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

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Festival Dressing

Music festival season is nearly upon us my friends, and while I won’t be heading south to Indio this month, I’m already planning my festival attire anyway. The Bay Area is playing host to its own awesome music celebration this spring, with Bottlerock hitting the Napa Valley in May, and I certainly won’t be missing that. Music fest getups should be easy but fun, and comfortable footwear is of the utmost importance, since no one likes traipsing around festival fields/gravel/mud pits in heels. Other things to take into consideration are sun and heat, so easy fabrics and sun protection are key.

Happy music festing!

Music Festival Dressing – San Francisco Style Blogger

From left: Topshop Crop Broderie Shell, Mango Tencel Long Skirt, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Fallon Sandals; Ace&Jig Duo Racerback Tank, A.L.C. Camden Striped Shorts, Sam Edelman Petty Boots;San Diego Hat Company Paper Braid Wide Brim Fedora, Topshop Mexican Bodice Dress, Ancient Greek Sandals Niki Metallic Strappy Slides

Almost forgot – a comfy bag big enough to carry all the essentials:

Fringe Bag – San Francisco Style Blogger
Free People Silver Lake Hobo

Comfy Stripes

Jack by BB Dakota Stripe French Terry Cardigan, Topshop Double Layer Tube Skirt, Oliver Peoples Daddy B Sunglasses, 80%20 Rina Booties, Stella & Dot Avalon Crescent Necklace

Jack by BB Dakota French terry cardigan, Topshop skirt, 80%20 boots, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Stella & Dot necklace (enter to win one here!)

The growing numbers of terry/sweatshirt/jersey options on fashionable shelves is really challenging my self-control when it comes to shopping; I just can’t seem to get enough of the comfortable stuff. I’ve been living in this terry cardigan since I got it and honestly don’t plan on taking it off anytime soon, since it somehow seems to work just as well over PJs as it does out and about. Hopefully it’ll satiate the comfortable addiction, for at least a little while.

Jack by BB Dakota Terry Cardigan – San Francisco Style Blogger

Jack by BB Dakota Terry Cardigan – San Francisco Style Blogger

Jack by BB Dakota Terry Cardigan – San Francisco Style Blogger

Jack by BB Dakota Terry Cardigan – San Francisco Style Blogger

Mint Obsession

As evidenced by my previous posts, I’m having a bit of a minty moment (or two) and can’t seem to get enough of this oh-so-lovely color. But who’s to blame me? Clearly my favorite shops and designers agree, as the available tempting options out there are only increasing.

Mint sweater, mint shorts, mint shoes, mint jewelry, mint everything
Clockwise, from upper left: Topshop Knitted Textured Crop Jumper, Need Supply Co. Mansura Necklace, Tori Praver Shyla Triangle Halterneck Bikini Top and Bikini Briefs, Pour La Victoire Elle Cap Toe Pumps, Talulah Moon Stars Dress, Kimchi Blue Chain Pouch, Equipment Super Vintage Collarless Washed Silk Shirt, Billabong Laneway Cutoff Denim Shorts, Loeffler Randall Sarie Strappy Sandals, Pyramid-Stud iPhone 5 Case

Valentine’s Thoughts

Patterson J. Kincaid Blue Label Charlie Boyfriend Belted Dress, Topshop Big Pocket Casual Shirt, Isabel Marant Jenny Boots, Fab'rik neon ring, Oliver Peoples Daddy B Sunglasses, Mulberry Oversized Alexa Bag

Patterson J. Kincaid dress (similar), Topshop shirt, Isabel Marant boots, Mulberry bag, Oliver Peoples sunglasses

So it’s Valentine’s Day. Apart from the candy – and yes, the candy is awesome – I think this day is kinda lame. I can appreciate the value in telling those you love just how much you appreciate them, but a., I don’t see why we need a Hallmark holiday that tells us to do that once a year; and b., it’s a pretty crappy reminder of loneliness when you’re single. Seems kinda unnecessary.

Anyway, not trying to be a curmudgeon – perhaps it’s just that red is really not my color. Patterson J Kincaid Shirtdress – San Francisco Style BloggerPatterson J Kincaid Shirtdress – San Francisco Style Blogger

Transitioning

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