The Year of the Horse at Bloomingdale’s

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Last Thursday, San Francisco’s Bloomingdale’s transformed into a Chinese New Year celebration to behold, complete with an undulating dragon and noodle cutting (so much tastier than ribbon cutting). The collaboration between Westfield, the Asian Art Museum, and M.Y. China celebrates the Year of the Horse in all its galloping glory. The kick-off cocktail party featured an array of products designed to get you in the spirit of the holiday, from horse-themed home decor to blazing red frocks.

There are more Year of the Horse celebrations to come at Bloomie’s , including lion dancers, tea tastings, and a contortionist. The pop-up shop pictured below is only open through February 1st, so be sure to stop by this week to check it out! The other celebrations culminate on February 15th, the date of the annual parade. It’s been a few years since I’ve attended, but I’ll definitely be there this year! If you haven’t been before, get there early with a large thermos of coffee and purely functional footwear (yes, I know, this is me saying this. Trust me).

Many thanks to Bloomingdale’s for being such a fantastic host and celebrating such an important part of San Francisco’s cultural traditions. A Happy Chinese New Year to all, and to all a good night!

Unless otherwise credited, all photos by James Winstead.

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Year of the Horse, San Francisco Chinese New Year 2014, Chinese New Year 2014, Bloomingdale's Chinese New Year

San Francisco Chinese New Year 2014, Chinese New Year 2014, Bloomingdale's Chinese New Year

San Francisco Chinese New Year 2014, Chinese New Year 2014, Bloomingdale's Chinese New Year

San Francisco Chinese New Year 2014, Chinese New Year 2014, Bloomingdale's Chinese New Year
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Two Thousand Thirteen

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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!

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And of course, I could never have done this without the man behind the camera. I love you.

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Sanfranista on Jada Beauty’s “The Mane Details”

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I’m so excited to be featured on Jada Beauty’s “The Mane Details” today, and I wanted to share the interview with you! “The Mane Details” is a part of Jada Beauty’s blog where fashion and beauty bloggers share a bit about what inspires them. It was so fun to have the opportunity to chat about my favorite places to go in San Francisco and most-loved beauty and hair products.

Head over to Jada Beauty to check it out, and let me know what you think!

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