Big fat news & a few fashion loves

Big fat news & a few fashion loves

Well hi you. My it’s been a long time. So, I got kind of tired of myself, and thought I better take some time off… It allowed me to think about how best to revamp the content and new ways to present it to you that might be more interesting. A fresh perspective is always good, right? I’m still a ways away from getting that restructuring to come to fruition and didn’t want to go completely MIA, so here I am. 

So, some updates… I am opening a new permanent store! Shut the eff up, I know. After two back-to-back pop-up shops that were really awesome, the opportunity to take a larger space in the same place as the last pop-up presented itself. We open in September. More shop details on Instagram @FarmHouseUrban.

On the personal side, I’m hoping to rent my house out. I’d like to try out a smaller place that allows me to walk to work and the flexibility to get away on the weekends. Maybe spend some time getting to know LA better. I’ve found boundless inspiration there as of late. Other stuff – Luke came home to live briefly after he graduated from college. Here’s something no one tells you – after they (offspring) are grown –  as in fully formed adults with jobs – it’s another parenting hurtle. Why don’t those books “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” continue to after college? I was blind sighted with the reality that he’s not technically coming home anymore, nor does he refer to my house as ‘home’ because he has his own now! Yes, it’s in Berkeley which is only about 10 miles away, but that’s beside the point. My advice – when the time comes, whatever you do, do NOT listen to that  song “The Cat’s In the Cradle”. Especially in the car, in traffic, where people can see you do the cry face and sobbing for reals.

xo

s

I think the reason I decided to emerge from my Greta Garbo phase at this very moment, is because the Fall fashion post is always a fav. Plus, there’s a ton of inspiration in the styles being offered this season. It’s that time of year to try something new beauties! Let’s have some fun. So, what is on my must have this season:

  1. High-waisted, cropped and colored. I tried this silhouette out last year with denim and fell in love. You all emailed and/or responded to this more than any other clothing piece, so I think you will like this round up.

High waisted cords - Fall Fashion 2018

Rust cords from here

Olive green cotton. From here.

Saffron Yellow Cords - Fall Fashion 2018

Saffron wide whale. From here.

2. Red. I may be a tad late on this, but it took me awhile to realize this color needs to make an appearance in every woman’s wardrobe, and when it does, look out. I have only one red piece in my entire closet – a Ralph Lauren couture dress I spotted on a mannequin a couple years ago and have never in my entire life fallen so hard for a dress. It was the biggest splurge I’ve ever spent on a single piece of clothing. It is absolutely gorgeous and I have never worn it. I like to think of it as my Cinderella dress 🙂  With red, go big or go home…

The higher, the better. From here.

 From here.

Red and Blazers are both on my list this year, so why not double down. From here.

3. Boxy Blazer. Sort of 80’s but without the shoulder pads. It was one of my favorite looks of all time then and now – sleeves pushed up with skinny black jeans (called cigarette then).

Love the tweed, do you? From here.

If you are new to blazer wearing and want to test the waters, you can’t go wrong with basic black and the prices from here are very reasonable. I want literally every. single one.

4. Kitten Heels. Whether it’s a slingback, boot or pump, they’re all about being feminine as well as workable since the heel is not high.

From here.

From here.

Nude and red are great together. From here.

More fashion inspo here.

FarmHouseUrban Pop-Up Shop – Deerskin Leather Jackets & Clutches

FarmHouseUrban Pop-Up Shop – Deerskin Leather Jackets & Clutches

Hi to you… We are in full swing getting ready for the pop-up and despite having done several previously, I still have butterflies! I’ve never been so over the moon with all the components. The space, the products and the location – THE BEST yet.  Fashion, style and having fun with what to wear have been passions since my earliest memories, so I am most excited about finally having an opportunity to bring pieces that I adore to you and the debut of this premiere collection of women’s accessories and apparel! I cannot wait to share everything with you all! 

