An Adorable Editor Shows Off Her Crush-Worthy Style

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on September 13.]
We don’t throw the phrase “girl crush” around loosely, since in a city like S.F., you're hard-pressed not to find a cool gal doing her thing, and just basically being awesome, around almost every bend. Recently, we met another lady who knows precisely how we feel — after all, she started a blog (now a magazine!) dedicated to exactly this inspiring subject matter.
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Andrea Cheng of Got A Girl Crush crafts witty, illustrated, and photo-centric articles on the adoration-worthy female figures around town and beyond. But we’ll be frank, we’ve developed quite an infatuation with her and are flipping the script, peeking into her stylish world (and closet), and hearing what makes her tick. Brace yourself and prepare to have a little crush of your own.
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Tell us a little bit about what you do.
"I'm a senior product marketing manager at Yammer, which is an enterprise social network. My job is to oversee the marketing strategy for product releases and drive user education around the product. It’s an incredible company to work for, and I honestly love getting up and going there every day! When I’m not at Yammer, I run a project with my friend Meg called Got a Girl Crush. It’s both a blog and magazine, and we just came out with our second issue last month!"

Andrea in Madewell pants, No.6 shoes, Rugby top, a Marie Turnor bag, Eric Considine necklace, and a Lauren Manoogian bracelet.

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What inspired you to start Got a Girl Crush?
"Meg and I started Got a Girl Crush in 2009 because we were both itching to take on a side project. We knew it was a topic we could dive into from a lot of different angles and loved that it had a positive vibe, so we started a blog. Then in 2011, we decided to take the project beyond our screens and make a print magazine comprised of interviews with ladies who are doing amazing things in our own backyards. We both love photography and printed matter and plus, Meg's a photographer by trade — so taking that next step was kind of a no-brainer!"

Andrea modeling some fly Moscot sunnies!

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Who is your ultimate girl crush?
"Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus. She loves crazy prints. I love crazy prints! She loves taking day trips to unusual places. I love taking day trips to unusual places!"

A close up look at her pretty No.6 steppers!

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Describe your personal style.
"I’d say it’s a combination of kooky, high-school art teacher meets a grandpa on vacation.”

Slam-dunk style!

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What's the one item that gets the most mileage in your closet?
"Definitely this embroidered chambray shirt. I found it at 10 Ft. Single in New York a few years ago and it's the first thing I grab when I can't be bothered with thinking about what I want to wear. Since S.F. is always hovering around 60 degrees, I just throw a jacket or cardigan over it. I’m a sucker for anything with little embroidered people!"

Posing in a vintage top, Imogene & Willie jeans, vintage Coach bag, beaded necklace, belt from General Store, and shoes by A Détacher.

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If your style were a song — what would it be?
"The theme song to Game of Thrones. Just kidding, this is a hard question! Maybe, 'Bright Lit Blue Skies' by The Rockin’ Ramrods. It’s upbeat and groovy, which is what I want to feel when I’m getting dressed."

Loving the unique embroidery on this vintage top!

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Any trends you are loving right now?
"I think by now, menswear-inspired fashion is a mainstay rather than a trend, but it’s cool to see more and more brands pop up with this sensibility. I love that designers are placing more emphasis on creating things that are well-made, thoughtful, and classic in style."

Too hot to trot!

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What are your fave S.F. shops?
"I have so many! Reliquary, General Store, Unionmade, Gravel & Gold, Conifer, Acre/SF, Heath Ceramics, and James Rowland — which is technically in Berkeley. I’m also stoked about Unionmade’s new womens’ store Mill. When we walked in there the first time, my boyfriend jokingly asked, 'So, do you guys have a mens’ store?'"

Pretty portrait!

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If we could peek into your closet right now, what are some of the coolest items we'd find?
"I’ve amassed quite a collection of embroidered-denim items. My most prized one is probably this crazy old Levi’s jacket that has the E.E. Cummings quote, 'Damn everything but the circus!' in all uppercase letters, ironically written on the back, complete with an elephant wearing a party hat and a monkey holding balloons — all embroidered. It’s pretty wild. I’m also partial to loafers with crazy prints. I have a pair of bright-red quilted canvas ones with multi-colored paint splatter on them. I call them my 'Miami grammy' shoes, and another with embroidered ladybugs."

Chilling in a vintage polka dot top, Urban Outfitters shorts, Rae Jones shoes, and necklace by Rebecca Goldschmidt.

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What's your philosophy when it comes to accessorizing?
"I try to snazz things up with belts and necklaces. I love mixing patterns and shapes, and tend to gravitate toward accessories that are colorful and geometric. I also love to show a little sock from time to time."

We're loving all the prints!

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What's the coolest thing about working on Got a Girl Crush?
"This whole project is basically one big excuse for us to work with people we admire in a creative way. We get to bring in friends, writers, photographers, and designers we dig and bounce ideas off each other, and make something cohesive that others will hopefully find interesting."

Andrea in her adorable Castro apartment!

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Who are a few of your fave designers?
"Dusen Dusen, Erin Considine, No. 6, boyfrengirlfren, Steven Alan, Dieppa Restrepo, A Detacher, and Makr. I also love seeing what mens brands like Our Legacy and Folk are doing."

Stripes and overalls! Such an amazing combo, no?

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When you're not working, what can we find you doing?
"Throwing a camera over my shoulder, gathering some snacks, and heading to one of the many amazing places nearby for a daytrip. Sometimes, I write about these outings on my travel journal, The Bindle Sack."

This geometric necklace by Faux/Real is now on our wishlists!

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What's next for Got a Girl Crush?
"We're still having fun celebrating the launch of this past issue, but starting to scheme up a wishlist of crushes for the next one. Since the Bay Area is full of interesting women in tech and science, I would love to explore that more."

Girl crush alert! Andrea in adorable Madewell overalls, a Muji top, Madewell boots, and a Faux/Real necklace.

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