It has been beautiful and perfect in San Francisco every single day. I feel at home in this city already. It's nice to make a positive life change. I confess, I have not fully appreciated all this beauty around me because moving for an entire month makes me cranky, apparently. That all changes starting now. Now that I do not have to do any further heavy lifting or dragging of luggage up and down hills.
But I need to stop treating this space like a diary! You dear readers probably do not care much for my boring moving saga. Let's talk about what to wear in a new city, shall we?
The most amazing thing about San Francisco is you can dress like it's any season, any time. Today, I saw a dude in a puffer/parka with a fur-lined hood, apparently just for the sake of the look. I had forgotten about this strange, silly facet of California living. I was also happy to wear an outfit I never could have imagined in places like Minneapolis or San Diego: a long sleeve button-up shirt, a sweater, and super lightweight bermuda shorts. This would just mean death by overheating in previous locations. Not here in magical Northern California, though. It's 65 and sunny, which means anything from a North Face coat to a crop top and cut-offs is A-OK.
I was pretty into my look. It was intended to reflect my appreciation of recent Proenza without being too literal. Michael said it looked 80s so-cal, so I guess mission accomplished? In any case, Birkenstocks and printed bermuda shorts happened and I felt just fine.
The shorts are vintage Marimekko that I found for $5 at a St. Paul thrift store before leaving the midwest. Oh how I miss those deals already...
Another very important thing that happened is that I bought new sunglasses here in San Francisco. How could I forget that good sunglasses are an absolute necessity on the coast? A necessary accessory, if you will. (Sorry.)
I found these vintage Ray-Bans at my new neighborhood vintage store, Ver Unica.
I like that these are not the standard Wayfarer, which doesn't look so great on me. These frames have an almost-cat eye effect and are more contoured. The frame is called the "Laramie," and they are in amazing condition and fit perfectly. I have found that so many of my sunglasses end up hurting my ears or falling off my face. Ray-Ban knows what's up with making sunglasses that work, so I'm happy to finally own a pair.
B&L = Bausch & Lomb, makers of Ray-Ban in US until the late 90s
With these new sunglasses and my breezy mom shorts, I feel I am on my way to returning to the ways of California living. The peculiarities of dressing for SF are still revealing themselves to me, and I have a bit of wardrobe adjusting to do. It should all be pretty exciting. I'll keep you posted.