Trending // Black & White

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Pants: Banana Republic, available here | Pumps: Banana Republic, available here | Top: Banana Republic | Purse: Phillip Lim for Target | Bracelet: vintage (thanks Gram) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Nailpolish: OPI "Jade is the New Black", available here

Seeing things in black & white.
Worn to work last week.

Shoes: here 
Purse: here, here  
Sunglasses: here 

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Shirt, sunglasses & skirt: old Anthropologie | Purse: Lucky Brand | Nailpolish: Essie "Clambake"
Jacket: Anthropologie
| Jumpsuit: Forever 21 | Purse: Lucky Brand | Belt: Ann Taylor | Nailpolish: Essie "Clambake"

Jacket: Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Payless | Denim: AG Denim Legging | Top: Anthropologie | Lipstick: Albeit "Vermillion" | Nailpolish: Wet n Wild "Saved by the Blue" 

Top Anthropologie | Necklaces: Forever 21, Julie Nolan Jewelry 

Controlling obsessive clothing shopping - Apartment Therapy had some great suggestions. (Particularly love the idea of keeping a list of things you're allowed to buy in your wallet - it would make me think twice about buying anything not on that list.)

A zillion great ideas for bringing design elements into your apartment using only paint. 

ANTHRO TAG SALE. Need I say more?

The weekend's Summer Solstice gave us almost 15 hours of sunlight in the bay - and got me thinking about how long each day really is. This website tells you how much daylight you'll get every day, using your zip code - and serves as a great reminder that you can always afford a 15-minute sanity break from work. 

I'm new to Oakland, in a time when this city is experiencing documented and terrifying gentrification - I've been wrestling with what it means to move here, and make a life here, knowing that I am an unwilling and unintentional player in this cycle. Self-hatred and constant apologizing are getting me nowhere, and they're certainly not helping Oakland - but honest conversation and dialogue goes a long way, and Chinaka Hodge's article in SF Magazine goes beyond honesty and into action and production: exactly where I need to be. I plan on heeding her advice, being thankful for the place I live, and working hard to be a giver, and not a taker. 

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Playlist. California Summer.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

This is my first summer in California and I plan to make it count. These are songs for dancing, for long drives on the coast, for laying on rooftops with a beer and a blanket to watch the stars. 



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Old faithful.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Tote: Banana Republic, available in other colors here  | Cardigan: Ann Taylor LOFT | Blouse: H&M | Shoes: Forever 21, available here 
Shorts: Anthropologie, available here | Nailpolish: Essie "Black Licorice", available here
Bracelets: Orchid Lane Ann Arbor, H&M, handmade by friends | Rings: Penelope's Chicago, Francesca's 

My favorite summertime outfit, complete with my favorite blouse of all time: a less-than-$10 H&M gem, stolen from my little sister at least 10 years ago. The sleeves are covered in holes, and I couldn't care less. Some ensembles just make you feel at home, and they're worth hanging onto no matter what. In fact, I wore almost this exact same outfit on the blog, all the way back in Summer 2011

Happy Monday!

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Pour another, Nick Hakim.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I have this theory that life mirrors high school, in four year cycles. Freshman, sophomore, junior, senior - in school and then over again, until infinity. Each year brings new adventures, but my I swear my lens is always determined by this cycle. Every freshman year I am opened armed, full of ambition and impossible longing. Sophomore year finds me inside out with confusion, and classically unable to see the light at the end of it all. Junior year means head down, game on, barreling through and trusting in my gut. Senior year is full of revelry, a little carelessness, and joy.  

I am coming out of Freshman Year 4 - and freshman years draw me to lazy, lilting love songs that are jammed with nostalgia. Think Ed Harcourt's Here Be Monsters album, or even the song that this blog got its name from: "Pretty Things" by Rufus Wainwright.

"Pour Another" by Nick Hakim is perfect in this company. 

Enjoy! Happy Tuesday.

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Home Sweet Apartment.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

[ My little living room in Oakland. ] 

Trevor and I took a marathon tour of the Midwest last week. Three wonderful cities in seven wonderful days - it was a blast, and I am absolutely exhausted. There were 4 AM dance parties, insane amounts of butter, carbs and alcohol, long drives on dirt roads, so many hugs and happy reunions...California is wonderful, but I miss the Midwest more than I can express.

And yet it's funny how coming home always puts things back in perspective - I popped up out of bed like a daisy at 6:30 this morning, and was so excited to make my bed, clean up my apartment, snuggle with my cat, and go get a latte at my coffeeshop. So excited to lay on my couch and finish my Vanity Fair and do absolutely nothing else, except look forward to seeing my boyfriend when he comes home from work, and look forward to fun plans later tonight with friends.

It's good to be home, Oakland. 

[ Apartment credits:  Couch - Ikea. Tennis rackets - vintage, from Brimfield in Chicago. Curtains - Anthropologie. Throw blanket - Ikea. Black/white pillow - Ikea. Flora pillow - Anthropologie. Rug - Urban Outfitters. Lampshade - Anthropologie. Lamp base - Urban Outfitters. Side table - Amazon. Coffe table/army trunk: vintage, from Michigan. Vase - thrifted. ] 

[ Sunset in Ann Arbor. ]

Cheers to loving where you're sitting.

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