Not long before I went to San Francisco for Outside Lands, one of my co-workers sent me a link to a blog that she thought was worth checking out, called Refuses to Label. I clicked on the link and spent the next hour or so perusing the inspirational posts and photos on the blog. The writer, Amy Soderlind, is a stylist and writer living right outside of San Francisco on a beautiful farm. Her style is impeccable and I love her poetic way of writing – check out some photos below, along with a writeup about what she loves most about her city.
San Francisco carries character and integrity in every little crevasse of her small size. Take a walk and in just two blocks you are in another world. New smells, subcultures that I must sit and appreciate, really take in. I go nowhere without my note/sketch pad, and I do say: the most incredible quotes come from some of the crazies on the morning MUNI rides. I love that I can get from one end of the city to the other in less than 30 minutes.
The history that she holds also brings many like minded free spirits to live and create… the Beat Generation AND the Summer of Love? yes please.
Taking Sundays to myself… City Lights Books, Trieste and Vesuvio: reels playing in my mind of Kerouac perusing the shelves and writing on the small table tops… Ginsberg spitting out words and phrases that still blow our minds today. The De Young or MOMA…. and yes, the many many beautiful small ma and pa vintage shops that I tend to spend far too much time in.
My favorite thing about this city? The beautiful people that are apart of my life here…. extraordinary talents that make my life rich with happiness.
Dressing in San Francisco is a year round challenge. Our summers are in October (for 3 short weeks) and the rest of the year is unpredictable with certainty of daily fog. I actually love this very variable when it comes to dressing – You can wear boots! Socks! Hats! Scarves! Jeans! Layers…. opens up doors of options that usually are shut tightly in August.
In this Look: Vintage Crochet Dress, Vintage black leather belt, AA Hat, Vintage combat boots, Afghan Necklace
In this Look:Thrifted Harem Pant, AA Tank, Vintage Cord Bomber, Diesel Boots, Panama Bag, Painted Bird Glasses, All Vintage Jewelry from around the Globe.
In this Look: Ernest Sewn High Waist Denim, Crop Tee, Vintage Bag, Vintage Belt, Vintage Jewelry Africa and Bali, Printed Silk Jacket.
Photo Credit: Lauren Goodman
Here are my current Free People favorites:
Outside Lands 2011 has come to a close and what a magical weekend it was… Sunday was another gorgeous sunny day in Golden Gate Park and once again Free People was everywhere we looked. The girls in San Francisco definitely know how to do festival fashion right! Read More
The weather could not have been better today at Outside Lands! Uncharacteristically, the sun was shining all day and burned through the San Francisco fog. Also? Free People was everywhere! We ran into so many girls wearing FP duds and carrying our tote bags. Here’s a look at the fashion on day two shot by Erin of calivintage.com!
The striped lace inset top from last year!
Love this combo of leopard, fringe and our seed bead necklace.
One of my favorite looks from today.
Love how she knotted our pieced together maxi!
Free People bag and Joe lace up over-the-knee boots!
Natalie, looking amazing in our forbidden garden mesh maxi!
My favorite photo of them all :)
More coming tomorrow!
Photo Credit: Erin Hagstrom, calivintage.com
After a long day of traveling I have arrived in San Francisco for Outside Lands 2011! I am staying downtown and I must say when I took the subway from the airport and got off at Powell street, the famous spot where the cable cars turn around, so many memories came rushing back from when I lived here. I can’t wait to get over to Haight Ashbury and Golden Gate Park! Read More
Yesterday I showed you some festival styling ideas that I’m thinking about rocking at Outside Lands 2011, and today it’s time for the ladies who work for our Norcal stores who I’m attending the festival with! Read More
That’s right, next week I am heading to one of my favorite places in the world – San Francisco – for the Outside Lands 2011 music festival! Read More