Fashion, San Francisco

Summer of Love | Flower Power Dress

Before being known for its ridiculous high price of living, tech snobs, and foodie scene; San Francisco was once known for its prominent place in the hippie movement. Peace, Love, and Music ran rampant through Haight Street during the 60’s and that set a free-spirited tone for the city ever since. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and I was lucky enough to find a vintage floral dress for the occasion. I shot this look in Golden Gate park, due to it being one of the main hubs during that iconic summer and also being home to many of my childhood memories.I’ve always been a huge fan of 60’s fashion; the bold & bright prints, mini skirts, and classic mod silhouettes. This love runs deep, in college I was obsessed with peter pan collar dresses and Twiggy makeup looks.  Its super cheesy, but one of my favorite movies from my childhood is Austin Powers: The Spy that Shagged me (because of the outfits!). My floral dress featured was found at the City Wide Garage Sale in Austin. It was a major steal at only $8 bucks – which confirms my theory that vintage shopping is much better (or at least cheaper!) outside of California. Continue Reading

Art, Design

Tarot Card Designs

If I’m being honest I’ve been a Tarot skeptic for a long time due to my catholic upbringing. Tarot is in no way sacrilegious but due to my past misunderstandings I’ve had my oppositions.  After getting my reading done the other day I’m much more open to the idea of the universe speaking through the cards and helping reveal things about myself that I have yet to come to terms with. It was a very accurate for my intention and it gave me a helpful understanding of my present situation and direction.

I had my cards read by Matthew of The Hanged Man Co who does a pop up Monday Nights at the Fig & Thistle. This was definitely a great first time experience; he gave me lots of insightful information in a cozy and chill environment. Fig & Thistle is a hidden gem in Hayes Valley and if you find yourself in the neighborhood you should check it out 🙂

Before I knew anything about Tarot I always found the images to be fascinating. The illustrations are strange and foreign, filled with deeper meaning and symbolism. I’m intrigued by most occult imagery so my interest in this ancient art is no surprise. The cards below were created by present-day designers and artists and are unique stylized versions of your classic Tarot cards.

Min’s Tarot Card Deck -These cards have minimal line drawings and fun pops of color. These definitely give me a cutesy vibe and if I were getting a reading with these I probably would be smiling the whole time.The Tarot by Oliver Hilbert -These illustrations are the sickest and my personal favorite. Oliver Hilbert has such a distinct style, nodding to the psychedelic 60’s while bringing in insanely bright images and surreal characters. If you’re not familiar with his work, stop what you’re doing and check out his world of madness here (after you finish reading this blog post of course :p). Under the eyeballs, melted scenery, and rainbow backdrops you still find the classic imagery of the tarot.

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Fashion

BodySuit Babe

Bodysuits are (in my opinion) the easiest piece of clothing to whip on with jeans and have an instant cute look. Theres no “tucking in” and “riding up” fuss and when sized correctly should fit you like a glove. The one i’m wearing below is a dusty brown color and a super soft suede or pseudo suede (not 100% sure). Paired with my moto jacket and high waisted jeans it was the perfect outfit for walking around San Francisco’s windy streets.

I’m definitely #notamodel even though I try to be for my blog and during this shoot my girls were cracking me up to catch some natural smiles.

Bodysuit – Charlotte Russe      Jeans – Urban Outfitters       Jacket – Macys/Bar III

1. Urban Outfitters – Sugar Mock Neck Bodysuit      2. Lulus – Black LaceUp Bodysuit

3. Free People Thank You Bodysuit    4. Tobi Blush Bodysuit

Vintage

Vintage Books

Once someone gets to know me they soon find out that I have an obsession with items of the past. Growing up I often visited my grandparents house that was filled with unique and old treasures that transported me to another time. Grandfather clocks, cookbooks from the 1950s, artifacts collected from all over the world inspired my young mind and influenced my interests of today. Now as an adult I surround myself with vintage books that have dated designs and old world wisdom. The pages in these book inspire and inform me on how things once were. Even though the info in this love book is totally cheesy and probably outdated, the vibrant colors and patterns are fun to look through. 

Vintage astrology/horoscope books are especially my favorite. I love looking at the delicate illustrations and reading about my sign. Its like I’m searching for information on my true self as told by the stars 🙂

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Fashion

Springtime Coats

I  love a good statement piece. Big earrings, a bright coat, unique shoes, I’m all over it. Fashion should always be fun and a pop of color doesn’t hurt anyone :p

According to my finacee I need more basics and less statement pieces, but to that my response is that I live my life with an exclamation mark and I can’t be bothered with boring clothes. I of course still appreciate a good classic piece but this post isn’t about that, its about bright fun jackets!

Scouring the corners of the web I came upon these fun jackets that deserve a double take. The details, the colors, *swoon* they’re just too good to be true. Check them out!Asos Printed Coat in Ornate Floral This trench takes it to the next level with this powder blue shade and sprinkled in flowers.

Open Dolman Jacket This Free People jacket has that cool girl slouchy look that I’m obsessed with! The bohemian print weaves in pops of pink, green, and blue keeping it fresh and interesting.

Enid Ruffled Coat These ruffle sleeves give you that delightfully soft feminine detail with a punch in the face of color.

 

 

Right as Rain WaterProof Jacket This yellow coat is just too adorable and instantly makes me think of paddington bear and the Morton Salt Girl.

San Francisco

Live it Local | Media Noche

Foodies rejoice! San Francisco has gotten itself another amazing Cuban restaurant 🙂  Media Noche is located in the mission district and the interiors are very modern with strong Havana vibes. Their menu has a decent selection of rice bowls, sandwiches and a few healthier options too. Upon first glance I was instantly drawn to the Lechon Asado. I blame the Filipino part of me. Anytime theres Lechon on the menu I must order it.

The dishes were mouthwatering with great flavor and perfect portions. The Lechon bowl was bit heavier than I usually do for lunch but it was so worth the cheat.  Continue Reading

Wedding

A Perfect Match / Flower Power

As I’m setting into life as an newly engaged woman, I’m now starting to take a more decisive look at my wedding inspiration images in magazines, pinterest, etc. Before it was just for fun seeing all the amazing options out there, but now I have a timeline and decisions need to be made. (Although I do still have nearly a year and a half before the big day)

Today’s post is on flowers that strike my fancy and bouquets that are beyond belief. I’m still trying to settle on a color scheme or “theme” for the wedding but I think starting with the flowers is the best way for me to narrow it down. 

“Choose daisies, and you and your love will always be true to one another.” – Fortune-Telling Book For Brides

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Fashion

Spring time in SF this year has been pretty windy & rainy; unfortunately not ideal weather to be wearing skirts and dresses. Although when you get a little bit of luck a sunny day pops up here and there. Making use of my opportunity I threw on the easiest red, white, and blue outfit you’d ever did see. Its not 4th of July inspired on anything, I’m just making a fun observation :p

This denim skirt has a bit of flare making it instantly flattering. It definitely was the perfect outfit for walking around on a sunny Saturday afternoon. And these sandals, I can’t go on enough about the comfort level. Typically I don’t wear heels but these are a game changer.

 

Skirt – Asos Denim Button Front Mini Skater

Shoes – Aldo Resplandina Sandal

San Francisco

Live it Local | Afterlife Boutique + TacoBar

Being lucky enough to grow up in San Francisco, I’ve bounced from neighborhood to neighborhood and experienced great local shopping/eats everywhere I went.

I’m starting this segment to feature awesome spots that you should totally check out if you’re visiting, or if you’re looking to discover new places in your own city :pWalking around the sunny mission neighborhood I rediscovered one my favorite vintage shops in the neighborhood. Afterlife Boutique right between Valencia and 21st street.

They sell great 80’s & 90’s retro pieces and unique jewelry at really reasonable prices.Even though I had only a few minutes to browse I couldn’t help but get sucked into their great jewelry selection.

I snagged two pairs of earrings at really reasonable prices. The total was around 20 bucks which for quality jewelry, pretty amazing.

 

Golden Tattoo bracelet not from AfterLife, but  I had to pair it with my nice new earrings :p

So you’re walking in the Fillmore District when you start craving Mexican food and you wonder to yourself where do I go? You go to Tacobar!

Mike and I just stopped here on a sunny Saturday afternoon for a quick lunch. Sipping my margarita I enjoyed a shrimp quesadilla that was pretty filling. Also featured and also delicious – the chicken Torta.

Check back for more great local spots!

Store images from yelp

Wedding

Mrs Box

I haven’t mentioned on the blog yet but… I’m now newly engaged. Yay! So this will be the first of many wedding inspo/related posts.

A few years ago I mentioned to my boyfriend (now fiancée) that when he proposes he needs to get me one of the Mrs Box.

My audacity right?

Pinning countless wedding related images I’ve encountered many photos of these beautiful little boxes; wrapped in velvet and always in a pretty color. The Mrs.Box is a brand that brings joy back to ring boxes in delicate and bright way. They call the boxes wedding heirlooms and being a sucker for any cute tradition I was hooked.

Mike (my fiancée) remembered my request and to my surprise I found myself presented with my engagement ring in a blush colored box.

I’m definitely a lucky lady and that little detail of a cute wedding box that I wanted years ago makes my engagement story even better. It goes to show the important people in your life will remember the little things as silly as they may seem <3

Gif images from Mrs.Box