Vintage Style

Most trends are cyclical, moving in and out of vogue over time. What was fashionable for an older generation, i.e. bellbottoms, may be a dreaded faux pas later; yet some pieces are so iconic that they have made repeated encores. Here are a few examples of style fads that have made impressive comebacks:

Oversized Sunglasses

oversized sunglasses, vintage style

oversized sunglasses

High Waisted Bathing Suit

high waisted bathing suit

high waisted bathing suit

Square Scarf

square scarf

square scarf, vintage style

Beret

beret, vintage style

beret, vintage style

Pea Coat

Pea Coat

pea coat

Wide Leg Pant

wide leg pant

wide leg pant

Oversized Sun Hat

oversized sun hat

oversized sun hat

Off The Shoulder

off the shoulder dress

off the shoulder dress

Crop top

crop top

crop top

LBD

Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress

High Waisted Jeans

high waisted jeans

high waisted jeans

Asymmetrical Shoulders

asymmetrical dress

asymmetrical dress

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” —Coco Chanel

Mix & Match

Brandy Hat, Forever 21 Tops, Levis Jeans, Lucky Brand Sandals

I love to mix & match my clothing.

Brandy Hat, Forever 21 Tops, Levis Jeans, Lucky Brand Sandals

That’s why fashion is so much fun–there are NO rules!

Brandy Hat, Forever 21 Tops, Levis Jeans, Lucky Brand Sandals

I bought the burgundy long sleeve pictured above thinking of it only as a dress.

Brandy Hat, Forever 21 Tops, Levis Jeans, Lucky Brand Sandals

I imagined myself wearing it buttoned down with a belt to define my waist and maybe with tights and boots in the winter, but I had never once thought about unbuttoning it.

Brandy Hat, Forever 21 Tops, Levis Jeans, Lucky Brand Sandals

As a dress, this piece of clothing sat in my closet for months. I would try it on from time to time, but never ended up wearing it.

Brandy Hat, Forever 21 Tops, Levis Jeans, Lucky Brand Sandals

And then it hit me. I could try wearing this a different way–mix it up. So I did.

Brandy Hat, Forever 21 Tops, Levis Jeans, Lucky Brand Sandals

Though I still think it would look cute as a dress, it suits me much better as a cardigan.

Brandy Hat, Forever 21 Tops, Levis Jeans, Lucky Brand Sandals

On Me: Brandy Hat, Forever 21 Tops, Levis Jeans, Lucky Brand Sandals

New Year, Same Hat

Brandy Melville Hat, Urban Outfitters Striped Sweater, STS Blue Jeans, Lucky Brand Bootles, Nordstrom Sunnies

This is my go-to outfit right now: jeans, booties, sweater (or flannel), bomber, sunnies, and hat.

 Brandy Melville Hat, Urban Outfitters Striped Sweater, STS Blue Jeans, Lucky Brand Bootles, Nordstrom Sunnies

Each season I find myself gravitating towards a certain silhouette. Though I love experimenting, it is nice to fall back on an outfit that I know will make me feel confident and comfortable all day.

Brandy Melville Hat, Urban Outfitters Striped Sweater, STS Blue Jeans, Lucky Brand Bootles, Nordstrom Sunnies

I have been like this forever. I always have a better day when I like my look. For instance, I always make sure to wear my “go-to outfit” on test days. The psychology of fashion is so fascinating, isn’t it?

Brandy Melville Hat, Urban Outfitters Striped Sweater, STS Blue Jeans, Lucky Brand Bootles, Nordstrom Sunnies

I am also this way with my hair. Every now and then I will let my natural hair make an appearance, but when I do that I can’t stop fussing with it. When I blow out my hair I don’t have that problem. I feel more like myself. I used to feel ashamed and guilty when I straightened my hair. Friends always made sure to warn me of the damage I was causing and assumed I was trying to hide a part of myself that I was insecure about. But straightening my hair wasn’t about fitting in or hiding something. It was about wearing my hair the way I liked it, and that’s what style is all about.

Brandy Melville Hat, Urban Outfitters Striped Sweater, STS Blue Jeans, Lucky Brand Bootles, Nordstrom Sunnies

“While clothes may not make the woman, they certainly have a strong effect on her self-confidence, which, I believe, does make the woman.” -Mary Kay Ash

Reflection

Since it is now 2016, I think it is appropriate to reflect on some of my favorite blog posts–going all the way back to the beginning! I love looking back and seeing how my style has evolved. I’m proud of these looks. This blog has been a wonderful outlet, and I’m so excited for what’s to come!

Happy New Year!!!

Urban Dress

Urban Outfitters Dress

Express Top

Express Top

Zara Heels

Zara Heels

Levi's Jeans

Levi’s Jeans

Urban Outfitters Pants

Urban Outfitters Pants

H&M Jacket

H&M Jacket

Target Purse

Target Purse

Nordstrom Crop Top

Nordstrom Crop Top

Cathy Jean Booties

Cathy Jean Booties

Lucky Brand Boyfriend Jeans

Lucky Brand Boyfriend Jeans

Cotton On Scarf

Cotton On Scarf

Target Dress

Target Dress

Sundance Earrings

Sundance Earrings

Urban Outfitters Pants

Urban Outfitters Pants

Brandy Melville Dress

Brandy Melville Dress

American Apparel Top

American Apparel Top

The Sak Purse

The Sak Purse

Brandy Melville Hat

Brandy Melville Hat

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” -Rachel Zoe

Steps

If you are ever in San Francisco, I highly recommend climbing up the Moraga Steps.

