Spring in the City // Coach

This Spring I’m adding a little swagger to my step with the help of Coach. This little “swagger” bag is small but mighty with it’s detachable strap and hardware.

If you’re like me and have been a fan of Coach since way back when, you could imagine how happy I was to partner with them. Thank you Coach for this fun little bag. I’ve been toting it all over San Francisco, up hills and for matcha runs :)

P.S. I’m so happy that Boba Guys has now opened in my favorite SF neighborhood, Potrero Hill. They make a mean matcha latte and they nailed their interior from tile flooring to ceiling :D Hope to see you there one of these days, until then!

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Shot by Julia O Test Photo

In Partnership with Coach #CoachSpring2017

Coach Swagger (Pebble) found here

Location: Boba Guys Potrero Hill

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

 

M.Gemi x Goop

You all know I love my M.Gemi shoes. I wear one of them on my Instagram feed at least once a week it seems. They’re one of my absolute favorite brands to wear (and work with) but overall they’re just beautifully crafted and so amazingly comfortable. I have literally walked miles in my Stellatos without a single complaint from my feet.

M.Gemi has become a part of my weekly wardrobe, I wear them so often and they’re definitely part of my lifestyle. From running around town for errands, to dressing up jeans for coffee and dinner, M.Gemi takes me everywhere. Which brings me to Goop. If you are a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow, then you know about her lifestyle site. I personally am not a fan of she herself, however I do like that Goop is a one stop shop type of deal that promotes quality, often times green, and trusted products that cover all lifestyle needs.

M.Gemi and Goop launches their capsule collection today and I wanted to share their new styles for you. There’s something for everyone, a sneaker, heel, flat, and sandal. I personally love the pointed toe flat.

As always, thank you for reading. If you have any questions regarding M.Gemi as a company or how the sizes fit, I’d be happy to help.

*You can also shop my M.Gemi Style Page where you can find my favorites year round (new customers get $40 off automatically at checkout when you go through my page.)

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My Style Page

 

 

Summer Slips with Ruti

Summer is in full effect in the Bay Area and all I want is to be comfortable. Lemme tell ya, I do not miss those 100 degree summers (and rising) in Los Angeles…I can definitely leave that behind haha. So what’s the most comfy piece of clothing I own right now? A slip dress from boutique Ruti. Ruti is a ready to wear boutique with 3 stores here in the Bay Area and 2 other locations, one on Abbott Kinney (Venice Beach) as well as Santa Monica. Buyer/owner Ruti hand selects all the store’s brands inspired by her Tel Aviv roots as well as creating in-house label pieces. I can honestly say she has done a beautiful job curating each boutique. If you are ever on Berkeley’s 4th Street or in the Fillmore in SF, pop on in here and take a peek!

Thank you Hamee Ha for shooting this beautiful set. You can find her on Instagram, give her a follow if you’d like. And a huge thank you to Ruti for my favorite closet piece for Summer.

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Photos by Hamee Ha

Slip Dress from Ruti

Denim Jacket (Thrifted for $6!)

Shoes from M.Gemi *You can shop my favorites via the link. New customers automatically receive $40 off their purchase!

Coffee from Gaylord’s Piedmont Ave

 

Band of Flowers

Getting ready for Summer with an off the shoulder blouse from The Mint Julep Boutique. Flowers are everywhere, in our yard or at Mille Fiori, my favorite local flower stand on Piedmont Ave (where we shot this blouse.) The Bay Area may be rather windy at the moment, but I’m ready for pit fruits, family bbq’s, and some warmer weather. What are your summer plans?

All outfit photos taken by Rachel Radcliffe Photography

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Top via The Mint Julep Boutique

Denim: Levis

Shoes: M.Gemi

(Shop this link and you’ll save $40 off your M.Gemi purchase)

 

Life is Fast, Fashion Shouldn’t Be

Hi all, hope you’re having a good week thus far and in all seriousness, I’d like to thank you for reading all my posts as of late. I took a little hiatus earlier in the year, but that’s because I was trying to create a plan of where I wanted this blog and content to go. Now I have it and I’m locked and loaded, so I can’t wait to share everything that’s coming with you soon.

Today, I’d like to share something I care strongly about. And that is quality vs.quantity. I apply this to all aspects of life, but this article (among many others that have come out recently) specifically puts a spotlight on “fast fashion” and why it is so important to be a consumer that chooses consciously. There are countless throwaway “fashion companies” that are made less than poorly overseas, made in massive quantities, and then dissgarded shortly after it’s one-wear use that the planet literally cannot hold such things anymore. And I think it’s a damn shame.

Call me elitist, but as an example, you will never see me promote or purchase something from Forever21. From ethics as a corporation, to poor product, and so on… I just can’t support it. I would very much rather pay more for something of quality that will stand the test of time. Which brings me to the brands that I love and will wear over and over again, like the ones I’m wearing here.

At the bottom of this post are the list of brands with the links to each site. I especially love Amour Vert, for they are ethical, eco-friendly, and get this: For every purchase they plant a tree! If you read my blog long enough or follow me on Instagram, you will see just how many times these pieces have been popping up, so they definitely are getting lots of wear :D

Have a great rest of your week, and thanks again for visiting! I especially would like to hear your thoughts on the article if you choose to read it.

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Michael Stars Vest. Super soft, CA made.
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Joes Jeans. I thought JBrand was my best fitting jean, Joes is way up there too now.

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CC Skye Bag. This was one of my first sample sale purchases in LA when I would raid the warehouses in Downtown. That was about 7 years ago…and it’s still in great condition!
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Thrifted bracelet

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M.Gemi flats. Handcrafted in Italy x Limited production

 

All photos shot by Lisha Wang

Black T: Amour Vert

Vest: Michael Stars

Jeans: Joes Jeans

Bag: CC Skye

Shoes: M.Gemi

(use code “lauren705” for $40 off your first purchase on Mgemi.com)

Week in Review

Hi everybody, it’s been quite busy to say the least but I’ve just been plugging away and it’s really paying off. I’m into celebrating the little achievements as of late, I think it’s healthy and it shows progress.

Breaking 2,000 followers on Instagram was a long time coming and I finally did it. (I’m currently at 2,300 and rising.) It’s nice to know that my content is now actually worth something and the partnerships and collaborations I’m doing is making an impact not only on my life but those close to me: from becoming an Mgemi shoe ambassador to having sponsored food posts…it’s fun and even our Furbaby Moobie gets in on the action to help spread some animal awareness (see last post)

Anyhoo, that’s basically my weekly round up in photos. I’m the busiest but happiest I’ve been and I hope you are well too. Thanks for reading and keeping up with me daily on Instagram!

-Lauren

Follow: @shoes_and_sashimi

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Yay! Finally hit 2,000 and rising
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Sushi Specials with Auntie, the original boss lady if you will…
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Mgemi sent me their Cericho sneaker, and I gifted them to my Mama because she’s the bestest

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I make smoothies every morning and pour them in fancy bottles because I think they are much more pleasing :D

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Taking a break in my monochrome look again, my typical uniform
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Running around in these Stellato flats from Mgemi are the comfiest flats I’ve every worn. And they’re pointy :D
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Back to work, but first coffee
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And the usual dinner eats: Ramen. Fun Fact, I would go to Santouka in Los Angeles every couple of weeks and when I moved back up here I thanked Buddha that I can get my favorite fix here without traveling 300 plus miles
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And then one morning the ASPCA noticed our photos, so in collaboration with @Social_Native, the social platform will be donating $5 for each puppygram that spreads awareness of Animal Rights and Kindness. We joined the campaign and they will be donating up to $5,000 to the ASPCA through March 5th. We are very happy to support this cause :D

Grazie, M.Gemi

Sometimes I forget that I’m one part Shoes, one part Sashimi, so this post makes complete sense as I am happily a part of one of the most coveted luxury brands of shoes to hit the market: M.Gemi. As part of their Client Advisory Board I get to give you all some special treats along the way.

If you’re not familiar with their handcrafted Italian shoes, I think you soon will be because they’ve had some beautiful pieces grace bloggers and stylists everywhere. They were one of the first to bring The Lace Up flat onto the market as well as the Brogue and The Loafer that women have been wearing nonstop this year. They’ve completely reinvented the way we shop for splurges like these: online, free shipping, free returns. What’s more to love? Well, I’ll tell ya.

For those new to M.Gemi use my code “Lauren705” for $40 off your purchase, it never expires and you’ll get a great deal for they almost never have sales!

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Grazie, M.Gemi
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The Tuta Flat (Photo by @justferriss)
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@SincerelyJules wearing The Brezza

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Blogger @SomethingNavy wearing the Mille flats
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@ThatGirlGick wearing the Altezza Boot
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@Fashionedchicstyling wearing the Metallic pump

So there you have some of my favorite shoes worn by some of my favorite Instagram accounts :D I’m pretty happy to be a part of the M.Gemi Advisory Board and also be able to give you some cool deals along the way. Happy Shopping!

Code: “Lauren705” for $40 off your next pair