Starry and foggy nights: A little San Francisco history

15 Mar
Wearing ModCloth starry night dress in garden
Airy starry night dress

I’m listening to old New Model Army for old times’ sake. They were one of my favorite bands growing up. Justin Sullivan was one of my heroes, I managed to see them quite a few times at the I-Beam in the Haight in the 80′s. Oh yes, I did managed to get in underage. I also managed to meet him. It took about two minutes for me to realize that I was in the company of an intellectual and had absolutely no business making any kind of conversation, but hey, I’ve always been a good sport and I just rolled with it. I wasn’t starstruck as much as I was elated not to be disappointed by the encounter.

The I-Beam was the place to go back then. It eventually closed, I don’t think it was deemed safe any longer after the Loma Prieta earthquake in ’89. The last time I was there was for my twenty-first birthday. My friend Harry took me to see Ministry. I still remember what I wore; a skintight black scoop neck top with a red flower flouncy mini-skirt, very high heels. Not your typical Ministry-appropriate style, I always did march to the beat of my own drummer. That was a birthday I would never forget. All those years spent in San Francisco before I could actually call it my home, getting around by foot, cab or bus.

Oh, how I got to know my city; every neighborhood, every block, which Victorian had the most beautiful detail, which had the most fragrant flowers growing in the little gardens, which streets were the smoothest and easiest to cycle uphill at midnight coming home from a show. Playing chicken with the ocean waves, a harvest moon on the horizon and stars barely visible through the fog; other times playing hide-and-seek at the Palace of Fine Arts after the clubs closed.

Mondo patent leather creepers
Image via

I was struck by the unabashed individuality of ordinary people walking down the street. Mixing vintage with modern, fueling my imagination and inspiring me to push boundaries. My love of Goth style then was reflected in my red patent leather mondo creepers similar to the black ones shown, they were my statement walking shoe of choice. Those days and nights were magical, now I may live twenty minutes outside San Francisco but it will always be my home.



Deets: Sheer mauve and velvet cut-out dress/ModCloth, black tights/unknown, plum shoes/Dansko, purple scarf/Georgiou.


Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply


CommentLuv badge

    March 16, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Loving your outfit and those platform shoes. Are you joining us for some fun???
    SACRAMENTO recently posted..Mexican Dress – FABRIC and Louis Vuitton

  2. Dorota

    March 16, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Hi,I have been following your blog for a while,very interesting!I have started blogging as well,please visit me:


  3. Collette Osuna

    March 16, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Ok….so we have a fab story….purple POLKAS and shoes?? my kind of post sweets… the dress….how gorgeous are you in it?

    LOVE this look!!!

    Stop by and say Hello:)
    Enter my Free People Giveaway!!♥
    Collette Osuna recently posted..Twitter Tuesday-Dwelling &amp Telling

  4. Ofelia

    March 16, 2011 at 4:15 am

    You look radiant in the polka dots dress and those lovely purple shoes!
    Ofelia recently posted..Music and Miscellaneous

  5. Ofelia

    March 16, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Nice posting and even nicer polka-dots dress and those purple shoes!
    Ofelia recently posted..Music and Miscellaneous

  6. Christel

    March 16, 2011 at 4:52 am

    I love your dress, and I loooove creepers !


    March 16, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I love this frock…and creepers…OMG…do they bring back memories of my high school years!

    GRIT & GLAMOUR recently posted..Worker V- 16 The Formula

  8. brittney

    March 16, 2011 at 9:09 am

    look how beautiful your dress is! the color, the flow, everything is fabulous. you look lovely.
    -brittney (my daily outfit blog; come on by if you’d like, although i’m afraid it’s sorely lacking in flowy dresses like this…sighhhhh….)
    brittney recently posted..T minus 26 minutes

  9. Monica

    March 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I love this love story about San Francisco. I, too, had my day in the city…

  10. Emma at Daily Clothes Fix

    March 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Love the monochrome look. And it’s so cool that you got to meet your hero and weren’t disappointed.
    Emma at Daily Clothes Fix recently posted..Totally me

  11. Terri

    March 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    You look beautiful in this dress. Your reminiscence of being young in SF made me think of my early days in mid-town KC.
    Terri recently posted..FFB- How do you express your Feminism in the Way you Dress

  12. Melissa

    March 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    You’re such a rebel. :)

    This outfit is SO stinkin’ AWESOME! I absolutely adore that dress and you are adorable in it!

    Come take a look inside A Working Mom’s Closet

  13. Gracey at Fashion for Giants

    March 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I absolutely love this outfit on you. The dress is so pretty and I love the purple shoes with it. Gorgeous.

    Gracey at Fashion for Giants recently posted..A Dress Layering Fool

  14. Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby

    March 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    oh my goodness! favorite outfit ever! which is saying a lot, since i adore all of your sassy, daring outfits, m’dear! this is making me miss san franny so much!

    also also, your little birthday comment you left for me made me tear up! you are too sweet, and i just wanted to let you know that your blogfriendship has meant a lot to me, deary! i wish all those pesky timezones weren’t between us! but then again, i think that just means we might need to plan another meet-up, yes? i miss your vibrant self!

    Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby recently posted..oh my