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Nanette Lepore Ottoman Plunge Dress

Nanette Lepore Ottoman Plunge Dress

Nanette Lepore Ottoman Plunge Dress

Nanette Lepore Ottoman Plunge Dress c/o Macy’s, Clare V. Leopard Flat Clutch, Joie jacket (old), Alexander Wang heels (similar), Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses, vintage necklace c/o Sweet & Spark

I wore this outfit while hosting the Sunglass Hut pop-up at Macy’s Fall Fashion Fest recently. This amount of fullness and ladylike-ness in a dress is not usually my thing, but I knew it was a keeper as soon as I tried it on. The top fits well and is stretchy but not clingy, and that pleases my torso.

As per usual, I felt right at home in it once I put on my leather jacket and Ray-Bans.

Photos by Krystal Bick

The Laundry List: My Favorite Links of the Week (Or So)

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  1. Really enjoying this Anna Wintour pumpkin head. Here’s another – more Cabbage Patch-like.
  2. Because collabs are fun, the ruffly Simone Rocha for J Brand sneak peek launching Nov. 14th and the un-ruffly Alexander Wang x H&M collection launching Nov. 6th.
  3. Some healthy late-night snacks. Warning: Highly Cali. And somewhat ambitious, at least for my unskilled hand. Caveats aside, I do love pudding.
  4. Trending: Footwear is going the way of San Franciscans.
  5. An honest account of the ups and downs of one Parsons fashion student’s life. Super voyeuristic. It almost feels like you’re reading a student’s diary.

Warm

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K. Jacques Bikini Wrap Sandal

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San Francisco

white and caramel

San Francisco

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Everlane Silk Point Collar blouseHelmut Lang skirt, K. Jacques sandals (these are cute too), Clare V. clutch (old, messenger style here), Ray-Ban Aviators, Samantha Wills bracelet (old, love this one)

So far this has been California’s hottest year on record and for months I’ve felt like I don’t have much to wear. For example, for the most part, my lightweight tops are unexciting. They never needed to be because I’ve generally worn them under other layers. And although I can never wait to wear maxis in L.A., something feels weird about wearing them in the Bay Area when not at the beach.

So unlike the normal mild guilt I feel over most clothing purchases (I shouldn’t do that to myself but I don’t usually need new pieces), I’m feeling very happy about buying this skirt and these sandals. And yes, they are among the shoes I pointed out before when I said I wasn’t going to make any promises about not buying them. See? I am a woman of my word.

Wide Legs

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wide legs, slouchy tee

James Perse tee

James Perse tee, Topshop wide legs (similar), vintage necklace (from the Alameda Flea Market), Ray-Bans, Alexander Wang heels, Clare Vivier messenger bag

I had taken a long hiatus from these pants and it feels pretty good to be reunited with them once more. Whenever I wear them, someone always comments that I look “business casual”, and truth be told, there’s no real reason for me to look that way.

But wide legs have always been lengthening on me, and I will happily take all the length I can get. Plus, I wore them with a slouchy jersey tee so I think it all evens out.

Photos by Krystal Bick

Final Hours: Shopbop Friends & Family Sale

Shopbop Friends and Family Sale

The Shopbop Friends & Family Sale ends tonight! Get 25% off almost everything with code FAMILY25. It’s one of my favorite sales of the year since you can buy brands that don’t normally get marked down and pieces that tend to sell out before they go on sale.

I finally bought this bag because I’ve been eyeing it for so long. Shop the post below.

 

Camouflage

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Like Fresh Laundry blog | Sweet & Spark jewelry | Christine Sargologos photography

Like Fresh Laundry blog | Sweet & Spark jewelry | Christine Sargologos photography

Sweet & Spark brooch and cuff, Helmut Lang dress (similar here), Shawn Burke x The Podolls clutch, KORS Michael Kors booties

Another shoot in the Sweet & Spark series! Brooches tend to have elderly lady connotations, thanks to coordinating chunky cardigans. And dickeys. Bless those dickeys.

But most of the time they don’t deserve the bad rap at all. In fact, I love the way they look on asymmetrical necklines. I wanted to wear something big and bold on the strap until I saw this one. It’s so cool and funky and looks right at home on a graphic dress. More brooches over here.

