Photography: Michelle Drewes
Krystal Bick, the giggly style maven behind popular fashion blog This Time Tomorrow, is exactly the sweet and down-to-earth girl next door (with killer style) that you’d picture her to be. Today’s peek inside her San Francisco Hayes Valley apartment proves that Krystal’s innate sense of personal and often quirky style does not stop at her attire. Krystal is fond of an eclectic mix — masculine and feminine, vintage and new, high and low — in both fashion and décor!
“My go-to flower around the apartment? Hydrangeas. They don’t last quite as long as other flowers, but you can’t beat the fresh smell of them!” Wearing Gap sweater (similar), Hudson boyfriend jeans, Zara heels, Dannijo Aram necklace.
“My usual suspects all lined up from left to right: Prada, Vince Camuto leopard heels, Zara glitter heels, Camilla Skovgaard, and Celine.”
When did you start your personal style blog and what was the inspiration behind it?
I started my personal style blog, This Time Tomorrow, back in April of 2009, right before I graduated from college. At the time, I was working at a local newspaper, and while I loved reporting (and still do!), I knew I needed another creative outlet. I soon stumbled upon numerous street style community sites, like Weardrobe and Chictopia, and have been hooked ever since. Today, working in the e-commerce and social shopping space, I find that my blog helps me stay in tune not only with my personal style, but also how bloggers really do influence and often guide this industry. It’s amazing to both witness and somewhat be a part of.
In short, it’s been a crazy ride and I can’t wait to see what else it has in store for me.
“I love how natural accents like crystals and stones look when piled on a stack of hardback books. Plus, amethyst is my birthstone so I’m known to be pretty liberal when it comes to sprinkling it throughout my apartment.”
How would you define your style?
Chic with a wink. My style definitely tends to gravitate toward more classic, tailored basics with quirky, feminine accents thrown in. This means a lot of ankle cropped menswear-inspired trousers, blazers, silk button front blouses with statement heels, stacked bracelets, and a fun lip color thrown in for good measure. I like to think of it as looking like I got pulled together in my closet and dabbled in my boyfriend’s closet before heading out the door.
“My routine when I get home from work? Kick off my heels and throw on a record. No matter what kind of day I’ve had, there’s nothing a little Rolling Stones can’t fix.”
What are your favorite websites for digital inspiration, and what designers are currently influencing your style the most?
For inspiration online, you can always find me with browser tabs open and dedicated to: The Coveteur, Refinery29, Glitter Guide (of course!), WhoWhatWear, Pinterest, and the countless blogs that I follow.
In regards to designers, I have quite the soft spot for the Proenza boys, Isabel Marant, 3.1 Phillip Lim and anything and everything that Azzedine Alaïa touches. As far as influencing my style goes though, I’d have to say anything that Taylor Tomasi Hill puts together is golden in my book. Seriously golden.
“Given the lack of space in my studio, I’ve fully embraced the joy of shelves! Such a fun way to show off personal collections and knick-knacks, while still storing the book collection I’ve accumulated over the years (and shoes, like this Elizabeth and James pair!).”
“My favorite spot in my apartment: this little couch. It’s the perfect place to sit and fully enjoy my cityscape view from the bay windows. You can usually find me taking naps or curling up with a good book here.”
Where do you prefer to shop (online and off)? And what’s a typical Saturday shopping ensemble?
I’m a big online shopper and am always on the hunt for new online boutiques to stalk. My go-to bookmarks though include: Zara, ASOS, Topshop, Net-a-Porter, Shopbop, The Outnet, designer consignment sites like The Real Real, and the occasional (OK, super frequent) visits to J. Crew. Offline? I love cruising up and down Fillmore street and stopping in at My Roommate’s Closet and Crossroads. Plus, you can never go wrong with Ver Unica on Hayes, for some of the most pristine vintage pieces around.
My shopping ensemble needs to be able to keep up with me and face lots of San Francisco hills. On a given Saturday, you can usually find me sporting a pair of skinny jeans, striped tee, a light trench coat, leather shopper tote, tortoise shell sunglasses, and comfortable, thicker-heeled pumps (for reference, see this little outfit I wore recently)!
“Rhinestone necklaces, crystal skull vases, and some of my beloved books and magazines — just a few of my favorite things!”
You have a seriously lust-worthy shoe collection – dare we ask if you have a favorite pair?
Tough, tough call! I’m such a shoe person, through and through! But if I absolutely had to choose, I would have to say my Christian Louboutin Pigalle pointed toe heels. Classically understated with a dash of sex appeal. Plus, they look great with almost anything from a cocktail dress to weekend boyfriend jeans. What more can you ask for?
“It’s no secret — I love going to flea markets! Most of these frames I scooped up at the Alameda flea market, a lot of them originally containing old paintings that I then opted to leave out. The antlers are from the Alemany Flea Market.”
“I have a thing for white ceramic hand sculptures. Whenever I see one while I’m out and about window shopping, I try to scoop it up. The large hand on the left is from my new home décor haunt, Room Service, on Hayes Street.”
Can you tell us a little more about your job at Google? Has your style blog influenced your daily role (or the other way around)?
I work on the Product Search team at Google, primarily the apparel experience. What does that mean exactly? A big part of my job is helping to develop and direct the content that is featured on the homepage of Product Search. Since I come from a very traditional print editorial background (newspapers and style magazines), it’s a great fit for me. I love researching trends and coming up with new ways to inspire people while they’re shopping online.
As for my blog? My blog coincides quite well with my job. I spend a lot of time studying the what and why behind shopping, and having a blog gives me insight to a form of media that truly is changing purchasing habits online.