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There’s a chill in the air, typical August weather in Northern California, and it’s alright with me because it means I can wear my high-waisted vintage wool plaid pants a little early.  I wore them tonight with a black short sleeve turtleneck knit top and some red paten leather Nine West heels and my go-to sparkly black clutch from Gap.  It was the perfect look for the 7×7 Fashion Issue Launch Party at Neiman Marcus in the city!

 

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I’ve been in-love with butterflies for a long, long time. My first business was called “social butterfly” and I had many “little butterflies” that helped me with my weddings and events each year. I have journals and cards with butterfly quotes on them and the transformation of the caterpillar to a butterfly resonates with me.

Today I’m crushing on one of my favorite butterfly bracelets made of leather. It goes perfectly with my mala and a special birthday bracelet I got from a friend a few years ago.

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” – Proverb

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I’m crushing on some of my very favorite textures today.  I wore my off-white lace Mariposa Shorts from Urban Outfitters with a ruffled black top and carried my favorite vintage tooled leather bag from the flea market to a party I hosted.  I love the way mixing textures gives any look richness and depth.

One of my favorite, go-to little black dresses came from Forever 21 many moons ago and the fun, cotton lace texture makes it go from daytime work to nighttime play very easily.  It’s a short cotton dress with a scallop edge and pockets, something I found for nearly nothing and I’ve worn it a million and one times.

 

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I think the term “arm candy” used to refer to a great looking girl on a guy’s arm, not today.  Arm candy is all around us; it’s a hashtag on Instagram, the name of many jewelry companies and fashion blogs and the subject of lots of chatter on Twitter.  It turns out I’ve been wearing “arm candy” since back in the day.  As a matter of fact I remember my mother threatening to cut off certain friendship bracelets that had gotten a little “unsightly” according to her, but it was bad luck to not let them fall off on their own – remember this?

I grew up during the Madonna craze and owned real jelly bracelets (in all black cuz that was the coolest) and wore so many of them you often couldn’t see my tiny little arms.

Today is no different.  The more arm candy, the better and major designers are joining the obsession.  As you know, I wear my mala most days but I change up the other arm candy daily.  Today I’m crushing on some really great, simple beads with healing powers that I got at a cozy shop called Inside Asia in Sausalito that is no longer there and a few shell and bead bracelets that I picked up in Collioure a little fishing village in the South of France near Barcelona.

 

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It doesn’t take much to get me excited about dressing up.  And, I’ve always been this way.  I was the college coed that loved a theme party, and the teacher who took Spirit Week to all new levels.  I’m the girl you can count on to go all-out for Halloween or any other costume-related party and I have been known to plan my own parties around fabulous costume potential.

So it should come as no surprise that I’m completely and utterly consumed with prepping for my “Playa Look” for Burning Man in a few weeks; it will be a full week of playing dress up!  And not surprising either, I have many things already that are perfect for the playa.  Faux fur vests of which I have a handful somehow, feather accessories and silver glitter nail polish and pink ruffles and a silver sequins bustier that I found on Haight Street.

Feather eyelashes that didn’t make the cut for some costume and left-over gold polish from my Foxy Brown at Studio 54 last Halloween… I am in Heaven with all of the possibilities for what I can wear and be.

When I want to add to the treasures I already have, I head to some of my very favorite places to shop for costumes in the city: Costumes on Haight, Piedmont Boutique, New York Apparel , Buffalo Exchange and of course the Goodwill and vintage stores in the Haight are always full of great finds!

 

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Inspired by a big fat messy bun, the messiest ever, I popped out for my mocha this morning in my newly re-discovered white Lucky Jeans skinnies that used to be too small for me but they fit perfectly now and I cut the bottoms off to make them a bit less fussy.  My Urban Outfitters Daydreamer skull & bones top, and butterfly sandals and my suede fringe bag from Brandy Melville.

My arm candy today is an eclectic mix of skulls and feathers from Brandy Melville, my mala and a Swarovski Crystal bracelet I picked up in Paris a handful of years ago.

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It was such a luxury to spend the entire day at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire today, I usually have a tight schedule with somewhere to be or someone to meet and I have to keep to my list and work fast while working in others’ agendas…not today.  Today’s sole mission was to enjoy flea-ing with my main squeeze on a Sunday with no rush or hurry – it was a real treat!

We went hoping to be inspired with some great finds to add to our Burning Man fashion collections but we also found great food!  We stopped and shared a yummy burger and a few curry butt steak tacos at le truc for lunch and had a “Carmel by the Sea” cupcake at the decadent Sweet Treats truck!

I love, love, love spending time perusing the flea market and I especially feel lucky to have access to the fancy pants fleas/antique markets here in the Bay Area.  Today, among my favorite finds are a pair of square-toed vintage Frye boots in the perfect shade for the playa and in great condition and my size ($65), a really cute tooled leather handbag with my name on it…how could I pass it up? ($35), and a cool necktie made entirely of beautiful, tiny feathers ($10) – it will wow my playa mates for sure!

 

 

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