Dress Well: Meet Ms. Repeat

All Saints leather jacket, Zara blouse (old), Paige jeans, Madewell booties (old),  TEXI leather bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

What's one of the unexpected perks of having a weekend where you only hang out with your husband? Creating the opportunity to re-wear your weekend outfits at work the next week. I wore this ensemble out when my husband and I went to Bar Crudo for dinner on Saturday night - and gladly grabbed it out of my closet again yesterday morning when I couldn't decide what to wear. After all, no one saw me in it, so who would ever notice? Well, assuming that I didn't divulge my secret to the world here on the blog - too late now, I suppose.

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Have a lovely Wednesday.

Dress Well: Day to Night

Madewell shirt, Paige jeans, Madewell booties, Birds on a Wire necklace c/o, TEXI leather bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

Dressing to transition from day to night might be the easiest thing ever when you live in San Francisco. Since everyone (well, almost everyone) wears jeans to work, there isn't a large temperature differential between day and night, and you can dress casually at pretty much any restaurant in the city, the end result is that almost anyone could point blindly at their closet and still come up with an outfit that you could wear to work and then wear out.

So that's what I'm here to tell you - this outfit was really easy to put together, and successfully took me from a day at work to a delicious dinner on the town (at Rich Table, which is in close contention with Flour + Water for my favorite restaurant in the city). Not only did I feel comfortable at work, but the stretchy waistband on these jeans served me well when we sat down for the seven-course tasting menu at dinner. What, did you think I was an amateur?

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We've got a fun-filled, food-filled, wine-filled weekend in front of us. I hope you will experience something similar. I'll tell you all about it next week, of course. Until then, I'll leave you with this crazy picture that my husband managed to capture right as I was flipping my hair:

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It's like I'm living in a Pantene commercial.

Have a great 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: Pink on the Edge

All Saints leather jacket, Madewell sweater (old), Paige jeans (old), Madewell booties, J. Crew necklace (SUPER old), TEXI leather bag

Okay, who am I kidding - if it weren't for this jacket, I wouldn't own a single piece of clothing that could be called "edgy" by any stretch of the imagination. This is really all the "edge" I can handle.

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Today it's my brother's birthday - happy 22nd, buddy! As your gift, I started watching House of Cards. I know you're thrilled - I'm great at gift-giving. But seriously, happiest of birthdays to one of the sweetest, goofiest kids around.

Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone.