Well it’s been a long long while since any photos of myself actually surfaced on Mode and the Like, so I thought it was time to bring the camera along today when my boyfriend and I visited Leland Tea Co. on Bush and Polk. I’d never been in before but had passed it frequently on buses and decided to finally give the quaint little café a try. Ben and I had small sandwiches and a pot of the Blue Eyes, a blend with hibiscus flowers, rose hips, apple pieces and orange. It was floral and fruity and absolutely delicious. When purchasing some tea of my own however I opted for Jasmine Fancy, since it smelled fresh and divine and green tea is life.
I was very excited to wear my new Surface to Air sandals this afternoon since I got them at Jeremy’s for $50 (a steal considering they were in perfect condition and originally a cool $460). I’ve never been a big fan of navy blue, but after buying this amazing Bar III sweater in Hawaii (the back detail is a unique touch) and then the shoes I’m officially sold. Navy is the new black. I love the contrast with my turquoise-going-on-kelly-green jeans and I’ll definitely be playing around with more fun color combinations in the near future.
It’s been awhile since I checked out J.Crew‘s offering of accessories (their chunky necklaces and elegant earrings are my go-to for jewelry), but the newest line of footwear is giving baubles a run for their money. And boy, does J.Crew tout shoes in some shocking shades. Yesterday I fell in love with the Everly Suede Pump when I started browsing the Handbag and Shoe Shop; my eye was immediately drawn to the bold lime green and electric blue hues. Pairing crazy color with a sleek, classic design makes these kicks irresistible in my book, since they can easily be dressed up or down. I’ve recently acquired a bit of a shoe obsession, and I’m hoping I can resist considering the hefty price tag on these babies. Let’s just see how things look after a paycheck or two .
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…
I’ve been using Instagram for awhile now, and even though my iPhone 3GS doesn’t take stunning snapshots like the 4S, the app can make your life look so much more beautiful than it actually is.
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For me today was all about the heavy fog turned sunshine, grilled cheese, Mission Street’s beautiful St. Patrick Church, and the Carpenters. Lunch at The Melt definitely made my day ten times better, but sixties and seventies tunes were the real key. As for my outfit, I was sort of going for an understated grunge feel. And I finally wore my cage necklace! That really made me feel accomplished.