As I mentioned before, during our time in San Francisco, we were constantly surrounded by beautifully ornate and colorful houses. However none stood out more to us than "the blue house on the corner" across the street from where we stayed. Because it's so bold, my fairly neutral outfit fits right in without causing a visual distraction from either.
"What ever happened to predictability?" As a child/teenager, I lived for ABC's TGIF every Friday night-- specifically "Full House". So needless to say, I was ECSTATIC to visit San Fran for the first time. Oh, and did I mention the climate change? Sweaters in August! (and I definitely needed them once the sun set every night). I love this light black sweater, but wanted to give it a touch of summer with this baby pink skirt. I felt that this skirt worked well with the sweater as well as our neighborhood filled with these colorful Victorian houses.
As we mentioned, Airbnb played host to us in San Francisco last week. They flew us out there, but more importantly, they put us up in a place selected for us by their staff. Now I must say, the Spencer House may not have been our first choice for lodging, but Airbnb nailed it! They placed us in this beautiful 3-story Victorian home on Haight Street. The house was quintessential San Fran-- bright colors, bay windows, painted exterior details; while the interior looked like something out of a movie. The Haight-Ashbury neighborhood was great too-- fairly centralized and within walking distance of several quality coffee shops and Buena Vista Park.
Last week, Airbnb sent us to San Francisco to explore the city and they even set up some awesome activities for us along the way based on our interests. We spent an afternoon browsing showrooms with a local interior designer, we learned how to use a sewing machine one morning, and even took a sketching class atop the hill at Buena Vista Park.
We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to visit such a beautiful city. We didn't quite hit everything on our list, but we will definitely be back soon! Here's a snapshot of our week in San Francisco. Keep a lookout for more SF posts the next few days!
As you know, Angelee and I spent all last week in San Francisco thanks to Airbnb! They put us up in the most charming Victorian House off Haight Street, and we fell in love with the neighborhood. We did a lot of exploring, but all our blog shoots took place in various spots along our block. In a sea of colorful houses, I fell in love with the stark white one across the street. It served as the perfect backdrop for this linen-heavy look. The weather in San Francisco was basically perfect, but hey, it's still summer and linen still feels really good. I opted for a colorful linen blazer with my short-sleeve bengal striped linen shirt which provided airiness for the sunny days and layers for the cool, coastal evenings.
As a designer, I am a firm believer of Mies Van Der Rohe's notion that "less is more". However, when it comes to menswear, I usually stray from this and actively seek opportunities for layering, pattern mixing, etc. This outfit seems to lean toward the former at first glance, but offers some subtle complexity upon closer investigation. Though not my intention, this entire ensemble is kind of centered around this tie. The solid orange tie bears a knit texture which is complemented by these blue trousers in color and micro-houndstooth linen jacket in texture/pattern. Even the width of this tie plays a major influence on today's look: usually more narrow, this knit tie is rather wide which begs to be paired with a jacket whose lapels are comparable. Because it's knit, the tie brings down the level of formality, making me feel comfortable leaving my belt at home. And as (almost) always this summer, I've opted out of wearing dress socks.
Café Salsera is the new kid in town, and I am totally stoked to meet him. The new restaurant becomes a venue for salsa dancing on Friday and Saturday night! And did I mention it's only a couple blocks away in Deep Ellum? I put this little number together imagining a night well spent there. Until then, I will be strolling down our neighborhood dancing in my head.
Skirt: ASOS | Top: Cheap Monday | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Watch: Michele | Bracelet: J.Crew | Sunglasses: Tom Ford | Clutch: Aldo | Lip: Chanel
It's going to be be a VERY busy week filled with design meetings, on-site measuring, and even a night of social media discussion. That being said, I plan to be ready-- this outfit is no frills, but does not sacrifice style. One thing I've learned from observing the best in menswear is that when assembling a simple business ensemble, the execution of details matter more than ever. There is no standout piece within this outfit. In other words-- no flashy distractions to draw one's eye away from sleeve length, tie knot, etc. Now, I'm not saying this look is perfect, but I like to think the details are addressed well. Now to address the details that really matter... Happy Monday!
Suit: Suitsupply (similar) | Shirt: Twillory (also dig this one) | Tie: Stafford (similar here) | Shoes: Cole Haan (also love these) | Pocket Square: The Tie Bar (just like this one) | Watch: Omega (vintage) | Sunglasses: RayBan | Belt: Suitsupply (similar) | Briefcase: Jack Spade (this one's great too)
As many of you know by now, the first ever J.Crew Mercantile store is now open here in Dallas; so we stopped by this past Thursday to check out the Grand Opening Party hosted by the lovely Amy Havins (DallasWardrobe).
The store is located in the ever-evolving Shops at Park Lane, right in front of the new Starbucks. As soon as you walk in, you feel right at [J.Crew] home-- light modern maple shelving, meticulously stacked shirts-- but then you see it... Virtually everything is labeled with a "__% Off" sign! It truly felt like the best of both worlds in the store-- the careful craft and fresh pieces of a standard J.Crew, but the prices of J.Crew Factory. Needless to say, we'll be back soon!
Even though it's at the height of its popularity right now (right, Mr. Gyllenhaal?), I haven't really exercised the "air tie" look in a while. However, I really wanted to wear my Stan Smith's again and thought that this windowpane suit would pair nicely with them. Not wanting to go too formal, I opted for some pattern play with this [short-sleeve] polka-dot shirt and ditched the tie. The inherent nerdiness of a short-sleeve button-down polka-dot shirt inspired me to go full "nerd" and button it all the way up. The short sleeves sure do help in this heat (especially if you MUST wear a jacket), but remember to stay hydrated! I've been obsessed with Vita Coco lately-- all natural, with the same amount of electrolytes as sports drinks (and WAY less sugar)?? Yes, please!
Photos by Joshua Fortuna