Off-Duty Blazer

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Blazer: vintage Pendleton (thrifted), Shirt: Maison Scotch (similar here), Shorts: French Connection, Boots: Steve Madden

Um, guys? I just bought my first black blazer. At 27. I know- WHAT?

I’ve always hated workwear. Towards the beginning of grad school, I had an awful day when I went to Gap and bought two pairs of slacks (yes, I’d even call them “slacks” instead of “trousers” or “pants”), two button-down blouses, and a grey blazer. I was 21 at the time and about to see my first client, and I had to do something to make myself seem remotely professional and competent.  And by that I mean older. True, having a professional job means looking professional, but I was so miserable. I felt like I was playing dress-up, pretending to be someone else instead of being confident in myself.

As soon as I graduated and moved on to private practice, I started wearing a uniform of skinny black pants, brown boots, and a tunic-length sweater. Sound familiar? Anyway, I felt much more me, and that made all the difference. Since grad school, I’ve been trying to get over my aversion to traditional workwear. I’ve always wanted to do the “off duty blazer” thing but just couldn’t find the right one.

And then fate smiled upon me, and I found this baby at a thrift store when visiting Allyson in Napa. It was at the end of a sale rack, sandwiched between two poly-blend Christmas sweaters that would make even the most ironic hipster cry. It may be from the 80’s, and it may have been hanging unused in someone’s closet for 20 years, but it feels like it was made for me. Oh, and it cost $9. Who knew?

To make it feel less blazer-y, I paired it with my favorite thin checked shirt and my trusty (what, you say worn too often? Never!) leather shorts. The end outfit felt very me, if slightly less rumpled. Blazer for the win!

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Sweater Weather

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Sweater: Xhiliration (circa 2009), Shorts: Rag & Bone, Booties: Sam Edelman, Bracelet: Stella & Dot

I really have been all about the shorts-and-leggings thing lately, haven’t I? I just can’t get enough of how comfy it is- it feels like I’m wearing pajamas! It also doesn’t hurt that the combo is pretty forgiving to the consequences of a very indulgent birthday month. My jeans and I are having a bit of a disagreement these days, but I maintain that all that pumpkin beer was worth it. Besides, it’s sweater weather now- the chunkier and thicker, the better!

My mom gave me this sweater several years ago, and I loved it but couldn’t find the right way to wear it until recently. It’s so thick and cozy, and I wanted to balance out its heft with something sleeker on the bottom. I’ve also worn it with a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans and tall boots to achieve a similar effect (there’s your option, shorts haters!). I also love how the chunky bracelet echoes the texture in the sweater but adds just the right amount of sparkle to the casual outfit.

And speaking of sweater weather, I’m so incredibly excited to head to the midwest this Sunday! I’ll be spending the first half of the week with my family in Minnesota before heading to Chicago to meet up with Jim’s family. This is going to be the extent of our home visits for the holiday season, and it’s strange to think about celebrating the holidays without our families and a hefty dose of snow. It’s times like these that make me wish for a private plane, or at least a way to bring the midwest a little bit closer.

Even though it’s an adjustment to stay in San Francisco for the holidays, it’s also so exciting to get to start our own traditions. I’ve already started my San Fran Christmas bucket list, but I promised myself I wouldn’t share it until after Thanksgiving! But I’m pretty sure I’m allowed to hear yours- are you thinking about the holidays yet?

Photography by Pete Hopkins

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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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