Polka Dots with a Side of Mustard

Vintage Jacket, Polka Dot Dress, Mustard Tights, Winchell Boots

Forever 21 dress (similar here), vintage jacket (Steeple People Thrift, circa 2002), thrifted shorts, H&M tights, Vince Camuto boots

In case you can’t tell, I’m having a bit of a polka dot moment. They’ve always been my favorite pattern (with houndstooth nipping at their heels), and I love that they’re everywhere this season, from Spring 2013 Fashion Week to the aisles of Forever 21. They can easily be girlish and innocent, or you can give them some edge by shrinking the hemline and adding some tough accessories. Yep, I’m wearing these same boots again! Can you blame me?

I love how the cute little buttons on the jacket echo the polka dot pattern in the dress. I’m working my way up to combining multiple polka dots in the same outfit, so this was my timid foray down that road.

Vintage Jacket, Polka Dot Dress, Mustard Tights, Winchell Boots

I found the shorts/skirt thing I’m layering under the dress at a thrift store in North Dakota back in 2004 when I was working on the John Kerry campaign (I’m dating myself here, I know). I always reach for them whenever my dress is veering into shirt territory, which I must admit happens often. When I bought this dress, I could have worn it to a church social without a second thought. One trip in the dryer later… Not so much.

I love the look of a sky-high hemline, but nobody (outside of Jersey Shore, Toddlers & Tiaras, and the crowd who frequents The Bermuda Triangle) wants to let it veer into hoochie territory. When in doubt, I add the shorts and thick tights. I love the look of mustard tights this season, but I knew I needed a pair that was more French’s than Grey Poupon. As always, H&M kindly obliged.

Vintage Jacket, Polka Dot Dress, Mustard Tights, Winchell Boots

In other news, my husband has reentered the world of photography after a several year hiatus. He took all these shots of me, and he just started his own street photography Tumblr. Next week, I’ll do an eye candy post of all the amazing photos he took at the Vintage Fashion Expo I wore this outfit to. Until then, happy weekend!

Vintage Jacket, Polka Dot Dress, Mustard Tights, Winchell Boots

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Outfit Repeating

San Francisco's Upper Haight, wearing Gap cardigan, ATM tee, Gap shorts, H&M tights, Vince Camuto Winchell boots

Gap cardigan, ATM tee, Gap jeans (DIY cutoffs),
H&M tights, Vince Camuto boots

Yesterday, I received a Facebook message from an old high school friend. She commented that she’s been following my blog (woohoo!) and then asked the question I’ve heard several times recently.

“So, now that you’re writing this fashion blog, does that mean you get dressed up every day? Do you ever just wear jeans and a shirt?”

In a way, it’s much more interesting and exciting to check out fashion blogs featuring high-fashion, funky, totally out-there outfits that you would never actually see on a sidewalk outside of Fashion Week. Much of the reason I subscribe to eight different fashion magazines (I’m serious) is to be inspired, to be amazed, to be transported into an alternate reality in which everyone has perfect hair and a tank top costs $479.

But I’m also honest with myself. I don’t have it in me to be the next Susie Bubble, budget-wise or in terms of a personal aesthetic. As much as I love reading blogs like hers and Bryanboy’s, I know that there are hundreds (if not more) of women and men out there who can pull together out-of-this world outfits that would trump my every attempt. What I can do, however, is be honest and proud about my own style, whether it’s sequined and done up or relaxed and dressed down, like I was last Sunday.

San Francisco's Upper Haight, wearing Gap cardigan, ATM tee, Gap shorts, H&M tights, Vince Camuto Winchell boots

When I have no plans on a Sunday other than walking 2.6 miles from our apartment to the Haight with my husband, I don’t wear eye makeup, and I’m certainly not going to wear high heels. I’m also a proud clothing repeater. When I get a new pair of boots or that perfect shirt, I’m going to wear it to death (and shamelessly post about it) instead of putting it on once and then waiting a year to blog about it again.

I have nothing but respect for bloggers who come up with four outfits a week for months without ever repeating a clothing piece- it takes dedication and can produce amazing results. But my goal in writing this blog is to honestly chronicle my life in San Francisco and what I wear while doing it. My life isn’t always glamorous and exciting, but that doesn’t mean I can’t wear some awesome boots with my jean shorts while I live it. Don’t worry if you missed it- I’ll probably wear them again tomorrow.

San Francisco's Upper Haight, wearing Gap cardigan, ATM tee, Gap shorts, H&M tights, Vince Camuto Winchell boots

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SF Fashion Week Opening: A Tale in Instagram

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At San Francisco Fashion Week’s opening party, the fun started standing in line and observing partygoers wearing everything from boyfriend jeans to a full-length ballgown.

My favorite Modalu bag accompanied me. I’ve finally reached the point in our relationship when I can take the bag out to parties without living in fear of a drink spilling onto it. After all, it was baptized with sparkling wine during Fashion’s Night Out and lived to tell the tale.

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Once inside, I joyfully did the “Who, me? You’re taking my picture? Why, I was just innocently standing here!” dance, which consists largely of planting your hand on your hip, thrusting out your collarbone, and trying to look fabulously casual. My look reads more awkward ermine than It Girl, but there’s always room for progress.

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The event was full of groups of beautiful people, all of whom possessed far superior I’m-not-posing-I-just-happen-to-be-standing-here-looking-awesome skills.

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I even made some new friends!

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I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week has to offer.

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