Be the First to Shop This Chic Camp Clothing Collection

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San Francisco designer Tamar Wider (she also designs the jewelry line The 2 Bandits) launched her Fall/Winter Camp Collection today. The concept behind all of her Camp designs is to make chic clothing for people who love the outdoors. Like you can actually wear these clothes camping and still look cute. Very Undone Done. Tell your friends: you don’t have to wear head-to-toe REI just because you’re hiking. Granted there’s no real functional gear in these collection… so if you’re going to be outdoors in some serious weather, fine, go to REI. But if you’re taking a hike in Santa Cruz, or camping in Big Sur where the weather is always nice, or picnicking in Sonoma, this collection is perfect.

Or, you don’t have to be doing stuff outside. You could be having some casual indoor fun and look stylish in Camp. See for yourself below in the Fall 2014 lookbook, just released today. It was shot in Australia by Renee Carey, featuring model Rachel Rutt,

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Click below for more of my faves from Camp!
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So I Got Fired Yesterday

Yep, I got canned. It’s kind of the worst feeling, and it’s embarrassing, and my first instinct was to not let anyone ever know this really humiliating thing happened to me. In fact, I fibbed to one of my closest friends yesterday when I told her I couldn’t make it to the girl’s night out we’d planned because I’d “quit” my job and was upset about it (really sorry, Shadin).

Then I talked to my husband, who also got fired last year. He decided then not to take his employer’s offer to say it was a mutual agreement, not really a firing. I asked him why he would not take that opportunity to save face, and he said because it’s liberating to tell the truth. The job wasn’t right for him, and he got fired, why sugarcoat it? That got me thinking about my own hesitation to admit the truth of my shitcanning.

Then we picked up our daughter from daycare. As I waited for her caretaker to open the door, I was overwhelmed by the feeling that what’s on the other side of that door is what’s most important. Then it opened, and she gave me that smile and ran to me like I was the the most awesome person on earth.

I see quotes about how failure is good and necessary all over social media every day.

Here’s a great one from Maya Angelou:

“Courage allows the successful woman to fail-
and learn powerful lessons-
from the failure-
so that in the end,
she didn’t fail at all.”

Various outlets publish tons of lists of quotes on failure every year—but hardly anyone talks about their actual failures (Here’s one exception).

While reading the quotes makes me feel not as terrible, facing what’s real feels even less terrible. I want to live up to that awesome-person status, which would seem to require being an honest person. I got fired yesterday, y’all. I did some good writing at that job and I’m proud of my work. In the end it wasn’t enough, and it’s time to move on. So here’s to what’s next… omg what is next? I’ll try to figure that out over the weekend. Check back Monday, won’t you?

High Tops Sneaks for Healthy Feet and Youthful Feelings

Converse has a whole new color palette for their classic Chuck Taylor design. Major designers have really cute ones right now. Freda Salvador’s Sneak version is still going strong. And, best of all, a pair of crazy-colorful DC high tops saved my foot.

A few weeks ago I injured the ball of my foot in dance class, and I didn’t think I was going to be able to dance in the Pride parade. It really hurt. Obviously I am no podiatrist, so please see a doctor if you have an injury. But in this particular case, I had a sense that my foot needed super stable shoes that would act almost like a cast (and I was too lazy/in denial to make a doctor appointment). So I bought these DC high tops—bonus that they were over-the-top bright and inexpensive. And they were awesome! The relatively flat sole, excessive cushioning and high-top support stabilized my foot enough to get me through the parade. And I got mad compliments on my colorful footwear.

Again, don’t be like me and try to treat your own injury. Jenn Pattee of Basic Training told me that’s like putting your broken down car in the garage and expecting it to fix itself. But the high tops did the trick, at least temporarily (ok yes I’m icing and I will go to the doctor if it gets worse). Also now I’m obsessed and want more. The wedge style seems to be still going strong, but I’m kind of favoring the old school flat-soled look, especially since these days I’m chasing after a two-year-old. The other bonus is I feel like a total kid when I’m wearing them.

#TBT Fun at Mira Mira, Then and Now (Ladies Night Is Tonight!)

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Photo by Molly DeCoudreaux

Almost exactly two years ago, I asked my friend Mira Pickett, who owns the boutique Mira Mira in the Mission, to style me for a photo shoot for this blog. The concept was “undone done,” a way of dressing the two of us had bonded on when we first met. Since it’s Thursday (#TBT!) I figured it was a propos to dig up one of those photos. As you can tell, we had a blast!

I’m so excited that two years later we’re even better friends, and that TONIGHT we’re collaborating again, this time on a Ladies Night event at the shop with eyewear startup Brownie and Madam. Get a personal styling session from a Brownie and Madam stylist, plus 10 percent off if you order glasses. You’ll also get 15 percent off everything at Mira Mira during the party.
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The Sneaker That Appeals to Skater Rebels and Suburban Moms Alike

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My college boyfriend wore Vans to prom. He showed me photos of him in his tux wearing the slip on version of the skater sneakers—they were a blue check if I remember correctly—and the image made me realize he was cooler than I had given him credit for. The fact that his prom date, who I was not convinced he was OVER, was very attractive and frustratingly blond also helped me come to this conclusion.
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I Have So Many Feelings About Shorts

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All photos courtesy of Levi’s

I used to love cutoffs. What could be more boho-chic than frayed denim shorts with a low-heeled sandal and a flowy top? But sometime in my 30s, I started to not love the way my legs looked in shorts and I vowed to simply never wear them again.

But when it’s hot outside, and you’re on the East Coast like I will be in June, cutoffs feel like just the thing, don’t you think?

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I thought dresses could fulfill the hole left when shorts left my life, but sometimes you want that low-slung, cool-girl look that a dress cannot manage. So I’m re-considering my vow, especially after seeing these cute ones at Levi’s. They’re the right length (because my days of bootie shorts never even happened), and this denim plaid 501 version. And if Jennine at The Coveted can learn to love shorts, maybe I can too?

I like these orange ones a lot too:

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Don’t worry, I’m not going to throw on shorts willy nilly. I’ve enlisted my yoga instructor and former trainer of NYC publishing elite Wini Linguvic to help me tone up the gams a bit before I go showing them in the light of day. She’s given me some homework (hint: copious lunges) that she says can help even me. And to stay motivated, I created this Pinterest board to obsess over. Fingers crossed my American thighs will be ready by June 11.

This post was sponsored by Levi’s.

Baby’s First Kurta

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Photos by Kourosh Karimkhany

This is Frida’s first Modi Kurta (actually it’s by Gypsy Kids, scored at Zulily). I love her in boyish colors and styles accented by something super girly, like this very pink bow and sparkly sandals. I picked this outfit based on the pants, which were handed down by my most eco-conscious and super-stylish friend Amy. They are little fold-over stretchy harem pants! We went to Amy’s 6-year-old son’s birthday party on Saturday, which had a snake theme, complete with real snakes to “pet!”

I wore my applique maxi from ASOS (similar here) with my trusty low-top Converse Chuck Taylors and this T by Alexander Wang shirt scored at Nordstrom Rack (similar here). By the way, are you guys stoked for the A. Wang x H&M collab? Personally I’m getting burnt out on collabs. No more polyester/polymide versions of high end pieces, please! But if he uses natural fabrics I might be more enthusiastic.
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Stripes and High Tops

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Photos by Kourosh Karimkhany

We took a detour from our regular Pacifica haunts this weekend and found this sandy area, where a bunch of hang gliders were hovering around. Frida is learning approximately 100 words per day, some of which we can understand. “Daddy” is still her favorite, I try not to take it personally!

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