Sunday, July 17, 2016

San Francisco Date Night: Yerba Buena Gardens

After our short trip to Dallas, we spent the rest of the week catching up on work and getting our son prepped for his upcoming braces.  Then on Friday my husband had a meeting in the city and invited us to meet him there to wander around looking for dinner.  I had worn this shirtdress to work and it transitioned perfectly for a fun date night. It has easily become a favorite in my closet and the thicker fabric and long sleeves were perfect for when the fog caught up to us and cooled the entire city down.   The shoes are from the recent J. Crew end of summer sale and they replaced my Old Navy sandals (last seen here) that finally gave out on me. I had heard of the Yerba Buena Gardens, but had never been there and while it is a beautiful space, I wasn't able to capture them as they were setting up for the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Instead I took photos in the opposite direction facing St. Patrick's Church and the Contemporary Jewish Museum.  We will definitely have to come back the area since we still haven't visited the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art across the street from the Gardens either. I will have to declare a museum day before our son goes back to school next month.

I Am Wearing:

Dress: Brooks Brothers (limited sizes on sale)
Earrings: Diamond Hoops (Splurge | Steal)
Bracelet: Tiffany & Co.

Clutch: Tory Burch

Low wedge sandals: J Crew (on sale!)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Summer Black-Tie: Lace & Jewels

We had our annual summer black-tie for our charity back in Dallas last weekend. I found this lace midi dress by BCBG Max Azria when I started running in the Spring and I knew I wanted to wear it for our summer event.  The delicate lace layers are very soft and the cut is so forgiving! People kept asking me how much weight I've lost and it was a tad embarrassing to admit that I haven't lost any weight, even though I have lost a full dress size.  Since the dress was a very neutral parfait color, I wanted this necklace and the earrings to be the centerpiece of my outfit.  It was fun to surprise everyone who asked when I told them the jewels were J. Crew.  I've seen a big increase of J. Crew pieces in my closet since we moved because we have a store just a few blocks away and I often run in on my way home from work.  They are so great about ordering items for me when I can't find something in my size or especially in petites. Plus, their summer sale is insane this week. You can expect more clothes and awesome jewels in the near future! It was fun to see our friends that we missed terribly and it is always fun for me to get dressed up and have a date with my husband.

I Am Wearing:

Dress: BCBG Max Azria

Necklace: J. Crew

Earrings: J. Crew

Clutch: Anya Hindmarch (sold out, but love this wine colored option)
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (mine are over 10 years old, would love to splurge on these)

Monday, July 11, 2016

A Winey Day in Napa

The last full day here of my sister's visit was spent wining all over Napa.  Her bestie had never been and it was fun for us to go back to our favorite wineries and see them again through her eyes.  We started at Domaine Carneros and then followed it with a cheese and wine plate at Artesa Winery before picking up some lunch at Dean & Deluca and finishing our day at one of my favorite wineries, Mumm Napa. It was also the perfect way to end my sister's two week visit and her best friend's week-long visit.  I traveled to Dallas this past weekend with my husband to attend the summer black-tie for our favorite charity.

I am Wearing:

Dress: c/o Banana Republic (mine is sold out, here is a similar one under $20!)
Necklace: c/o Jane Basch Jewelry

Earrings: Blue Nile

Clutch: Tory Burch

Wedges: Stuart Weitzman

Friday, July 8, 2016


 One of the things my sister really wanted to visit on her trip to San Francisco was Japantown. Her friend and her wanted to spend a whole day there and I chose to drop them off in the city one morning when I was scheduled to work. I had driven by the Japan Peace Plaza several times, but had never explored the neighborhood. It was such a treat to be able to do so! The neighborhood is so beautiful and I loved the Origami Fountains and of course, the famous Peace Pagoda in the Peace Plaza.  I dropped them off right by the Japan Center and they did most of the 19 suggested items on this list before I came back to pick them up in the evening.  I was dressed for work in this older J.Crew blazer that I bought at a local consignment store and a blue silk tank.

I Am Wearing:

Top: T by Tahari (option)
Blazer: J. Crew (similar)
Earrings: Blue Nile

Necklace: c/o Julie Vos

Clutch: Tory Burch

Denim: J. Crew

Flats: Renvy (Splurge | Steal)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Gold and Grey Squared

We went to Union Square to shop earlier this week and the girls were excited to shop at stores that are not available where they live like Uniqlo, H&M, and Nordstrom.  We ate breakfast at Roxanne's Cafe and spent some time perusing the art for sale in Union Square.  I've worn these jeans a few times and I am excited to finally be able to get them tailored because these photos reminded me that they are still way too long. And this is the final appearance of these old favorite flats as they are really falling apart. I need to look for a replacement soon.

I Am Wearing:

Sweater: MissGuided

Scarf: Saks Fifth Ave. (similar)

Earrings: c/o Amorium Jewelry

Necklace: Kendra Scott

Bracelet: Tiffany & Co.
Denim: 7 For All Mankind

Flats: Sam Edelman (Splurge | Steal)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Working The City

I recently started a part time job where we live. It is a small position with very easy hours that are perfect for me now and I know I will be especially grateful in the fall when our son goes to back to school and I can be home in the mornings to see him off and be home after school.  I am glad to have a reason to get dressed in the mornings again and I don't necessarily feel like I am playing dress-up half the time.  Today, I got to spend most of the day in the city. I took my sister and her best friend with me and they hung out near the Embarcadero while I delivered some supplies and attended a meeting nearby. Once I was done, I picked up the girls and took them to the Fisherman's Wharf for lunch and spent the afternoon being tourists in the area. It was the first visit for my sister's bestie and she wanted to make sure she picked up some souvenirs.  I love San Francisco and I just love sharing it with friends and family.

I Am Wearing:

Blouse: Banana Republic (current)

Sweater: J. Crew Factory

Necklace: c/o Dogeared Jewelry

Earrings: Blue Nile

Denim: J Brand (current)

Clutch: Tory Burch

Flats: J. Crew

Friday, June 24, 2016

Visiting The Painted Ladies

We've lived in the Bay for over a year now and while we always make sure we take visitors to see the major landmarks (Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, etc.) somehow The Painted Ladies always get cut from the list once time starts going fast.  Well, my sister visited last year for nearly a month and this time will be here for just over two weeks. We are saving the major landmarks for next week when her best friend visits, but we were near the Divisadero and the Western Addition for an event she wanted to check out, so we made a stop by Alamo Square to check out the famous Painted Ladies. It was disappointing that the park seems to be under construction, but the ladies looked beautiful and even in the middle of the week, there were plenty of tourists milling about.  San Francisco laughs at the Summer Solstice and it is cold and windy regardless of the season.

I Am Wearing:

Sweater: J. Crew on sale!

Sunglasses: Nordstrom (current)
Earrings: c/o Amorium Jewelry

Necklace: BaubleBar (similar)
Bracelet: Tiffany & Co.

Denim: Joe's Jeans

Sneakers: Converse

Kit & Ace shopping tote