Pumped up kicks.

New Balance 620. Currently on sale!

New Balance 620. Currently on sale!

Apparently, I can only wear sneakers at the moment. Something happened to my foot on Monday, and it now hurts to wear flats, heels, oxfords, boots and even Dansko clogs. That's right-- even the ultimate work shoe aggravates my foot. So... running shoes it is!

Anyway, I've been scouring Pinterest, fashion blogs and magazines, trying to find the best way to wear sport shoes not-for-exercise, and here's what I came up with this week:

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

Lessons learned:

  • Keep it simple! Colored sneakers are already "splashy" enough, so pairing a printed sweater with them (ex: in Day 1) is too much.
  • Keeping my pants long by rolling in the extra material in (as opposed to rolling out and making a cuff like I did in Day 1) make my legs appear longer.

Things to try in the future:

  • Monochromatic looks (all black or all light)
  • Pairings with pencil skirts!

Thanks for following along! And to all those on the East Coast: snow is finally here! Stay warm!

- Winnie.

NYE 2015

2016 is here! What? It feels like as I get older time just flys by faster. For this reason I am determined to make this year an amazing one. I had a lot of fun welcoming the new year with my favorite people. We had a casual NYE party at Winnie's, where we enjoyed some homemade snacks (yummy lasagna and reindeer brownies) and plenty of drinks. Most of our pictures of the evening are our "framily" portraits, where Winnie decided to give us her best "Chinese portrait" pose. We all gave this pose a try and I have to say it came out great... I have been told that I have a great RBF :) Anyway, at midnight we went out on Winnie's rooftop deck to watch the fireworks at Penn's Landing. Her deck offers a perfect, unobstructed view to the fireworks and the Ben Franklin Bridge making for the perfect Philly NYE.

2015 was a great and eventful year (Thanks 2015 you rocked!), but i know this next one is going to top it. Many exciting things to come that I hope to share here on the blog. Hope your year is off to a great start. How did you celebrate the new year?

-Carolena

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San Francisco in December.

At sunset, on the way to Lands End.

At sunset, on the way to Lands End.

Sutro Baths, at Lands End.

Sutro Baths, at Lands End.

Light.

Light.

Ice plants and sand dunes.

Ice plants and sand dunes.

"Can you help me get down? The log is unstable". "No, I need to get picture of the fail. I know one is coming".

"Can you help me get down? The log is unstable". "No, I need to get picture of the fail. I know one is coming".

Wide streets, powerlines and a crow in the Sunset District.

Wide streets, powerlines and a crow in the Sunset District.

Blue Bottle (drip) coffee at The Ferry Building. We went on the Saturday after Christmas so it was PACKED, to say the least. But the coffee was soooo worth the wait.

Blue Bottle (drip) coffee at The Ferry Building. We went on the Saturday after Christmas so it was PACKED, to say the least. But the coffee was soooo worth the wait.

Bay Bridge views at The Ferry Building.

Bay Bridge views at The Ferry Building.

It's been chilly but otherwise gorgeous here for the past few days: sunny with little cloud cover. It's been, as Alan says, "perfect for Instagram; the light itself is a filter". And yes, while I agree that it has been nice catching up with family and old friends, walking around without an umbrella, buying wine at Target, and taking timely and clean public transit, I miss the brick buildings, cobblestone roads and old-city charm of my favorite East Coast City. See you soon, Philadelphia!

-Winnie.