What are you waiting for?

It is never too early — or too late — to create a life you love. 
Wait for nothing.

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Look Mom, I'm in Matchbook!

Just popping in to share a bit of fun press! I'm in fantastic company in the "Matchbook Investigates" feature of Matchbook Magazine's stellar seventh issue.
We were each asked about our favorite vacation spot and anyone who's read my about page already knows my answer:
A big thank you to the Matchbook girls for reaching out and including me in an issue that features fashion standouts like Atlantic-Pacific's Blair Eadie and Milly's Michelle Smith. To say I'm flattered would be an epic understatement!

P.S. How badly do I need a new headshot? I'm embarrassed to admit how old this one is ;) Definitely a task for the 101 in 1001 list!

Recent Acquisitions

I literally squealed when I unwrapped my new melamine tray. They are completely customizable and make great gifts too! My new business card case already came in handy at the San Francisco design blogger meet-up last week (see pictures here).
This striped boatneck shirt has been a gateway drug. Suddenly the only things I want to wear are striped! Hey, I'm not complaining. I recommend ordering one size up. My new K. Slademade clutch comes with me literally everywhere I go and fits the necessities (chapstick, keys, phone, wallet) with room to spare.
This baby gets a picture of its own. You know why? Because it has changed my life. I have a tough time falling asleep most nights (running through my to do list and tomorrow's obligations) and distractions like light and sound don't help. I might not look cool with my ear plugs and eye mask, but hey, whatever helps you sleep at night. I literally could not recommend Bonnie's custom eye masks more highly.
{Vintage earrings}
My mom and I found these fun sparklers at the Alameda Flea Market, enabling me to cross "buy something at a flea market" from my 101 in 1001 list. The best part? They were only $12!
These eco-friendly recycled leather notebooks come in every color under the sun and my citrusy-hued choices will come in handy for many a to do list. My new address book also checks off a 101 in 1001 task and comes in the most beautiful buttery yellow leather. Swoon.

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So, darlings, do dish: what are some of your recent acquisitions?

Downright dreamy.

That's how I would describe the magic that's happening over at The Coveteur. It's not merely sneak peeks into well-adorned closets. It's brilliant styling, excellent composition, and the fact that I leave not only coveting the clothes and accessories but eagerly awaiting the next feature as well. These snaps of jewelry designer Maryam Keyhani's Toronto home recently had my heart racing...

Very Parisian chic, n'est-ce pas

Let's get some shoes.

Specifically, shoes of the leopard/nude/tan variety. Truthfully, my cowboy boots and Reva flats could use the day off and any of these would make an ideal substitute. 

Clockwise from top left:
I'll take a size 6 in the shoes and a size 7 in the boots, just in case you're feeling generous. What shoes are you eyeing for fall?

You should know...

...that these fuchsia wool pants ($118) from J.Crew's fall collection are keeping me awake at night. I may have mentioned my adoration of all things J.Crew before (say, here, here, here, and here) but this collection is just above and beyond. Go check out their new arrivals and then come back and tell me you didn't add 18,384 things to your cart. We're birds of a feather, you and me.

Desk Du Jour

These pictures of Amy's desktop on her blog Coffee Talk made me smile. Her workspace screams organized chaos in the best way possible: high-tech, magazines everywhere, and coffee at the ready. What more could a girl want? 
What does your ideal workspace look like? If you'd prefer not to discuss work matters on a Friday, I'll understand. Happy weekending!
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P.S. I'm first class on Gabrielle's blog Savvy Home today. See what I mean here!

Currently Coveting

I check Shopbop's new arrivals every day without fail and the list of items I "heart" has expanded accordingly. Here's a sampling of items that I'd be happy to call my own...
{To add to my stack...}
{To pair with jeans come fall...}
{To invest in ladylike classics...}
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What pieces are you coveting for your closet these days?

Graphic Image on sale!

Remember when I collaborated with Graphic Image to bring you this giveaway? I haven't been able to get their happy-hued leather accessories out of my head since.
I splurged on this address book ($64) in bright yellow leather and suffice it to say I'm obsessed. I can't wait to add all my family and friends' contact information, which you may recall is on my 101 in 1001 list!
I also bought this business card case ($41) in hot pink leather and I can't wait to show it off at my next networking event. It picks up on my blog logo's hot pink dress perfectly! (Remember how I was just complaining about my out-of-control business card collection? Who knew a couple Graphic Image purchases could knock two tasks off my 101 in 1001 list?)
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Want to invest in a few new office essentials yourself? I have very happy news for you! Every single thing on Graphic Image's website is 50% off today thanks to their Christmas in July event. That means my address book costs just $32 and my business card case only $20 and change. Of course my cart is filled up to here with lots of other little luxuries. Shop to it!

