Black & Tan

Fall is my favorite season and it’s just around the corner, so I’m happily adding transition pieces into my closet such as this super soft “camel” jacket from Vici. I love their affordable pieces and this is just one of the many that I picked from their online store (2 stores in Walnut Creek and Newport Beach.)

In LA, I got away with wearing the “business casual” look all the time with shorts and a moto jacket and I’m happily wearing it now here in the Bay Area. My advice: elevate your basics with fun pieces like this and you’ll have a lot more range in your wardrobe that’ll take you from Summer to Fall without breaking the bank!

Thanks for reading everyone, I wish you a great week.

*All photos shot by Rachel Radcliffe, Piedmont CA

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Shop more from Vici here

Similar Jackets found here & here (Both under $80)

Rebecca Minkoff Satchel (exact bag here)

Shoes: M.Gemi Stellatos

 

Tis the Season

Tis the season for holiday looks, so I teamed up with The Glam App (see previous post) and Piedmont photographer Julie Reichle to shoot something extra special. I’m not big on color to be honest, I love my neutrals and as a curveball, I’m actually wearing a bodysuit under an asymmetrical skirt. Hope you enjoy these photos, it’s great to shoot in my hometown!

To all my readers near and far, from London to Tokyo, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and holiday season. Thank you for taking the time to read and keep up with me whether it’s here or on Instagram.  Your patience and kind comments throughout the year has been encouraging and without them I wouldn’t be able to do half the things this blog and Instagram has brought me these past few months. Most of you I’ve never met, but I feel like you’ve been overwhelmingly supportive more than people I know personally.

So cheers to a fast approaching end of the year, new brand partnerships, new content, and new adventures. But most of all, cheers to you guys for being supportive, enthusiastic, and hopping along with me as I embark on some really cool projects. Can’t wait for you to see.

~Lauren

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Shot by Julie Reichle

Makeup by Emily Sims for The Glam App

Bodysuit: Lulus

Skirt: Blq Basiq

Shoes: Lulus

Bag: Baggu

Necklace: Mirina Collections “Promo Code shoes20” for 20% off yours

Staying Local with April May Jewelry

Hi all, hope your week is off to a good start. I recently sat down for coffee with local jewelry designer April May in Oakland, CA after I found her metal pieces on Instagram. Be sure to follow her @Aprilmayjewelry :D It’s fun to meet cool people in your neighborhood and April is just that. She makes all her pieces by hand and you can definitely check her booths out if you’re ever planning on going to SF’s Treasure Island Flea Market.

If you’ve been seeing my Instagram feed, you’d see that I wore April’s bangles a lot around town, I don’t really think I took them off for the most part mainly because they’re just so easy to wear. And you can too, just enter our contest at the bottom of the page and April will send you your own necklace and bangles to wear about :) Remember, the more ways you enter the better luck you’ll have.

Contest runs for one week and will be notified by email at random.

Good luck and thanks for reading!

Lauren

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April’s best seller’s which you can win: Enter with the link at the bottom of this page.
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Chucks and Bangles
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Flatlay with InStyle, Sam Edelman, and April May.
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Took my bangles to coffee at Maiden Lane’s Iron Horse Coffee Bar, they make a mean dirty chai.
Current favorites in my bathroom: Hairpins and a fun ring. All I need is some polish by Butter London.
Current favorites in my bathroom: April’s  handmade hairpins and her fun ring. All I need is some polish by Butter London.
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OTK boots and an April May Ring

Contest: Enter Here

That’s A Wrap

It’s been a while, hope you’re all well and thank you for being patient as I’ve been a little behind lately here. However you can always find me on Instagram to see what I’m up to each day! I’m happy to finally release two of my projects that I’ve been Department Head on, a commercial for Nongshim USA featuring Ki Hong Lee (The Maze Runner franchise) shot in Los Angeles and the November Issue of Diablo Magazine on stands currently, shot in Oakland, CA.

Fun Fact: It took 14hours to shoot this 30 second commercial in the Hollywood Hills. As per usual, I was the only female on an all male film crew.

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Ki Hong Lee for Nongshim USA: Watch the commercial here >> Full Commercial
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Fun Fact: Lena Ahn is wearing a Hye Park & Lune Baseball Tee. Ki Hong is wearing Marc Jacobs.
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And that’s a wrap. Hope you enjoyed, this specifically airs overseas on all networks in Seoul and Hong Kong, however you can watch it on Youtube of course. >> Full Commercial

Soon after I got back from LA, Diablo Magazine called to have me style their November Issue and I happily signed on because it marks my first editorial shoot in the Bay Area. The Food and Wine Issue is an important one because let’s be honest, I love to eat and what’s most fitting is that we shot the whole thing in Oakland, just minutes away from where I grew up. Be sure to pick up a copy, on news stands, grocery stores, and Barnes and Noble in Northern CA. Cheers!

We made the cover!
We made the cover!
Behind the Scenes with Model Hannah Tokuno for Stars Management. Fun Fact: Hannah is wearing an Ulla Johnson dress, pulled from local boutique Shop McMullen.
Behind the Scenes with Model Hannah Tokuno for Stars Management. Fun Fact: Hannah is wearing an Ulla Johnson dress, pulled from local boutique Shop McMullen.
We shot this set at Pican Restaurant in Oakland. Photographer: Norma Cordova
We shot this set at Pican Restaurant in Oakland. Photographer: Norma Cordova
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Final Edit.
Last Look: Hannah wearing BCBGeneration.
Hannah wearing BCBGeneration.
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Final Edit
Final Edit: Hannah wearing an Ulla Johnson dress and Cate & Chloe layered necklace (my own.)
Final Edit: Hannah wearing an Ulla Johnson dress and Cate & Chloe layered necklace (my own.)

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As always, thanks for reading and keeping pace with me.

You can always find me on Instagram for daily snaps. @shoes_and_sashimi 

Playing Catch Up

Hi All,

I’ve been caught up lately which may explain the lag in blogging, however it’s been filled with all good things that have needed my full attention. One of them wrapping a successful editorial shoot for Diablo Magazine, I styled their November Issue on news stands in a week or so. You may have seen a glimpse of BTS on Instagram, and I will be posting the full story when it comes out. It’s good to be back in the game, especially shooting in the Bay Area. With that, revamping my credits list and styling portfolio has taken much of my focus. I’m not a newbie when it comes to shopping my portfolio around to agencies, and I’m now reminded again how hard it is to become represented, but if it’s one thing I’m good at it’s being stubborn and persistent. LA is a slaughterhouse when it comes to agencies, it seems SF is no different for whatever reason…send good jujus please :D

What else..oh, I turned 29…and I was so consumed with styling the editorial 48hrs before my birthday that I almost did indeed forget that I was turning a year older. I had an amazing dinner at The Progress in SF thanks to @Twelfthknight with our two friends, a lovely double date with good food, drinks, and laughter is all this girl needs :) Thank you again.

If you’ve been seeing on Instagram lately, @Twelfthknight and I took the fur baby to Pacifica last weekend for a day trip to find some relaxing ocean air. If you’ve never been it’s a really foggy, but quaint beach town north of the Peninsula. We came, we saw, and we ate a ridiculously good Italian sandwich from Colombos Delicatessen. You’d also think I’d wear a more beach friendly outfit than this crop top and high waisted shorts number, but hey, whatchya gonna do. NorCal beach towns are quite different than SoCal beach towns and my growing monochrome wardrobe is still getting acclimated for these times :D

Thanks for reading and catching up with me. I look forward to sharing behind the scenes photos of my recent shoots when I get permission, including the commercial with you soon.

