Sunny San Diego

24 Nov

Hello friends!

I hope you are all enjoying your fall respective weather!  I love layers, and my office is cold, so the recent crisp days in Southern California have been right up my alley.  :)

We took a quick trip to San Diego yesterday for a good friend’s birthday party and saw a bunch of friends we haven’t seen in ages.  So much fun!  And I also reunited with my fantastic hairdresser.  She’s amazing, and I love that she does both cut and color.  After lunch at one of our favorite taco shops, we headed over to the Hotel Del Coronado to take a few pictures.  It was a lovely day, and so nice to be back on the old stomping grounds.

Hope you all had a great weekend, and as always, thank you so much for reading!

Blondie, Esq.

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~ J.Crew Factory tartan pleated mini & draped pocket tank (buy) ~
~ J.Crew Factory colorblock elbow-patch sweater ~ Celine sunglasses ~
~Bronx boots & Coach bag (old) ~

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(couldn’t resist, of course)


28 Oct

Hi y’all!

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know why I’ve been more MIA than I wanted to this past month–I got a (fabulous) new job and husband and I have moved to Orange County!!  Things happened really fast (as they tend to do in these situations).  We moved into our new place on Friday and finally got WiFi today!  (WOOHOO!!!)  We adore our new apartment, but wow… full on culture shock after living in the liberal bubble that is SF.  We traded neighborhood restaurants like this and this for Chili’s & Chick-fil-A (nothankyou!!).  But we also traded a ridiculously expensive, small, one-bedroom apartment with the loudest neighbors ever for a reasonably priced two-bedroom, two-bath with an office (and a washer & dryer!!!).  Plus the new job is a long overdue career move that I am really excited about.  And the warmer water and endless coast makes for a happy husband.

So life is pretty good, even though we are living without furniture, clothes, and SHOES until Wednesday, and missing our view of the Golden Gate, great restaurants, and composting.  I know, I know, #firstworldproblems.  :)  Stay tuned for new post locations and beach sunsets!

Thanks for sticking with me, friends!

Blondie, Esq.

Suit Up

8 Oct

I’ve been reaching more for separates than suits lately but here are a few business looks from the past few months.  I do love how easy and professional suits are (very extra helpful for early mornings).  J.Crew remains my favorite store for suits (and J.Crew Factory has been a close second lately!).  I tried a few new brands this year but everything went straight back to the store (issues with quality, fit, or both).  If you’re starting your business dress collection, I recommend subscribing to J.Crew’s email list and stocking up during sales.  And I try to wear a fun color or shoe whenever I’m in a suit, which (hopefully) makes it a bit less stuffy and boring.

Thanks for reading!

Blondie, Esq.

2013.07.12 fri

~ J.Crew charcoal 1035 jacket (buy) and 1035 trousers (buy) in pinstripe Super 120s
~  J.Crew silk sweater ~ J.Crew Factory printed tissue scarf (seen) ~
~ Vince Camuto Kain pumps (buy) ~

2013.07.15 mon

~ J.Crew Factory lightweight wool jacket (buy) and pencil skirt (buy) ~
~ J.Crew Blythe blouse in retro jade (buy) ~ J.Crew Trixie heels in warm ivory ~

2013.07.19 fri

~ J.Crew navy jacket (love this) & pencil skirt in pinstripe Super 120s (buy) ~
~J.Crew Jackie shell (buy) ~ Banana Republic scarf ~
~ J.Crew fleur patterned peep-toe heels in deep atlantic ~

2013.07.29 close up

~ t+j Designs Luxe Turquoise Flower Petal Necklace (on sale!) ~
~ J.Crew cool graphite Serengeti peep toes ~

2013.07.29 mon

~ Banana Republic sweater ~
~  J.Crew charcoal 1035 jacket (buy) & in-box pencil skirt in super 120s ~

2013.08.21 weds

~ J.Crew charcoal 1035 jacket (buy) & Emmaleigh dress in pinstripe super 120s (buy) ~
~ Steven by Steve Madden green Ravesh pump (buy) (one of my favorite pairs) ~
~ Bauble Bar monogram necklace ~2013.09.13 fri
~ Brooks Brothers non-iron shirt (similar) ~
~ J.Crew black jacket & pencil skirt in super 120s ~
~ Chanel earrings ~ J.Crew Factory big dot tights (buy) ~

