Thursday, December 7, 2017

Holly Jolly Green Cut Out Sweater Dress

Holly Jolly Green! Hello friends.♥

This is a strange time of year for me. I've been busy since I started my new job but this is the first Christmas that I'm enjoying in Seattle. I've lived her for 6 years and this is the first year I feel the Christmas spirit. I listen to Holiday music in the car, sing to myself while waiting for the bus. I think and plan my outfits with the "holiday spirit". 

Last Saturday my friend, A, held a Brunch & Bling party (clever, right?). Which is essentially a Stella & Dot party but with bubbles and brunch munchies. Who's going to pass that up? I love all of those things: champagne, food and jewelry. 

I'll definitely share what I purchased at the get-together. I had a great time shopping and chatting up. It's nice to unwind every so often and do something special and girly. 

My dress is one of my better purchases from Zulily. It's been the perfect statement quite a few times since fall. You'd think my shoulders would be cold but the dress is really warm. It has a sweater-like material to it. Definitely worth it. Dets are below. Hope you all have an amazing week! 

Olive Cut-Out Sweater Dress // Black Tights // Black Booties (old, similar) //
Abalone Necklace (homemade, similar)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Gifts Guide for the Traveler

Happy Tuesday, