Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Burbs Does SF – Part 2

If you read yesterday’s post, you know that I spent the weekend in San Francisco with fellow blogger Sabrina of Sabrina and the City. Considering how fantastic Day 1 was, I thought it would be hard to top. But Sabs did not disappoint and we packed day 2 with more amazing activities.

First we walked over to Park Wide Rentals and rented some bikes.

Park Wide RentalsWe rode 17 miles on day 2 and though our legs were sore and our backs were achy, it was worth every pedal stroke.

Approximate Bike Route

The ride started at Laguna and Marina and led us over to the first lookout point for this beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge:

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Jumping in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

plaid top, leather jacket : target | white jeans : michael kors from annie sez | shoes : sperry

We then rode over the bridge,

Golden Gate Bridgeand into Sausalito where we were treated to this amazing view!

SausalitoSausalito ViewWe finished our ride in Tiburon at the famous Sam’s Cafe and had lunch and drinks. (I highly recommend their Pink Lemonade). Finally we took the ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf and headed back to Pacific Heights to get ready for our evening at Tony Nik’s. Another incredible day!

Dinner and Drinks in SF

black blouse : zara | blazer : express | cobalt blue jeans : jessica simpson jeggings @ annie Sez : black peep toe pumps : bcbg @ annie sez | necklace : nordstrom

Tony Nik's - North Beach

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The Burbs does SF – Day 1

This weekend I traveled to San Francisco to visit fellow blogger (or as I like to call her, my West Coast Bestie), Sabrina of Sabrina and the City. I can tell you hands down, that there is not another person in SF that loves this city as much as she does. As a result, pal Jessica and I were treated to an unforgettable visit, jam-packed with the very best SF had to offer. Over the next three days, I’ll document our fantastic stay.  Here is a run down of our first Day.

Day 1
Sabs lives in an area of San Fran called Pacific Heights so we started there and walked down Broadway to ogle the multi-million dollar homes. Apparently, the president was in the area a few weeks ago and held a campaign fund raiser in one of these homes — maybe it was at this $38 million one?

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After seeing all these fabulous homes, we ended on the Lyon Street Steps where a lot of people come to run up and down the stairs for a workout. It’s also where we saw our first Heart of San Francisco.

Lyon Street Step

After that we walked down to Lombard Street to see the crookedest street in the world.

Lombard Street

We then caught a the cable car from Lombard down to downtown to Union Square (pro tip: if you’re in SF and want to experience the cable car, take it from one of the interior stops as opposed to the end stops in order to avoid the long lines).

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In Union Square, we visited the rest of the Hearts and did a little shopping before we headed to our last stop before dinner.

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Our last stop, and the most exciting in my opinion, was Alamo Square. Being children of the 80s and growing up with Full House on TGIF, we just had to see the iconic painted ladies on Postcard Row,

Painted Ladies, Postcard Row

long sleeved tee : express | grey cardigan, necklace, cross-body bag : Forever 21/XXI | yellow jeans : target | shoes : sperry

and the actual “Full House” house at 1709 Broderick Street about a mile away.

Full House House, 1709 Broderick Street

After almost 6 miles of walking, we headed home, showered, and went out to dinner at 620 Jones and then drinks and dancing at Le Colonial. It was a great end to a wonderful first day!

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jacket : express | blouse : joe fresh

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Color Blocking for the office

Color blocking is so much fun, however there are certain things to keep in mind when color blocking to the office.   I try to follow up a couple of simple rules to keep it professional.  Use shoes/accessories as the “other” item or pair a bright color with a neutral.   I know…kinda boring!  So today, I decided to break my own rules and just COLOR BLOCK.  I think I still managed to keep it professional.   

How do you color block to the office?

xx,

Diana

Top: Zara

Pants: Loft

Sweater and Shoes: Banana Republic

Necklace: H&M

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Warm Weather – Bare Legs

I normally wouldn’t do this in February but since we were treated to abnormally nice weather yesterday, I decided to bare my legs. I hope this weather continues into March!

