getting ready for fall.
by victoria comment

9/25/18

victoria smith at home in a fall outfit from banana republic. / sfgirlbybay

if you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll probably know that i can be a bit camera shy and don’t do many fashion shoots, but when banana republic invited me to style and share their new fall collection, i thought it might be good for me to get out of my safe space and have some fun with it! they had such pretty clothing and accessories for fall — like this sweet suede mini skirt and sexy black boots that i got all dressed up — just for you! i chose pieces with longevity that i could create lots of other looks with but that still had timeless style — fabrics and textures that stand the test of time when it comes to iconic fashion — who doesn’t love a mini skirt? i’ve been wearing banana republic clothing for as long as i can remember — easy go-to pieces i can easily mix and match with my existing wardrobe, and that reflect a laidback california lifestyle.

blogger victoria smith in her l.a. bedroom wearing banana republic. / sfgirlbybay

fall outfit inspiration with blogger victoria smith at home in l.a. / sfgirlbybay

i paired the stretch-suede mini skirt with their classic black & white striped quinn boy-fit super-stretch shirt, a very versatile italian merino wool v-neck sweater vest (i love a black vest in L.A. because it’s not too hot, and looks great even over a white tee), the cosy oversized italian superloft black duster cardigan sweater, matte black opaque tights and tassel zip high-heel ankle boots in black leather (another perfect staple for fall because boots really dress up a pair of jeans, too). add some accessories, like a black Wide Brim Fedora Felt Hat, a great vegan leather mini tote and some tortoise hoop earrings and i’m good to go! all of these pieces can be worn separately so easily — the skirt goes great with so many things, like a black turtleneck, and i’ll be wearing the loose comfy cardigan all season long, even just curled up at home over pj’s with a good book.

blogger victoria smith in stylish fall outfit from banana republic/. / sfgirlbyabay

wide brim fedora hat and fall outfit styled and worm by blogger victoria smith. / sfgirlbybay

fall accessories from banana republic. / sfgirlbybay

tortoise shell hoop earrings from banana republic. / sfgirlbybay

l.a. blogger victoria smith wearing banana republic. / sfgirlbybay

*photography by jesse chamberlin marble for sfgirlbybay.

this is a sponsored post in partnership with banana republic and all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep sfgirlbybay going with fresh content every day.

Byron Bay’s Modern Tropical Charm.
by Ezz Wilson comment

9/25/18

Editor’s Note: I’m so excited to introduce you to our new blog contributor, Ezz Wilson. please welcome her inspiring contributions each week — more coming your way soon!

byron bay modern decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

Many years ago, I traveled to Sydney for the first time and spent a couple of months living with a friend I had met during our college days in Sweden. I had the time of my life! Since then, Australia has held such a special place in my heart, and during a more recent visit to Oz, I was excited to see how the design scene there was flourishing. On the way back to the U.S., I stuffed several Aussie interior magazines, such as Frankie Spaces, Country Style and Inside Out into my carry­-on and studied them over and over as I planned what I would do with my next home.

white and rust chevron area rug. / sfgirlbybay

wood-paneled wall with modern low sofa photo by Lisa Sorgini. / sfgirlbybay

When I moved into our Portland, Oregon house, I really wanted my home to reflect my roots and formative travel experiences. As someone who’d grown up in Florida surrounded by my Puerto Rican family and Caribbean community, I knew I needed plenty of warmth, natural textures and Mediterranean meets tropical vibes to help me get through Portland’s dark winters. Yet I also needed something modern and serene. During the design process, one of my major influences was the design coming out of Byron Bay, Australia. This beach town was once a sleepy hippie community but has become a higher ­end tourist destination in recent years, as well as a hub for artists, designers, and shopkeepers. And man, are they flooding my Instagram feed with some gorgeous wares lately! These creatives are really capturing the warm, casual, and sun­faded charm that Byron Bay and other Aussie beach communities are known for in such a beautiful and contemporary way.

cheers, ezz.

moroccan hanging pendant lights. / sfgirlbybay

modern women's clothing store in byron bay, australia. / sfgirlbybay

woven rattan acapulco chairs. / sfgirlbybay

oversized palm frond arrangements in large ceramic vases. / sfgirlbybay

bamboo chair with solid wood side table. / sfgirlbybay

woven throw blankets with fringe. / sfgirlbybay

striped tabletop linens with wood and ceramic dishwares. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits & shopping resources:

Worn Store photos by Amelia Fullarton
We are Pampa
Pop and Scott; wood-paneled wall photo by Lisa Sorgini; and top sofa photo by Poppy Lane
Nikkou
The Beach People photos by Matt Johnson

hello to kip & co. + an upcoming giveaway.
by victoria comment

9/24/18

colorful and modern printed bedding from kip & co. / sfgirlbybay

are you familiar with kip & co.? if not, allow me to introduce you to a beautiful bedding and homewares brand that has been around in Australia for six years, and in the U.S. for about a year now. i love a good mix & match look especially when it’s as unique as this one, and crazy colorful, too. kip & co.’s new fall collection has just launched and it features the most amazing prints and patterns. i always think the best pairings are those you might not expect — stripes paired with florals and velvets with fringe? oh, yes! kip & co. carries everything from duvets, sheets, and throws for grownups and for kids, as well as bath, home and lifestyle goods — like adorable pj’s and travel accessories. to stay inspired by kip & co.’s latest collections, be sure to follow them on instagram.

i’m also really excited to announce we’ll be hosting a huge giveaway with kip & co. this week — check out my instagram for a chance to win $1,000 worth of products from kip & co’s new collection — that’s a whole lotta mix & match, people!

pink and yellow bedding from kip & co. / sfgirlbybay

pink and yellow striped bedding from kip & co. / sfgirlbybay

modern pink printed bedding from kip & co. / sfgirlbybay

modern bedding from kip & co. with tassels and stripes. / sfgirlbybay

colorful and modern printed bedding from kip & co. / sfgirlbybay

modern colorful bathroom linens from kip & co. / sfgirlbybay

modern colorful bathroom linens from kip & co. / sfgirlbybay

modern colorful bathroom linens from kip & co. / sfgirlbybay

modern colorful tabletop and kitchen linens from kip & co. / sfgirlbybay

modern colorful tabletop linens from kip & co. / sfgirlbybay

• This is a sponsored post in product trade with kip & co. and all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep sfgirlbybay going with fresh content every day.