Look of the Day / Sister Sister

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Dress: Nordstrom, similar here; Ballet flats: Sam Edelmen “Felicia” Flat; Sunglasses: Kate Spade “Gayla” Sunglasses; “Love” Necklace: Something Silver

Meet Issa, my sister and psuedo-twin — we share a birthday and a closet. We have very different careers and, in turn, very different senses of style. Issa is the mastermind behind the majority of the 5 o’clock Sunday “Look of the Day” photos and by day she’s a 7th grade Language Arts teacher at a local middle school. The one thing about 11 year olds is that they are hyper-focused on visual details which makes her acutely aware of her personal style everyday.

I like to think of her as a combination of Zoey Deschanel and hipster tomboy chic. I finally got her in front of the camera to capture a few of her work-day wardrobe looks. She may be more taking photos until now but I’m excited to feature her more on the blog in the future.

💋 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

Look of the Day / Florals

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Dress: Lush Clothing, Shoes: Vince Camuto, Jacket: Gap1969, Purse: Rebecca Minkoff, Hat: H&M

I tend to be a woman of extremes in all areas of life, including my wardrobe. When I’m not dressing in head to toe black, as you’ve seen so far on 5 o’clock, I’m wearing big, bold and bright prints like this floral dress by Lush. I do, however, still find a need to edge my florals up by pairing them with black leather details like these chunky, stacked gladiator sandals by Vince Camuto. And what better way to manage this unpredictable San Francisco weather then a super comfy and classic distressed denim jacket from Gap.

💋 Brooks

Look of the Day / Sunshine and Sun Hats

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On Brooks // Dress: Brandy Melville, Shoes: Urban Outfitters, Purse: Rebecca Minkoff, Hat: H&M

On FemSteph // Skirt: Express; Shoes: Steve Madden, Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana, Top: Urban Outfitters, Bag: Michael Kors

Sunday in San Francisco was blissfully sunny. It finally felt like a true summer at 79 degrees. No jacket needed San Francisco weather is hard to come by and the streets of the Marina District swarm with sundress clad twenty somethings. Sun hat in hand, I spent the day with my best friend and smokeshow Twitch gaming sensation FemSteph. Not sure that any of us imagined that real life gamers dressed like that on their days off. Lucky for you Dear Reader, I convinced her to do a few guest appearance snaps for 5 o’clock during our lunch. Side note: our day turned quickly to night and I found myself out and about in these super comfy flatforms from Urban Outfitters. This is a trend I could get used to.

💋 Brooks