Cable sweater: Gap // White button-up: Banana Republic // Black pleated skirt: Forever21 (in stores, similar in yellow here) // Round sunglasses: Target (in stores, similar here) // Lip gloss: L’Oreal le Gloss in Violet Attitude // Gold cord necklace: Target // Leopard faux calfhair belt: Target (in stores, similar from Express here) // Watch: Invicta, borrowed from le hubs // Black leather wedges: Steve Madden (last season, similar here)
To snap these photos, le hubs and I found the last sliver of sun still hitting the ground and used it until there was nothing left but a pink glow in the sky. Now that we both commute quite a distance, finding the opportunity to photo shoots is a rare thing. This night, we were each able to leave our offices a little early, so we snuck in a trip to Whole Foods for some grocery shopping before running home to our puppies. Just this season, I took on an affinity for sunflowers. Perhaps its the Midwest in me grasping for something familiar, or perhaps I’m just drawn to their ineffable, innate radiance of happiness.
I saw this sweater on Gap’s Facebook page and immediately fell in love. That same afternoon, le hubs and I ran to the new Gap concept store in San Mateo, CA at Hillsdale Mall and lucky me, it was on sale! The new store there is also fabulous — I’m moderately obsessed. There is an adorable neon “Heart of the Peninsula” sign (check out my Instagram!), a movie board with the store’s name, and my favorite part, clean, contemporary shopping with my favorite styles and colors. (FYI, I heard they are having a fun event for FNO next week!)
The coming of fall and close of summer has me torn. In my little city by the bay, summer is just starting (bye, fog!), and farther south, temperatures are starting to turn, much as the leaves did in my home state this time of year. This outfit was my compromise, with a little autumn inspiration thrown into the summer ensemble. I’m torn in more than a sartorial sense, though: while I love seeing the Pacific outside my window every morning, the sunshine of the Peninsula is calling my name. Let’s see if my sunflowers hold me over.