in rainbows.

forever 21 dress | j.crew classic link necklace (similar) | michael kors watch | madewell boots | vintage coach city bag | j.crew tights

yesterday i spent the afternoon at the de young with some friends. i was waiting for the david hockney exhibit for a couple of months so i was really excited to check it out. it was amazing! seriously, i was smiling the whole time. as a matter of fact, i think i’m going to have to check it out a second time before the exhibition ends in january. going to museums is a favorite pastime of mine. therefore, i finally took advantage of the teacher discount and got a membership to the de young and the legion of honor. now i can go as often as i want and special exhibits will not cost nearly as much. also, i figure when i start graduate school (still applying… stressful)  i can study at the cafe and then walk around the museum afterwards. win/win.

i thought this graphic rainbow colored painting was the perfect backdrop for an outfit shot. ah, i wish i could hang it in my apartment. anyway, i’m off today so it’s time to take advantage of the weather and go for a hike. tata!



madewell sweatshirt dress // anthropologie sweater tights // forever 21 cardigan // vintage coach willis bag // ray ban clubmaster sunglasses // f21 oxfords

here i am on saturday sans makeup, sporting helmet head, and really hiding behind my sunglasses. sometimes it’s nice to just throw on some moisturizer/sunglasses and walk out the door. so that’s exactly what i did for our leisurely saturday afternoon bike ride. brian, amy, and i rode around the neigborhood, grabbed lunch at the american, and then enjoyed a couple of beers at shotwell’s. it was a really relaxing day followed by a healthy homemade dinner and a movie. ah, so nice. 

i’m so excited about my newest staple- a sweatshirt dress! seriously, it doesn’t get any better. the color, super soft fabric, and fit are perfect (work appropriate length too). also, i was able to snag it for about half off… so i guess it does get better. score!

thrift shoppers of the world unite and take over.

hat1 hat3j.crew factory jacket // forever 21 ikat blouse  // levi’s jeans // forever 21 hat // vintage coach willis bag // anthropologie booties // j.crew classic link bracelet (gift) // michael kors watch // ray ban clubmaster sunglasses // thrifted necklace

okay, i will be the first to admit that i’m not the thrift shopper i once was. however, i still couldn’t resist ripping off morrissey’s lyrics and making them cater to this blog post, haha… total nerd! anyway, yesterday was such a lovely day! anne and i went for coffee at philz, hit some thrift shops, and grabbed lunch and dinner. let me tell you anne was HOT at the thrift stores and i, on the other hand, was not. she found me the cutest (almost new) bcbg maxazria skirt for 7.50 and the cutest high waisted plaid skirt for herself for 6.50! it’s finds like those that make me want to run out to the thrift stores again today with my good luck charm anne, haha. to be fair, i did find her a pair of super cute vintage wedges at thrift town. i’m really going to hit the thrift stores more often (with claritin ready to go… the dust is killer). it’s time to get a little thrifty and live up to my blog title! i think i may need to drag brian out for some coffee and thrifting today… round two.

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as for the rest of the weekend, i need to prepare for getting back to the grind. i already got a great deal of lesson planning done the other night but i still have some activities and notes to create. i’ll be teaching the stranger, the metamorphosis, the crucible, and reviewing the ap winter break reading, the scarlet letter. i’m going to be one busy english teacher. this vacation was much needed and very rejuvenating, so i think i’m ready to go back on monday. have a good weekend! shoes


IMG_2357IMG_2327img_2330forever 21 cardigan // american apparel athletic tee // j.crew heather tights // franco sarto riding boots // forever 21 skirt // h&m scarf // vintage coach willis bag // ray ban clubmaster sunglasses

it’s not officially winter yet, but it sure does feel like it! it’s been so cold and rainy this weekend and apparently a storm is on the horizon. but honestly, i don’t mind. when it’s cold like this it’s the perfect excuse for simply bundling up and watching movies at home, which is what i spent most of this weekend doing aside from working. as a matter of fact, i’m taking a quick break from finishing my ap lit final to write this post. so it’s going to be a quick one, haha!

i’m so excited that winter break is just a few days away. brian and i plan to complete a diy project on an old desk we have. we really need an organized and functional office space, so fixing the drawers and painting the desk will be the first step in that direction. i’m also looking forward to sleeping in, baking, reading, organizing, and just relaxing for two whole weeks. but there’s still a ton to do before friday so i’d better get to it. have a wonderful week!


p.s. i’ve realized that much of the time i just discuss what’s going on in my life and neglect to talk about my outfit. so here are some outfit notes:

1. i really like the wintery feel this outfit evokes (especially the chistmas-y evergreen skirt paired with heather grey).

2. oh yeah, about the skirt… it was free! i got it last summer as a buy one get one free sale item at forever 21.

3. these heather tights and athletic tee are major winter staples for me. the tights are super warm and the tee is a season spanning/layering favorite.

tata for now, y’all!

shoppers anonymous.

sweater: jcrew factory shirt: vintage/secondhand from chime denim: anthropologie bag: vintage coach willis shoes: vintage salvatore ferragamo vara in navy sunglasses: ray ban clubmaster frog pin: jcrew factory

thanksgiving is getting closer which means the biggest shopping day of the year is fast approaching! will you be out there in the crazy that is black friday or will you shop online? last year anne and i got up early-ish and went into the madness but didn’t last long. we can’t deal with the crazy crowds. so we’ve scheduled an online shopping date! yep, we haven’t even made it down to socal yet or celebrated the holiday and i’m already worried about where and when the shopping will take place (fitting title, huh? haha). happy thanksgiving and shopping!

my closet in a nutshell.

circle skirt: american apparel shirt: jcrew factory sweater: jcrew oxfords: f21 bag: vintage coach

in my world, one can never have enough stripes, circle skirts, grey anything, and oxfords. my closet and i love, love, love ’em! i wore this outfit friday night when some friends and i were walking around the mission checking out the day of the dead festival. a photo diary capturing the madness from that night is to follow. it was lots of fun!

today brian and i are riding our bicycles to the ferry building to grab some lunch and produce for dinner. i’ve been trying to get him to do this with me for months. it’s been a long time in the making so i’m really excited about our lil’ date!

photos by rachel.

heat wave.

shirt/bracelet (gift from anne): jcrew

cord skirt: gap

booties: madewell zipcode boot

necklace: gifted from/designed by chime

bag: vintage coach watch: michael kors

sunglasses: ray ban

“summer” has finally arrived here in san francisco and i’m stuck at work when i would much rather be enjoying a tasty beverage at the beach. sheeesh! 


top: forever 21

denim: seven for all mankind

wedges: sam edelman

bag: vintage coach classics city bag

watch: michael kors

last night i had so much fun enjoying an artsy girls night out with anne and amy. we went to sfmoma, which is one of my favorite museums in the city (half off on thursday evenings- woo-hoo!). then we walked across the street and had dinner at samovar tea lounge. it was a relaxing way to spend a thursday evening, casual and low key. it’s something we need to do during the week more often to make the workweek less mundane. speaking of the workweek, i’m so glad it’s about to be over. i want to sleep in! have a relaxing weekend, everyone!

outside of sfmoma, waiting to cross the street…