Photos by Christine Saragologos

The Laundry List: My Favorite Weekly Links

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  1. Garance Dore on the culture of striving for perfection and feeling mediocre in New York City.
  2. An expert eye styling home decor pieces from Target. I really liked this older one too.
  3. So I guess nail art is still a thing. I’d never seen this before!
  4. Interesting insight into one executive chef’s creative process. Skip to 1:24 and watch until 1:33.
  5. We all like fashion magazines, but sometimes we like making fun of them too.

Tale of a Button Down

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Like Fresh Laundry blog | Sweet & Spark jewelry | Christine Sargologos photography

Like Fresh Laundry blog | Sweet & Spark jewelry | Christine Sargologos photography

Bracelets and necklace borrowed from Sweet & SparkJoie jacket, Equipment Slim Signature Blouse (similar here on sale, other colors here), AG Legging Ankle JeansVince Claire Pumps in CappuccinoRay-Ban Aviators

You can always tell when you’ve made a good purchase because you want to put on said garment right away. That’s what I did with this shirt even though it was really ill-advised given the glorious fall heat wave we’re experiencing.

Luckily these photos were snapped immediately after I put this outfit on because minutes later, the jacket came off and my poor silk shirt sort of wilted. It did forgive me and bounce right back later, though, and the fit makes it one of my current favorite button downs in my closet.

Photos by Christine Saragologos

Spark

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Like Fresh Laundry blog | Sweet & Spark jewelry | Christine Sargologos photography

Like Fresh Laundry blog | Sweet & Spark jewelry | Christine Sargologos photography

Like Fresh Laundry blog | Sweet & Spark jewelry | Christine Sargologos photography

Necklaces borrowed from Sweet & Spark (wishbone, solitaire, chainlariat), AG Legging Ankle 11 Years Swap Meet, Clare Vivier clutch (old, messenger style here), Ray-Ban AviatorsJ. Crew linen tee, Forever 21 denim jacket, Loeffler Randall sandals

You know those simple gold bangles I wear all the time? These ones? They’re from Sweet & Spark. I first met Jillian, the founder, soon after her company’s launch and recently had the pleasure of running into her again (a year since we last saw each other!) at a party. I love how small SF is.

Last week I got to raid her stash for an upcoming lookbook. She picks out every piece that hits her site and I don’t know how she parts with some of it once it sells! It’s all vintage so the jewelry feels personal and unique. Here I layered up a bunch of gold necklaces to wear with my double denim outfit. More lookbook shoots to come!

Photos by Christine Saragologos

The Laundry List: Skim These, Stat

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Once again, these links aren’t ALL from the past week. I’m taking some liberties here. But they’re all great and well worth it!

Big thanks to my friend Alissa for many of the articles in this week’s roundup. She doesn’t have a site I can link to just yet, but you can get a sense of how cool she is by checking out her prezume (presentation resume, for those who don’t speak SF startup jargon).

  1. Check out Vogue’s 73 questions vid with Sarah Jessica Parker. I know this series has been shared around the Internet quite a bit, but it’s for good reason. Listening to this, how much do you miss Sex and the City?! Yes, I realize SJP is not, in fact, Carrie Bradshaw (and appears to be even more delightful!), but listening to her still gave me a wave of nostalgia. Oh also, feast your eyes. Someday we’ll look back on today’s outfits and feel this way about them. Can’t wait.
  2. These interior designers discuss alternate career paths. I always ask my friends this same question — what would they be doing if they were in a different field and didn’t have to worry about their current skill set, experience or money?
  3. Here’s one person’s take on “Learning to Love Criticism”. It actually reads more like “Putting Criticism in Perspective”, but that’s obviously a really lackluster headline so I see why they went with theirs.
  4. Break me off a piece of that.
  5. What causes you to choose products that promise calm versus excitement? Or re-runs over new shows? Your moods affect your decision-making in unexpected ways!
  6. Here are few time-saving startup finds, also courtesy of Alissa — Canva for easy and good-looking design templates and Fancy Hands for an affordable, ongoing personal assistant who’s based in the US. Sounds like something straight out of The 4-Hour Work Week, right?