Channeling the Season

Tulle blazer, Bop Basics shorts, Urban Outfitters tee, Isabel Marant boots, Mulberry bag, Oliver Peoples sunglasses

Tulle blazer, Bop Basics shorts (similar), Urban Outfitters tee, Isabel Marant boots, Mulberry bag, Oliver Peoples sunglasses

Given how sunny and spring-like things have been around here lately, it’s difficult not to channel the season (even on the days that are decidedly neither sunny nor spring-like). I found this blazer on mega-sale around the corner and couldn’t resist – it seemed like just the thing for warm-ish days, or to combat the San Francisco fog on less-than-warm days. Let’s hope the fog monster keeps it in check for a bit.

Tulle Floral Blazer – San Francisco Style Blogger

Tulle Floral Blazer – San Francisco Style Blogger

One Coat, Three Ways, and a Giveaway

Muse Apparel Drawstring Anorak, BDG for Urban Outfitters button down, Mulberry Oversized Alexa Bag, Stella & Dot Avalon Crescent Necklace, 80%20 Rina boots, Gap wide brim fedora

Muse anorak (c/o), Rachel Pally dress, BDG shirt (similar), Gap hat, Vintage locket, Stella & Dot necklace (c/o), Mulberry bag, 80%20 boots, Oliver Peoples sunglasses

As we enter that sort of transitional season, I’m realizing that San Francisco is basically always in transitional weather – not hot, not cold, nothing too extreme. It’s pretty rare that I need a serious winter coat, but it’s also not always quite warm enough for just a light blazer. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect in-between jacket for quite some time, so I was pretty pumped when Muse offered to send me this anorak , and I honestly haven’t stopped wearing it since it arrived. It seems to go with just about everything I own, so I’m going to do a few posts this week featuring the anorak in several different looks.

Also, good news: Muse has offered to give a $150 gift certificate to one lucky Sea and Swank reader – use the Rafflecopter below to enter, and good luck!

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Muse Anorak Rachel Pally Cutout Dress – San Francisco Style Blogger

Muse Anorak Rachel Pally Cutout Dress – San Francisco Style Blogger

Muse Anorak Rachel Pally Cutout Dress – San Francisco Style Blogger

 

Muse Anorak Rachel Pally Cutout Dress – San Francisco Style Blogger

 

Muse Anorak Rachel Pally Cutout Dress – 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

Wine Country Knits

Ella Moss skirt, Urban Outfitters sweater, Mulberry Oversized Alexa bag, 80%20 Rina boots, Gap wide brim fedora, Oliver Peoples Daddy B sunglasses

Ella Moss skirt (similar), Urban Outfitters sweater (similar), Mulberry bag, 80%20 boots, Gap hat, Oliver Peoples sunglasses

One of my favorite things about my new city is its proximity to so very many awesome places, with wine country at the top of that list. Following our visit to Hog Island north of San Francisco this weekend, we headed up to a couple of wineries in Sonoma, and as usual weren’t disappointed – even if the wines hadn’t been delicious (somehow they almost always are), the drive through the Russian River Valley and the views throughout Sonoma would’ve made the trip well worth it.

Ella Moss skirt, Urban Outfitters sweater, Mulberry Oversized Alexa bag, 80%20 Rina boots, Gap wide brim fedora, Oliver Peoples Daddy B sunglassesElla Moss skirt, Urban Outfitters sweater, Mulberry Oversized Alexa bag, 80%20 Rina boots, Gap wide brim fedora, Oliver Peoples Daddy B sunglassesElla Moss skirt (similar), Urban Outfitters sweater (similar), Mulberry Oversized Alexa bag, 80%20 Rina boots, Gap wide brim fedora, Oliver Peoples Daddy B sunglassesElla Moss skirt, Urban Outfitters sweater, Mulberry Oversized Alexa bag, 80%20 Rina boots, Gap wide brim fedora, Oliver Peoples Daddy B sunglasses

Dog Walking

sweater dress and boots

Something Else by Natalie Wood dress (similar), Isabel Marant Jenny boots, Urban Outfitters belt, Kenneth Jay Lane necklace, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Zambos and Siega bag

Milo and I both felt like a walk yesterday evening, so we (and husband) headed out on foot for one of the nearby watering holes for a little happy hour on the patio – one of the zillion benefits of living within walking distance of downtown. Speaking of walking, these boots have proven to be excellent for that – walking, that is – a nice reminder that shoes should at least sometimes be functional.

As I mentioned in my packing post yesterday, I’m heading up to New York later today, so I’m hoping this Frankenstorm that the weather dudes are projecting holds off til I’m home. Or maybe not – might be nice to get stuck in the city.

sweater dress with boots

sweater dress with ankle boots

sweater dress with ankle boots


What to Pack: Weekend in New York

New York City is a place like no other – somewhere that everyone should visit at least once, and a place that always leaves me completely exhausted after a few days in its midst. I’m heading up there this weekend to celebrate the 30th birthday of one of my nearest and dearest (yes, scary that we are beginning to turn 30), and accordingly I’ve got a pile of things that would last me a week waiting to be stuffed into a suitcase. Time to narrow it down to the essentials for 48 hours in the city: a fun party dress and heels for a night out celebrating, comfy flats for walking around the city, layers for manic weather this time of year and a tote large enough to carry all the stuff I deem essential for a day out. There may be a few other things making their way into my luggage (including a swimsuit for a celebratory trip to the Russian bath house!) but hey, I’m working on it.

what to pack for a weekend in New York City
Clockwise, from upper left: French Connection Stella Crepe Dress, BlankNYC Faux Leather Pants, Charles Philip Shanghai Flats, Topshop Khaki Army Jacket, Kimchi Blue Crosshatch Printed Eternity Scarf, Clare Vivier Suede Tote, Schutz Enid Booties

Sweater pleats

Zara heels, Urban Outfitters sweater (similar), Zara asymmetric skirt, Chloe sunglasses (similar), Zara jacket, Marc by Marc Jacobs purse

I like to think that most of the things I own transition from season to season, but in reality, there’s not as much transitioning as I’d like – through not fault of the clothes themselves, but rather the ADD I start to experience after a while with anything in particular. I was getting dressed the other day, though, and had a thought – layer some cable-knit on almost anything and it’s completely different and automatically fall-weatherized. Given the ridiculous amount of wool I have leftover from my high school days in New England, this discovery is gonna make for a lot of experimenting (though the reemergence of some of this knitwear is likely to walk the line somewhere between super awesome and somewhat embarrassing).