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Fall List

 It’s mid-August and we’re already seeing signs of Fall in San Francisco – heavy fog and we’re lucky if we get temperatures in the 70s. San Francisco is made for Fall fashion, and it’s not a coincidence that Fall is my favorite season for clothing. A few things that are on my must-have list at […]

Springtime Workwear

 Time for a Springtime work wardrobe update! My classics are always on rotation, but adding just a few new pieces in the season’s freshest colors and shapes make it feel like I have a whole new wardrobe. Some of my favorites for the season include: The Pant: if you’re up for the looser, relaxed shape […]

Quilted

 My weekend warrior: the classic quilted jacket. This one has “field jacket” detailing and Burberry’s lovely lining, which I love. Over the years, the one brand my husband and I have repeatedly turned to for very special occasions is Burberry. It’s a classic investment gift and always a winner. Sharing some of my favorite pieces […]

Rose Gold

 Good morning and Merry almost-Christmas! Our gift-giving efforts for friends and family were completed early this year (patting myself on the back for that one!), and many of my finds were at Nordstrom. Luckily for last minute shoppers, you can still get your gifts by Christmas Eve with free rush shipping today (and with $10 extra-rush shipping […]

Neutrals

 In all white and a pop of red (lip and sole). I recently saw this sweater online at Nordstrom (for $149) and it reminded me exactly of the version I have from last year (I get compliments on it all the time!). It reminded me to pull out my boxed up fall and winter sweaters – […]

Velvet

 Good morning and happy Black Friday! Coincidentally in an all black ensemble for today’s post wearing a pair of velvet boots I’d been eyeing at Nordstrom since they arrived several months ago – my statement velvet pick for the velvet-crazed season! I love embracing all the textures of the holiday season: jacquard, metallic knits (like this sweater […]

Ometosando

 Wandering around Ometosando in Tokyo with no destination in mind, just a desire to get lost along the side streets and discover something off the main roads (gorgeous as they are!). My favorite way to explore a city is exactly this way. So infatuated with this little signature heart applique by Comme des Garcons PLAY […]

Olive & Black

 I’m pretty sure last year was the first time I tried booties with a modest 2 inch heel. It’s safe to say I’m obsessed – they’re an essential for comfortable walking in cooler weather. So even though I love the look of a higher heel, when I know I’ll be doing a lot of running around […]

Trench

 Happy Friday!! Pulling out my 6 year-old Burberry trench coat today and I’m always so impressed at how it has maintained its shape over the years – it still looks like new! That’s the thing about investing in a classic like this one. The fabric is exceptional and it is incredibly well-made. With annual care at a french laundry (more […]

Embellished

 Going fancy for Fall in this embellished pump at Nordstrom, it’s perfect for dressing up my typical blouse & jeans combo! This is pretty fail-safe in my opinion: casual enough to blend in but fun and and flirty with the heels. So many options in all price ranges, I’ve picked my favorites below! *** Pumps – Jimmy […]

Pink

 Living in a small space in an “Autumn-year-round” climate means that my sweaters and jackets and coats take up a majority of my closet (all of the closets… in fact). I lived in San Diego for 5 years, which was more like “Summer-year-round” climate and I distinctly remember missing jacket and coat season (although there […]

Fall Beauty

 There’s something about new makeup that will always make me feel giddy with excitement. Here’s my current face routine: Foundation: Giorgio Armani ‘Lasting Silk’ UV SPF 20 in 6.0. I’m also interested in trying their Luminous Silk version to see if it makes a difference for me. I love that a little goes a long […]

Satin

 Good morning and happy Monday! Fall is all about the textures: velvet, wool, silk, and yes, satin! I found this skirt at Nordstrom: the cut, length, fabric and color were perfect for me. I would love to pair it again with a velvet top (like this one in a similar color family), or with its […]

Trousers

 Good morning and happy weekend! I had my eye on these trousers at Nordstrom and was thrilled when they finally came in (it was on pre-order for a little while): the fabric is stretchy but thick so it feels substantial. It’s comfortable and high-waisted with just a little flare above the ankle. And the color […]

Classic

 Good morning and happy Wednesday! Making the slow change from summer’s essential cotton poplin blouses to Fall’s sleek, elegant silk blouses (my favorite! I found this one at Nordstrom). Also saying hello! to dark blue denim again. (And the stretchier, the better!) As the weather cools, I’ll layer a camel coat (my favorite under $300 pick […]