With that, I am thrilled to introduce the first pieces to the FarmHouseUrban apparel collection!  Presenting the most exquisite leather jackets and pouches! Designed in Northern California by creator Susan Kim and her label, My Dear Tejas and impeccably handmade in Texas, these jackets are true statement pieces. Made of the softest, most supple deerskin, they are not only gorgeous, but feel amazing to the touch.

There is one simple classic style – reminiscent of the wild west, but with a modern interpretation. They come in four colors – Off-White, Honey, Chocolate and Black. Much like a blazer, these versatile jackets can be dressed up or down.I had some fun trying them with a few different looks.

Dearskin jacket - chocolate brown

Dearskin jacket - chocolate brown

Dearskin jacket - chocolate brown

Deerskin jacket - saffron yellow

deerskin jacket - saffron yellow

deerskin jacket - saffron yellow

deerskin jacket - saffron yellow

deerskin clutch - off-white

deerskin clutch - saffron

deerskin clutch - black

I am honored to have Susan in the shop for TWO days with her complete jacket and clutch line (the clutches will be in the shop for the entire 2 weeks, but the jackets will only be in the shop for 2 days!), as well as some fun extra surprises, so please mark your calendar to come visit with us!!! The entire collection of jackets and cliutches will be available for purchase on FarmHouuseUrban’s shop site beginning March 15th.

Friday & Saturday

March 23rd and 24th

10:30am – 5:30pm

FarmHouseUrban Pop-Up Shop

Larkspur, CA (exact address will be announced on March 14th)

I look so forward to meeting you…

Serena

Gray, January and Groutfits

Gray, January and Groutfits

Well hi. I haven’t posted in some time, because for one I have had every kind of technology situation arise all at once. Thankfully, I now have a TWO person IT department!  Besides that, life peacefully continues to find it’s way to a new normal. I’m enjoying the experience of sustained quiet and stillness now that the kids are back at school. At the same time, starting new routines, switching up my daily travel patterns and stepping outside my comfort zone from time to time. It’s all part of embracing change rather than resisting it. There are some miraculous things that happen when that ever so slight tweak in thinking happens. I truly believe that.

xo

s

So, it’s January. Suffice it to say, it’s probably gray outside most of the time where you are as it is here in Northern California. After the holidays there’s this stretch of waiting for spring yet we still have months to go. The Gray Period. I’m working on a big interior design project that is mostly gray, black and cream. I’m in heaven with the color palette, so I thought I’d share some images that influence and inspire me. In addition, my daughter taught me a new word for my typical winter day attire – A Groutfit. It means when your outfit is predominantly gray. So, I’m also sharing some Groutfit inspirations too :))

Happy winter my loves.

soft gray bedroom colors

charcoal gray bedroom

gray chalk paint palette

Grey winter outfit

Gray linen bedding

Charcoal on gray linen fabric

Gray sweater and ripped jeans

Shades of gray linen fabric

Metal letter B

A Wardrobe Must-Have for all Wearers of Dresses Regardless of Age or Body Type

A Wardrobe Must-Have for all Wearers of Dresses Regardless of Age or Body Type

Hi beautiful I don’t have much to share as it’s been a pretty quiet week. Aaaahhh. Excuse me while I take a moment to fully appreciate what I just said…. It was Luke’s 22nd birthday last weekend, so we had a family dinner in the city. Luke picked where he wanted to go – Fogo de Chao. If you’re not familiar with this chain of restaurants – it’s an all-you-can-eat Brazilian steak house. The waiters dress as pirates or something, maybe conquistadors – I don’t know exactly – wearing pantaloons and vests and poofy sleeved shirts. They come to your table with giant swords with huge slabs of meat on them and carve off pieces for you to add to the other meat you’ve taken from the buffet. They just keep coming to the table with different kinds of meat until you, in a meat induced coma, flip the card by your plate to the ‘red’ side signaling defeat and for he pirates to halt. It was a wonderful and unique evening, and most importantly, Luke loved it! 

xo

s

Have you discovered the slip dress yet? I bought the one above from here at the beginning of the summer and I have worn it constantly. What I love most is it’s chameleon-like ability to be dressed way up or way down very easily. It also works for MANY body types. I prefer the knee length vs shorter personally.. For one, because I think it’s flattering, and second, the top part is sort of revealing and I don’t like doubling down in the showing of skin for my age group (45+).

