A New Kind of Winter

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hat: Anthropologie

Sweater: Forever 21
Shirt: J Crew
Purse: Phillip Lim for Target
Bracelet: gift, Anthropologie / Nancy Nelson Jewelry (thanks Jordan/Brian/Jillian)
Pants: AG Stevie Ankle
Booties: Target

Carrie Bradshaw once said,

"In New York, you're always looking for a job, a boyfriend, or an apartment."

After the firestorm of the past three months, I have had a magical two weeks, in which I have gotten all three. The world works in mysterious ways!

This is what I wore for a grocery run, with my newly Californian boyfriend, in what I am now coming to understand as "winter": 60 degrees, partly cloudy, no coat necessary. 

As for the apartment, it is one long series of "before" shots right now, but Trevor and I are tearing it down and building back up again anew. It is a beautiful 100-year old building with 100-year old problems, but it's going to be incredible when it's done. We are in a lovely area in Oakland and I could not be happier. 

I also have a brand new job! I will be tucking away my walking shoes and sitting down behind a desk for the first time in a long time. I'll be working in online content for a major brand and I am thrilled for the opportunity. California has turned my life upside down and inside out!

Sweater: here
Hat: here 
Shirt: here, here
Purse: here, here 
Jeans: here, here
Booties: here, here 

Full of gratitude, full of hope, humbled by the world.

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Stars & Stripes Forever

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Top: thrifted
Short necklace: Forever 21
Zodiac necklace: Julie Nolan Jewelry

[photo by Danielle Elliott]

This is what I wore to a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at my cousin's in Oakland!

More real outfit posts, coming soon. 
(Because guess what! My tripod is coming soon!)
(More important than the tripod, MY BOYFRIEND IS COMING SOON!!)

Life is happening!
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Even when my life is chaotic, I am so lucky. This year's list is long and varied. I am thankful for California and its mind altering good weather, I am thankful for Chicago, I am thankful for the internet,  I am thankful for good hearts, I am thankful for every person who has ever told me that taking risks is not the same as making mistakes.

Most of all this year, I am thankful for all of the extraordinary women around me. My sisters, my mother, my friends. They are made of colors and joi de vivre and wisdom and nuance and beauty and love, and I'm the luckiest. 

Here's a few portraits I've taken of these ladies over the past 5 years.

"Blame it or praise it, 
there's no denying the wild horse in us."
[Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room]

Happy Thanksgiving, to you and yours. 
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Heads Up

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Headband: Anthropologie
Lipstick: Albeit "Persimmon"
Cardigan: J Crew
Top: Gap
Belt: thrifted
Denim: AG Stevie Ankle
Booties: Target
Short necklace: Forever 21
Long necklace: Julie Nolan Jewelry

Taking photos without my tripod or auto shutter release is hard! Back to the old format of taking photos in the mirror, and weirdly enough, I actually missed it! I wore this to work yesterday. Actually, I wore the outfit minus the headband to work, and bought and added the headband. Haha.

Cardigan: here, here 
Denim: here, here, here 
Boots: here

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Playlist: Blurry Eyes, SF.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Two months in San Francisco!

Not feeling any less amazed, terrified, enthralled. Living out of a suitcase for the past couple of months has made me think ad nauseam about what I've still got; what travels with me even when I travel alone. I've never enjoyed looking inward, despite what this blog may lead you to believe. Being so off-balance in California has forced me into it. The process is long, but I'm learning to not be hard on myself. Music has always been my religion, and sometimes the right mixtape helps me let go.

That being said, here it is!

Blurry Eyes, SF.

This weekend was our Friendsgiving in Dolores Park, and though I missed the great bulk of the celebrations, it was still so wonderful to be cramped with some of my favorite women into a tiny apartment, eating more leftovers and drinking more cocktails than anyone should. 

Blasting this playlist in my headphones and going out to explore today. 
Happy Tuesday, world!
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Mixing Metals

Friday, November 15, 2013

Jacket: Urban Outfitters
Shirt: Free People
Short necklace: Forever 21
Zodiac Necklace: Julie Nolan Jewelry

I can't get enough of this necklace pairing. I don't think I own two more opposite pieces. And now of course, I'm obsessively clicking through everything else on Julie Nolan Jewelry . . .

Michelle is coming to town from LA this weekend,
so 3 of my 4 sisters will all be in SF!
Looking forward to a little family time.
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