Weathering the heat

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Pictured: Earrings: Kendra Scott / Sunglasses: Chanel / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa / Necklace: Jennifer Zeuner (adjustable length! Love!) / Top: Gibson (on major sale!) / Skirt: BCBG / Handbag: Fendi (color sold out, similar shade here, and here) / Bracelets: Kendra Scott Color Bar (ready-made here) / Ring: 2Bandits / Nail Polish: Dolce & Gabbana Turquoise (similar under $10 here) / Shoes: Christian Louboutin (old, similar here under $100)

It has been over ninety degrees the past week here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Words cannot even describe how hot it has been ! Normally when the temperature rises over eighty degrees, the heat wave only lasts for three days tops, then the fog comes in and turns things back to normal. This time, the fog took seven days to come in, and then the temperatures quickly rose again. Ahhhh!

I wore this outfit to Hotel Valencia’s Summer Kickoff Poptail party last week at Santana Row. I chose to wear this skirt since it is a wrap skirt. Wrap maxi skirts are much cooler than traditional maxi skirts; and I love the warm weather, summer vibe which maxi skirts evoke.

The most comfortable shoes to wear in the heat are espadrilles; at least in my humble opinion. The rope soles are soft to stand and walk in, plus they are made from natural fibers which breath easily, and keep feet from sweating. Love that! So, I paired this maxi skirt with my go-to espadrille wedges. They must be ten years old now. It feels like I have owned them forever. I found a pair made exactly like them, for under $100. They come in several colors and can be found online here. They are must-have in the summer months.

This outfit was perfect for a summer chic soiree held outside, in the heat. I am definitely looking forward to wearing it again to other parties this summer when a summer chic look is in order. When I don’t need my camera, I would pair it with a small fringe handbag such as this one. Or a 1970s inspired saddle bag.

Stay tuned for my recap of Hotel Valencia’s Summer Kick of party at Santana Row posting tomorrow!

Thank you for stopping by,



Photo credit: Laura Adney/Have Need Want

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Fall Style at Santana Row

Fall has arrived! This means it is time to kick your fall style into gear. Of course, my favorite place to find the best styles for fall is right here in the San Francisco Bay Area at Santana Row.

Santana Row is filled with a variety of shops which offer the best styles for the fall season. Fall 2015 fashion is all about 70’s inspiration, cozy knits, boho-chic ensembles, shades of red, and layering for the micro-climates we enjoy here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

There are so many stores at Santana Row to stop into for the fall 2015 season, but I do have a few favorites. 😉 I highlighted my four favorite shops at Santana Row for fall 2015 below; of course, be sure to check out Kate Spade for the most fabulous collection of red for fall you will see this season. Also, be sure to stop in at H&M where you will find 70’s inspiration at wallet-friendly prices.

Without further adieu, here are my favorite shops for fall from Santana Row:


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From top: hat / 1) blouse, vest, pants 2) top, skirt 3) necklace, blazer, dress, belt / trunk clutches

BCBG has all the hottest trends from the fall 2015 runways packed under one roof.

They have tie blouses, also known as secretary blouses, in several styles. This is one of the hottest trends of the fall season. Pair a tie blouse with trousers for work or a suede a-line skirt for the office, dinner, or any occasion! Tie blouses also look fabulous when paired with flare jeans, which you can find at Free People for fall; scroll down for more info 😉

Felt hats are a continuing trend from last year which is gaining momentum. Expect to find more fabulous women sporting hats this season than we have seen since the 1960’s. BCBG has the best selection of neutrals and blues. You must check it out!

Trunk clutches are a new IT bag for fall 2015. We saw them gain popularity last season, and this season the trunk clutch is exploding! BCBG has them for under $200 and they are fabulous. I’m trying to decide which color to buy!

Free People

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From top: burgundy dress, printed dress, white dress, handbag / drop earrings, stud earrings / medium wash jeans, scarf, top, light wash jeans

With the 70’s trend, and the boho-chic trend, in full swing for fall 2015, what better place to find the perfect ensemble for fall then Free People at Santana Row! They have a large selection of boho-chic dresses, tops, and flare jeans. They also have suede tops, fringe, and cozy knits. Love it!

