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Morning at Le Marais Bakery

Morning at Le Marais Bakery

Outfit Details: Rebecca Taylor vegan leather skirt (rent here, buy here or here), Philosophy tunic with added bow (similar here and here), Rothy’s flats c/o, AUrate New York earrings c/o, Tory Burch purse (rent here, buy here)

Early on Saturday morning, before the sun had even begun to filter through the drapes, Rolan and I nudged each other into the waking world. We are trying to become morning people, you see. (Though I neglected to mention it in my resolutions.)

I’ve always been a night owl, but I’ve taken some steps recently that have made it dramatically easier for me to fall asleep and wake up punctually. One practice I’ve found helpful is planning a project or activity for the next day that is only possible if I wake up early.

What got me up before dawn on this particular Saturday was the desire to enjoy a croissant and a cup of coffee at Le Marais Bakery in the quiet, golden hours of the morning.

Le Marais Bakery is an excellent boulangerie and patisserie with locations in San Francisco’s Marina and Castro Districts. While both spots are lovely, the latter is the lovelier, occupying a perfectly pastel street corner.

We were the first customers to arrive, though we were quickly joined by joggers, dog-walkers, and groggy neighborhood residents passing through for coffee. We sipped on cappuccinos and made a flaky mess of our croissant while the day’s pastries were put out on display.

For our morning excursion, I wore this wonderfully flouncy faux leather skirt by Rebecca Taylor. Its buttery texture, impeccable tailoring, and flattering silhouette make it a perfect transitional piece heading into Spring. You can rent it here, like I did, or you can buy it here. If you’re a size 8, you can buy it for less than $100 here, if you’re quick!

To complement the skirt’s youthful elegance, I popped on a soft button down and added my own neck bow. Adding bows to clothing is one of my new favorite ways to upgrade pieces I already own.

To complete the look and add some polish, I slipped into these phenomenal flats by San Francisco-based company Rothy’s. Made from recycled water bottles, these 3-D knit flats far exceed what I have come to expect from footwear. You have to try them to truly understand what I’m talking about.

These flats feel like slippers more than they feel like shoes. They stretch to your feet. And yet, they maintain their structure and don’t buckle at all. As if that weren’t enough, they are also machine washable (!). Do yourself a favor and check out all of their elegant styles on offer this season.

After we finished off our cappuccinos and swept up our croissant crumbs, we lingered on a little to enjoy each other’s company and the happy bustle of the bakery. We then set off to explore more of the Castro, discovering bountiful citrus trees, colorful shops, historic homes, and sweeping views of the city. (And all that before 11 AM!)

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Rebecca Taylor skirt (rent here, buy here or here), Philosophy tunic with added bow (similar here and here), Rothy’s flats c/o, AUrate New York earrings c/o, Tory Burch purse (rent here, buy here)


  1. Barbara Hulme
    3 years ago

    Dear Aurelia,
    So happy to be able to enjoy all your wonderful posts again! Life in Sand francisco looks amazing.

    • 3 years ago

      Thank you so much, Barbara! We are having a wonderful adventure here 🙂 I miss you!