Every summer, we go to our dear friends’ home in Sonoma to celebrate a weekend with many of our Stanford Business School friends. It has happened the past 8 summers and is always one of the best weekends of the year. We lounge, hike, eat, indulge, rollerskate, and laugh. OOOHHHH we laugh and it is so fun. It is also our second time we have picked a theme of an evening — in 2019 we did Sunset Hues.
Sunset Hues. That was our guideline — and everyone could dress how they wanted to.
Last summer, I purchased a (daring? brave? risque? bootielicious?) pair of checkered biker shorts and have been wearing them nonstop the past week. Yes, they are a little particular, but I love them — especially when I found on netaporter.com a similar pair for almost triple the price! So because now I see them on a more mainstream and expensive website, I feel the need to tell you all about them!
Me and the shorts!
Since Natori doesn’t make kid’s pajamas, our go-to pajamas for the kids are Petite Plume. They are the perfect pajama sets and come in shorts, long, and a bajillion different colors and patterns.
The kids swear by them and wear one of their sets every single night.
I have always loved Uniqlo as the qualities and prices are unbeatable. And even more specifically, I love any of their Heattech products — they truly make such a difference and keep your body warm. Seems impossible that a tiny piece of clothing can actually keep you warm, but it works. Trust me. And all of a sudden, this Fall, I have been drawn to turtlenecks (a new thing for me) and you cannot beat the Uniqlo turtlenecks. They are actually magic. They are thin, weightless, inexpensive ($19), look great, and keep you so warm! I wear my striped ones all the time, so much that I just ordered two new ones (a yellow and a black one).
I love it as a base layer (under a sweater) or as the main top! Can’t go wrong. For sizing — I wear an XS and feel like it is the perfect fit. They are so good looking and can you believe that they cost 20 bucks. 20 BUCKS!!!!
I am a sucker for anything leopard print. I have always loved anything leopard but when it recently became on trend, I couldn’t help but buy anything and everything leopard. Over the past several years, I have collected a rather large assortment of leopard items. So when I read the article in the NYTimes about the Leopard Print Midi Skirt being a must have, and since it was the ONE item that I didn’t own in leopard, I knew that I had to join the trend (in this case, yes a follower). It arrived earlier this week and I am IN LOVE. LOVE oh so much. And by the way, I scoured the internet searching for the perfect leopard midi skirt, and ended up on the first one the NY Times recommended. I LOVE IT.
It is silk, comfortable, easy to wear.
A lover of tank tops (and anything summer), I was thrilled when I came across this fun, easy, flirty top by La Ligne. The top is a ruched bodice (I love the ruched look — my wedding dress top was all ruched lace) and easy to pair with any high waisted pants, shorts, or skirts. I also love the subtle floral pattern and the girliness of it. I tend to not wear tight tops, and although this top is tight, it doesn’t feel revealing.
The shape is really simple — literally just a rectangle. But the ruching is what makes it hard to recreate….
Every other month, I clean out my closet and purge clothes that I no longer wear. Two weeks ago, in this manic cleaning session, I discovered a pair of white Isabel Marant shorts that I had purchased over three years ago but never wore. Immediately, I knew what I wanted to do with them — have them tie dyed and trnsform them from boring and dull to wild and fun. I emailed Kalen from Upstate and dropped them off at her studio the very next day…..three days later, she was finished with them and I could not love them anymore. They are tie dye perfection.
Cute, but not very practical for me….
I am currently on Orcas Island off the coast of Washington State in the San Juan Islands. It is incredibly beautiful with its lush green mountains, crystal clear lakes, Cascade Mountain views, and the Pacific Ocean. It is literally a summer dream, except for the fact that it is quite brisk and on the colder side. Going into the week I had no idea about the chilly temperatures, so when I got to Seattle with ONE sweatshirt, I ended up at the Nike Store (in Seattle) and bought a windbreaker. Yes, it was a spur of the moment purchase, but I am SO happy with it, I can’t seem to take it off (and not just because I need it). It is lightweight, retro stylish, cool, unique, and the perfect layer on piece. I plan to wear it on runs, casually, and basically, all day everyday!
Retro windbreaker — both the design, the look, and the color. But I love it!
Maisonette, founded by Sylvana Ward Durrett and Luisana Mendoza Roccia, two (beautiful) alums from Vogue, is the new (online) hot destination to buy anything KID. Everything on their site is perfectly curated and tasteful… it makes you want Sylvana and Luisana to be your new BFFs. They are certainly smart, creative, fashionable, gorgeous tastemakers, and their website offers the best of the best of children’s brands — think Net-a-porter for kids. I had the opportunity to interview them, so take a look.
Sylvana and Luisana, and their kids.
How did you come up with the idea for an e-commerce kids site? What was the inspiration?
