Wine on the Lips

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fall sweaters, Thanksgiving outfits, wine country style

I know it’s all about snow and trees in most of the country right now, but here in the Bay Area, we’re in a state of perpetual fall. Jim and I trekked (ok, drove a whole 45 minutes) up to Allyson‘s place a few weeks ago, and we managed to squeeze in a few quick photos in her backyard before dinner. Dexter the cat kept his watchful eyes on us, but he eventually gave in and decided to ham it up a bit for the camera.

Since my first foray into lipstick two years ago, I’ve worn bright pinks, bold reds, and the occasional nude. I’ve stayed completely away from deep or dark colors, fearing that I’d look like a reject from a Buffy the Vampire Slayer casting. But the new deep wine and burgundy lipsticks look surprisingly fresh when paired with a mostly-bare face, and it was time to give it a shot.

Every time I head up north, visions of a dog (or a barn cat) and backyard dance in my head. I’ve always felt a split between my small-town roots and infatuation with urban life, and usually they stay balanced. But when the sun dips down low and the vineyard turns gold, it’s a tough act to compete with.

I’d like to pretend that I kept this grown-up ensemble on for the rest of the evening, but we all know I put on my footie pajamas the first chance I got. At least I wasn’t the only one!

fall sweaters, Thanksgiving outfits, wine country style

fall sweaters, Thanksgiving outfits, wine country style

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Off-Duty Blazer

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Blazer: vintage Pendleton (thrifted), Shirt: Maison Scotch (similar here), Shorts: French Connection, Boots: Steve Madden

Um, guys? I just bought my first black blazer. At 27. I know- WHAT?

I’ve always hated workwear. Towards the beginning of grad school, I had an awful day when I went to Gap and bought two pairs of slacks (yes, I’d even call them “slacks” instead of “trousers” or “pants”), two button-down blouses, and a grey blazer. I was 21 at the time and about to see my first client, and I had to do something to make myself seem remotely professional and competent.  And by that I mean older. True, having a professional job means looking professional, but I was so miserable. I felt like I was playing dress-up, pretending to be someone else instead of being confident in myself.

As soon as I graduated and moved on to private practice, I started wearing a uniform of skinny black pants, brown boots, and a tunic-length sweater. Sound familiar? Anyway, I felt much more me, and that made all the difference. Since grad school, I’ve been trying to get over my aversion to traditional workwear. I’ve always wanted to do the “off duty blazer” thing but just couldn’t find the right one.

And then fate smiled upon me, and I found this baby at a thrift store when visiting Allyson in Napa. It was at the end of a sale rack, sandwiched between two poly-blend Christmas sweaters that would make even the most ironic hipster cry. It may be from the 80’s, and it may have been hanging unused in someone’s closet for 20 years, but it feels like it was made for me. Oh, and it cost $9. Who knew?

To make it feel less blazer-y, I paired it with my favorite thin checked shirt and my trusty (what, you say worn too often? Never!) leather shorts. The end outfit felt very me, if slightly less rumpled. Blazer for the win!

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off duty blazer, blazer and shorts, plaid shirt and blazer, plaid shirt style, casual blazer outfit

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Leather Layers

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I know, I know- I was just talking about holiday cheer, and here I am again with a pumpkin! It made me so happy to see this little guy standing proudly on the sidewalk the other day, bravely withstanding the Thanksivingistmas frenzy. I’m now considering adorning our soon-to-arrive Christmas tree with little pumpkins. Who says pumpkins have to disappear come December? Not I.

I found this fabulous leather vest at a little designer resale store when I was in LA covering fashion week. My friend Stacy (aka the best host/tour guide ever) recommended that I stop by Buttons & Bows, and a quick peek inside quickly led to several hours of blissful styling with Roderick, a buyer with a heart of gold. Although the beautiful decor was serious Instagram candy, the real treasures hung on the racks. Roderick nudged me to pair this vest with a diaphanous Zara dress, a look I can’t wait to wear again this spring.

For winter, I love layering the vest over a light sweater and adding skinny jeans or slim pants to balance out the vest’s bulk. I was in a bit of a sparkly mood when I put this look together, so I had fun layering a sequined top underneath to add a little bit of fun to the greyscale outfit. What do you think? I may try it again soon!

Photography by Pete Hopkins.

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sequins for winter, sequins and leather outfit, leather vest outfit, leather vest style, San Francisco style

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