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Fashion Looks ~ Hint of mint

Sep 27, 2012

Blouse ~ H&M
Pants ~ Zara
Shoes ~ Jessica Simpson
Rings ~ Forever 21 and vintage from my grandmother
Bracelet and earrings ~ Jewelry stand in SF

Before these fun, minty duds, all my pants were a boring denim blue. I loved brightly colored pants, but I thought it was one of those trends that looked great on other people--certainly not something I could pull off. One day while shopping in downtown, I was feeling brave and spied these pastel green skinnies at Zara. On a whim, I tried them on. I figured I was shopping by myself--I wouldn't have to show anyone. If I looked like a complete doofus, no one would see. Shh. It'd be my little secret. But when I tried them on I thought, "Hey, I don't look like total idiot! I actually look kinda cute!" And I swiftly fell in love. So if you haven't tried brightly colored pants yet, I suggest you do it! If you're a little shy, try some colors that aren't the same ol' denim blue, but still feel comfortable. Like oxblood (very trendy for fall), a different kind of blue (baby, dark teal, turquoise),  or a dark orange.

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DIY baby gift ~ Decorated onesies

Sep 26, 2012

I'm getting to that age where friends are starting to get engaged. And married. And pregnant. 

As someone who's not in babyland and doesn't plan to be for many years, it's hard to know what makes a decent baby gift. Um, diapers? Parents need some of those, right? And unless your preggo friend has a baby registry (on the one hand, they're helpful, and on the other, they're annoying and it may make you want to consider getting new friends), it's pretty much a shot in the dark. 

One of my coworkers recently had a baby and when she was pregnant, I was tasked with picking out a gift for the wee new life. Too bad I'm probably the person in the office with the least amount of baby-gifting experience. Fortunately, my boss had the adorable idea of doing homemade baby gifts by decorating onesies. I bought packs of white, organic cotton onesies from Amazon, and my boss already had stencils and fabric markers, because she's crafty like that. 

These DIY baby gifts were super easy to make. Just slip some cardboard in the onesie, use the stencil, and you're in business! I looked online for some inspiration. And here's how ours turned out. So stinkin' cute! This would also make the best baby shower game evs.

P.S. Next time, I'll ask for Ryan's help:

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Fashion-spiration ~ The Little Mermaid

Sep 25, 2012

When I was a kid, I desperately wanted to be a mermaid. My parents taught me how to snorkel when I was 7, and from then on, I've loved the ocean. Slightly embarrassing but also equally cute was my obsession with the Australian science fiction series Ocean Girl, about a chick who could not only speak to whales, but had super human lung capacity. Man, did I envy that bitch. How sweet would life be if I didn't need that limiting snorkel to explore the ocean? 

I never developed flippers or the ability to breathe under water, but I've come to terms with it. Instead, I'll snorkel and scuba dive, and put together amazing outfits like this one that feel mermaid-esque, without actually wearing a seashell bra.

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Fashion Looks ~ Left my heart in San Francisco

Sep 20, 2012

Tank ~ Amos Goldbaum
Shorts ~ Old Navy
Shoes ~ DSW
Necklace and earrings ~ Forever 21
Bracelet ~ Century 21
Rings ~ Random assortment from an old jewelry box

I'm really digging this tank top, designed by Amos Goldbaum. And how could I not? After all it is a great depiction of one of my favorite spots in the city--Dolores Park. Amos' freehand pen designs grace his shirts and tanks, and as soon as I saw his fun and quirky style, I knew I had to have one to rep some SF pride. I may have to get a Sutro Tower v-neck as well. 

Even though our Indian Summer hasn't hit yet (I have faith that it will), I was in the mood for a tank and shorts. For those of you whose Summers are winding down, making you think about Fall, tights are a great way to squeeze those last few wears out of your cute short shorts. Tights paired with shorts make your outfit a little less beach-wear, and a little more Fall-appropriate.

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San Francisco's Japanese Tea Garden

Sep 19, 2012

The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park is such a gorgeous and tranquil place to relax (despite the throngs of tourists on weekends). I can almost always find a quiet bench to sit and read. My boyfriend likes to park his behind next to me and sketch. If you go M, W, F before 10am it's free. But I've never made it during that time because I have this thing called a job. A friend of mine from grad school was recently visiting, and we met up at the Tea Garden to catch up and snap some shots with our fancy cams. Imagine the sounds of a babbling brook while you look through these...

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Fashion looks ~ Buckle up

Sep 13, 2012

Dress ~ Zara
Boots ~ Target
Necklace ~ Baroque pearls from Hawaiian Trading Post
Clutch ~ Boutique in Sacramento
Cocktail ring/bracelet/earrings ~ Jewelry stand at UCLA
Belt ~ Forever 21

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Pyrrha: Putting a Stamp on the World

Sep 9, 2012

By: Kristen Turner | Photos: Courtesy of Pyrrha

Meet Wade Papin and Danielle Wilmore, the artists behind the Vancouver-based 18th and 19th century wax seal inspired jewelry line known as Pyrrha. Their unique collection is fashioned using talismans as inspiration to imprint historic and meaningful designs onto necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and other accessories.
Finding their Signature Style
Talismans.  Ever come across an old box of them? Wade and Danielle came across a box and the rest, as they say, is history. The couple thought that they were unique enough to have a special, permanent place as a stylish, vintage accessory. Many attempts were made to make it work.  There were mistakes and successes until they produced pieces that they really believed could stick. In the end, they had Pyrrha, a jewelry line straight out of their home in Vancouver.
In speaking about their vision, they had this to say: “In starting our line, we always knew that there was a constant glut of mass-produced overseas factory made jewelry and we did not want to be a part of that.”

These pieces are truly immune to current fashion trends as they are meant to be a bit more meaningful than the everyday accessory. Every piece is sterling silver, 14k gold or bronze from real 19th century talismans. Each piece is also guaranteed to be unique, as they are handmade in the couple’s home.
Several celebrities have been seen wearing this unique accessory.  Such celebs include Scarlett Johansson, Halle Berry, Taylor Swift and even Brad Pitt. 

Pyrrha even makes it into our favorite works of fiction.  You can frequently see the pieces on shows like Weeds, CSI, and they have even made it to print in Cosmo and Vogue. 

Where to Find the Treasure 
Pyrrha's handcrafted jewelry is sold worldwide.  Check out  Liberty of London, Fred Segal LA, Le Bon Marche Paris, United Arrows of Japan, as well as at the Pyrrha store in Los Angeles. 

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