sparkly object. what can i say. then i saw this bag at zara, and it seemed to stick in my mind for longer than usual. something about the randomly placed neon pink elastic called out to me, which is completely and admittedly weird but makes enough sense in my head. it arrived today (free shipping, so dangerous!) and the quality is surprisingly good for a $26 clutch. it’s soft, slightly slouchy and can be carried with or without the adjustable strap, and the pop of pink provides a satisfying contrast. in other words, i’m impressed.

and now… i really need to clean off my nightstand.

let’s talk about… socks!

November 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

socks – at least for me – tend to be a sartorial afterthought, an accessory borne of necessity, a layer between my feet and my flats – and that’s it. yeah, the socks i wear with my frye boots are the same kind i begrudgingly stuff into my nikes. weird? who knows.

um.. hello polka dots and stripes! turns out, when socks look like this, the stuff i said before becomes kind of irrelevant. i found these at h&m and quickly scooped them up, conveniently ignoring the fact that i have no clue what to wear them with, beyond pajamas..

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confetti love

October 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

i really, really love confetti.


(photo by dh kong)

like.. a lot. the above photo was taken at a job i had a few years ago, when we were filming a quick video… a clown was involved. and a bounce house. we were all standing around at the end of the day, surveying the confetti explosion that had happened, and i sort of… jumped into it. with the office dog. for no reason.

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matcha green tea donut holes

October 24, 2011 § 6 Comments

since it’s monday, i thought it would be fun to talk about donuts. and really, when is it not fun to talk about donuts? or doughnuts. or do-nots, as i like to call them when i’m walking by the 24-hour donut shop on my way back from the market (this happens a lot).

confession: i’m really not the biggest donut fan. i think i have one once a year, maybe. you’d think the fact that the majority of the fried and frosted delights are coated in some sort of sprinkle would ensure at the very least, top three placement in my hierarchy of favorite sweet things, but alas… their forbidden nature succeeds in keeping me away.

until now.

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dog/house

October 20, 2011 § 2 Comments

good dog

pug plate, john derian. milan rug, twinkle by wenlan. poodle salt & pepper shakers, jonathan adler. best in show wallpaper, osborne and little. yorkshire terrier print, mod dog shop on etsy. le chiot sculpture, cb2.

…drooling over these doggy-inspired decor finds. which is your favorite? no surprises here… i’d happily adopt every single one!

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never never land

October 18, 2011 § 1 Comment

sometimes the sweetest part of a day is finding an outdoor patch with just the right amount of sunshine pouring in through the (still green) trees.

[finally, a peter pan collar that doesn’t make me look five]

it’s kind of like when dogs pace around until they find the sunniest spot in the house, and promptly settle down for a snooze, you know? pure bliss.

oook. as long as there are days like this, i can wait a little longer for chilly weather.. except i wasted no time in scooping up the moccasins from that post where all i wanted to do was snuggle up with tea, cookies and a fox pillow. oops.

[plaid shirt, madewell. sunglasses, fred flare. jeans, free people. shoes, minnetonka]

that’s all for now. just wanted to share some sunshine before the fog rolls back in. have a lovely day, wherever you are!