Friday, October 24, 2014

ART | sffas young collectors

October 24, 2014
4-7pm at Forst Mason Center, San Francisco

One of the things I love most about the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is that collectors from all over the world feature only their best. Everything is perfectly curated and for the most part you are witness to pieces that you may not see otherwise. This year however, I am particularly excited to attend the 'Young Collectors Night'- A concept on introducing people into collecting by showcasing affordable items.  

They will have live music, cocktails and tours of the show. It's great for everyone but as a resident of San Francisco, and living amongst this young new wealth- I would love to see them get more involved and become more educated. I know many find "antiques" to be a dated thing and often intimidating but it's far from that. You can mix pieces and art it into your contemporary lifestyle while still building something that appreciates in value.

I'm excited to see what they have and for those who can't make tonight's event - they will be opened tomorrow. 

warning: none of the below would be for the light spender. I will update us on my  favorite finds this evening.

{Mallet Antiques is always one of my favorites from the show}

{Ambianic may be my new favorite this year. Love this mid century credenza}

{Carlton Hobbs is known for their level of rarities}

{ I have said it before...I love vintage b & w photography. Peter Fetterman Gallery} 


Monday, September 29, 2014

STYLE | in case you missed this

{vintage LV}

In case you are in pursuit of the next best thing and have a little extra money for splurging- I have just the thing. 

Christie's is holding an auction which is compromised of every girl's fantasy or shall I say wish-list. Birkins, Hermes, Chanel, LV's...the list goes on. Unfortunately, you only have about a day left to bid but well worth it since prices for these leather goods are typically off the charts expensive. So when I say it's a deal- I mean, it's a deal. The most appealing part is you can do it online and not have to physically wave your little paddle around to snag these sought-after items. And not to misinterpret're still bidding, but without the fussy stuff. 

Although difficult to narrow down, here are my favorite picks inspired by Fall season.
Click here for the sale.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

STYLE | crochet top

One of my absolute favorites things to do is to step out of San Francisco and have a quiet day in Mill Valley. I love being surrounded by Redwoods and away from all the city noise. 

I had not planned on posting this outfit but my mom insisted- and for a first-timer how good was she at taking my pictures?! I love wearing statement tops because the rest always falls into place. And lately all I want to do is wear jeans- so fun tops is what I've been shopping for lately. I picked up the robin's egg blue with the shoes and accessories and I think the subtly of it all made it feminine and not overdone. This crochet piece is one of my favorites right now.

top: trafaluc
jeans: jbrand
shoes: oldie, similar here
turquoise jewelry: gifted 


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

STYLE | the find

Photo credit: CR Fashion Book, Photography by: Pierre Debusschere
all photo credit via

Obsessed. I have been following the infamous Carine Roitfeld as she continuously surpasses the bars she sets herself. In her latest issue, no. 5, of CR Fashion Book, she features Beyonce in the most artistic version of herself and the whole shoot deserves some serious praising. 

I love imagery that not only illustrates fashion to drool over, yet more-so when it's interpreted as a piece of artwork. It combines the two together to do just that and really sets the magazine/book apart from anything I've seen. Yes, even Vogue. Each photo was better than the last and I can honestly imagine, and predict, these hanging at some future exhibition down the road much like Mario Testino's are now. 

If you don't know about CR Fashion Book- check them out. The best way I can describe it is in their words:
"a celebration of fashion and creativity, irreverent in spirit and timeless in style a platform for groundbreaking styling, photography, and features from the most celebrated creators in fashion and art, as well as a new guard of rising talent a place to discover intriguing people and inspiring imagery, constructed around each issue’s specific theme an innovative format that combines the collectible aspect of a book with the energy of a carefully curated fashion magazine..." -CR 
{This is probably my favorite from the shoot}
Photo credit: CR Fashion Book, Photography by: Pierre Debusschere
{The Queen B} 
Photo credit: CR Fashion Book, Photography by: Pierre Debusschere
 Photo credit: CR Fashion Book, Photography by: Pierre Debusschere
Photo credit: CR Fashion Book, Photography by: Pierre Debusschere

Photo credit: CR Fashion Book, Photography by: Pierre Debusschere

Friday, August 29, 2014

STYLE | normcore fashion?

{my perfect idea of normcore fashion- keeping it simple but flattering}

Unpretentious, average looking - the plain the better - pedestrian street crossings becomes the catwalk. Apparently. At least that's what Vogue told me about Normcore fashion. 

