What to Pack: Weekend in Charleston

I haven’t been back to the East Coast since we moved west in December, so I’m happy to say that I’ll be heading to Charleston, S.C., this weekend to celebrate the impending wedding of one of my nearest and dearest. The wedding isn’t til May, but a pre-nuptial ladies’ weekend is in order and I’m pumped for some beach time, Chucktown bar-hopping and QT with the bride-to-be. There’s little I love more (or know better) than the Carolina shore in April, so packing for this trip will be a breeze. Going in my bag: several shades of blue, loose knits, summerweight scarves and crisp whites.

What to Pack Weekend in Charleston – San Francisco Style Blogger


Clockwise, from upper left: Madewell Pyramid Top, Basta Surf Strappy Bandeau Bikini, Joie Kennedi Tote, Topshop Abstract Letter Scarf, Super Ciccio Sunglasses, Report Silverton Flats, Theory Gwena Stretch Linen Blend Shorts, Mango Striped Knit Jersey Sweater


White on White

Zara leather skirt embroidered at the side, Madewell chambray ex-boyfriend shirt, Adolfo Dominguez, Paolo wedges, Cleobella Mexicana Clutch

Zara leather skirt, Adolfo Dominguez top, Madewell chambray shirt, Cleobella clutch, Paolo wedges, Stella & Dot necklace

San Francisco was completely cloaked in fog when I got home from work yesterday, so our sunny weekend in Palm Springs seems particularly far away right about now. All the same, it’s nearly April so I can’t help but want to think only about sunshine and warm weather, and I know you East Coasters have got to be feeling the same since things should be getting warm there after all. Think those warm thoughts, lovelies; meanwhile, I’ll pretend that I never left the SoCal desert.

Zara embroidered leather skirt –San Francisco Style Blogger

Zara Embroidered Leather Mini Skirt – San Francisco Style BloggerZara embroidered leather skirt – San Francisco Style Blogger


It’s about this time every year that I’m thoroughly and completely tired of all things fall and winter (and no, it’s not like it takes much to get me to that point – but you get the idea). So let’s fast-forward to, say, early March and start transitioning just a bit, shall we?

Early Spring – San Francisco Style Blogger
Clockwise, from upper left: Topshop Knitted Grid Stitch Jumper, Alice+Olivia Dina Watercolor Pumps, Scout & Catalogue Viaje Clutch, Madewell Flatweave Bracelet, Madewell Short Garcon Blazer, Acne Mallory Crepe de Chine Dress, Madewell Fairweather Cardigan

Vacation Longing

Palm Trees in Rincon Puerto Rico

Like clockwork, I start seriously craving travels to tropical locales about this time every year. In recent years I’ve been able to satiate that desire (as I’ll sacrifice just about anything for a trip to a faraway warm land), but this year our cross-country move prevented any such travels. And given that earlier this week temps on the West Coast got pretty frosty – yes, there was actually some frost in SF – I’ve got the travel bug now more than ever.

I’ll have to settle for a little roof-lounging in mid-60s sunshine over the weekend, but to those of you who are lucky enough to be heading off somewhere sultry, bon voyage!

What to pack for a tropical vacation
Clockwise, from upper left: Super Gals Sunglasses, Topshop Latte Fringed Maxi Cover Up, Volcom Embrace the Tote, Zimmerman Ruffled Strapless Americana Bikini, Anthropologie Variance Floppy Hat, J Brand Deconstructed Cutoffs, Madewell Slingback Boardwalk Sandals

Winter Sale Finds

Not trying to be a wet blanket, but January is pretty much the lamest of all months. The holidays are over, New Year’s resolutions have got us feeling guilty about any and all things fun and spring is nowhere in sight. There is one redeeming bright spot to this oh-so-cold month, however – all those things you’ve been eying all fall (but that Santa didn’t get the memo on) are now on serious sale, so it’s an excellent time for a little To: Me, Love: Me present action. And the best part? No thank you notes.

Winter Sale Finds – San Francisco Style Blogger

Clockwise, from upper left: Club Monaco Reva Coat, Anthropologie Vanward Enamel Ring, Super Paloma Sunglasses, Madewell Fair Isle Sweater Skirt, Topshop Star Velvet Skater DressLD Tuttle for VPL Two-Tone Booties, Madewell Goldrush Jean Jacket, Clare Vivier Mini Bag, Topshop Green Shirt Dress

Sun and Snow

Mackage coat with J.Crew jeans and Isabel Marant boots

Mackage coat (similar), J.Crew toothpick jeans, Madewell gloves, Isabel Marant Jenny boots, Oliver Peoples Daddy B sunglasses, vintage sweater

Don’t be fooled by the sunshine in these photos – snow doesn’t lie, and it was in fact quite chilly out on this dock this past weekend at Lake Tahoe. That said, the views were more than enough to entice me out there and proved well worth the clumsy trek through deep snowbanks. And it didn’t hurt that this coat is the warmest thing I own – those Canadians sure know their outerwear.

Mackage Coat with J.Crew jeans and Isabel Marant BootsMackage Coat JCrew Jeans – San Francisco Style BloggerMackage Coat JCrew Jeans – San Francisco Style BloggerMackage Coat JCrew Jeans – San Francisco Style Blogger

Denim Sparkles


Zara Sequined Skirt with Madewell Denim Shirt

Zara sequined skirt (similar), Madewell chambray ex-boyfriend shirt, 80%20 Rina booties

One of the perks of our new apartment is the easy access to our building’s roof and the views of San Francisco (and beyond) from that vantage point – something I’ve been unaccustomed to as a non-city dweller for most of my life. Though we are most certainly still buried in a sea of boxes, the sea is becoming ever-so-slightly smaller, and the other night we took ourselves out on a welcome-to-the-city dinner date, heading up to the roof for some of those “whoa, we live here” moments beforehand.

Hoping by this weekend the sea will be more like a puddle, but that may be a bit optimistic – let’s just plan for something of a pond.

Zara Sequin Skirt with Denim Shirt – North Carolina Style Blogger