Grapefruit and Mint

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So I guess I’m kinda into pastels now? For a long time I’ve felt like they weren’t really my thing. But I think that’s because when I thought of pastels, I thought of plastic Easter egg colors. Although honestly, even those are starting to have their appeal. The tides may be turning! Or maybe it’s a spring thing. Or probably, I just didn’t realize there’s a whole world of muted hues out there, including some pretty cute options, when combined more carefully.

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I was looking through my “Colors” Pinboard recently and a clear grapefruit-plus-mint-green color combo emerged. It’s a good-looking duo — and side note — it’s also a tasty one, and Bobby Flay knows it. Anyway, these are also the same shades you find at the beach time time of year. Who could dislike that?

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To honor my newfound attraction, I rounded up a bunch of beautiful objects in soft, sandy and ocean-y tones. Happy spring shopping!

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items: lotion / sunglasses / pitcher / toaster / bag / hat / carafe / grinders / vasetassel keychain / heels

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Flares

Flare jeans

Flare jeans

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Flare jeans

AG jeans, Clare V. clutch (old, fold over clutch here, crossbody style here and messenger here), Topshop tank, J. Crew belt, Topshop jacket, Erica Tanov sandals, Ray-Bans

For much of my life I’ve had relatively modern wardrobe tendencies but as a West Coast transplant, California style has been seeping in over the years. I think my Canadian tuxedo here (and this one and actually this one, too) are telltale signs of the transition. And it’s at its peak right now — I get my most boho in the summer.

But then again, maybe we all do? It’s a slippery slope when the sun starts to comes out. First the sandals, then the flares, and before you know it you’re lounging around in crochet dresses.

Greenery

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Suno dress, Shoes of Prey sandals (c/o), Clare V. messenger bag, Ray-Ban Aviators

Before we moved into our apartment, one of the areas that caught our eye during the open house was the porch. It was tastefully dotted with these lush plants and shrubs and the owner was kind enough to leave them in our care after he left. We loved the little urban jungle. It’s a luxury in the city to look outside and get to see so much green. Ahh…

The sad part was, during the weeks after he moved out but before we moved in, a couple of the plants died. So sad for the little guys, and honestly it was kind of a bummer to look out the window and see some dead foliage. So we finally went to the nursery this weekend and are now the proud owners of a lemon tree! It was our first large plant purchase, although to be fair, it’s not that large since it’s a dwarf. But nevertheless — a lemon tree! We named it Liz Lemon because as I may have mentioned before, we’re better at keeping our plants alive and thriving when we christen them.

And in other news, my Shoes of Prey arrived. You get to design them yourself which is really as fun as it sounds. I’ve been wanting pair of black sandals with a low, chunky heel for awhile now so I created them. I’m really liking the way they turned out! The site offers a ridiculous number of styles and fabrics though, so next time around I’m going wild.

Swimsuits: One Love

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It’s go time folks. It’s high summer, which means it’s time to unveil that beach body you’ve been working on, (or haven’t, whatever). Choosing the right swimsuit option is like a game of Goldilocks — you don’t want to show too much skin, or too little, but instead find something just right. We’ve found the answer in the form of some surprisingly sexy one-pieces.

Between a few plunging necklines, well-placed seams and cutouts, it’s good looks on the maillot front. Shop our favorite one-and-done picks below.

Images via The Line, Line Magazine, Erica Tanov

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Striped

Equipment Slim Signature Silk Stripe Shirt | Like Fresh Laundry

Equipment Slim Signature Silk Stripe Shirt | Like Fresh Laundry

Equipment Slim Signature Silk Stripe Shirt | Like Fresh Laundry

Equipment Slim Signature Silk Stripe Shirt | Like Fresh Laundry

Equipment Slim Signature Striped Shirt (sold out — another cute one is here), Cuyana bag, AG Ankle Legging Jeans, Ray-Bans, K. Jacques Bikini Wrap Sandals (I like these too) 

Blue and white stripes are classic for summer and there is a lot of summer left! I love a good button down and I have the feeling I’ll be wearing this one a lot since of course, it rarely gets overly warm in SF. Hope you had a great weekend.

Rainbow

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Top from Mercy Vintage, AG Legging Ankle 11 Years Swap MeetRay-Ban Aviators, Clare V. clutch (old, fold over clutch here, crossbody style here and messenger here), Loeffler Randall sandals

I don’t do a lot of vintage shopping, but I popped into Mercy Vintage in Oakland, saw this top and had to make it mine. For anyone in the Bay Area, the store is full of treasures! The team there has such an eye for for textiles. I don’t make my way to Oakland often, but next time I go I’m definitely paying the store another visit.

Naturally, I’ve been wearing this shirt almost every warm day we’ve had in the past couple weeks. Makes me feel like I’m on vacation!

Of course, it was also especially appropriate to wear this weekend. I don’t know how a trip to the Pride Parade has evaded me all these years in San Francisco(!), but after the historic Supreme Court ruling, I finally made my way out, at least to catch the tail end. All 50 states, can you believe it? Incredible. So much love.

Classics

Marie Hell Crave Dress

Marie Hell Crave Dress   Marie Hell Crave Dress

Pacific Heights San Francisco

Marie Hell Crave Dress

Marie Hell Crave Dress (c/o), Joie jacket, Clare V. bag (sold out, similar here), Marisa Mason Fauna Cuff, Alexander Wang sandals

I wore this dress Friday to go see The Book of Mormon and wore it again Sunday to go see a two year old. My friend, the toddler’s mom, told me she was jealous that I looked dressy but also comfy. Bingo! When does that ever happen? I am so on board with the combination of classic cuts and jersey material.

Lessons from a $20 Jacket

Basics

White on white outfit

Vince Little Boy Tee

Forever 21 jacket, Vince Little Boy Tee (also on sale here, here and here), Blank jeans, Clare V. clutch, Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses, Jenni Kayne flats (similar here, here and here)

For the most part, I try to buy what I love and think I’ll wear for awhile. Sometimes that means investing in high-quality pieces that are worth the higher price tag. And sometimes it means buying a denim jacket at Forever 21. I’ve had, and more importantly worn, this jacket for years and I’m guessing it cost less than $20 when I bought it.

I can’t deny the “cost less than $20” part feels pretty good. But really, feeling good in it matters to me a lot more. If it feels cheap, it’s probably cheap. And if it feels great, no matter if it’s $5 or $500, maybe I’ll even wear it for years to come. For me I think that’s a pretty good goal.

Top It Off

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Building

Clean spring style | Like Fresh Laundry

Clean spring style | Like Fresh Laundry

Building

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Cleobella Hendrix Tote (also here), Vince Claire Pumps (also here), AG Legging Ankle 11 Years Swap MeetRay-Ban Aviators, Everlane Silk Point Collar blouse

Provided you feel good in them, I maintain a button down and jeans is a complete outfit in and of itself. It’s clean and simple and foolproof. Plus, restraint is a virtue, and all that good stuff.

But then chill vibes are also a virtue, (some might say). So — this bag again! I can’t decide if it’s bohemian or country western, but either way, it’s chic and a little out there and I like it.