Fall Investments

 Good morning and happy Wednesday! Lucia’s officially in pre-school and our summer is officially over. I read somewhere that in San Francisco and Tiburon we got only one day over 70 degrees during the entire month of August… although, I didn’t have to read it to believe it. We’ve already had our fair share of […]

Cinnamon

 Happy Friday! Getting a head start on Fall with this Fall-appropriate weather we’ve been having. I found this blouse at Nordstrom – it is my favorite Fall hue (see also: this textured scarf/wrap for $39! I picked one up just like it a few weeks ago!). Plus silk drapes so effortlessly, it looks as good with […]

Olive

 Good morning and happy Friday! I might have an obsession with jackets and coats, but I blame it on our year-round jacket-and-coat-weather. Love the details on this one at Nordstrom. The asymmetrical straps are removable if I want a more minimalistic look. Also: after wearing this pair a few times, I’m officially a fan of chinos – who […]

Polo

 Good morning! Sharing another look from our busy San Diego weekender. We typically visit each of our families during the summer and it just so happened this years’ trips were all around Lucia’s birthday. Lucky girl that she is, she got to celebrate several times over! With our Summer trips behind us, looking onward to […]

Blue & Camel

 Getting ready for Fall! The Nordstrom sale has officially started (after last week’s early access for cardholders)! A couple of my favorite under $100 finds: this striped lightweight turtleneck ($17), the trench coat I’m wearing ($69), and this lace-up sweater. Happy Thursday and thank you for visiting! *** Trench – Leith (on sale for $65 and […]

Bow-tie

 Happy Friday at last! It’s been a fun, busy week. With all of the hype surrounding the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (for good reason: new Fall arrivals on sale instead of past season items!), I popped into the store yesterday to take a look at some items I had been eyeing from the catalog. My most […]

Gray

 A work outfit recipe that never fails: a pencil skirt (this one at Nordstrom has a tweed-like texture without the heavier weight of tweed) a silk blouse (white is an essential, and I tend to update my white ones almost annually!) and some variant of a jacket or coat (a trench or a vest are […]

Fringe

 Just a little bit of fringe detail on this work-appropriate top I found at Nordstrom. A nod to summer while in classic all black! These pants have also become a favorite recently – they’re high waisted and tailored to perfection. Though they’re an old style, I’ve found an amazing alternative in this pair. Sharing more […]

Off the Shoulder

 This top won me over when I saw it at Nordstrom: it’s reversible (the buttons can face forward or be on the back) it’s versatile (I can tuck the shirt in, tie it up in a knot, or wear it loose over skinny jeans) and finally: its pinstripes are inspired by workwear but the off-the-shoulder […]

Block Heel

 After wishlisting this pair at Nordstrom for many moons, I finally took the plunge! I’ve been loving anything block heel. And finding myself wanting to wear the same pair of block heels over and over again, I knew that I’d get a lot of wear out of these. They’re good for work, but can get […]

Summer Suede

 Happy Friday! Surprise, surprise, I’m going back to BIG! I’m obsessed with this big bag that I bought at Nordstrom – the style itself has been around for a while but for some reason I never gave it a try. So glad I did, now I don’t want to take it off (and I’m lusting […]

Cavendish Square

 Florals and a fresh pair of sunnies from Nordstrom: one of my favorite looks from London. Partly preppy and partly feminine, it was completely Springlike. We were lucky to enjoy London at its Springtime best too: not a single drop of rain endured on this weeklong trip! On this night, we took a stroll to Cavendish Square […]

Hyde Park

 With the weather on our side (bright sunshine in London?!), we wasted no time getting to Hyde Park for a long, leisurely stroll and a row boat experience on the Serpentine. I posted a photo on Instagram of the kissing swans (here!) – pure luck catching it on camera! Such a serene escape from the […]

Jumpsuit

 Good morning and happy Friday! I’ve been scouring Nordstrom for dresses and jumpsuits for the new season and loved this one when it first arrived on the site. It’s a more structured take on the Spring/Summer jumpsuit idea. Rachel Comey always has cool designs and I love that more of them are now available online (for example, […]

Elephant Rock

 When you arrive via ferry in Tiburon, there’s a pathway along the rocks that takes you on a beautiful bayside stroll. At the end of the pathway is this pier – and typically you’ll find a few fishing poles and their owners sitting next to “Elephant Rock.” The views are beautiful with Angel Island, San […]

