After hearing about the San Francisco vintage pop-up shop, Golden Collective, in Refinery29 I had to take a weekend off to check this place out. I’m not usually a huge vintage buyer, but when the opportunity comes up where I can get an awesome vintage piece for a reasonable price I am in. After driving around a bit, looking for the place, I noticed a vintage clothed mannequin sitting outside the corner of Fulton & Clayton and I said to myself this has to be the place. First off, the pop up shop is super small, which is expected. It’s in a tiny garage, but once you walk in there is a ton to look at from vintage blouses, coats, belts, shoes, and more. There are several racks of clothes that get updated with new product every few minutes or so as more clothes get bought.
I found out Golden Collective is put on once a month, always on the third Sunday, and consists of product from 5 ladies around the bay area. Some of the ladies have their own blogs or vintage stores while others are just genuine vintage lovers. I was able to meet 4 of them the weekend I went. Each of them have their own style and personality and you can tell they are die hard friends for life. I absolutely adored each of them.
Golden Collective: Islabell Murray, Jennifer Rubin, Annalise Furman, Ashley Ording
If you have some time in May check them out. They post up their monthly dates on their Facebook page. Also, there is always new product so you never get stuck looking at last months stuff. Make sure to have money ready because I don’t think you’ll be leaving this place without buying something for your wardrobe.
Vintage shoes. Adored those multi-colored heels bottom right.
Colorful array of vintage apparel
From the front
Racks of vintage clothes
Keds Spring 2012 apparel line
I was graciously invited to the Keds Spring 2012 footwear and apparel preview party at The Blue Plate in San Francisco last week. This was my first glimpse at their new collection hitting stores very soon. First thoughts, fresh and fun! I have to admit I haven’t bought Keds since I was a young girl. I do remember, however, that I lived in their shoes. They were the perfect every day shoe and still are. It was nice to see a new fun side of Keds with their Spring 2012 footwear containing a variety of fun upbeat patterns and colors, from checkers to stripes to glimmers.
Womens red striped Keds
The Blue Plate restaurant, where the party was held, was a quaint cute place near Bernal Heights. Their appetizers were amazing, their beet or d’oeuvre was my favorite! Along with the delicious food was a watercolor artist painting pictures of each guest wearing their choice of Spring 2012 apparel. All in all, the event was a success. I was able to meet an awesome group of Keds brand executives, dine on delicious appetizers, while “oo-ing” and “awe-ing” over their new collection. Take a look at the fun pictures I shot at the event below! Enjoy!
A Blue Plate appetizer
Artist drawing a guest in Keds Spring 2012 apparel
I snapped a few photos of my boyfriend, tech nerd and 4 Hour Body obsessed Arthur Keukazian, looking as spiffy as ever at the Treasure Island Flea Market. He’s dressed in an Gap bicycle shirt and grey cardigan (very San Francisco, and yes I picked them out), a pair of Guess jeans, with an oh-so-sexy smile. Check out the photos and tell me, do you think he’s got style?
I remember hearing the song “Edelweiss” gloriously sung by Captain Georg Ludwig von Trapp in the 1959 movie The Sound of Music. I used to play that movie over and over again as a child. That and the Wizard of Oz. Two of my favorite old time movies. Hehe. I was always curious as to what “Edelweiss” actually was so one day I asked my Mom. Of course she was ecstatic to tell me (she’s German and it’s European). She said it was a mountain flower that grew in the hills of the Alps. A beautiful white flower.
I remember seeing this amazing necklace around my mothers neck one day and asked her what was inside it. It was unlike anything I had seen before. Pretty much looked like a white fluff ball but for some reason I was intrigued. Come to find out, it was a real Edelweiss flower dried and made into a necklace. From that day forward I have wanted one of these necklaces so bad. Guess what! That day has finally come. Check it out and let me know what you think.
My boyfriend picked up these Australian sheepskin UGG’s for me while on his trip to Australia last month. I’ve never owned a pair and what good time to start owning some that flew over 7000 miles to get to me. Now that the weather in SF is getting gloomy I’m even more excited to slip on these warm fluffy booties. Go Aussie’s!
Found this fun Levi jean wallet at the Orange County Swap Meet in Costa Mesa this past weekend. This is proof of how 80′s/90′s I can get. Hehe.
It’s amazing!! I had the chance this past weekend to purchase my very first JewelMint.com item, the Fine Tune Necklace. JewelMint, a new jewelry line featuring the designs of Kate Bosworth and Cher Coulter, analyzes their customer needs by having them answer style questions that tell the company which pieces of jewelry best fit their customers’ personal style. Each month a members jewelry selection changes and each time the price remains at $29.99 per piece. That’s an amazing deal for exclusive pieces!
The Fine Tune Necklace popped up in my list of jewelry they thought I might like. Weren’t they right! I had actually been looking for a necklace like this for awhile, but hadn’t come across any. I jumped at the idea of purchasing it and to my luck I had a 50% off coupon to go with it. So in the end I only paid $14.99 + free shipping for the item you are about to witness. The best part of all of this was how gorgeously wrapped the product came to my door step. Not only was the item contained in a unique JewelMint.com black bubble wrap bag but the item came in a beautifully, well-built box with a gorgeous bow and personalized message from Kate and Cher about my item inside. I was actually quite impressed. All this for only $14.99? You bet I’ll be purchasing a lot of my Christmas items off JewelMint.
Back Left to Right: Jennifer Benson, Natalie Grinnell, Ashley Gustafson, Sharon Vaknin... Front Left to Right: Ashley Laurel, Ashley LaFerriere, Angelica Benjamin
When the weather is hot the DC girls come out to play. Above is a picture taken in the Mission District of San Francisco. We all met for a going away party for our dearest co-founder, Natalie Grinnell. Aren’t we the cutest? I love these girls!!!! <3
Photo courtesy of Sharon Vaknin
My second costume this year was involved in a group theme. The theme at work this year was Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. I was one of the background zombies. Lol. By far the ugliest thing I have ever been.
Purple Dress: Goodwill
Wig: 8 year old Halloween store find
Black Hairpin: H & M
Zombie Makeup: Spirit Halloween Store
Grey Tights: Macy’s
Necklace: Made it myself from a DIY with PS I Made This at WWDMAGIC last Feb.
Belt: Forever 21
Fishnet Sleeves: Spirit Halloween Store