Shopping at Sentiero

It’s a new week and getting ready for NYFW is well under way. Let’s start from the ground up, shall we? Sentiero is a gorgeous and new luxury boutique on iconic Maiden Lane. They carry a beautiful range of Italian brands, from Giuseppe Zanotti to Loriblu and Ballin. There’s something magical about Maiden Lane. I remember walking through often as a kid with my Dad (he’s the shopper in the family) and it’s still a very charming and iconic place that holds near and dear to me.

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A little gem, Sentiero provides a haven for the shoe lover such as myself. Ellada the owner has an exquisite eye and her staff are so friendly and make you feel so welcome. If you are ever on Maiden Lane, please come in and say hello to them and take a look for yourself.

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As much as I wanted to play it safe with the black Loriblu’s I tried on, I kind of fell in love with these Nando Muzi creepers. Not only are they light and comfortable, but the blush tones act as more of a neutral and I figure I can style them just as easily for NYFW.

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What do you all think? Do you like my choice? I can’t wait to pull outfits around my new shoes, so until then thanks for reading and keeping up with me! Lots of exciting things to come so stay tuned.

A huge thank you to Ellada and Sentiero for a wonderful experience

Huge thank you to Rachel Radcliffe Photography for capturing it all

Visit Sentiero at 11 Maiden Lane, San Francisco

Shoes: Nando Muzi Spring Collection

 

Brick Walls

“The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” – Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

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I’m currently in the midst of gearing up for NYFW in February, and I’ve been happily riding the waves that come with planning such a trip. Luckily I have some wing women who will be joining me and I look forward to sharing my point of view of the festivities as they unfold with you all very soon.

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I personally have always liked brick walls. They’re there for a reason, literally and figuratively speaking. I think I’ve been hitting brick walls ever since grade school when peers told me that I couldn’t do something or thought I was weird for having different interests than them. Even as an adult, being in a creative field and being self employed comes with a certain type of judgement. There’s a huge risk factor here, but that’s kind of what we as creative entrepreneurs thrive off of. We see potential and more importantly the map in which to get there, wherever “there” may be.img_8553img_8472img_8519img_8464

This will be quite an exciting trip in two weeks…and I look forward to sharing everything here with you. It’s going to be freezing. I’m not sure how I’m going to deal with that but will deal nonetheless. All I know is that it’s going to be fun and I’m excited to get a new perspective and inspiration along the way. img_8480img_8526

I’ll be covering some of my prep that I’ve been doing here in the city in a post to come next week, so look out for that if you’re interested. Until then, thanks for reading!

All photos shot by Julia O Photo

Jackson Square, San Francisco

Button Up: Rails

Real (Coffee) Talk

I want to be real. This post is something I’ve been wanting to do for a few weeks now, because a series of reoccurring events have been pushing me to address it. I’ve been reminded of some really important qualities that I find lacking in “creative individuals” nowadays.                                  

 Authenticity

Originality

Honesty

Ownership

@shoes_and_sashimi is not groundbreaking. At all. I’m not the first one to post a photo of a moody portrait or a shot of latte art. I don’t have the biggest following, but you don’t see me buying spam or cheating my numbers. What I post is 100 percent mine. What starts from something in my head inevitably ends up into jpeg. My ideas are executed either by my hand alone and professional shooters Rachel Radcliffe or Julia O. When they aren’t shooting, @Twelfthknight helps fill that gap, and I give him a lot of credit.

Editing is also 100% mine, unless it’s agreed upon by Rachel or Julia, since they are very different shooters. I respect both of them and their work, that’s what a solid working relationship is based upon. Respect. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for others.

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If there is anything that was engrained in our heads (and hands) in design school, it is protect yourself and your work. Protect your ideas. If you’re a creative, entrepreneur, a photographer, whatever you are: Constantly push yourself. Don’t get too comfortable.

I am very transparent on Instagram and SF is a tiny city. The shoes I wear and products I post are all public. The brands I work with, those too are public knowledge. I have had  “creators” in the same city  whom I have spent some time with go after the same exact products…in the same color…poach the same brands and post shot for shot, pose for pose…. It feels like a big F U. And yea, how could you not take it personally?

img_4845It’s a big space. There are plenty of opportunities out there, people aren’t willing to work for it. In order to be successful in anything, you need to be original. Say thank you to those who have helped you (when they didn’t have to) and have some ounce of humility. Authenticity is so important and there is a lack of it.

