One Sundress, Two Ways

One Sundress, Two Ways

 

One of my favorite fashion things to do is take one article of clothing and wear it in two completely different situations. Whether it’s wearing my combat-inspired boots with a babydoll dress or sequins for daytime, I taking clothing out of its usual context and making it new again.

In the collage above, I chose a sundress from the Topshop for Nordstrom collection (love!) and made it work-appropriate. Even though this outfit might not fly in more conservative workplaces, the classic black pumps, cinched belt, and tailored blazer anchor the outfit and keep it from being too cutesy.

For the weekend, I liked the idea of working with the dress’s playfulness and giving it a boho-chic vibe. Leather sandals and a cross-body bag are practical as well as stylish, and I love how the scarf and earrings play up the pretty colors in the dress’s floral pattern.

Now, if only the weather would make up its mind and just stay sunny for a while 🙂

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If Edgar Allan Poe Were a Cowboy…

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Fortunately I’m talking about the bar, not my outfit (although hey, never say never). Bloodhound in SOMA is the kind of bar where the drinks are strong, the mason jars are full, and the crows than hang from the ceiling are only slightly creepy. Basically, it’s the kind of place where a girl feels comfortable tying up the tails of her flannel shirt and watching the world go by.

For the first year of San Francisco life, I was a bit intimidated by SOMA. No, if I’m being honest, I straight-up avoided it like I avoid steakhouses and the annual tarantula festival down the coast. The flat storefronts and industrial feel reminded me of Gotham City- the version before Batman did his thing. After a year of total avoidance, I’ve admitted that if there’s a fashion show happening or awesome new dance club opening, it’s probably in SOMA.

SOMA feels different than any other part of San Francisco, but that’s what keeps it unique. It’s one of the fastest-growing areas of San Francisco and teems with a sense of change. There’s a life and a vibrancy to the neighborhood that feels like it’s on a different frequency than the rest of the city. It’s a little unfamiliar, it’s a little alienating, but hopping on the bus and getting out in SOMA feels like I somehow landed in an entirely different city.

SOMA and I may have had an awkward first date, but sometimes the best relationships get off to a bumpy start.

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Five Quick Snaps

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At 10 PM last night, I sat in my apartment with all the windows open and fans blowing, sweating. Shorts were out in full force in the Haight yesterday, and my husband officially has a farmer’s tan (well, more of a collection of freckles making his skin appear darker). It might technically still be spring, but it sure feels like summer in San Francisco.

Above, working from home on a gorgeous, sunny day is the perfect inspiration for a truly fabulous salad (and a sunny, happy magazine!). Lunch break!

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I can’t get over these little bits of personality that pop up everywhere at work. Whether it’s a bowl of jellybeans or a mischievously moustached mug, there’s something unexpected behind every corner. And don’t even get me started on the giant closet…

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Speaking of lurking behind corners, I seriously cannot stop photographing the GGB. I got my first look at its underbelly now that Fort Point is open for the summer- methinks this will become a weekly expedition.

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And endless sunset walkway in the Presidio.

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And now, for something completely different, I give you the Walrus of Destruction. I always thought of walruses as cute and somewhat whimsical, but this Haight street wall art (wall threat?) is making me think twice. Yes, that is indeed a cable car he’s holding in his flipper. And that is a laser beam coming out of his mouth. Yep.

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone, and watch out for rogue walruses!

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