Thursday, January 29, 2015

Work It, Google: Maria






Maria is wearing a Cacharel coat, sweater from her grandmother, Sandro skirt, BCBGeneration hat, and AllSaints boots.

What's your name? Where do you live? What do you do at Google?
I'm Maria. I live in Russian Hill and I'm a Technical Recruiting Specialist at YouTube.

How would you describe your style?
Urban fashion style. Colorful!

What's your typical work outfit look like?
Bright lipstick (This is a must), boots, skirt or skinny pants, with a printed t-shirt, or a denim shirt, and a cardigan. I love cardigans! Also, I enjoy playing with textures, combining different textures on the same outfit. My favorite go-to garments in my wardrobe are the ones that combines different textures (like a handmade wool jacket with leather sleeves) and the ones that were from my mom or my grandma: yes, Vintage is the new modern!

How do you upgrade a typical work outfit?
Adding colors, accessories, jewelry.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Eat in Berkeley: La Mediterranee


Lox Levant


Egg Fillos and Grecian Spinach Fillos


Steamed Eggs


Mushroom Quiche


Mamounia


Fresh Fruit

This weekend, I had a lovely brunch with Kim of Kim's Kitchen Sink at La Mediterranee. Located on College Avenue in Berkeley, this restaurant is a must-visit in Elmwood.

New to their brunch scene, we both tried the Brunch Meza that came with an assortment of items from the brunch menu. It included lox levant, Grecian spinach and egg fillos, steamed eggs, mushroom quiche, mamounia, and fresh fruit. Everything was fresh and delicious. The lox levant filled our craving for smoked salmon, while the mushroom quiche reminded us what a flavorful quiche should taste like. The steamed eggs fulfilled their role as a brunch staple, while the mamounia introduced us to a comfort food we've been living without for too long. Although they were out of Lebanese foule, we happily tried another helping of mamounia instead. Since I was absolutely stuffed after a few items, I had the egg and spinach fillos later in the day. They were worth the wait.

The next time I visit La Mediterranee‒and there will be a next time‒I'll probably order the Brunch Meza again. It really is that good.

La Mediterranee
Website | Facebook | Yelp
2936 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705
Open: Monday - Thursday 10am - 10pm, Friday - Saturday 10am - 11pm, Sunday 10am - 9:30pm

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Work It, Google: Omid Scheybani






Omid is wearing a coat from Zara, shirt from Iran, Levi's pants, Bershka sneakers, bag from a Moroccan bazaar, and Warby Parker glasses.

What's your name? Where do you live? What do you do at Google?
My name is Omid! I'm Iranian, but was born and raised in Germany. I've been living in Hayes Valley since the day I moved to San Francisco 3.5 years ago. At Google I'm running our partnership efforts for Google for Work throughout Latin America. This means that I'm trying to find local companies, many of them well-known players in their respective markets, and to recruit them as distribution partners for our Google for Work products.

How would you describe your style?
The last comment (compliment?) I heard was that I look like a hipster. In my own words though, I would say that I fluctuate somewhere between "street chic" and a style that is generally understood as "hip". I choose my clothing based on uniqueness and how I feel in it, less about what tends to be worn by a group of people or specific brands.

What does your typical work outfit look like?
Sneakers (when feeling easy) or boots (when feeling serious), black or dark jeans, and one of the many shirts I have and love!

How do you upgrade a typical work outfit?
Matching colors is one way of "upgrading" outfits. Otherwise I try to purchase items that I consider unique – could be their cut, their features (where the chest pocket is placed for example) or the patterns it has.

You can follow Omid on his website and Instagram.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Work It, Google: Veronique Lafargue




Veronique is with her co-worker, Marion Creusat.

What's your name? 
Veronique Lafargue

Where do you live? What do you do at Google?
I live in Palo Alto and I am Senior Marketing Manager at Google.

How would you describe your style?
I would say my style is quite feminine: skirts and dresses, heels and blouses, with definitely a lot of French accessories like shoes, purses or scarves from Paris. It varies with my mood!

I found that living in California gave me a lot of freedom to experiment with my style and that my work environment is super open and non-judgmental. I have more creative confidence that I can express in my outfits, like wearing an organza skirt on Monday, ending the week with a basic cotton sweater or adding a little hat for the chilly mornings.

I love graphic design, patterns and mixing textures.

What's your typical work outfit look like?
Straight pants, blouse and leather jacket or a dress with high boots. I almost always add a scarf, for style and comfort. I alternate between two generous purses, a brown and a yellow one, big enough to carry everything I need‒and even things I don't really need :).

How do you upgrade a typical work outfit?
With makeup‒a little darker eyes, more colorful lips‒and more elegant jewelry, like beautiful pendant earrings or a statement necklace. It is a simple way to take a basic outfit to an evening one!

What brands do you like in particular? 
Comptoir Des Cotonniers, Maje, Agnès B., DVF, Chloé, Chanel and the textiles from Marimekko.

For the Fashion lovers, I can also recommend some good reading and videos:

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Work It, Google: Marion Creusat




Marion is wearing a J. Crew vest, Sandro shirt and jeans, and Minelli shoes.


Marion is with her co-worker, Veronique Lafargue.

What's your name? 
Marion Creusat

Where do you live? 
Menlo Park, CA

What do you do at Google?
I am a Strategic Partner Development Manager doing Business Development for New Ad Formats. In short, I sign partnership deals to make awesome Google ad products. It's a lot of fun!

How would you describe your style?
Hard to tell. I am French and my style is probably what you would call here "Parisian chic". We call it "classic" in France. I wear good basics, have a "capsule" wardrobe (i.e. a collection of coordinating clothes that can be used in any outfit for any occasion), quality is definitely better than quantity and I always keep it simple (sometimes except for the shoes). Inès de La Fressange, Farida Khelfa, Clémence Poésy and Marion Cotillard are my style icons!

What's your typical work outfit look like?
My typical work outfit is actually my typical outfit full point. It is almost like a uniform: a pair of jeans with a high-end material top and high heel shoes. If required, I add a fitted jacket.

Sometimes I make an exception and wear a dress. I love dresses but they are not the most practical when you have young kids. My dresses are always plain and often dark (black, blue, grey). The most important here is the shape.

Beautiful materials and a shape that enhances the body are my only criteria. I never wear t-shirts as they hardly enhance anybody. Although, I may admit some exceptions for exceptional people!

I am also a firm believer in accessories. Depending on the mood of the day, shoes, scarf and jewelry may vary. The rest doesn't change.

How do you upgrade a typical work outfit?
With designer stiletto shoes and a piece of big jewelry or a beautiful scarf.

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