Monday, September 29, 2014

CeCe Guest & Little Spoon

I've discussed my obsession with Ms. Witherspoon before, but Vogue just asked her their famous #73questions and between CeCe Guest, lasagna with the Female Senators,  rapper names, a backyard trampoline, tattoos and a stunning California home I couldn't love her more!

Picking Vogue up on my way home today for the rest of her interview!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Summer Adventures Continued- Summer Nights

One of my favorite things about summertime is warm summer evenings. Growing up in the midwest, we had a lot more than we do in California. I remember the smell of bbq chicken on the grill, a baseball game on as back ground noise and having all the windows and doors open for the cool evening breeze just as golden hour began. This summer had its fair share of gorgeous summer nights, some highlights for me:

Favorite beligian beer, cigars and live DMB on the back porch. It was the first warm night of the season and was so enjoyable.

Watching 4th of July Fireworks in Atlanta...well half of them. Sitting out on the patio with a cocktail and some good college friends. The family at the table next to us swore we would be able to see them from the restaurant....they were only half right.

S'Mores with Griki and the rest of my California family in their backyard. On the other side of the hills you definitely get more of the 'warm' summer nights. These have been the ones that hit closest to home for me usually complete with home cooked meat on the BBQ and a Giants game on. I think only the Lakehouse would surpass this.

There was a drive-in movie theater in one of the {many} small towns I lived in growing up. I remember going to see a few movies there and have always wondered what it would be like to go back to one. I was intrigued when I heard about San Francisco's Movies in the park series and living closer to the parks I thought I'd take advantage. Even though its not 'warm' by any means, its almost more fun to snuggle up in your layers with friends and a bottle of wine and enjoy a classic movie, such as Clueless ;)

Of my trip to New York a few weeks ago, one of my favorite evenings was spent at a Jewish Deli near by the Empire State Building. We had been exhausted from a day of shopping, napped for a few hours at our hotel and then headed out for some pastrami on rye around 8:30pm. It was already dark, the city was quieter as they are on Sunday evenings. We enjoyed a casual meal, then strolled over to the Empire State Building where to got tea at the near-by Starbucks and just chatted. It was beautiful and relaxing.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Appointment Dating

One of the things I disliked about my last relationship was the lack of spontaneity. Yes, I just said that out loud. Ms. OCD-Type A just said she needed some spontaneity I think it is more natural when you first start out, seeing each other once a week or so requires some a head of time "When are you available next week?", but how much of that should exist as you develop a relationship and have spent a year committed to each other? That was all we ever did and it did not feel natural. Yes it went from once a week, to 3 times a week, but we very rarely saw each other unless there was an appointment and dinner reservations.

As I've started dating a little more seriously, I'm noticing that I'm still dating like that and find myself thinking about where the natural transition between "I'll see you next Thursday at 7pm for Dinner" and "Hey, my friends and I are grabbing drinks after work, want to join?" or the even more intimate "What are you doing now?" happens. On top of that, who should start it? Should you wait for a guy to feel comfortable enough with you to open your relationship up to that possibility or just go with what feels good for you?

Any one have thoughts on this and how you've handled it in your relationships?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekend Wishlist - Fashionable Fall Jackets

Working in A)San Francisco and B)A creative environment in San Francisco means my workday wardrobe could be pretty casual. I do have my days, but dressing too casual for work makes me a little self conscious. With the cooler, but variable temperatures in the city I've been seeing the 'jacket with jeans' look and I'm kind of loving it. There are layers to remove/add as the day goes on and with the detailing it can give a clean, polished look on those days when you just want to throw on some jeans and a classic crew neck.  I've been bookmarking ones over the past few weeks, here are my current favorites. I'm slightly partial towards the collarless look {as you can tell} and, of course, a subtle ruffle.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Recent {Style} Obsession: Allison Williams

It might be because we share a first name and 2 similar initials, but I'm obsessed with Allison William's sexy, but sophisticated style! I won't lie that when I took the "Which Girls Character are You?" Buzzfeed quiz I got Marnie. Her elegant and slightly conservative looks were more relatable to me than the other girls and I definitely understood her slightly annoying OCD quirks!

I first noticed Allison's personal style at the 2012 Met Gala. Her seemingly effortless, satin tube, floor length Fuchsia Ralph Lauren gown was absolutely stunning! It made me want to stop eating immediately and start growing my eyebrows out!

Her looks only continued to stand out from there. She just has an absolutely amazing way of mixing modern with traditional and it totally works with her classic beauty.  Formal or casual...can I just be her? Some more of my favorites:

Oh and can we talk about how perfectly timeless her engagement ring is?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I Heart New York!

I spent my 2007 summer interning in New York City and absolutely fell in love. The energy, the architecture, the people, the culture...I don't know where you can get much better. I've been back a few times since and when my friend, A, asked me to join her for her Birthday trip I was happy to oblige!

We stayed at, the historic, Union League Club in Midtown and had this gorgeous view of the Empire State Building from our room!

Since we both have friends that live in the City we spent Friday night on our own. I was able to meet E and our other former roomie L for some Tapas in the West Village. After E and I spent time in Spain we continued our Tapas crawl in SF so extending to NYC was only necessary.  Tertulia was delicious, so quaint and the staff (although they were skeptical about our ability to finish our Paella) was very nice.  It is unfortunate the SF dinner culture just isn't the same.

Maintaining our west coast time schedule, Saturday we got a bit of a late start. We adventured briefly to the Union Square Farmer's market, on to the East Village for Brunch and then Soho for some shopping!  

Saturday night all of our friends joined us at Sfoglia on the UES for A's Birthday Dinner! Again, such a delicious, quaint, but non-pretentious place. Honestly, the BEST sourdough bread I've had in my life...even after living in SF for almost 6 years!

Sunday we ate the most expensive salad's of our life at Bergdorf's and then continued our Shopping adventures. I had unfortunately come down with cold, so was lacking a bit of energy. We found our way to Ralph Lauren on Madison and after a glass of champagne everything was magically better!

We took it easy that afternoon. After a quick nap we ventured to a Jewish deli near by our hotel for some much needed Matzo Ball soup and, of course, pastrami on rye. We strolled the streets of midtown for bit and enjoyed a cup of tea at the acclaimed Starbucks :) It was the perfect evening to end our fantastic weekend.

We had a few hours to burn on Monday and we decided to head back to the UES to hit the stores we missed Sunday evening (Lilly Pulitzer!) and I was able to stock up on some Black and White Cookies before heading off to the airport!

Monday, September 1, 2014

La Perla FW 2014

Like I've mentioned, fancy underthings are a {guilty?} pleasure of mine.  I couldn't help but stop in the La Perla store in New York to check out their Fall 2014 Collection.

I love the more feminine aspects of La Perla's lingerie. They're elegant and beautiful, but also easy to wear underneath your everyday  work or casual wear. It's not listed on the website or in the Store, but the lace back bra in the video is to die for.  Some of my other favorites from the Fall '14 Collection: