Fringe Benefits

As I approached San Francisco I could see the fog bank swallowing the cities skyline and watched the temperature gage in my car fall drastically. Luckily, 10 years of living in San Francisco has trained me to layer my clothing to battle the ever-changing climate of the city by the Bay. Armed with over the knee Stuart Weitzman boots, a classic black blazer by Elie Tahari and a vintage fringe cross body bag- I braved the chilly weather and headed up to my Dads roof deck soak in the view.     Perhaps it’s because I grew up in the 80’s that I love fringe. Whether it’s a fringe hem or fringe detail on the ankle strap of a shoe…there is something magical that happens when the element of movement is added to a garment.    Taking into consideration that I was arriving from the country and did not want to run the risk of appearing as though I brought the rodeo to town, I used my fringe bag as a statement piece. I paired the bag with a city appropriate look of simple black and white clean lines, providing a classic backdrop for my bag.

IMG_8994   IMG_8895   IMG_8991Fringe made many appearances in the SS15 collections. The theatrical element of amazons dressed in garments that swished down the runway had me hooked. Classic shapes were transformed into current statements with the simple addition of fringe, giving this trend the romantic element us fashion addicts crave during spring.  

  

 

 

 

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The Countryside vs. Coachella

Many of us in the fashion world look forward to Coachella to admire the street style – images of favorite festival girls dancing in the dessert heat with outfits that make you want to run around barefoot and take up playing the tambourine. With that said, it was not a big surprise to see a handful of designers had crochet on their mind when designing their SS15 collection. After all, crochet is a staple in the wardrobe of every festival girl. 

I decided just because I wasn’t able to attend Coachella should not mean that my favorite festival gear should be forgotten this season. As it turns out, most of the pieces in question could easily transition to country life when paired with Ralph Lauren Collection cowboy boots.   

 For wandering through the sequoia trees, I wore one of my favorite vacation finds from Ecuador. It’s the perfect dress to bare the California heat with its touch of crochet. I completed my look with a Hermès scarf and wrapped a vintage Bakelite necklace around my wrist to accompany me on my walk. My Ferragamo hobo happened to be the perfect accessory to collect random pieces of nature for the imaginary jewelry line I’ve been designing in my head for a few years.

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I can already tell The Whisky hotel will be the perfect place for me to get back to my entrepreneurial roots and create…. ahhh fresh country air.    

 

The Shift

After injuring my back while living in Miami (hazard of being a visual stylist) and moving to Baltimore to rehab my back for a few months, my childhood best friend offered me a stay at her ranch for a much-needed sabbatical. Packing for a trip has always been exciting to me, however packing for six months was frightening. As I thought of not seeing the entirety of my wardrobe for another six months, I could feel the beads of sweat starting to form on my brow. I, of course, packed the obvious for California countryside life: blanket coats, cowboy boots, & comfy knits… but I couldn’t leave behind the prints & bold colored garments I had just added to my collection from Miami. I figured for my next style phase I would step into the shoes of Jane Birkin if she was stranded in the middle of the Italian countryside with her suitcases still full from a trip to South Beach…

 The shift dress is one of my favorite shapes for spring & summer; the ease of the style and comfort in the fit can be worn dressed up or down. I found this leaf print scuba knit dress on one of my many afternoons walking on Lincoln Rd. at Forever 21 and could not resist the print and the neoprene feel of the fabric.

 I spent the day today catching up on digital copies of my favorite magazines, drinking a perfectly chilled bottle of local rosé, on the southwest corner of the property where the pond ends.

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My vintage snakeskin boots were essential in navigating the swampy turf near the pond and gave my Miami shift a little bit of country edge; The Simon Ju earrings tied both worlds together with the natural beauty of white coral. I am looking forward to many afternoons drinking rosé in this spot the next few months.