Dress Well: Leather Up

All Saints leather jacket, J. Crew blouse, Joe's jeans (old), Rag & Bone booties, Madewell necklace, TEXI leather bag

Back when I lived in Texas, on the rare occasion when it dropped below 70 degrees, I (along with the rest of the population) would immediately reach for my boots, scarves, and sweaters. Sure, it might be 80 degrees by the end of your "fall" day, but at least you got a few good minutes in your cozy clothes before having to pack them away for another nine months out of the year.

Now that I live in San Francisco, on the rare occasion when it rises above 70 degrees, I reach immediately for the sundresses and skirts that I still have from my Texas days. When it's cold all year round, you have to enjoy summer while it's here! And, strangely enough, October is usually our summer month in San Francisco. However, the past few days have been COLD - like below 50 degrees in the morning cold. I thought weather like that would make me very sad - we basically skipped our summer! - but I've discovered I kind of like pulling out my leather layers and turning on the heater in our apartment. Instead of gripping onto the last days of summer, we've given ourselves over to dreams of turkey dinner, Christmas carols, and twinkly lights. Even though I now live on the other side of the 70-degree divide, I see no reason why I can't worship fall weather, can you?

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Dress Well: Harrow to the Heart

Madewell sweater, Paige jeans, Rag & Bone booties, Michael Kors watch (similar), J. Crew bracelet, Old necklace (similar), Rebecca Minkoff bag, Tory Burch sunglasses (similar)

For me, this outfit = love. For starters, my husband got me this sweet sweater for Christmas. Yes, he chose it from a short and carefully-selected list of potential Christmas gifts that I gave to him, but the fact that he chose the item with hearts all over it is sweet all the same. And these boots. Oh, these Harrow booties. I kept two tabs open on my computer for the entire fall season: one tab with these boots in a Nordstrom shopping bag, ready to check out, and a second tab with my bank account pulled up, in order to convince myself that I couldn't afford the boots. I never made a decision on whether to buy them or not, and then my mom came along, gave them to me for Christmas, and made all my boot-owning dreams come true. Have I mentioned before that I'm a ridiculously lucky girl?

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Something that never occurred to me before I started reading blogs: wearing a bracelet with your watch. It's genius! My love for my watch is timeless (too much?), but I love it even more when I can fancy it up with some sweet bracelets.

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DSC_9839I've come to find that writing this blog has the very wonderful side effect of making me take time every day to appreciate how marvelous my life is. These pictures remind me to be thankful for all that I have many times over. My mother and my mother-in-law both gave me such beautiful presents over Christmas, and every time I wear them I think about them and how much I miss my families. And every breathtaking view of San Francisco reminds me to give thanks for my fantastic husband who pulled me out of my comfort zone (also known as Houston) and into this wonderful life. So, I hope you take a little time this Thursday to be thankful for what you have and the life you live. We all have it pretty good!