Month: October 2015

Snapshot at a Pumpkin Patch

Boo! We’re so close to Halloween night, I can almost taste the mini Almond Joys! It’s currently the 29th of October and I’ve made the most of the month by watching Hocus Pocus four times, carving/decorating two pumpkins, working pumpkin into as many dishes as possible, enjoying three different kinds of pumpkin beers, and dressing up as a Care Bear for our company party. For the fourth year in a row we visited the pumpkin patch at Tanaka Farms in Irvine last weekend. What I expected to be a picturesque trip to the farm turned out to be a sweaty, dusty trek in which we waited 30 minutes in the line to park. Don’t let the photo below fool you, the patch was packed. Though it took Michael about 2.5 seconds to find a pumpkin. But, like every year since I have been been old enough to pick pumpkins, Christmas trees, etc., it took me a little bit longer. I take a lot of factors into account, okay? And it’s not about finding the perfect pumpkin – I prefer the ones with irregular bumps and colors. A nice, pronounced stalk is important. And the surface of the pumpkin needs to allow enough space to carve a scene into. This year I carved a “Wavy Ghost.” It’s suuuuuper scaaaary. Michael fancies himself a semi-pro pumpkin carver (I’m kidding …) and always challenges himself to carve something even more technical and impressive than the year before. As you can see below, his haunted castle was a great success.

We’ll be spending a low-key Halloween night at our friends’ house passing out candy to trick-or-treaters, barbecuing, and carving pumpkins. Have a safe, fun, spooky Halloween!

Also, thank you, Tracy Morgan:

Snapshot 10/23

Hello, and happy Friday! I’m going to have to make this short because I just got home from a pumpkin painting party (Halloween!) and it’s a tad past my bedtime. This week, after months of waiting for my BB cream to run out, I received my first order of Glossier products! I have been reading Into the Gloss, their parent website, for a couple years and really respect their approach to skincare and beauty. On any given week they feature a ton of products, but their core message is to love the skin you’re in and embrace natural beauty. That’s why I was so excited to finally try the products in the Glossier line, which were created to offer light coverage and enhance your skin. My order included the Perfecting Skin Tint and the Balm Dotcom and so far, I’m very happy. The skin tint works like a tinted moisturizer, offering just a base coat of coverage that makes my skin look silky smooth and hydrated. Its “barely there” appearance is the thing I like the most about it. I’ve been using the Balm Dotcom on my lips and it has pretty much replaced my daily lip balm. Any lip product that can stay put after drinking a cup of tea is A+ in my book. Glossier, you have lived up to the hype!

We are a week from my favorite holiday, and now, after painting a multi-tiered chevron stripe pumpkin, I feel I am in the Halloween spirit!

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Neckerchiefs: wrap ’em, tie ’em, multiply ’em (what?)

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reads

The Doctor The Atavist

Oh Boy Podcast Episode 9: Amelia Diamond Man Repeller

Get Up, Stand Up Wired

It’s Millennials’ Turn to Take the Blame for the Downfall of Society Los Angeles Times

The Tell-Tale ‘Gram McSweeney’s

Reviving a Revival in LA Homepolish

Snapshot 10/16

I’m going to write about that heart-stopping, joyful sensation that occurs when you find a perfectly distressed, perfectly fitting vintage piece. That feeling – after flipping through racks, digging through piles, and trying on garment after garment – of discovering something that’s one-of-a-kind. If you’re like me and the idea of mixing vintage and contemporary looks excites you, then you understand the possibilities that finding a vintage wardrobe staple like a pair of Levi’s jeans can hold. Jeans and a t-shirt is an unbeatable combination, but adding high-waisted timeworn jeans that are undoubtedly as rugged as they are feminine to the mix takes it to another level. I have found some pretty sweet vintage pieces in unlikely places, but I have yet to find, yes find (not “find” in Urban Outfitters, which, not going to lie, I’ve been tempted to do) my own pair of vintage Levi’s. In cherishing these timeless jeans (or jackets, or shoes) of the past I feel as though I can bring nostalgia to an outfit of otherwise current pieces that were most likely manufactured in this decade. A pair of vintage Levi’s can stand alone with a modest shirt and not much else and can add something special in their own subtle way.

Cheers to Friday, and have a fantabulous weekend!

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My ode to vintage Levi’s jeans

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reads

Sick and Far From Home Slate

Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars? (Jennifer Lawrence speaks out!) Lenny

The Making Of John Wayne Buzzfeed News

Donna Karan On Motherhood, Fashion And Designing The Perfect Pair Of Jeans Fresh Air

The Powerful Appeal of Modern Witchcraft — Even for a Skeptic The Cut

Tour a Creative Couple’s Elegant and Fresh Nashville Home My Domaine

 

Snapshot 10/09

It’s any given Sunday night, the lights are off, I’m tucked in – face washed, phone charging, water cup almost empty – and I’m trying to fall asleep. Below is a version of a conversation that I have had in my head many times.