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Skirt: Banana Republic
Shirt: Express
Blazer: Zara
Shoes: Banana Republic (got them on super mega sale this weekend for $18!!!)
Necklace: Stephan & Co @ Nordstrom

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Cork Dressed Up In Chevron – Jewelry Storage

Out of sight, out of mind. At least that was the case for me when it came to jewelry. Stored in boxes, my jewelry never had the chance to inspire me while I was creating outfits. Hopefully after this project, that will all change. After pinning many ideas on Pinterest, I finally created these little beauties.
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Here’s how I did it:
1. I used a sponge brush to apply one coat of acrylic paint to the cork. I could have gone with two coats to make it more opaque but I wanted it to have a little bit of a vintage feel.
2. Then I plotted points every 3 inches across the top, bottom, sides and middle of the 12 x 12 cork. (When I was done it kind of looked like an the beginning of an SOS game.)
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3. At that point I lined up the edge of the painters tape with diagonal dots on the board, creating peaks and valleys. I let the painters tape overlap, creating a little box at each peak and valley.
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4. Once that was all done, I used an exacto knife to cut off the excess tape (I used the little boxes as reference.)
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5. Voila! Ready for spray paint.
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6. Finally I used Krylon spray paint in Catalina Mist (not kidding) to apply several VERY light coats to the cork. I waited for it to dry and peeled off the tape and got this:
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Note: Spray painting is not easy! Use a very light touch, keep moving across the canvas and keep the can at least 8-10 inches from whatever you’re trying to paint.

Also, many thanks to Not Martha for the inspiration and Jenn over at Peas and Crayons for the tutorial.

Update: I am happily entering this project into the Winter Pinterest Challenge sponsored by Erin from The Great Indoors, Katie from Bower Power, Sherry from Young House Love, and Cassie from Hi Sugarplum!  Thanks for stopping by and make sure to visit all of the other bloggers that linked up!

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And it’s getting warmer…

The temperature is predicted to hit the 60s today…yipeeeeee.   I’m definitely going to make it a point to step outside for lunch or just for a walk.

Today’s outfit is a head to toe Banana Republic look.  As you all know, I’m a big BR fan.  They have great work staples that are trendy yet appropriate for the office.

What is your favorite store for work clothes?

Happy Thursday all!

xx,

Di

Top, blazer and pants: Banana Republic

Necklace: JCrew

Watch: Audemars Piaget

Shoes: Gucci

 

 

 

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Office Flowers

This is the warmest February in NYC that I can remember.   I’m totally in love with this weather and bringing out some of my spring pieces to prove it  🙂

Are you wearing spring items yet?

 

Top: Zara

Skirt: Anthropologie (old)

Belt: Target

Shoes: Calvin Klein

Blazer: H&M

Watch: Michelle

 

Excuse the super pale legs!!!!

 

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Black and White

I was inspired by one of my favorite bloggers Neris from Fashion Fractions.  She recently posted a black and white outfit and added a few pieces to spruce it up.   Here’s my version.

Have a great day!

Di

Top: Jason Wu for Target

Necklace: Stephan and Co

Jeans: AG

Boots: Jessica Simpson (similar)

 

 

 

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Happy President’s Day

My post today has nothing to do with President’s Day but I thought I ‘d just wish you all a happy one.  Hopefully you are off from work, as I am.  I’m enjoying the weekend with Frank out in our favorite Long Island spot, Jamesport.

Happy Monday!

xx,

Di

Top: Jcrew

Jeans: Asos

Necklace: Kohls

Boots: Michael Antonio via Piperlime

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What A Difference A Blazer Makes

Nothing polishes a look off, like a blazer.

Since I came to this realization, I’ve been trying to build up the blazer selection in my closet.  Yesterday, while at one of my favorite stores, Annie Sez, I came across this gorgeous Laundry by Shelli Segal bouclé blazer and was immediately in love.  The retail price was $245, but I was able to scoop it up (after many markdowns) for only $44.98!  Considering that I already put it to use, I think it was a great investment.

Now, the outfit on the left is from this post a few months ago, and today I pretty much took that exact outfit, swapped the opaque tights for textured ones and added the bouclé blazer.  What do you think? Big difference, right?

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Blazer: Laundry by Shelli Segal (purchased at Annie Sez)

Textured Tights: Target

Note (1): For those of you in the northeast, Annie Sez is a goldmine and you should get to your local one right away. They have designer brands at discount prices and they constantly send out e-mail coupons for significant discounts.  I even spotted some Chanel purses at my local Annie Sez the other day — while still out of my price range, the discount was impressive.  (I’m mentioning this store because of my extreme love for it.  I am not being compensated in any way.)

Note (2): If you enjoy the occasional fashion faux pas — check out the pic below to see mine from today. Haha! I’m so silly.

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