Lace and Leather

 There is something eternally romantic and elegant about lace. This lace dress at Nordstrom has a beautiful weight and sturdiness to it, not unlike the versions of the more expensive brands. I was incredibly excited when I tried it on – it looks so much more expensive than it really is! It would be perfect […]

High-Waisted

 Good morning! Today I might be wearing some familiar designer brands (Marc Jacobs – by the way this denim skirt is $250! and Gucci), but I’ve loved discovering some lesser known designer brands at Nordstrom, like: ACNE Studios: a Stockholm brand with all of the minimalist-luxe looks that you would expect from a Swedish brand. […]

Buttoned Up

 All of my favorite Burberry details in one little Springtime skirt at Nordstrom: the perfect shade of dark-khaki, military-style details and pockets, oversized buttons and luxe stretch gabardine fabric. With shorter skirts (this one is pretty short by my standards!), I like to “balance it out” with coverage up top (a collared shirt is always […]

The Skirt

 There’s nothing more classic than a pencil skirt, but I love finding one that has a fresh modern detail like this one at Nordstrom. My current length du-jour (or for the last year or two) is the mid-length skirt, and given what I’ve seen on the runways for next fall, it’s still going to be […]

Trousers

 I never met an ankle-length pair of trousers I didn’t like…but I especially love this pair here at Nordstrom. Trousers like these work equally well with flats and heels, making it easy to transition from work to errands to playground. Here’s what I look for when I’m shopping for cropped trousers right now: Length: 1″ to 3″ […]

Christmas in San Diego

 Happy Friday! I can’t wait to spend this Christmas in sunny San Diego – counting down the days! I recently picked up this gorgeous cotton lace top at Nordstrom and I’m convinced it’s going to feel right at home in San Diego with me. Our holiday celebrations are pretty casual now, but I’ll be sure […]

Ivory

 Always falling in love with something Burberry…! When I felt the luxurious weight of this coat at Nordstrom earlier this Fall, I mentally filed it away in my winter wishlist. I’m also keeping tabs on holiday gift ideas (never too early to start, given how last-minute I always end up being!). I’m sharing some of […]

Gray & Khaki

 Mixing two of my favorite neutrals in a denim and cashmere look today. There are four denim styles I’m coveting lately: the distressed mid-blue pair (this one is almost identical to the Madewell version I’ve been wearing, and it’s under $40!) a dark tailored flare (eyeing this pair and this pair) a cropped, straight pair […]

Casual

 I’ve been taking advantage of casual, laid-back outfits this week: no in-person meetings or appointments so far. That’ll change next week with another board meeting coming up – which means I have a lot to do and only a few more days to go(!). PS: Finally splurged on the Dior “So Real” sunglasses! Love the […]

In Paris (Two)

 Traveling in Fall means I traveled in jeans (quite a few pairs of them, actually). These are by Madewell at Nordstrom (here). For me, the length is just perfect – they work equally well with booties and flats. I also streamline packing by traveling with one color theme: khakis and taupes. Everything mixes and matches easily, […]

Denim

 Happy Thursday! Something about Fall makes me excited for fresh new denim. I’ll always have a soft spot for 7 For All Mankind because their stretch and stretch recovery are amazing (I just picked up this pair at Nordstrom). Every pair is super comfortable, and they get even more comfortable with time. These are no […]

Sneaker

 After repeatedly finding myself at the park for some impromptu playground time in completely inappropriate footwear (4″ pumps, yes, it has happened), I decided to do something useful: I left a pair of sneakers in the car. Several of my friends (separately!) who are also moms have been sporting the Zero-Grand oxford (this gray pair) […]

Burgundy

 Good morning and happy Labor Day! We’ve enjoyed ours so far: pool time, playground time, dog park time… everything that weekends were made for! Thank you so much for stopping by, hope you have a great start to your week! PS: I recently came across a few of Longchamp’s purses at Nordstrom and fell in love […]

Fringe

 One of my Fall must-haves: a military-inspired olive blouse. I picked this one up during the Anniversary Sale and Lucia very quickly decided that her food-greasy hands needed be all over it. Luckily for me, a trip to the dry cleaners was all it was needed – it’s like I have a brand new shirt […]

Silk Scarf

 Happy Friday! Going casual from the waist down and proper from the waist up with the help of this classic silk scarf by Burberry at Nordstrom. The first silk scarf I bought was over 10 years ago and I still have it today. I’m betting this purchase will be the same: a long-term investment. I’ll […]

