Red, white and blue and I are having kind of a thing lately. I used to avoid the color combo because it seemed too patriotic during months other than July. But then I decided it also seemed quite French as well as nautical. Frautical! Who’s with me? In any case, I was excited to find this red blazer with shiny gold buttons at the Banana Republic Factory Store—it was majorly marked down, it fit like a glove, and I imagined it being unexpectedly preppy (and Frautical) on this boho-leaning Californian.
Remember Sears portraits? Take their soft focus finish and painted-cloud backdrops and make them really chic, with a bright white background, talented photographers, and a secret sauce that makes you look pretty every time, and you’ve got Blink, Inc. Frida and I were lucky enough to have a photo shoot last week with Blink’s founder, Tristan Davison, who came up with the idea when he saw how excited folks got about a photo booth at a corporate party. He thought if he could create a studio that did something similar—instant gratification with a magic touch that makes every photo look like it’s ready for Vogue—people might really dig it.
To celebrate the beginning of it all, Louis Rosetto and Jane Metcalf, the couple who launched Wired in 1993 and who now own TCHO chocolate, hosted a 20th anniversary party on Saturday night. Here is a picture from the party. I worked at Wired with all of these lovely women. JenSul, the tall one in the back wielding the gun, was an intern when I started as a fact checker at the print magazine. Laura, on the left, when we first met was a producer at Wired Digital, which was pretty much the first website ever that had original content with ads from Fortune 500 companies. Can you even believe that? She also wrote a book about cocktails that was published by Wired (yep Wired even had a book publishing company), and JenSul and I fact checked it. Can I just tell you that job was really fun? And it’s where JenSul and I solidified our friendship, which is still going strong today. We still have sleepovers, though these days they include small children that are not us.
Alison, on the right, was the publisher at Wired News, where I was a reporter for eight years, and where I later was the science editor for three years. Goddamn can you believe that?
Above, we are pretending to be Charlie’s Angels, even though there were only three Charlie’s Angels and there are four of us in the photo. It is just so weird to look at this photo, not because there are four of us, but to think back on how much time has gone by. I can’t even tell you.
Michael, at the top, made sure everything worked properly in the office. Judy, on the right, was the culture editor at Wired News, and Anne in the blue dress was an editorial assistant at the print magazine.
Literally, I can’t. A lot of people at the party had gray hair, which is totally normal because we are all the age at which peoples’ hair often turns gray. But still it was a profoundly weird experience.
One potential reason is because many of the parties I go to these days, meaning in the days since I starting writing about fashion, are populated mainly by people in their 20s and early 30s. So I start feeling like I’m that age too. But the reality is I’m closer to the age of the folks who were at the Wired 20th anniversary party. It’s so weird, this progression of time thing.
On that note I think I will change the subject. I wore a Mara Hoffman dress to the party. You can purchase a similar one below if you’re interested! She makes garments with really rad prints. I also met her once and she seemed like a really lovely human and said she thought we were from the same tribe which made me happy.
First thing’s first: yes, they’re paying me. My good and very smart friends asked me to consult for their startup, Monogram, at a time when I had been woefully neglecting my blog Stylenik. The timing couldn’t have been better, because Monogram is a tool that makes blogging way easier, and now Stylenik is back on track with posts going up almost every day. And anyway I’m honest and don’t say stuff I don’t believe, even when money is involved. I mean obviously. Look at this photo of me with my 1-year-old.
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If these pants look familiar, it’s because I also wore them in my previous outfit post, which was taken on the same trip to Sonoma as these photos. What can I say, with a baby in my life, I’m not getting out all that much these days! And also because of the little missy, I wanted for once in my life to not overpack since I also had to pack for her. And I pretty much succeeded! As you can see, I got double duty out of the pants and shoes. Hopefully no one noticed.
Sweater: Pretty Penny Stock, purchased at Acrimony; vest: J. Crew, similar here; bag: Topshop, similar here; November (similar here); belt: purchased in Guatemala approximately 100 years ago, similar here; booties: Opening Ceremony; socks: Timberland; earrings: Sheila B; ring: Alkemie, similar here; glasses: See Eyewear.
We decided to make a weekend out of The Lab Event last weekend, and we’re very glad we did even though the temperature was 23 degrees when we woke up on Sunday. 23! I’ll be honest, I brought this coat along with thoughts of doing up an outfit post, but I figured I wouldn’t actually need it. I needed it!!
Coat: vintage (similar here); turtleneck: Bebe from approximately 1,000 years ago, the last time cropped sweaters were trendy (similar here). I couldn’t get rid of it b/c it’s such a chunky and super soft cashmere; pants: November (similar here); belt: purchased in Guatemala approximately 100 years ago; booties: Opening Ceremony; socks: Timberland; earrings: Sheila B; ring: Alkemie, similar here; glasses: See Eyewear.
Baby Frida’s outfit is all hand-me-downs except for her Robeez booties.
The wedge sneaker has been hotly debated by those who feel strongly about heeled sporty footwear. The Daily Beast said they should be banned. Others called it the worst trend of 2012. Yet Nike just came out with several new designs, and Isabel Marant, the brand that kicked off the controversial trend, has sold out $755 gold versions and released new colors. Target, Steve Madden, and even Victoria’s Secret now sell them.
Posts that give long explanations about why the blogger hasn’t blogged for so long are kind of annoying, right? I mean everyone knows people get busy with kids and jobs and blahbity blah. Still, I just kind of wanted to share the latest in the Stylenik world and I will do my best not to be annoying about it. About a month ago, I started a new gig as the San Francisco editor of Racked. Yay! I’m super excited. What is Racked, you ask? It’s a blog about shopping, retail, and fashion. I KNOW! That’s not a job, that’s a fun thing to do during the day, right? I launched the site in early December, and it has indeed been extremely fun so far.
The first time I laid eyes on Elizabeth Bevil, she was about to teach a Pilates class, but had somehow styled her Lululemon et. al. to a whole other level. I had an inkling then and there that we’d become friends. Later when I spotted her toting her gear in a Marc Jacobs handbag, I knew we shared a love of fashion. And when I found out she loved photography and hoped to develop a career snapping stylish pics, the deal was sealed. One thing led to another, and Elizabeth is now Stylenik’s photo intern. She has already shot the Uniqlo opening as well as a very fun styling collab with new San Francisco label Civerné.
Elizabeth might be just getting her photography career started, but she has a fully established one as a Pilates instructor. She’s been teaching for seven years, and has mastered not only teaching, but also the art of looking chic on the job. So none of us ever again has to feel frumpy in our workout attire, I asked her how she does it. See her tips and one more photo of her sporty style below! More please!