Weekend snapshots...

Michael and I covered a lot of ground this weekend! It was his first visit to San Francisco and we wanted to see a bit of everything. We did a ton of walking (even stopping in a nail salon for an indulgent foot massage!) and rekindled some of that adventuresome spirit from our days abroad...
On Saturday we perused the farmers' market at the Ferry Building...
Picked up picnic ingredients from Acme Bread and Cowgirl Creamery...
Swung by Ghirardelli Square...
And made dinner with a few farmers' market purchases (enabling me to cross that one off my 101 in 1001 list!).
On Sunday we ate brunch outside at a little spot down the block...
Where we may or may not have indulged in these yummy beignets...
Followed later on by an ice cream cone at Bi-Rite and a little sunbathing in Dolores Park.
On Monday we hopped on a ferry to Sausalito...
Which occasioned picturesque views of the Golden Gate Bridge...
In Sausalito we grabbed a bite to eat (followed quickly by more ice cream) and chatted with a counterbalance artist on the dock...
And topped off the weekend with a baseball game at AT&T Park. Check out that view! We managed to pack a lot of mileage into a few short days and had a great time exploring the city together. I miss him already!
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P.S. On an unrelated but equally happy note, Graphic Image is celebrating Christmas in July with 50% off everything sitewide today only! If you're still upset you didn't win the Graphic Image giveaway I hosted a while back, now's your chance to invest in a new address book, iPad case, passport cover... You can tell my cart is full! 

Oopsy daisy.

My boyfriend is headed back to New York today and the morning completely got away from me. I promise I'll be back in full swing tomorrow with pictures from our weekend! Happy Tuesday, my friends.

P.S. Would you ever try blue nail polish? It looks pretty here but I always gravitate toward pinks and reds.

Blog Crush {Her Waise Choice}

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that one of my new favorite pastimes is clicking through other bloggers' blogrolls to find new-to-me blogs. I found Jen's blog Her Waise Choice through Anh at 9 to 5 Chic and instantly fell in love with her unfussy elegance.
Jen describes herself as "a Vancouver girl who believes that you can be stylish without being superficial, on trend without being a slave to fashion, and look good without looking down on others." I mean, who doesn't love that philosophy?
Like me, Jen gravitates toward solid colors or simple patterns like polka dots and stripes. Much of her wardrobe seems to be geared toward classic pieces like statement sunglasses and the perfect trench.
I also like Jen's emphasis on affordability. Many of her fashion finds come from places like Forever 21, H&M, and Zara — perfect for those of us on a college student or recent grad budget.
Isn't she adorable? I love that she mixes polka dot prints of different sizes.

I have the same white skirt from Zara and I love the idea of pairing stripes with leopard print. How unexpectedly chic!
Do yourself a favor and go check out Her Waise Choice. Now tell me — what are some of your favorite new-to-you blogs?

Happy {Summer Lovin'} Weekend!

Rue's sixth issue is slated to come out next Monday, July 25, and I have no doubt we'll all be working in overdrive to make that happen! Thankfully my boyfriend is flying into San Francisco for a few days before I have to kick it into high gear. Here's hoping his visit will provide just the rejuvenation I need...
If our weekend consists of nothing more than sleeping in, brunching out, and his first Giants' game, I'll be one happy girl. What are your plans for this summer weekend?

{photography by Ali Degraff}

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Shoppin' at Poppin

Confession: I am completely and hopelessly addicted to school supplies. (Or are they called office supplies once you've graduated?) Regardless, it says so in my about page and that means it must be true. So when the friendly folks over at Poppin offered to send a few goodies my way, you should know I was all over that.
Free goodies and saucy packaging? It doesn't get much better than that.
I'm loving my new medium red notebook and you can bet I'm putting my new ballpoint pens to good use with my obsessive list-making. Of course the swag bag worked because I've now added these other must-haves to my cart...
And if their awesome office supplies weren't enough, Poppin is debuting a furniture line in the near future. I can only expect that it will be as colorful and contemporary as my new goodies! Go check them out and let me know if you're as obsessed as I am.