So, here we are. Here’s the part where I say something about how fast this year has gone by, and how many things have happened, and how incredible it’s been to hear feedback from people who have been reading my blog. But I don’t think there’s a way I can adequately express my thanks and tell you how much it means to me that you’re here. And I fancy myself a writer, so that’s just embarrassing.
This year has seen so much- an utter career shift, exciting adventures, personal challenges, and so much growth and discovery. You’ve traveled with me twice to Los Angeles, first for BeautyCon and then again for the whirlwind of LA Fashion Week. You’ve hung out with me on rooftops, you’ve checked out art exhibit openings, and you’ve had more than your fair share of wine in Napa (and another glass, and another glass, and another). One Gatsby party is never enough, so you came on over for my own version. You’ve also gotten to know my family, seen me without makeup, and peek into what life is like when I put fashion on pause.
2013 has certainly been a trip. It’s been the most tumultuous year that I can remember, but all that change felt so necessary. Now it’s time to work out the kinks. I’m not sure what 2014 will bring, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one.
So, again, thank you. Thank you for reading and for being here. Tonight, I’ll be raising a glass to you. Happy New Year!
And of course, I could never have done this without the man behind the camera. I love you.
The shows at fashion week may get all the glory, but it’s often the events off the runway that are the most memorable. I popped into Pattern Bar in LA’s Fashion District to check out a pop-up shop featuring Parade and Modern Archives. Parade by Neely Schearer is a fashion-forward, playful line that embraces pattern as the new neutral. I remarked on how happy and sunshine-y the collection felt, and Neely agreed that pattern was a way of life for her and that she always gravitated towards fun, eye-popping prints. I love how she practices what she preaches- see the expert pattern mixing in her outfit above!
Neely also filled me in about Modern Archives, a line by her attorney friend Mae Ho who designs beautifully constructed, tailored pieces. Seeing the two lines together brought out the stark differences between the two collections, but the juxtaposition amplified the best in each line. The deep greys and crisp lines of Modern Archives became a little more playful sitting next to the Parade pieces, and Neely’s bold and borderline-psychedelic designs became office-ready when styled with one of Mae’s pieces. It’s obvious why the two are friends- despite their differing aesthetics (or perhaps because of it), their pieces play beautifully together!
Many thanks to Neely for taking time out of her day to take me through her collections! You can see more of her work here, and be sure to check out Modern Archives while you’re at it.
1) jersey maxi skirt, 2) lived-in chambray, 3) striped tank, 4) tinted lip balm, 5) statement sandals, 6) non-greasy sunscreen, 7) bright cutoffs, 8) floaty scarf, 9) oversized sunglasses
It’s no secret (ok, it’s painfully obvious) that I’ve been cheating on my beloved San Francisco with wine country lately. Perhaps it’s my stubborn Midwestern-girl belief that summer should be hot, or maybe it’s the allure of catching up with one of my closest friends over a glass of bubbly. After many such visits to Napa & Sonoma, I’ve finally developed my perfect weekend packing list.
A drapey maxi skirt and striped tank are relaxed and chic for wine tasting. I like to elevate a casual outfit with bold sandals that are comfy enough to wear all day. For hot weather, I pare down my beauty routine and skip heavy lipsticks in favor of a tinted balm and layer of sunscreen. I like Neutrogena’s Dry Touch for its lack of grease factor and serious staying power. Finish the look with a pair of oversized sunglasses- I love them for their fun factor, but they’re also key in protecting the delicate skin around your eyes (thank me in 20 years).
I’ll be spending time with family in Sonoma this weekend, and I’ve heard rumors of a picnic and game of croquet (let’s hope I avoid hitting my own foot this time). Bright cutoff shorts, repeating the comfy tank, and a broken-in chambray tied at the waist are the way to go for a relaxed day in the park. I always bring a soft, square scarf to keep cozy once the temperature drops at night.
What are your staples for a summer weekend away?