Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Goldmine Part 2: Ebay Designer Collective

So last week, I shared my wishlist from eBay's dreamy new Designer Collective. This week, I'm making part of that wishlist a reality. These Cynthia Vincent shoes have been haunting my dreams and I'm so very glad they are now mine. I don't have another pair of shoes this color, and I'm so pleasantly surprised at how versatile they are. As for this Nicole Miller dress, it's one of those pieces that acts like a basic, but the paneling and mesh details take it to a whole new level. In whole, the perfect summer look for when denim cut-offs don't cut it. 

Ever since I put that original eBay Designer Collective wishlist together, I've been mentally adding to it nonstop. Here are a few of my latest additions: 

And for deets on what I'm wearing, make sure to check at the bottom of this post!


WEARING: Nicole Miller Dress via eBay12th St. by Cynthia Vincent Bailey Ankle Lace Sandal via eBay, Black Sea Greenwich Clutch, Daniel Wellington Sheffield Watch (get 20% off with the code hellosummer), Rachel Mulherin Daphne Necklace, Alexis Russell Open Cut Diamond Ring

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Special Announcement For You

WEARING: Lionette Avish Necklace and earrings are: Lillot Gradient Asymmetrical Earrings 

You know how I've been talking about some really exciting news that I can't wait to share with you? Well here it is: for the past month or so, I have been working on a very exciting blog redesign, which will go live within the next week or so. Think completely new look, new features, new kinds of content, and even more exciting, a brand new name.

This blog is such a passion for me, and my hope is that with the upcoming makeover, I'll get to share with you even more of the things that I am passionate about. I'm also really excited to share a little more about myself and give insight into my personal life. Being able to connect with so many of you through this blog has been one of my favorite things to do and I simply can't wait to do even more of it! (And just in case you haven't seen it yet, peep Elsa's new blog here.) As for the new name, I'm not going to tell you just yet (I want to make the surprise last a little bit longer!) but just know, I'm REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT!

All you have to do is keep coming back right here.  I'll take care of the rest. ;) And when everything goes into full effect, let me know what you think!  I have been working so hard for this and I can't wait for this next step. I'm so excited to be sharing it with you!


photos by Nikko DeTranquilli

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Love Bird

An easy summer look with a lot of subtle details for an outfit that's seemingly pretty straightforward. But what I'm really excited about is to officially introduce my husband Nikko, who has been shooting all these lovely photos for the past two months. The guy's pretty talented. Not to mention easy on the eyes, and a pretty snappy dresser to boot - pun intended. Get it? Because of his boots.

Stay tuned because I have a pretty huge announcement! I'm terrible at surprises, and it's killing me not to tell you right now. But it's coming soon (like in a couple days kind of soon) so I supposed I can hold off a moment longer ...


Wearing: Wildlife Works Braided TankHelmut Lang Tidal Twist Skirt, PushmataAha Shard Earrings, PushmataAha Shard Ring, Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch (get 20% off with the code: hellosummer through 8/15), Peter Lo Buckle Bracelet, Ksubi Sunglasses, CAT Milicent Sandals 

Nikko is Wearing: Vintage Ray Bans (similar here), Devil's Harvest Shirt, Surface to Air Pants, CAT Canvas Boots

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


I approach most things in moderation, but this summer my appetite for all things swim has been voracious. It's funny to see how my personal taste in clothes is directly reflected in my swimwear choices. I prefer the same colors and clean lines that I do in my regular clothes, but with a light meandering into the unexpected.

We took a break from the beach to head out to a lake a little further south of San Francisco. When I was very young, the family would come out here to watch my dad windsurf. When I was a little bit older, this is where I learned how to sail - and also where I crashed my first (and last) boat. Now when I go to the lake, I prefer the old fashioned approach to swimming as well as the occasional paddle board. And let's not forget the well practiced art of doing absolutely nothing. What's your favorite water activity?


