Sunday, August 30, 2009

saint james striped shirts at lark



Before leaving to visit Vancouver a month ago, my friend Mikey raved about how excited he was to go shopping there and showed me the Lark store's website where he planned to go to check out their selection of Saint James striped shirts. He ended up purchasing a short sleeved top with navy stripes and upon seeing it I was seriously tempted to run away with it. One of these days I'll get a picture of how he wears it! Although I do regret not having asked him to bring me back one, I'm still planning on ordering from the site when I get the chance. I'm thinking maybe red stripes with 3/4 sleeves? Or a short sleeved navy one like Mikey's? Or perhaps both? I can't decide!




In any case, posting about this was primarily sparked by a visit to the site after seeing it on him a few days ago and a need to spread the word since I've received a couple of emails asking where readers can get striped shirts like mine. While everyone doesn't have the chance to score at vintage or thrift stores, I'd say that these Saint James shirts are a great alternative. Wait, what am I saying? These shirts are way better than any ratty old tee! I need to stop myself from buying their whole selection. For now, here are these amazing shots that I found at the Lark blog. I'm a sucked for these colors in photos.




PHOTO CREDIT: the Lark blog

Saturday, August 29, 2009

marc jacobs and vena cava, oh my

what's inside?
marc jacobs shoes

Finally managed to snap a good picture of the $20 Marc Jacobs shoes. Still in shock and realized how perfectly professional they are for job interviews which should be coming up soon now that I am a senior. Don't get me wrong, I'm into recent trends just as much as any blogger is (maybe to a lesser degree, hmph) but it's comforting to have shoes like these which will never go out of style like say, gladiator platforms. Every girl out there needs a pair of timeless shoes! Did I mention that they're handcrafted? Mmmhmm.

vena cava
vena cava

My luck may be terrible in other respects but when it comes to clothes, there is no better word to describe it other than this: PWNAGE. While the circumstances were unfortunate given that the best boutique in the East Bay, August, is closing their store in Rockridge, I took advantage of it anyway and scored this Vena Cava dress for, wait for it... $50. $50?! Not $600?! I looked at the price tag in disbelief, tried it on anyway, asked the girls there if it was really true, and finally purchased it on the spot. I wore it out yesterday for lunch and ice cream with my boyfriend but never managed to take an outfit shot because I looked horrible due to the insane heat. You guys are just going to have to wait... I'll be nice this time and link you guys to the runway picture. Cheers!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

back to school, not so cool (but food will always make things better)


acne shirt, vintage skirt, thrifted oxfords

I started out the day wearing something completely different but first I spilled ketchup on my vintage blouse and two hour later I snagged my green skirt on a branch. When you add that to the frustrations I'm facing with getting into a certain class today was just not my day. As I stated the last post, the comments and emails have made me feel so much better and I appreciate everyone's love and words of encouragement!

So I changed my clothes and tried to start the day afresh. After all, all I can really do at this point is keep my chin up and hope for the best since there is always a bright side to every misfortune. My favorite shirt always knows how to make me feel better (and somehow magically never stains considering my perpetual clumsiness) tucked into a vintage tweed skirt (with pockets!!) and lace-up oxfords. Very 60s college student, no? I wonder if they had these problems getting into classes 40 years ago. Oh, just lost track of where I was going again. Is my stream of consciousness too tiring?

(Looking at pictures of food also comforts me in times of need so here are some shots from Tartine in San Francisco!)

chocolate chip cookie from Tartine Bakery

Tartine Bakery usually has ridiculous lines out the door but we lucked out this time around although we still had to wait a while for our food. We started out with a nice big cookie while we waited for our food since there's never anything wrong with dessert before a meal! Don't believe old wives tales (or tell my mom that I said this)!

quiche from Tartine Bakery

My pick: a slice of quiche. At first I wondered if I should have gone with two slices but one was definitely enough. Mine had crème fraîche, local eggs, ham, and various herbs. So filling and perfectly flaky! There was also a vegetarian option with tomatoes which I will try eventually for sure.

spicy turkey sandwich from Tartine Bakery

His pick: a pressed spicy turkey sandwich. What's inside escapes me but I'm sure you can look at their menu online (I can't open pdfs here, pfft). He ended up super full and still had to take a slice home! Definitely something you can share with someone else.

refinery 29 + food bloggers


A big thank you to Connie and Refinery 29 for featuring yours truly and a few of my favorite bloggers on their site! I was having a terrible day but the comments and emails I've received today made me feel so much better. I strongly advise everyone to visit the article (click on the picture!) and follow these blogs, if you haven't already of course.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

lemon ricotta pancakes

lemon ricotta pancakes
lemon ricotta pancakes
lemon ricotta pancakes
lemon ricotta pancakes

Finally got around to developing film today. My boyfriend made these unbelievably fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes for us last week for breakfast. They were so adorable! I have a terrible soft spot for mini anything... burgers, hats, puppies, you name it. Anyone from Tumblr remember my obsession with Jack-in-the-Box's mini sirloin burgers? There's this bar across the street from Pika's which has overpriced sliders which I've been dying to try just because they're tiny and adorable. Ahh!

Monday, August 24, 2009

loungin' and wayfarin'

ray-ban wayfarers

While I was away, my roommate informed me that Lucky Magazine had sent me a package and I ended coming home to these babies! They're slightly smaller than the regular wayfarers which I actually prefer since I have my other oversized vintage shades to hide behind when necessary. Lately I've been living in these and pulling my hair back into no-fuss low buns. I'm bracing myself for 9:30am classes by doing what I do best: nothing. Switching my schedule around has been giving me a terrible headache for the past week or so but I guess I just can't get around having super packed Tuesdays and Thursdays. At least I get to rest with just one class every other day? I guess. In any case, this won't affect the blog in a negative way. If anything, once I'm back on a more regular daily routine there will probably be more posts come Wednesday. Good bye summer, it was nice knowing you.

