Dress Well: Lock Me Up

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Anthropologie dress, Chie Mihara wedges (on MAJOR sale!), Super old necklace, J. Crew bracelet (old), ASOS clutch, Ray-Ban sunglasses (very similar)

I wore this dress to work for the first time yesterday, and when I walked through the door I was met with a barrage of compliments from my very wonderful co-workers. Everyone loved this dress, as they should - not only is it fun and different, but it is RIDICULOUSLY comfortable. It was my outfit of choice for a recent dinner at Flour + Water because the lack of a waistband made it perfect for eating copious amounts of pasta. Seriously ladies, run don't walk to Anthropologie to pick it up - this baby's a keeper!

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DSC_3084Can I get a show of hands for who's excited about the release of Season 2 of Orange is the New Black today? If you're not excited, go watch Season 1 and get back to me. My husband and I are planning on staying in tonight, cooking dinner, drinking wine, and taking in as many episodes as possible. After a long, productive, exhausting week, I'm more than ready to immerse myself for a few hours in a great show. Here's hoping it lives up to its own precedent.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dress Well: HIMYM Homage

J. Crew cardigan (old), J. Crew shirt, J Brand jeans, Rag&Bone booties, TEXI leather bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

I was inspired to wear this shirt after seeing Lily wear it during Monday's How I Met Your Mother finale. Having one last opportunity to get excited when I saw Lily wearing a clothing item that I own felt so right...which just adds to my feeling of sadness about how everything else about the HIMYM finale felt so wrong.

The costume director of HIMYM has had a penchant for dressing Lily in J. Crew, Madewell, and Anthropologie clothes over the course of the show, which has resulted in my being pleasantly surprised on several occasions when clothes I own pop up on screen. There was even one time where Lily and I matched - earlier this season I was surprised to see one of the Madewell shirts I own show up on screen, only to realize that I had the shirt on too. Twilight zone!

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Unfortunately, the warm and fuzzy vibes stopped with matching shirts for me when it came to the HIMYM finale. It's funny - one of my main complaints about shows today is that they don't seem to have a plan. Writers just churn out season after season of content, riding their viewership numbers as long as they'll last without enough regard for what the point of the story was in the first place. Even though the last four seasons of HIMYM have dragged on and on and ON, I was always comforted by the fact that they had a plan from the beginning. The creators told the public that they'd filmed one of the final scenes eight years before - a undeniable sign that they knew where they were going, at least in my mind.

Unfortunately, the "planned ending" felt entirely out-of-date and out-of-touch in this instance. After watching the highly anticipated final footage, I wish they had left it in the vault. It was a terrible case of sticking to the plan, even when it's clear to everyone else that the plan is bad. Sometimes stories change and the plan has to change, too. I see that now. And I'm kicking myself for wasting too many hours of my life hanging on for dear life to the bitter end, only to be disappointed. If I'd have known how things would turn out, I would have stopped watching a long time ago.

I will give massive props, however, to Cristin Milioti, who made such a wonderful, lovable mother. You deserved a better end!

That's enough HIMYM ranting - let's put the subject to rest forever. And in the meantime, have a wonderful Wednesday!

Dress Well: A Day in the Headlands

Banana Republic vest (old), Anthropologie dress (old), Rocket Dog boots, Madewell necklace, Coach sunglasses

Yesterday we, along with some friends, seized the beautiful day and ventured to the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge for an outdoor barbecue in the Marin Headlands. We expected to be greeted by warm, sunny weather on the other side - after all, it was 70 degrees and beautifully sunny in SF. Unfortunately, the Bay Area fog decided to greet us instead. That wasn't a problem, though - I turned the picnic blanket I had packed into a makeshift coat. Despite the unexpectedly gray weather, we had a blast. We're already planning to go back soon (next time hopefully on a sunny day!).

Also, my lovely friend Renee threw this braid in my hair before we set off for the picnic (remember her amazing skills from this post?). I'm so impressed by how well this braid held up despite me clobbering it with my blanket-coat all afternoon - Renee is just the best!

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I hope all of you guys had wonderful weekends, too - now go have a great week!

Dress Well: Instant Replay

Zara jacket (similar), Vince tee, Madewell jeans, J. Crew necklace (similar), Rag & Bone booties, Rebecca Minkoff bag

See? I wasn't lying last week when I said this was my new favorite shirt. I couldn't resist pulling it back out again this past Saturday for dinner out followed by a little party with friends. Something tells me I'll pull it back out this week, too...

Also, I'm glad we snapped these pictures when we did. With the heavy fog (and humidity) in San Francisco, my hair was stick-straight by the time we got to dinner 10 minutes later. Bummer!

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