Aug 26, 2015

Wardrobe basics: white denim

It's a little late in the season to be getting into white denim, but who's really paying attention to the "rules" nowadays anyway? I have had my eye on this pair for months, but when it finally hit sale with an extra 30% off code, I pounced. There doesn't seem to be a code at the moment, but this pair feels well worth the regular sale price. I had pretty much given up on white denim after trying on countless pairs over the years that just felt incredibly unflattering. What I love about this pair is the relaxed fit through the legs and high-waist. And the material is thick enough that you don't have to worry about what color underwear you're wearing. Finally, white jeans I like!

I also feel like I can wear whatever shoes I want with it, though my current pick is this fun option from J.Crew. I've already waxed poetic about pointy-toed and slingback flats, so this pair is right up my alley.

Photographed at The Press Hotel in Portland, Maine.

Madewell Jeans // Old first-gen Everlane French Terry // J.Crew Flats // Larsson & Jennings Watch (or, better price here) // Mansur Gavriel Backpack

Aug 19, 2015

San Francisco Coffee

It's been a while since I've chatted about coffee in here, but if you know me well, you know that I like to explore cities via their coffee scene. This past time in SF, I hit up a few of the usual suspects, but also made it a point to check out new-to-me shops. Here are five relatively new shops that I enjoyed on my trip.

1) Snowbird Coffee
1352 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

2) Hearth
3985 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

3) Wrecking Ball
2271 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

4) Equator
986 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

5) Chapel Hill
670 Commercial Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Happy caffeinating next time you're in SF!

Aug 13, 2015

Travel Essential - Laundry Detergent

I fear I sound like a broken record, but I am off again in a few hours on a flight at an ungodly hour tomorrow morning. This time, I'll be on location in Jamaica where I'm sure my sweat will be sweating. And since it's pretty much against my religion to check a bag, the only way I get through some of these kinds of trips is to bring detergent and hand-wash my clothing as I go. Even if I have enough clothing for the days I'm on a trip, I never want them to be sitting in my sweat for too long (gross, I know). I've long been a fan of The Laundress products and I don't know why it took me so long to pick up their travel kit (got mine on Amazon).

I probably won't bring all of them at once, but it's nice to have the option and variety. Actually I should pretty much just carry the stain solution around all the time with me, given how clumsy I am...

Aug 9, 2015

Ode to floral flats

If I were forced to choose a favorite style of footwear, it would probably be a pointed-toe flat. They're the most versatile in my opinion and I feel instantly more put-together in them even if I'm wearing scrubby jeans or cut-offs. The only major downside is that I wear through them scarily quickly from all the walking I do in cities. The toes get the most obvious wear and then suddenly my pointy-toe flats are not so pointy-toed.

A good flat to me has to have a few things – 1) show a little amount of toe cleavage, 2) have a tiny bit of a heel and a thick enough sole so you don't feel like you can feel the ground through them, 3) be juust the right amount of pointy (some are too round and some can look like weapons), and 4) obviously be comfortable enough to handle all the walking I do. It is surprisingly difficult to find flats that fit all the criteria. When I first saw these fun floral flats, I thought they looked very promising, so in the cart they went. And I love them. They're definitely made for a narrow foot though, so I had to size up.

In searching for similar options, I really didn't find very much. There are animal prints aplenty but florals are more unusual. But here are my findings in case you also extol the pointy-toe flat like I do (and want some florals in your life).
-This looks like a nice option with a slim toe. It's also cut similarly to a pair of Chloes flats I've long admired.
-I like this pair for the tiniest bit of heel, and the lace material seems like it'll be more comfortable than a harder leather.
-A sportier version of most of my criteria.
-The most wallet-friendly version I could find that still looks well-made and has a great shape.

I'm hoping I can keep this pair pointy longer than its predecessors (may they rest in peace).