It's my 4-year Blogiversary!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Necklace: Anthropologie
Shirt: H&M
Skirt: Anthropologie
Shoes: db shoes (available here, and $17...)
Tote: Target
Sunglasses: Anthropologie
Lipstick: Albeit Vermillion (available here)

As of today, 
I have been writing So What If I Like Pretty Things for 4 years! 

That is longer than I have ever stuck with anything in my entire life, if you don't count playing the violin (which you shouldn't count, because I have wise parents who forced me to keep going every time I wanted to quit). I'm proud that I've managed to keep this going. I try hard to allow SWIILPT to be whatever it wants to be - outfit posts,  inspiration pictures that make me happy, music, collaborations, even the occasional whiner-post if I need to let off steam. I love that it's flexible.  SWIILPT has also given me the opportunity to meet and work with some incredibly talented people, who I may have never encountered otherwise. I'm constantly reminded that the greatest inspiration I have is the magic in the people around me, and that's where I feel the blog may be moving next - I want to showcase the people who inspire me. In the coming months I will have interviews and features with some of the stylish, fascinating, wonderful people around me. I'm so excited about these new plans, and I hope to keep letting this blog grow, in any direction the universe blows it.

Wearing this around today - foolproof, fun, easy. 

Necklace: here, here 
Shirt: here, here 
Skirt: here, here 

To anyone out there reading - I want to say thank you!

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My Boyfriend the Bartender - 5

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ginger Margarita
reposado tequila, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, lime juice, agave, tonic water

"I don't regret making it, I don't regret drinking it."
- my boyfriend the bartender.

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Playlist - Hazy Spring.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A new season calls for a new playlist!

Here are some things you should do while listening to this mix:
1) Roast marshmallows over a fire.
2) Ride in a tire swing.
3) Go to the beach (in a sweatshirt, not a bathing suit), dig your feet into the sand.
4) Make this drink, sip slowly. 
5) Lie in the largest patch of grass you can find, close your eyes.

The sun came back out in Oakland and I plan to take total advantage over the next few days. Skirts without tights, afternoons hiking in the hills, kitchen windows open wide. 

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Shelter from the Storm

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sweater: Forever 21
Necklace: Banana Republic
Shirt: J Crew
Denim: AG Denim Legging
Ring: gift (thanks Emma)
Purse: Phillip Lim for Target
Shoes: Ann Taylor

It only felt right to wear my fisherman's sweater in the rain.

Sweater: here 
Shirt: here, here, here 
Denim: here, here, here 
Shoes: here, here 
Necklace: here, here, here 

I cannot believe it, but my 4 year blog anniversary is this week.
. . . damn.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

I have nothing new or revolutionary to add to the capital H Hair lexicon, and I can't claim an academic understanding of all of the layers in the discussion - all I have to bring to the table is my own experience. There were times in my life I hated my hair, and fought against it, and did everything in my power to suppress it in some way or another. The reality of my hair - frizzy, curly, soft, unruly, entirely unpredictable - never felt normal. I've never actually met anyone who has hair exactly like mine, including my own sisters. I wanted it to either be completely straight or perfectly curly, and it is neither of those things, but the oddity of it contains a magic that I finally started to understand in the last few years. Any day of the week, it can look brand new. The possibility for experimentation is pretty much endless, save a few hot iron and perfectly sculpted tricks. The point is, after a lot of years I love my hair, strangeness and all, and lately I've been drawn to crazy curls and wide, afro-like frizz. 

Now I'm considering a dye job, for the first time in my life . . . thinking of going a little blonde. 

All inspiration images via my Style board on Pinterest, which you can find here.
Off to make a mess in the kitchen and call it dinner.
Hope your weekend was beautiful.

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Canadian Tuxedo-ish

Friday, February 14, 2014

Scarf: Forever 21
Shirt: Madewell
Jacket: Pilcro "Avie"
Denim: J Brand "Maria"
Shoes: Payless (SO GOOD SO CHEAP)
Sunglasses: Anthropologie
Necklace: Banana Republic
Ring: gift (thanks Emma)
Nailpolish: Essie "Black Licorice"
Lipstick: Albeit "Vermillion"

Denim on denim on denim on denim on denim  . . . 

When I first came home wearing this necklace, my boyfriend gave me a raised eyebrow and told me I looked like Mr T. I took it as a compliment. 

Worn to work, then to happy hour in SF at Local Kitchen

Happy Valentine's Day, guys.
I love you like XO.

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