H&M jacket, Urban Top, American Eagle Jeans, Brandy Melville hat, Nordstrom Sunnies, Report Shoes, Lestrade Bag

Aside from the gorgeous view from the top, the steps themselves are a sight for sore eyes.

H&M jacket, Urban Top, American Eagle Jeans, Brandy Melville hat, Nordstrom Sunnies, Report Shoes, Lestrade Bag

If you live in the Bay Area, you are probably already aware that dressing in layers is very important. I love pairing a Summer top with a Fall jacket as I ease my way through the transition of seasons.

H&M jacket, Urban Top, American Eagle Jeans, Brandy Melville hat, Nordstrom Sunnies, Report Shoes, Lestrade Bag

“It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco.” – Oscar Wilde

H&M jacket, Urban Top, American Eagle Jeans, Brandy Melville hat, Nordstrom Sunnies, Report Shoes, Lestrade Bag

On Me: H&M jacket, Urban Top, American Eagle Jeans, Brandy Melville hat, Nordstrom Sunnies, Report Shoes, Lestrade Bag (Santa Barbara)

Finally Summer

Today was my first day of Summer! It feels so good to be done with finals and onto a new chapter.

Jean jacket, long tee, leggings, sandals, hat, brown cross body purse

This outfit was very much impromptu! I love how easy it can be to dress up a comfortable outfit with a few accessories and a jean jacket!

Jean jacket, long tee, leggings, sandals, hat, brown cross body purse

Summertime means binge watching on Netflix and Hulu without feeling guilty, working on my “tan” up at the lake, reading for PLEASURE, and lots and lots of ice cream!

Jean jacket, long tee, leggings, sandals, hat, brown cross body purse

In addition, I plan on spending a lot of quality time working on my blog! I can’t wait to have time to experiment with my style again.

Jean jacket, long tee, leggings, sandals, hat, brown cross body purse

I recently came across this quote that I found rather thought provoking…

Jean jacket, long tee, leggings, sandals, hat, brown cross body purse

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” – Coco Chanel

Jean jacket, long tee, leggings, sandals, hat, brown cross body purse

Coco Chanel never ceases to amaze me. Just a little fashion for thought, right?!

Jean jacket, long tee, leggings, sandals, hat, brown cross body purse

 On Me: Jacket and Purse

Hat

Leggings

Shirt

Sandals

V Day

Here are a few ideas for how to go about your love day in the city:

1) Head over to North Beach and enjoy a romantic dinner at Park Tavern in the perfect red dress.

Valentine's day red dress

2) Pack a picnic for Golden Gate Park, and don’t forget your hat!

Madewell Red T-shirt

3) Go for a walk over Big Red in comfortable, yet chic activewear.

Anthropology loungewear

4) Stay in bed all day in lovely loungewear.

forver 21 loungewear

5) Wear your hot pants to Ghirardelli and savor the rich chocolate with a view!

Anthropologie red pants

6) Dress up for a movie night in a vintage off-the-shoulder number.

H&M off-the-shoulder top

No matter what you end up wearing this Valentine’s Day, remember this:

“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”

— Yves Saint-Laurent

Shades of Grey

Grey cardigan, great t-shirt, gray high wasted pants, black hat, black purse, black heels

My favorite type of outfit consists of something I can dress up or down.

Great t-shirt, gray high wasted pants, black hat, black purse, black heels

With my Zara heels, this outfit is dinner ready!

Great t-shirt, gray high wasted pants, black hat, black purse, black heels

These high waisted pants pair well with a structured top.

Great t-shirt, gray high wasted pants, black hat, black purse, black heels

Adding my winter appropriate hat makes the outfit feel more like a daytime look.

Great t-shirt, gray high wasted pants, black hat, black purse, black heels

Though I love taking fashion risks, I always feel more confident when I’m wearing my signature silhouette: high waisted pants, heels, a loose fitted top, and fun accessories. To find your signature look, take a peak at your go-to outfits. Is there any common element among them? If so, run with it.

Gray high wasted pants, black hat, black purse, black heels

“Wear clothes you can be yourself in.”

Audrey Hepburn

Foggy Fall

Black Hat and Black Sweater

It’s time to pull back out my hat! The foggy city can do wonders to my hair…

Black Sweater, Black Hat, short hair

This hat brings out the preppy side in me, and that’s NOT a bad thing. It’s fun to step out of my comfort zone.

Black hat, black sweater with blue collar, eggplant pants, black booties, long bob, cross body purse

Adding a pop of color to a simple look makes all the difference, and it really helps me feel confident when I’m experimenting with different outfits.

Black hat, black sweater with blue collar, eggplant pants, black booties, long bob, cross body purse

I’m in a Coco Chanel phase right now, so bare with me.

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” —Coco Chanel

Black hat, black sweater with blue collar, purple pants, black booties, cross body purse

For me, that means bringing out the different sides of myself that I often try to hide…Like bringing back out my favorite hat for the new season. I will not hide beneath the fog.

On me: Brandy Melville Hat

Cotton On Sweater

Urban Outfitters Collared Shirt & Pants

Cathy Jean Booties

The Sak Purse