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Ahhhh you guys, September! cooler weather! Finally a break from the summer humidity. I know that it means winter is inevitably around the corner, but let’s make a little home in Fall for a bit, shall we? I have spent the last couple weekends turning my wardrobe over a bit and bringing my fall favorites to the front. Fall dressing is really the best isn’t is? So good, every time. I know you all feel me. These slouchy loungeish pants are quickly becoming a staple. Because, let’s be honest, I’m not joking around when I say I love a good lounge pant. And these here Free People ruched harem pants are a good lounge pant, that crosses over nicely into the real pants category, especially with fall booties added, amiright? I wore them with a tee this week, but flannel shirts and eventually sweaters will be topping them soon. I think you need them too.

A SUMMER UNIFORM

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I had a moment as I was pulling into work yesterday morning: the windows rolled down listening to Lana Del Rey’s new album, I got out of the car and walked into the building in 80 degree weather at 9am in this outfit, and I thought, wow it’s summer. Summertime is here. It’s almost hard for me to believe after that endless winter. And don’t tell the future me in approx one weeks time when I really can’t deal with the humidity, but it feels amazing. There’s something great about experiencing summer on the East Coast where its 85 – 95 degrees everyday for 3 months, from sun rise to sun set, like clockwork. I really haven’t experienced that before, ever. And here we have what will surely be my summer uniform: my favorite easy tee, a throw on denim skirt, and my new favorite sandals – Tevas. For most people Tevas bring them back to the mid 90s – we all had them, I wore them with socks in middle school. And while I am totally not getting on board with the Birkenstock thing (I actually wore them not that long ago in the 2000s in college, and I get that they’re like all fashion right now (chic?) but I.Just.Can’t. do it again- mostly because everyone else apparently can and I have big feet). I was hesitant on the Teva thing too, but then I saw this, and then them here, and then this was really the topper on the cake, and all of a sudden, I wanted them. I think they’re pretty cute (right??!!), and they’re not Birkenstocks :-). So welcome Summer, I’m so ready for you. xx

ON THE STEPS OF THE ART MUSEUM

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I was asked recently to put together a little guide to Philly- all of my favorite places to eat, drink & do (which I will be publishing here very soon)- including pictures of me in front of my favorite Philly landmark. I chose the Philadelphia Art Museum- specifically, it’s front steps, which are of course iconic for those scenes in ‘Rocky.’ The Art Museum is my favorite landmark for a couple of reasons –  1) the art inside (so many good impressionists), and 2) the view from the top of the steps (I missed the mark on a picture of that for sure), which is of the whole city looking down Ben Franklin Parkway to City Hall.  You can’t miss a trip here if you ever visit Philly (and you should! Come hang with me!). My outfit is an ode to classic East Coast Prep – which seemed appropriate- with my own twist of course (I don’t think anyone would ever call me ‘preppy’ but I do have an appreciation for the classics). Nautical Stripes in a cool slouchy silhouette and a structured Navy fluted skirt. Classic tortoise shell sunglasses and a red lip finish off the a-little-Americana look.

The sunshine is out and this weekend is looking to be in the 80s! I’m a plannin a day trip to the beach! Gotta get some vitamin D and get my toes in the ocean!

BACK TO THE PINK

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PINK 01 PINK 5.18.14 003 community garden 01 Zara sweater (see below for more fun options) :: AG Nikki relaxed skinny jeans ::  Acne boots :: Ray Ban aviators ::  Alexis Bittar horseshoe neckace :: RappBlack watch :: Proenza Schouler for Mac lip pencil in Dynamo & lipstick in Pinkfringe (so good you guys, and still available!)

 There was an inside joke (mostly between me, myself and I) when I first started this blog about how much pink I would wear. I didn’t even realize how much I liked to wear it until I started documenting my outfits (see: this endeavor brings many opportunities for self awareness and reflection). But when I moved out East, I took a little break. It must’ve been the ‘seriousness’ of the east coast, or more likely the non-Californianess of this current state I reside in, who knows really. But along came Spring this year and I found myself craving some serious pink in my life, so here we are.

