Thursday, June 12, 2014

summer shoes :: jolie-laide (via trip styler)

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brush off your bongos and point your feet towards the nearest drum circle because this summer's shoe trends verge on hippie-dippie. see also: comfortable, 70s, man repelling and my favourite term from the french—jolie-laide. yes, it's the summer of pretty-ugly shoes, which bodes well for savvy travelers, who are always searching for packable, comfortable, stylish footwear. so, ladies AND gentlemen, grab a kombucha tea, settle in and check out this summer's trends. {i promise i don't mention the return of tevas or shower sandals, but they're ba-aaack...}

women {clockwise from top left}: birkenstock floral-print arizona, birkenstock stripe-print arizona, zara color bio sandal, birkenstock gold arizona, steve madden boomer sandal / Men {bottom left}: birkenstock black arizona

trip styler tips: try narrow-width birkenstocks for a slimmer silhouette. remember that there will be breaking-in time, so wear them around the house before you take them on vacation. finally, socks and sandals are no longer a fashion faux-pas—when done well. try the style with rolled boyfriend jeans or a boxy dress and contrasting or printed socks.

women {from top left}: jeffrey campbell atha espadrille, loeffler randall alfie espadrille sneaker, loeffler randall mara espadrille / men {from top right}: castaner alfonso boot, soludos for j.crew striped espadrilles

women {clockwise from top left}: swedish hasbeens suzanne sandals, isabel marant towson clog, sven peep-toe clog, bosabo ketty clog, old navy heeled clogs

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

top 10 travel essentials :: summer weekend edition (via trip styler)

if buzzfeed, david letterman and magazine culture have taught us anything, it's that we love lists. 21 animal photos that will make you go awwwww? click! 52 places to go in 2014? click! summer packing essentials? click! {see trip styler's mention in buzzfeed here!}

with summer unofficially underway after the recent long weekends and officially underway later this month, my mind has turned to weekend getaways. and, by extension, what to wear on said getaways. i may be a classic morning-of packer, but i dream about what to pack weeks ahead.

with all this in mind, i present my summer packing list, filled with on-trend, internationally inspired, versatile items that "double in the program". between chief trip stylist trish and myself, every one of these essentials is either in our closets or on our summer wishlists {i'm looking at you, handmade mexican sandals!}.

top 10 travel essentials :: summer weekend edition
  #1 - mexican-inspired top {note the bathing suit tuck-in}
  #2 - summer-weight scarf
  #3 - sensational swimsuit
  #4 - easy-breezy beach-to-night dress
  #5 - japanese-inspired kimono
  #6 - denim shirt
  #7 - tank top
  #8 - mexican-inspired sandals
  #9 - jean shorts
  #10 - cropped sweater

clockwise from top left: 1/ jm dry goods embroidered blouse, 2/ heather taylor home scarf, 3/ marc by marc jacobs bikini top & high waisted bottom, 4/ black crane long strap dress, 5/ nicole bridger kimono featuring artist zoe pawlak print, 6/ gap denim shirt, 7/ nsf scout tank, 8/ beatrice valenzuela sandals, 9/ madewell denim cutoffs, 10/ topshop fisherman crop sweater

*guys: your summer weekend essentials should include a pair of 3/4-length shorts {7-9" inseam}, a white v- or crew-neck tee, a classic short- or long-sleeve oxford shirt and a pair of lace-up vans.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

jetset style :: summer swimwear trends (via trip styler)

"if you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain; if you like to look awesome, but think shopping is a pain." i may have taken a few liberties with a classic, but all lyrics point to swimsuit season and the trials of shopping for them. hallelujah, this year's suits reference style more than shape, so they work for all silhouettes. whether you're barbados bound or planning to make a splash at home, here's our rundown of 2014's key trends.

the dream of the nineties is alive in swimwear. from baywatch tanks to high-cut briefs, and sunflower one-pieces to gingham bikinis, bathing suits are channeling beverly hills, 90210 faster than you can say andrea zuckerman.

left to right: j.crew scoopback tank, wildfox mermaid classic one piece, topshop gingham bikini, forever21 sunflower bikini, kore flora maillot, kovey line up one piece
suits that blur the line between wetsuit and swimsuit have made their way from surf to sand this season. look for features like neoprene, zippers and long sleeves, as well as a rash guard {or should I say fash guard?} when you need to hide your shoulders from the uv rays.

