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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Teva Is the New Birkenstock

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Last summer, the fashion set took a liking to the Birkenstock. We should have known it was going to happen when Chloe Sevigny bought a pair back in 2011 (I was also sporting them that year, see above). Then in 2012, Phoebe Philo at Celine and a few other designers featured  versions of the comfy sandal on the runway. Next thing you knew, the once-shunned sandal from Germany was seen on the likes of Ashley Olson (as early as summer ’12 actually), the Vogue set, and an editor at the publication I write for, Racked, let everyone know Birkenstocks are A-OK. I bought my first pair in the early ’90s when I moved to Boulder, Colorado (see my comfort below), and have been wearing them ever since. When I used to run marathons in the early 2000s, they were a delicious little massage for my battered feet after a run.

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La-Dee-Dah

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Photos by Kourosh Karimkhany

Frida finally said her own name! Well, kind of. She says Dee-dah. It’s pretty darn cute.

Here are a few scenes from our weekend, which I’m really sad is over. We really do need a day in between Saturday and Sunday, don’t you think? By the way, I haven’t posted in a week because I’ve been OBSESSED with redesigning my blog. Hope you like it!
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Work in Progress

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Some bloggers, writers, designers (fill in creative-type person here) have a strong voice and solid point of view at a young age. Take Man Repeller, for example. She was in her ’20s when her blog, with it’s great photos and confident, hilarious writing, became huge. Or Alexandar Wang. He was a youngster when he saw major success as a designer. But for the majority of us, it takes a little longer.
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Changing Scenery

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We’ve hosted people for brunch for the past two weekends in a row, and each time it was a challenge to find the perfect thing to wear. You need to be comfy when you’re hosting, especially when you’re wrangling a toddler while trying to pour mimosas. I always default to some massive muu-muu type thing, but that always backfires because fabric gets in the way.

This jungle-print skirt from Topshop paired with a relaxed tee worked out perfectly. The skirt is stretchy and just long enough that even with the wrangling I never risked a too-revealing situation. And you can’t go wrong with a cotton tee—I tend to get warm while entertaining guests so I was thankful for the short sleeves. And the little missy, well, she always seems to know just the thing to wear.
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Setting Sail

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I’m not 100% poser. I’ve tried sailing. I took a series of sailing classes with my husband a few years ago. We learned to tie useful knots and how to tack and this and that and other terms I don’t remember. My biggest fear upon enrolling was tipping over. My husband said, “There is no way these dinghies can capsize. They are extremely hard to tip over, even if you tried.” Guess what our assignment was for class #2? Yes, purposely CAPSIZE, turtle it (yes that’s a thing) then jump in the damn Bay and pull it back upright. That was my last foray into the kind of sailing that does’t involve a glass of champagne.

I love a nautical look though! You can’t see it but a sailboat festoons the front of this sweater, scored at Goodwill. You obviously don’t need to go anywhere near a boat to don a sailor-y outfit. Thank goodness.

Sweater: Goodwill, similar here (on sale!); jeans: H&M, similar here; boots, Topshop, similar here; crocheted earrings, ancient, similar here; bag: Rebecca Minkoff, similar here. Frida is head to toe Gymboree :)

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A Very Vintage Skirt and a Munchkin

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My mother-in-law brought this skirt from Iran when she, along with her husband, the 10-year-old boy who eventually became my husband, and his sister, moved their lives to the United States in 1979. Frida had so much fun visiting family this weekend in SoCal. We decided to drive down south rather than flying this time—I’m not sure if it was better or worse than flying. When will they finish that high-speed rail??

Skirt: vintage, similar here; dress: William B, similar here; shoes: Robert Clergerie, similar here; earrings: Miguel Ases, similar here; on Frida, Plum Baby dress, similar here.

Bell Bottoms Past, Present and Future

camp pants Last week, San Francisco designer and friend of mine Tamar Wider (also of The 2 Bandits) launched Camp Collection, an adorable line of casual clothing that brought me right back to my childhood in the ’70s. These pants in particular conjured memories of my very favorite outfit in 3rd grade—check them out below. Do you like my hair? I cried for two weeks straight when my mom made me cut my previously waist-length locks (she was done with the tangles). I don’t look too upset here though, I’m rather pleased with the shag hairdo and patchwork bell bottoms. The only thing missing is the matching VEST that came with them, must find a photo of that. [Read more...]