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On the go in Paris at the Hotel Prince De Galles.

Things change. Interests come and go. For years I was consumed by my career and loved it. I poured over magazines and online sites searching for the right thing to wear for such-and-such occasion. I still love my career but I’ve come to a point where I feel confident in my ability to choose properly for each meeting I have from the wardrobe I’ve built. The big transition point for me was realizing that I wasn’t the same person with the same style as I was when I really got going in my career 8 years earlier.

Life snapshots: summer morning snuggles with my nephews; date night dressing; out and about with my pups in San Francisco

Life snapshots: summer morning snuggles with my nephews; date night dressing; out and about with my pups in San Francisco

I’ve written before about the changes going on in my life – leaving a 13 1/2 year marriage, moving to San Francisco, etc…it has been an interesting  period, to say the least. These days I find myself spending much more time focused on my non-work wardrobe. What to wear on dates, what to wear to cook dinner, what to wear on a first bike ride with the Guy and his family…how to look cute on a mountain getaway, etc. I’ve discovered and fallen for stores like Revolve and Intermix in addition to my previous staples of JCrew and Nordstrom.

Paris

Hello Paris: the Eiffel Tower; rooftop breakfast at my hotel; visiting bread mecca Poilane Bakery; enjoying endless wonderful French meals.

While I’ve long traveled for work, I took a recent vacation to Paris and Italy  which had me thinking about how to look sharp traveling for fun.

Modena, Italy: GNO with a dearest friend; produce in Modena's central market; classical Northern Italian food at Cavallino Restaurant; Modena's 1,000 year old Duomo.

Modena, Italy: GNO with a dearest friend; produce in Modena’s central market; classical Northern Italian food at Cavallino Restaurant; Modena’s 1,000 year old Duomo.

Italian Riviera, Tellaro: freshest seafood dinner; beautiful colors and giant succulents; water-side in a favorite bikini; Tellaro beach.

Italian Riviera, Tellaro: freshest seafood dinner; beautiful colors and giant succulents; water-side in a favorite bikini; Tellaro beach.

I’ve been spending a lot more time in the kitchen, too, cooking and enjoying great meals. I am obsessed with Chrissy Teigen’s book, Cravings. Her Dutch Baby and Frosted Flake French Toast recipes made breakfasts on my recent trip to the Eastern Sierras heavenly and her Cucumber Soup, Thai Basil Chicken and Sausage Meatloaf have been in regular rotation, among other great dishes.

Eastern Sierra vacation: taking in the view with CG; Parker Lake - the reward at the end of the hike; stopping to see the giant sequoia in Yosemite; Dutch Baby breakfast goodness thanks to Chrissy Teigen's book Cravings.

Eastern Sierra vacation: taking in the view with CG; Parker Lake – the reward at the end of the hike; stopping to see the giant sequoia in Yosemite; Dutch Baby breakfast goodness thanks to Chrissy Teigen’s book Cravings.

I have the feeling that, with the cooler months of fall returning I’ll find myself looking to sharpen-up my work wardrobe again, but for now, I plan to continue to enjoy the free-flowing feeling of the summer with its long days and care-free weekends.

Cooking

Watermelon cocktail while cooking a favorite Cravings cookbook recipe – you can see how many recipes I’ve marked in the book!

What have you most enjoyed about summer this year? What do you plan to do for the last few weeks of August? I’d love to hear from you!

XO,

Catherine

House Warming Brunch

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I’ve mentioned before that I moved to San Francisco in January. It’s been an incredible change of lifestyle and I’ve had a great time walking around my neighborhood, trying new restaurants and living closer to dear friends. Bit by bit my apartment has been becoming more “me” and feeling like home. And what has really helped me … Continue Reading →

The Multitasking Wardrobe: a Little Lace

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I’ve talked before about how much I like to wear items that can double-time from work to weekend. One of the things I’ve enjoyed recently has been renewing my lingerie wardrobe, with Agent Provocateur being at the top of my list. Given that their pieces are unusual in design, they require special consideration to wear. While the … Continue Reading →

A Place Like Home

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At age 14 I visited Italy with my mother. It was a magical trip filled with delicious food, interesting/beautiful sights and sweet moments for us together. I was hooked. Five years later at 19 I chose to study abroad in the Northern Italian town of Modena, home of balsamic vinegar and birthplace of Ferrari – … Continue Reading →

A Day in Florence, Italy

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I’m fresh back from a dreamy vacation in Italy. I spent much of the time in Modena (more here) and in Tropea (more here), but for my last day I took a solo trip to Florence. Just 1 hour by train from Modena, I was able to leave after breakfast and return in time for the evening … Continue Reading →

What to Wear: the LBD

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Dresses are a fantastic solution for a multitude of work situations. I recently had trustee meetings in Southern California and was delighted to find this number by DVF. It’s got the structure I generally look for in workwear thanks to a thick fabric and strategic seams, but the ruffles at the bottom of the skirt add … Continue Reading →

What to Wear: Feeling Spring

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My love for all black looks has been well documented on the blog. Black just works for work – I always feel sharp and appropriate, be it in a black blazer or black blouse and trousers…but with how incredibly beautiful the weather has been in San Francisco of late, I’m making a concerted effort to … Continue Reading →

The 3 Coats You Need Living in the City

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I mentioned here that I’ve recently moved to San Francisco from Silicon Valley. I’m having a great time and learning how to adjust my wardrobe for City living. Coats are without a doubt a necessity in San Francisco – between the chilly wind or fog coming in off the Bay, there’s almost always a need … Continue Reading →

City Living

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I’ve recently moved to San Francisco from Silicon Valley. I can add living in the City to the growing list of things I never thought I’d do…and love. Growing up in a small town in Northern California, San Francisco was “the City” we’d visit for special shopping trips or after a weekend with my Grandmother in … Continue Reading →

What to Wear: a Belted Blazer

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Suits are a reality for many of us when it comes to work, like it or not. Thankfully there are often great appropriately fashion-forward options from places like Zara, H&M and Express. I scooped up this belted blazer because I loved the shift from a usual one-button style. The belted waist gives the shape a needed … Continue Reading →

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    This blog is designed for women who are serious about their professional lives and spend time thinking about how to present the best version of themselves. Here, I seek to balance between fun self-expression fashion and unattainable high-fashion. This is about everyday fashion that makes you feel good!

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