Pumped Up Kicks: Tsubo Part II

“All the other kids with the pumped up kicks

You better run, better run, outrun my gun”

-Foster the People

Seeing red today. Red is the “it” color for Fall this year and when I saw these Tsubo sneakers on their site, I initially thought I should go with a more neutral shoe since red has never really been my color. These are different though, they’re darker and closer to a rich wine which is why I decided to live a little and go with these Ayumu High Tops. So glad I did because I actually love these sneakers. Finally I can wear a color that doesn’t make my skin more red!

If you’re like me and prefer sneakers over heels, the only way I’ll wear a dress nowadays are with pumped up kicks. They instantly make anything feminine a bit tougher, a bit cooler, and ultimately much more comfortable.

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Maiden Lane, San Francisco

Per my last post, I’ve really flipped for Tsubo and for good reason :) Why wear something that you’re not connected to or genuinely love?

Shot by Shannon Righetti

Tsubo

Dress: Astr the Label

*This post was sponsored by Tsubo, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Brand Spotlight: Tsubo

Finally, a perfect match. Rarely do I get an opportunity where a brand and I fit together cohesively in every single vein possible. I don’t think that’s ever happened until just last week. Enter Tsubo, a Japanese rooted shoe brand that silently screams bad ass street style and one I’m excited to be wearing.

Some will say it’s “just a shoe,” but for me there’s a feeling I get wearing a brand that is somehow connected to my Japanese roots. Ask any Japanese American (specifically in LA) and you’ll hear and feel a sense of pride when they talk about anything related to Japanese food, pop culture, fashion, or products. I’m in that camp for sure. Which is why I love sporting brands like these.

All of Tsubo’s shoes remix casual and sporty style into one. In a nutshell, that essentially is me. Casual over dressy. Sneakers over heels. And they are all under $160.

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It is my hope to do another Father Daughter trip to Japan sometime next year. I miss everything about it and can see these booties adventuring all over Tokyo. For now, SF will have to do.

Thank you Tsubo for spawning a more personal entry. Amazing what a great pair of shoes can do :) Part II with Tsubo will be on Monday. Thank you for reading!

Shot by Shannon Righetti

Tsubo

Airi Chelsea Wedge: $150 here

Def Leppard Tee– JunkFood

Denim Skirt– Free People

*This post was sponsored by Tsubo, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

Don’t Sweat It

Don’t sweat the small stuff, I never do. Having always favored being comfy over everything, you’ll probably see me wearing these Tobi sweats for a long long time. If you’re looking for an alternative to skin tight yoga gear, I’d highly recommend the jogger pant.

This style isn’t for everyone as most people think it may seem bulky, but I think it’s super cool and a bit reminiscent of the Spice Girl days. If you have slight hesitation, here are a few tips below to keep in mind when picking out a pair of joggers for yourself. Thanks for reading!

  • Look for a tapered pant, it should be a skinnier leg to create a streamline silhouette

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  • Look for a high waist to cinch the waistline and create a smaller frame

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  • Pick a sneaker that is elevated. It’ll create a longer line from the pant hem to the ground.

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These Tobi pants were not hemmed or altered, but if you want that perfect fit I’d make sure you know your inseam beforehand.

P.S. For all my East Bay readers, Snow White Coffee is my favorite gem at the tail end of Piedmont Ave. Pop on in next time you want a really good cuppa :D

Shot by Patrick Andrada

Piedmont Ave, Oakland CA

Tobi

Franco Sarto

 

Lacing Up with Tobi

As much as I love Summer dressing, Fall is a favorite of mine. The air seems to be getting a little crisper in SF, which means the cozy sweaters, fun textures, and boots of all heights can come out of hiding.

Wanting to have a bit more fun with Fall fashion this year, I perused Tobi for some new items and walked away with this lace up skirt and a fleece sweatshirt which I wore on two separate occasions while picking up lunch in Lower Nob Hill.

Foodie Insider Tip: If you’re ever on Sutter & Bush, make sure you grab a Korean taco or burrito at Tacorea. They have kimchi burritos and bulgogi plates which people go nuts for.

Just a short walk down is a Vietnamese & French restaurant/lounge called Le Colonial with beautiful interior, Hanoi Honey cocktails, and Banh Mi Sliders.

Look 1: Tacorea

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Look 2: Le Colonial

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What do you love about Fall dressing? And which look do you like?

Shot by Shannon Righetti

Sweatshirt & Skirt: Tobi

Boots: Franco Sarto

Hat: Brixton