Dressing Up: The Grown Up Bag

August 8, 2012 § 1 Comment

Personal style is not stagnant. It’s not a box that you stuff yourself in. It’s a living, breathing extension of yourself that changes and evolves as you do as a material expression of who you are and who you can be.

I am not a student anymore, I’m a professional. A newly minted professional. There are sartorial transitions that have to be made. New signals that I have to learn to send, new sartorial elements that have to be incorporated.

I have been doing a bit of hunting. In an effort to incorporate what is not simply just a more mature, professional look but my version of a more mature, professional look. Who is the older, professional Sara, and what does she want to wear? I’ve been ruminating on this question, and collecting little bits of inspiration that feel like they could be signals, pointing me in the direction I would like to go. Now I’m focusing on finding key pieces. Things that I will use the more, components of my wardrobe that I will wear or carry everyday. Lately, I’ve been specifically thinking in bags. I’m ready to turn in my worn tote bags of my student days and trading it in for something new.

Currently ranking high in the “consideration” phase of this process, vintage leather briefcases. I stumbled onto the Tanka Vintage one night while scouring the pages of Etsy and fell in love. No final decision has been made, but I’m pretty heavily leaning in this direction.

Mocha Brown Leather Coach His or Hers Briefcase from TankaVintage

Vintage Italian Brown Leather Satchel Briefcase from TanakaVintage

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The Week Ahead

August 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week is going to be action-packed, I just know it. Do you ever get that feeling when you are looking at your schedule and, even though it looks completely manageable, you can just feel in your gut that it’s going to be completely crazy? Almost like there is something your calendar isn’t telling you? I kind of have that feeling right now. I know what my schedule says, but I am braced for a crazy, slightly out of control week.

The IndieGoGo Campaign for my newest project went up on Friday afternoon! So far it’s been a little slow getting off the ground donation wise, but it seems as though lots of people are seeing and sharing it. I’m hoping that translates into lots of donations in the near future. We have a big goal to meet.

I had to get in front of the camera for the fundraising video, which is not something I’m used to doing at all. I thought I would spent the whole editing period cringing, but that ended up not being the case and it turned out great. What do you think?

Weekly Digest: August 3, 2012

August 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

I know I have been pretty quiet this week. Next week will be better. This week was crazy-town-banana-pants, but I got a lot done! The Facebook page and the Twitter feed for my newest project is officially up and running. All in preparation for our first IndieGoGo campaign, which goes up at noon today! So exciting! This photo is actually the temporary logo we are using until our new graphic designer can get a hold of it. Even though it’s just a placeholder, I actually kind of like it.

Anyway, in an effort to not completely neglect the blog I have put together a little digest for this week. (Did I already promise that next week will be better? Because it totally will be.)

Simple financial planning advice for the 20-something person. I appreciate.

I don’t exactly have Olympic fever, but I have been doing some hardcore cheering for Gabby Douglas. I think she’s amazing and jerks should immediately stop criticizing her hair. More on this later.

I was listening to this while driving and, I will admit it, I teared up.

Did you see Parker Posey on the last two episodes of Louie? Absolutely amazing.

That…is…a living room trapeze. I need one. I need one right now.

 

 

Out & About: SF Underground Market

July 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

This weekend I went into the city for the return of the SF Underground Market. It was quite packed, wall to wall people. Everywhere you turn there was delicious food being cooked and samples being handed out and the aroma…I’m like 95% sure that the Underground Market is what heaven smells like. Holy cow.

Anyway, I went more for business than for pleasure. I wanted to scope out the scene, doing a bit of research for a project that I am working on. I did manage to come away with a jar of cherry pickles from The Uncommon Pickle. I quite enjoyed them. I think next time I am going to go for a jar of pickled carrots. I’m already planning on going again for the next market and bringing/meeting friends there.

Weekly Digest: July 27, 2012

July 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Is it just me, or did this week go by really quickly? Every day felt as if it was short just a few hours. Maybe that’s because I fell behind on work on Monday and spent the rest of the week trying to catch up. I’m launching an IndieGoGo campaign for my newest project, so things have been just a little extra insane (more on that later).

