Five Quick Snaps

Photography by Noah Wolf Photography, Inc.

Well, hello there. Nice to see you again.

I’m sitting on my couch right now, hearing the fog horn calling in the distance, and all I can see out my window is a small beacon of light peeking out from behind the fog. It takes me back to my oh-so-awful high school poetry, but that beacon of light seems symbolic for my life right now.

Last month, my dad passed away. I thought that I had been through some rough patches in my life, but my dad’s death made anything difficult in the past seem so small and insignificant. It changed my life in so many ways and altered so much of what I believed was constant about my life. I know many daughters are close to their fathers, but my dad understood me in a way that nobody else ever has. Ever since, I’ve felt directionless.

The pain of his passing also put the rest of my life into pretty stark contrast. In so many other way, this was setting up to be the best year of my life. I started a new job that’s not only dynamic and challenging but also nurturing and a childhood dream fulfilled. I feel so lucky to have the amazing friends that we’ve gotten to know in SF, and I’m becoming closer with some members of my extended family. My dad’s death doesn’t make the rest of the joy disappear, but it feels different when coexisting with such sadness.

Even though it’s been hard to imagine doing much of anything other than working and sleeping, I want to make space for the happiness and fun that used to be in my life. I started this blog in 2012 as a side project, as nothing more than a distraction from my “real” job. But it turned into so much more, and not just because it’s what shaped me changing careers. This blog is a place for me to focus on the beautiful, the silly, the chic, the not-chic-but-I’m-still-wearing-it, and the simply fun. It makes me happy, and I’m not ready to abandon it.

So, here I am. Thanks for reading along, and thanks for being there.

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I wasn’t sure how I would do at my friend’s wedding, which fell two weeks after Dad. But being surrounded by such bright, colorful joy was exactly what I needed.

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Everyone needs a little green desk buddy. Low-maintenance friends are the best.

A little #TBT to my very first outfit post ever. My, how I’ve changed…

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As always.

DUO #MyCity: Jane on Fillmore

DUO boots, DUO Seymour, Jane San Francisco, Jane Cafe, Sanfranista

H&M tunic and leggings, DUO Seymour boots, Modalu Pippa bag, Nordstrom scarf, Marc by Marc Jacobs bracelet

If you follow me onĀ Instagram, you’ll probably notice that I seem to repost the same photograph of the same latte on the same graphic black-and-white background. Seriously, Sarah- let’s mix it up a little, eh? But believe it or not, the photos aren’t my love for repetition showing up; they’re evidence of my enduring love for Jane and its unparalleled lattes.

Jane’s that fabulous friend you know who magically procures invitations to stylish parties while simultaneously rocking the edgy-downtown-cool look that only Alexa Chung can achieve. Jane is one part brunch in Paris, one part rock concert at Cafe du Nord, and all parts really tasty brunch food. Plus, it’s a 5-minute walk from my house, so it also enables my laziness.

So, Jane was the first place I thought of when considering places to show off fabulous San Francisco for my styling project with DUO Boots. Since I usually visit while still waking up on a lazy Sunday, I wore my closest-thing-to-civilized-pajamas uniform: flowy tunic, stretchy pants, and comfy-polished boots. And the day was simply too spring-y to stick to monochromatic standards, so I added the brightest accessory I own. I know- WHOA.

If you go (and you must- go buy a plane ticket now if you don’t live here!), I recommend the egg sandwich with its magic savory-sweet tomato chutney, a birdseed bran muffin, and a perfect, foamy, resplendent latte.

Stay tuned to see more photos from my collaboration with DUO (alley in the Mission! Orange-painted transportation structure that’s slightly famous!). And see all the looks from fabulous bloggers around the globe at DUO #MyCity.

DUO boots, DUO Seymour, Jane San Francisco, Jane Cafe, Sanfranista

DUO boots, DUO Seymour, Jane San Francisco, Jane Cafe, Sanfranista

DUO boots, DUO Seymour, Jane San Francisco, Jane Cafe, Sanfranista

DUO boots, DUO Seymour, Jane San Francisco, Jane Cafe, Sanfranista

DUO boots, DUO Seymour, Jane San Francisco, Jane Cafe, Sanfranista

NYFW : Academy of Art University

Academy Of Art University Fall 2014 Collections - Runway

I know what you’re thinking- gee, Sarah, NY fashion week ended like… a week ago. Are we in a time warp?

Well, my friends, I believe in the merits of “better late than never,” and when runway collections are this fantastic, seeing them is well worth the wait.

I was originally scheduled to attend this show when I planned to go to fashion week, and I was super bummed that I couldn’t make it. But seeing the images and video is definitely the next best thing (and I can do it all from the comfort and the warmth of the west coast!).

Academy of Art University is one of the true highlights of the Bay Area fashion scene. Throughout my time living here, I’ve worked with them as a model/guinea pig for photographers, runway walker, and most recently as an avid consumer of the creative, fresh designs that are the students’ signature.

Showing at Lincoln Center is no small feat, but these designs stood up to the grandeur. Although I could see myself incorporating elements of each designer’s work into my own repertoire, I especially fell forĀ Earnest Huang and Hong Ni’s cool-girl brights and swingy dresses.

Images via Randy Brooke / Wire Image.

Academy Of Art University Fall 2014 Collections - Runway
Academy Of Art University Fall 2014 Collections - Runway

Academy Of Art University Fall 2014 Collections - Runway

Academy Of Art University Fall 2014 Collections - Runway

Academy Of Art University Fall 2014 Collections - Runway

Academy Of Art University Fall 2014 Collections - Runway

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 2

Academy Of Art University Fall 2014 Collections - Runway

Academy Of Art University Fall 2014 Collections - Runway

Academy Of Art University Fall 2014 Collections - Runway