29 June 2017

It is needless to say that I got sunburnt on this day. Getting sunburnt in San Francisco is not a frequent occurrence, but with this heat wave I mentioned in my last post, and being an incredibly fair-skinned easy target for those dastardly rays, it is still entirely possible. There is one up side to being in the sun--it makes for some lovely lighting for photos! It gave a somewhat angelic, halo-like affect. (Don't be fooled, I'm still the devil)

I love tying my hair back on hot, sweaty days such as these, typically in a high pony and a ribbon like you see here, but I find that throughout the day the pulling gives me a horrific headache and I can't wait to take my hair down. Does this happen to any others of you who have extremely thick hair like I do? Or even better... does anyone have a solution other than grinning and bearing it and popping some headache medication? I love how my hair looks in a ponytail, but I just can't stand the soreness. Beauty is pain, I suppose.

This Tylho off-the-shoulder gingham dress I got at Anthropologie has been my absolute favourite dress of the summer! It's light, comfortable, and gives me just the right amount of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz vibes (seriously, I find it very difficult not to pair with a basket handbag and red shoes!). I have been seriously watching my spending at work lately, but as soon as this dress arrived I knew I had to have it... I am a sucker for any blue retro-inspired dress with an A-line skirt (thank you, again, Zooey Deschanel in (500) Days of Summer...I can't help it, it's my biggest style inspiration film!). I find this dress in particular to be so incredibly versatile, I've worn it on a date, to work, and out and about during the day! It's definitely a piece that won't be leaving my closet any time soon...

Do you have a favourite summer piece yet, or is it too early to say? If so, what is it? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to find out and continue to get inspired! I hope you all are continuing to stay cool during what seems like one of the hottest summer in years!

  • dress: anthropologie
  • shoes: thrifted
  • brows: anastasia beverley hills (in auburn)                         
  • foundation: kat von d (in light 42 neutral)
  • blush: covergirl (in 510 iced plum)

  • handbag: vintage
  • necklace: vintage hand-me-down
  • lips: burt's bees (in red dahlia)
  • eyeliner: soap & glory
  • earrings: forever 21
  • Summer In The City

    19 June 2017

    Summer has officially arrived! At least it's been feeling that way lately, with the unusually premature heat wave we've had in San Francisco! (For reference, for those of you who aren't familiar with the weather patterns of my beautiful city--typically our hottest month of the year is October and.....that's pretty much it.) Although it's only been around 83ยบ F (much lower than the cities and towns east of the bay), the humidity brought in by the sea has definitely left it feeling positively scorching outside. 

    Thankfully, there is an upside--this allows for lightweight vintage dresses, iced coffee, and lots of time spent freckling outdoors. That is precisely what I've been doing with my dearest friend Haylie (who ever so graciously agreed to start photographing me for my blog posts!). This past week, she and I visited As Quoted in Laurel Heights for our weekly coffee date--a cute, minimalist eatery that, looking back, I may have spent a little too much money at... (avocado toast, two cookies, a banana muffin, and a hot chocolate... it all looked too good, how was I to decide??) Fortunately, I had zero regrets (besides the banana muffin, but to be fair, I didn't realise it was a banana muffin when I bought it--not my favourite choice), in fact, writing about it now is making my mouth water, so perhaps I should move on.

    As for the outfit (while retrospectively, I sort of regret the long sleeves), I wore one of my all-time favourite thrifted numbers from Thrift Town in the Mission district (R.I.P.), a vintage Saks Fifth Avenue shirtdress I took from a mannequin! It's such a timeless piece that never ceases to lead people to compliment me, and I am a sucker for red and navy. This silhouette is ideal for my rather-curvy-slightly-cinched-in-the-waist body type (a reason I mostly wear vintage to begin with). Pair that with a statement necklace, and your favourite vintage shoes and handbag and you're good to go! This is a very classic look of mine, but I always enjoy finding ways to change it up.

    It's all about the details with this look, and I am sporting some of my all-time favourite vintage finds with this ensemble. This wicker atlas purse had been on the top of my vintage wishlist since I saw the ones Zooey Deschanel donned in (500) Days of Summer, ultimately one of my favourite films of all time and origin of my personal style inspiration. At last, two years ago almost to the day, a friend found it for me at Goodwill while we were perusing and I almost cried of joy! It is absolutely perfect in every way and definitely my go-to handbag for any day-time look. I adore this style of shoe (I have no idea what they're called--if you do, please let me know!) and found these fragile little beauties in a small vintage boutique in Honolulu (the name escapes me, it has been five years now!). The lining is deteriorating on the inside, leaving my feet constantly covered in brownish dust, but they are just so darling and versatile I can't get myself to part with them! I'm sure many of you feel the same way about a slowly perishing vintage item or two.

    Despite my lack of familiarity (regardless of living in Hawaii humidity for half of my life), the sunny weather is still a nice treat after a dreadfully cold and rainy winter. I suppose in small doses, it isn't so terrible... but I still prefer fog any day!

    What are some of your favourite things to do on a hot summer's day? Let me know in the comments, because this overcast-loving city dweller is at a loss, and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Meanwhile, I will continue my regimen of consuming bucketloads of Gold Peak green iced tea and profusely fanning myself with whatever magazine I can find laying around. That being said, a little sunshine is never a bad thing--enjoy it while it lasts!

  • dress: vintage
  • shoes: vintage
  • brows: anastasia beverley hills (in auburn)                         
  • foundation: kat von d (in light 42 neutral)
  • blush: covergirl (in 510 iced plum)

  • handbag: vintage
  • necklace: anthropologie (old)
  • lips: stila (in beso)
  • eyeliner: soap & glory
  • rings: vintage hand-me-down's
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