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p.s., i love you

I’ve been a fan of Proenza Schouler‘s downtown, cool-girl attitude for a long time now, and my adoration only increased when I saw the mid-century modern shapes, knit bodysuits, and chic Hawaiian patterns exemplified on their Summer 2012 runway. Since I am of Hawaiian descent, I find myself drawn to modern applications of traditional Pacific Island textiles. Proenza Schouler’s tropical prints, which received a modern update with a poppy yet sophisticated palette of aquamarine, sky blue, yellow ochre, and lemon, found their way onto dresses, skirts, tops, belts, and—the clincher—bags. Satchels, totes, clutches: if it’s Proenza Schouler, I’m always interested.

Paired with their sleek seventies-inspired shoes (really, truly, I’m dying for the black ones) I can see my whole summer ahead of me, right to the very end when the scorching heat turns to an autumn chill. Though the summer will fade into a San Francisco fog, the wedge sandals and canvas purses will evoke ocean breezes and outdoor cocktail parties all year long. Oh, I think I see an investment in my near future…

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fall finds

Currently craving clothes (and everything else) of the quintessential fall color variety.  From high-end to the lowest price point possible, the orange, burgundy, forest green, browns, and taupe provide a palette that feels rich and luxurious.  I scoured the net for coats, sweaters, trousers, jewels, and more in these rustic jewel tones to satisfy my inner shopper (though between you and me I might have to invest in some of the inexpensive items!).  Loving the tarnished and rose gold with bronze jewelry, roomy bags, and heeled shoes.  And of course, it’s always necessary to add a little bit of leopard.  If I had to pick two “gotta have it now” pieces, however, it would definitely be the Topshop Platform Boots and the Gretchen Jones cuff (even though she seemed so loathsome on Project Runway!).  And… well… anything hunter green.  Because I’ve honestly decided that it’s my new favorite color.

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salvage operation



The other day I expressed the aesthetic for my dream home: old Hollywood glamour with an industrial and rustic edge and French touches.  Basically, anything that looks old, antique, vintage, European, luxe, and streamlined, but nothing too frilly.  Pieces that look like they’ve seen it all, survived through dozens of owners’ lifetimes, and lived to tell the tale.

As I was fantasizing about what exactly this would look like, two websites seemed to materialize in front of my eyes: One Kings Lane and the Foundary.  These curated home decor sales sites offer discounted prices on collections of handpicked items for a limited amount of time; all you have to do is sign up for a free membership to browse.  And man, did I browse.

Out of the dozen or so sales that I sorted through, I found heaps of furnishings, art, lights, and decor that would fit perfectly into my ideal living space.  They all look like pieces from an estate sale or flea market; possibly my favorite coffee table in the history of coffee tables is the one made out of an old door that looks a hundred years old.  This haul consists of reclaimed wood, Belle Époque prints, gilded accessories, and a beautiful geometric mirror with a cool, unmistakable character.

If only I had a loft apartment with a forty-foot-high ceiling in Los Angeles and all the money in the world to spend…  if only.

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iphone it in

modeandthelikekatespadewishlistWith the whole tech world abuzz about the iPhone 5 (not to mention Steve Jobs), I am patiently awaiting its release so that the price of the iPhone 4 will go down.  I’ve had my iPhone 3GS since 2009.  It’s in good condition, since I attempt to take care of all my possessions in the most diligent way possible.  The only real mishap I ever had was during my first weekend with it, when it slipped out of my hand as I exited my friend’s car.  Since we had just parked in San Francisco, you can imagine my horror as it slid down the steep street, passing under car after car on its way to the bottom.  I was wearing slippery-heeled boots, so my friend raced down and caught it before the phone could reach the busy intersection below.  I’ve kept it near me ever since, and the phone has endured without a scratch.

But now, I feel like it’s time for change.  I don’t want to buy an iPhone 4 when my 3GS works perfectly, but FaceTime seems so cool (though I don’t know anyone with an iPhone 4?) and companies make the most beautiful cases for them.  I currently have a rubber Kate Spade NY case for my phone, but it’s been over a year since I bought it.  If I had my way I’d buy all of the cases above and switch ’em up whenever I felt like it!  (I’d probably miss my iPhone 3Gs if I exchanged it though… Sigh.)

(Clockwise, from top left)

Kate Spade New York iPhone 4 Hard Cover in Leopard ($40), Kate Spade NY

Kate Spade New York iPhone 4 Cover in Candy Shop Stripe ($35), Kate Spade NY

Kate Spade New York iPhone 4 Hard Cover in White/Black/Pink ($40), Kate Spade NY

Kate Spade New York iPhone 4 Hard Cover in Matchbook ($40), Kate Spade NY

(Photos, via Kate Spade)

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snake charmer


I perpetually have a hard time classifying my personal aesthetic, since I am drawn to all kinds of clothes, accessories, shoes, and looks.  Color is always an important factor; I usually stick to shades of blue, red/pink, and neutrals.  But one month I’ll find a certain pair of shoes, or even a whole style, distasteful, and the next month I’m dying for those shoes or a product that embodies that style.   Maybe it’s the influence of a friend, a celebrity, a store, a blog, or just oodles of plain ol’ media coverage; each particular case is different.  What my yo-yoing has taught me is to never dismiss a trend so readily.  There is almost always a way to adapt it to your personal style, a way to make it your own.

In my recent Internet browsing, I’ve come across a few pieces that challenged my own tastes and made me contemplate if they would ever have a place in my closet.  For example, I never thought I would like the look of snakeskin (and on any day, I’d opt for faux), but some distinct sea foam green Zara heels made me do a double take.  And when I happened upon a minimal metal collar that probably would not fit around my neck, I stopped and realized that it was actually quite chic.

(Clockwise, from top left)

Slide Close Collar ($20), Need Supply Co.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Roman Holiday ($24), NARS Cosmetics

Oasis Green Bracelet Watch ($36.59), ASOS

LOVE Magazine ($17.99), Need Supply Co.

Madewell Cableknit Crewneck Sweater in Heather Cloud ($98), Madewell

ASOS Square Shank Detail Ring with Fuschia Sphere ($14.64), ASOS

Deborah Lippman Nail Polish in Happy Birthday ($18),

Zara Snake Skin Court Shoe in Sea Green ($129), Zara

Topshop Eyes in Good as Gold ($14), Topshop

Betsey Johnson Snake Bangle Bracelet in Taupe ($75), Betsey Johnson

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Morphine ($20),

American Apparel Egypt Tote ($16), American Apparel

(Photos, via respective store sites)

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