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This rainy day at Home Cafe in SF, I shot with a newly full time photographer named Juila O. She’s quick and she’s hungry. Julia has a beautiful eye for lighting. Home Cafe is the new cool kid on the block, slinging really great coffee concoctions. Have you had a Birthday Cake ombre latte before? I think not. Or a Cookie Monster Latte full of crumbled cookies? I like that they’re different, I like that they’re unique.

I hope you all can find this post somewhat interesting or relatable. If you do or if you don’t, please comment because I’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you’re in the creative field like me, or you’re self employed it’s a good reminder to you all: Be you and only you. Why would you want to be a second string version of someone else?

All photos shot by Julia O Photography

Home Cafe, San Francisco

An Afternoon at Arrowood

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend an amazing wine and food pairing in Sonoma. Hosted at the ever charming Arrowood Winery in Glen Ellen, myself and fellow Bay Area bloggers were whisked away for the day to wine country, and I can honestly say I am really truly grateful for the experience. I’ve heard raving reviews about the delicious food served at renowned restaurant, Girl & the Fig. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw that the event would be catered by their lead Chef.

I’d like to thank Kristina Werner, wine maker at Arrowood. She herself is quite the inspiration, who went from a BioChemistry and Agricultural Economics degree to pursue winemaking full time. Something I took away from listening to her that I’d like to share:

“Taste everything you can get your hands on.

Never stop learning and never get bored.”

I couldn’t agree more. Cheers to an amazing day that I don’t take for granted. My eyes and stomach are very full :)

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First Course: Roasted Carrots, Saffron Crema, Honeyed Almonds
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2nd: House Ground Polenta, Braised Oxtail, Cocoa Nibs, Squash, Sage Pesto
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Final: Black Pepper Ravioli, Triple Cream Mornay, Black Truffles

I have found a new appreciation for wine, what goes into making it, and how it really can transform a meal and your senses. If you’re in Sonoma one of these days, be sure to visit Kristina and the Arrowood staff and taste for yourself. I personally would go back in a snap.

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For those who are interested in Arrowood wine but can’t get to Sonoma anytime soon, I’m offering 15% off anything on their site using “ARROWOOD15” here. I had an amazing time and can’t wait to go back.

Overwhelming thanks to:

Arrowood Winery for the hospitality

Girl & The Fig for an incredible meal

Emily E Martin Communications for this amazing trip

2017: Here’s what’s Coming

Happy New Year everyone, thanks for sticking with me all this time. It’s been a challenging year with Granny passing, lots of changes within the family, and juggling the highs and lows of being your own boss/art director/stylist/ etc. I like building something from nothing, all I have to do is light that match and let it ignite. I just wish some people were here still to see it all come to fruition, but I know they’re up there guiding me and looking over someway, somehow.

Thank you for being supportive as always, @Twelfthknight and family. Huge thank you to the brands that have helped make 2016 a successful one and to those who have continued to work with me into this year. A very big thank you to Rachel Radcliffe for shooting with me weekly, we’re a great team and I value your friendship and admire your tireless work ethic.

And of course, thank you to you my readers for supporting this blog and taking interest, I truly am thankful.

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Here’s what’s coming up in the next few months, and I hope you continue to read and follow along on Instagram to catch all the fun. My goal is to do things I wanted to do in my 20’s that I never was able. With every brand and project, shoot and experience, I want to execute it with precision and spin a more creative lens. I am now 30. I traveled a bit last year, I hope to do more outside of the states, hopefully London and Japan…

Jan. 7th

Sonoma

Feb.

9th-13th NY Fashion Week

22nd-26th Vegas / Desert

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Wishing you all a Happy New Year and success in your own pursuits

xx

Lauren

All photos shot by Rachel Radcliffe

Piedmont, CA

Fringe Jacket: Amuse Society

Body Suit: Free People

Jeans: J Brand

Shoes: M.gemi

Watch: Nicole Vienna