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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

S.F. Street Fashion: "What I Wore" Blogger Brings Out the City's Best-Dressed

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Jessica Quirk donned Kate Spade NY for her S.F. book party. - LYDIA HUDGENS
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  • Jessica Quirk donned Kate Spade NY for her S.F. book party.

Last week, fashion blogger Jessica Quirk came to San Francisco to promote her new book, What I Wore: Four Seasons, One Closet, Endless Recipes for Personal Style. Azalea Boutique and Shop It to Me threw her a book party, complete with tiny cupcakes and champagne, and the city's fashion bloggers arrived in style to meet her. Quirk runs a very popular version of the usual "what I wore" blog formula, posting daily photos and descriptions of her outfits. She usually includes the occasion for the outfit, a touch most bloggers overlook and I really appreciate. Her book walks fashionistas-in-training through the process of creating their dream wardrobes, complete with illustrations.

But even better than meeting Quirk and finally getting a peek at her book was meeting the women who follow her blog. I was so inspired by all the lovely ladies who turned out for the event. I want to befriend them so I can borrow their clothes. Check out whose closets I'll be raiding after the jump.

KATE CONGER
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I'm excited to see maxiskirts replacing maxidresses. Maxidresses tend to have a laid-back hippie vibe that isn't particularly flattering. Maxiskirts, however, add a touch of definition in the waist that makes all the difference. I saw a lot of them that night, and this is my second-favorite (you'll see my all-time favorite later). The color is gorgeous, especially against the pink tank. Also, look at the little gold bow on the belt! Cute!

KATE CONGER
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Speaking of cute, this girl is just downright adorable. When I see someone like her, whose style is so clearly her own, I wonder where she shops. She raved about Chick-a-Boom Vintage in Petaluma. Looking at her, I'm seriously considering making the 45-minute drive just to shop there. Have any of you made the trip? Was it worth it?

KATE CONGER
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She also maintains a "what I wore" blog here.

KATE CONGER
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Is there a prep revival happening, or has it been going strong all this time and I just didn't notice? Whether it's back or it never left, the reason it survives is its ease. The gingham dress, the knotted belt, and the khaki jacket all appear to be worn so effortlessly. I especially like the relaxed fit of the jacket.

KATE CONGER
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When I was a kid, my mom would only let me wear one shade of nail polish. It was a barely-there pink that was almost identical to the natural color of my nails, but all I wanted to wear was a bright red like this girl's dress. That's probably why I find this eye-popping shade of cherry rebellious, especially paired with the leopardprint belt and chunky jewelry. She stands out while still appearing classy and comfortable. So there, Mom!

KATE CONGER
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I love the denim and leopard print together, and the half-tucked shirt. However, I don't love the nude heels. Why are nude heels trendy right now? They blend with your skin and make your feet look creepy. Is it just me, or is anyone else confused by their popularity?

KATE CONGER
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The only word that comes to mind when I look at this photo is pretty. Her dress is bright, but simple. Her toenail polish matches it, which is a sweet touch. Plus, she's topped it all off with a stunning smile.

KATE CONGER
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As soon as this lady walked into the room, I swear everyone reached for their cameras. She looks elegant and quirky. The pink ruffles on the maxiskirt and the hints of gold are countered by the relaxed, knotted white T. I like the simple hair and makeup as well.

KATE CONGER
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Last week, I promised you photos of Indie Mart. But I felt let down by most of the outfits I saw there. There was a lot of cute clothing on the racks, but not much on the crowd. This beautiful lady did stand out, though. Remember when I said earlier that maxidresses don't flatter anyone? I meant except for her.

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