#iloveyoucalifornia: San Francisco City Hall

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Last week two of my closest friends got married, and I had the honor of going with them to City Hall in San Francisco to pick up their marriage license. I can't believe I haven't had a reason to go inside City Hall in the three years I've lived in California, but it honestly blew my mind. It was the absolute perfect backdrop for two people so in love with this city, and so in love with each other.

It was yet another reminder pf how incredible California is. If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen me gush over Cali using the hashtag #iloveyoucalifornia oh, about 1,000 times - - and I thought it could be a nice series to bring into SWIILPT! I'll be posting about my love for this state periodically, and you can expect musing on any & everything that keeps me falling in love with California.

So, the first #iloveyoucalifornia post is all about San Francisco's City Hall. It may be the grandest building I've ever been in - beaux-arts opulence in every direction. It always amazes me when government buildings are beautiful...I guess it's the idea that at one point aesthetics were considered important enough to build a gorgeous structure for something as unsexy (but vital) as city/county governmental operations. Like the building was as important as the work being done inside. Maybe that's just my art school nostalgia talking, but either way I crushed REAL hard on this beauty.

xoxo,

-Marie

Clean Slate

Overalls: Old Navy | Shirt: Gap Men's (borrowed from Trevor) | Shoes: Banana Republic (on crazy sale here!)

Overalls: Old Navy | Shirt: Gap Men's (borrowed from Trevor) | Shoes: Banana Republic (on crazy sale here!)

Still keeping it minimal. I wanted to wear all white . . . and ended up looking like a house painter in heels. 

There's something about a completely blank slate that feels original, especially for a girl like me, who can usually be found in no fewer than 3 colors and 2 prints at a time. I didn't wear any makeup when I wore this outfit, which felt...strange, as much as I hate to admit it. I normally wear makeup every day - not a lot, but enough that I somehow feel covered/protected: some foundation, mascara, lipstick, maybe blush. I'm trying to fight the feeling that I'm not ready to face the world without it. I've been going bare at least one day a week, and doing a clean face with an all-white outfit seemed to make sense. 

It also seemed to make sense not to brush my hair - a decision I still stand by.

xoxo, 

-Marie 

Giant sweater + mini skirt

Sweater: Banana Republic | Hat: Ebbets Field Flannels for J Crew Skirt: Madewell | Shoes: Gap | Tote: Cuyana

Sweater: Banana Republic | Hat: Ebbets Field Flannels for J Crew
Skirt: Madewell | Shoes: Gap | Tote: Cuyana

This is the only way I'm comfortable wearing a miniskirt during the day: with flats, an enormous soft sweater, and zero makeup. In the spirit of Keep it Simple week, I'm not even wearing any patterns (!!!!!!) and I can't even remember the last time that happened.

My search for a giant grey vneck sweater began immediately after seeing this image in Love Style Life - - I loved how the model styled it falling off her shoulder and that's the only way I ever wear this sweater now. 

This hat is one of my favorite pieces: it's the logo of the Chicago Whales, who were a baseball team from 1914 to 1916. Even though I don't care for baseball, I am obsessed with both Chicago and whales, sooo...I also never thought in a million years I'd wear ballet flats, but I'm so into these I've bought 2 backup pairs already. So soft, so easy, and I love the dusty blue. (They're still available here, in a zillion colors, if you're interested!)

Tomorrow Keep It Simple week will take a slight turn toward happy hour...stay tuned for a post about 2-ingredient cocktails!

xoxo,

-Marie