My Month in Film | September 2017

I know it's cliched but I cannot believe that September is over and it is officially autumn! It's something I'm very excited about, but it is crazy just how fast this summer went by considering how much has happened in such a short period of time. September was a pretty busy month, I've been working a ton and have been loving every minute of it, but that also means that I don't have as much time to go out and about in the city. I love these images and while they aren't the most exciting, they are representative of the quieter moments during an incredibly busy month. 


This photo is blurry, which bummed me out but I had to mention that Brad and I went to Petit Crenn earlier in the month. It was the hottest day of the year and it was absolutely miserable weather but the food was insanely good. I would highly recommend going if you find yourself in San Francisco willing to spend some $$ on a really nice dinner. 


While I haven't had too many free weekends this past month it's been so nice to just go on a walk on a Saturday morning and get coffee, my favorite coffee shop being Four Barrel on Valencia (pictured here). 


Wandering through one of my favorite wooded parts of Golden Gate Park to shoot some content!


Getting so excited about the cooler weather and the leaves changing color, I just can't shut up about it.


One of the film shots Brad took in the midst of shooting part of the Transitional Pieces blog post that went up last weekend.


Most of our down time has been spent going on walks, which is something I missed so much about living here. We walked around Ocean Beach and the western part of Golden Gate Park by the windmills one morning. It's easily one of the best hidden gems in the city. 


The Divisadero Art Walk happened earlier in the month, and while the art walk itself was somewhat lackluster, the trip to Bi-Rite for ice cream was not. 


Spent a lot of time walking through Hayes Valley this month and looking in at all the amazing shops in the neighborhood.


Brad was particularly proud of this outfit (as was I) and insisted I document it on film. 


I picked up a few bits from MAKE Beauty, a brand I have been curious about for a while now and I am thoroughly impressed. I got the lipstick in Scarlet and the Defining Mascara, which I will talk more about it an upcoming blog post. I definitely want to buy more from the range!


I have a weird obsession with the BBQ sign from 4505 next to the auto garage along Divisadero. 


Alamo Square park was recently renovated and I finally took the time to go and see it. While this is such a touristy destination, the area surrounding it really isn't but is completely worth wandering around in.


Felt like a very cliched version of a French girl walking around the city with my bread in hand wearing a Breton stripe shirt. 


Brad and I went to the Big Book Fair put on by the SF Public Library at Fort Mason one Sunday and while we didn't find any books we had the best time just walking along the Marina Green and people watching. 


I got a new Eames Vortex style chair for my desk and it has made me want to sit at my desk so much more. I am definitely working bit by bit on making small changes to my room, which I will most likely update you all on in an upcoming post. 


One of my favorite intersections (weird thing I know) at Church and Market on a sunny morning. 

My Favorite Transitional Pieces | Summer to Autumn

As of now I am thoroughly over Summer. I have never been the biggest fan of Summer to be honest, which I think partially is down to the fact that I've never loved hot weather. Because of my aversion to higher temperatures I've also never been too keen on dressing for the Summer months. Luckily, having grown up in San Francisco, I never developed much of a Summer wardrobe because, well, we don't really have summer the way the rest of the world does. Most of the summer months consist of dense fog and some pretty heavy winds. Even though I'm not in the throws of hot weather, I still am eager for it to be Autumn because not only is it my favorite season, but it also brings with it Autumn clothing coming into stores.

I find shopping in between seasons to be near impossible because, more often than not, the selection just isn't too great. I tend to be drawn to classic, timeless pieces especially during transitional times because they also often coincide with being in the middle of a style rut. While it can feel a bit same-y at times, I think its nice to go back to basics sometimes and really hone in the pieces that work best for you. These in-between times are when I find myself shopping my own closet a lot more and therefore have nailed down a solid selection of pieces that work perfectly for the often awkward transition from Summer to Autumn. 


T-Shirt: Lisa Says Gah (old) | Bag: Madewell | Jeans: Levi's | Shoes: Converse


One of the staples in my transitional wardrobe is a pair of straight leg jeans. This particular pair pictured are the Levi Wedgie Fit Jeans, which are a great options if you are either struggling to find a good pair of vintage Levi 501s or if you are new to the realm of straight leg jeans and want a pair that err more on the skinny side. I've had a few pairs of Levi Wedgie jeans and this wash is by far my favorite for the transition to cooler weather The deep blue wash goes so well with both light and dark tops, but also looks a bit more formal with the right outfit. Because of the silhouette of straight leg jeans, they lend themselves to a variety of tops like a plain white tee (as pictured above) or a chunkier knit. 


A pair of classic black Converse High Tops also are one of the best items in a transitional wardrobe. They are definitely a casual shoe, but they work with so many different outfits whether it be a classic jeans and t-shirt look, a girly wrap dress, a pair of trousers; the possibilities really are endless. Because of their versatility, they work during this in-between period perfectly because they are such a reliable and iconic shoe. During the transition between Summer and Autumn, most people aren't also super worried about wearing shoes suited for very cold weather, but also don't want to be wearing a shoe with an open toe, which is the ideal situation to wear sneakers. I think that any kind of fashion sneaker is a must-have for transitional seasons, but Converse High Tops are without a doubt my favorite and the most comfortable (that I have found) in the category. 



