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. 

Three Dots Takes Tokyo

I’ve been missing Japan lately since I got back. It’s been nonstop here, with a wedding weekend in Napa, shoots piling up, meetings, and what not. But it’s fine, Summer is off to a good start which will continue to get even more eventful.

Looking back on some of my best and functional looks for Japan’s nearly perfect weather, I’ve put together a few of my favorites from Three Dots. I’ve worn Three Dots many times before as you probably have seen by now. Their cottons and linens are so soft, comfortable, and breathable. They pack well and are easy for layering which is why I brought them to roam all over Japan with me!

Trellis Off the Shoulder Blouse:

My favorite blouse on this trip. I wore it through Shibuya district with shorts one day and with high waisted jeans through our neighborhood of Ginza.

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Bell Sleeve Details, taken by Kristine Marie Photography

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Santorini Crewneck Tee: (The Perfect Layering Piece or Stand Alone)

I love my basic t’s however I love them most when layered. Most of the women here wear crewnecks under their dresses to be a bit more conservative, so I think I blended in quite well with this one.

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Ginza

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Roppongi

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The Snap Front Skirt:

My favorite Summer skirt. These pockets are so deep, they held everything from rice balls to my subway change and keys. This is actually my most worn skirt this trip and I particularly like how it was the perfect length, not too long and not too short. For size reference, I am wearing an XS at 5’3” which fits true. SONY DSCIMG_2270 2SONY DSCIMG_1336SONY DSCIMG_1812SONY DSCIMG_1932SONY DSC

Special thanks to Three Dots for this post

 

Summer Statements

Summer weather is on the horizon, and to me that still means a light jacket for us Bay Area dwellers. Speaking of Summer, I’ll be in Tokyo in a few weeks with friend Shelli and my Dad (who will be bopping all over Asia for business.) I look forward to shooting summer looks overseas and getting out of my creative rut. Not to mention all the food, art, and just being with my people. What about you, any summer travels?

P.S. I’ve linked everything I’m wearing at the bottom of this post, would you believe all these pieces I’m wearing are under $100?

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Shake your pom poms. Save an extra 10% at the bottom of this post

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Shot by Julia O Test Photo

Pom Pom Bag: Kayu $58

(Use “candy” for an extra 10% off this bag or ANY total on Revolve)

Embroidered Jacket: RahiCali $68

Shoes: Franco Sarto $89

(Camel, Blush, Baby Blue, Black)

 

My La La Land

It’s a new month! Hope you’re all well and sorry for being missing for a bit. I’ve been in LA, running around town from showroom to showroom, PR meetings, and shooting with my main photog gal Julia O Test. She’s never really been to LA, so it was nice to show her my version of my favorite city.

If you’re not familiar with Los Angeles, I think the romanticized idea of LA is everything the movies make it out to be. Have you seen La La Land? It’s kind of nice, because I think I lost the sparkle in my eyes towards my later years when I was living there and took things like LACMA or the Beverly Hills Hotel scape for granted. In between meetings, it was nice to capture things that I did miss such as these locations and show someone around with a clean slate.

Sebastian: “That’s L.A. They worship everything and they value nothing” – La La Land

LACMA

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Alfred Tea Room

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Mid Wilshire
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Melrose Place x Carrera Cafe

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Beverly Hills

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“I guess I’ll see you in the movies.”- La La Land

Photos by Julia O Test

What I Wore:

Floral Blouse: Heartloom (Now $31 via Revolve)

Black Tier Blouse: D.Ra (Now $30 via Revolve)

 

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

Beyond Basics

Back from Denver now, and I’m jumping into yet another busy week. I’m as casual as they come, and have to be comfortable, so I thought I’d share some of my recent favorite basics from Three Dots. It’s not just a tank, it’s something I live in. Maybe you already have them in your closet, but I think their elevated cozy pieces are pretty amazing as every day wear. This tank in “gardenia” is the softest I own, and I love wearing it with tougher jackets such as my moto. Or….since it’s Spring, you can throw on this linen jacket (from Three Dots) for those lighter days.

1 Tank, 2 ways. How would you elevate your basics?

Look 1: Toughened Up

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Look 2: Lighter

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If you want to up the ante on your wardrobe staples, then I’d definitely add some Three Dots pieces into your closet this Spring.

As always thanks for reading! Colorado Part 1 to come soon…

Look 1 Shot by Jenna Sparks Photography x Denver

Look 2 Shot by Julia O Test Photo x SF

Tank x Linen Jacket: Three Dots

Laced Up

Good morning friends, I’m currently writing this post in beautiful Denver, Colorado as I’m sure you’ve seen by now through Instagram. It’s gorgeous here and perfect sweatshirt weather especially in this lighter lace up piece by David Lerner. I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of the lace up trend popping up, but out of all the styles out there, this by far is my favorite and softest that I own.

Spring has sprung and I always keep it casual which is why David Lerner’s pieces are right up my alley. No frills, just a touch of luxury that turns casual wear into something really special.

P.S @twelfthknight and I leave on Tuesday back to SF, I intend on wearing this sweatshirt to the airport because it’s the perfect way to keep warm! See you back in the Bay.

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Ballin Slides from Sentieroshoes.com (“Lauren10” takes 10% off)

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All photos by Julia O Test Photo

Special thanks to David Lerner

Shoes: Ballin

“Lauren10” takes 10% off shoes at sentieroshoes.com

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

Travel with Me: Cabo

Last stop on our tour is Cabo San Lucas, and to be honest…it’s my favorite out of the three :D @Twelfthknight and I spent hours in the clear water of Medano Beach, a straight shot to El Arco de Cabo (those monolithic rock formations.) Hacienda Beach Resort is beautiful and I highly recommend coming here for the beach scene. Cabanas, sun, jet ski’s glass bottom boats, fish, sand, and crystal clear water…what more do you need?

I loved our time here on the open sea, it was the most relaxed I’ve felt in a long time. I do think we’ll be booking with Princess early next year for our next adventure. If you would like to book a trip, you can use the link found here.

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Details:

Swim Suit via Beach Gal Swim 

Princess Cruises

Hotel Booking (here)

Hell No, Cardio

G’morning ya’ll. I find this post so fitting. This was shot a few days later, post Runyon Canyon. If any of you really know me, I’m not a runner. Like, at all. Don’t get me wrong, I love to work out. I just do other means of exercise, preferably in temperature controlled rooms such as spinning and yoga. I have love for Mother Nature absolutely, but I don’t really do the whole hiking thing especially when it’s pushing 90 degrees dry heat. That’s bordering suicidal to me, personally.

Last week however, I was coaxed into doing Runyon which is rather rare. Apparently I was feeling bold that day, but was with nice company, so I sucked it up and swapped my tranquil routine yoga flow for the vertical dusty incline stairs. It was hot. A dry 94 degrees to be exact. No sane person in their right mind would voluntarily be out there running up a damn mountain enjoying it. The little puppies at the base of the mountain were whining and I don’t blame them. One weenie dog named Twig planted his paws in the dust and refused to go any further. I’m with you Twig, I feel ya.

But we did it, actually we killed it. And the views from the top of the ridge are quite nice once you get up there. God speed, Twig.

What’s your workout of choice? :D

Sweatshirt by Wildfox Couture
Sweatshirt by Wildfox Couture
Tevas. Because the Birk is last season
Tevas. Because the Birk is last season.

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Runyon Canyon
Runyon Canyon

Sweatshirt: Wildfox Couture

Aviators: Le Specs

Jeans: J Brand

Sandals: Teva

Photos by: Erich Chen Photography