I spent the last few days with my friend Katrina shooting some videos. Katrina is an incredibly talented videographer from the Philippines who was visiting San Francisco to shoot a wedding. The last time she was in SF, we shot this video (which is still one of my favorites!!).
This time we were pretty ambitious and shot in multiple locations: Alamo Square, Ocean Beach, Rockridge (a neighborhood of Oakland), my bedroom and my (newly redecorated!) office.
It will be a few months until I get to see the final videos, but until then, here are a few of my favorite outtakes (you may have already seen some if you follow me on Instagram).
Our day started out at The Mill, a cafe in San Francisco that specializes in fancy toast (such a San Francisco thing to specialize in!). The light in that place is just gorgeous.
This photo was not staged at all;)
Then we walked over to Alamo Square to shoot by the Painted Ladies. They were lookin’ mightyyy fine that day.
I really love this part of San Francisco because it’s high up on a hill and when you look out, you can see the whole beautiful city.
We spent the afternoon at my house where we shot in my bedroom and office.
Look at that cheese ball!
Where the blogging magic happens:
The next day, we shot at Ocean Beach, but we were running short on time, so unfortunately, we didn’t get too many stills. You guys will just have to wait for the video to come out! You can see some pictures from that day on my Instagram account here and here.
Thanks for a fun few days, Katrina! I can’t wait till next year when we get to do it again!
A few weeks ago, I cat sat my next door neighbor’s cat, Casper, while they were away in France for two weeks (jealous). Casper made his debut guest appearance on the blog here and you may recognize him from this Instagram post too.
Let me start off with saying I’m not much of a cat person (sorry guys). I grew up around two cats until they passed away when I was very young and I’ve had dogs ever since. I think if I grew up around cats, I’d be more of a cat person, but it’s all about what you’re exposed to when you’re young I suppose.
Needless to say, I was a bit skeptical about looking after Casper. But I thought why not! How bad can a white cat named Casper be anyway? At first, he hid from me every time I went over, but after a few days, he started making little appearances here and there in my presence. By the end of the week, he was snuggling up with me on the couch while I worked on my laptop. Of course I had to do a little photo shoot with my newfound friend!
Our mini photo session involved a little furniture-rearranging (just don’t tell the neighbors!).
If you’re in SF, there’s a super cool event this Thursday you need to know about: Score. Score is a pop-up shop that started in Brooklyn in 2009. Since then, it’s expanded and is taking place in San Francisco this Thursday, August 21st at the SOMA StrEat Food Park.
Here’s how the event works: you bring your old clothes, accessories (shoes, jewelry, bags, etc), books, art supplies, housewares or vinyl records and pay an entrance fee. Once inside, everyone drops off their old items at curated departments and then takes whatever they like! For FREE! How amazing is that?! In addition to the free shopping, there will be DJs, food truck drinks & eats, screen printing, nail art, photo booths and more.
Here’s a video of the Brooklyn Score event to give you an idea of what it looks like. Proceeds from ticket sales go to Hack the Hood, an organization that provides design and technical training to low-income youth.
I’m happy to be partnering up with Score as one of their style partners, so I’ll be there and I’d love to meet some of my readers! You can buy your tickets here. Will I’ll see you there?
With my three outfits inspired by LÄRABAR flavors shot, edited & published, I thought I’d post some of the outtakes from the fun collab.
I’ve never posted the outtakes of any of my photo shoots before, so I thought this time I’d share them with you for a few laughs. Be prepared for some pretty unglamorous shots and to see how not everything always goes according to plan…
I always try a lot of poses, but some come out looking completely awkward, like this:
What am I doing with my hand??
Setting up the LÄRABARs:
Awkward in-between poses faces:
Some pictures I like, but not enough to include in the final post:
Some pictures I like, but they don’t fit in with the mood of the others, so I edit them out:
The Cherry Pie LÄRABAR pictures were at taken at the BEST possible location I could ever dream of. The way the flowers were growing up the house was crazy and they matched perfectly with my outfit! Madeline over at CODE Salon agreed to put some curls into my hair to make these pictures extra special.
I checked the weather a few days in advance and saw it was going to be a cloudy morning. For those of you who are into photography, you’ll know that cloudy days are best for taking pictures (cloudy days = even lighting). I was excited that it would be cloudy because I wouldn’t have to worry about the sun making the pictures super blown out and contrasty. I lined up my hair appointment early in the morning, right before my mom and I would take the pictures.
The hair appointment took longer than usual, and I could see the sun peeking out through the clouds. I hoped it would still be cloudy in the neighborhood where we were going to take the pictures (San Francisco has these weird microclimates where it can be sunny in one place and then cloudy in another place). But much to my dismay, by the time we got to the location, it was super sunny and bright. Way too bright to take pictures. I took some test shots anyway, just to see if I could try to make the pictures work, even with the sun shining brightly.
Way too bright:
The sun would only get stronger as the day went on, so my mom and I didn’t have much choice but to go back later that day. (A wee tangent: To make matters worse, my camera stopped randomly stopped working a few minutes later. I had to take it to the camera store ASAP. I was all dressed up like I was going to prom and the camera store was in a bad neighborhood of San Francisco. It was quite a sight. Fortunately, my camera troubles were an easy fix and my camera was back to working in no time!).
