Thursday, 19 April 2012

playing with matches, a girl can get burned.

striped top - American Apparel // pieced leggings - Simply Vera Vera Wang (Kohl's) // boots - Doc Martens // cross-body bag - borrowed from my mum // red headband/silk scarf - vintage // 
lipstick - Serge Lutens in #7 Votre Sienne

[Last post, you got a lot of photos.  This time, it's a lot of words.  Are you ready?]

Wearing headbands, especially rolled or tied scarves, makes me feel like I belong in the cast of Fiddler on the Roof - which is totally a good thing!  Brings me back to my Russian-Jewish heritage and such (true story).  Whatever the people on the streets of San Francisco might have thought, I was quite happy humming "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and strolling around in some of my newly-purchased goods!

This striped top from American Apparel is a dream come true.  The fabric is thick cotton (I think), so there's no need to worry about bra visibility as is the case with most white shirts.  And every time I would delve into my suitcase (or, mercifully,  my closet, once we were at the beach house), I found myself reaching for it - it's superduper versatile!  I would also pair it with one of those breezy, gorgeous chiffon skirts American Apparel carries, but alas... this will have to do for now.

You can't really see them, but the earrings I'm wearing are also from San Francisco.  There are street vendors all over the city (and especially by the Bay around Fisherman's Wharf and the cable car station-thing), selling everything from jewellery to caricatures to balloon hats.  My father and I stopped to admire some necklaces at one man's cart, and because my dad is a street-wise New York bargain-master, we ended up with the two necklaces (one for me, one for my mum) and complementary earrings for each!  I'll have to show you some close-ups of the necklace - I'm not wearing it in these photos, but it actually would have gone quite well with this outfit.  It's made with brass and poppy jasper and turquoise :)

And, ah, the lipstick.  Another souvenir from the city!  My mother and I stopped in the Barney's at Union Square to look for some lipstick.  I had the brand Beauty is Life in mind, but I let the saleslady lead me around and have a look when she told me they didn't have those particular lipsticks in stock yet.  I really liked the almost-coral-but-not-quite red colour of the Serge Lutens lipstick she showed me (it's a little brighter and springier than MAC's Russian Red, which I also love), so I bought it.  And, umm.  Being in Barney's, I expected to pay good money for a good product.  And the product is very, very, very good (it survived some very messy but delicious eggs florentine the next morning, and is matte but not at all drying), but it was a liiiiiiiitle bit more of a splurge than I'd anticipated.  (And by a little, I mean IcouldhaveboughtfivegoodlipsticksforthispricewhatthehelldidIjustdo?)  So as much as I wanted to talk about it on the blog, I was worried.  What if somebody thinks I'm bragging?  I'd probably think someone was bragging if they showed off their fancy expensive lipstick.  But it's really nice!  Why shouldn't I share nice things?  People might feel awkward.  This is making ME feel awkward!  After discussing the matter between myself and I for quite a while, I decided to share anyway.  Hey, I buy cheap, unwanted, second-hand sweaters at the Goodwill that are so weird nobody else will love them.  I buy pretty much everything else at Kohl's, and still like shopping at American Eagle at times.  I'm not embarrassed by thrifting, so I shouldn't be embarrassed by a rare [and slightly accidental] splurge.  At least, that's what I'm telling myself.

(I realise I could have avoided the money subject entirely and not have written that incredibly awkward last paragraph, but the subject was bothering me and where better to say "I am bothered by the social consequences of expensive lipstick!" than on my blog?  Moving on.)

So, yeah.  I like my striped top, my Doc Martens, and my expensive lipstick.  Now as penance, I'll go take some notes for English class.  Yeah.


Tuesday, 17 April 2012

nothing's ever quite my fault, or everything is at once.

I'm home in Virginia now, but the California photos just keep coming!  Between driving to Redwood City for a night and then waiting two or three hours in the airport before boarding the plane (and eating some surprisingly delicious avocado sushi whilst waiting!), I finally managed to edit a huge load of photos.  And believe it or not, these are just from one day.  Ladies and gentlemen, I now present to you: 
the sixth of April!
[cue cheering]

 This is a middle school, can you believe it?  It was huge!


