Fall-Into-Winter Blogger Fashion Roundup

I’m the first to admit that I love paging through fashion magazines, but my true style inspiration comes from my fellow fashion bloggers. Last month, I wrote about how seeing real style through fashion bloggers has improved my body image, and it’s truly a breath of fresh air to see these beautiful, real women fearlessly sharing their style with the world.

This roundup features bloggers rocking different textures and patterns, making them work for their own unique style.

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I’m always impressed by Alicia of Cheetah is the New Black‘s funky take on classic styles and silhouettes. She always manages to look polished but so approachable, and I love seeing her endless fresh interpretations of cheetah and leopard prints, like in the scarf above. I need to track down those arm warmers!

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Jen of JennifHsieh is one of the reasons that I started blogging. She always mixes in beautiful locations and fun details into her posts, deftly avoiding the potentially redundant pitfalls of outfit posting. She mixes patterns so well in this outfit, anchoring the look with heather grey. Jen is fresh, original, authentic, and has a shoe closet I want to steal.

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If you love pan collars and 60’s sheaths the way I do, you have to love Erin of Calivintage. I had the opportunity to meet her in person during her pop-up vintage store event, and her bubbly personality translates perfectly into her playful vintage outfits. I love the structured but breezy look in the photo above. Houndstooth = ♥.

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I often hear complaints that fashion bloggers only feature high-end designer pieces that most of us will never see up close, let alone own. Ali at The Drawing Mannequin defies this by putting together amazingly stylish outfits using items from affordable stores like JCPenny and Marshall’s, proving that high fashion and high price don’t have to go together. Her pops of red and the polka dot tights in her outfit above are the perfect mix of playful and polished.

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J.M. of Thread and Bones was my first fashion-blogger-connection-turned-friend, and her blog is constant source of inspiration for me. She takes her photography seriously, and her montages of personal style and beautiful locations bring so much depth to her blog. Above, her mix of textures, earth tones, and a pop of cobalt inspire me to play with color in new ways.

Happy Weekend, all! I hope these lovely ladies can be a source of inspiration to you as they are to me. I know I’ve been low on the outfit posts lately, but I plan on doing some serious walking in cool boots this weekend with a camera in tow.

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Please, Not Another Scarf: Holiday Gifts for Your Girlfriend and Girl(space)friend

The holidays are such a magical time; searching for the perfect shimmery cocktail dress, sipping cocoa under holiday lights, having a crying fit over not being able to find the right gift for your best friend….

Ok, let’s avoid that last part. It can be tricky to find the right gift for that hard-to-shop-for woman in your life, but you don’t have to go it alone. I created a gift guide with fun, crowd-pleasing ideas (all but one are under $50) that cater to a variety of personality types and interests. Instead of huddling in a ball under the Christmas tree, you can sit back, relax, and bask in the splendor of a gift well-selected.

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Sanfranista’s Holiday Gift Guide on Polyvore

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For the Martha Stewart-in-training:
Sonoma Syrup Co. Artisan Extract Gift Set ($34.99)
This set of artisan extracts includes almond, vanilla, and lemon flavors and is perfect for your resident baker (or even extreme cocktail mixer!). As a bonus, a portion of the proceeds benefits Race for a Cure.

For the Product Junkie:
Kate Spade Lip Crayon Box Set ($38)
Let’s see… Kate Spade + chubby crayon + pops of color = Gift FTW. Even bright lip-phobes can easily use these chunky color crayons. I love makeup sets with a variety of complimentary colors, which practically guarantees that the giftee will have shade combinations that work for her. The cute little box is an added bonus!

For the So-Not-a-Morning-Person:
LARK Un-Alarm Clock ($99)
Since my husband doesn’t read my blog due to his fashion phobia (I know, shame on him!), I feel comfortable announcing that this is the front runner for his gift this year. The LARK wakes the user with a gently vibrating wristband and also creates a graph of your sleep time and quality. Sure, it’s partly selfish, but I know he’s also eager to say goodbye to his five-alarm-apocalyptic-nuclear-reactor alarm tone.

For the Hibernator:
Gap Elbow-Patch Cardigan ($32-49)
A cozy cardigan that can go from couch to street is the perfect gift for a winter homebody who still likes to venture out. This sweet little sweater from is just as at home curled up with a Gossip Girl box set as it is finishing up some downtown holiday shopping. And elbow patches- what could be better?

For the Party Girl:
Stila Best of Kitten Set ($50)
A bottle of champagne is a classic gift, but a shimmering makeup set that features the universally flattering shade modernizes the gesture. Stila’s collection of their popular champagne “Kitten” shade includes two luxe glosses, a cream shadow stick, powder shadow, and all-over shimmer in a cute gold glitter clutch. Gift it with a sparkling wine split to make it truly special.

For the Hopeless Romantic:
TCHO Chocolate’s Morlalove “Alphabites” Gift Box and The Notebook DVD
If you haven’t had TCHO, you haven’t really had chocolate. This San Francisco outfit has merged chocolate making with wine culture, using different cocoa varietals and roasting techniques to elicit different flavors. With tastes ranging from nutty to citrusy to earthy, each type is subtly different and blissfully free of artificial flavorings or sugar overload. It’s the perfect companion to a weepy romantic flick like The Notebook.

I hope that this gift guide covers most of your list so you can get back to ice skating in a vintage fisherman’s sweater while drinking dark cocoa and dancing with milkmaid ferries. Oh wait, that was jut an image from the Anthropologie holiday catalogue…

Happy shopping!

This post was submitted as a part of Independent Fashion Bloggers’ posting challenge!

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Hats Off on the Ferry Ride

Banana Republic hat, Forever 21 sweater, Ferry RidePort of San Francisco ferry buildingBanana Republic Panama Hat, Forever 21 sweater, Gap cords, Cole Haan boots (last seen here)

Of course, being me, I chose to debut my daring, brand-new hat while riding on a windy ferry. As my husband would say, I have never been burdened by practicality (I have been [mis]quoted as saying that I don’t “do” jackets). But I was quite excited to take my hat on its maiden voyage (pun not actually intended) when Jim and I took the ferry to visit family in Marin.

As a long-term pixie-haired girl, I’ve always shied away from anything that covers up too much of my hair for fear of taking the androgynous thing into cross-dressing territory. To my surprise, this Banana Republic hat is the perfect slightly shrunken version of the supersized floppy hats that only look good on doll-like waifs with Blake Lively hair. Finally, a pixie-friendly topper!

With just a little bit of my bangs peeking out, I felt confident I wouldn’t be mistaken for a man in lip gloss. I styled the rest of the outfit via A Pair and a Spare’s three-color outfit rule by adding my trusty tan and oxblood to the mix. Even though the hat only stayed on my head until the ferry departed and the winds picked up, I have a feeling it’s here to stay.

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A sailboat in the San Francisco bay fogBanana Republic hat, Forever 21 sweater, Gap cords

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