Simple Stripes

Zara striped dress, Zara military dress, horizontal stripe dress, black and white style

Zara striped dress, Steve Madden boots, H&M sunglasses

On Wednesday, I admitted that my knowledge of accessorizing was about as keen as a vegan’s understanding of steak, my dad’s understanding of the Fall 2013 runway trends, or a guinea pig’s understanding of foreign relations. Despite my love for fashion and beauty, I’ve always fallen short when it comes to accessorizing.

Part of it stemmed from my adolescent desire to appear cool without trying- you know, trying to achieve that whole “I just got out of bed and happened to look this awesome” thing that only works on The CW or the Fearless book series (which I started reading again- if you haven’t, get on it). In my mind, less always meant more, and not trying was cooler than careful accessorizing. However, the new ways of stacking bracelets or choosing the perfect necklace are so much less fussy than the trends of the 90’s. Scrunchie layering, anyone?

I started thinking about and questioning my lack of accessorizing when looking through these photos. I really like how simple the look is, keeping within this season’s stark black-and-white palette and letting the stark shape and pattern of the dress take center stage. This look feels very “me,” but at the same time, I’m intrigued to see how I could change it with different accessories. What am I afraid of?

I start my new job this Tuesday, and I’m about to become completely immersed in fashion, especially piles upon piles of amazing accessories. Perhaps I could absorb a thing or two. After all, what’s spring if not a time to push outside my comfort zone?

I smell a blog project coming…

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And a quick shot from Greens Restaurant, one of my favorite places in San Francisco and the destination for this stripey outfit.
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Five Quick Snaps

Even though I’m officially in my mid-to-late twenties, I certainly haven’t outgrown dyeing Easter eggs. I’m a big holiday person, with the fervor of Martha Stewart and the talent of a first grader. It’s a dangerous combination, but fortunately my husband and friends are willing to indulge me in an egg hunt or two.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen these hands before. Despite my enthusiasm for layering and combining sequins and flannel with just about everything, I’m still in grade school when it comes to accessorizing. My friend Kathryn is always rocking some fabulous combination of jewelry, and I enjoy stalking her with my iPhone camera. Sometimes she even matches her ring to her Easter egg.

Same hands again- ain’t no party like Kathryn’s arm party. And yes, that was indeed a Flight of the Conchords reference.

I just love spring in San Francisco. Poppies and daffodils are popping up everywhere, and the same little bird from last year has started singing outside my window in the morning. If only I could convince him to sleep in a little, I’d be all set.

Ok, I know this isn’t a photo of cool jewelry or a San Francisco icon, but I just love this picture of Jim. Can he rock that beard or what?

Happy Spring, everyone! I’m writing this in the SFO airport getting ready to fly back to Minnesota for the weekend, so keep an eye on my Twitter for a little bit of Midwestern goodness this weekend.

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