left to right: j.crew ratti fish rash guard, seea gaviota one piece, n.l.p. zip-front strapless bikini, vitamin a cannes crop rash guard, lisa marie fernandez lisa marie maillot

photo print
if being at the beach isn't enough, try wearing it on your body. this edgy and innovative print trend, popularized by australia's we are handsome, is blowing up thanks to celebrity fans like beyonce and katy perry. call me a fangirl, but i'd sport this bold, graphic style any day.

left to right: madewell tanksuit in beach day, we are handsome hideaway cupped corset, gray malin x cover long-sleeved swimsuit & long-sleeved swim t, nasty gal lanikai swimsuit

show some knee
men, you finally have more to choose from than board shorts, speedos and elasticized dad trunks. with your hands by your sides, look for a pair of trunks that extend 2-3" past your fingertips {6-8.5" inseam depending on height}.

style notes
  • if you don't got it, don't flaunt it; look for a suit that plays up your best feature. long torso? look for a retro bikini or detailing on the back. apple shape? try a suit with a zipper to highlight your upper body. curvy? look for thick lycra or surf-style neoprene and a sweetheart neckline. boy shape? create curves with exaggerated seams and colours, or choose a bold photo print.
  • colour blocking is big this season. follow the golden rule: dark colours on the places you want to play down and bright colours on the places you want to show off.
  • nineties-style tanks are fun throwbacks, but not ideal for ladies with larger chests.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

jetset style :: kimonos (via trip styler)

a nouveau boho movement is sweeping the planet faster than you can say flower crown. less coachella and more style staple, the kimono is the perfect packable piece for anytime, anywhere travel. 

i wear my kimonos at the beach as a cover-up, with an all-black ensemble of skinny jeans and tank top, over denim cut-offs paired with a wide-brimmed hat {see our favourites here}, or even at the office belted over a slim maxi dress. 

whether you're into cheap and cheerful, fringed and flowing, short and simple, or long and loud, there's a kimono for you at a price you can handle. 

men: feeling left out? look for a shirt with a kimono print this spring. 

trip styler tip: board shops are a great place to begin looking for inexpensive printed kimonos for the beach.

where to buy: #1 / #2 / #3 / #4
where to buy: #1 / #2 / #3 / #4

where to buy: #1 / #2 / #3 / #4

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

suit up :: 17 tips for stylish travel (via trip styler)

j.crew has joined forces with filmmaker/cool guy casey niestat to promote its newest suit, the ludlow traveler, in a three-minute video called travel with style. the fast-paced film documents niestat and the suit as they globetrot 12,000 miles via airplane, skateboard, motorcycle, boat, snowboard and surfboard. all of this while maintaining the suit's wrinkle-free appearance and while offering 17 tips for traveling in style.

this film is right up our ... aisle.

like all of us at trip styler, frequent flier neistat believes that we should look our best when we fly. "air travel is stressful and uncomfortable," he told fast company. "a lot of folks think 'why not be comfy? i'm going to wear sweats and uggs,' and those people aren't wrong, they just don't hold dignity above comfort. i do."

here are a handful of our favourite tips from the film:
  • rest {it's the key to healthy travel} 
  • change {transition to a more comfortable outfit in flight, and freshen up before landing} 
  • start early {don't waste an opportunity; you're only in a moment once} 
  • make friends {talk to locals and immerse yourself in their culture} 
  • wear a suit {look your best; you never know when you'll be invited to a soirée} 
we don't have to dress to the nines when we fly, but there's wisdom in the words of niestat. dress for the occasion. hold dignity above comfort. bring skis.

*if you haven't seen his other globetrotting projects, check out casey's films for nike, mercedes and 20th century fox. they'll make you want to take off without a plan.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

jetset style :: spring fashion (via trip styler)


in nature, a sure sign of spring is an instagram feed jammed with cherry blossoms {#notcomplaining}. in fashion, spring trends don't stray too far from the blooms. think of this season's floral trend as a form of urban camouflage amidst the blossoms. spring also gives you permission to trade in black for white and boots for classic slip-ons {aka the fastest shoe for clearing airport security!}. to top off your spring look, grab a pair of mirrored sunglasses, which i've seen popping up everywhere from the streets of stockholm to the beaches of the north shore. these four key styles will have you looking fresh this season, whether your plans include jetting off to jakarta, road tripping around reykjavik or pub crawling through portland. 

men: acne studios roc satin trouser, nudie jeans fairtrade organic t-shirt
women: gap 1969 legging skimmer jeans, acne studios patti blouse 

men {left side}: illesteva leonard round frame sunglasses, oakley frogskins
women {right side}: acne studios sunglasses, wildfox classic fox deluxe sunglasses

women: creatures of comfort tomlin dress, zara floral sweatshirt
men: engineered garments pocket square, beams plus linen popover

women {left side}: sam edelman becker slip-on, givenchy skate shoes
men {right side}: vans brushed twill slip-on 59, ymc slip-on plimsoles