Friday, August 21, 2009

(my) perfect graphic tee


acne thea printed tee via creatures of comfort

I don't usually overly obsess over clothing but I actually gasped when I saw this. I've always had a soft spot for black designs on slightly oversized white tees (have I ever shown you guys my Zara face tee?) but this one takes the cake. Ho-ly crap. If you're new here, I should probably mention that I study ancient cultures on a daily basis and upon finding this I nerded out for a good ten minutes trying to figure out if when I should buy it or how I would blog about it. Well, more like twenty minutes if you count the additional ten that it took trying to properly articulate myself in front of this computer screen. Ahh damn.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

step back, breathe, relax

sky

...and look up at the clouds more often.

Monday, August 17, 2009

need you in my life

schuberts bakery
schuberts bakery

Been feeling under the weather while wishing I could have another piece of tiramisu from Schubert's Bakery on Clement Street in San Francisco. If only all of life's problems could be solved with sweets. Well, they come pretty damn close, in my honest opinion. (Reminder to self: use film camera more often.)

Friday, August 14, 2009

your mom does not count as a fan


zara dress and platforms, vintage crinoline (underneath)

Another all-white outfit featuring my new Zara platforms. Today we took care of some chores and watched Julie & Julia downtown. I also managed to get a hold of my friend's DSLR to snap my outfit shots. Here you can also get a pretty good idea of how ridiculously high the ceilings are in Pika's apartment. Everyone around me seems to have a DSLR and it's about time I picked one up as well. My dad actually asked me once if I needed a new camera for my blog! I forget that a lot of people I know IRL do look at this, including my parents. While I unpacked my bags last month during my last visit home, I showed my mom my floral H&M maxi dress and she told me that she had already seen it on my blog. Oh momma! Well, we shall see about that camera...

(Again, no pictures of the shoes, sorry. Here's a frittata Pika made for lunch with yesterday's leftovers.)

bon appetit





photo credit: my friend chris

All I really needed to feel better was a nice little dinner cooked by my cutie Pika. I think we were both being a little testy yesterday. Sometimes I forget how nice it can be to date someone who can cook up amazing meals like this. The pork tenderloin was tender and juicy and went perfectly with the mole sauce he made from scratch. The salad was just as delicious and the dressing made me rethink my usual distaste for both salad and avocados. Love you, Pika!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

quick quick post


top from some korean store, zara pants, zara platforms

I'm a little cranky at the moment (contrary to my face in the pictures) but I figured I'd post anyway since I have (blurry) pictures. At least it's something, right? Something tells me my OCD tendencies will drive me to delete this soon. I probably just need some food... or a nicer boyfriend. Just kidding.

(Edited to post picture I just developed instead of crappy pictures of my new shoes. Wait and see...)

in-n-out

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

kiss me thru the phone~

Tidbits of my life these past few days via my new Blackberry Curve 8900, newest to oldest.



Pika being Pika. We spent two or so weeks apart and then he left for a few days right when I came back. Talk about bad timing.



Skirt that I bought at a Forever 21 which used to be a Mervyns. We were killing time before sushi and ended up at my least favorite mall back home. The bigger the F21, the less I am able to find but this time I found this skirt by the cash registers.



I left the shoes at the BF's so I haven't been able to take any pictures but I promise I will soon. For those of you who haven't seen my Twitter, I scored a pair of killer black heels at the Marc Jacobs store for $20. I couldn't believe it either when the girl working there asked if I was a 9 1/2 because the shoes were super marked down when they were clearing out the store! Original price? $645, still on the box. What?!



Very bad outfit shot at Zara while waiting for Lulu. I hadn't worn my Prada booties out in a while so it was a bitch to get around and I had to buy flip flops at H&M. Could have easily taken real pictures but I've been terribly lazy. Wearing a thrifted blazer, H&M top, Alexander Wang skirt, and Bottega Veneta clutch.



Sneaked a picture of Camille at lunch. It was nice seeing her but she had to leave early for her flight so that left Lulu and me to wander around Union Square. Next time we'll have more time for sure! Talked about being bad bloggers among other things.



Delicious burger from Zuni Cafe in San Francisco. Need to go back there soon.



BF's new apartment from the outside. Its above a cute little French restaurant and has incredibly high ceilings. One of these days I'll take a photo which puts things into perspective because all the ones I've taken do it no justice.



Pika's sister created and framed this amazing drawing of Karl Lagerfeld based on this picture from the New Yorker for his birthday and it's currently hanging in the hallway. Love you, Karl.



The windows in the living room of the apartment. This is basically what you see when you look out from the couch. My latest project involves trying to clean those monstrous windows on the outside but they are seriously ten feet high and it's impossible to do it by hand.



Last night in LA, caught the ball from Loney's ground-rule double. Dodgers lost but made an amazing effort to come back in the 9th inning. Definitely one of the best games I've been to.



God, I love Dodger Stadium. I may love San Francisco but LA will always be my number one. When it comes to sports, at least. Well, there's a bunch of others but these should suffice for now. Real post coming tomorrow or this weekend, I hope. Just so you know, the more anon comments I get about my lack of posting, the less I want to update. Call me a bad blogger but the last thing I want is for this to become a chore.