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the friday five

August 28, 2015

the friday five green pleated top, jeans, tassel flats, gold rush necklace, gray bag M Loves M @marmar

Happy Friday everyone! Sorry for the lapse in Friday Frives around here! They're one of my favorites posts to put together but I recently got a new computer and I haven't gotten Photoshop yet. I'm excited to start putting together some fall outfit inspiration collages though!

This outfit makes me so happy when I look at it. I love the orangey red tassel flats and the aqua green pleated top. I think these colors look so fun and vibrant together!

Yesterday I went to lunch with Katie Dean who owns her own handmade jewelry company in LA. She is one of the sweetest people and is so creative. I felt like I could have chatted with her all afternoon. She was wearing this adorable gold nugget necklace {aptly named Gold Rush}, which of course is from her own collection. It's a piece that would be great for a West Coast resident, or anyone searching for their own precious gold.

This gray tote is so practical and I love that it has good interior and exterior pockets. Gray bags are awesome because they go with everything. It's a versatile neutral when you don't want to wear brown or black. I think this bag would be perfect for traveling as well!

Have a great weekend everyone!

xox




SF Adventures with Old Navy


SF Adventures with Old Navy M Loves M @marmar
Last weekend I flew up to San Francisco to explore the city with Old Navy! San Francisco has always been like a home away from home for me since I went to school in the Bay, and also family up there, but so much is always changing. I feel like every time I’m in the city a new restaurant is opening, or occasionally a favorite is closing, brand new apartment buildings are sprouting up, and people are always talking about the new hot spot for brunch. This constant change makes SF an exhilarating place to visit. Luckily it's only an hour plan flight from LA, or a 6 hour drive! 

As part of a collaboration with Old Navy, I swapped cities with an SF blogger Amanda of Advice from a 20 Something. I gave her some LA spots to check out, and she gave me some of her favorites in SF. I was so excited, especially when I found out that one was a favorite, one was a new place I'd been dying to go, and another was a city must!

burgundy hat with floral dress at Golden Gate Bridge M Loves M @marmar

One of the most iconic spots in San Francisco is the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE. It looms high in a burnt orange color, occasionally hidden by that typical SF fog {p.s. the fog has a name and it’s Karl!}. One of the best spots to see the Golden Gate Bridge is at Crissy Field. It’s also a great place to picnic, bike along the trails, or walk your dog {if only Ginger could have come with me!}. There’s even beach access but that’s only for the brave! There are many trips where I don't even see the bridge, but I feel like this is something you absolutely have to do, especially if you've never been to SF before.

the one thing you have to do in san francisco M Loves M fashion blogger @marmar
fall outfit with burgundy floppy hat and dress and cardigan M Loves M @marmar
navy and brown floral dress with cardigan and ankle booties M Loves M @marmar
I brought along a cardigan to wear with my floral dress since it’s definitely a little cooler in this part of town. This burgundy floppy hat is perfect for fall but make sure to hold onto it on a windy day! Otherwise, it will go flying and end up at Alcatraz!
Los Angeles blogger exploring SF. 3 Must Visit Spots.  M Loves M @marmar

Jane on Fillmore visit by M Loves M @marmar

One of my favorite spots to grab breakfast and a coffee is at JANE on Fillmore, so I was so excited when this was on the list! Fillmore Street is full of some awesome boutiques and restaurants, but make sure to stop at Jane. They make some incredible coffee and their baked goods are delicious. Also, a decor plus is their chevron tables! I mean, how perfect are they?!

coffee and a pastry from Jane on Fillmore in San Francisco M Loves M @marmar
M Loves M blogger visit to San Francisco @marmar
great spot for coffee and breakfast in San Francisco M Loves M @marmar
I wore this white eyelet blouse tucked into a yellow flowy skirt. This was a great outfit for exploring the cute area afterwards! {also, it's super close to where Matthew and I got engaged!}
white eyelet blouse with yellow flowy skirt M Loves M @marmar

best rooftop spot in San Francisco M Loves M @marmar

Rooftop bars are hard to find in the city, but EL TECHO de LOLINDA is a great one. I've never been before but have heard a lot of great things about it. It’s in the popular Mission area of SF that’s full of tons of great food, especially Mexican food! El Techo de Lolinda is the rooftop portion of the Lolinda restaurant, although there’s a separate entrance. You take an elevator to the top, check in with the host and grab a spot along the outside of the patio or, if you're lucky, snag a table for dinner.