A trending term that landed on the scene this year but one I have been very confused about. How is this a "new" trend. Haven't I been sporting this, or all of us, should I say since circa 1984. At first I thought it was a ruse. A joke on tourists who roam the streets with oversized jeans, baggy sweaters, sneakers and fanny packs. Aren't these articles the staple of "Oh hey I'm just visiting and going to take a hundred pictures in the middle of the street even though you're trying to drive"? It's a little Zoolander isn't it? Or does it simply mean we've been ahead of the trend. When I say "we" I mean the States. This style has has been prevalent here for decades. Just live in San Francisco. This is the norm! (pun intended). 

I don't know. I just think with fashion it circles back over and over until we run out of ideas and now we're back to mom jeans and big sweaters. And I know this sounds cynical, but I'm all over it. In fact, I know a lot of people who would be bursting with joy if they found out they can freely stroll the streets in sweatpants and be deemed as 'fashion-forward'. Especially those who already do it! And I for one love dressing up, but I'm also just as happy to live in comfortable clothing. Though, maybe not sweatpants. 

SO! If someone is telling me to dress it down and not care about labels!? Hey, I'm in. I'm just stoked I'll be considered a "high-end pedestrian". 

How do you feel about Normcore fashion?

{keep the jewelry to a minimum - instead work with accents that pop on your lips and nails}

1. oversized sweater : topshop
2. high-top sneakers: vince
3. cross-body bag: rag & bone
4. jeans: joe's jeans 
5. nail polish: butter london
6. lips: mac 'we're back'
7. sunnies: nasty gal

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

STYLE | fun ways to layer black

A lot of black. A little edge. A little mess makes for a perfect background.

Lately, I've had this very laissez faire attitude towards picking my outfits- so wearing black sits very well with me. It feels a lot like 'paint by numbers'. It never fails me especially when I am having a 'what the hell is going on with my hair and make-up' kind-of-day. Not to say there is no thought behind the final look- but even with little effort, you can't really go wrong with it.

In fact, my take is this- go nuts with it!  A stark color deserves some good layering. l love mixing different textures, leather and accents when I am going for a little more sass. And of course when you have shoes like these....a little attitude doesn't hurt. 

{hard to see in images but the pants have a floral pattern with texture to them}

leather jacket: oldie - similar here
pants; shirt : zara
shoes: bcbg
sunglasses: ray bans
jewelry: tiffany & co. and dogeared
lips: mac 'good to be bad'


Monday, August 25, 2014

ART | layers of graffiti art

{Tasteful vandalism?}

One of the things I love most about this city is our freedom to be creative and expressive. As the case with this graffitied wall I discovered on my way home. I can't help but wonder - who are the talented individuals responsible for this? How were they not caught? - assuming this was the case. What was the message behind the work?

I shamelessly admit that I am just now starting to get on board with graffiti art but trying to understand it much more. I don't mean tagged walls with offensive writing- but real art. I.e. a well thought-out concept such as this. Where as before I would look at it from a different lens and oftentimes, or almost always, walked by it without giving it a second glance/thought. Since my arrival to Reverie Arts I've been re-introduced to this medium while meeting a handful of well-known 'under the radar' graffiti artists. I've learned, like any organization, graffiti artists are very exclusive within their own circle- and privacy is everything to them. 

Now I catch myself treating graffiti the same as I would a canvas.

{I love finding these surprises. An instant facelift to this part of town}


Friday, August 22, 2014

STYLE | how to wear pearls

Sure, Audrey Hepburn rocks them in the classiest way imaginable, but as much as I would love to squeeze into a fitted black dress everyday for the sake of pearls- It's just not going to happen.

However, my thoughts are this....pearls are always classy and dress you up no matter what the attire is. With a busy schedule, I don't always have time to carefully curate an overly thought-out outfit. But there is a contrast of wearing pearls that I especially love when the rest of me is going for basics. It's keeping the look feminine- don't you agree?

Now go enjoy your Friday!

It's been requested to list my wardrobe, so here you are!
Blazer: Zara
T-shirt: Vince 
Pearls: gifted
Jeans: Sisley
Shoes: Halogen
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Oversized Bag: MK
pc: Gloria Suarez 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

STYLE | green pants

I am obsessed with these emerald green trousers since it's a color I wear well and is easily styled in different ways. They're fresh, fun and transitional. On this occasion, I chose to pair them with a classic black blazer- since it's the midpoint to a perfectly polished look that takes me from work to dinner. It's chic and not so serious. 

In previous looks I have worn them with a white buttoned down, nude pumps and a bold orange necklace- which achieves an entirely different look. I may have to post a repeat of that soon. 

I especially loved the juxtaposition of shooting in nature to mirror the color of my trousers. It's so effortless.