While taking a little walk around the neighborhood this weekend, I discovered this so-very-lovely (and in bloom) community garden hidden in an alley behind my apartment building. Funny how little treasures of life can just seem to appear before you, making your day- I’ve lived here a year and never noticed it before. Someday, if I decide I need another hobby I might join in to the tending, but for now I just plan on visiting it every couple of days to admire its beauty.

Also: can we talk about how skinny skinny jeans are kind of on the way out?! I’ve been so ready for a switch up – now I find myself reaching for these seriously relaxed skinnies almost on the daily: soooo comfy, and they just feel fresh to wear…

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THE CLASSIC

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I’m really feelin’ the denim jacket this Spring, you guys. My like for this wardrobe classic goes in and out year over year- however, destructed and boyfriendy with some rolled up sleeves? I’m in right now. I think it was this and then this that started it all (Acne, Acne again…I know I’m not the only one obsessing over these). I finally found one that isn’t a whole month’s rent and here we are – a perfect Spring dress topper, not too preppy or sweet (just the way I like it). So good.

p.s. Spring light? Glorious. I can’t get over how lovely the Spring is here in Philly, especially since I am still having snow storm nightmares. I wan’t these 65-70 degree zero humidity days to last forever! I’ll gladly be stuck in May forever :-)

 

GOOD SUNDAY

EASTER 4.20.14 051 EASTER 4.20.14 047 EASTER 4.20.14 015 :: vintage Easter Egg blue dress from Shareen Vintage in NYC, old Frye clogs (flashback post here!) – similar here & also love these Free People ones, Rag & Bone Pilot clutch, Bobbie Brown lipstick inNeon Pink, Butter London nail polish in ‘Sprog’ :: EASTER 4.20.14 048 EASTER 4.20.14 050 EASTER 4.20.14 002 EASTER 4.20.14 008 EASTER 4.20.14 004 EASTER 4.20.14 011 EASTER 4.20.14 007 I spent Easter with my best friend in one of my favorite PA places, Terrain, wandering the perennials, buying peony-scented candles and leisurely enjoying brunch in the greenhouse cafe {blackberry spritzers- we came back for a second round}. It was her first time at Terrain and I couldn’t wait to take her there. It was such a pretty day, and the nursery and store was filled with so much Spring greenery and life. I was so excited to visit in this time of year – just as Spring was blossoming – I wanted to truly see life come into bloom after such a long, cold and dreary winter. The visit restored in me a certain lightness…. happy day, earth <3

 

GOLDEN QUILLS

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I’m keeping warm around these parts layered up in favorite Free Peep parka and my Patagonia bunny fleece…. I swear every time I wear this jacket, someone stops me on the street to ask me about it. I think it’s the bling factor. Secretly, all girls love some bling – and this is just the right amount to the left of Vegas (it’s gold and studded in real life). Comes in many colors friends…

I’m finally pretty much recovered and moving on with the Holiday season. Because Thanksgiving was so late this year, and because I was in bed for a good week, it seems like Christmas just came so fast. I can’t believe I didn’t make it to New York for the holiday season, I’m a little bit beside myself about that. And I barely got to really enjoy and take in Christmas in Philly. Sigh… I am happy to be heading back west again on Friday (Lucky me, it feels like I was just there) and we have some fun family activities planned, amongst the usual eating, drinking and merry making, which I’m so looking forward to. And I can’t wait to see our tree all lit up and the mantle all decorated. Just have to make it through this work week, eek.

A VICTORIAN WINTER

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Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend with your families – I sure did. I was home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, as seen here. Clearly I wore a lot of black while I was at it – I’ve been catching up on American Horror Story: Coven. Witches – so good. Love the look. I also did me a bit of shopping and picked up this Rag & Bone ‘Pilot’ Clutch. I’ve been eyeing the satchel version forever, but kind of fell in love this this convertible shoulder bag/clutch while checking out all the sales (fail). Had to have. xx

p.s. If you are not using this brow product, you are doing a serious disservice to your beauty regime. Just discovered it recently, and dare I say, it, it’s life changing? No but I’m serious.

