SF Shop Guide: Essentials at Modern Citizen

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Megan and I always have our ears open for new brands and when they have a San Francisco connection, we are even more compelled to check them out. A few weeks ago I blogged about Everlane's new storefront in the Mission. It was so fun sharing some of my favorite picks from their collection, that when I heard about Modern Citizen I dragged Megan along to shop the store for our clients and blog readers. Our take? This may be your new destination for basics.

San Francisco Modern Utility Paired with Feminine Minimalism

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This brand has been thoughtfully curated for a San Franciscan wardrobe but applies to anyone looking to freshen up their basics routine or add a modern feminine piece to their closet. Perhaps we have been living in the Bay Area too long, but finding a good quality $30 tee shirt (see here and here) with a flattering cut was refreshing. For certain pieces, we were giddy with happy sticker shock. The price points are sharp and the cotton and rayon blends are soft. From what we found they are still fine tuning their sizing consistency in certain pieces (we are tough critics). In chatting with the co-founder who happened to be manning the racks when we were shopping, most of the products are produced in China and a small number in LA. We would love to see that number flipped in the future but it also enables the reasonable pricing.

Accessories To Invest In

In addition to focusing on the key clothing pieces everyone should have in their wardrobe, Modern Citizen sells and manufactures a limited number of staple jewelry pieces that are 14 karate gold or sterling silver. If you are a jewelry minimalist who wants to invest a little more but not to the extent of fine jewelry, this is a great option to explore. Earrings range from $32 to $198. This fall tortoiseshell is having a moment so consider these hoops for a fashion statement or keep this simple and invest in this classic metal drop earring.

Hello August, Layer Us Up

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Last Fall I invested in the J.Crew Sweater Blazer (see the story here) and have been possibly "over-wearing" it this year as a light jacket. When I tried on Modern Citizen's long Sweater Coat cardigan in store I was smitten. Longer cardigans are back in vogue this fall and this $92 cardigan is a great steal staple.  The longer knee length and charcoal grey color transitions well from weekend to a casual office day. We paired the cardigan with the Brooke High Waisted Ponte Pants and the Lindy V-Neck tee for a sporty chic look.

Similar to my camel blazer, this item is dry clean only but if you take good care of it, it shouldn't require much upkeep. It's an acrylic, polyamide, and elastane blend so if you run warm during the day it might not be the best match for you. Modern Citizen does offer a lighter structured cardigan that hits at mid-thigh that could be a good alternative.

If you are looking for that Friday to Sunday outfit--consider Modern Citizen's Side Zip Cashmere Sweatshirt. This piece is as stylish as it is comfy. The hint of cashmere blended into the fabric makes it oh so soft and we love the side zipper that can be styled slightly open for warmer days. Pair it with light jeans or a fitted skirt now and enjoy it with work trousers or coated denim come fall/winter.

Stay Stylish,

K&M


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 Details:  Modern Citizen Side-Zip Sweater  $88,  Everlane Kick Crop Jean  $78, Cole Haan Pewter D'orsay Flats ( similar in silver  $68 on sale).

Details: Modern Citizen Side-Zip Sweater $88, Everlane Kick Crop Jean $78, Cole Haan Pewter D'orsay Flats (similar in silver $68 on sale).

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Ibiza Shopping Guide: The Best Boutiques, Markets, and Beach Shops

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While Ibiza is mostly known more for its international music scene and hippie culture, it is also filled with amazing shopping. From great boutiques to open air markets, I've rounded up my favorite spots to shop on the island. And case you find yourself landlocked this summer, I've included links so that you can shop island styles while at home.

Stay Stylish,
M&K


Where to Shop In Ibiza

Ibiza Town, the island's city center, is full shopping with a great mix of well-curated boutiques and affordable gift shops. If you want to look like a native Ibicenco, seek out the affordable handmade espadrille and wicker bag shops run by the older generations of locals (most of them make the products themselves). If you want something more upscale, or to invest in a special piece, there are plenty of high-end boutiques filled with special pieces that you won't find anywhere else.

Pro Tip: The traditional Spanish siesta is strictly observed, so most shops close between 2pm- 6pm. Many of them stay open as late as midnight or 1am during peak summer months, making night shopping a must! 

Fashionable Boutiques:

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Poise Ibiza
Calle de la Cruz
www.poisibiza.com

This small women's boutique is about as quintiessential Ibiza as it comes. Stocked with drapey white dresses, crochet shorts, and leather sandals it is the perfect place to pick up unique pieces at prices that won't cause sticker shock. On my last visit, I bought my first pair of shorts in 5 years (yes, really!) for only 25 euro and a handful of colorful beaded bracelets for only 5 euro a piece

Campos de Ibiza
Vicente Cuervo 13 
https://camposdeibiza.com

Campos de Ibiza has several locations on the island. I prefer their Ibiza Town location by the main harbor. Inside you will find everything from scented lotions, to woven totes, colorful bracelets, swimsuits, and coverups. I was impressed with how affordable everything was with prices ranging from 35 euro for a tote to 75 euro for a swimsuit.