Scarf

 Over the years I’ve loved, worn, and verifiably lived in a number of Burberry scarves. They’re a classic: luxurious, warm, and effortlessly chic. Plus, every San Franciscan knows that keeping a scarf handy year-round is a rule to live by. I recently picked up this white one at Nordstrom – love its fresh, modern and oversized […]

Slides

 Good morning! I’ve rounded out my summer sandal collection with another favorite: black Vince slides from Nordstrom. They have a rubber-like sole, so they’re going to be perfect for my upcoming trip to Hawaii. And I love that the narrow bands are placed closely together – so very modern and so very perfect. PS: Doesn’t […]

All Black Everything

 The second I bought this pair of heels online at Nordstrom, it immediately jumped to the top of the “Sexiest Pair of Sandals I Own” list. Love that they’ll dress up any pair of jeans in my closet. If you’re looking for an instant wardrobe update – nothing beats a very “now” pair of lace-up or gladiator style sandals. I’m sharing […]

Weekend Sandals

 Checklist items on my sandal search: practical, fun, easy. These things win out when I’m running out the door with a toddler in tow, her backpack, my purse, etc… I recently found these slip-on sandals from Nordstrom and love them! They are the laceless sneaker equivalent for sandals in both comfort and convenience (and easy on […]

Lucia & I

 As cliche as it sounds, becoming a mother to Lucia (pronounced Loo-see-ya) has been my most incredible journey. She’s learning words; I’m learning patience. She’s learning how to climb the ropes at the jungle gym; I’m learning how to hold back my inclination to baby her. Mother’s Day, for me, is about family breakfast in […]

Navy

 I’ve been loving the amazing Spring weather in Tiburon and SF… it’s time to bring out the sandals! These by Vince at Nordstrom are both comfortable and modern. Plus they’re made in Italy (unfortunately the same can’t be said for some of the more expensive brands!). And after my experience with their amazing sneakers, I convinced […]

Espadrille

 Bayside living at its best: a little preppy and a little beachy. I’ve loved living in this sailing community called Tiburon, even though I’ve not yet stepped on board a sailboat. But I can pretend – and I’ll go about pretending in these lovely espadrilles by Tory Burch at Nordstrom. I love the lace detail […]

Piece & Co.

 Good morning! Today I’m wearing my favorite piece from the Piece & Co. collaboration with Nordstrom and amazing brands such as Tory Burch (this skirt!), Theory (this top!) and Joie. Piece & Co. works with female artisans in the developing world, creating job opportunities to help better their families and communities. The top I’m wearing […]

Denim

 There have been more than a few pairs of shoes that I’ve purchased and regretted (simply because I never wore them enough), but classic pointed-toe pumps are never a regret nor do they sit idly in my closet, ever. I especially love a classic pointed-toe pump that boasts a modern detail (like these and these […]

Olive

 Happy Tuesday! I fell in love with the quilted detailing on this olive jacket by Madewell (which is now available at Nordstrom!) – it’s the ideal throw-over-anything weekend topper. The dress is a similar (but lined! and burgundy!) iteration of the black cover-up I wore throughout my vacation in Vietnam. And the (scuffed but well-loved) […]

Classic

 The most classic of combinations: stripes and the investment trench, by none other than Burberry London at Nordstrom. I love that this 5-year old trench coat still looks crisp and new – and it’s not for lack of wearing! It’s been incredibly special but also durable and reliable, making it well worth the investment. PS: I’ve […]

Boots

 Something I definitely could have used in New York’s cold a few weeks ago: a pair of flat pointed toe boots. This pair from Nordstrom’s Salon Shoes has just enough detail to keep it interesting but not too much detail to make it a one-season trend (I want to wear it for years to come!). […]

Wrap

 After collecting several of Diane von Furstenberg’s printed wrap dresses over the years, I’ve finally added a classic black version from Nordstrom to my closet! These wrap dresses travel incredibly well, plus they fit and flatter every body shape. It’s no wonder that DVF’s iconic dress is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this year! Today I’ve […]

Louboutin Red

 Good morning! This week flew by (how is it already Christmas next week?!). I’ve made some major progress on the gifting & wrapping front, and work has finally slowed down just a bit to pave the way for the holiday break. Time to relax and enjoy! There’s one luxurious little detail I wanted to mention: […]

High/Low

 Happy Monday! After a stormy week, we enjoyed a brief (and much appreciated) bit of sunshine over the weekend. I’m in panic mode for holiday shopping (have to meet those shipping deadlines!), so having a dry day or two to run from store to store at the outdoor mall was helpful. Although every year I […]