I Left My Heart in San Francisco

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 Tunic: H&M. Vest: Gap (again here). Boots: Sam Edelman. CA Necklace: Unpossible Cuts.

Well, I may be wearing my heart on my chest instead of my sleeve, but I’m certainly showing you where my love lies via layered necklaces. I found my California necklace when visiting the fantastically odd craft fair that I mentioned in my holiday post. The fair is such a blast, even if you don’t purchase anything, which is pretty much impossible if you love unique, locally-made jewelry like I do.

This was the first year that I stopped by Unpossible Cuts and chatted with the friendly gentlemen who was manning the booth. I can at least claim that I stopped for selfless reasons- I was on the hunt for a gift for Allyson, and I spotted a Death Star wood-cut necklace. (She, in full BFF ESP, gave me the top necklace in the photo below). But while I was getting ready to check out, I spied my perfect necklace match in its full “I LOVE SAN FRANCISCO SO MUCH” glory. It’s been on heavy rotation ever since.

So, we arrive at my reasoning for my corny post title! Even though it’s a cliche, my heart really is here. A piece of it will always live back in Minnesota, just as pieces of it belong in Colorado Springs, Chicago, and India. It’s so crazy to think about all the places I’ve lived and loved, even though my list is certainly shorter than many. So, it feels fitting that I’ve come full circle back to the place I was born.

Now, to dispel this sappy mood, please sing with me. I left my heaaaaaaart…. in Saaaaaaan Franciiiiiiiiscooooo…

🙂

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Greyscale + Leather Shorts

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Sweater: Forever 21, Shorts: French Connection, Boots: Frye, Jewelry: Stella & Dot, Marc by Marc Jacobs

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a year since I first attempted the shorts-and-tights look. I used to seriously judge the look, which I considered to be afashion faux pas. But once I hopped down off my high horse, I discovered that shorts and tights are a match made in heaven. You can flaunt your legs while covering your rear and battling the winter cold, all in one fell swoop!

I’ve been wearing the hell out of these French Connection shorts ever since I saw them peeking at me from a magical sale rack (they’re still on sale!). I longed for leather-look shorts with a faux leather price tag, and this pair is just the ticket. I love how they add just a little bit of edge to a slouchy sweater ensemble, and they loose leg opening keeps them modern and polished.

And yes, it’s officially the time of year for these lace-up boots to shine. Despite Jim’s insistence that they look like construction boots, I can’t get enough of the chunky-comfy heel and the badassery that I feel every time I put them on. They’re just a light enough tan that they work when mixing leathers, which previously freaked me out.

Finally, much love to my friend Kathryn for lending me all this fantastic jewelry! I borrowed loads from her to adorn myself during LA Fashion Week, and I figured I’d get one last hurrah out of the fabulousness before I return them to her. It’s not goodbye forever, though- after all, Christmas is coming up 😉

Photography by Pete Hopkins

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Birthday Wish List

I’ve always been a dreamer. Whether it’s tearing out pictures of prom dresses when I was twelve or pinning images of giant houses in Presidio Heights, I’ve always allowed my imagination to wander and make wish lists. With both my birthday and Jim’s birthday falling next Tuesday, I’ve been in full-on fantasy mode, letting myself imagine what I’d treat myself to if I had the means.

I’ve been eyeing an absurdly expensive pair of booties by Rag & Bone, which I’d wear to death with velvety, ruby-red corduroys. To up the cozy (and the glam!), I have my eye on two stand-out sweaters from Anthropologie. And ever since I borrowed my friend’s Pegasus necklace, I’ve dreamed of making it my own. And with a Marc by Marc Jacobs store only steps away from my apartment, I’ve been visiting his new beautiful cross-body bag with regularity.

Jim and I are in saving mode right now, so we’re going to take ourselves out to a birthday dinner and leave the gift-giving to a later time (although some pumpkin pie bubble bath might just make the cut!). We’re so fortunate to get to live in San Francisco and celebrate our birthdays with family and friends, so I’m in full wardrobe remix mode for events this weekend. But hey- a girl can still dream, right?

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