How To Dress For Summer in San Francisco: Wear A Trench

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How to dress for summer in San Francisco – it’s something I had to find out the hard way after moving from balmy NYC last June, and has made a big impact on my summer wardrobe: summer = winter in San Francisco. Because San Franicsco is on a peninsula and surrounded by cold Pacific water on all sides, a “marine layer” of cold air forms above the city. This gets sucked down into the warmer Silicon Valley area south of the city, creating cold winds throughout San Francisco proper. Thankfully this “winter” isn’t really THAT cold, and nothing a trench can’t beat. Continue reading

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Work Wardrobe Essentials for Women: From Start-up to Corporate

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It might not be fair, but it’s true: first impressions in the workplace make a lasting impact, and they tend to be based on appearance. In collaboration with renowned career website The Ladders, I’m breaking down work wardrobe essentials for any office environment.

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NYC vs. SF Style: 3 Pieces, 2 Very Different Looks

Colleen is a talented stylist and founder of City Luxe Style, a fashion blog and personal styling service in New York City. Colleen and I met through the blogosphere; as an ex New York City dweller I love keeping up with her classic looks, and vicariously experiencing her NYC lifestyle.

Living on opposite side of the continent in cities with distinct fashion sense, we thought it would be fun to showcase the differences by styling three of the same pieces (cut off shorts, something lacy, and leopard print) to reflect typical San Francisco and NYC style in our “NYC vs SF style” post!

How she wore it:

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Simple Diet Wisdom, Margaritas & Chocolate: Tips From Annie at Collective Passions

Intuitive eating is tough, as is sticking to a simple diet. With the temptation of all the fad diets out there and the overwhelming urge many people have to find a quick fix to diet and weight-loss. Healthy eating is actually much simpler than the whirlwind of information in the media would have you believe. My friend and fellow lifestyle blogger Annie from Collective Passions is breaking down her basic approach to clean eating in this post, as well as sharing some easy recipes for healthy, non-restrictive treats. On her blog, Annie share tips and tricks from her own experiences as well as featured writers on how to get gorgeous, feel amazing, and get smart.

Do people ask you if you’re Vegan? Raw? Paleo? Why are we all so fascinated with putting a label on how we eat?

A few years back I read the book Skinny Bitch and literally, in a panic, turned vegan overnight. I stayed with the vegan label for almost 4 years, but eventually I started to feel overwhelmed with this style of eating. I started asking myself questions like, is this really me? Why am I labeling myself like this? And why am I putting this kind of pressure on myself to fit within a label?

It wasn’t until I was overwhelmed with working full time and going to business school full time at night that I realized I was trying to put a square peg into a round hole. I took a step back and finally understood that I needed to listen to my body, not some book telling me what to eat and what not to eat. With this challenge I learned two important lessons about myself that anyone can apply to their lifestyle.

Eat in moderation.

Don’t put a label on yourself; instead eat what makes YOU feel good in moderation. Do you feel awesome after eating lean protein, such as chicken? Do nuts keep you full and give you energy? Or do you need a banana full of potassium instead? Cut through all the noise out there and do what works for you.

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This Chocolate Coffee Almond Butter Smoothie is a 10

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SPF Addict Clothing + Sun Protection Hacks = Look Young Forever!

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SPF Addict and Sun Stats

Sun stats:

SPF – it’s imperative for keeping your skin young and cancer free. You’ve all heard it before: the sun ages you by breaking down the collagen in your skin, it causes skin cancer (which is the fastest growing cancer in the US), and it can impact you even on cloudy days. According to SkinCancer.org,  a whopping 90% of skin “aging” is caused by the sun.

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Summer Blues + What Are Culottes Anyway?

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Summer’s officially here, and you know what that means in San Francisco – wind and fog. Summer blues indeed, and I’m keeping the blue and white theme alive post July 4th with these striped culottes. I’ve always loved the culotte trend, because they look so airy and comfortable. I paired them with a cute little knit tank ( it’s too cold to actually wear this without a jacket lately!), I found a way to incorporate sweater material into “summer” without looking totally inappropriate, though wool definitely has it’s place this time of year in San Francisco!

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