White!

Crochet top

Crochet top

Crochet top

Crochet top

Crochet top

 Dolce Vita Sabelle tank (sold out but I love this lace version), Ever jeans, Clare Vivier Messenger BagRay-Ban Aviators, Alexander Wang Stasya Heels

Ahh, white clothes. I can’t resist the allure. Yes, wearing them poses a constant threat of acquiring stains. But it’s worth it — so calm and crisp! Plus, it’s nothing the dry cleaner can’t handle. So I can have my Sriracha and eat it too.

Labor Day

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St. Helena

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Nasty Gal dress from awhile back (this one is beautiful), Clare Vivier clutch (I also have the messenger), Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses, Loeffler Randall Heddie Sandals (past season — these are from the current season)

This past Labor Day weekend I was reunited with my crochet dress! Bohemian summer dreams, now realized.

We spent the weekend in St. Helena with Chris’s family and it was a great way to soak up the last little bit of the season. Lots of eating, and pool time, and eating by the pool time. All the best things.

Watercolor

Tibi leather panel skirt

Tibi leather panel skirt

Tibi leather panel skirt

Tibi leather panel skirt

Haute Hippie shirt (the matching shorts are here for 75% off!), Tibi skirt, Tory Burch clutch, Samantha Wills bangles (from a past season but current items are here), Manolo Blahnik heels, Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses

Do you have any pieces that are a bit incongruous with the rest of your wardrobe but that you still love?? My closet is mostly filled with neutrals but I wear this rather bold top quite a bit. Just love the print.

It has so much going on I usually just wear it with some jeans or white pants, but I like the idea of wearing it with leather (even if just a little bit!), to amp it up.

Double Double

Madewell Downtown Skirt

Madewell Downtown Skirt

Clare V. Messenger

Clare V. Messenger

Clare V. Messenger

ALC top, Manolo Blahnik heels, Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses, Madewell Downtown Skirt (love the details on this one), Clare Vivier Messenger Bag

Not everyone embraces matchy-matchy outfits, but I’m into it. I try to purposely not buy items that look like things I already own, but sometimes it happens. But happy accident — it makes for some easy coordinating sets.

Of course, it’s easy to overdo it so I generally stick to two of any given patterns or color combos at once. Hence the stripes on stripes and black and white on black and white.

 

Maxi Time

Calypso St. Barth dress

Calypso St. Barth Sarah Asymmetric Maxi Dress

Calypso St. Barth dress

Calypso St. Barth dress

Calypso St. Barth dress

Calypso St. Barth Asymmetric Maxi Dress (c/o), Clare V. Flat Clutch Supreme in LeopardJoie Kamari Leather Jacket, Alexander Wang Stasya heels (these and these are similar), Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses

Dressing for S.F. weather is a two-stage process. You wear some stuff and then wear some other stuff on top of that for when it gets colder. So whenever I go to L.A., I get so excited because you can just wear one layer, even at night! For me that means maxi dresses. All day every day.

So needless to say, this is coming with me next weekend for my upcoming trip, sans jacket. We’re doing a joint birthday celebration for myself and a few friends. I can already picture myself in it with a beer, by the beach. T minus four days…

Draped

How to wear nude

How to wear nude

How to wear nude

How to wear nude

Helmut Lang top (from a previous season but similar in black here), AG legging jeansVince Claire Pumps in CappuccinoRay-Ban Aviator Sunglasses, Alexander Wang Prisma Tote (non croc-effect version here)

I’ve professed my love for Roman sandals before (and of course, gladiator footwear has been having a moment for awhile now), but Grecian-inspired draped clothing gets equally high marks in my book. It adds lines in all the right places, and it also adds a little drama, which is always a good thing, (when it comes to clothes, at least). Check out more goddess-like goodness below.

Fancy

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Helmut Lang Carrion Dress (sold out but I’m obsessed with this one), Alexander Wang Stasya Heels, Tibi blazer, Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses, Alexander Wang Prisma Tote (also like this one)

No luck on finding a new white dress this summer and fall clothes are already starting to hit stores, so I figured it’s time to dig this old favorite out of the closet.

Most of my truly dressy events during the summer are weddings, and of course you can’t sport a white dress to those, so I’ve been forced to find other excuses to wear it. Dinner out fit the bill. I like the idea of wearing the clothes I like more often, even if it means getting a little fancy sometimes.

Fresh Coconut Cinnamon Smoothie

The freshest, easiest coconut smoothie recipe

This concoction may just be the freshest, easiest coconut smoothie you’ll ever make. It requires only two ingredients: A young coconut and cinnamon. And if two ingredients seems like one too many, the second is totally optional — although I highly recommend it if you’re a cinnamon fan! We blend this up at home all the time and not only is it ridiculously simple to create, it’s also delish, so refreshing and supposedly a good way to reduce blood sugar, if you’re into that.

The only hitch? Cutting the coconut open! Fortunately, with a fair share of trial and error under our belts, we can help with that. In case you don’t have a machete lying around, we suggest the next best thing — a hammer and knife. Check out the photos below for a quick tutorial. Bottoms up!

Ingredients

  • 1 young coconut (water, meat)
  • Dash of cinnamon

Directions: Crack open the coconut and pour the water into a blender. Then scoop out the meat and add, along with the cinnamon.

Two Years

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A.L.C. maxi dress, Clare V. Flat Clutch Supreme in Leopard, Joie Kamari Leather Jacket, Joie Torres Sandals, Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses

Where does the time go? Chris and I celebrated our two-year anniversary this weekend with a trip to Pescadero, an hour or so south of San Francisco. We hit a couple beaches, visited Pigeon Point Lighthouse, went to Highway 1 Brewing Company, hung out with the goats at Harley Farms, and sampled the goods at Pie Ranch. Great name, equally great pie. And of course, the best company.

Anyway, I was really excited to wear this dress again (last appearance here), because I love wearing maxis to the beach. It really makes me feel like it’s summer, even if it is NorCal summer, which means it’s only in the 60s.

11 Delicate Summer Sandals

Minimal Sandals

With the ’90s revival going on right now, minimal sandals are finally getting their time in the sun – literally! You can now count your tootsies among the ways to show some skin this summer.

Personally, I welcome any footwear that allows you to wear boyfriend jeans and a slouchy shirt and still look chic. (I’ve tried it. I’m a fan!) I rounded up a bunch of pairs I’m dying to get on my feet.