School Days.

DSC_1117I am not sure if I was lucky or not because I didn’t have to wear a uniform to school. On one hand, it would have been easy enough to know what to wear to class each day and on the other I would have looked just like everyone else. I wasn’t a super fashionable kid growing up, I was obsessed with rock music and basically wore a band tee to school every day but that was my thing. So, I guess I am happy that I didn’t have to wear a uniform to school- but if I did I would want it to look like this.

(Shirt- thrift store find, Necklace- J. Crew, Skirt & Tights- Forever 21, Shoes- Charlotte Russe, Bag- Kate Spade)

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I hope everyone had a lovely MLK Jr. Day!

Oxblood.

DSC_1156One of my favorite colors to wear is Oxblood or Merlot. It’s such a rich color that can really add a pop to any look. I decided to try to push the limit on how much of the color I could realistically pull off in one go.

Top & Tights- Forever 21, Skirt- Nordstrom BP, Purse- Papaya.

DSC_1152(Necklace- gift from my friend Aya, Rings- Sandpeople and Kiko)

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DSC_1157(Bracelet- Jest Jewels)

Goodbye to an Icon.

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By now you have most certainly heard the news that the music world has suffered a great loss. David Bowie was a movement; a man unafraid to be himself and reject the norm. Artists like him are a rarity and I am afraid that we may never experience an icon like him ever again. He had the ability to evolve and reach multiple generations, he always remained fresh and original.

I wasn’t raised on Bowie’s music, although I had heard Changes, Heroes, Fame, Suffragette City and all of the hits when I was younger. I was taken by the alternative music scene in the early/mid 90’s, that was (and honestly still is) my jam. The video above was my first taste of really falling love with a Bowie song- it’s one of my favorite covers ever, performed by Nirvana in 1993.

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In 1997 Bowie performed with Billy Corgan (and countless others) to celebrate his 50th birthday. I think this was the moment that I understood how cool he was- this man in the high collared coat performing alongside my idol. To me, at this time, he was clearly an influence to the people who influenced me and that made him special in my eyes.

 

labyrinthbowie1999. New Years Eve- the night the world was supposed to end when the year turned to 2000. A few of my friends and I decided to stay at home and watch Labyrinth featuring a 1980’s David Bowie. The clock was nearing 11P so we decided to pause the movie and walk downtown to our city’s New Years event and potentially catch a glimpse of Huey Lewis performing. He was playing in a large tent to a crowd of people who purchased 190 dollar tickets; that certainly wasn’t us because we were 16 years old and couldn’t wrap our heads around spending that kind of money on anything. Anyway, we caught a couple of glimpses of the band and noticed the clock was nearing midnight. At that time there was so much absurdity around what would happen at twelve (would computers spontaneously combust or worse, grow legs and take over the town?!) that we decided to head back to the house, you know, just in case. We huddled on the couch under a blanket, fired up the movie, and waited for the world to stop. But it didn’t and we celebrated with the Goblin King because that was the kind of 16 year olds we were- entranced by a natural performer on our tiny TV screen.

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I’m not sure how to end this random note on a man who took chances and changed lives. I guess no one ever really dies, as long as the memories (and the music) live on.

 

 

Structured Sweatshirt.

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I purchased these fish printed pants last spring and really wanted to be able to wear them in winter. They are slightly cropped so I figured that I needed to find a warm top to keep me cozy throughout the dropping temperatures. This sweatshirt was on sale and fit the bill!

Top- Anthropologie, Pants- Cartonnier , Heels- Banana Republic, Purse- Kate Spade

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Moto Leggings.

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DSC_1032A couple of months ago a few friends and I checked out some cute boutiques in Petaluma, California. It was there that I found these great leggings that come in various colors. They have quickly become a staple in my closet because they spice up any outfit.

Sweater- Vince, Leggings- Beulah, Hat- Forever 21, Necklace- Alex and Ani, Booties- Sam Edelman, Purse- L.A.M.B

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Biking in Napa.

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 Rob and I spent last weekend in Napa hanging out after I won a free night’s stay at the Carneros Inn.  I know!  I used to be one of those people that said “I never win anything” until I won this great stay :).  The resort is beautiful and posh so if you’re looking for a fancy weekend away in Napa, this is definitely the spot.  We took the property bikes out for the day when we got there and spent some time pedaling around the back roads.  It was beautiful and it felt great to be cruising around the orange and red vineyards.

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Making sure we were following the back roads map :)

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Snapping pics along the way.

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Goodbye Fall, It’s Been Nice.

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This weekend we walked through downtown Petaluma and you could have sworn we were in Boston by the color of the trees. I had to stop and take pictures of these gorgeous maples turning from green to red.

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Lastly, these gorgeous yellow leaves against the brilliant blue sky.

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It was a beautiful day for primary colors! Now the trees will be leafless and the rain will come, I do love that too!

Fall Farewell.

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If you read this blog, you know what a huge horse fan I am.  Some of my favorite moments are spent at the barn no matter what the weather is.  When the sun is going down, I find great solace in spending time at the barn during the golden hour as I like to call it :).  I brought my camera out the last time I was there for a sunset and snapped some photos to be able to share this magical time.

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All of the local animals are out at this time.

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The lighting is beautiful.

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As we say farewell to Fall, I look forward to snowy winters in the mountains.