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Canada's Mission District

Jul 25, 2016

 Matison Stone Shirtdress // Jessica Simpson Heels // Under One Skye Bag (c/o Le Tote) // Swell Caroline Necklace (c/o) // Loren Hope Bracelet (c/o Rocksbox)

I wore this outfit on our first day exploring Toronto a couple weeks ago. They had been experiencing a hot flash, but when we arrived we got really lucky—things had cooled down and it was perfect weather. This particular neighborhood called Parkdale really reminded me of the Mission in San Francisco. These colorful murals were making me feel right at home, and the mix of trendy and gritty felt really similar as well. As the owner of Kitten and the Bear (the adorable tea shop we stopped at) put it, "You have ladies lining up for tea on one side of the street, and a soup kitchen on the other. But that's what makes this neighborhood so great—we're all here together." 

Even though it was just a few days, we had a great time in Toronto. I'm working on a weekender's guide to Toronto based on all the exploring we did, and I'll be sharing it on the blog soon!

Grid Lock

Jul 21, 2016

 Erin Fetherston Dress // Rebecca Minkoff Bag // Target Heels (c/o)

Just a quick hello today! I'm currently in Boulder, CO with my team for a jam-packed offsite and am pretty much running on cold brew coffee and granola bars. 

Erin Fetherston strikes again! I've been obsessed with her feminine and pretty dresses lately, and I love the sheer grid pattern on this dress. I wore this outfit in Toronto last weekend for our last day of exploring.

Denim Daze

Jul 18, 2016

 Sanctuary Dress (c/o thredUP) // Forever21 Purse (c/o thredUP) // Necklace & Kate Spade Bracelet (c/o Rocksbox) // Banana Republic Booties

We just got back from Toronto late last night (or rather, very early this morning) and we had such a fun, whirlwind trip. The weather was absolutely perfect, and I was so excited to take this new, denim Sanctuary Dress out for a spin. I scored this dress on thredUP as well as the white purse, and they both look brand new! In total I saved $131 on these pieces from their retail prices. Amazing, right? I'm thinking I should put that money towards a new pair of shoes to celebrate! ;) I've worn some pieces from thredUP on the blog before, but in case you're not familiar with it, thredUP is an online consignment and thrift store with a huge selection. I love vintage shopping every once in a blue moon, but I have to really be in the mood to dig through a store in person (this happens like...twice a year). But thredUP makes it so easy to vintage shop online by narrowing down your search by price, size and brand. I'd been wanting a denim dress that could easily transition from summer to fall, and when I found this Sanctuary one while scrolling through thredUP's dresses in my size, I knew I'd met my match. 

If you haven't checked out thredUp before, now is the time to do it because for a limited time you can use the code WOW40 for 40% off your purchase (for first-time customers). Happy online thrifting!

Thanks to thredUP for sponsoring this post! The content and opinions are my own.

Date night in the city

Jul 14, 2016

Chloe Sweater // American Eagle Boyfriend Jeans (c/o) // Longchamp Purse // Betsey Johnson Earrings // Target Heels (c/o)

A couple weekends ago, Omied and I got to go on a fun little date night in the city, planned by the lovely team at Me & You. The best part (besides spending time with Omied, awww) was that I didn't have to plan a thing! I had been traveling for a week for a combined work/play trip in D.C., so it was nice to come home and have a fun date planned for us.

While Me & You plan all sorts of events, from proposals to birthday parties, here's a little rundown of how the process worked for us and our date night. I met with the gals of Me & You over Skype (where we found out we had a lot in common like the fact that we were all at UCLA at the same time), and they asked me questions about me and Omied, our relationship and interests, things we like to do, etc. Then, they got back to me a couple days later with three different date options in the city. All of the date options felt very "us" and I seriously wanted to do all three of them. While they all involved good food (because, duh, have you met me and Omied?), each option was centered in a different neighborhood with a different theme and activity. Even though I hadn't mentioned that Omied likes to pickle (great, now I'm drooling over the thought of his pickled jalape├▒os), one of the date options included a fermentation and pickling class, with dinner and drinks nearby at Nara Sushi in the Haight. 

We loved our date night and had so much fun! Me & You also added a few extra special touches, like sending Omied an invite to our date with a little pickling jar while I was traveling, and a bottle of bubbly sake at our sushi dinner (which is now my drink of choice at Japanese restaurants—so sweet and yummy!). 

Me & You did a fabulous job planning our special date and now it's your turn! I'm hosting a giveaway over on Instagram for my Bay Area readers—Me & You is going to plan your next date night! Good luck! :)