Some of my friends refuse to try Pinterest for fear they will waste too much time on the site. Completely understandable, as it does have that affect on most people, myself included. I was completely obsessed last summer and even had to stop checking my feed in the evening before bed because I would get so inspired I couldn't sleep. I now have a better grasp on my pinning addiction and spend maybe 15-30 minutes a day looking for images that inspire me and keep my own creative juices flowing. One awesome thing I gain from the site, is the ability to pull together cute outfits. At one point in my life, I had this skill, probably when I had a whole bunch more free time to mix and match outfits in front of the mirror. Now, my morning routine must take 15 minutes or less which often means I just grab the top pair of jeans and t-shirt off the stack in my closet. So to get back on track, I started a Style board and realized I can create similar versions of many of the outfits on my own with items I already had, just maybe hadn't considered pairing together. For the next several Weekend Style Friday's I will share a photo I found on Pinterest and a similar look I pulled from my own closet.
Image via Fashion Plus
hat: Goorin Bros
boots: Clark's Original. I know, I wear these a lot but they are my new fave and comfortable with my bunion ;(
necklace: a beautiful necklace from the MOMA Doug gave me for an anniversary many years ago.
We experienced some gorgeous 65-degree summer like weather in the Bay Area this week. Bijou had Monday off of school so naturally we wanted to enjoy the sunshine outside and headed to the pool. This week's style post is inspired by just that... sunshine, summer time and the relaxation that comes along with a day off.
Layer on your bracelets. I stuck with a mostly leather theme but a bunch of gold jewelry or even some handmade friendship bracelets would be nice.
My tunic is from Emerson Fry.
Simple, easy and light enough for a warm summer day.
This is hands-down my favorite kind of outfit. The kind I wear 360 days a year. The jeans are J.Crew and can be found here.
I discovered these head scarves at American Apparel back in December and fell in love so I bought 3. They are the perfect width and have a wire built in making them easy to style is a variety of ways. Bijou likes them too.
The necklace I bought on Etsy from a shop called Rarebird. You can buy yourself one here.
The shirt was purchased at Voyager in SF and the loose fitting style is perfectly flattering for those weeks where there is little time for the gym.
I have a mom-friend at Bijou's school who was kind enough to give me a bag of hand-me-downs when the boys were born. It felt like Christmas morning, sorting through the bag. In my opinion, her children are some of the most stylishly dressed in the whole school. Her family is from Spain and so she travels to Europe frequently stocking up on fashions for her children. One of the highlights in the bag, at least for me, was this darling pair of suspenders. I have yet to convince the boys that these are super awesome and they should totally rock them at school. However, I did recently discover if I let them out to the longest length, they can fit me. Yippee!
Rather than completely freak out about moving to a farm in a small rural village in France with only 800 PEOPLE!!!, I'm going to embrace it. Although, I certainly will not deny the fear and anxiety that comes along with making such a dramatic change from our current metropolis of millions. In the spirit of embracing farm life, I picked up this new field jacket at Voyager in San Francisco and plan to have it be one of items I will have packed into my one suitcase of clothing I will be bringing with me for the year.
These Tretorn boots are an old staple of mine and the fleece lining will make them perfect for feeding the chickens in the winter. Current weather in Villebois is showing snow this week.
Doug and I are actually getting away this year to celebrate the day of love and Doug's upcoming birthday. We booked a room in Santa Cruz (near our babysitter, Thanks Mimi & Grandpa!) and have plans to go to dinner at La Posta (a nearby restaurant that Michael Bauer, the tough restaurant critic at the SF Sentinel, gave glowing reviews).
I'm excited for our 24-hour getaway and for the re-do to last year's Valentine's day where I made Doug and I a nice miso black cod dinner only to be woken up in the middle of the night with what we both thought was food poisoning. It turned out to be the flu because the kids all got sick the next day and they hadn't eaten the fish. In any case, I haven't been able to eat cod since.
The little black dress is from Emerson Fry.
Tights and clutch are from Target.
The gold sequin flats I bought 5 years ago at Barney's in LA.
What are your holiday plans with your sweetie?
This French-inspired outfit might be completely off-season for many parts of the country but here in California, this look can be pulled off year-round. If it's a particularly brisk day, just throw on a jacket and some nylon socks.
I choose this look because I have a big announcement to make....
Doug and I have decided to move to France in August for a year abroad with our 3 young children. It's been a life-long dream of ours and we have been preparing for this by sending our eldest to a French-immersion elementary school. My step-daughter will be off at her first year in college and has applied to a couple of schools on the east coast so the timing seemed right. The twins will be just under 3 so they should pick up on the new language quite quickly. On the other hand, the language will be quite a challenge for me. I start my beginning French course on Monday. Wish me luck! I'm hoping the locals in our small village will be more accepting of my American accent than the Parisians (or my daughter) have been. ;)
We have chosen to live in a 19th-century restored farmhouse in the Dordogne region of France. The Dordogne is known for its mountains, rivers, lakes and medieval villages. The farmhouse has chickens, a vegetable garden and pool and is surrounded by sunflower fields. It should make for an idyllic year.
As expected, we are VERY excited for this adventure! However, we have much preparation in the coming months. In addition to all of the paperwork, we are looking for renters for our home in Berkeley, CA. If you know of anyone who may be interested drop me a line. We would like to leave the house furnished, it would be great for children, pets are negotiable and it's walking distance to the CAL campus so a visiting professor might find it ideal.
If you have spent any time in France, especially with children, and have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them in the comments. Merci!
We are off to our cabin today for the holidays. We are hoping to do a little snowboarding, sledding and ice skating and hopefully have enough snow on the deck to build a snowman. Inside we usually play lots of games, watch movies, build gingerbread houses, put up the shadow puppet theater and take a few rides down the flight of stairs in our sleeping bags. I usually feel more inspired to cook when it's cold and snowy outside. Some soup, slow cooked meats, waffles and poached eggs on garlic toast will certainly be in order.