Slip dress

Slip dress

Green Slip Dress

Slip dress with sweater

Slip dress with denim jacket

Here are some great and affordable slip dress options for an end of summer wardrobe spruce up:

from here

from here

from here

from here

Stars & Stripes

Stars & Stripes

Hi to you. Summertime is here. It’s never the same, summer, that is… While the routine of the school year is so predictable, summer is always different. It’s not only the transition, but no two days, two weeks or two summers are alike, so it can sometimes be difficult (for me at least) to get a handle on everything. For example, we’re either completely out of food the day after I do a huge grocery shop, or I’m throwing stuff out because no one happened to be around for a few days and neglected to tell me. My Type A tendencies are being challenged, which is probably a good thing! I’m sure there’s some great lesson in the unpredictability  I’m putting my yoga and meditation practices to the test, just breathing through each day and letting it all ‘just be’…. When that doesn’t work, I’ve also got some military style strategies for staying sane that I may share in a subsequent post. 🙂 All that said, this summer is shaping up to be one of the most calm, joyful and all around blissful summers I’ve had in a long, long time. Happy Fourth!

xo

s

Blue and white turkish hand towels

July 4th watermelon kabobs

Sparklers

Red and white striped shirt

I’m headed up North this week… can’t wait. I have such a case of wanderlust…. See you next time from the road 🙂

 

Fashion Edit: My hi lo favorites

Fashion Edit: My hi lo favorites

Hi. Sigh. This is the last week of high school for Lily. She graduates tomorrow. In a way it’s a bigger deal than when her brother graduated three years ago….It marks a significant change in my mothering life as I’ve known it for the past 22 years. I cried everyday for six months prior to Luke graduating and everyday after that until he left for college. With Lily, I have a different reaction, but not one bit less emotionally charged. Has this happened to you? Different reactions for each child? This time, I’m filled with excitement as I watch her take this leap, the baby that never left my hip, who never stopped crying when she had a babysitter, who still likes to hang out with me…occassionally 🙂 I have exponential admiration, respect and straight up awe for this girl for so many reasons. My little peanut is ready to leave the nest and soar and I will be cheering her on every step of the way. I hope I prepared her enough. 

xo

s

When I’m asked where I purchased a piece of clothing or where I shop, most people are surprised when I say I buy the majority of my clothes online. Sure it’s safer and  more fun to try things on in person, go with a friend, etc. But online shopping is not only getting more convenient with accurate sizing guides, and free shipping and returns, but the fun factor has been and continues to be upped with inspiring editorials, amazing packaging and speedy delivery. I have a few go-to’s when I’m in need of something or just want to satisfy that itch. The two on the top of my list currently are both extremely fashion forward, but at opposite ends of the price point range. Here they are with my picks for the season:

  1. Zara – This is my happy place. They have so much fun with fashion, t’s infectious. The inventory is vast and is constantly changing (as I was putting this post together, they kept adding more things, which made me keep changing my picks) and the prices are very reasonable. This is where I shop when I want to try out a trend but don’t want to make a big commitment.

1. Dress 2. Sandals 3. Bag

1. Jacket 2. Jumper 3. Shoes

1. Top 2. Skirt 3. Shoes

 2. Matches Fashion – I’ve been a fan of this British online shop for years, so when they recently started offering free shipping and easy returns, I was a goner. There is one thing, however that makes MatchesFashion standout as the BEST shopping experience ever…. Their packaging. It’s unlike anything I have every seen. Marbled paper covered boxes with a magnetic closure. Inside, each item is meticulously wrapped in layers of tissue paper and sealed with a beautiful sticker. Even the invoice is enclosed in a matching envelope.

1.Dress 2. Shoes 3. Bag

1. Jacket 2. Jumper 3. Shoes

1. Shoes 2. Top 3. Skirt

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