B London Boutique
Carrer de Missa 5
www.blondonboutique.com

Set in the heart of Marina Botafoch’s stylish shopping district, this colorful boutique is the little sister of its London namesake. Their hand-picked collection of swimwear includes high fashion brands like Mara Hoffman, L*Space, and Beach Bunny. Expect to find styles in vibrant prints and colors next to eclectic accessories including clutches, jewelry, and even some activewear. Just be prepared to spend a little more, their jaw dropping pieces can with jaw dropping price tags.

Hippy Markets:

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Las Dalias Market
San Carlos
https://lasdalias.es/en/

The legendary "Hippy Market" is a must-see, with rows of stalls selling colorful clothing, jewelry, shoes, and other handmade items. Around since 1985, Las Dalias Hippy Market is the most famous market in Ibiza and my favorite place to go for beaded bracelets and inexpensive accessories with a true boho flair. Plus, there's live music, performances, art, and food. It is open every Saturday, and Monday and Tuesday evenings June through September. 

Punta Arabi
Es Canar
http://www.hippymarket.info

The oldest market on the island, Punta Arabi is open every Wednesday. This is a great family activity and has something for everyone. Enjoy the live music and incredible food, and then take a walk through the stalls selling everything fresh fruits and veggies, to clothes, fabrics, and accessories. Pro tip: the prices can initially be high, so don't be afraid to haggle a bit!

Beach Club Gift Shops:

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Blue Marlin
www.bluemarlinibiza.com

This beach club is hands down my favorite place to spend a day lounging in the sun. Behind all of the daybeds and loungers is a small hut stocked with colorful swimsuits for men and women, coverups, and sunglasses. Around 2pm each day, models walk around wearing the items, which only makes you want to buy something even more. Items can be priced on the higher end of the scale, but if you shop toward the end of the day they are usually more willing to give you a discount.

The Shop at Beachouse
www.beachouseibiza.com

Situated on the lively Playa d’en Bossa, Beachouse is always buzzing with lots of people listening to music and drinking rose in the sun. Their small boutique has a modest selection of bracelets, tops and dresses. I prefer to do my shopping down on the beach where local girls walk around selling their kaftans and cover-ups for half the price that you'd pay in Ibiza Town. 

 

 

 

Posted on August 10, 2018 and filed under Style Stories.
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That's a Wrap: Protect Your Colored Hair From the Sun in Style

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Right before my summer trip to Ibiza, I decided to take my hair platinum blonde. To say it’s a process is an understatement. But after two 10 hour appointments, I am in love with final outcome! 

One thing that I didn’t plan was the timing of my freshly bleached hair and the effects the sun and saltwater would have on it. So I left for vacation with one very stern warning from my stylist “Keep your hair protected and covered!”

Prep Your Dyed Locks for the Sun

 Megan's hair before and after.

Megan's hair before and after.

Keeping your hair completely covered from the sun is the surest way to avoid further damage. But let's be realistic, if you are going to invest in coloring you hair your are going to want to be able to show it off. Platinum hair can tend to be on the drier side, so conditioning is key.

Olaplex is one of the best products on the market (and highly recommended by salons). The bottle recommends leaving it on for 30 minutes, but after some research I learned that you can sleep with it on overnight. I've tried this twice and the results have been incredible. My bleached locks felt soft and healthy immediately after. In addition, I spray a generous amount of Pureology Color Fanatic multi-taking beautifier on after every wash. 

Ditch the Baseball Hat for a Scarf

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When I am running errands around SF I am a baseball hat girl. But for my trip I wanted something that felt more chic and interesting. I inherited a handful of silk scarves from my Nana years ago and decided to pack a few.  Not only do they make great head covers, they also double as a belt with denim shorts or tied around the waist as a beach cover-up. 

Pro tip: Silk scarves can be harder to tie and keep in place than cotton scarves. Pack a few bobby pins in your bag to keep the scarf secured.

 

How to Wear A Hair Scarf for Sun Protection

There are at least a half dozen ways (if not more) to tie a scarf for maximum sun protection that are both stylish and functional. My favorite is known as the "half knot hippie wrap". The key to the look is to not try to make it look too perfect. This style has a very boho influence and looks equally great with your hair worn down or in a low ponytail.

How to tie a hair scarf:

  1. Fold the scarf diagonally to make a triangle
  2. Fold over the scarf at the crease where the fold is to adjust for length 
  3. Wrap around your head head starting with the scarf on your forehead and tie between your crown and the nape of your neck.
  4. For additional protection, tie your hair up so that it stays covered beneath your headscarf.

Optional: you can always tuck the pointed tip of the scarf into the knot to keep it down or from blowing in the wind. 

Stay Stylish,
M&K

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Posted on August 3, 2018 and filed under Stylish Living, Style Stories, Beauty & Wellness.
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