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: 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.

Dress Well: Neighborhood Brunch

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Madewell sweater (on sale!), American Eagle jeans, Steve Madden booties, J. Crew scarf (old), Madewell bag (Cuyana version in burgundy), Ray-Ban sunglasses

There's a restaurant in our neighborhood that makes the absolute best huevos rancheros I've ever had (I'm sorry, Dad! Yours are an extremely close second!). So when I woke up starving this past Sunday, I knew it would be worth trekking through the cold, gray, foggy weather to make those huevos mine. Plus, there isn't any San Francisco weather that can't be beaten by a wool sweater and a scarf/blanket (seriously, this scarf is enormous). DSC_6282

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 A very big thank you to EVERYONE for all the love on my post about Parachute sheets on Wednesday! I mentioned in that post that one great thing about small brands is the personal touches they add, such as including a handwritten note from the CEO. The OTHER great thing, I've since learned, is the fact that they will find, notice, and publicly appreciate your little blog post about their brand! I truly write this blog for my friends and family - but it's so fun when I get to interact with people who make products I love as an unintended consequence.

Is everyone else oh so glad it's Friday? I sure am. Early morning Crossfit classes, long days of work, and bad traffic have been the hallmark of this week. Also, I almost ran out of gas last night on a busy street here in the city...note to self, your gas gauge being about half a millimeter off of the red zone means you DO NOT have enough gas to make it all the way home. But a hard week just means the weekend is that much more enjoyable, right? Right.

Happy, happy Friday.

Dress Well: High School Flashback

DSC_5251J. Crew shirt (on major, major sale), American Eagle jeans, Madewell booties, J. Crew necklace (old), Anthropologie bag (old), Ray-Ban sunglasses

I have two confessions to make:

First - these pictures were taken a long time ago (back in October, I think). I don't live in some sort of warm January wonderland where sleeveless shirts are totally comfortable in the middle of the winter (sadly).

Second - I'm wearing American Eagle jeans. ...I know. For all of you who are 26 like me and just shuddered at the thought of what you used to wear in high school...I am right there with you. I bought these jeans because American Eagle is one of shopkick's clients, and I was testing out a discount that we have in our app. I then waited a month longer to wear them because high school Natalie was shouting "don't do it!" across the space-time continuum. But then I put them on and realized they're the greatest, cheapest thing to ever happen to my wardrobe. I've been wanting "destroyed" jeans forever, and I managed to get them for $35!

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DSC_5391Did anyone else wake up this morning singing the "Friday" song to themselves? I'm pretty thankful to have made it successfully through the first week back after the holiday (although it wasn't painless). Going to Crossfit on Tuesday and Wednesday morning resulted in me being so incredibly, thoroughly sore that I currently am incapable of walking like a normal human. But hey - I'm shuffling around now so I can avoid shuffling around when I'm an old lady. Worth it, right?

As usual, I am very excited for the upcoming weekend. We're likely going to see one of the many spectacular-looking movies that are currently out (I'm really excited about Selma) and are also taking a day trip up to wine country with some of our friends. And I'm sure there will be some enjoyment of sunshine and 60-degree weather in there, too. I hope you've got plenty of things to look forward to this weekend as well!

Have a wonderful Friday.