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San Francisco Fashion: CCUOCO Spring Lookbook

Local designer Candice Cuoco of CCUOCO is one of my favorite San Francisco fashion discoveries.

I wore a custom-made bustier for New Year’s Eve this year {New Year’s Eve Leather} and recently sat front & center at her first solo runway show here in SF {CCUOCO DIVERGE}.

When she asked me to style a lookbook for Spring showing the versatility and wearability of her couture leather pieces, I immediately started daydreaming and drifted off to mixing & matching heaven.

As excited as I was to put together some daytime and nighttime looks using pieces from her collection, the end result was even better than I had hoped.

I mean… How often do your expectations get completely blown out of the water?

San Francisco Fashion CCUOCO Candice Cuoco Couture Leather Dress

Dress – CCUOCO

Booties – Fendi

Blouse – BCBGMaxAzria

Clutch – MICHAEL Michael Kors

Studded Cuff – Vince Camuto

San Francisco Fashion CCUOCO Candice Cuoco Couture Leather Dress

{Photography by J. Villarete Photography & Make-Up by Klaudia Mayer}

San Francisco Fashion CCUOCO Candice Cuoco Couture Leather Dress

This leather dress is a cropped version of an amazing floor-length gown from Candice’s Fall 2013 collection and I immediately fell in love with this fresh, modern take on a classic style.

So how do you wear a leather dress for daytime? With a bow blouse and my favorite vintage peep-toe booties, of course.

How would YOU style this leather dress for daytime?

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San Francisco Menswear

While I was at San Francisco Fashion Week in September I not only had the opportunity to see some amazing new collections strutting down the runway, I also got the chance to meet and get to know some of the designers.

And one of those designers was Irys Kornbluth of I.K. Studio who met with me last week to share her innovative new Bird Couture line – San Francisco Menswear at its finest.

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The newest project launched by I.K. Studio is the pop-up menswear line called Bird Couture featuring shirts, shorts & accessories. But hurry, these one-of-a-kind pieces are only going to be available through the holidays.

My favorite piece from the collection?

Irys-Kornbluth-Bird-Couture-Backpack{Bird’s The Word Backpack}

This bold, fun collection debuted at San Francisco Fashion Week at the Emerging Designers showcase and I was thrilled to be sitting front & center during its unveiling. The styling was perfect, the real world mixture of eye-catching prints and bold black & white paired with distressed fabrics and accessories.


{Check out more pictures here and here}

I had the chance to catch up with the designer herself last week to learn about the collection, her goals for the brand, and what the future may hold. So I urge you to get to know I.K. Studio a little better as well – Be sure to follow them to learn about new projects & support this San Francisco-based brand by checking out this short term collection before all the pieces are gone.

Find out more below!

What’s your favorite piece from this collection?
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Spring 2013 Trend: Track Pants

My relationship with the current track pant trend is sort of like a high school relationship – It’s complicated.

On paper – I hate the idea. I like formality and classic styles so a trend that makes pants that could feasibly be worn to the gym appropriate street-wear isn’t necessarily ideal in my mind. That being said, I’ve found myself thoroughly enjoying some of the styles that I’ve seen put together lately.

My conclusion? I like them on other people, when worn right, but I will probably never head to the store expressly to buy myself a pair. It’s just not my style. But if this is your style than you’re in luck, I rounded up some great examples of just how to pull off this trend!

Enjoy the pictures my loves!


{Jada Pinkett Smith is white-hot in an all white look and track pants with a neon tuxedo stripe.}


{You don’t have to feel obligated to try this trend out in basic colors or fabrics – Get creative like Camille Over The Rainbow and try out a leather pair!}


{Want to make your look Spring-ready? Try layering florals like The Fashion Guitar for a fun, eclectic look.}


{Black & white plus a pop of color is a color scheme that can easily be applied to this track pant trend – On The Racks does it write in a Letterman sweater and aqua pumps.}


{If you’re not a heel girl but want to add a feminine touch to your track pants than wedges are a great option. A graphic tee is another great way to add your own personal spin to a look.}

Where do you stand on track pants? Will you be giving this trend a try?

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St. Patty’s Day Isn’t Just For The Irish…

I’ve always loved St. Patrick’s Day. Always.

Partially, I’m sure, due to my Irish background and the fact that my brother’s name is Patrick. And partially due to the fact that, after Halloween, this is the second most fun holiday all year. Like with Halloween you get to act like a kid {even The Huffington Post agrees that this is a good idea}, eat great food, and thoroughly enjoy yourself. Though obviously my celebrations have changed over the years – I went from a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” pin when I was 9 to Jameson shots until 2am when I was 23. Never a good idea on a Wednesday, let me tell you. But however I’ve celebrated over the years, it’s always been a fun, memorable celebration.