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

where i ate in san francisco (via trip styler)

there are way too many restaurants on my where-to-eat-in-san-francisco list -- 28 to be exact, which I've organized by neighbourhood and cuisine. i keep a list of restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, museums and outdoor spaces for many of my favourite cities, like los angeles, portland and new york. this practice has always guaranteed fantastic meals, whether i'm looking for a quick bite near dolores park {pizzeria delfina} or a leisurely brunch near ocean beach {outerlands}. 

i knocked a couple off my list last week and they were so good i had to share. two down, 26 to go. the only problem is that i loved these two so much i can't wait to go back.

trip styler tip: when you hear about a fantastic restaurant from a friend, in a magazine or on instagram, keep a note of it in your phone under the name of the city and how you heard about it. or, if you want to get extra fancy, make a custom google map.

state bird provisions
neighbourhood: western addition

i'm optimistically confident when i tell you this will be your most memorable dining experience in san francisco. that is, if you can find it -- and if you can get in. there's no name on the outside and their reservations are famously filled 60 days ahead, though they leave a third for walk-ins. but don't let that scare you off; once you set foot inside you'll feel welcomed. despite its hotspot status -- bon appetit named it the best new restaurant of 2012 -- the restaurant has a neighbourhood feel. while i waited for my table, i saw several diners hugging and chatting with chefs and servers like old friends.

but you want to hear about the food, i know! they serve it conventionally and unconventionally; you can order off a menu or you can order dim sum style, off carts and trays brought past your table throughout the meal. this is dangerous because everything looks delicious. the menu is always changing, but we ate: garlic bread with burrata, raw oyster with spicy kohlrabi kraut & sesame, grilled asparagus with gribiche & toasted hazelnuts, smoked trout quinoa tabouleh, steak tartare caesar lettuce cups, hamachi & avocado mousse on a seaweed cracker and pork belly blood orange salad. we finished our incredible meal with a half order of spiced almond cocoa nib ice cream sandwiches in plum fudge. {}

trip styler tip: drop by when they open or early in the evening to secure a table for the same night. i came in around 6:30 and scored a 9:30 reservation.

bar tartine
neighbourhood: the mission

sister restaurant to tartine bakery, whose cultlike following lines up out the door and down the block for bread and pastries on the daily, bar tartine is a stylish bistro where the dishes are as delicious as they are beautiful, as distinctive as they are simple. open for dinner, weekend brunch and as a sandwich counter wednesdays through fridays, this nearly decade-old restaurant is always hopping. many of the dishes are built around their famous bread, baked on site daily. vogue recently called co-owner and baker chad robertson "the cult prince of american breadmaking".

i made a same-day reservation for the very european dinner time of 10:30pm. the room and staff are warm and inviting; i loved the small touches like fresh flowers in the restrooms and the thoughtful wine recommendations from our attentive server. we ate: sliced bread with cultured squash in sunflower oil, smoked potatoes with black garlic, kale with sunflower tahini and yogurt, beef tartare on toast with horseradish, chicken in paprika sauce with buckwheat and chard and rainbow trout with mustard greens and shiitake in broth. {}

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Monday, March 10, 2014

san francisco coffee crawl (via trip styler)

in san francisco this week, the first thing my friend asked me every morning was "where are we going for coffee?" whether we were walking from SOMA to noe valley or road tripping to sonoma, our first stop was always coffee. 

as luck would have it, we were in a pretty phenomenal coffee town. and as excessive planning and coffee geekery would have it, i knew where to find it. 

move over, portland; san francisco is hot on your heels, roasting incredible beans and serving up gorgeous cafés. here are a few places to get buzzed in fog city. 

sightglass coffee
locations: SOMA & the mission

blue bottle coffee
locations: embarcadero, hayes valley, SOMA, the mission, oakland

réveille coffee co.
locations: north beach, the castro, the financial district

four barrel coffee
locations: the mission, portola, alamo square

honourable mentions: ritual coffee roasters {the mission, hayes valley, bayview, napa}, jane {pac heights & tenderloin}, saint frank coffee {russian hill}

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

stylish stays in san francisco (via trip styler)

san francisco crafts a unique cocktail of old-world luxury and contemporary california style. known for its bohemian spirit and start-up cachet, the city by the bay is the perfect spot for a getaway filled with charming neighbourhoods, wine, shopping, world-class restaurants and, did i mention, wine?