 

THE HISTORY OF BUFFALO PLAID

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There is something about Buffalo Plaid I have just always loved. I think it’s the simplified plaid layout that screams classic and outdoorsy, rather than classic tartan or preppy. And the color. It also just reminds me of pretty winter, in the same way Fairisle does.

Did you ever wonder the history of Buffalo Plaid and where that moniker came from? Wonder no more, I googled it for you. It’s a pretty good story, Let me spin you the web…

Buffalo Plaid is in actuality, the ‘MacGregor Tartan’, one of the oldest tartans dating back to the 8th century. A symbol of the famous MacGregor clan, who were descendents of royalty but also ferocious and often lawless warriors. The MacGregors liked to stir up trouble and make enemies, and in 1603 they pissed off the wrong guy, and King James VI issued a warrant to kill all MacGregors across the highlands of Scotland. From there most changed their names or emigrated to Canada, including one Jock McClusky (née MacGregor). Jock eventually made it down from Canada to America in the late 1800s, bringing all of his MacGregor tartan clad belongings with him. Jock made a name for himself across Montana and the Dakotas and earned the respect of the Sioux and Cheyenne Indian tribes for his brute strength and hunting skills as well as his compassion for their cause, due to his own clan’s history back in Scotland. McClusky began bartering with the Indians, often trading his tartan woven blankets for buffalo pelts. Legend has it that the Sioux and Cheyenne tribes loved the bright rich red of the tartan, which they believed to be a sorcerer’s hex: a dye made from the spirit blood and souls of McClusky’s war enemies. They believed the tartan was his spirit guardian in battle, granting immortality that they too hoped to gain from wearing the tartan. From there it took on the name ‘buffalo plaid’ for the trading of buffalo pelts. The term and plaid gained popularity across America when Paul Bunyan debuted wearing it in 1916, and from then on it became a symbol of the rugged and heroic outdoors man. So there you have it, buffalo plaid. Pretty interesting right?

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IN THE WISSAHICKON VALLEY

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When I chose to move away from San Francisco last winter, one of the things I knew I was going to miss was the nature and all of the outdoorsy activities I used to do in the Bay Area. I used to love to take my trusty Subaru outside of the city on the weekends to go on a hike in Marin up Mount Tam, put my feet in the Ocean at Ocean or Stinson Beach or head up the 80 into the Sierras to Tahoe. Growing up on an island in the great Pacific Northwest, I didn’t ever realize how much I loved being in nature and the out of doors, and how refreshing and rejuvenating it was for my spirit until I moved to the city. While I love the energy and culture of cities, they can feel claustrophobic at times to me. Luckily, San Francisco had so much surrounding nature to offer. I knew it just wasn’t going to be the same in Philly – the ocean is an hour + drive away (could be worse) and the state is pretttyyyyy flat. However, Philly has surprised me in several ways unexpectedly, and now I have discovered what I think might just become my new weekend oasis.

 When one of my oldest friends from said Pacific Northwest island visited me this past weekend (love her), I convinced her pretty easily to ditch out on seeing the usual tourist attractions (still haven’t seen the Liberty Bell in person, oh well) and instead get out our hiking boots and explore Wissahickon Valley Park just northwest of the city. It’s where people tell you to go when you tell them you like outdoorsy stuff, and I am surprised it took me this long to get there. We were about 2 weeks late to really seeing the fall leaves in their most brilliance, but the park really was beautiful and the light was perfect. There is even a cozy historical Inn in the Park where you can enjoy lunch- or just post hike Bourbon-spiked Hot Ciders. We said yes to that, twice. Sharing pictures from our day here…

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FREE PEOPLE JACKET (I also love this one and this one) / NORSE PROJECTS SWEATER HOODIE (also love this one) / LULULEMON PANTS / RAY BAN WAYFARERS / HIKING BOOTS FROM GOOD OLE REI

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 “The earth has music for those who listen.” ― George Santayana