Ruffle Season // Three Dots

They say truffle season is the best season. I don’t disagree. However, ruffles are a very close second best.

I wouldn’t want to ruffle anyone’s feathers, unless it’s in the form of ruffle tops like the one I’m wearing from Three Dots. This is a brand that I’ve fallen for, and I have already worn this lil guy on three separate occasions. The Three Dot’s collection pieces this Spring are incredibly easy to wear, I love their soft jersey tees and tanks. This asymmetrical top has been my favorite though and the movement you get with the ruffles are just plain fun.

You know me by now, I always dress down. But anytime I want a bit of oomph into what would be a simple outfit, you best believe I count on Three Dots to elevate all the basics. Always.

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Shot by Julia O Test

Special thanks to Three Dots

Ruffle Top: found here on Shopbop

Location: Potrero Hill, SF

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

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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

American Oxygen

Can I be honest? I miss LA. The Bay Area is my home, born and raised of course, but since being back I do miss the weather (it’s so cold here), my weekly morning yoga studio that I could prance to, the kiddos I saw grow up on a weekly basis, endless brunch spots, the warehouse sales….now where am I going to get my clothes? Like hell I’m paying full price for LNA T shirts and J Brand denim. Sorry, I digress. That’s what Revolveclothing.com is for. *Orders all the things*

The Bay Area is a great place and I love it for family and personal life. But if you were to compare the two, well I have never left my heart in San Francisco. I left it in LA, and maybe most of my pride…my career is everything to me. And some people with all the hustle and talent in the world never get lucky, for timing is everything. I am a Wardrobe Stylist. I am a Costume Designer. That is what I do. That is what makes me happy. And I am damn good at it. But that’s not enough.

I am hopeful though that with SF’s latest tax breaks for the film industry I will be on set soon, shooting scenes and outfitting the next blockbuster, but until then…we just hustle.

We sweat for a nickel and a dime

Turn it into an Empire

– Rihanna

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Top: Sanctuary Clothing

Shorts: Free People

Boots: Dolce Vita

Aviators: Equipment FR

Necklace: Vanessa Mooney

Photos by: Melissa de Mata

Follow me on Instagram: @shoes_and_sashimi

What’s Good, Claire Underwood?

They say behind every great man is a great woman, but in House of Cards, a step ahead of every great man is an impeccably dressed Claire Underwood. I’m talking about power looks. Memorable, feminine, but strong pieces down to the heels can make you walk, talk, and stand with purpose you might not even know you had.

Claire’s a bad bitch, quite possibly too bad for her own good, but hey that’s entertainment. I’d know, I’ve been in the industry for a decade, which I should mention is changing rather rapidly for me. I’ll post more about the turn my career has taken in the next weeks to come, but until then hang tight as I come to terms with the changes :)

Channeling my favorite Underwood, I pulled together this rather simple power look and instantly I was fired up.

Huge thanks to Erich Chen for this set, for our first shoot together I couldn’t be happier.

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Coach Page Flap Leather Floral Shoulder Bag & some Farley's Coffee
Coach Page Flap Leather Floral Shoulder Bag & some Farley’s Coffee

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Aviators by Equipment FR
Aviators by Equipment FR

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Necklace brought by the beau all the way from Spain :) The sunlight will hit the prism in the middle so the colors will always change.
Necklace brought by the beau all the way from Spain :) The sunlight will hit the prism in the middle so the colors will always change.

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Farley's Coffee
Farley’s Coffee

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Dress: Banana Republic

Bag: Coach

Necklace: Gift (Nylon Sky)

Aviators: Equipment FR

Shoes: Steve Madden

Photography: Erich Chen

Pants Party

There’s a saying out there that I firmly believe in: “No pants are the best pants.” It’s so true. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my J Brands, but if I could wear joggers every day then I would. Comfort is everything. Take these BCBGeneration pants for example. They’re a high waisted billowy chiffon pant with a daring slit that gives Angelina Jolie’s leg on that Oscars red carpet a run for her money. Sorry Angie ;)

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Try walking down these SF inclines in heels. Not the safest thing to do ;)
Try walking down these SF inclines in heels. Not the safest thing to do ;)
Vintage bracelets I wear almost every day
Vintage bracelets I wear almost every day
Necklace by Vanessa Mooney
Necklace by Vanessa Mooney

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That slit tho. Shoes by Kristin Cavallari for Chinese Laundry.
That slit tho. Shoes by Kristin Cavallari for Chinese Laundry.

Sweater: Banana Republic

Necklace: Vanessa Mooney

Pants: BCBGeneration

Shoes: Kristin Cavallari for Chinese Laundry

Photos by: Melissa de Mata

Rocks in your Box

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Hi everyone, I’d like to just thank you all for following Shoes and Sashimi thus far. I’m overwhelmed by the responses I get while posting my personal diaries, it’s exciting and humbling at the same time. As a thank you, I’m giving readers who are interested in all things jewelry a FREE month of gems from Rocksbox, an SF based jewelry subscription box.

How does it work?

1. Simply sign up, take the style survey, and add all the jewelry you see fit into your Wish List.

2. A Rocksbox stylist picks 3 from your Wish List and pops them in the mail.

3. Wear them as much as you like and then return your items for your next set. Your jewelry is always on loan unless you purchase them.

It’s a great service if you are just getting into jewelry and are afraid of the commitment. It’s also great for seasoned jewelry lovers who love to play and switch up your style weekly. Regular monthly membership is $19, not bad right for unlimited jewels? They have all my favorites, from House of Harlow, Vanessa Mooney, and Gorjana to name a few.

So give it a whirl, your first month is on me ;) CODE: LAURENBFF769