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So I haven’t talked about this before, but I made a deal with Yufei that if I get into Harvard and/or UOP for dental school, he would treat me to dinner at The French Laundry. Ever since I found out about and ate at Per Se, I’ve been wanting to go to The French Laundry. And now that we live in SF, it’s a lot closer and much more of a reality. I don’t find out if I get into UOP until Dec. 3 at the earliest, and Harvard even later than that, but I already got interviews at both schools and we are really excited to eat at The French Laundry, so as soon as I received my UOP interview, Yufei booked us a reservation in early December. We wil be having dinner there on Dec. 9, which is after Dec. 3, so I better get accepted at UOP or else it’ll feel like I didn’t earn the meal.
Anyway, so I am ridiculously excited about The French Laundry, and I’m starting to think about what to wear to dinner. I’ve always wanted to try Rent the Runway, so I think I will rent a dress from there for the meal. This is where I need your help! I’ve narrowed it down to these two dresses, and I need help picking one. Both are purple lace shift dresses (have to leave room in the tummy area for 9 courses!) and I love both.
So here’s a little poll for you to cast your vote! I’d also love to hear your comments about either/both dresses, as well as suggestions for shoes and accessories to complete the outfit, so leave your thoughts in the comments!
Just a real quick post about my current object of desire. Remember when I was obsessed with Robin’s one-shoulder blue dress? Well, I thought I got over that phase but apparently not, because when I saw this dress I was reminded of it again!
It’s so beautiful! I love how the strap splits into 2 in the back too. Ahhhh really want it!
You might have noticed that I haven’t really done any outfit posts since my move to SF. This is due to several reasons. One, I don’t really have much reasons to go out most days, so I get lazy and just lounge around in leggings and t-shirts and sweaters all day if I know I’m going to be in the apartment most of the day. Two, the weather, climate, and geography in SF is really hard to dress for. It can be freezing in July and hot in October. It could be bright and sunny in one neighborhood and foggy and cold in another. It’s nice and warm in the afternoon but windy and chilly at night. And the hills make comfortable shoes really important. Many days I just find myself unable to come up with a reasonable outfit for the day. Other days I end up grabbing another layer or a scarf that doesn’t match the rest of my outfit right before I leave. So I haven’t quite gotten the hang of dressing appropriately for this city yet. I’ll get there someday.
That said, here are a couple of the outfits I have managed to capture on camera. This was on an unseasonably warm day in July:
Vintage top from mom’s closet; silk maxi skirt, belt, and sunglasses thrifted from Goodwill; sandals from Aldo; necklace that’s actually a watch from Disney
This is a more typical summer outfit:
Sweater from my aunt; dress/tunic from store in Canada; leggings from Seductions; Bucco boots; bag thrifted from Goodwill; free sunglasses from college career fair
Now that it’s fall and the weather should stabilize to a certain degree of coolness, I hope I can have an easier time dressing. Fall is actually my favorite season for fashion; I just love boots, jackets and coats, scarves, and sweaters. So hopefully I will be doing more outfit posts soon!
I finally checked out the thrifting scene in SF last weekend. Since we live in Lower Haight, I decided to go down to Haight-Ashbury, where there are a ton of vintage and second-hand stores. I went to Buffalo Exchange first since I’ve been to a couple of their stores in New York, but this location was way too crowded and their stuff was a little overpriced in my opinion. A little disappointed, I headed a couple of stores up the street to Crossroads. The store had more higher-end stuff as well as lots of fast fashion brands. I found this Jason Wu for Target bag for $18.
It was in excellent condition, just a few tiny stains, which I was able to remove with an old toothbrush and laundry detergent. It’s nice and roomy, the perfect bag for work or school.
Next, I headed to Goodwill, which turned out to be full of treasures! I spent a good 3 hours there. The store is pretty organized, which made searching for the gems a lot easier. They also played really awesome music! Always a plus when it comes to a pleasant shopping experience. The only downside was that they only had 2 dressing rooms and a 5-minute time limit (I had to line up twice). Anyway, here’s all the stuff I got at Goodwill.
This gorgeous pair of Steve Madden leather wedges. At first I thought they were really high, but when I tried them on, they were actually not bad. And they were the perfect size for me. Pretty good condition, a few minor scuffs on the edges. But they are so fierce and only $10.49!
Here’s another pair of shoes I got. Brand new Merona pumps! They were size 6.5 and just a little big for me, but with some insoles they fit me just fine. The mid-heel makes them comfortable and easy to walk in.
I also got this mini crossbody bag and brown belt, just because they’re items missing from my closet.
Now onto the clothes. This gorgeous 100% silk maxi skirt was only $5.49!
This top was from Forever 21, but I loved the vibrant color and cute yet work-friendly style, and it was only $2.74.
Next I have 2 dresses. The first one is from Ann Taylor LOFT. I’m pretty sure this LBD is brand new (it still had the “please remove before wearing and washing” tag on). The style is perfect for both formal and casual occasions, and the little ruffles on the collar are so cute.
The second dress is this BCBG number. I love the print and the purple and yellow color combo, as well as the sleeves.
And here I am wearing 2 of my thrifting finds!
I was very happy with my haul this time, and due to the proximity of these stores I think I might make regular trips down there from now on. The great thing about thrift stores is that it’s never the same each time you go!
This outfit ended up being unintentionally a little Robin Hood, a little school teacher.
White collared shirt from Charlotte Russe, camel hair sweater dress thrifted in Montreal, black tights from Calvin Klein, brown belt thrifted from Goodwill, boots from Payless.
I’d also like to show off my newest nail look:
I call this look 1001 Caribbean Nights, because I realized afterwards that it reminded me of a shimmering ocean under a night sky. I’m totally new to nail art, but I’m starting to get into it more. It’s so much fun treating your nails as little canvases where you can unleash your creativity!
Another summer look from last week (before winter decided to come back to NYC) featuring the result of my long search for a maxi dress! I wasn’t sure that a maxi length would work for a somewhat petite gal like me, but I think this one looked great on me – what do you think?
Maxi dress from Old Navy, necklace from China, sandals from Aldo.
Starting to feel like spring!
Floral dress by Moon Collection from Lulu’s, grey tights from H&M, black flats by Rocket Dog and black boyfriend blazer thrifted from Clothing Xchange in Nashville, free sunglasses from a campus event.