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White, Blue, Yellow and Braids

I love Saturday afternoons in the city and while its always important to look great, trekking through the city demands comfort – especially in 90 degree weather like this past weekend.  So I put together this crisp and clean, white and blue outfit, paired it with some flats, a bold statement necklace and a braided updo.  More about the updo coming up.

blouse : zara (old)(similar) | white skinny jeans : michael kors @ annie sez (old)(similar)(similar and affordable): rose gold sandals | jennifer lopez @ kohls | yellow statement necklace : ebay | glasses : dita svelte | gold leaf earrings : annie sez (old)(similar)

Now about the updo.  From the front it doesn’t look like much but if you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you saw this picture of the back of my updo that I posted on Saturday:

The french fishtail seashell braid.  I have to admit, this was a feat of engineering that I’m not sure I can replicate.  I saw this pin on Pinterest and was immediately inspired.  After much searching I finally found two YouTube videos whose instructions I was able to combine to create the look you see above.  I essentially replicated this forming technique but with the fishtail braid from this video.  Like I said before, I don’t know if I can recreate this but if I get enough interest, I’ll do a tutorial video for it.


In other news, I finally caught the first episode of The Newsroom, and since I’ve mostly been watching ABC Family fodder this summer, this show was definitely a nice change of pace.  I haven’t seen the second episode yet but the first was spectacularly written and acted.  It’s not as gritty as The Wire, nor as remarkably moving and understated as Mad Men (IMO the best shows of all time — the best, not my favorite), the first episode is very promising.  What are you watching this summer?



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30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know By The Time She’s 30

When I was at Barnes and Noble the other day, this book caught my eye:

Being over 30, I was intrigued.  This book is based on the list created by author Pamela Redmond Strathan and was published in Glamour back in 1997 (when I was a measly 17 years old).  The book has notable women elaborate on the list but you’ll find it below in its concise glory.  I’m proud to say that I know or have most of the things on the list, although I still need a little bit of work on a few as well. That said, the reason I like this list is because it’s less about ticking things off a list and more about being empowered, self sufficient, and mature.  But to have some fun, number 3 on the HAVE list caught my eye and got me thinking.

By 30 you should have something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.

What would I wear if the employer of my dreams wants to see me in an hour? What would I wear if the man of my dreams (my dear husband) wanted to whisk me away on a fancy date in an hour? Well, here’s what I came up with.

Employer of My Dreams Outfit:

suit : tahari @ annie sez (similar) | blouse and necklace : banana republic | shoes : michael kors pressley pump | tote : louis vuitton hampstead mm

I’m a huge fan of a classic navy suit.  In this case I would tone it down as much as possible but for a day in the office, it’s easy to pair it with bright colors and jewelry for a trendier look.

Man of My Dreams Outfit

full-skirt belted brocade dress : ellen tracy @ annie sez (similar in blue) | black patent pumps : christian louboutin pigalle plato 120 | white studded clutch : rebecca minkoff mac stud clutch | bracelet : arden b necklace (old)

I just love the silhouette of this dress, it’s super flattering and the shoes help enhance my legs :).

So, what do you think?  Do you have your outfits in your head for these occasions?  Also, read the list below and if you’re 30, let us know — do you feel comfortable that you know and have all the things listed?

The List

By 30, you should have:
1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.
2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.
5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.
6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age—and some money set aside to help fund it.
8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account—all of which nobody has access to but you.
9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.
10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
13. The belief that you deserve it.
14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few facets of life that don’t get better after 30.
15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.

By 30, you should know:
1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.
2. How you feel about having kids.
3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend with-out ruining the friendship.
4. When to try harder and when to walk away.
5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.
7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.
8. Where to go—be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat—when your soul needs soothing.
9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.
10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.
13. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
15. Why they say life begins at 30!


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Wear to the Office: Red and Hot Pink

I am a huge fan of all the color trends this season, more than any other season I can remember. Color pairings this season are bold, edgy and courageous – as Diana demonstrated in yesterday’s post. So when I saw this post by the lovely Aga of Aga’s Suitcase, I was immediately inspired. I love the combination of red and hot pink but I knew I had to add a grounding element if I wanted to wear it to work. So, I paired this bright ensemble with a navy blazer and neutral shoes and belt.

What do you think about brights at the office?


red pants : express columnist | hot pink blouse : joe fresh | navy blazer : tahari @ annie sez (similar)| loafer platforms : banana republic quinn (similar) | tan belt : michael kors @ annie sez


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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:

Golden Gate BridgeGolden Gate Bridge

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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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?


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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