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Summer in the City

Anh Sundstrom's style tips & travel guide

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Just because it's summer and we have sun-kissed leisure on the mind doesn't meant we stop clocking in at our day jobs. Here, we chat with Anh Sundstrom of 9to5chic and get her style recs to elevating your everyday work wardrobe so you can go from on-duty to happy-hour off-duty in a snap. Bonus: For the urban travelers out there, she shares five must-visit spots to her hometown of San Francisco (where we just opened our newest VB shop!). 

Wear-to-Work Essentials

1. The perfect year-round blazer for your body.

2. If heels aren't practical for your office environment, a chic pair of pointed-toe flats is well worth the investment. 

3. Lipstick. It's the last thing I add before heading out the door and always makes me feel put together. 

Pro Tips to Summer-Chic Workwear

1. Fit is everything! When faced with a sizing dilemma for tops, blazers and dresses—"should I go with the smaller size? It fits... but so does the next size up!"—I always, always choose the larger size because I love how elegant it looks when fabric drapes effortlessly on a woman's body. 

2. Accentuate the waist. It's the most simple thing, but a tucked-in top or belted waist can completely elevate your outfit. 

3. And finally: When it doubt, just add a blazer! A blazer adds instant polish.

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The Anh Sundstrom Guide to San Francisco

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Ferry Building on the Embarcadero
I used to commute by ferry into SF for work and loved walking through this building every day. You can pick up freshly baked baguettes from Acme Bread Company, a delicious cheese at Cowgirl Creamery and grab a cup of coffee to-go from Blue Bottle.

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SF Ballet at the War Memorial Opera House
My favorite way to spend a date night is to escape into the world of ballet or to take in classical music at the SF Symphony. The movements and music feed my soul.

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International Orange
My favorite spa has locations in both Marin and San Francisco. The SF spot is down the street from Veronica Beard! I absolutely love the oxygen facial here; it's my monthly splurge.

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Smitten Ice Cream
You can smell the freshly made waffles a block away! This is one of our go-to family treats for a sunny weekend in the city.

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Pizzetta 211
Everything you look for in a neighborhood gem: It's tiny, bustling and they make the best pizza around!