Thursday, August 18, 2011

Lindsay's Look of the Week {Chloe Rose}

For my final look of the week, I got to choose my current favorite pieces at Chloe Rose. I chose a glittery top by Velvet Heart, cropped skinny leg MiH jeans in the Paris style and Kara dark wash, a bright turquoise ring by Skinny Jewelry (I do love turquoise and gold!), and the lovely Rebecca Minkoff Vanity Crossbody we received in our latest shipment.

It has been so much fun to work at the boutique this summer. I had a great boss and learned so much about style, blogging and retail. I can't wait to visit this fall and see what exciting new developments Marissa has made with the store upon my return to SF!

Head over to the Style Files to see Kate's current favorites (hint: they involve leopard and more Rebecca Minkoff)!

XO, Linds

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pane E Vino

As I wrap up my time in San Francisco and pack up to return to college out East, I thought I would share one of my favorite restaurant discoveries from the summer. (Sorry for the poor quality of the photos, these were all taken on my blackberry!).

Pane e Vino (bread and wine in Italian) is a trattoria on Union St. in Cow Hollow that serves some of the best authentic Italian you can find in the city. The decor is misleadingly unassuming, for the food, although simple, is perfectly portioned and exquisitely balanced in flavor.

One thing I've learned from San Francisco dining is to sit at the bar - you will often get a chance to interact with the owner, chef, or other staff, and will have a more special dining experience. At Pane e Vino, the bar is located right next to the wood-burning oven and small prep station, where you can watch the chefs prepare the salads, desserts and mouth-watering pizzas. On this particular night, our spot at the bar meant that the executive chef, Bruno Quercini (below), gave us five-star treatment as he served us lightly fried white anchovies, house-cured coppa salami with fennel and pickled onions, extra fun appetizers and dessert (including a taste of a sweet dessert wine) - all  in addition to what we had ordered.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

East Coast Essentials {Guest Post}

Fall on the Colgate campus is by far my favorite season, and each year, I make sure my fashion choices complement the beautiful colors, crisp autumn weather, and the polished preppiness that East Coast style is known for.  After having lived in various places around the East Coast for most of my life, I have found that I rely on a few key pieces to keep me looking put-together, while still on trend.  Since fall weather can vary from 70 and sunny to snowing, layering is key.  My every-day uniform consists of a great pair of skinny jeans, brown riding boots, an array of tops varying from chunky knit sweaters, to cardigans, and assorted scarves to add some fun to any outfit, and keep me warm.  This kind of outfit is appropriate for everything from class, to a tailgate.  Also, on the East Coast, you can never go wrong with a button down, whether it’s a classic oxford style, or a plaid flannel.  Since it can get pretty cold on campus, I make sure to have a light jacket, and of course, a North Face fleece, which is an East Coast staple.

For warmer days, I love pulling out summer dresses in neutral tones so that they are still appropriate for fall, and pairing them with a cute pair of flats.  I also love wearing pretty, flowy tops with my jeans for a feminine look; these types of shirts are versatile enough to dress up at night with a black skirt.  As far as accessories go, East Coast fashion is all about a classic look, so stick with understated pieces that pull together an outfit; a great pair of sunglasses and some pearl earrings go a long way.  To complete your look, throw on a no-fuss cross body bag, and you’re good to go!

As far as guys go, every East Coast girl knows there’s nothing better than a lacrosse player in a half zip!  Just saying…

- Isabel

  1. Club Monaco "Tara" Striped Scarves
  2. Ray-Ban Aviators
  3. Old Navy Oxford
  4. American Eagle Skinny Jeans
  5. Lilly Pulitzer Dress
  6. North Face Zip-Up
  7. J.Crew Sweater
  8. Tory Burch Flats
  9. Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag
  10. Gap Trench
  11. Pearl Earrings
  12. Frye Riding Boots
  13. J.Crew Men's Half Zip Sweater

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About this post: After high school, my close group of best friends scattered across the country. We're still close as ever, but whether it be the West Coast, East Coast, Midwest or the South, we're all over the place. As I've been featuring some fashion on The Sweet Talker lately, I thought it would be fun to have guest posts from my friends covering regional fashion. This post is the 3rd in the series. Click here to check out “Southern Style” and "Midwest Must-Haves." I hope you enjoy!

XO, Linds

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lindsay's Look of the Week {Chloe Rose}

70s-inspired looks were all over the runway for this fall. For a "real life" version, try pairing a blousey silk top with dark wash flare jeans. See the Chloe Rose Style Files for another look that is totally 70s chic!

Alice & Trixie top, MiH jeans, Vanessa Mooney jewelry, Sam Edelman wedges.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Last time I took a poll on what to bake next, mini chocolate hazelnut eclairs turned out to be the winner. But red velvet cupcakes came in a close second, and after a few requests at the office I knew it was time to tackle another cupcake recipe (I had been scared off by my failed strawberry buttercream).

Red velvet cupcakes are definitely my own personal favorite. While the bright red color certainly makes a statement, the cake itself is not too sweet, and the cream cheese frosting lends the perfect tangy note, leaving these cupcakes feeling just a bit more "grown up."

I found this recipe from Appropriate title, no? The cream cheese frosting came from Martha Stewart. Both were easy to follow (although the cupcake recipe was more labor-intensive than I had anticipated) and this time the frosting turned out perfectly. Smooth, tangy, and delicious!

Keep reading for the recipe.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Lindsay's Look of the Week {Chloe Rose}


With my return to school looming just weeks away, I've been thinking about how to transition my wardrobe from summer to fall. Take a simple summer dress, swap out the shoes and add a few chic cool-weather pieces, and you've got a perfect "back to college" look.

Head over to the Chloe Rose Style Files to see other ways we styled summer-to-fall looks!

XO, Linds

Left: Dress by Greylin, Jewelry by Vanessa Mooney 
Right: Dress by Greylin, Cardigan by MinkPink, Scarf by Spun Scarves, Bag by Jess LC, Belt by B-Low the Belt

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Inspired: Turquoise & Gold

Two things I'm loving right now:

1. the summery, refreshing combo of turquoise and gold (with a pretty hint of blush pink!),


2. BaubleBar.

If you haven't heard of it already, BaubleBar stocks tons of beautiful jewelry and has been featured all throughout the fashion mags lately. With prices starting around $20, it is a completely affordable option to add a little glamour to your life.

Join here to get $10 off your first purchase!

What has inspired you lately?

Jewelry via BaubleBar
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