Okay, so tomorrow’s Monday, typically a casual day in my office, so I’ll wear my Levi’s 501s and a striped shirt. Comfortable, relaxed. Yes. Ooor, I could wear that new dress I scored at Crossroads with my denim jacket. Eh, it’s supposed to be cooler in the beginning of the week so pants it is, save the dresses and bare legs for the heatwave that will be Thursday and Friday. Shoes? Old reliable black loafers? I could go Birkenstocks but that might be a little too comfortable for the office. Dang, I really need a pedicure.

I used to feel embarrassed about planning my outfits the night before school, and now, work. Laying out each piece, whether actually laying it out or laying it out in my mind, felt forced and deliberate, and trying that hard never feels cool. There’s a difference between planning an outfit for a special event and planning an outfit for just another day of work. Doing the latter, planning for such a habitual thing, feels like the opposite of effortless. So perhaps the detail lies in the specialness of the event. We put thought into what we’re going to wear to a wedding because it’s an event we will take part in very rarely. But when it’s something like work, a place I go nearly every day of the week with the same colleagues and the same desk, the need to plan each detail seems frivolous. But it’s actually something that satisfies my desire to plan, and being prepared for the hour and change I give myself each morning to get ready for work really helps get me to the office on time. It’s soothing, mentally scanning through my closet and trying different combinations (this skirt, that scarf, that sweater I haven’t worn in forever!). Planning my outfit isn’t a revolutionary idea or admittance, but it’s a little nightly routine that I genuinely enjoy.

Are you a planner? Does organization bring you a secret wave of happiness? Let me know! And have a fantastic weekend!

looks

My favs from Paris Fashion Week

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All photos courtesy of vogue.com

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reads

Issue No. 2 Lenny Letter (and here’s the link to sign up)

It’s Not Just About Guns Salon

Ken Kesey, The Art of Fiction No. 136 The Paris Review

This NYC Apartment Is Proof That Cool Art Can Be Found At The Flea Refinery 29

Oh Boy Podcast Episode 7: Kiran Gandhi Man Repeller

Me Inc. : The Paradoxical, Pressure-Filled Quest to Build a “Personal Brand.” New Republic

Ina Garten Does It Herself Eater

Snapshot: 10/02

For the past year or so, my boyfriend, Michael, has been asking if we can get a dog. I kid you not, this is pretty much a daily occurrence. His tone is always half kidding, but to his dismay (read: sad puppy eyes) I have responded “no” every time, which in a sense, makes me the sound like the bad guy. Don’t get me wrong though, I definitely want a dog or two, and he gets why now is not the right time. I grew up with two amazing dogs and look forward to again experiencing the same unconditional love and playfulness that my dogs brought to our family. Just not right now!! Our recreational space – a necessity for a dog as far as I’m concerned – is non-existent and our schedules are somewhat unpredictable from day to day.

Luckily we have friends with dogs! This weekend we’ll be dogsitting an energetic black lab named Rufio, taking him on walks, bringing him to a local beer festival, and pretending we are dog owners.

Enjoy your first weekend of October! Bring on the pumpkin everything!

looks

snaps

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Trendiest press release I’ve ever received

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reads

I Wish the Intern on “The Intern” Had Been a Woman The Cut

Why Podcasts Have Such Terrible Ads Vox

See the Interiors of Nancy Meyers’ Latest Film Vogue Living

Closet Visit Cargo Collective (my favorites are Hannah Soboroff, Roxanne Marie, and Clare Vivier!)

What Was Brand Loyalty? The Hairpin

The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland The Atlantic

#160: Jessica Hopper (EIC of the Pitchfork Review) Longform Podcast

 

How to Style Sunglasses & Hats

When temperatures start to drop we reach for cozy layers, as opposed to the cut-off shorts and popsicles that we reach for when the weather report predicts a high of 93. Wool hats, scarves, gloves, and socks are the keys to staying warm when winter rears its blustery head, but the accessories that remain constant year round are sunglasses. Below are my favorite sunglasses plus hat combinations with additional pieces that I’m loving for fall.

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1. Ray-ban sunglasses 2. Rag & Bone fedora 3. Lafayette 148 scarf 4. Madewell dress 5. Zara coat

 

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1. Kate Spade sunglasses 2. J. Crew hat 3. & Other Stories sweater 4. Topshop vest 5. & Other Stories jeans 6. Acne booties

 

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1 Elizabeth and James sunglasses 2. Eugenia Kim beret 3. Everlane shirt 4.Madewell necklace 5. River Island skirt  6. Toss Designs clutch 7. Madewell jacket 8. Maryam Nassir Zadeh heels

 

Thanks to Salt City Optics for inspiring this post! Check out their selection of sunglasses here!