Sep 222014

Sale PSA: A super easy to wear and flattering maxi dress from Lush – I’ve mentioned this one before, but now it’s 50% off/under $25, a very pretty gray/white patterned silk print blouse from Joie, now 40% off, and a fantastic Bailey 44 navy jersey maxi dress, now 45% off. 

First I’d like to give my apologies for the blog being down for the last few days – I had a ton of issues with the site for unknown reasons, but after some struggle, it is now back up and working. If you ever encounter any issues, please feel free to let me know! I’ve thankful for all the readers who let me know about their problems accessing the site.

I just came back from a short trip to Switzerland and Paris for work, where I got to spend time with some of the most chic people ever. Seriously! It was very busy for me from morning until night, but at the end of each day at least, I got to walk around the city and enjoy the inspirational surroundings. I also had some time on the train to put together my fall wishlist – here it is (and I’d love to hear yours too).


1. Navy trench. The cliche about Parisians and navy is so true in my experience – I see it almost as much as black, it’s just as chic of a color, and slightly more “unexpected”. I have way more than enough black clothing in my closet (although I wouldn’t mind another LBD…anyway, off topic) and a light navy layer would find lots of wear in the fall for me. My favorite version right now is a cotton/wool mix classic silhouette from Burberry – and hey, look how good it’ll look with all the black in my closet!



2. Warm poncho. I am a sweater addict, and recently have started to see the light on ponchos as well. A big poncho + leggings are my favorite outfit to wear on planes, lazy days, or feeling under the weather in the fall/winter temperatures. I love this one from Ralph Lauren – it’s big enough to give you lots of cover for leggings, but not super billowy to the point of shapeless. I also love the kangaroo pocket and the button detailing near the neck. The price isn’t bad either (relatively speaking).

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Sep 172014

Sale PSA: a pretty black/nude lace shift dress from DVF (very similar to my favorite Zarita – also on sale for 40% off in plum here, an absolutely lovely floral feminine wrap dress from Anthropologie, now 45% off, and a relaxed, chic striped s/s tee from Halogen, now under $15.

This post is part of my series, “What I’d Tell Myself,” where I share some advice I’d give to a younger me. You can view the rest of the series here!

Today, I want to share some thoughts to my younger self about a topic I have some experience in: bags. And I am really curious to hear all of your advice out there too! Ready?


My first message to my younger self:

1. The number of small, clutch like bags possessed by an owner should correspond with the actual number of clutch-warranting events actually attended by owner. Or in more simple terms, don’t buy too many fancy bags when you don’t have a very fancy life. Yes? Especially since I live in the Bay Area, where even a black tie event has high chances of someone showing up in jean pants or shorts if the attendance is over 100 people.

Though I do think that everyone does need at least one clutch or evening bag in their closet. My favorite hands down is my Bottega Knot…feels wonderful in the hand. Just saying!

2. You don’t need to own every neutral. Pick black, or brown, and stick with it. I used to buy all my “classic” items in black and brown each. I had matching Bottega woven hobo bags in Nero and Ebano. Matching Manolo Carolyn slingbacks in black and brown. TSE cashmere crewnecks, too. Seriously. Somewhere somehow I had read some article about getting everything in both black and brown and you’d be happy forever. Continue reading »

Sep 152014

Sale PSA: a pretty and versatile James Perse sueded wrap dress in a dove gray, now 40% off, a classic Burberry quilted snap front jacket in military khaki, now 35% off, and a gorgeous David Meister black/silver cocktail dress (I love how it shows off the waist and the little chain detail), now 40% off. 

Also, I’m sure many of you know that Altuzarra for Target has arrived – one of my favorite collaborations to date. Check Net-A-Porter and Target for the arrivals. Even though many items are sold out, there are sure to be restocks (and I’ll try to update with them). 

This is the second post in my Australia series. For the remainder, please see here.

Sydney has a wide variety of all brands of hotels, and when we were deciding where to stay for our trip, we looked at all the usual suspects and brands in the area – Four Seasons, Shangri-La, etc, as well as a variety of recommended boutique hotels (which unfortunately for cranky us, all seemed to be above nightclubs). Over and over again though, we were told the best hotel in Sydney by a wide margin, was the Park Hyatt Sydney. So when we touched down in Sydney in the early morning, that was where we were headed!

One of the frequently mentioned details about Park Hyatt is its amazing location in Sydney – right on the waterfront, with views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. This was our first look at the hotel.

Park Hyatt Sydney Entrance

The lobby lounge area on the first floor was brightly lit with huge windows to show off the view. In the morning there were always some juices, coffee and pastries set up in the lounge – I assume that this was to provide a small complimentary breakfast to all guests.

Park Hyatt Sydney Lobby Lounge

We were quickly taken to our room, where check-in was performed in the room (always preferred). We were in an Opera View Deluxe room, which I’d highly recommend. Lots of light, and very bright.

The mini bar was nicely tucked away behind a door – I thought it was quite a pretty way to integrate it. I was especially happy to see a fully functioning kettle (metal, not plastic, which drives me crazy to see) and a teapot as well. And of course there was complimentary Nespresso!

Park Hyatt Sydney Opera View Room

The room was quite bright so we had the sheer shades pulled down (there was another set of blackout shades used for when we went to sleep). But right outside was this spectacular view of Sydney Opera House, which you could also enjoy from an outdoor balcony! Continue reading »

Sep 122014

 Sale PSA: a pretty slouchy lace cardigan from Nordstrom (I like the black the best, it’s a beautiful layering piece with nice detail), for under $40, cozy cotton shirts from Splendid, now 40% off, and a gorgeous, gorgeous Peter Pilotto shift dress (like Clover Canyon, but much better), for 65% off. 

1. This year I have loved so many items from Anthropologie! I don’t know if it’s just their designs this season or if I’m morphing more into the kind of person who would wear gingham aprons, and love every minute of it. Either way, here is one of my favorite dresses from Anthro that is on the top of my list as a transition item from summer to fall.

The dress is a great length for both summer and fall and goes great with both bare legs and tights. Plus, it’s machine washable (just like another one of my favorite Anthropologie dresses from earlier this summer). I vote for more machine washable items in general (I just put a Chanel cardigan in a little bag through the delicates wash earlier this week, and it went fine).

2. Fans of luxury hotels and Aman Resorts in particular will find this recent article from Fortune about the current battle over the future of Aman fascinating, (though perhaps depressing/alarming). Personally, I do hope that Adrian Zecha is able to remain in some capacity in the management of Aman hotels, and am slightly pessimistic about what a future without him would look like for Aman. Continue reading »

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