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.
It feels like a good start to 2013. I think it’s going to be an amazing year, don’t you? What you’ll find on Stylenik in 2013: some outfit posts if I can get the husband to pick up the camera (like he did here, bless him), lifestyle stuff, like stories about being a mom, travel, food, wine, and fashion topics that don’t conflict with Racked. Any local news on the fashion beat will go on Racked SF first. But I’ll post here about general trends or national/international fashion stuff.
A quick word about the sweater I’m wearing here: it’s possibly the best wool sweater ever. It’s by Mina + Olya, a sustainable luxury brand out of San Francisco that launched in 2011. I typically cannot wear wool against my bare skin. Even the softest cashmere makes me so itchy. But THIS, this sweater is fully lined in silk satin. It is a dream come true.
So there you have it, my Happy 2013 update. I hope it’s a successful and stylish year for you!
Oh, and if you’re wondering, this is why my baby girl’s face is not in the photos.
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
Cathy Horyn in her New York Times article yesterday seemed delighted with the washed cotton “Casey Jones” style train conductor-style fabrics at both Altuzarra and Rag & Bone, two of the hottest design forces in the whole world if not the universe right now. She may be biased; we already knew about her thing for overalls. But I’m biased in that exact same direction AND I happen to have recently bought super cute jeans along these lines (see above), so I’m not complaining!
Here’s the really good news, you guys can buy the same jeans right now on Yoox for $32. I paid about five times more than that. You are welcome. More
As much as I hate to admit it, high heels and taking care of a baby don’t mix terribly well. I wore my Rick Owens booties to pick up baby girl (BGtm) at the hospital when she was four days old because it seemed important to wear my favorite shoes on such a momentous occasion. While holding her for the first time then maneuvering her teeny-tininess into the car, I realized that the ability to move with agility is rather more important than aesthetics when it comes to newborn care. Go figure!
So I am trying to make peace with comfortable shoes, and even though I’m typically not a fan of flats, these Blu Kicks slip on sneaks ($58) were perfect for Labor Day weekend beachy activities that involved carrying BGtm. I love the preppy blue and white stripes, and the insoles have textured cushioning that you just can’t complain about. Bonus: Blu Kicks’ San Francisco-based founders, mother and son team Victoria and Willy (that’s pretty cute no?) are dedicated to doing good as well as making fun kicks. They were inspired to start the company by the plight of the overfished Hawaiian humuhumunukunukuapua and its resemblance to a sneaker. So the shoes are made from non-dyed recycled canvas and natural rubber, and the company gives $1 for each pair sold to two environmental charities: For the Fishes and WildAid.
Note: The women’s shoes all run a full size large. I typically wear a 6.5 and my size 6 Blu Kicks are a little big. Don’t be afraid to go the full size down!
Note #2: Blu Kicks sent me this cute pair gratis. Check out my gifting and sponsored post policy!
Also wearing: Trusty old AG skinnies, these are similar; All Saints tank, this one’s almost the same; turquoise beaded hippie earrings, these are like them but even prettier; silver H&M sweater, this Diesel one is even more rad.
I can barely string a sentence together I’m so tired right now. My awesome husband volunteered to sell his ticket to Outside Lands and stay home with the baby so I could go with my BFF and her BF. In return I tried to do all the middle-of-the-night feedings, and that all adds up to me being barely functional today. I can say about the music that Allison Mosshart (The Kills) was badass as were the Foo Fighters; Stevie Wonder sings the best-ever version of Happy Birthday and is kind of a horn dog; and I guess you know you’re a new sleep-deprived mom when you think Neil Young’s scrunched-up guitar-playing face looks like your daughter’s? Sigh. Luckily I had planned my outfits ahead of time. And I even managed to make Robyn and I flower crowns yesterday. Like most rewarding things, the weekend was exhausting but completely worth it! More
When you buy a laptop in this day and age, you’re purchasing a device in which you will store your entire life. It’s your communications center, media hub, endless and constantly-growing photo album, your potential first novel, your ever-expanding music collection. And you want to be able to access any part of your life without waiting around. You want to switch between tasks in a flash. The battery has to last FOREVER. Or close to it. And you want it to weigh next to nothing, so you can grab it and go anywhere.
Intel’s Ultrabook is all of these things and I got to thinking, it’s a lot like personal style. We want fashion to easily adapt to changing situations and last forever. So I documented some examples of the parallels between the Ultrabook and fashion as I experienced them in my everyday life in the San Francisco Bay Area where I live. Check out my Instagram photos in the gallery below! More
It seems appropriately ironic to post a photo of myself attending a GALA on my first day as a stay-at-home-blogger-mom. Not that I don’t intend to still frequent many galas. I’m especially hoping for a regatta gala before the summer is over (does anyone get that reference? I am a giant Friends nerd). And, you know, I’m sure I’ll wear this on play dates now and again.
This particular occasion was the “Paris Is Burning Artpoint Annual Bastille Day Party” at the De Young museum. Yep, on Bastille Day. The best part was that the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit was open to us during the fete. The talking mannequins and decades-spanning fashions were no less compelling the second time around.
Also I have to thank Samsung for inviting me to the GALA. They’re on a promotional tour of their Galaxy Note… just this past Wednesday they sponsored an Urban Daddy party at Jones, which was also quite a fun evening. Any night I can drink champagne and eat ice cream for dinner is a good night indeed.
Dress: Shareen; faux fur stole: H&M, similar here and here; turquoise and gold necklace: gift from mother-in-law from Iran; box clutch: Trina Turk for Banana Republic; shoes: omg so cheap from A’gaci, I think they cost $7, which is embarrassing but hard to resist. Similar here in a much higher quality and 25 percent off!
I’ve made it pretty well-known that I need help. So I finally made it official and put the word out that I’m searching for an intern. I’m thrilled and super lucky to have found Ashley Castanos, who is not only working towards her master’s degree in fashion journalism at Academy of Art, but shares my deep love of a hippie wedding dress and the California modern bohemian aesthetic in general. And the bonus is she has worked as a professional model and is a champion thrifter. So I though I’d take advantage of all of the above and have the extremely freaking talented Molly DeCoudreaux shoot Ashley wearing some of her all-time best thrifted and vintage finds (mixed with some new pieces, of course!). Ashley braved high winds on a precarious rooftop and managed to look gorge despite it all. Read on for more about Ashley and the secrets of her thrifting success! More
When you buy a laptop in this day and age, you’re purchasing a device in which you will store your entire life. It’s your communications center, media hub, endless and constantly-growing photo album, your potential first novel, your ever-expanding music collection. And you want to be able to access any part of your life without waiting around for things to get started up. You want to switch between tasks in a flash. The battery has to last FOREVER. Or close to it. And you want it to weigh next to nothing, so you can grab it and go anywhere.
Intel’s Ultrabook has all this and much more. And I got to thinking, it’s a lot like personal style. We want fashion to be easily adapt to changing situations and last forever. So over the past week or so I documented some examples of the parallels between the Ultrabook and fashion around the San Francisco Bay Area where I live. Check out my Instagram photos in the gallery below! More
UPDATE: I forgot to tell you guys what’s in it for you!! Every time you vote in the Naya contest, you’ll be entered to win a free pair of Naya’s Palomi sandals, which are pretty much the perfect summer sandals. And read on to find out about their eco-friendly attributes. But wait, there’s more! If I WIN the styling contest, I get FOUR pairs of Naya shoes to distribute to my readers. Go on now, get voting!
Naya, a line of super comfy and environmentally friendly shoes, asked me to style a pair of their footwear to participate in a friendly little contest between bloggers they chose from around the country. The contest went live today! Vote for me, please? More