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: Check it Out

J. Crew scarf, All Saints leather jacket, J. Crew blouse, Citizens of Humanity jeans, Madewell boots, Rebecca Minkoff bag

This. Scarf. Is. Huge.

And I love it.

It's been freezing in my office lately, so this scarf has been a godsend. Granted, it's never colder than about 45 degrees here (and that's at night) so maybe this scarf is overkill. (Go ahead, roll your eyes at me - I deserve it.) Either way, wearing a scarf that can double as a blanket in a pinch is genius, if I do say so myself. I recommend it for all of y'all that are truly facing cold weather!

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DSC_6772I wish I had something interesting from my life lately to insert here...but I totally don't. So I'll save you a few seconds of boredom and just say that I will see you back here tomorrow!

Dress Well: Office Flannel

J. Crew shirt (love this spring one), J. Crew skirt, Old tights (similar), Rag & Bone Harrow booties, Tory Burch bag (very similar), Michael Kors watch (similar), J. Crew bracelet, J. Crew bangles

Last night I got caught up watching The Devil Wears Prada on TV because it's an awesome movie. Obviously. Anyway, after Anne Hathaway's "transformation" in the movie, she greets her boyfriend outside of his restaurant and says that she's the same girl, just with better clothes. That's pretty much how I feel about myself since I started reading blogs, writing this one, and taking a few more minutes every morning putting together my outfits. It never would have occurred to me just one year ago to wear this casual flannel shirt to work. It never would have dawned on me that it would look just as professional when paired with a pencil skirt as all of my other, boring button-down shirts. And let me tell you, I'm so glad I finally realized that flannel could be made office appropriate - there's something about wearing a soft, comfortable shirt that makes even the most taxing of workdays that much easier to live through.

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So, who's excited for Daylight Savings Time? This girl is. I used to always hate the "spring forward" part about starting Daylight Savings Time, but now that I spend most of my days cooped up in an office I will gladly sacrifice one hour of sleep in order for it to still be light when I get home from work at night. Plus, starting Daylight Savings Time always makes me feel like we've sprung one giant leap closer to summer. I know it's just one hour, but I'll take what I can get.

Have a great weekend!