2013.09.24 tues

~ J.Crew light heather graphite jacket (similar) & pencil skirt (similar) in super 120s  ~
~ Zara navy court shoe (buy) ~ J.Crew Factory printed gathered tank ~
~  J.Crew collection lady four-strand pearl necklace (buy) ~

2013.09.25 weds

~ J.Crew navy jacket & Emmaleigh dress in pinstripe super 120s (buy) ~
~ Banana Republic Mad Men collection geo silk scarf in shamrock ~

Belated Hawaii Pics

27 Sep

Here are some long overdue pictures from our vacation to Maui during the first week of June.  Although it wasn’t the most relaxing trip we’ve had due to a number of factors, we were happy to get away and spend some quality time together.  It was my first time to Hawaii and husband’s first trip in years.  The resort was beautiful (thanks again, Westin!), as was the weather.  The food, however, was a big let down…  But to be fair, I think we have slightly ridiculous expectations after living in SF for the past year and a half (aka food paradise).  I still prefer the Caribbean, but this place is on the top of our wish list.

I spent most of the trip in a swimsuit with my kindle and some SPF 6 zillion, but I did snap a few outfits.  And waaaaay too many sunset pictures.  I’ll only subject you to a few.  ;-)

Hope you all had a bit of vacation this summer.  As always, thank you so much for reading!

Blondie, Esq.

2013.06.01 a plane

Wheels up!

2013.06.01 made it

We finally made it!  Nothing to do but enjoy the beautiful weather.  <3
~ Old Navy maxi tee dress (buy) ~ Chanel sunglasses ~

2013.06.02 dress

~ J.Crew Piqué v-neck ruffle dress in tea rose ~ Guess platform sandals ~
~ Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses ~

2013.06.02 view

The view from our patio

2013.06.03 capitan

Snapping the snapper on a sunset sail

2013.06.03 ocean

2013.06.03 sunset mas

2013.06.04 big beach

~ J.Crew dress ~ Chanel sunglasses ~ Ocean Minded sandals~

2013.06.05 iao valley 1.5 who you callin chicken

Chasing chickens

2013.06.05 iao valley 1

Iao Valley State Park

2013.06.05 iao valley 2

2013.06.05 iao valley 3

Kanaloa is happy to see us ;-)
(couldn’t resist…)

2013.06.05 iao valley don't take my picture

He loves being on this side of the camera.

2013.06.06 cheeeese

~ J.Crew Whisper gauze beach tunic in sea glass (buy) ~
~ Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses~

2013.06.06 sofia

Sunset with Sofia!
~ J.Crew Spindrift sweatshirt in light emerald ~ J.Crew dizzy anchor dress ~
~ Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses ~

2013.06.06 sunset


2013.06.07 a dress

~ Gap Printed crossover maxi dress in yellow print ~ J.Crew belt ~ Chanel sunglasses~

2013.06.07 aloha dinner

Aloha dinner (sniff, sniff)

2013.06.07 bird

Luckiest shot ever!


24 Sep

First, thank you all for the helpful and sweet comments on my last post!  It’s nice to know that I’m not writing in a vacuum.  :)  Thank you so much for your support and for sticking with my lil ole blog despite my months of absence.  Y’all are the best!!!

Second, I’m trying a new method for catching up on outfits for the past few (er, three) months, so here is my first post: weekend looks.  Summer weather in SF is completely random and unpredictable.  For the most part it was cooooooold, but the sun did pay us a few visits here and there.  We did a lot of walking this summer so my weekend looks center around comfortable shoes (an absolute necessity in this city).

Thank you so much for reading!

Blondie, Esq.