Leather Jacket: Madewell | Turtleneck: Uniqlo | Jeans: Topshop | Shoes: Madewell (old) | Bag: Madewell


A leather biker jacket makes for the perfect outerwear piece during transitional seasons. This is in part because leather biker jackets go with everything, from jeans and a t-shirt to a wrap dress. Because they are so versatile its a piece that you can rely on no matter the weather or the occassion. Another great thing about leather jackets is if you don't already own one, they are almost always available no matter what the season is. Even though the leather jacket I own is on the thicker side, it has been my go-to outerwear piece for cooler evenings and days, and even when it's a bit warmer I can justify wearing it with a lighter top underneath. 


Perhaps one of the best transitional pieces is a lightweight wool turtleneck. My favorite turtlenecks are from Uniqlo as they are both the perfect cut and they're only $30. While these are wool, they are a much lighter weight wool than a lot of other wool turtlenecks on the market and you don't feel like you're dying of heat exhaustion if the temperature rises above 65 degrees. Because of the ribbed texture, they sit in a super flattering way against the body and don't sag or look awkward in any spot. The tight fit of them makes for the perfect layering piece, in fact one of my favorite outfits, which I'm sure I'll feature in the near future in an upcoming post is this turtleck with a lacey cami over the top, tucked into some black trousers. Again, like the leather biker jacket, you can also wear a wool turtleneck for almost any occasion as well, which makes it perfect for this time of year. 




My Month in Film | August 2017

I feel like I've begun every one of these month in film posts by saying how insane the past month has been. That was definitely true for August, and just about this whole period in general. With graduating, moving back to my hometown, getting settled, seeing friends, being on the job hunt, it feels like every month there has a lot to reflect on. I'm definitely starting to feel more settled and I know once September finishes, it will really hit me that I am here for good. While August has been a pretty hectic month, all of the changes are definitely things to be excited about. 


This top, which I've been borrowing from my mom, has been a real staple this past month. Because its rayon its super easy to wash and it looks incredible with straight leg jeans, like my beloved vintage Levi 501s which are pictured here.


Before my boyfriend and I started work we headed up to Napa during a weekday with one of my best friends to go wine tasting. It was easily one of the best days of this entire summer and we spent the majority of our time laughing to near tears. This particular photo is of the gardens of the French Laundry, which are definitely worth going to if you ever find yourself in Napa. 


My boyfriend's sister came into town at the beginning of the month and we took full advantage of my SFMoMA membership and went to the Edvard Munch exhibit, which I would highly recommend. I am in love with the views from the giant windows in the SFMoMA. 


We also spent a considerable amount of time wandering around the main exhibits, which I've seen about five times, but still have not gotten old. 


Most of the month has been pretty cloudy, which is getting me so excited for Fall and Winter weather. Although, as I am writing this we are currently going through a record-breaking heat wave. 


I am going to start featuring one picture in these posts of my favorite beauty products of the month in order to pay homage to where this blog began. I've been loving the Glossier Cloud Paints in Beam and Haze mixed together and the Glossier haloscope for a super natural dewy sheen. Most of my eye looks have been consisting of either just the Fairydrops Platinum Mascara on its own, or with a bit of MAC Groundbreaker pencil, or with a touch of Tom Ford Cream Color for eyes in Platinum on the lids. I've also been using the NARS Soft Matte Complete concealer, which has quickly become one of my favorite concealers of all time. 


One of my favorite parts of moving back to San Francisco has been the farmers markets. I love going to farmers markets early on a weekend morning or being able to stop by one after work.


Me and my boyfriend, Brad, at Off The Grid in the Presidio. 


The Off the Grid at the Presidio is definitely my favorite of the food truck gatherings. It's basically like one giant picnic and one of the most relaxing things to do on a Sunday with family. 


My family brought a little half-tent for the sun and when I was about to go in it, Brad snapped a very candid shot of me. I'm surprised it turned out as ok as it did. 


One of my favorite little coffee shops in the Mission, Fayes, also shares my last name. They also always have the best chalk signs outside.


Bought some pretty incredible green suede boots from Madewell, which I have already been wearing relentlessly and will continue to do so through Autumn and Winter. 


An outfit from a dinner date with Brad, which consisted of a Topshop Blouse which I bought in the Nordstrom Sale, Madewell jeans, and those Madewell boots.


The Zen Center in San Francisco is easily one of my favorite-looking buildings in the city. I am a bit obsessed with brick buildings!


Been going to Boba Guys a bit too much this month. 


Gonna take quick moment to gush about this guy right here, he's had a pretty crazy month of starting work all while continuing to be the most supportive person I could hope to have at my side. He's also been encouraging me to put time into this blog and has been helping out in order for me to do so.


Went to the Friday night Off the Grid with my sister and Brad's roommate. I took this snap of my sister while we were standing in line for food. 


The neon sign for Off the Grid is very instagram-worthy.


Another favorite outfit combo of the month: vintage cashmere sweater from Courtyard LA and Levis Wedgie Fit Jeans