Clockwise L-R: Isabel Marant, Steve Madden, Sam Edelman, Matt Bernson, Loeffler Randall, Rachel Comey

A wear everywhere with everything pair of low heeled booties is
on the top of my list for fall. This trend may have started with the
covetable Dicker and Dixie styles from Isabel Marant, but thanks to
brands as diverse as Steve Madden and Loeffler Randall, there is a
plethora of options and pricepoints to pick from.

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Featured in the NewYorkTimes.com

I was reading Work it, Berk the other week and learned that the New York Times has a section for readers to submit street style photos based on a weekly theme. Last week the theme was Unique Glasses. I submitted this picture of me in vintage Gucci frames taken at the last Oakland Art Murmur and low and behold my submission was chosen. It totally made my day!

Click on the photo or visit nytimes.com to see all the other awesome glasses that were featured.

Bisou + Business Blues

After  a lovely vacation in Barbados (updates to come) and a quick trip to Vegas I am back in the Bay and back to business. On Thursday I had a couple of meetings to attend and errands to run so I wanted to be comfy by still look pulled together.

Dressing for casual business meetings when you are in a creative field can sometimes be a bit of a conundrum, but I find that a clean dark wash pair of denim is always a good base to build upon. On this occasion I rocked my new Raleigh Denim straight leg Union Denim.  Adding a flirty printed blouse, neutral Pierre Hardy for Gap wedges, and a vintage LV clutch made for a look that was both fun and business worthy.

I love the lip print and asymmetrical ruffles on this blouse.

My hair is growing out so I decided to pull my hair up on top into a quasi french twist. It was so easy to do and gives me a different look than my normal afro. I really like how it turned out so this might become my new go to hairstyle.

I love this vintage clutch I "borrowed" from my Mom. I love it so much she is probably never getting it back!


Look Good, Feel Better: My Fave Cause Based Brands

TOMS X The Row: The Row teamed up with TOMS to turn out a luxurious, limited edition collection of cashmere and Italian wool TOMS for fall. For every pair of TOMS purchased a pair of shoes is given to a child in need. Photo via TOMS.com

When my partner and I started toying with the idea of opening show & tell we knew that we didn't just want to open another boutique selling pretty things. If we were going to open a store of any kind it had to be meaningful in some way. Months of brainstorming yielded the ambitious mission of stocking our shelves solely with fashionable goods that are about more than being stylish. In our effort to shift the paradigm of retail in this country we sought out local lesser know brands that are produced in the U.S., goods that are made using fair trade, ethical and sustainable practices, and brands that directly benefit underserved members of the global community.

At first I thought our lofty mission would be a challenge to uphold, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a bevy of brands out there that are doing amazing things. I am particularly partial to cause based brands that do something tangible for every one of their products that is purchased.  Being an avid shopper there is always something for me to covet, but knowing that I can choose to spend my money on products that help to make a difference is even more rewarding than how great said product will look with my latest outfit.

While TOMS is a superstar in the cause based game, with a 1 for 1 promise, comfy shoes, and a new line of sunglasses, there are several other brands out their doing amazing things.

Here are the deats on some of my other faves:

Good Society Women's Skinny Fit Denim- Photo via GoodSociety.org

What: This brand packs a lot of punch producing Sustainable, Fair Trade, Organic Denim. As if that wasn't enough they also donate 1/4 of their profits to local and international project like the SA Foundation, that provides support for women who have been victims of or are in danger of sexual exploitation and trafficking.

Where: To purchase and learn more visit www.goodsociety.org

Warby Parker X Suno- Photo via Refinery 29

What: In addition to offering fashionable and affordable sunnies and specs Warby Parker has teamed up with non-profits like VisionSpring.org to offer a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair they sell. Soon to come a collaboration with the pattern masters of Suno.

Where: Get your glasses and find out more at www.warbyparker.com

Who: Falling Whistles

Hamptons Rose Necklace- Photo via FallingWhistles.com

What: Falling Whistles has turned the weapon of children on the front lines of the war in the Congo into a tool to help rehabilitate these children and turn them into activist for human rights. Through a partnership with community leaders in the Congo and with funds raised through the sale of the FW necklaces and other products children of the war are taken through a 4 stage program that includes education, arts, and other skill building programs.

Where:You can purchase a necklace and learn more about how you can help the situation in the Congo at www.fallingwhistles.com

Who: Freewaters Sandals

Women's Tropicali Sandal- Photo via Freewaters.com

What: California based Freewaters makes your new favorite pair of flip flops that feature an ergonomic design and eco-friendly materials and production. When you purchase a pair of Freewaters sandals you provide access to clean drinking water for 1 individual for 1 year.

Where: See the full line of sandals and learn more about the clean water projects at www.freewaters.com


Left Coast is the Best Coast?

Photo via J. Rusten Furniture Studio

I have lived in Cali for the last 8 years, but I have always been hesitant to officially claim it as my home state. I see myself as east coast to the core, but after coming across this California shaped table by J. Rusten Furniture Studio I am inclined to reconsider.....


New Camera/ Basics + Brights

On Friday I tested out my new camera with an impromptu photo shoot before heading out to the  Oakland Art Murmur . I am pretty pleased with how the pictures turned out and I'm super excited to have better quality photos to share with you all! 

Bay Area summers are notoriously cool so my look was all about easy layers. I am also still obsessed with neon so I try to work it into my look whenever possible.

I am experimenting with bright lipsticks and I love that this lipstick matches my scarf!

Men's Jeans-  vintage Gap, Tee- Joe Fresh, Jacket- vintage Gap Red,
Ballet Flats- Gap.com, Scarf- J.Crew,  Bag- Cambridge Satchel
Lived in jeans, striped tees, military jackets, and ballet flats are wardrobe staples for me. The scarf and bag add fun pops of color. 

I love my new glitter snakeskin city flats from the Gap. They are super comfy.

I am seriously considering buying this bag in every available color.