rooftop happy hour in San Francisco M Loves M @marmar
El Techo de Lolinda makes some amazing drinks- I got the Paloma with tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, agave and lime. So fresh and yummy! We grabbed some of their Latin American street bites {chips and guac, ceviche, shrimp skewers} and settled in to enjoy the sunset. What a great way to spend a summer evening!
city swap with Old Navy M Loves M blogger in San Francisco @marmar
paloma from el techo de lolinda in san francisco mission M Loves M blogger visit @marmar
margarita and ceviche at El Techo de Lolinda in San Francisco M Loves M blogger @marmar
We might not have been able to see the sun go down, but the skies looked gorgeous! I paired a white tank {so great to wear casually or dressed up} with a pair of bright coral culotte pants from Old Navy! I love that it almost looks like I'm wearing a midi skirt but nope..pants! Rooftop happy hours definitely call for wearing something fun!
white tank and bright pink culotte pants M Loves M @marmar

SHOP THIS POST:
Outfit 1: dress Old Navy, cardigan Old Navy, boots Sole Society {also here},
hat Old Navy, bag Henri Bendel

Outfit 2: top Old Navy {size down}, skirt Old Navy {size down}, sandals Vince Camuto {40% off!},
bag Ted Baker {similar}, sunglasses Karen Walker Number One

Outfit 3: top Old Navy, pants Old Navy {size down}, heels Aldo {similar height style},
sunglasses Karen Walker Super Duper Strength


Have you been to any of these three spots in SF before? Regardless if you have or haven't, you'll have to stop by on your next trip to the city. I'm definitely adding El Techo to my SF favorites list!

Just for fun, I'm curious, if you could go anywhere in the US for two to three days where would it be? This trip inspired me to think about more long weekend trips. It's so fun to explore another city for a few days. At the top of my list: Charleston and Nashville!

xox

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Old Navy but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks so much for supporting my incredible sponsors!


Photos by Em the Gem

70s influence for fall

August 26, 2015

70s inspired outfit for fall M Loves M @marmar
Back to school and fall in general is a great time to experiment with your style and maybe try something you might not normally wear. During fall I'm always reminded of how much I love the 70s influence. Wide leg jeans, boho tops, suede and fringe detailing. It all looks perfect under autumn skies! I recently re-discovered Topshop iconand found so many cute items for fall that totally got my new found 70's obsessesion! 

I must be having a thing for denim minis, because I couldn't resist this skirt from Topshop with the buttons on the front. I paired it with a mock turtleneck and some suede flats with the cutest tassels. They also come in two other colors {I'm so tempted!}. I added a structured crossbody bag and some mirrored sunnies to keep the look a little modern. This outfit is perfect for the transition of seasons too. Looks fall but totally keeps you cool during the late summer heat waves!
white mock turtleneck with denim mini skirt M Loves M @marmar
denim skirt and brown crossbody bag M Loves M @marmar
brown suede tassel flats M Loves M @marmar
Can we talk about how perfect these tassel-tie flats iconare?!
white sleeveless top with a-line denim skirt and brown flats M Loves M @marmar
cute fall outfit inspired by the 1970s M Loves M @marmar
burgundy hat with white turtleneck and denim button-front skirt and crossbody bag M Loves M @marmar

Seriously, go take a peek at Topshop  because they have soo many cute things! This was a one stop outfit shopping experience for me!

Want to hear something really cool? Tonight I'm going to see Taylor Swift!! She's performing in LA and I have always wanted to see her live. She's one of my favorites so I am beyond excited! I'm going to try to Snap as much as I can so follow along {@MaraKFerreira on Snapchat} if you love TSwift too!!

xox
photos by Valorie Darling

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