You guys, this is my friend Kate. She’s a total babe. She flew in from Brooklyn to see Hamilton with me because she is obsessed with musicals. Also she’s really nice, and has one of those laughs that makes you laugh harder – you’d like her. We met at a wedding through our husbands and it was love at first sight, then we bonded over our mutual love of skincare, Alan Cummings and NYC. It was one of those immediate special friendships that you can only dream of finding in your adult life.
Anyway, Kate has the best style. Case and point below with this floral jumpsuit. I could never pull this off, but she is rocking it. I’m really loving florals for fall, (or actually all year round) as you could easily transition this with a great leather jacket and pumps. And that PARTY bag screams hand me that chips and salsa.
Sandals: Madewell Lainy Sandal, similar here from Steve Madden; Jumper: Club Monaco; Clutch: From St. Xavier, similar here; Necklace: Bauble Bar
Now get out there and rock a jumpsuit!
Warning: “Hamilton” song title jokes and major obsessive musical theater behavior, plus hot spots in Chicago ahead.
I bought tickets for Hamilton in Chicago a year and a half ago and there was no way I was going give away my shot just because I moved to SF. So I packed a bag and flew back east to catch the Saturday matinee with my right hand man, Kate. I literally thought about my outfit for 3 weeks as if the actual Alexander Hamilton was going to be there, evaluating entry based on personal style. I settled with this vintage housedress from 1950s. I love the mauve color and the cream piping, plus it’s so comfortable for sitting in the dark for three hours. We geeked outside the room where it happens for about 10 minutes before the show, taking photos with every sign we could find like crazed tourists.
If you are thinking about spending the paycheck to go. YOU SHOULD. I was amazing. I’m more than satisfied. Can’t wait for it again! We laughed, we cried, we held each other. I shall now refer to my life and “before Hamilton” and “after Hamilton”.Before the show, we grabbed brunch at Kanela Breakfast Club: I went there at least once a week when I lived in Chicago. The service is wonderful and the cinnamon bun appetizer, to die for. Plus the rotating specials are always innovative. I’m helpless to resist. Then on to drinks on the patio of Maple and Ash.
A that, is the story of tonight. Also a fan? Tell me how many songs you found! That would be enough.
What to do when you have no plans and a small pomeranian on a Sunday? Duh, patio brunch! We’ve been dying to try Zazie, a quaint French restaurant that’s a Cole Valley staple. There is always a wait and every time we go, we give up immediately when we see the line, because obviously we are already hangry and need food to stay married. This time we went right when they opened and only had to wait about 45 minutes, during which time I fantasized about snatching food from people’s greedy little fingers and running away into the sunrise with Roxie. BUT, I didn’t and you GUYS! it was totally worth acting like an adult. Check out that Pain de Mie French Toast and that Eggs Vincent. It tasted even better than it looked.
What’s great about this place is how they treat their employees. It’s not a tip-based serving job. All of the menu prices include a living wage, revenue share, paid family leave, fully funded health & dental insurance, paid time off, and a 401(k) with employer match for all employees. All those things!! Having been a long-time server, I LOVE knowing that waitstaff is taken care of. It makes a giant cafe latte even more enjoyable (no handle! you sip it from a soup bowl). Now, on to the food.
I know what you might be thinking. I’m too old for hi-waisted jeans! I have kids, a corporate job, a mortgage… NO! Anyway, I will tell you right now that I felt the same way, Until I tried those forbidden high-waisted pants. And now it’s SO ON. High-waisted jeans in my 30’s people. They have changed my life. It’s literally like a comfortable corset. Case and point here. I tried on this shirt with medium/low rise jeans and it looks TERRIBLE. High-rise and voila I feel like a fancy celeb. Listen to me, like you’ve never listened before: get a pair, live your dreams.
Last weekend I was invited to spend the weekend in wine country, (for a bachelorette party) and we stayed in a house on top of a winery. What a view! Thank god no one fell down the cliff after all the pinot we had. It was amazing to see the sun rise and set over these mountains. Friday night we took the bachelorette out on the town. I had my go-to dress from Elizabeth and James (Similar Here and Here), so easy to travel with, it never wrinkles! And these shoes are on sale and the perfect heel height to wear all night. Continue reading
There may only be one month of summer left, but that isn’t going to stop us from squeezing every last drop out of it. By now you are one of two people: 1) You have worn your current suits so much they are faded or stretched, 2) You never even bought a suit and/or haven’t hit the pool yet this year (say it ain’t so!!!). For both of you, I found a great range of must-have suits to keep the summer love going. The good news: a lot of them are, or will be, on “end of season” sale! Just remember 30+SPF facial sunscreen or a straw hat to keep that gorgeous face young and healthy (no wrinkles ’round here!)
L Space Farrah Bikini, $96: I love this suit! I have done everything from lounging to snorkeling to paddle boarding in this style. Good to have in the vacation rotation. But note the bottoms are cut slightly high in the back and the top is not adjustable, so keep that in mind for sizing. Continue reading
I bet you have a casual army green jacket just waiting until the weekend to live it’s life with your jeans and t-shirts. But I’m here to tell you an army green jacket is the new black blazer, so put it to work. Add a bright dress, a belt, and voila!, work-wear. Bright colors = army greens’ best friends. I love purple (below), red and also pink. This look is great for smothering humidity (you feel me Chicago?): you can ride transit to work in a sleeveless dress and then throw on the jacket when for the zero degree air-conditioning. (Did you know the temperature in offices is is based on a 40-year-old man weighing about 154 pounds.) Don’t even get me started on that.
I am totally obsessed with the possibility of this jacket so you’ll definitely see it again.