Never underestimate the chicness of a single color. Even if you just throw it together, it looks put togehter. Paired with modern black accessories the look feels easy while someone managing to be just a little chic. In the face of a crazy windstorm no less... 

Everlane Cotton Cashmere Crew Sweater | Topshop Leigh Skinnies | Aldo Moto Boots (old) 

Festive extras - red lips and necklace layering

I had nothing to wear last night. I was not in the mood for something new. So I pulled on an old favorite (H&M, circa 4 years ago) racerback, bodycon dress with navy blue and black panels. Hits right below the knee on me, which I love and which at my height is hard to find.

Then came the fun part. How to spice up a dress I have worn 5-6 times but then nobody has ever said "that dress again?" to me about, because every time I find  a few things to make it different.

This time I went for things I have on hand for such "fashion emergencies"
These two necklaces (one from h&M about 5 years ago, the other from Forever21 this year but can't find it anymore) and then the essential fancy-maker, works one every skin tone, perfectly matte and long lasting Nars Dragon Girl (you may recognize it from this post, this post, or this post - I swear, it's versatile....)

If you need a little something extra to bump up your outfit, that's easy and unexpected try this trick:
Layer on 2-3  necklaces made from similar stones to create a super statement necklace. Add the first necklace one as is (bonus points if it hits at the neckline of your outfit.) Then, use a shorter necklace to extend the length of the second necklace, by clasping the hooks from each necklace onto the clasps on the other necklace.  Try to find a necklace which will drop the second necklace below the bottom of the top necklace. The result is a cool, dramatic look that is fresh, eye catching and doesn't require an emergency shopping trip. 

Winter Casual - Nikes + Plaid

I wore this outfit to sit in a car for four hours. It was perfect. I was so comfy in the paper thin, extra long plaid tunic that was baby soft. The sneakers were perfect for driving and transitioning from San Francisco cold (50s) to Mountain Cold (30s) and of course, my favorite grey skinnies got me through 3 days with just the right amount of stretch. Prepare to see a lot more of this outfit... 

UO Plaid Tunic | Black + White Nikes |  Sam Edelman Coat (from Nordstrom Rack) 

Basecamp Hotel South Lake Tahoe


Edgy Cocktail Dressing

Sometimes, I get sick of cocktail. I know, it's so rare in San Francisco, but it seems like the month of December is all cocktail attire, all the time. My tried and true shift dresses start to look like candy colored straight jackets of boredom. I know I know, stick to what works for you. Sometimes though, I want to be different! That's where this 3 Floors Down Dress comes in. It's from two seasons ago, I've worn it a handful of times, and every time I do I feel a bit like a rebel. It doesn't hurt that it shows the exact 3 inch triangle of abs that I actually like on myself. 

Paired with my fave Quay Invader Sunglasses obvi. 

Playing in the Woods

Aka Baby it's Cold Outside

(More Details Coming Soon) 

Bling Bling

Snake Ring: Baublebar | Necklace: Forever 21 (similar) | Jaguar Ring: Similar 

Secret Santa Brunch

The holiday season is crazy - so many parties. It seems like between Thanksgiving and NYE I get to see a lot of my favorite people but quality time is few and far between. Don't get me wrong, I love getting dressed up and tipsy and dancing and sparkles. All of those are good things in my book! I just feel like there's a lot of "Hi, OMG I you look amazing. Love that dress! Kiss kiss. NEXT." 

Even for an extrovert like me, it can be a lot. Which is why this year I decided to grab a group of my favorite party gals for a small Secret Santa. I can't wait till the day I can get all my favorite people presents, but until I win the lottery, it was so fun to focus on just one of my awesome friends and bring them something amazing.

We decided on Brunch because that was the least likely time to have a conflict during the busy bustling season. We found a cool spot - the Palm House - and made a reservation. They hooked us up with a very cool, semi-secluded booth with cushions. Then we used this awesome Secret Santa Generator to do all the matching up. It even has a feature where you can make a wish list!  

With very little planning  effort we were able to squeeze in some quality time together during this nutty holiday season, and I was so grateful for the chance to have a chill, low key holiday celebration. I even wore my husbands (gigantic) dwarf sweater! 

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