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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All Puffed Up

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Vest: Gap (sold out, similar here). Sweater: Forever 21 (see it again here). Pants: Levis (similar). Boots: Vince Camuto. Lips: bareMinerals in “Amped”

I honestly can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve already. As I had a feeling it would, this month has passed in an absolute blur of holiday celebrations. I checked off almost everything on my list! I have a bit of a reputation for going overboard with the holiday cheer, and this year was certainly no exception. Even after most of my shopping and crafting was done, I couldn’t resist heading down the hill to explore Sephora. I’m used to walking the aisles to find little things for myself, but it was such a fun experience going in gifting mode. So what if I picked up a new shade of nail polish along the way? Collateral damage, my friends.

Even though most of my friends are taking advantage of the season to bust out their brightest reds and sparkliest golds, for some reason I’m still in black-and-grey mode. It’s just such an easy palette to mix and match, and I love the drama of pairing super-bright lips with a monochromatic outfit. But hey- at least I’m mixing some patterns, right? There is paisley happening up in here!

This vest marks #7 in my puffer vest collection. I blame my vest obsession on my dad, who is rarely seen without his series of red vests. Seriously- when he was interviewed on national TV for his business, he was wearing a puffy vest. Gotta love it. My version fits a little closer to the body, and the polka dots add a splash of playfulness. Go grey or go bright- you’ve got to have a vest this time of year.

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From the Boys

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Vest: Walter (thrifted), Trousers: Madewell (similar), Sandals: BCBG (similar), Jewelry: Stella & Dot, Chime.

Being a personal style blogger, it’s pretty strange to be at a fashion event and not snap a single photograph of the outfit I’m wearing. I’m used to traveling everywhere with my husband, a fellow fashion blogger, or a tolerant friend who’s willing to grab a shot or two. Covering LA Fashion Week was largely a solo endeavor, and even though it was intimidating, it was so good for me to keep my camera lens squarely focused on those around me.

However, due to good fortune and my incessantly chatty nature, I did come across a few friendly folks who were willing to help me show off what I wore to fashion week. As much as I love the new pumps I found at a thrift store, I knew there was no way I’d be able to smile and look remotely convincing if my feet were dying a slow death by blisters. I wore these sandals with abandon the last time I visited LA, and they were even more comfortable this time around in a menswear-inspired outfit.

I played with the idea of trying the whole exposed-black-bra thing, but I was nervous about it until I saw a few of my favorite bloggers rocking the look. I wanted to balance out the slight skankiness by going for a body-grazing, menswear-inspired look for the rest of the outfit. What do you think about the look- did I pull it off, or was this a miss?

Much more fashion week coverage to come- I hope you’re enjoying it so far!

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