~ Lauren

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What I Wore:

Crop Top: Banana Republic

Shorts: FInders Keepers the Label

Gladiators: Loeffler Randall

Sunnies: Lulu’s

All outfit photos taken by @Twelfthknight

Easy Breezy: The Culotte Trend

I feel like the culottes get a lot of negative press. Why? Because a lot of people are confused by them. Culottes can’t make up their mind if they’re pants or a skirt (depending on the fabric) and the length is always tricky depending on body type. Believe it or not, culottes were first worn by men during the Middle Ages. Flash forward to current day, and they’re some what of the “it” trend, who knew :D

I was approached by eShakti to try their custom services recently and they created these amazingly tailored culottes for me. If you aren’t familiar with eShakti, they are an online retailer who has an array of women’s clothes in all sizes. The neat thing is that eShakti will custom tailor your order to your specific measurements!  Fit is everything, I’m a firm believer that you can have the best clothes and if they don’t fit right they’re worth near to nothing. Does anyone agree with me?

In an attempt to hold onto the last bit of Summer here in the Bay Area, I paired my culottes with a cropped top by Lulus. I love that the waist of these pants offer me some room but are able to be high enough to wear tops like these. Flat sandals such as my Loeffler Randall gladiators offer a casual look. However, I switched into these heels by Chinese Laundry to add just enough height and extension to the pant leg. Either or, they look good and at 5’3 I’m proof that you can wear these pants without fear!

Thank you to eShakti, be sure to follow them on Instagram :) And for my readers, I’m giving you my special promo code “Shoesandsashimi” to get 10% OFF when you shop at eShakti – valid for unlimited use from 09/08/2015 – 10/08/2015.

Happy shopping everyone, and as always thanks for reading!

Lauren

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Proof you can wear culottes with flats, these sandals are from Loeffler Randall.
Proof you can wear culottes with flats, these sandals are from Loeffler Randall.
Heels with culottes give you a more elongated leg.
Heels with culottes give you a more elongated leg.
Crop top by Lulu's.
Crop top by Lulu’s.
Walk it out. These pants have the best swoosh action
Walk it out. These pants have the best swoosh action
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Best thing about these pants: Pockets. They run deep.

Promo Code: “Shoesandsashimi” to get 10% OFF

What I Wore:

Culottes: eShakti

Top: Lulus

Gladiators: Loeffler Randall

Heels: Chinese Laundry

Aviators: Ray Ban

Photos by @Twelfthknight

Aloha! Hawaii Part I

Aloha everyone :D I’m back from Hawaii now and am already missing the views and crystal blue waters. @Twelfthknight and I were on the island of Oahu to attend the wedding of his friends Jerry and Gloria Wu. It was a lovely ceremony at the Hale Koa Resort on Waikiki, which is also where we stayed. It’s been years since I’ve been back to Hawaii, and this trip would be @Twelfthknight‘s and I’s first time traveling together. We had such a quiet relaxing time from start to finish even with the abnormally punishing humidity. We’re not much for the crazy-fast paced-pack everything in-types, we like to eat and take our time, relax, and just be present, not just on vacation but also in general. Now that we’re back, I can honestly say that we needed more time away, so hopefully we can island hop on our next trip out there.

For those of you following along on Instagram, you may have seen a few of these photos already. But I must thank you all because when I was in Hawaii I hit over 1,000 followers, yay! Enjoy the first part of our Hawaii trip, Part II will be posted next week :D

