Meet Angela, Refinery29’s San Francisco Editor.
I met this awesome woman years ago at a Lykke Li show… like most moments that are meant to be, fate had us run into each other outside a restroom, and we have stayed in touch ever since. As the San Francisco editor of one of the largest fashion and style websites in the United States, it goes without saying that Angela possesses that grace and composure that comes along rarely. That spark in her eye runs deep, an inspiration seeker… indeed… but what I have always seen in Angela is a woman that spreads inspiration to others, with each project she tackles and each individual she meets. I spent an afternoon with her, her awesome man and their dogs… talking about roles, the future, and the greatest love in her career, “peeking into the worlds of inspiring people doing their thing — and creating dialogue around it.”
How did you first get involved with Refinery29?
I was so thrilled when I heard Refinery29 was launching a Bay Area iteration. Having my all-time favorite online style hub open in my area was such a dream. So, when it popped up in San Francisco, I began freelancing (I have a background in journalism) and was eventually brought on board as the editorial assistant for Los Angeles and San Francisco — it was really fun exploring and working with both markets. I shifted to the S.F. editor position in June of last year.
Tell me a day in the life of Angela Tafoya…
My days really tend to vary so so much! But, it typically starts around 7 or 7:30 a.m. — with a large cup of coffee in hand — and is a medley of writing and producing posts for the San Francisco market, research, attending photo shoots, events, spending time with my boyfriend and pups, and getting some sort of physical activity in there, too. I’ve recently become addicted to Avant Barre, an awesome and fun workout class up the street from my house.
Your biggest accomplishment in life thus far?
Recently, I’ve been really attempting to challenge myself physically. I ran a half marathon in October, which was kind of always on my bucket list. Having next to zero running experience — who am I kidding? — zero athletic experience, I stuck with training and completed it. I was in tears by the time I crossed the finish line. It definitely has been one of my prouder moments in recent years. But, I think aside from that…my biggest accomplishment is really a mix of honing my professional goals, creating a positive personal environment, and remaining strong through life’s challenges.
If you had to wear ONE outfit for the next year…
Well, it would definitely involve a pair of comfy ankle booties, I can tell you that much. But, I’m really a creature of comfort when it boils down to it, so choosing something that I feel confident in yet allows me to move freely is a must. A cool printed shirt, trousers, ankle booties, and oversized clutches are what I live in now — I don’t see that changing too drastically over time.
Tell me about your love of San Francisco, and what… in your mind… sets it apart as such a unique place to live.
Aside from having a diverse (and beautiful!) geographical landscape (the mysterious fog, painted ladies, steep hills), it has a romantic, innovative, entrepreneurial vibe that can’t be replicated! But I’ve also met some of kindest, most creative people here, too. I think the spirit that permeates through S.F. is the best!
You live with your (awesome) man Eric in the Mission district… and just recently moved from Oakland. What are the major differences in each location? Do you prefer one over the other?
I don’t prefer one to the other, but I will admit to missing Oakland at times. The design and food community have been really inspiring to see grow out there. Some of my all-time favorite restaurants, art galleries, and shops are in Oakland, and I love how interlaced the creative scene is. That said, S.F. is one of a kind and postcard-perfect. I love both cities and feel so lucky so have called the two of them home at some point.
In your next life… you would be happy to come back as: a deer.
A skill or hobby you still wish to master or acquire?
Cooking — I would love to further my knowledge here. Ha!
Favorite part of your job?
Peeking into the worlds of inspiring people doing their thing — and telling a story/creating dialogue around it.
When it comes to decorating… your style is best described as…
I call it quirky; others might call it busy – ha! But, I love mixing prints, colors, found objects, and modern pieces all under one roof.
Two Fall Free People pieces you feel are essential to any closet?
Overalls and clogs!
Your favorite concert to date?
Emily Wells. It was one of the first dates I had with my boyfriend, Eric. It was magical.
If you were to live anywhere else in the world… where would it be and why?
That is so tough, because I know there are so many cities I would love to travel to, but not sure I could live per se. Maybe it’s just the homebody in me, but I wouldn’t mind a quiet plot of land in Big Sur.
Is there a particular quote or saying you love? A motto you live by?
Yes. Every word in Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If.”
What is your best advice to all of us trying to get through the wet and cold winter months?
There’s no place like home, right? Take advantage of the time indoors. I adore a cold night in, home cooking, and cuddles on the sofa. The. Best.
Your makeup bag houses…
My Beauty Blender (it’s changed my life) from Sephora, a black mascara, Stila’s liquid eyeliner, and Earth Tu Face’s chapstick. I’m pretty low-key in the makeup department. But, perhaps my most cherished item is my CoverGirl eyebrow pencil! I’ve been using it since I was 18 and literally feel naked without using it.
IF you were to do anything else professionally…. what could you see yourself doing?
I’ve always been fascinated with folks’ stories and telling or sharing them in a unique way — I don’t really see that changing!
Angela’s Free People Picks: