#dstrendsetters: alston calabrese, san francisco resident and mother extraordinaire


alston wearing our palmetto poncho in natural blush with elizabeth.

i first met alston five years ago after meeting my husband - our husbands are best friends and "occasionally" play golf.  alston has a great sense of style - both during and immediately after her first pregnancy she always looked fabulous.   and her daugther elizabeth is no exception to this!  she has one of the cutest little-girl wardrobes i've seen.  

alston, her husband, tony, and elizabeth relocated to san francisco last year, which was sad for both my husband and me.  however, the west coast is a great fit for this family of three (soon to be four this summer!).  whenever we get updates on their san francisco lifestyle it sounds quite nice.  between the weather, the people and the city - san francisco sounds like a pretty unique and awesome city to raise a family.  read more below about alston's enviable life in san francisco, the perfect place for #dsgoods!  

where do you live?

We moved from NYC To San Francisco just over a year ago!  One of the best things about living here is the weather and being able to be outside most days - a must when you have a toddler!  

what do you do?

I am a full time mom to Elizabeth (2) and pregnant with a baby boy due in August.  I also do marketing for EdwardnElizabeth, my mother's precious line of bibs and burp cloths made with Liberty of London and vintage Lily Pulitzer fabrics.  

Necessary life extravagance: 

Blowouts and babysitters!

Favorite place on earth:

The Hamptons - my husband and I met there, got married there, and love spending time there whenever we can!  It is our special place.

Favorite charity: 

When I moved to San Francisco several women encouraged me to join Edgewood.  It is a wonderful charity that supports youth and their families with behavioral and mental health services. 

Favorite movie: 

Working Girl and Troop Beverly Hills - I am an 80's girl at heart!

Describe a typical day in your life:

My days start before the sun is up - my daughter Elizabeth is an early riser!  After a (big) coffee and homemade breakfast with my husband it is all about getting us ready and out the door for classes, the park or playdates!  We love being outside as much as possible with trips to the beach, hikes, or long walks.  Evenings are all about spending time as a family when my husband is home from work and post Elizabeth's bedtime I love cooking yummy dinners and having the chance to sit down with my husband and catch up on our days.  The only thing missing being pregnant is the big glass of wine!

how has dudley stephens played a role within this routine?

The weather in San Francisco can be all over the place, and Dudley Stephen is the PERFECT match for San Francisco weather!  Mornings and late afternoons are chilly here, with warmer temperatures in the middle of the day.  When moving here everyone said the key to dress in SF is layers, and they were right!  Fleece is the perfect functional fabric for the weather, but I love that I can still look chic when wearing my poncho or fleece, and don't just blend in with the sea of Patagonia's and workout gear.  Dudley Stephens gear has also been great during this pregnancy as it has been wearable with my growing bump and I know my poncho will also be perfect for nursing on the go!