Aloha and Mahalo,

Lauren

Roaming downtown Honolulu in search of snacks. Wearing a Lulu's crop top and Loeffler Randall Gladiators.
Roaming downtown Honolulu in search of snacks. Wearing a Lulu’s crop top and Loeffler Randall Gladiators.
Outfit Details: Lulu's Top. Urban Outfitters Shorts. Rebecca Minkoff Moto Bag.
Outfit Details: Lulu’s Top. Urban Outfitters Shorts. Rebecca Minkoff Moto Bag.
The banyan tree at our Hale Koa Resort.
The banyan tree at our Hale Koa Resort.
The best shaved ice on the island is Waiola's Shave Ice. Green Tea ice over vanilla ice cream.
The best shaved ice on the island is Waiola’s Shave Ice. Green Tea ice over vanilla ice cream.
Poke bowls from Ono Seafood. Funny story: We sat for 20min in the heat across the street at Ono Hawaiian thinking that it was Ono Seafood. It was not...and we raced across the way to get these delicious dishes. Totally worth it.
Poke bowls from Ono Seafood. Funny story: We sat for 20min in the heat across the street at Ono Hawaiian thinking that it was Ono Seafood. It was not…and we raced across the way to get these delicious dishes. Totally worth it.
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The p.o.v from the pool. No filter needed.
Running in my sandals to the wedding of Jerry & Gloria Wu.
Running in my sandals to the wedding of Jerry & Gloria Wu.
Though deemed casual, I thought this romper by Band of Gypsies was the perfect
Though deemed casual, I thought this romper by Band of Gypsies was the perfect “instant outfit” for this wedding.
Everyone, meet @Twelfthknight :) Photo snapper and papa to fur baby Boo.
Everyone, meet @Twelfthknight :) Photo snapper and papa to fur baby Boo.

What I Wore

White Top: Lulu’s

Printed Highwaist Shorts: UO

Moto Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Gladiator Sandals: Loeffler Randall

Floral Romper: Band of Gypsies

Wedge Sandals: BCBG Max Azria

Pink Clutch: BCBG Max Azria

Where We Ate

Waiola Shave Ice

Ono Seafood

The Sunshine Award x Life Before Shoes & Sashimi

I’d like to give a big thank you to Elizabeth from Clothes to You for nominating me for the Sunshine Award, it makes me incredibly happy to know that my blog is getting enough momentum that people are willing to share with the world. So thank you Elizabeth!

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I really liked Elizabeth’s questions, I think you’ll learn a lot more about me, prior to Shoes and Sashimi :)

  1. What did you aspire to be when you were younger?

Believe it or not, from a young age I wanted to be a Costume Designer. “Little me” grew up watching films, TV, and being enthralled with pop culture and music. I loved fashion, movies, and the idea of being part of the behind the scenes excitement if you will. So I thought hmm…”if I combined all my favorite things together I’d have my dream job.” And so I did. I graduated from the prestigious California Inst. of the Arts in 2009 with a BFA in Costume Design and I’ve been designing and wardrobe styling in LA since then. It’s not all glamorous though, it’s a dog eat dog world the entertainment and PR life. They say it’s tough, it’s probably 10x tougher than anyone thinks, but it’s sure exhilarating when you get to do what you love to do for a living.

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On set in the 90210 with AT&T
My favorite studio to work out of, Slickforce Studio.
My favorite studio to work out of, Slickforce Studio.
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Wong Fu Productions on call.

2. What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?

That’s a tough question, because quite frankly I feel like I haven’t achieved all that much. I know, I know, maybe I’m being too hard on myself, but really I don’t think I can answer that one. I’ve had a good highlight reel, that’s for sure. I’ve had some terribly disappointing ones too. If I had to pick some proud moments throughout the years though, I think it would come down to these: Not having any debt, that’s something I’m really proud of. Also being able to move as often as I did and hustle in between shoots when there are bills to be paid and things to get done. Lastly, as I look through my portfolio I remember that I’ve had some really good moments in time and I’m proud of my work. I can firmly say that.

Rob Ryu shot by Sheri Angeles.
Actor & Model Rob Ryu shot by Sheri Angeles.
Recording Artist Jason D Chen shot by Melly Lee
Recording Artist Jason D Chen shot by Melly Lee
Wong Fu Productions shot by Melly Lee
Wong Fu Productions shot by Melly Lee
Actress Ciara Hannah. Catch her as the Yellow Ranger on Nickelodean's Power Rangers Megaforce.
Actress Ciara Hannah. Catch her as the Yellow Ranger on Nickelodean’s Power Rangers Megaforce.
Q Modeling Agency Test Shoots in Palm Desert. Shot by Sheri Angeles.
Q Modeling Agency Test Shoots in Palm Desert. Shot by Sheri Angeles.