here are my picks for hotels that rise above the city's famous fog---which has its own instagram account, of course.

hotel zetta
neighbourhood: SOMA
price point: from $250
this tech-savvy hotel, a member of the viceroy hotel group, has a shared games room and a lively lobby scene where you can mingle with budding tech tycoons. 

hotel vitale
neighbourhood: embarcadero
price point: from $300
the selling points of this serene boutique property from joie de vivre hospitality are a stellar location on the embarcadero and views of the bay bridge from the rooftop patio. 

fairmont san francisco
neighbourhood: nob hill
price point: from $250
perched atop nob hill, this luxury landmark hotel is swathed in history and grandeur, and is home to the famous tonga room tiki bar.

hotel monaco
neighbourhood: union square
price point: from $210
this playful and pet-friendly property from kimpton hotels has a 1920s theme plus a complimentary nightly wine reception and an enviable location close to union square.

st. regis san francisco
neighbourhood: SOMA
price point: from $450
an elegant hotel that sets itself apart with its butler service, spa and bentley for hire, this property is high on sophistication and style.

hotel tomo
neighbourhood: japantown
price point: from $115
this minimalist boutique hotel, outfitted in japanese pop art, is a re-purposed budget hotel from joie de vivre hospitality, and close to iconic music venue the fillmore.

phoenix hotel
neighbourhood: tenderloin
price point: from $150
a converted midcentury motel in a neighbourhood in transition, this property has hipster appeal and a vibrant pool scene.

hotel kabuki
neighbourhood: japantown
price point: from $140
this affordable and modern property features a koi pond, japanese garden and unique sauna suites, away from the hustle and bustle of union square.

clift hotel
neighbourhood: union square
price point: from $260
art deco opulence meets surrealist whimsy in this phillippe starck-designed hotel near the city's central shopping district.

cavallo point
neighbourhood: sausalito
price point: from $330
this relaxing hotel across the bay, the sister property to big sur's post ranch inn, sits on a former army base in golden gate national park.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

shopping vancouver's main drag (via trip styler)

every city seems to have a Main Street. was it a secret pact amongst early city planners or just a lack of creativity? maybe we'll never know, but the name embodies a place of community and commerce. and in vancouver, it's known as the city's coolest street, as voted by locals.

main street cuts through some of the city's hippest and most historic neighbourhoods, like chinatown, strathcona, mount pleasant and riley park. previously known for its antique shops and breweries---which still exist today---main street is now a destination for the city's best independent shops and restaurants.

follow me on a shopping stroll along my favourite street in the city, away from the chaos and chain stores of the downtown core.

1/ visit strathcona/chinatown's charlie & lee for must-have items like sunglasses by illesteva, rachel walker and raen, luggage by filson, lingerie by only hearts and my favourite selection of jewelry in the city. gentlemen, head to the back of the shop for a great selection of deux ex machina, the west is dead and wolverine 1000 mile boots.

2/ just next door, don't miss the board of trade co.'s original location, where you can score killer basics for men and women, along with earth tu face skincare, grey ant sunglasses and my favourite doormats with messages like "the neighbors have better stuff" and "holla". plus it's impossible to leave without having a great conversation with friendly owners david and eunice and maybe even an invitation to come back for whiskey at the end of the day.

3/ a little further south sits the adorable lifestyle and home goods shop much & little, which has everything you never knew you needed like cast iron bottle openers, turkish towels, splurge-worthy vintage kilim rugs, pastel-coloured cookware and clothing by lauren moffatt and james perse.

4/ on the ground level of my favourite apartment building in the city, tucked behind a bike shop and a sushi hotspot, is hidden gem hach + hart. filled with stationary from korea and clothing designed in house by owner meinrad young, this shop is both accessibly priced and a pleasure to explore.

5/ eugene choo has been a main street destination for me since the early 2000s, long before i made the move to the neighbourhood. the shop carries a thoughtful selection of clothing for men and women, including steven alan, filippa k and A.P.C. Don't miss their amazing garage sale every september and their recently opened shoe and accessory boutique next door.

6/ the southernmost stop on my main street stroll might also be my favourite. run by the nicest sisters in town, vincent park carries clothing, shoes, accessories and lifestyle goods for men and women. come here for cult favourites like super sunglasses, cheap monday denim, line sweaters and jeffrey campbell shoes. and try not to drool over the industrial space filled with gorgeous antiques and plenty of charm.

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