Taking off in two hours for LA (then Sacramento, Vegas, and San Francisco) for a month and this photo of an uninteresting mound of an assortment of (nearly) colorless..stuff..is all I have to show for it. I hate living from a suitcase, so I boycott packing as much as I can, until my brain succumbs to the realization that it really doesn't benefit me to show up to a different city with absolutely no clothes. Not that the beach default of a swimsuit, flip flops, and sundress could go that wrong. Is it bad I'm contemplating (and almost 99% positive I want to do this) bringing a carry on just for my shoes? Don't answer..
Anyway, if you're a reader from any of those cities, hello soon! Please recommend your favorite spots. :)
Fedora from boutique in San Francisco, American Apparel tee, Banana Republic braided belt, Forever 21 ripped boyfriend jeans, Fossil cork heels
Here's a small tour around Seattle. Aside from the universal brick wall, the old uneven cobblestone road is by Pike Place Market where there's a wall full of posters, and then the infamous gum wall. When you near it you can still smell the fruity mint flavors, it's pretty disgusting and rad. I've grown up here pretty much my whole life and am still absolutely in love with the city, it's like a good marriage.
I found these shoes at a boutique on Haight in San Francisco and it was like Polaroid adoration -- instant. Platform, cognac leather, and a 5-inch wide cork heel that makes walking/running/jumping (yes I tested this in the store. You never know) unbelievably comfortable. I don't know about Fossil's other stuff but love these.
This bar in Capitol Hill is called Tavern Law, named after the licensing laws that essentially legalized the purchasing of alcoholic drinks. I did my undergrad in English and Law, stir a little history (my secret academic crush) into the mix and I loved the place right away. Awesome 1920s decor, old Encyclopedias, newspapers, dial phones, and the best part is a hidden tunnel through the entrance of the bolted door up to a speakeasy just like the Prohibition times. I knew I should have kept my flapper dress in my car at all times for occasions like this. Also enjoyed the bartender, the experimental drinks, and the company (PS: this is your shout out). Since photos were not allowed, I only snapped a few..
California Academy of Sciences and Monterey Bay Aquarium (photos by me)
A good change of subject from the usual fashion outfits, since this blog is intended to showcase things that I wear/eat/discover/like/love that are pretty. Never realized jellyfish were so beautiful to capture. Aren't they photogenic? I love aquariums. Something about being enclosed by water (as much as you can anyway without actually submerging under) where everyone speaks in a hushed library voice is so soothing.
Watch this video of Kuroshio Sea (the 2nd largest aquarium in the world in Japan, with Barcelona's "Please Don't Go" as the perfect background song) on repeat and it'll be as good as a 60 minute massage.
This past week has been crazy, I graduated from university yesterday and have been enjoying the new found freedom through various outlets and usually concluding the night with a lot of dancing. All the socializing has been tiring, but fun always trumps exhaustion. I'm infamous for penta-booking my days and scheduling weeks in advance, so I took this lazy Sunday off with minimal plans. Late lunch at a crepe place, did a little bit of work remotely, relaxed at home (updating blog and cleaning room fall under this category) before happy hour later tonight.
Anyway, I would weather the wrinkles for how seriously comfortable linen pants are. Elastic waistbands should really be utilized in all pants. If that happened, there may be a direct correlation to monetary appreciation of business at buffets..
Tunic and leather over the knee boots from boutiques in Hong Kong, tights from Supre in Australia
Why I'm posing next to a bunch of painting supplies is not for aesthetic reasons.. obviously, since it just looks like the unglamorous mess that it is. It's because the sun was going down, and no one was in sight so I panicked and took some self timer shots and this was an angle with just barely enough lighting.
So one cool thing about this tunic is the attached feather necklace, and the fringed hem, okay and the print, which is why it had to belong in my closet. I had bought a pair of over the knee boots the day before, but when I saw these slouchy, dark brown leather, puff top, gold buckle, slightly pirate ones I figured two is better than one, they could be friends, the first pair was getting lonely. This is not a justification, it's.. anyway. Oh so a disclaimer: if you're Australian please don't judge me for going into Supre or even being within 100 feet of it, I was in dire need of basic tights when I was there to the point that anything will do.
Leather jacket from boutique in Hong Kong, thick knit eternity wrap scarf from Urban Outfitters, dip hem striped shirt by Jolie, Silence and Noise black jeggings, Aldo metallic oxfords
Would not recommend cabs as the primary form of transportation, though convenient in a new city, the wallet was rather upset for obvious reasons. One day we were in SF shopping on Fillmore and remembered we wanted to go to a store on Union that was closed the day before so we took a taxi there just for that one store. Felt like a diva, not good. On an unrelated -- but I guess slightly related since I'm talking about shopping which entails clothing -- note, jeggings are so comfortable! I am now a believer. They look like jeans but feel like nothing, score.