I'm loving the striped top classicdailies.com sent me! At first, I was a little nervous it wouldn't work well for two reasons. I initially thought the bands sewn into the shoulders were too snug and secondly I felt the cut may not be flattering for me. My shoulders are a little broad and sometimes tops that are cut straight across make me look my chest look flatter and body look wider than I am. I decided to add a choker to distract from my shoulders and felt the necklace made the overall look more flattering and edgy. An alternative accessory option would be to add a long necklace down the middle to create the an elongated illusion. I topped off the outfit with some of my favorite jersey knit pants by TART and open toed Jeffrey Campbell's.
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My hippie roots resonate in my heart, mind, and style. My grandparents purchased two houses in the Haight district in the 1980's during the decline of the Counterculture Revolution. My grandmother still recalls the house being invaded by hippies and scrubbing poop off the floor with her two small children by her side. I was born in 1990 and my grandmother still lived in one of the houses until I was about four years old. As a child I spent every weekend her and a lot of my time in Golden Gate Park. As a young adult I moved back to the neighborhood and it was my home for the next four years. A few semesters back I took a class based on San Francisco history which revived my interest and knowledge of the historic neighborhood. I learned about the creation of the neighborhood, it's appeal to young kids in the '60's, it's decline, and how the community truly changed the world.
The Haight has been close to my heart since I was a child. I have been drawn back to the neighborhood organically at many different times in my life. As a San Francisco Native I love the city in a special way for I have seen it grow throughout my lifetime. I love my old home and roommates dearly, the shops, restaurants, and being able to see the house I spent so much time in as a child regularly.
Free People speaks to the contemporary hippie soul and is one of my favorite brands. I decided to go braless for this plunging neck because I didn't want to add more to an intricate top. I usually don't feel comfortable without a bra, but this top was flattering, so I felt I could get away with it. I layered a braided and a laced choker and then stumbled on this hat on the way out. I felt like I was in the middle of a time warp looking back at these photos; ready to attend a free lunch in Golden Gate Park or en route to the Monterrey Pop Festival.
My love for one pieces such as dresses, rompers, or pantsuits, runs deep. A great romper can truly speak for itself. Aside from being incredibly cute, they are comfortable and require little effort. You can add an optional sweater or belt for layering.
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Free People has released the tree swing top for a few years now and I fall in love every time. I love the band across the neck and versatility of the piece. It is a labeled a top, but more so the length of the tunic. I had to wear some shorts under in order for it to pass as an appropriate dress. The top can also be worn with leggings or as a bathing suit cover.
Summer wardrobes typically consist of vibrant combinations. I decided to go against the grain and pair this barely there Free People top nicknamed "Brami" (combination of a bra and cami) with black AG Farrah's in order to pull off an all black look for San Francisco Summer. It is difficult to commit to classic summer pieces in this city because the weather is always unpredictable. I live on the quieter side of town where the fog prefers to reside so I gravitate towards black. I often commit to a darker knit for the day and am disappointed when I get to the other side of town where the sun decided to visit. Styling with a tank and adding a warm layer allows me to easily strip down as the weather in other districts permits.
After nearly a decade in retail, I learned that when a shopper has a specific idea in mind it is typically harder to satisfy their craving. Having a vision is great, but sometimes when the vision is too specific it is not possible to find, especially if it is out of season. I passively go after specific trends I fall in love with, but don't go out of my way to have it immediately. Partially because I have an abundance of clothing I am trying to minimize and partially because I'm lazy. When I shop I gather every item I think I may like and sift through each garment in the fitting room. With each piece I pull over my head and over my hips I envision all the ways in which I can utilize it.
There are so many reasons I love this funky look! I collected a bunch of items, unsure of what I wanted, and slowly put this eclectic set together. As I mentioned in a previous post, yellow is not an easy color for me to wear, but I tried to get away with this vibrant shade because I love the combination of the exaggerated keyhole and high neck. I layered a reddish-orange necklace over theMink Pink top to add an extra pop and to take up the space on my chest. I've seen this bomber style all over Instagram and was excited to finally feature it on my own page. This Six Crisp Days jacket is available in navy and army green atAmbiance. These pants are similar to other styles I have in terms of fabric and high waist, but are more unique with a wider leg and slits on each side. I topped off the look with Free People hybrid heel booties. I love all the different dimensions of this look. Each piece tells a different story, but relate enough to work cohesively.
July in San Francisco has consisted of fog and mist so far which has put a damper on my Summer wardrobe. I love this hoodie for the temperamental weather because it is lightweight and great for multipurpose layering. This Free People pullover has enough room to layer with long sleeves when the fog is in full effect and is also versatile enough to wear with shorts on sunny days. I love the lace up detailing on this piece and that the fabric feels similar to denim. I topped off the look with a fun colorful bracelet, a mini black bucket bag, and AG jeans in the Farrah cut.
I consider American Apparel one of my guilty pleasures. The prices are a bit more than I would like to spend on such simple styles, but feel the pieces are worth the chunk of change considering they are not made in a foreign sweatshop. I also love the variations of colors and patterns provided for each piece. Every couple months I stock up on a few seasonal items from the American made clothing line. This Summer I aimed to add more light neutral staples to my wardrobe and nude pants were at the top of my list. I was excited to see these sexy high-waisted jeggings in the store. However,American Apparel pants often don't fit my proportions well, so I was a bit nervous to try them on. They're a bit long for me and I will have to hem a few inches off, but I love where they hit my waist and the overall fabric. Although the color is very light, they are not sheer which is a bare necessity when rocking this outlandish style. Secondly, I found this modal turtleneck and felt the two were a match made in heaven. I have another top made with the same fabric from the company, which I love, so it was an easy sell. It reminds me of suede, with less maintenance, and is very comfortable. I topped off the look with Steve Madden strappy heels and an Urban Expressions bag.
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