Tuesday, 10 April 2012

j'aime les fleurs.

I am [still] behind on photos (I swear I've taken over a thousand on this trip so far), but today it rained so I only took six (much to my sadness) and... yeah, that still didn't give me any time for edits.  So here is an emerging pattern in my travel photos: everywhere I go, every day, I seem to find flowers to photograph!  Hmm.  Have a look at these pretty examples:

6 april.

7 april.

8 april.

9 april.

We're staying in Santa Cruz now, visiting old friends and enjoying the food and shops :)  More San Fran photos to come, and maybe some photos of this little town too if it ever stops raining...


Sunday, 8 April 2012

how about some food porn?

Seriously, though.  The food here is amazing!  I haven't had a bad meal yet - well, except for maybe when we stopped for dim sum at a very authentic Chinese restaurant.  We didn't quite realise that their authenticity included such food groups as animal feet and tongues and other such things that probably shouldn't be ingested (especially by me, the vegetarian!).  But on the bright side, the tea was quite good...

Anyway, these photos are from when we had brunch at a little French bakery called La Boulange on Union Street.  We went there again the next day, it was so delicious!

(This is definitely not a mini-post made to disguise the fact that I have a lot of work to do in regards to catching up on my photo edits... no way!)

Cappuccino art!  So cute! 

The tea was super yummy - and the tea bags were very interesting, too.

The Hummus open-faced sandwich: organic, fresh-baked bread, piled with hummus (quel surprise!), cucumbers, tomatoes, sprouts, and avocado.  Mmm!  The side of greens was also quite lovely.

My mum had their granola (baked in-house!), piled high with yoghurt, fresh fruit, and honey.  Yum yum yum!

My father's [meat-filled and such that I didn't try and thus don't remember] sandwich was accompanied by a fruit bowl filled with more fresh fruit.  The blueberries were HUGE!

A close-up of my sandwich.  Look how red those tomatoes are!  We never have tomatoes that red in Virginia.  It's quite sad.

None of my family had ever had macaroons of this sort (though we're big fans of the Jewish macaroons, especially because we just had Passover and all its coconutty dessert goodness!) so we tried a few - the Chocolate Hazelnut was by far the best!  It tasted just like Nutella :)

(They also had Passionfruit Mango - how odd!  We didn't try that one, though.)

Now it's [kind of] late here, and I know it's quite late on the East Coast, so I'm going to sign off and such.  I promise I will have more photos edited for tomorrow!  I've really got to figure out that batch-editing function on Photoshop....


Saturday, 7 April 2012

somewhere in the darkness, in liquid lack of light.

striped dress - Kohl's // striped cardigan - Aeropostale (guilty, I know, but it's a nice sweater!) // jacket - L.L. Bean (stolen from my father, haha) // shoes - Dolce Vita // 
tights (you can't see them but it was COLD!) - Target

Yesterday's outfit kept me a little bit warm, but not enough!  It was quite chilly and I didn't have a scarf or adequate coat.... sadness.  But I did have hot tea, and that is almost as good!  These photos were taken on the roof of our hotel - there are all sorts of pretty plants growing up there :)

We're actually on our way out to dinner now, so I've got to run!  In my next outfit post you'll see some of the purchases I've made here in San Fran, and a little rant about lipstick.


Friday, 6 April 2012

it is the sum of many tiny secrets, one after another.

striped top - Kohl's // brown jacket - stolen from my mum's closet // teal "capris" (actually just rolled-up trousers) - American Eagle // loafers - Bed Stü // silly mismatched socks - Costco // bag - Target

So yeah, this would be yesterday's outfit!  My outfits will probably be a day late the whole time I'm here in San Francisco, because there's just so much to do during the day that I can't be certain of time to edit my outfits and the plethora of gorgeous 'Frisco pics (which, to be honest, I'd rather be staring at than my "oh gods please no one look at me I'm not taking outfit photos in public no way not me" outfit photos!

If you'd like to see some more frequently updated photos of what I'm up to, you can follow me on Instagram: I'm paintedmagnolias.  I kind of can't stop taking photos of, well, everything!