Inspiration: Ani Bikinis

I can’t get over the whimsical feel of these suits from ANI Bikinis. I am a fan of the wrap around bikini top and these are beautiful. I love the texture of the hand dyed fabrics and crocheted knits and all the suits are made in the US.

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DIY: Cut Off Jean Shorts

With summer getting closer I decided it was time to make myself a good pair of cut offs. Shorts are always so hard for me because I am very particular and nothing seems well-fitting enough, which is why the best solution is to DIY a pair.

1. Take a pair of old jeans. I thrifted my pair for $3 and bought them a few sizes larger than I wear my jeans. I like my jean shorts on the larger side (no too large) because I hate feeling like my thighs are hanging out AND I have muffin top. That would be the worst.

2. Gather your supplies. You’ll need, your jeans, safety pins, scissors and a ruler (Sharpie and iron are optional).

3. Either take a pair of shorts with a length you like, or put them on. Either way, place a safety-pin (or two or three) at your desired length. Take them off and lay them flat. I chose to cut at about 9 inches from the inseam. I figured If I messed up, it gave me enough room to fix, I could fold once for longer and twice for shorter, or decide I hate the fold and just cut them shorter. I used a ruler and a very light sharpie line (I used a light blue). Cut very carefully.

4. Fold your jeans, back pockets facing out. Line up your short side and cut the second side.

5. If you choose to cuff your jean shorts and like them where they are, I suggest ironing them. I am still on the fence so I chose not to do so. The part of my that likes itty bitty sort is screaming at me to cut them shorter, but I might give the longer one a go for a while. Random film reference: I like them because they make me feel like Roberta in Now and Then.

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What I wore: I’ve been obsessing long enough….

For my last Weekender post I posted this outfit.

Well, I was too obsessed to not let it come to fruition. I regret absolutely nothing about this outfit. I loved it and the weather was perfect. It’s by far my new favorite.

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State of the Art

Last night, Tommy and I saw Gotye! It hands down one of the most interesting shows I have ever been to. Not only was he an amazing performer, but every aspect of the stage seems so curated. Gotye drummed and sang and ran around hitting triangles and samplers like a mad scientist, but it all seemed to have a purpose and gave you a sense of how intricate his music really is.

One of my favorite aspects (beside watching him drum, which was amazing) was the animated videos playing behind him. Most of them were his music videos, which are beautiful to begin with, others were new. One of my favorites featured a man peeling off his shirt, then his whole body, becoming a bear, and back to a man again as he repeatedly pulled layers off. Everything felt emotive and set the mood.

My favorite videos



The Writing on the Wall

I love the look of type throughout the house. From marquee signage to type heavy prints, I just love it all. Recently, I bought craft letters at Beverly’s but I believe they have them for the same price at Paper Source, too! They are so versatile, you can do almost anything imaginable with them. I chose to leave mine plain, because I like the texture of the cardboard, but there are some great DIY’s out there, including a faux zinc finish. I’ve rounded up my top 5 tutorials online, so check it out.

Let Birds Fly

On To Baby


346 Living

First Lady of the House

Inspiration: Mara Hoffman Swimwear

I am not one to spend $200 on a swimsuit, but I cannot stop obsessing over Mara Hoffman’s swimwear line. Her prints are insanely adorable and her shapes are so fun! Can I also say this model is gorgeous? This shoot is just beautiful. It makes me want to go back in time, vacation in Havana and fall in love with a young waiter/revolutionary played by Diego Luna. I could have gone with another film reference, but I don’t care if the world knows I’ve seen Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights. Twice.

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Squashing Monday Blues

Summer is coming! The temperature might be high 50’s, but the sun is out and they days are getting longer, which means summer is close! I have been obsessively planning out my summer activities. One activity I plan on participating in a lot, is going to the beach. Last year we went to the beach with my family only a few times, so this year I’m making an extra effort to go. San Francisco beaches, just don’t hold up. I’m actually a little terrified of them. So, I will be making a lot of trips to socal, solely to surf/paddleboard with my family. Which, I think is awesome! There is nothing that makes me happier than planning a beach day, especially on a Monday!

Below are essentials for any successful beach trip!

Also, nothing puts me in a better mood than River Deep – Mountain High. So, daydream about the beach, sing along to some Tina and enjoy your Monday.


Row 1: Mara Hoffman Tiki Bustier Bikini/ Walter Mio Bandeau Swimsuit/  Xhilaration Geo 2 Piece

Row 2:  Lanikai Soprano Ukulele/ Reef Ah Sy Ee Sandals/ Billabong Going Places Bag/ Heather Ross for Walden Longboards

Row 3: Two Tone Straw Hat/ Billabong Layin’ Low Towel/

Row 4: H&M Denim Shorts/ Moroccan Oil Treatment/ Sun Bum Sunscreen/ Burt’s Bees/ Grapes (preferably frozen)

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The Weekender: Chambray Button Up Shirt

I have this amazing chambray button up I bought last summer and it has become a wardrobe staple. Since sunshine isn’t too far away, I can’t stop thinking about all the pairing possibilities. I do know, I am one click away from being the proud owner of those red Nicole Miller shorts.

Source clockwise from top left:

1. Honeydew Intimates Polka Dot Bralette/ Selvedge Chambray Shirt/ Marc by Marc Jacobs Aviator Sunglasses/ Looking Boho in NoHo Bag/ ASOS Flossy Sandals/ Nicole Miller Indego Shorts

2. Henlow Skinny Jeans/ Selvedge Chambray Shirt/ Forever 21 Beaded Clutch/ F0003 Oversize Sunglasses/  Steve Madden Manngo Wedge/

3. Full Tilt Fold Over Maxi/ Selvedge Chambray Shirt/ Fashion Against Aids Bustier/ O’Neill Arrow Sandals/ Geometric Cuff/ UO Cat Eye Sunglasses

Inspiration: Braids and Buns

My hair has been pretty blah lately, so I’ve been throwing it in to a quick braided updo. I’ve had my eye out for new ones and here are the ones that have been the most inspiring.



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Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

A few days ago I had the pleasure of attending the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit with my dear friend Kim. I can’t even describe how amazing it was. It was gorgeous and cutting-edge, with a sly sense of humor.  Talking mannequins are spread throughout the exhibit, they talk to you, they sing, they even talk to themselves in the mirror. They had a room dedicated to his corsets (Madonna cone bra included) and a room dedicated to his amazing film work, including City of Lost Children and The Fifth Element. It was just fantastic! I recommend it to Gaultier fans as well as people not as familiar with his work, it was such a great experience.


The exhibit is open until August 19, 2012 at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park

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