June 24, 2011

Adjusting My Attitude

After moving for literally a month, I am just now starting to slow down and take in all the changes. We now have a new place, a new bed, and a new table. And that is all in terms of furniture at this point. Still working on some chairs to go around said table.

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.

June 17, 2011


Upon a quick morning perusal o' the Resort 2012, I mostly felt like I should be doing other things on this gorgeous day in a new place. Anyhow, I found some outfits that would be perfect for me to wear to my new life.

Stella McCartney

and Calvin Klein

In a perfect world I would just walk around looking like this most of the time. I've grown into regular wearing of blazers and jackets in the last few years and have a couple that are pret-ty, pret-ty, pretty good. What I do not have: the perfect pair of slim trousers. The hunt begins. 

June 14, 2011

Goodbye Minneapolis, Hello San Francisco!

We are now relocated and loving it. But there is plenty that I will truly miss about the Twin Cities. Before I left town, the lovely Ellen of The Minneapoline asked me to do a shoot in my apartment for a new feature on her blog. Check it out here!

For the last three days, I've been loving this view of the Lower Haight from a friend's place where we are temporarily located.

I'm pretty in love with their pitcher plant.

Can't wait to share more once we are more permanently settled!

June 8, 2011

Know Your Fabrics

This short video about linen is like a sophisticated Mister Rogers crayon factory visit. OK, maybe that is not the best tag line. This video is very enjoyable if you like to know about how things are made and where things come from.

So many beautiful shots. But I wish there was less PR talk and more explanation of the terms. I totally loved this, a lot. But toward the end I was getting JennaMaroneyIsTheNewFaceOfWool-vibes.