Thursday, July 28, 2011

Weather Report

 Let's see... well, the summer weather in the Bay Area can best be decsribed as...How do I say this politely?  ... complete shit (or "shite" if you're from the UK :).  It starts out all drizzly and misty in the morning and then in the afternoon we get a bit of sun in certain neighborhoods, then inevitably the fog rolls in.  These were taken in the Noe Valley area, at the tail end of a fleeting hour of sun just as the fog was rolling in and the wind was picking up.  It's nearly impossible to have neat bangs with the wind constantly blowing in your face,  but I know, I know, it could be a lot worse (I would trade our fog and wind for a July heatwave though, just to see for myself if in fact it really is worse).  Anyway, one thing that is consistent is how inconsistent our summers are.  I'll probably be talking about how great the weather is in a couple days just you wait and see.   

trench coat- Zara
dress- thrifted & hemmed
tights- Hue
wedges- Urban Outfitters
tote- L.L. Bean via Ebay

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

♥ Shop Update: Strawberry Rhubarb ♥

It's probably because I'm trying to stay away from sweets at the moment, but as I was updating the shop this morning, all I could think about was how these dresses reminded me of strawberry rhubarb pie.  I think I may just have to forget about my dessert ban and whip one up sometime soon.   As far as pies go, it looks pretty healthy all things considering, don't you think?  Anyway, all these pieces are available now in the shop, and most of them are in the $30-$50  range so go have a (guiltless) look!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer Poison

The weather has been just glorious in the last week, but unfortunately I couldn't fully sartorially partake in it due to a case of poison oak.  Hopefully you're not familiar with it's effects on the skin, it's not very pretty to say the least.   I'm one of those highly allergic people who can't even look at it without coming away with a few patches of it.   It grows wild all over California, particularly near sandy beach dune areas which was where I must have picked it up.  I somehow managed to get it on my left wrist and right ankle-- I suspect Misty brushed against it and she gave it to me when I picked her up.  So relieved she didn't get any!  So it's been mainly pants and long sleeves for me this past week, kind of boring.  Anyway, happy to report it's on it's way out and can't be gone soon enough for me. 
These Madewell pants were just long enough to cover up any undesirable parts and luckily  it was cool enough for a long sweater yesterday.  Spent the day out in Glen Canyon Park and then to Indian food and a movie.  All in all a pretty good Sunday (minus the poison oak part that is). 

cardigan- Zara
pants- Madewell
shoes- Hasbeens for H&M
mini tote bag- L.L. Bean via ebay

Monday, July 18, 2011

The 'Burbs

As much as I love living in the City, I must sheepishly admit that sometimes the suburbs are right up my alley--with the unobstructed sunshine, the sweeping lawns, the quiet streets,  the massive SUVS parked everywhere (not so much), it's easy to see why people choose to live in these enclaves.  When I'm in the mood for a little suburban sprawl I drive east about 35 minutes to visit my cousins who live in the most picturesque little town of Clayton, California.  Incidentally, it's also noteworthy as the town with the most paranormal activity in California, but that's a whole other blog post entirely (let's just say I won't be spending the night over there anytime soon). 
Anyway, this past Saturday we had a yard sale in which I attempted to unload some household paraphenalia that had been lingering in my storage facility for a while.  Though I ended up driving  home with most of it back in the trunk (suburbanites just don't know good junk when they see it apparently), it was still fun to hang out in the sun and pretend I was in an epsiode of Desperate Housewives for the afternoon.

jean jeacket- thrifted
tank- Rebecca Beeson
skirt- thrifted
wedges- Hasbeens
purse- Cole Haan

p.s. I finally gave in and got a bang trim.  So much for having the discipline to grow them out!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

San Simeon, 1975

I'm a child of the 1970s and so I guess that's why I have a special place in my heart for clothing from that decade.   That sweater I'm wearing is possibly my favorite little cardigan in my closet.  Living in the Bay Area, you can never have enough cardigans--it's sweater weather year around.  "Never leave home witout a layer" is my motto,  even if it's super hot, because you never know when the fog will roll in.

These pictures are from our last day on our little weekend away, taken near San Simeon, California, famous for not only it's Mission, but also for its expansive beaches that serve as a spot for elephant seals to come and take a snooze & sunbathe themselves.   They were actually endangered until about 6 years ago when the community started making a concerted effort to provide a protected area for them to breed, off limits to humans.  Now just a few years later, their population is almost back to their orginal numbers.  I like hearing information like this as it assures me there is still some good we're doing in the world in the world, when we're constantly hearing in the news how badly we treat the planet.  The elephant seals would give us their "seal" of approval at any rate (sorry, I couldn't resist that one).

sweater- vintage
tee- Zara
jeans- Acne via Loehmann's
sandals- BC

Monday, July 11, 2011

♥ New in the Shop ♥

1960s vintage Marie Phillips striped day dress
vintage Dooney and Bourke all-weather leather bag

vintage Rattan and Leather case

1950s vintage Iceburg Blue party dress

1950s vintage Herbert Levine alligator stilettos 8

1950s vintage Sky Blue Moygashel linen wiggle dress
1940s vintage Sunday Brunch two piece dress

1970s vintage Yard Bird denim skirt
1970s vintage Silver leaf knit day dress
1970s vintage Lanz Originals pocketed day dress
Some of the newness you'll find in the shop this week!  I am thanking my lucky stars that those Herbert Levine alligator heels are about two sizes too small for me or else they would have never made it into the shop.  I made a point not to try on the denim skirt either... way too dangerous.
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