Fashion Friday: The Morning After (Thanksgiving)

After a day of binging, what did we wear? OVERSIZED anything. Here, I am wearing an oversized cashmere sweater with boyfriend jeans and my favorite leather espadrilles for a day of shop ’til you drop! IMG_0060

My stomach needed some extra breathing room today! Here, I am wearing an oversized t-shirt dress (from Anthropologie). Striped, of course!

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– Nikki & Sheena

To be Nice or Not to be Nice?

11.24.14 power 11.24.14 kerrOver the weekend I read an interview on Forbes with the founders of Clique Media (the media group that founded Who What Wear, among other brands), Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr. Since they launched the online magazine eight years ago, the duo has expanded to Byrdie (beauty) and Domaine (home), as well has manage integrated and native advertising for a slew of fashion brands and blogs. All the while, WWW has continued to keep its finger on the pulse of fashion with a uniquely celebrity-driven lens.

I’m always interested to hear how young women define success for themselves and how they approach business. From this interview it was apparent to me that Kerr and Power come at professionalism from two different angles. When asked, what is the best advice you’ve ever received? Kerr responded:

Treat everyone professionally and with respect—even when they’re not affording you the same courtesy—because the industry is small and people’s memories are long.

Power, on the other hand, had an answer to one question that stuck with me. When asked what her pet peeve was, she responded:

Overfamiliarity and inefficiency

I wish the reporter probed on what she meant by overfamiliarity. In business? In personal life? I could only interpret it to mean that because of their celebrity status in the internet world, a lot of people feel like they know Power, and don’t give her the deference she feels she should receive.

When put next to Kerr’s more playful and jovial responses, Power appears to be the colder, less approachable half of the team. So then, in business, does it pay to be nice or to be a little chilly? As a young woman who is the boss, should you be a accessible and friendly or aloof? For this team, representing both approaches seems to be the winning combination.

Fashion Friday: Sweaters

Today we’re wearing our favorite fall sweaters! Here, I paired an over-sized open knit sweater with loose cargo pants and loafers for a relaxed look. I balanced the loose cargos with the neckline from the sweater for a subtle girly touch.

IMG_0053Here, I wore a cowl neck sweater (from Stitch Fix!) with printed denim. The zipper detail on the sweater adds an edgy touch to the preppy jeans.

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– Nikki and Sheena

The Goop Effect

I have it all. So can you. 

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That’s the Goop philosophy. Enough said about this duo, right? Wrong. Gwynnie and her mate Lisa Gersh are preparing for world domination. But not if Blake Lively’s Preserve gets to it first! Look out for Goop’s website redesign, a clothing line and some news on funding in 2015. I’m actually excited to see what she has in store. Read the full NYT article here.

– Sheena

Basics Instinct

This weekend’s Off Duty section of the WSJ featured an article titled ‘Basics Instinct’ which discussed fashion insiders favorite basics. Ironic, no? Fashion insiders, as in the brains behind the fashion world, don’t even wear the trends they spend so much time perfecting. It is hard to believe that they are one most interested in the idea of normcore. But, this is hardly normcore. We’re talking about carefully curated closets housing timeless, clean designs such as the works of Stella McCartney, Christophe Lemaire, 6397 and Saint Laurent.

So if we’re talking uniforms, I’ll share mine too. I’m a sucker for the perfect tee.  Stripes always preferred. Pretty basic if you ask me.twang4063933808_q4_1-0_336x596

-Sheena

Christmas Wish List: Del Toro X Alison Lou loafers

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 10.05.13 AMModa Operandi hit the nail on the head with these flats that are a combination of whimsy and comfort. Shoe house Del Toro teamed up with cheeky jewelry designer, Alison Lou, for this of-the-moment collaboration. Emojis + comfortable flats = touchdown emoji! My favorites include the #Shitshow loafer and the #DrunkInLove below. Only 43 days until Christmas and a mere 24 days before my half birthday!

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Come Over For Breakfast – Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffins!

It’s no secret that I love sweets. That’s probably also why I love baking so much – so I can eat all the sweet treats that I want. My dessert of choice is carrot cake, in case you were wondering! But, this weekend I baked banana nut chocolate chip muffins for my friend Tina’s birthday breakfast potluck. Banana nut muffins are extremely easy to make because they require minimal ingredients and only a few steps. However, my challenge with baking is always around egg substitutes. Usually I use applesauce in place of egg, but I found a new tip that I am so excited about and had to share.

I came across a muffin recipe on Green Kitchen Stories that suggested using a combination of flax and water in lieu of egg.  One tablespoon of flax powder and three tablespoons of water equates to one egg. Simple! I even found that the flax kept my muffins more moist than applesauce does, which is one thing I am particular about in baked goods. Now, I’m going to have make some carrot cake! Stay tuned.

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-Sheena

Fashion Friday: It’s Finally Fall

The weather in SF is finally cool enough for my fall favorites, and black and white is my go-to combination! Here I layered a black cashmere sweater over a white t-shirt by Brandy Melville with leggings. I topped the look with a black leather moto jacket and  espadrilles by Mint and Rose.

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The 80 degree weather in LA is hardly giving me the green light that it is time to bring out my fall gear (not complaining!). But, I couldn’t resist  a little fur. Here, I wore a cropped fur jacket on a knit jumpsuit (similar here) with peep-toe Vince Camuto booties (similar here).

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-Nikki & Sheena

My Perfect Day in San Francisco

11.60sfSan Francisco is a touristy town, which has its pros and cons. Cons: It’s crowded, expensive and everywhere you go, there’s a wait. But there are many upsides: lots of great restaurants, talented people and innovative new places. The other day I had a chunk of time and started day dreaming about what my perfect day in San Francisco would consist of. Besides perfectly sunny weather, here’s what else I’d do:

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IMG_7479The morning would start at Urban Flow Yoga on Market with Rusty Wells. This is a really special studio that is sadly closing at the end of November.
After a sweat and shower, I would head to the Ferry Building for Sightglass coffee and chilaquiles from the farmer’s market. Then I would go to Hayes Valley and Pacific Heights and shop at the great boutiques. A few of my favorites are Reliquary, Nars, and Rand + Statler.

IMG_7464Lunch would be the all the seafood I could eat at Swan Oyster Depot and then maybe a glazed donut from Bob’s Donuts because hey, it’s my day dream. I would then take a quick nap to refuel. In the afternoon I would have a homemade Basil Elderflower gimlet then head to either SPQR or State Bird Provisions for dinner. Can’t wait for my next “tourist” day!

-Nikki