Mixed Berries / Look of the Day

Shopping Guide:

Berry Sleeveless Knit Sweater: BP by Nordstrom (similar here)

Quilted Leather Boots: Nordstrom Rack (similar here)

Berry Sueded Skort: 3.3 Field Trip by Project 20 (similar here)

Black Wool Jacket: Zara (similar here)

All Jewelry from Boutique Fawn


I know it’s shocking – note subtle sarcasm – but I do not have a team of professionals at my disposal every morning ready to document my daily outfits. For someone who works so often with professional photographers, I’ve realized how awkward and slightly unprofessional it would be to ask them to snap a quick OOTD picture of me in between takes. Yes, we will be avoiding those eye rolls, thank you very much. That said, most of these blog photos are the result of me asking a slightly annoyed but willing friend to grab my camera and “5 o’clock me” as we’ve started to call it. It was certainly easier when I lived with my younger sister who simply can’t justify refusing to help me. On a lucky day, however, I get to meet up with one of my photographer friends for coffee or work dates and then the magic happens. You know the magic I’m talking about. They basically make me look taller, thinner and younger than I actually am IRL or on my i-Phone 6. I’m telling you, the right lens, the right light and the right person holding the camera certainly changes things – note above images.


One thing that becomes blindingly clear when you start to document your outfits is that you quickly comes to terms with any and all of your style habits. For example, I like skirts. Apparently a lot. Skirts and boots, skirts and knee socks, skirts and tights. Oh, and I don’t accessorize well. I’m not sure I care about that one but I may decide to work on it someday. Someone I find it in me to accessorize my clients, my models and my shoots but I think when it comes to me I’m just lazy. I may not look lazy, but I have a very short attention span and accessories are mostly limited to a handful of go-to pieces. Let’s be honest, it takes enough thought in the morning to pick out a fashionable outfit before the dog begs me for a walk let alone match my purse to my shoes and then rinse and repeat at work all day long. Let’s call it minimalism for now, we can call it laziness later.


Another thing I’ve noticed is that I’ve recently been obsessed with the colors berry, burgundy, wine and maroon. Need proof? Check out the last few blog posts, berry lips and legs are everywhere. Now here’s the funny thing about this, back in the 90s my mother wore a whole LOT of this color. It was everywhere, it was on her, it was on the drapes, it was in the floral printed couch; even our plates had berry edging on them at one point. She just could not get enough of this wine red palette and I absolutely hated it. I was a pre-teen and I’m pretty sure anything she wore or liked at the time was going to become “a thing” with me. But really, my sister and I terrorized her about the color telling her it was “a total mom color” and “so not cool.” Well kids, Mom still wears berry and now I’m the fool because I finally realized that it is so universally flattering it’s unfair.


Conclusion: Sorry Mom, teenagers are the worst. Oh, and your vintage Levis 505 “Mom jeans” were pretty cool too. 



Until next time!

💋 Brooks

Look of the Day / Back to Black


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Dress: Zara; Over-the-knee boots: Bakers Shoes; Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag; Jewelry: Cuff from Forever 21, Bracelet from Kenyan Flea Market


I, personally, love the late summer weather in San Francisco. The mild heat allows me to live in my favorite combination of dresses and boots. These last few years, I have built quite the collection of over-the-knee boots– one might say I’m a bit obsessed and they have become part of my weekly uniform. Between the boots and the micro-mini hemlines hanging on every available space, my room hints at quite the Pretty Woman vibe.

Two things about these boots that I’ve learned over the years of experimenting with them: 1. These aren’t shoes you wear to NOT get attention. No matter what you pair them with, just accept the cat calls and “Wow, great boots Miss.” But let’s be honest, you don’t wear over-the-knee boots to be discrete. And 2. They pair best with slouchy layers, longer hemlines or second-skin denim. If you really want to rock the mini hemline — and, yes, I have my Pretty Woman moments too– just throw on an oversized sweater or sheer black tights to keep it more city street chic and less city street walker.

Full disclosure: Ever since I recently started posting my outfits on 5 o’clock, I’ve had this urge to purchase more statement purses and sunglasses. For anyone that knows me and my personal style, this is a very strange reaction. Blogging definitely makes you feel as if you have to be more accountable for your fashion choices each day. It gets kind of redundant showing detail shots of the same bag and shoe every post. Honesty, in the past, I’ve never been the girl who needed 10+ designer bags and glasses to rotate between my looks. I was never a bag girl. Every Christmas, I buy myself a new handbag, usually a practical, black, cross-body bag and after about a year I’m just about ready for a new one. My accessory choices have always been based in practicality above all else. Lately, however, I crave a bit more diversity. 

We will see where this new chapter of accessories takes me but I promise you – Dear Reader- that I’m going to try and stick with that kind of authenticity while posting on here. More power to the ladies out there that can remember to switch their car keys, wallet and various smart devices to a new corresponding bag each morning but, I’ll be honest, I’m lucky if I get out of the house with my sanity and the puppy in tow. #realtalk #workingonit #bloggerproblems

💋 Brooks