WEARING: Missguided Contrast BikiniMissguided snake print slidersLionette Avish Necklace, Krystle Knight Rings, Lulu Dharma Wrap Bracelet, Missguided Elma Aviators

Monday, July 21, 2014

Goldmine: eBay Designer Collective

I bought my very first designer piece on eBay.  I remember feeling nervous, excited, and supremely grown up. It was a pair of Prada heels (3 more followed soon after) that I loved fiercely for years. Buying those shoes was such a liberating feeling - not just because it was my first foray into purchasing what had previously felt out of reach, but also because there was a sense of pride that came with the hunt and kill. When it comes to designer pieces, my hunt/kill addiction has become well cultivated over the years. I'd even call myself an expert - but out of all the designer hunting grounds out there, eBay still remains my first love.

Which is why the eBay Designer Collective and my serotonin levels have a direct working relationship. Trust me - it was hard enough to narrow down my 10 top favorites - there is definitely more. I'll show in you person later this week. But in the meantime, can we just take a minute and dream about where we'd wear these two white denim jumpsuit-centric outfits? Which one would you wear?


Sponsored by eBay and ShopStyle, opinions and eBay obsession are my own. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ante Up

Taking full advantage of summer weekends while anteing up on short shorts, coords, and various stockpiles of bling. Right now, life is good and I'm pretty excited about it. I'm also doing my very best not to make a huge announcement too early. It's taking every molecule of effort (if there were such a thing, which there is not) to not spill the beans. Because it's kind of a big deal. And it's coming soon. Like in the next week or so kind of soon. Stay tuned.. 

Make sure to check outfit details at the end of this post - there's a pretty sweet discount for you that I think you'll like. 


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Blue and Bronzed

Another dress from my number one love (as far as dresses go, that is. Already planning my next acquisition) I am slowly becoming aware that my subconscious has a thing for blue dresses and it has been kind of fun to watch it play out in real life. Well that, and bronzed everything when it comes to makeup...

Happy first half of the week <3 p="">


WEARING: The Reformation Minorca Dress (similar dress), Acne Pistol Boots, Céline SunglassesVK Collection Lesya Cuff, Alice and Leon Gold Dot Midi Ring, Alice and Leon Sailer EarringsAsha Patel Namaste Dog Tag

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Water Baby

Growing up, I spent about 75% of my childhood in the water. It runs in my family. My dad was an avid  deep sea diver, wind surfer and long distance swimmer - so competitive swimming was just something to be expected from all five of his daughters. In fact, my dad likes to joke that he gave me my first swimming lesson 1 minute after I was born.

Aside from the pool, my family also spent a good part of my childhood traveling, often beach hopping from Fiji to Hawaii or Mexico and back again. This is a big part of why I have always loved being by water. It soothes me, but it also reminds me of being a kid. There's a simplicity to it that is both calming and invigorating - and at the same time, so very humbling.


Photos by Nikko DeTranquilli

Friday, July 11, 2014


We spent a good part of last weekend nestled away in Half Moon Bay enjoying the coastal life the way it's meant to be enjoyed. To us, this means long dinners with crazy views, scenic sunsets while cuddled up around a fire, intentionally getting lost, and lots of beach time.  I packed lightly - first of all because I didn't actually think we were going to stay as long as we did, but also because it's easy to let go of little details in exchange for the big picture. This dress was a staple - something outside my normal city style and totally liberating to wear. Not only is it perfect for barefoot beach meandering, but it's also ideal for tossing over a swimsuit, not to mention just as easy to whip off at the first glimpse of water.


WEARING:  Rae Francis Dress, Oia Jules, Golden Eight Solitaire Necklace, Asha Patel Namaste Necklace, Céline Sunglasses, Krystle Knight Ring

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Came across this garden of poppies on the way to the local farmer's market. There are few places I love more than a good outdoor market filled with fresh fruits and veggies, locally crafted goods, and plenty of sunshine. I love the stories behind each stall, fruit tasting, and all the unique finds we inevitably come across. This time, it was a full flat of wheatgrass for less than 8 bucks. We haven't been too diligent about growing our own wheatgrass in the past few months (something we used to do religiously), so this purchase is an exciting start to getting back into one of my favorite healthy habits. I'm already looking forward to stocking up on local goodness again next weekend.  Don't you just love the summer?