• the new look: the long vest.

    vests have definitely become a thing in my wardrobe…see here, here, and here. because san francisco never gets really cold or really warm, it’s the perfect finishing touch to either dress down a look (like in the case of the denim vest), or elevate more casual pieces, like the look above. at under $35, this vest is an amazing value— it looks more expensive than it is and i love the side slits. i also love how my chartreuse ps1 gives this outfit a jolt of color.

    hope you’re having a good week!

    forever 21 vest, uniqlo shirt c/o, ag jeans, saint laurent pumps (here in pink leopard and here in solid white), proenza schouler bag (new version in perforated leather or pre-loved here for $500!), super sunglasses, banana republic earrings, céline, giles and brother, and young frankk (via lisa says gah) bracelets

  • campaigns: protagonist fall/winter 2015 by matthew sprout.

    it’s been a while since i talked about ad campaigns on the blog; i think it’s because deep down, not that many have been truly inspiring to me. either it’s the same season after season (hello céline and michael kors) or it’s too wack-a-doodle of a concept. enter this campaign for protagonist, that seems almost plucked from the nineties, a throwback to the steven meisel-lensed campaigns featuring amber valletta or carolyn murphy. it helps that designer kate weldelborn cast another nineties super guinevere van seenus in the starring role. it also helps to have vanessa traina snow (who to me is a modern reincarnation of carolyn bessette kennedy and partner in the line with kate’s sister morgan) doing the styling. the images are serene, beautiful, sensual—a perfect complement to the clothes.

    also check out tommy ton’s photos from the fall presentation…equally beautiful.

    protagonist fall/winter 2015 campaign / photography: matthew sprout / styling: vanessa traina snow / model: guinevere van seenus / hair: rutger / makeup: daniel martin / photos from streeters via the fashionspot

  • the new look: metallic.

    you know who has a great sale section that i think is underrated? club monaco. i can always find solid pieces for a great price, like these pants i picked up right before i went to new york. it’s the kind of thing i probably wouldn’t have thought about at full price, but at 60% off, i couldn’t resist. turns out they are quite versatile—i paired them with a sequin bronze tee for the bcbg show for a fun going out look, but as you see, they also work with something on the more casual side, like a muscle tee and denim jacket.

    madewell jacket, banana republic tee, club monaco pants (60% off), schutz sandals, balenciaga clutch, super sunglasses, lulu frost and vintage chanel pins, lulu frost earrings

    photos by alex drysdale

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  • currently coveting: those chanel slingbacks.

    apologies for the radio silence over here. getting back in the swing of things about being on the east coast—especially when you work in retail and are working on holiday. i have been thinking about my fall shopping list and i’ve bought a few things so far, like some pieces from the uniqlo x lemaire collaboration, a new bag (well new to me), this chunky sweater, a cozy cardigan, and some jogger trousers.

    what else do i want? a pair of white pumps (it seems like a contradiction, but after seeing krystal in new york and how chic hers look with just about everything, i was hooked), a fisherman sweater (in love with this modern take or one from tempest & bentley), and finally the those slingbacks. you know the ones that were shown on every look in the chanel fall show, that kinda look like something your mother would have worn back in the 70s or 80s. i don’t know why i didn’t notice back in march, but these shoes work with everything—like the white pumps. i paid close attention over the last few weeks to see how women were styling them, and the range is amazing. but i keep thinking, are they too ubiquitous? will they stand the test of time? my gut says no and yes. a trip to the chanel boutique is in order to see how i feel once i put them on, but right now, they’re high on the shopping list.

    what’s at the top of your fall shopping list?

    photos via collage vintage, grazia it, look de pernille, style du monde

  • the new look: blackwatch.

    blackwatch plaid is one of those things that signals a change in seasons to me. ever since i was a kid, i would get one around back to school time and usually wore it with jeans or a pair of cords…cultivating that preppy persona that was part of my youth. the plaid, named for the scottish infantry battalion, has been around since the 1720’s. it was traditionally made using colored threads that when woven together horizontally and vertically form new colors and then when done in larger pieces form a plaid. back then (and today) it was used in kilts more modern times, it has been used by everyone from haute couture designers jean-paul gaultier and christian lacroix to ralph lauren to old navy.

    i’ve had all three of these pieces for a long time (the blazer the longest…since the late nineties), but i never thought to put the shirt and the pants together. plaids such as these can be tricky to match, so wearing a neutral blazer lets me show only part of the shirt—enough to get that they are (almost) the same.

    vintage jacket, j. crew shirt, zara pants (other black watch pieces i’ve found below), hervé léger heels via dsw c/o (i also have these black heels and these are a great pair under $130), super sunglasses, céline bag, ben-amun earrings, miansai bracelet

    photos by alex drysdale

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