One thing is true for women living in the Bay Area (Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco): We walk a lot. We walk — or run — to catch our BART trains; we walk to work; or even walk to the grocery store.These New Balance running shoes will not only give your feet pleasant support, but make a fashion statement as well. Shimmery synthetic leather accent the grey shoes, allowing you to dress up this sneaker with a dress or tailored pants. I have worn a similar pair with calf-length athletic socks and a plain cotton dress. Even though you may have that fancy job in the Financial District, you are going to need some comfy shoes. Don’t worry, you can change into your Louboutins at your desk.
photography by Azikiwe Aboagye
San Francisco, CA. — There’s something about 90s fashion that is so right, but also so wrong at the same time. Styles range from baggy pants and overalls (yes!) to Skechers and Rocawear (maybe not so much…), but Cross Colours is making a comeback in the best possible. The urban street wear brand promotes positivity and living without prejudices, and in the wake of everything that is happening in the world, this is a breathe of fresh air — or should I say a T-shirt of fresh flare?
American Apparel Knit Bralette Top $32 | Buy here
Gap Long Denim Skirt $98 | Similar style here
Kenneth Cole Reaction Weylon Suede Slip-Ons $30 | Buy here
Flare is really what encompasses Cross Colours‘ clothing, and vintage pieces, like the jacket I am modeling in these photos, show the brand’s desire to design items with bright colors and bold patterns. I styled the jacket with a bright yellow knit crop top and denim skirt. I threw on some blue suede shoes to continue the colorful theme. In San Francisco’s design district, my photographer beau and I found a similarly colorful wall to be the background of this 90s inspired outfit.
Scotch & Soda Soft Check Scarf $49 | Buy here
Although it’s history is marred by Catholic school clothing, plaid fabric is evolving into this Fall season’s must-have. Modern shapes, like this Scotch & Soda throw on jacket, will keep you not only warm, but stylish. Surviving the cold weather really never looked so good. From the open collar, to the cocoon fit, this coat is the missing piece for a look layered to perfection. While strolling Scotch & Soda’s website, I also found this checkered scarf that I couldn’t help but picture draped around the coat. Although different, the plaid patterns are complimentary, and pairing them together plays up folk-inspired fashion trends, making this look harmonious and effortless.
photograph by Azikiwe Aboagye
Big Sur, CA. — Bay Area livin’ is something special, let me tell you. You are just an hour away from the beach, a few more hours away from the mountains, and a few more hours than that away from the forest. When you’re surrounded by tall buildings and morning fog, it’s nice to have those close escapes, so a few weeks ago I did just that. My beau and I hit the road in the early morning to Big Sur — a three-hour drive south from San Francisco — but, made many stops on the way at thrift stores, and just pretty scenes. Big Sur is a diverse national park with campgrounds and hiking, but we headed to Pfeiffer Beach. It is a beautiful small beach, but what really impressed me was the sand’s purplish tint. After eating lunch and basking in the sun for some time, we headed back home to San Francisco. It was the perfect day trip with not only stunning views, but amazing thrift finds, like this “P” letterman jacket (purchased for $5) and a Minnie Riperton classic (bought for $1).
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