To help get you in the mood and prove that anyone can love St. Patty’s Day, here are some fun ways to celebrate – From fashion to try to recipes that’ll make you drool there’s a little something for everyone.



Sweet tooth? Cupcakes & Cashmere has everything you could possibly want with her amazing Homemade Shamrock Shake.

If you’re in the mood for some savory, traditional Irish grub but want to keep things on the healthier side than check out Fat Free Vegan’s Colcannon Puffs, Skillet Shepard’s Pie, and Vegan Cabbage Rolls.


Guinness Cupcakes w/ Bailey’s Irish Cream Filling sound like the PERFECT way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day to me, but if boozy cupcakes aren’t the way to your heart, than perhaps Mint Chocolate Cupcakes are the answer.

It doesn’t get more festive than Purely Twins’s St. Patty’s Day Inspired Green Mint Marshmallows {Sugar-Free}. Cute, green, AND sugar-free? These are at the top of my Must Make list.



For lovers of Emerald this is THE holiday to celebrate! Need some inspiration? Check out the following person style posts: Emerald City, Prints Prints Prints, and St. Patrick’s Day Style.

Or you can find all the pieces you could want here: Currently Lusting – St. Patrick’s Day Greens from Style Me Grasie, Refinery 29’s 20 Emerald-Green Wares Perfect For St. Paddy’s And Beyond, Modelinia’s Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Runway Style, and Lucky Finds from The Subtle Statement.


If you’re a fan of nail art than why not celebrate St. Patty’s Day with festive new polish? Check out Babble’s 10 Great Green Nail Polishes to Inspire your St. Patrick’s Day Manicure.


Want some fun makeup ideas that’ll inspire you? These editorials will definitely put you in the mood – Wander World Wunderlust, Fashion Gone Rogue, Style Squad’s Emerald City, and Animale’s Green Crush.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day friends!

How are you going to celebrate?

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Links You’ll Love



Finding fabulous new sites to enjoy is a favorite pastime of mine and I wanted to share my latest blog crush – Veblen High. I mean, seriously, with a description like this, how was I not going to become addicted?

WTF is a Veblen high? It’s a provoked state of intoxicating, stimulating, euphoria (similar to the effects of drugs/alcohol/sex) induced by the purchase of Veblen goods. Symptoms include high- feelings of relaxation, enchantment, pride, self-worth, dominance and a public display of social status.

Colorful and bold are always fun options when it comes to accessories but sometimes an outfit just screams for a neutral hued bag. Not sure where to start? Bag Snob of course – Best Beige Clutches: Caught Blushing.

If the idea of cropped pants and shorts is too shocking for you right now why not try out the boyfriend jean trend? Luckily for those of us new to this style one of my favorite bloggers, Lovely by Lucy, tackled this topic recently – How To Wear Boyfriend Jeans: Part 5.

Starting to get bored with your cold-weather looks as you’re yearning for Spring weather? Me too. But don’t despair! Stylist extraordinaire, Hilary Rushford of Dean Street Society, is here to help us stay in the mood with My Chic Winter Style Secret.


If you’re in the mood for a fun DIY project and you’re loving all the embellished pieces this Spring you should tackle Cupcakes & Cashmere’s DIY: Embellished Sunglasses ASAP! 🙂

Health & Nutrition:

My go-to pick me up in the mornings isn’t coffee or tea, it’s a green smoothie. Not only are they energizing, delicious, and filling, they’re also the ultimate recovery meal. Not sure where to start? Check out Green Thickie’s The Ultimate Guide to Green Smoothies.


When Spring rolls around I’m always thrilled by the bright new produce at the Farmers Market, but that doesn’t mean I stop craving comfort food! If you’re in the same boat try this killer appetizer and you’ll be packing nutrients & fresh ingredients into your delicious snack – “Cheezy” Roasted Tomatoes.

Gyms can be pretty pricey these days – Last week I saw a CrossFit gym that was charging clients over $200 a month! If you, and your pocketbook, aren’t up for those kinds of prices than read this Women’s Health piece – Fun (and Cheap!) New Workouts.

If you love to bake like I do finding healthier alternatives and recipes that aren’t laden with calories & fat can be challenging. Choosing vegan, gluten-free, and/or paleo-friendly recipes is my go-to move these days. Not sure what that means? The No Meat Athlete breaks it down in his Veganize and Healthify Your Baking with These 6 Steps.


Green juice is another healthy, refreshing choice when it comes to beverages. But don’t worry if you don’t have a juicer or if your city isn’t filled with juice shops {aw, I miss NYC}. Choosing Raw has the answer – How to Make Green Juice Using a Vitamix or Blender.

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