Style

Think Pink- Surviving Spring Shopping When You Hate Pastels

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Oh dear. Despite what the weather would tell us to the clothing retailers it is Spring. Every year is a little different, but in general Spring means the following clothing trends that while I don’t hate, just aren’t part of my own personal style:

Pastel everything
Floral
Pink + beige- the “Desert Rose” look
White
Billowy +Gauzey
Ruffly
Chunky brown leather wedges.
Light denim
Seersucker

Now what to do if you don’t like any of those styles? There is NOTHING out there for you! Here is my game plan to survive until Summer stock comes in:

1. Online shopping (Obbbbbviously). Yes, this is a “Well duh” option but I doubly recommend it because on many sites you can browse by color. Black please!

2. Frequent thrift or resale shops. While resale shops like Buffalo Exchange do stock up with seasonal and on-trend items, you should be able to find more diversity than whatever is out at your local chain shop. And after all if you’re going to buy something trendy it might as well be cheap right?

3. If you simply must shop in the regular chain retail stores during the high season of fugly, check out the basics and accessories departments. There you are more likely to run into sane colors and a few whimsical things that will tide you over until color saturated summer clothes finally hit the racks.

4. This may not be an answer for many people, but have you considered sitting this shopping season out? Have a “Shopping Fast.” Just don’t buy anything. What? Does that sound boring? Try it. Things will get interesting, I promise.

Art

Stumbling onto Street Art

Everybody in San Francisco knows the famous Clarion St. murals in the Mission. Today while running around with a friend of mine I stumbled across two more really great spots.

At Haight + Laguna, a relatively new corner of art has popped up, and is still being painted:

Very Donnie Darko, no?

Mmmmm sushi…

My personal favorite from the corner.

Later on in the day we wandered down to the Mission, where I had to get a picture of this laundromat:

We stumbled across a tour group checking out the Balmy St murals. Here are a few that I liked:

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It’s a Transformer made out of houses!
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Saved the best for last, LOL!

Art

Nerd Alert! NPR Valentine’s Day Cards

If you’ve got a sweetie who is a radio geek, you’re in L-U-C-K this Valentine’s Day.

NPR has released public radio themed e-valentines!!! Yes, they are awfully cheesy, but you know you love it.

My favorites are below. Check out the full set here.

Classy and classic.

Oo girl.

I can’t believe they went there.

Green, Home, Life

Handwashing Makes Me Happy

One of my favorite things to do during the weekends when the weather permits is to handwash a few of my “delicate” clothes. I know, it sounds incredibly domestic, doesn’t it? Well I didn’t say that I washed all my clothes this way- that would be too much work !

I like handwashing for many reasons. It saves me laundry money, it preserves my clothes longer (who are you gonna trust with your bras, you or the laundry machine across that street that’s full of gum and hair?),  and I find it very relaxing.

It sounds so corny, but it’s true: pretty much every time I hand wash my clothes I go into an instant zen meditation. I am no longer thinking. I am:

  • Adding a dash of detergent to a kitchen bowl (A sink would take too much water)
  • Filling the bowl with cool water
  • Adding my clothes
  • Swirling the clothes in the soapy water. Maybe they can sit for a minute while I make some coffee…
  • Draining the soapy water
  • Rinsing my clothes with water until the water runs clear
  • Gently squeezing out excess water from my clothes
  • Hanging my clothes outside on the clothesline
  • Saying hi to the cat that lives across the yard -“Hi Milo!”
  • Admiring my clothes fluttering in the wind while I drink my coffee

Try washing your clothes by hand, you might like it! Don’t worry, there’s really no way that you can mess this up.

Food

Work Lunch of Note

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I’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Urban Picnic (which used to be Chill Cafe, same owner, different concept). Very slow service, inconsistent food and a relatively high price ($7-9 for BANH MI???) were what originally deterred me. I’ve come back recently and found that they’ve really cleaned their act up. The wait has been much shorter, the food tastier, and the staff nicer, although they do still seem unhappy to be at work.

Gotta give credit where credit is due- I LOVE their kale and quinoa salad. Today they were sold out by the time I dragged my butt to lunch, so I took a chance and got the “Slaw”.

Here’s what’s inside, according to their website: green cabbage, watermelon (pomelo for this one), daikon, carrots, shaved red onions, Thai basil-mint-scallion-cilantro medley, topped w/ crispy shallots & peanuts, with a garlic lime vinagrette. For $6.75.

Seriously seriously great. It was light and fresh and actually “enough” food.

The banh mi continue to be what I consider expensive, but hey, there’s always Cafe Dolci for that.