2013.06.29 sat

~ J.Crew rugby-striped dress in fresco green (buy) ~ Coach bag (super old) ~
~  J.Crew Factory patent bow ballet flats ~ Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses ~
~ t+j Designs silver crystal heart studs (on sale!) ~

2013.07.13 cheers

Aptly named Zoya Sweet nail polish (buy)

2013.07.13 sat

~ J.Crew poplin Bridget dress ~ J.Crew silver Everly mirror metallic pumps (similar) ~
~ t+j Designs earrings (I think?) ~

2013.07.14 sun

~ J.Crew Factory tailored boy blazer in navy seersucker (buy) ~
~ Guess bow peep-toe heels ~ J.Crew ruffled leopard top ~
~ J.Crew ankle toothpick jeans (similar) ~ J.Crew pave heart ring and studs ~

2013.07.21 sun

J.Crew excursion quilted vest (2012 ) (Factory, 2013) ~
~ J.Crew Factory navy gingham shirt (buy) ~ Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses ~
~ Gap 1969 camo always skinny skimmer jeans (similar) ~

2013.07.27 sat

~ Old Navy 3/4-sleeve jersey dress ~ J.Crew belt ~ Enzo Angiolini peep-toe heels ~

2013.08.04 sun

~ J.Crew garment-dyed ankle-zip toothpick jean in spearmint (similar) ~
~  J.Crew Factory intarsia Charley bow sweater (similar) ~
~ Cole Haan Air Monica ballet flat ~

2013.08.11 sun

~ J.Crew dream open cardigan with pockets ~ Gap gingham scarf ~
~ Chanel sunglasses ~ Guess Layla headphones (buy) ~
~ American Eagle skinny jean in light vintage destroy (buy) ~

2013.08.24 sat

~ J.Crew Dree dress (similar) ~ Old Navy textured short-zip boots in camel (buy) ~
~ J.Crew classic merino long cardigan in vintage kelly (buy) ~
~ Bauble Bar monogram necklace ~ J.Crew belt ~ Coach bag ~ 

2013.08.25 sun

~ J.Crew Factory mint stripe button-down shirt ~ J.Crew denim short ~
~ Old Navy lightweight surplus jacket in camouflage green (similar) ~
~ Old Navy ankle boots (2011, similar) ~ J.Crew Factory printed tissue scarf ~

2013.09.02 mon

~ Gap navy fitted boyfriend cat print shirt (buy) ~ Coach pave bow ring ~
~ J.Crew bag ~ Celine New Audrey sunglasses ~
2013.09.07 sat
~ J.Crew Factory Anya cap toe ballet flats (similar) ~
~ J.Crew Factory Whittier purse in collegiate green ~
2013.09.08 sun
~ J.Crew navy polka dot Elinor dress ~ J.Crew bag ~
~ Steven by Steve Madden Ravesh pump (buy) ~
2013.09.15 sunJ.Crew infinity cardigan in dark raisin (similar) ~ J.Crew ruffled silk shell ~
~ American Eagle hi-rise skinny jean (similar) ~ J.Crew bag ~

2013.09.21 Sat

~ J.Crew rainy day ballet flats ~

2013.09.22 sun

~ J.Crew Boyfriend military jacket ~ Spun by Subtle Luxury scarf ~ Husband’s tee ~

To Blog or Not to Blog?

22 Sep

I’m not sure what to do with my blog these days.  I really love Instagram, and I’ve found a whole community of lovely ladies who share their daily outfits.  I get so much inspiration from Instagram that I’ve been behind on my blog reading too.  Are you all on Instagram already?  I might try to do some sort of blog recap but I’ve also considered stopping the blog altogether.  It has honestly been the best experience for me, and my style has changed and grown so much since I’ve started!  But I’m not sure it’s something that I need or want to continue….

How’s that for a deep thought on Sunday?  ;-)

Blondie, esq.

IG Inspiration: It’s My Party

27 Aug

Blondie, Esq.:

Thanks again to the lovely ladies at Coast to Coast Central for this amazing feature!!  Seriously made my day.

Happy Tuesday, y’all!

Blondie, Esq.

Originally posted on Coast To Coast Central™:


We are officially ONE!

Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday that #CoastToCoastChallenge started. It began with two girls, and now it is the tradition of many. All day yesterday, we were singing “It’s My Party,” feasting on red velvet cupcakes and gifting kindness to the people around us. But not only that, we were reveling in the beauty, creativity, and birthday love that we saw on the hashtag! We saw so many birthday outfits that sent our hearts racing!

Ready for a glimpse of what we saw?


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via @rebecabraga_

So stunning! It’s not hard to see why this dress is a favorite for @rebecabraga_. The details make an outfit, and this dress is full of them. With a sophisticated black and white pattern, gathering at the waist, and a red pop at the bottom, it’s one we’re swooning over. We also love how @rebecabraga_ played incorporated some pattern-on-pattern…

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