Fashion Week has consumed my free time more this year than ever before. I guess I really do like fashion and reading about the newest updates, good thing I have a fashion blog – phew, passed the test on that one. The prints and outfits from NYFW are endless and I love the unique outfits on the attendees, they are as much a part of the shows as the models.
One of my favorite shows was Kate Spade, she always has interesting prints and silhouettes, and it looks like she came to the Haight for some inspiration. Kate Spade and Haight Street couldn’t be more opposite, but here they could be distant cousins. This bold Kate Spade print is fun and bright for spring and little ol’ Haight wanted to participate in fashion week too by painting the meter maid vehicles in a matching print. This street’s colorful murals and characters would make an interesting runway show…
Black and white is probably the most classic combination there is, basic and original. It’s original and there are so many ways to describe the combo; the light and the dark, the good and the evil or the scary and the safe. I always used to say black and white weren’t colors, they were shades and that made them different in my mind. One wasn’t better than the other, they were just different shades in the giant spectrum that is reflective light.
I love these wire wine bottle candle sticks because they bring both of those ideas together. The literal of the black wire and the white candle but also the imaginative aspect of the dark and heavy base against the light and bright top. This mural at Haight and Masonic does the same. It is dark and scary in some parts but once you notice the light you learn to appreciate the darker parts along the way. It is beautiful in all of its colors, dimensions and shades, accentuating and bringing life to the most classic color combo out there.
You know the saying “less is more” or the old rule “take off one piece of jewelry before you leave the house’ – yeah those aren’t valid anymore. I think today it would be ‘mo is betta’ and ‘you best put on another bracelet before you leave’ or ‘layer that statement necklace with this one too.’ Why they needed to be sassy sayings, I don’t know, but that is the reality – especially recently. I’ve worked on my arm candy stacking and necklace and shirt layering and come to love how versatile it can be and how it takes an outfit to the next level. I now feel naked without some sort of jeweled accessory.
So I am constantly on the lookout for new ways to stack or layer. These stacked bracelets are perfect, all a little bit similar but each different in its own way. They all work together to make this stack sparkle. This stack of animals is doing the same, stacked to make the perfect community. Haight Street is an eclectic group and this door mural shows how we are all different, that we all sparkle and yet we still fit and work together to complete the look.
Sometimes I wish I had that artist gene. It runs in the fam, my sister got it but it skipped me. She can literally draw or paint anything. She made a poster for me when I ran for president (of the 8th grade) that was my name in the same script as the Coca-Cola logo (ps. I won, and it was probably because of that poster). The coolest thing I have ever drawn or painted was a replica of Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ – it was a total Monet. But instead of making my own art, like my sister does, or like she will hopefully do for me, I need to buy it. And you guys know I have no trouble buying things, no trouble at all.
I am attached to art with lots of colors. I love that this one, by Kristy Gammill, is neon bright but also abstract. It could go anywhere in my apartment to add a pop of color. This girl on Haight has some talent, should I commission her for a painting to hang in my house? I might steer away from the skull, but she is using all the colors of the rainbow.
Living in a city, its hard to decorate the outside of your apartment for Christmas. I live on the backyard side of my building so even hanging lights in the windows won’t be seen by anyone (except me). Some businesses light up or paint their windows, or if you are Mendel’s, you go all out and create an awesome window display for every season and holiday. But Haight street was looking very scrooge-like until the Haight Ashbury Merchant Association (HAMA) launched their holiday street light fundraiser.
So far there are 4 trees lit, with donations from Whole Foods and other Haight street merchants. The sight is so festive and cheerful! It’s nice to have lights on the street that match the festive Christmas lights inside my apartment. I love these mini fairy twinkley lights for indoors (or on my Eiffel Tower statue) and the big tube lights and ribbons on the trees outside help spread the Christmas cheer on Haight!
Food trucks are storming the nation; they are perfect for a quick, funky and gourmet bite to eat. In SF our food truck revolution is called Off the Grid and the trucks set up shop in multiple locations around the city. One of the ‘truck stops’ (as they are called) is in Upper Haight – a little too close for comfort…
I love going and trying new things. I was amazed the first time I had the pork belly bun from Chairman Bao. These trucks come packing a punch with kimchi fried rice burritos, duck tacos, and creme brulee. It would be fun to try and recreate some of them – like the mac and cheese egg rolls, or the rice patty buns from Koja Kitchen. I would attempt said dishes in my newly green-accent-walled kitchen! Freshly painted this past weekend, I’m in love with the green we picked and how it turned out. I definitely want to attempt these Kalua Pork Sliders from the Slider Shack – mostly because the green Polynesian sauce (easy to recreate I’m sure) matches my kitchen, and because they were seriously amazing.
Check out a ‘truck stop’ near you for lunch or dinner – you won’t be sorry!
Having a car in SF is a love-haight relationship in and of itself (see what I did there). On the one hand, it’s nice being able to leave the city or drive to the store and get a ton of groceries (or Target bags). But on the other hand, it can be a huge responsibility, and an expensive one at that. It could get towed, or you could get a parking ticket or it could get stolen (not likely but it happened to by boo). Even after seeing all of these things happen to people I still find myself wanting one.
If I did have my own car, I wouldn’t draw unneeded attention to it, or bedazzle it, like this one (resale value is not looking good). But I would wear these bedazzled boots, for the sole purpose of drawing attention to them. I want them, and a car – where is Santa when I need him?
June in San Francisco means the start of street festival season. This is one of my favorite times in the city, each neighborhood hosts a street festival highlighting their personalities (yes the neighborhoods have personalities, am I going crazy, probably). Union street festival kicked off the season the first weekend of June, next weekend is the North Beach festival and this past weekend was our very own Haight Street festival. Needless to say, the Haight Street festival’s personality is a little weirder than the rest. All the festivals include live music, crazy costumes, lots of vendors selling trinkets you don’t need but want to buy anyway, and always really delicious street food.
After eating the really delicious street food (we got chicken teriyaki on a stick, with pad thai noodles and a giant lemonade) and in honor of eating healthy in the summer – I feel the need to make and eat this beautiful salad – and I want to share it with this guy from the fair (crazy costumes indeed), we would just match so well. Happy Hump Day friends!
In fourth grade I made a terrarium out of a plastic animal crackers container. We were taught how to layer it from the bottom up, first the stones, then the moss and plants and I think I even painted a rock and put it inside. Little did I know that they would be all the rage today (I was ahead of my time, obviously) or that I would continue to make them (or buy them already made for me).
I would love to have this bubble shaped terrarium in my house, it’s a little classier than my animal cracker original. I love its unique shape. I would put all the succulents I could find in it – just like this succulent sign outside a little neighborhood gem called Nectar. The entire sign is made of live plants and it is a little hint for the amazing back patio they have inside. This could be a fun DIY – half terrarium half sign, I also really love this one with the flowers!
I’m not a huge hair product person, I know I should be more, to protect it from all the bad stuff I do to it, but sometimes it’s just so much work. The one product I do use consistently is the Surf Spray from Bumble & Bumble. It is a miracle worker. I usually wear my hair in a bun to bed and when I wake up I spray a little surf in the waves and go. This stuff is the best, it adds texture and it holds a curl really well – not to mention it smells like summer – and sometimes if you’re having a good hair day it can even make waves out of straight hair, I told you it could work miracles.
I don’t do much with my hair for work (hence my love for the wave making spray) but I do love trying out new hairstyles and braids and buns and such. This cool girl on Haight, I stalked her a little bit, had an awesome sweeping-from-one-side-to-the-other braid that I was envious of and that I will have to try out.