Tyra Banks, I’m giving you notice. I am officially replacing you and America’s Next Top Model for The Face. (I’m sure she’s taking this really hard, guys.)

I want this jacket. That is all.

What’s extra special about the list of films announced for the Toronto International Film Festival? All three of the high profile documentaries were directed by woman. Boo-yah.

Refinery29 posted an “Ultimate Guide to African America Hair,” this week. Not only it is a pretty cool guide, I am excited to see that a mainstream fashion and beauty magazine is making an effort to connect with it’s Black readers.

This Carrot Banana Bread needs to be in my oven and then in my belly.

Single Ladies has been doing so well on Vh1 that they’ve just announced another predominately black, hour-long scripted show, Bounce, will debut this fall. Kimberley Elise? Dean Cain? Yes please.

Looks like my stack of September issues is going to be fat this year. Just the way I like it.

Instructions for a Simple Summer Hammock that I will probably call my Year-Long Hammock.

Dressing Up: Dreaming of Colder Weather

July 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Autumn is still a few weeks off, but I’m already dreaming of what I plan to wear when the seasons finally change. I can’t help it. I love dressing for cold weather. I love chunky scarves, over-sized sweaters, knee high boots, and super opaque tights. Oh, how I love my tights!

Of course, it’s not just the clothing that I love about fall, though I will say that is probably about 70% of it. The other 30% is made up of the scents, flavors, colors, and making plans for the holiday season (I am a freak for all things Christmas, as you will soon see). I am happiest bundled up against the cold, cradling a cup of warm coffee in my hands. Savoring it for both the extremely necessary caffeine boost as well the pleasure I get from feeling the warmth that slides down my esophagus and into my stomach with every sip. Or in bed, wrapped up in my flannel sheets very early in the morning, listening to the wind and rain beating against my bedroom window while I doze for a few more minutes before leaving my nice warm bed.

I could go on for days. I won’t, but I could.

So I have been planning. More specifically, before I begin to budget for and/or covet specific items, I am collecting inspiration. I’m putting together a plan. I like to shop with a mission, so that is what I am putting together right now. A very thorough, detailed mission. So far the mission is looking very French inspired, with some rugged, outdoorsy elements. I like the mission. The mission excites me.

The Chocolate Chip Cookie

July 24, 2012 § 1 Comment

There are very few things in this world as satisfying or life-affirming as a warm, homemade chocolate chip cookie. You know, after they’ve had a couple of minutes to cool off from the oven, but the chocolate is still a little gooey, and a bite in your mouth just kind of…melts on your tongue. It’s a sacred experience.

Since the age of eleven I have been perfecting my personal recipe. It’s served me well for over a decade, winning me friends and admirers across the land. Chocolate chip cookies are a great American art form, like jazz or television…or Monster Truck shows. The search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe is one of the noblest of all culinary quests.

One of the best breakdowns of chocolate chip cookie science I’ve ever seen came from Baker Bettie earlier this year. I spent a solid three weeks tinkering with my own recipe after I read her post.

I also like to occasionally cruise other recipes for inspiration. Chasing Delicious has a pretty impressive collection of recipes, from the classic cookie to a few unexpected, delicious flavors like chocolate chip with an orange twist and chocolate chip raisin spice cookies. Two Tarts’ has an extremely delicious recipe for Chewy Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies (their Peanut Butter Cookie recipe is also off the charts amazing, FYI). It’s enough to keep you busy for a while. Or at least enough to throw a chocolate chip cookie party, invite all your friends over and go crazy (hmmm…that’s an idea).

My own ideal chocolate chip cookie is a bit on the thin side with just a bit of crunch to it. Everyone else in my family likes softer cookies, so I tend to bake to satisfy popular demand when I am at home, but when I am on my own…watch out! It’s crunchy cookie time. I’m a wild one.

Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup toffee bits

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine sugars, butter, egg, milk, and vanilla until light and creamy. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until well incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips and the toffee bits with a spatula. Use a tablespoon to scoop out walnut sized balls of dough and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

(All photos taken by me)