With going back later in the day, I was afraid we would miss the golden hour, so my mom and I returned to the location about an hour before the sun would start setting. Or so we thought. An hour went by and the sun was still way too bright for pictures. Rats. My mom and I drove around the neighborhood to try to kill time. We drove through the center of town (which took about 5 minutes). We drove into a park and people-watched. We drove around some more. It was so boring sitting there because we literally had NOTHING to do. I mean, I had a MILLION things to do at home, but I couldn’t do anything in the car.
And then…. AT LONG LAST! The sun starting setting another hour later. We hurried back to the house with the flowers and saw a HUGE BIG RED TRUCK parked right in front of the house. Oh my goodness could this day get any worse? I knew I would just have to make it work though. The light was still a little too bright, so my mom and I circled around the neighborhood for a few more minutes until the sun went down lower.
We returned to the house a few minutes later and like a miracle, the truck was no longer there! And the lighting was PERFECT! Picture-taking was going all fine and well until these huge gusts of wind came out of nowhere, making my hair blow around like crazy! My mom ended up taking a few hundred pictures of me because my hair was blowing in my face in so many shots. BUT we made it work! I didn’t get home until after 8 pm (we got to the location at 4:30 pm!) and I was starving because I hadn’t eaten yet. But I’d was say it was worth it. Completely worth it.
The wind would NOT let up!
My mom took this RIGHT before I was about to jump:
Can I just tell you how hard it is to jump in heels AND make a normal face AND make sure your hair isn’t in your face?
I hope that gave you a wee peek into what goes into these outfit shoots for the blog. Just remember, things don’t always go according to plan, even for me:)
See all three of my LÄRABAR flavor-inspired outfits here. Which outfit was YOUR favorite?
There are always fun things to do in San Francisco, but this weekend there seems to be more than usual:
- Dear Creatures is having a sample sale over at Asmbly Hall (1850 Filmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115) Saturday the 19th: 11 am – 7 pm and Sunday the 20th: 12 pm – 6 pm. I’m usually not a huuuuuge fan of sample sales because it seems like the clothing is never marked down quite enough (okay maybe it’s just me. I’m extremely thrifty), but I went to their SF sample sale last year and snagged some pretty cute items at dirt-cheap prices even for this frugal gal!
- I’ve curated an online shop with Crossroads Trading Co. showcasing 12 of my favorite picks. You can shop my picks here and this weekend only you can get free shipping with the code MICAELA.
- Talking about Crossroads, they just launched a new sell-by-mail option. All you have to do is request a bag (with pre-paid postage!) from the website here, fill it with your gently used in-season clothes and drop it in the mail. You can choose either cash or trade credit good at any of the Crossroads locations. You can have Crossroads donate whatever they don’t buy, or get those pieces shipped back to you for $8.
- Half Hitch Goods is holding a pop-up shop, Haus of Half Hitch, inside the Birch floral shop in Hayes Valley (564 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94133). The pop-up is not exclusive to this weekend, but it’s actually open for the entire month of July, so make sure you visit by July 31st! Leslie of Spotted SF did a wonderful write-up of Haus of Half Hitch here and Jeanine of The Coveted did a lovely write-up of the shop here.
Let me know if there are any more awesome things going on in SF this weekend I should include in this roundup. I’ll be at the BellJar exhibition on Friday, the Dear Creatures sample sale on Saturday and Renegade Craft Fair on Sunday. Hopefully I’ll see you at one of these events!
Crossroads Camp was held at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, California. There’s really no way to perfectly describe the ranch. It has gardens and farmers and animals, but it’s also a conference center with meeting rooms, etc. I know it sounds like mixing two completely different genres (which it is), but somehow it works. The ranch even has cabins to stay overnight. It really felt like camp… only better.
I mean who wouldn’t want to stay in a cabin like this??
The evening started off with a panel where we talked about trends, Crossroads Trading and where we thought the fashion industry was headed. Then there was a wine & cheese reception.
We had a huuuge family-style dinner. Since the ranch has its own gardens and farmers, everything the cooks prepared was as farm-to-table as you can get. I was in heaven.
The Style Council gals that attended. Thanks for a fun time, Crossroads Trading! I can’t wait for next year already!
all photos by me, except for the last photo, which is by seeking style. view more of the photos I took at crossroads camp 2014 on crossroads trading’s company culture page here.
I had a gal date with my friend Rachel this past weekend. We’ve known each other online for numerous years and we only live about 30 minutes away from each other, but can you believe this is only the 2nd time we’ve met in real life?! Crazy!
Rachel is going to be taking over the Imaginary Outfits column on D&tG and I’m excited to bring some local Bay Area talent to the blog. Since we live so close to each other, Rachel suggested the idea of ‘gal dates.’ Every few weeks, we’re going to meet up and do something fun!
With blogging, email and social media, a huge amount of my interaction with other people is done online. It’s a nice change of pace to meet up with a friend face-to-face. This past weekend, I visited her after work at Mira Mira and we took some outfit pictures in the neighborhood.