Dress Well: Rain Booties

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 Anthropologie blouse (old), Citizens of Humanity jeans, Loeffler Randall rain booties, Madewell necklace (no longer available), Madewell bag (very similar Cuyana version here)

Back in December, we went through a string of weeks here in San Francisco where it rained every single day. To brave the rain, I broke out my trusty J. Crew yellow rain boots that I had had since my freshman year of college...only to discover that they had holes in them. Not exactly what you look for in a rain boot. I also quickly tired of hauling what felt like 10 pounds of rubber to and from work along with an extra pair of shoes to wear when I arrived. I decided it was time for an upgrade.

All the rain boot trouble resulted in me adding these little rain booties to my Christmas list, and my mother-in-law was so kind to get them for me. Starting December 25th, I looked forward to seeing rain in the forecast...except it didn't rain here in SF for the entire month of January!

We got some wet weather this past weekend, and I was overjoyed to finally get a chance to wear these beauties (and experience my favorite kind of weather, of course). I went out of my way to step in puddles and just generally frolic in the rain...because who knows when it will make another appearance!

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DSC_7238Did everyone have a good weekend? I certainly did. I came home on Friday night and managed to cook a dinner constituting entirely of ingredients that already happened to be in my house (next stop: Chopped). On Saturday we had a delicious brunch at Padrecito with two of our favorite friends and their adorable, adorable baby (what's more fun than that?). On Saturday night we had dinner with a group of friends and then had a great time attending an American Heart Association event. A busy Friday + Saturday meant taking Sunday easy, sleeping in, reading magazines, doing chores, and cooking one more big dinner (this delicious recipe from Bon Appétit)

I'm closing out the weekend by half-watching the Grammy Awards as I write this post. As usual, they seem unnecessarily long and peppered with performances and speeches that seem unnecessarily, goofily earnest (there's something about outsized earnestness that makes me physically uncomfortable). However, if the Grammys didn't take themselves overly seriously, they wouldn't be the Grammys. As always, there's a certain amount of comfort found in predictability.

I've got a bit of an eventful week coming up: I'll be spending 24 hours in Dallas in the middle of the week for a meeting with a client. More about it in a post on Wednesday or Thursday!

Have a great Monday.

Dress Well: Super Bowl Prep

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Anthropologie shirt (similar), Current/Elliott jeans, Madewell necklace (no longer available)

We shot these photos inside yesterday because I felt that it would be 1) misleading to suggest that I left our apartment on Super Bowl Sunday and 2) misleading to suggest I wore shoes on Super Bowl Sunday. I spent the entire day yesterday barefoot, inside, and prepping for the little Super Bowl party we threw. However, I really, really enjoy hosting friends at our place, so I couldn't have come up with a more pleasant way to spend my day.

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DSC_7096Despite the fact that we have no allegiance to either team who played in the Super Bowl, we had a great time having our friends over, eating delicious food (tacos! queso! vegetables! tiny cookies!), and attempting to enjoy the final moments of football season. Although I wasn't raised to be much of a pro football fan, I've always enjoyed the sheer gluttony associated with the Super Bowl. When I was growing up, my dad used to make us homemade pizza and calzones on Super Bowl Sunday - they were so delicious that I was too busy looking at my calzone to witness this (Houston's claim to Super Bowl fame!). We didn't manage to make calzones yesterday, but we did manage to whip up some homemade tacos, guacamole, and queso - basically, everything you would expect from ex-pat Texans.

Social Sunday nights always seem to make for melancholy Monday mornings - here's hoping we can break out of the funk! Have a great week.

Dress Well: Lace + Boots

DSC_6608Anthropologie sweater, J. Crew leggings, Lucchese boots (literally a decade old), J. Crew necklace (similar-ish), Michael Kors watch (old), Rebecca Minkoff bag

I have excellent news: this sweater is still available! I was nervous, because I bought it two months ago on Black Friday. How have they not sold out of these babies yet? The world may never know.

I think this sweater is one of my favorite pieces of clothing I've ever owned. You know how you have a few clothing items in your life that you form an unreasonably strong attachment to? (I hope other people experience that.) This sweater has the makings of reaching that echelon of all-star pieces for me. Now I've just got to do my best to not get food on it.

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DSC_6715I'm happy to report that I had an unusually social Thursday night, starting with happy hour drinks with my friends from my Bank of America days in San Francisco, followed by dinner at R&G Lounge, which is where we used to eat when working late at BofA. (If you're ever visiting SF, R&G is a great place to add to your itinerary - it's in Chinatown and the food is delicious. Anthony Bourdain even featured it on his show!) I then got over eight hours of sleep (which is a massive amount for me) so I think I'm ready to start Friday on a good foot!

Does everyone have big plans for Super Bowl Sunday? We'll be hosting a little party here at our apartment, which is the first time I have ever hosted a Super Bowl party. I'm not exactly sure how we're going to make sure everyone can see the TV (our space is tiny), so I'm planning on distracting everyone from the cozy quarters with lots of queso. I figure that strategy has a history of success - the queso distraction is how they get away with such tiny tables in Mexican restaurants, right?

 Have a wonderful Friday and weekend, everyone.

Dress Well: A Piece of Flair

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J. Crew puffer vest (no longer available, sadly), J. Crew shirt (white, blush, and green versions still available and on major sale!), Citizens of Humanity jeans, Steve Madden booties, Anthropologie bag (old), Ray-Ban aviators

This winter J. Crew seemed to be all about taking a standard button-down shirt and adding flair to it in some unexpected way. Although button-down shirts tend to look overly masculine on me (thanks for nothing, broad shoulders), the pocket appliqués on this one pull it back towards the feminine realm. Plus, it's roomy and comfortable, so wearing the pullover + stretchy skinny jeans makes you feel like you're getting away with wearing pajamas in public. And you know I'm all for that.

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Starting about a month from now, my husband and I will embark on a whirlwind of weekend trips, with something almost every weekend for over a month. Until then, we are taking all of our weekends nice and slow. This past weekend was the epitome of that strategy. We stayed in Friday night, ordered a pizza, drank a bottle of wine, and chatted until I feel asleep at about 9:45. On Saturday we slept in and then walked up to our regular brunch spot, La Boulange. The pictures in this post were taken on Saturday afternoon on our way to a fun happy hour with a few of my co-workers. After the happy hour, we saw The Theory of Everything, which was great (more on that in my annual Oscars post, of course). Sunday was low-key too, with an early morning walk, brunch with a lovely friend, a long afternoon nap, and a night spent cooking, cleaning, and getting ready for the week (which I always enjoy in its own, quiet way). All told, it was a perfectly relaxed weekend and I wouldn't have it any other way.

 Maybe it was all the sleep I got this past weekend, but for the first time in a long time I feel ready to jump into the upcoming week. Isn't that nice way to kick off your Monday? I think so. Have a great day.