The Haberdash 2013

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When I hear the words “fashion show,” I think of otherwordly models clad in avant-garde items that are tough to pull off outside of a runway. But when The Bold Italic hosts a fashion show, it’s an entirely different story. Last week, TBI’s Haberdash took over the Great American Music Hall, boasting a fashion show, photobooth, and a performance by Brooklyn folk band Woods. Emceed by the inimitable Broke-Ass Stuart, the evening felt more super-cool-best-friend’s-house-party than highfalutin soiree. It was fashion without the pretense, which is about as good as it gets.

Local boutiques and designers collaborated to create the runway looks, featuring pieces from Welcome Stranger, Elder and Pine, SomNoir, Motley Goods, Artful Gentlemen, Mollusk Surf Shop, Justin Jamison, Thread Council, and TOKYOBay. The ensembles were fashion-forward but relaxed, creating a feel that audience members described as “very attainable” and “so San Francisco.” As far as the models were concerned, they could have been plucked out of the queue outside Blue Bottle or Zeitgeist, albeit with more uniformly trimmed facial hair.

Haberdash captured that elusive San Francisco cool, a magical hybrid of fantastic culture and art mixed with a healthy dose of friendliness and clean salt air. For ever jumpsuit-clad fashionista in attendance, there were just as many guys rocking their 501’s and yesterday’s t-shirt. Despite the recent trend of live-streaming NYFW and top designers releasing collections with Target, fashion can still feel intimidating and unapproachable. But when you take some great, solid clothes and add in some San Francisco attitude, fashion suddenly seems a lot more friendly.

On my end, I waffled a bit about what to wear to the event. I love androgynous fashion, but I didn’t want to go full-on menswear (which was a good choice, considering how many beautiful men in attendance would have shown me up!). I finally decided to dress up my favorite boyfriend jeans (get it? BOYfriend? I crack myself up) by wearing them with my wedding heels and a fun Rag & Bone top I found at Nordstrom Rack (score!). I love the flirty little cutouts in the back that peek open when I move, although several men in attendance that evening called them “gills.” I suppose you can’t win them all…

 

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Haberdash 2013, Haberdash TBI, Haberdash The Bold Italic, men's fashion sf, men's fashion san francisco,

Haberdash 2013, Haberdash TBI, Haberdash The Bold Italic, men's fashion sf, men's fashion san francisco,

Haberdash 2013, Haberdash TBI, Haberdash The Bold Italic, men's fashion sf, men's fashion san francisco,

Haberdash 2013, Haberdash TBI, Haberdash The Bold Italic, men's fashion sf, men's fashion san francisco,

Haberdash 2013, Haberdash TBI, Haberdash The Bold Italic, men's fashion sf, men's fashion san francisco,

Haberdash 2013, Haberdash TBI, Haberdash The Bold Italic, men's fashion sf, men's fashion san francisco,

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Wear/Where : Black Maxi Skirt & Stripes in Jack London Square

       Heinold's Oakland, Jack London Bar, Jack London Square bar, best bar in Jack London Square

Heinold's Oakland, Jack London Bar, Jack London Square bar, best bar in Jack London Square

I could go on (ok, I have gone on) for hours about all the different things I love about living in the Bay Area. From the mouthwatering vegetarian options to sweeping bridge views, it’s a pretty fantastic place to plant your feet. But what makes this area truly feel like home are the people within it.

When Jim and I moved here three years ago from Chicago, I had a few friends scattered across various bridges and one cousin who I hadn’t seen since I graduated high school. Since then, our network has blossomed and relationships have deepened with two aunts, a multitude of cousins, and one hell of a support network of friends. Jim’s cousin and his wife moved out here a few months ago, and seeing them every week reminds me of that rare breed of people who you love hanging out with who also happen to be related to you. It’s definitely not something to take for granted.

Jim and I grabbed these shots earlier this summer when exploring Jack London square with two of the aforementioned cousins. They’ve made Oakland their home, and even as newcomers they’ve been schooling us on all the amazing things to do in the east bay. We spend the day in Jack London Square, hitting up Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon, where the bar is slanted and fake spiders drop from the ceiling (I know, but it was worth it). The beer was cold and local, the bartenders were hilarious, and after an hour it truly felt like the place where everyone knows your name.

Oh, and please tell me what you think about my new name for outfit/place posts! I like to write about what I wear and where I wear it to (wow, that was a lot of wear/wheres), hence the “Wear/Where” title. The description should make the posts easier to find if you’re looking for something in particular, so let me know what you think!

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Heinold's Oakland, Jack London Bar, Jack London Square bar, best bar in Jack London Square

Heinold's Oakland, Jack London Bar, Jack London Square bar, best bar in Jack London Square

Heinold's Oakland, Jack London Bar, Jack London Square bar, best bar in Jack London Square

Jack London Square

Heinold's Oakland, Jack London Bar, Jack London Square bar, best bar in Jack London Square

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Color Me (and my Apartment) Happy!

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 Just as I recently spoke about adding more color into my wardrobe, I’m now craving it in other areas of my life, especially our apartment. It’s easy to fall into a design rut with any living space, but studios and similar small spaces are particularly prone to inertia. Efficiency often wins out over aesthetics, but when living in a small space it’s even more essential to make it beautiful and livable. After all, it’s not like you can simply into the next room for a change of pace.

Fortunately, many of the most beautiful design solutions are also the most effective at simplifying a space. Shelving is a logical and beautiful way to display your possessions, but it also has a handy knack for getting that giant pile of magazines off that chair in the corner (you know you’re guilty of it too!). Add in a pop of color to those functional pieces, and you just transformed a room from a utilitarian space to something truly inspiring and, well…. homey.

I like to pile on neutrals before adding in a pop of color, as in the top right photo featuring the dove grey couch and colorful throw pillows. It can be tempting to bring on the color with abandon, but it really is amazing how some restrained, well-placed pops of color can make a serious impact.

Here are my favorite small-space picks for fall. From cozy, happy rugs to clever shelving solutions, try one (or a few!) to liven up your space.

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Clockwise from top left: bookcase, throwsheet set, tassel pillowsteak knivesdiamond rugtable lampgeometric pillowteardrop vasecocktail table

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