Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Athleisure


Finally, the fashion world has validated the San Franciscan’s typical weekend uniform of leggings, sneakers and sweats in the form of #athleisure, a concept in which athletic wear becomes acceptable in any scenario so long as each item of clothing costs no less than approximately $100. Furthermore, participating in the #athleisure trend is in no way predicated upon one participating in any sort of exercise activity. Nike vintage cotton-blend hoodies are acceptable for brunch because, you know, vintage. And Phillip Lim tailored joggers are acceptable for the office because, well, shouldn’t any $425 pant be acceptable for the office regardless of its style and intended use? As it turns out, I am quite a fan of this trend for the following reasons: (a) it allows me to have one set of clothes for gym, work and weekend which lends itself to many efficiencies; (b) constantly wearing athletic clothes gives the impression that I work out a lot; (c) mesh paneled leggings and gold sneakers… need I say more?

Browse my favorite athleisure items below:




Monday, May 30, 2016

Pacific Avenue's Top 5 Beauty Products




1. Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Color

+ texture of a lip balm but the opacity of a lipstick
+ smooth a creamy with lots of color and little gloss
+ favorite colors are Arthur for a bold red lip and Mademoiselle for everyday

2. Brow: Chanel Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil 

+ goes on easily with a smooth texture
+ amplifies color, perfect for achieving a statement eyebrow
+ allows for precision (which I prefer over the Benefit eyebrow gel I previously used)
+ conveniently double sided with a grooming brush

3. Shadow: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick 

+ doesn't budge and will stay put through a 12 hour work day followed by the gym
+ no primer needed
+ easy application with the stick

4. Nail Polish: Nails Inc.

+ thick formula, rich color and no streaking (never more than two coats needed)
+ Mayfair Lane is that neutral pale pink shade you've been looking for
+ quick dry super glossy topcoat

5. Eye Liner: Laura Mercier Creme Eye Liner

+ what you need for achieving a cat eye (plus this brush for application)
+ long lasting and no smudging
+ requires practice and a steady hand (I usually apply my eye liner with a pencil and then use this for the wings)




Sunday, May 22, 2016

Industrial Florals







Sunny Sunday in Jack London Square area
Oakland, Calif. 
Revolve dress // Madewell straw hat // J.Crew sandals // YSL bag

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Carmel Valley Ranch










Carmel Valley Ranch has been on my must visit list for awhile now. It is exactly the type of place I look for when I want a relaxing vacation: the beauty and serenity of nature and top-notch amenities (and just a two hour drive from San Francisco!). The grounds are expansive and include a lavender garden, small vineyard, pool and hot tubs, fire pits (with s'mores every night!) and golf course.  The ranch also has a vegetable garden, chicken coup, bee colonies and salt house. There are tons of activities to sign up for each day like horseback riding, hiking and archery. Kind of like summer camp but with a spa and an outdoor soaking tub on your balcony. We spent the days exploring the grounds, relaxing, enjoying the views, visiting downtown Carmel (a 15 minute drive from the ranch) and roasting as many marshmallows as possible each evening. The food in the restaurants is very good and the views are even better. I highly recommend treating yourself to a long weekend getaway to Carmel Valley Ranch.
 

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