3. Who takes the majority of your photos?

I’ve had a lot of great photographers over the year, Melissa de Mata (SF) and Erich Chen (LA) for starters. But as momentum  builds with the blog, it’s becoming increasingly harder to shoot a full set when you’re not with a photographer day and night. This is where @TwelfthKnight comes in. He’s my rock, our fur baby’s papa, and man of the hour. I am fully spoken for and am happily living in the Bay Area this year, having best of both worlds :D He’s not a photographer, but we’re becoming a tag team in this blogging venture together and we’re learning along the way. It’s trial and error, and we’re having a lot of fun with that.

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Playing around with the Canon EOS Rebel T4i. What are your preferences when it comes to cameras?
Playing around with the Canon EOS Rebel T4i. What are your preferences when it comes to cameras?

4. What would you say is the biggest challenge about blogging?

Where do I start…being consistent with content. It’s even harder when you’re part time or full time elsewhere. There’s just not enough time in the day or should I say light in the day to drive the blog further. And if you’re like me, you’re not going to settle for poor lighting just for the sake of content, am I right? Right. How do we maneuver around this lighting challenge and time crunch? On the weekends we like to go out for day trips and you’ll probably find me changing outfits somewhere, creating different looks along the way in the hopes that they make enough content for the week to come :D Quick changes, I’m a professional. Literally.

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5. How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is pretty casual currently. Jeans, a dress shirt, shorts, and a sweater (It’s pretty cool and casual here in the Bay Area.) If you met me in LA though, you’d see me more on the dressier side every day, even going to set and especially on the weekends. I would be buying for multiple shoots at a time so I’d really have fun pulling and putting things together. Wasteland on Ventura or Melrose has some fun things, I’ve found amazing discounted designer finds there including Philip Lim and Givenchy. My secret weapon for my own shopping fix is going directly to the warehouses in DTLA for the samples. I’d swing by Lovers & Friends, For Love and Lemons, Joie, you name it. I sure miss those times, I’ll be back down soon for my next big wave of raiding hopefully.

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Neutrals are the building blocks to a wardrobe, male or female. If you have cream, navy, black, and white, you can mix and match and look like a million bucks.
Boo is neutral year round, unless he has a sweater on. We all should dress more like Boo :)
Boo is neutral year round, unless he has a sweater on. We all should dress more like Boo :)

6. Is there a person who is a fashion inspiration to you? If so, who is this style icon, and why do they inspire you?

I’ve tracked Monica Rose‘s work as a stylist for some time now, and after chatting with her at her trunk show at Dash this year you could imagine my respect for her went up ten fold. She is incredibly chic, she dresses the Kardashians for Christ’s sake. But what’s really nice and refreshing is that she’s humble, a mom of 2 little ones, a wife, and she seemingly does it all in heels. Our mutual friend and owner of Slickforce Studio, Nick Saglimbeni was saying that a career is all about timing no matter how hard you hustle. I couldn’t agree more. Her timing couldn’t have been more perfect, I applaud her work ethic, and I wish her the best, truly.

The one and only Monica Rose.
The one and only Monica Rose.

7. What would you say is the greatest satisfaction about being a blogger?

There’s a lot of satisfaction that I get simply from penning my thoughts on a virtual paper, private or not. I like the idea that I might have an interesting story to tell when others have gone a linear path. I like that the blogging community is so supportive. I’ve gotten more love from strangers in different parts of the world than I have from people I know personally. That speaks volumes, so thank you for the undying support, near and far!

To keep the support flowing I nominate fellow bloggers:

Elizabeth Lee from Stylewich.com

Alecz from Forsevenseasons

Carolyn from HeyPrettyThing

Sanika from Simply Sanika

Trou from The Peculiar Trouth

Thank you for reading. As always you can keep up with me daily on Instagram

IG @shoes_and_sashimi

All the best,

Lauren

Take Me Away to Half Moon Bay

Another weekend well spent, this time in beautiful Half Moon Bay. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve probably see all the real time pictures of our sea side adventures. If not, be sure to follow @Shoes_and_Sashimi to keep up! The weather was perfect, the sky was clear, the water was cool, and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring the downtown area of Half Moon Bay itself with all the quaint little cafes and trinket shops. Boo was sure popular at the Ritz Carlton, we met many nice people on the grounds with their pups too. If you’re in the area, check out this little beach town and relax. It’s the perfect staycation, if you ask me :)

Thanks for reading. And as always have a wonderful week.

