dream shoe closet

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dream shoe closetshoes dsirealaia heelsdream shoe closetI recently designed and completed a home improvement project to build out my shoe closet with some help from The Container Store.  I previously had three of these chrome shoe racks and it was starting to take over my apartment–haha–so I needed a better solution!  I had a corner of my space between a support beam and a wall that was not being used and suddenly I thought, “Hmm how about building my dream shoe closet here?”  I loved the idea of floor to ceiling shelves and started drawing out a blueprint with measurements, dimensions, and materials needed.  I’m really impressed with how easy it was to get these pieces custom cut to size and installed–as long as you can use a power drill, you can do this too–and I love how it turned out.  Yay for a happy home for my shoes!  If you guys are interested, maybe I can share more details of the project in a future post?

On the topic of shoes (is there a better topic? I think not.), I recently shared that I’m an ambassador for the fashion app Shoes Dsire!  Being a San Francisco native and working in the tech space, I’m always looking out for new apps that intersect fashion and technology, and Shoes Dsire is my latest discovery to share with my friends.  The app allows you to snap shoes (from that girl at the coffee shop with the must have boots!), find similar styles based on the image, and shop right from your phone.  I’ve been curating my shoe closet through the app for more boots, heels, and flats that I have on my wishlist–to eventually get them into my shoe closet at home.  Check out the app here to snap, find, and shop too!

xoxo 


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how to wear: oversized scarf

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brown leather jacketoversized plaid scarfbrown pumpsbrown motorcycle jacketle totewinter beauty routineDress: Collective Concepts via Le Tote, similar from Chicwish and Windsor // Jacket: Fossil // Scarf: H&M, similar from Windsor and Gap // Heels: Massimo Dutti, similar by Coach and Prada

Okay…it’s officially starting to get chilly out!  One of my favorite fall / winter accessories is a big, giant, oversized scarf and I’m excited to pull these guys out of my closet.  A big scarf is the sartorial equivalent of being able to go outside wrapped up in a blanket–am I right?  They are super cozy and I love the look of choosing a scarf with a similar color palette to the rest of your look–in this case bright red and espresso brown.  Cheers to functional fashion that keeps you super warm while being a great statement piece!

xoxo 

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how to host: friendsgiving

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Thanksgiving is coming up fast and I hosted a little friendsgiving get together of my own this past weekend.  I wanted to share with you what I planned for a fun friendsgiving and share details to help you host your own!

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Event Location – My original thought was to host friendsgiving at my house but the guest list grew and grew so I needed a bigger space.  Since I was inviting fellow blogger friends I thought it would be fun to host the event at San Francisco startup StyleLend, a company where you can borrow and lend dresses, such a cool concept!  I figured it would be a great event space for my fashionista friends where we could browse dresses while eating, drinking, and being merry!

Mimosa Bar – It’s important to know your guests and knowing these girls…we needed a mimosa bar.  This made for a fun way to kickoff the event with a bit of a pop-fizz-clink moment with the girls!  I made sure to stock up on lots of bubbly from Gloria Ferrer, a request from a few friends as it’s a local-favorite winery close to us in Sonoma, CA.  I wanted to think outside the typical orange juice mimosa and picked up a selection of organic Suja Juices so we could try out different flavor combinations and add some color to our bubbles–so glad I scooped these up–so yummy!

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Food – The whole reason why I wanted to host friendsgiving was so that friends could come together and enjoy each other’s company and have it be a fun time.  With that said, I opted for a potluck-style feast where each guest brought something to contribute.  It was fun to watch guests arrive and unwrap their dishes and I kind of like the eclectic mix of dishes and serving utensils!

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Wine – And with food, there must be wine!  Once we said our hellos and did our champagne toast, we switched over to red wine from Caricature Wines–another fabulous winery local to us in California.  I picked up a selection for my guests–Cabernet Sauvignon, Old Vine Zinfandel, and a smooth red blend–so that there was something for everyone to enjoy alongside our fall fare.  And how cute are the bottle labels?  So festive and fun!

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Decor – Since the StyleLend office has gorgeous dresses all over the place, it was already a really fun place to hangout.  However, it still needed some festive decor to transform it for the party.  I placed a few frames around with cute little signs (thank you Pinterest!) and added a rustic vibe to our table with natural burlap I found from Shindigz and also our golden silverware, plates, and napkins.  We festooned some string lights in our space to give a nice warm glow to the atmosphere and hung some tissue pompoms.  Party time!

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Overall, my first friendsgiving was such a fun experience.  It our digital world where you feel always-connected to friends via facebook, instagram, twitter, etc., it’s nice come together as friends and really live in the moment.  I’m thankful for a great community of girlfriends here in San Francisco and I’m already excited to plan my next friendsgiving!  I hope this post inspired you to plan a get together of your own too!

P.S. Want to see behind the scenes snaps from our event?  Check out #SFBlogsgiving on Instagram and Twitter!

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commute style

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master and dynamicisabel marant coatcommute styleDress: Zara, similar from Alexander McQueen // Coat: Isabel Marant // Boots: Rag & Bone // Bag: TJ Maxx // Headphones: Master and Dynamic

I’ve had many different commutes throughout my career–driving 2 hours each way (ouch), getting on a plane, a quick subway ride, and everything in between.  I’ve honed in on what are my essentials for a stress-free (or stress reduced?) commute to get you where you need to go, while looking polished.

I’m the poster girl for pencil dresses–I can’t get enough.  This is my go-to look for a busy morning when I’m rushing off to meetings.  It works because it is one piece and the hourglass, structured silhouette looks polished to a T.  If I’m braving the elements (like I did today) I bring along a coat that is warm enough for outdoors and easily tucked away when I get inside so I’m not stuck with a bulky coat to carry around.  And to finish it all off, shoes that help you get from point A to point B without giving you blisters–I’m a fan of these Rag & Bone booties because they give me enough of a heel but I can walk in them for miles.

Toss your laptop, phone, keys, headphones, and lipstick into a cute tote and you’re on your way!

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emerald greens

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emerald dressbutton up shirt under dressemerald dressemerald dressemerald greensShirt: H&M // Dress: H&M, similar from ModCloth // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff c/o // Heels: Manolo Blahnik // Hat: TopShop // Bracelets: Giles & Brother, Capwell+Co

I’ve had this dress in my closet for probably three years now and I’ve noticed that it only gets worn for holiday parties in December.  The sheen of the emerald green fabric makes it a bit fancy to wear year round but I was determined to find new ways to wear it.  For this past Sunday’s brunch I decided to wear it with a similar shade of green flannel top to make it less holiday and more everyday.  I’m still not over my fall plaid obsession and I love the way this shirt pops out of the racerback cut of the dress.  Who knows…this dress could become a new fall staple for me!

How do you like to re-style pieces in your closet to give them a new look?

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