One of the huge emerging trends in jewelry right now is the earring stack. This can be achieved with multiple ear piercings, or for a less invasive way to rock this trend, the use of ear cuffs and ear crawlers.

Free People has ear stacks already stacked up for you! As you can see in the first photo, Free People offers multiple pairs of earrings on one leather piece. These earrings can be mixed and matched for the ideal ear stack this fall season. Look for this trend to continue for the next few years. Invest now!

Kit & Ace

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From top: sweaters / poncho / scarf

Santana Row’s newest storefront is Kit & Ace. This modern men’s and women’s shop offers cozy cashmere sweaters, scarves, outerwear, and more; many of which is made from washable cashmere! Love that!

They have all the perfect layering pieces a fashionista in the San Francisco Bay Area will need for fall 2015. Cozy wrap for when the fog rolls in? Check. Warm scarf to remove in the afternoon when the fog burns off? Check. Layering pieces to strip off as the day goes from foggy and fifty to sunny and seventy? Check, check, and check!

I am in love with all of their scarves and wraps. Look for at least one burgundy piece, and one neutral colored piece, to be ready for the cool fall weather.

Kit & Ace is located across from Cocola, so you can grab a warm hot cocoa, and tasty macaroon, before crossing the street to shop for everything cozy! Love that!

Calypso St Barth

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From top: jeans, booties, funnel, belt, top / scarf, vest (jewelry in-store only) / booties

Calypso St Barth has a fabulous collection for the fall 2015 season. As you know, fringe is a hot, continuing trend from last season, and Calypso St Barth has a wide array for the fall season. I am smitten with this fabulous fringe handbag and these cute booties.

The store also offers cozy knit sweaters, classic denim, artisan jewelry, their signature tunics, and everything you need to rock the lux, boho-chic trend this fall season.


There you have it! Everything your fall wardrobe needs is at Santana Row! To learn more about Santana Row, please visit santanarow.com.

*Brought to you by Santana Row. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Flowing dress outfit at New York Fashion Week

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Pictured: Earrings: Kendra Scott / Sunglasses: Chanel / Lipstick: Christian Louboutin / Dress: BCBG / Handbag: Givenchy / Nail Polish: Chanel Chataigne / Bracelets: Kendra Scott / Shoes: Valentino

Day three of New York Fashion Week was a busy day! I chose this flowing dress to combat the unsettled weather, and remain comfortable while running around the city attending shows and appointments.

I started the day at Kendra Scott’s showroom where I was able to view the fall 2015 collection, and preview the new winter 2016 collection. I cannot wait to share the winter collection with you in October!

After Kendra Scott’s showroom, Laura (from Have Need Want) and I popped into the Tresemme salon and tamed our humidity laden heads. They gave me a fabulous blow-out which tamed my hair for the rest of the day, and Laura came out with an amazing braid! Now if I could only replicate this process at home. . . hmmm.

Some of my favorite shows were on Saturday. I attended Jay Godfrey, Francesca Liberatore, Monique Lhuilier, and Son Jung Wan. Each show was so unique, and presented a fabulous collection for the spring 2016 season. Watch for my coverage of these shows!

This dress by BCBG was perfect for the day. It was lightweight and easy to move in. I was able to run around town fuss-free. It did not wrinkle, and allowed for a range of movements throughout the day. Squatting to photograph Laura’s outfit? No problem! Climbing in and out of a giant SUV Uber? No problem! Sitting on a cramped bench at a show? No problem! Love that 😉

I am excited to have this dress as part of my fall wardrobe. It is lightweight enough for our Bay Area fall weather; which can be warmer than summer temperatures. It will also look cute in late fall, when the temperatures dip into the 70’s and 60’s, with a leather jacket thrown over it.

Stay tuned for my coverage of the shows I attended at New York Fashion Week!

Photos by Laura Adney/Have Need Want

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