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Lox Bagel at The Press just before getting to Half Moon Bay. Can you spot Boo? Professional photobombed he is.
Lox Bagel at The Press just before getting to Half Moon Bay. Can you spot Boo? Professional photobomber he is.
Make your own bath salts at Oddyssea. This shop has a pirate ship in the back :D Very cool shop, do stop by if you're in the area.
Make your own bath salts at Oddyssea. This shop has a pirate ship in the back :D Very cool shop, do stop by if you’re in the area.
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Pink walls in downtown Half Moon Bay

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Roaming the Ritz on our walk from the beach.
Roaming the Ritz on our walk to the beach.
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Life is the bubbles! - Sebastian
Life is the bubbles! – Sebastian
View from the Ritz Carlton. No Filter.
View from the Ritz Carlton. No Filter.

What I Wore:

Top: Greylin Collection

Sunnies: Le Specs

Denim: J Brand

Sandals: Dolce Vita

Where we Went:

The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

Brunch: The Press

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Neutrals in Noe Valley

It’s already been a busy week and I’m still thinking about the lovely brunch we all had to celebrate my boo’s 35th birthday :D What’s our favorite brunch spot in SF? We head to Noe Valley of course. This might be a bold statement, but I would voluntarily wait a good hour or more for Griddle Fresh‘s souffle pancakes, and if you know me then you know how I feel about waiting excessively for things. Anyway, I highly recommend their fired banana mascarpone souffle stack while their lemon ricotta pancakes are equally as delicious.

What to wear to brunch on a fine Saturday morning? It was warm by SF standards, so I paired a cream BB Dakota sweater that I got from Shopbop.com with my favorite Lovers + Friends denim shorts. Heels might sound a bit crazy on such a steep incline combined with limited parking, however these ones by Chinese Laundry were good to my feet. And my cream & black bag, I’d like to tote with me everywhere now thanks to Deux Lux. It’s a great bag, and I’m a sucker for tassels.

After brunch, we roamed Noe Valley’s farmer’s market and grabbed some green juice from Juicy Lucy. There was even face painting action for the birthday boy (he’s a kid at heart) who I’m sure will be embarrassed if I give more detail. So let’s just say he’s my Batman :)

Thanks for reading, you can keep up with me on Instagram @shoes_and_sashimi

It's always sweater weather here. But with shorts and a basic heel, you can really dress up a casual look.
It’s always sweater weather here. But with shorts and a basic heel, you can really dress up a casual look.
Some of this week's newest neutrals: Deux Lux Bag, Epona Square Bracelet courtesy of Cradle Jewelry, Vintage Gold Bracelet, and of course may cup of joe.
Some of this week’s newest neutrals: Deux Lux Bag, Epona Square Bracelet courtesy of Cradle Jewelry, Vintage Gold Bracelet, and of course my cup of joe.
Neutrals & a Juicy Lucy filled with spinach and a lot of ginger.
Neutrals & a Juicy Lucy filled with spinach and a lot of ginger.
Fired Banana Mascarpone Souffle Pancakes....*drools
Fired Banana Mascarpone Souffle Pancakes….*drools
This incline...I should know better.
This incline…I should know better.
Pluots at the Farmer's Market.
Pluots at the Farmer’s Market.
Wind action..
Wind action..

What I Wore:

Sweater: BB Dakota

Shorts: Lovers + Friends

Bag: Deux Lux

Bracelet: Cradle

Heels: Chinese Laundry

Necklace: Vanessa Mooney

Photos taken by @Twelfthknight