I have a range of favorite kid clothing: from beautiful-fancy-pants-super-expensive Bonpoint, to cheap-and-trendy Zara. In addition to those retailers, here are some more obscure brands for kids clothes that I currently love and shop. (And sorry in advance for the photos….although I think my kids are super cute, they are not models, so no judgements).
Hip, California cool style. What is not to love? Fun summer clothing for the kids.
This shirt is currently Cruzzie’s favorite. It is super soft and comfortable with a good message.
Always reading (skimming) the news, I came across an article in the New York Times on an Alabama *organic* sock company run by a 36 year old. Intrigued and inspired, I ordered four pairs of socks from Zkano…..and now they are the ONLY socks I wear.
Striped ankle socks.
When you look at my closet, aside from my Stan Smiths, Birkenstocks, and running shoes; the other pair of shoes I wear 99% of the time are my Clog Master Clogs. I wrote about the-amazing-comfortable-incredible-custom-made-clogs in July, 2013 (eeks almost 2 years ago), when Ken and I visited Cecilia’s storefront in Portland, Oregon. But I never updated you all after we actually received them. So ladies and gentlemen, here are pictures of the heavenly clogs. And if you are on the fence about making the schlep to an appointment or taking the time, trust me, it is definitely worth it. These are a gift to yourself. And your feet.
My collection. Once I purchased the clog master clogs, I never stepped foot again into my danskos. These shoes are life savers. They fit the foot perfectly (due to Cecilia’s amazing technical know-how) and feel great to walk in.
Here I go AGAIN (and again and again) with some love for tie dye! It doesn’t matter what year or season it is, I will always have a love for the look. And thank you, Upstate, for creating this beautiful shirt! Upstate creates one of a kind pieces of wearable art by using dye techniques based on Japanese shibori. Each of my Upstate items, I LOVE and WEAR and ROCK.
Yep, as the weather in NYC continues to be frigid, cold, and unbearable, my mind is still stuck in Puerto Rico… so why not finish off the week strong with yet another post on summer clothes? This time, for little girls! And this outfit is my absolute FAVORITE spring dress!
Totally in love with my beachwear from Surf Bazaar! Their tanks, tees, and tunics are my beach and summer go-tos (FYI- we just got back from a great vaca in Puerto Rico), and now they have created a pant that is beyond amazing. And these aren’t just your typical pants — they are the perfectly combined craziness of (1) neon (2) drop crotch (3) embroidered cutouts. It is every trend in ONE pant — Hallelujah!
Back in March, I highlighted kidswear brand Goat-Milk. As a loyal fan, I was ecstatic to hear that they had recently opened a retail store in the East Village in NYC. The store is beautiful, earthy, and charming, a great compliment to the beautiful, organic kids’ clothing.
Outside brick and mortar.
Drop Crotch? Denim? Yep! You know it!
HEY GIRLFRIEND. You know it! HOLLA AT CHA DROP CROTCH.
As a fitness-buff with an unconventional professional career (math tutoring and blogging), I wear workout gear more than normal clothes. I know, embarrassingly true, but between workout and kid activities, it is hard for me to get (properly) dressed and am therefore often “that mom.” So when I stumbled across Carbon38, a new website with athletic gear catering to fashion-forward women, I was in hog heaven.
Summer is right around the corner. Literally. And boy, do I have some wants and wishes! Here they are:
Ace and Jig Dress
Yep — totally obsessed. But how can I NOT be? I love the fabric, the stripes, the colors, the lightness, and the overall look!
Silk tye dye scarf? IN LOVE!
Josie Natori camisole
A necessary luxury. Soft, perfect, lace, and the just-right base lining.
Printed stretch silk jumpsuit in black/grey totem print. Deep v-neck. Slanted front pockets. Oh. My. God. Perfection.
Dalla Nonna calendar bracelet
An original way to remember a special occasion. Choose a type of metal and leather color wrap. How fun and personable is it?? Hellooooooo (late) Mother’s day present!
Because my 5-week old baby girl has acid reflux and only wears Carter’s onesies, I currently know more about boy’s clothing than I do about girl’s clothes. Sure, I know the mainstream lines, but I don’t (yet) know about all the hidden gems of fun, hip, retro, and cool girl’s clothing lines. Until baby Zoe is ready for real clothes and I can do some exploring, here are my favorite obscure and original boy’s clothing lines.
Bobo Choses was founded by a team of Spanish girls. Their designs are simplistic, stylish, and made with natural materials.
WE WEAR SHORT SHORTS. So flippin' cute, comfortable, bright, cheery, and awesome.
Cruzzie rocking the yellow bike shorts. Currently, he will not let me dress him in long shorts and demands to be put in any type of these shorts.
Frances Reid Clothing
Hand-made by one of my favorite ladies in the world, this line of clothing has a variety of items, including my favorite hooded sweatshirts. They are a great gift for anybody as you can never have too many hoodies in your closet. Or your son’s closet, too.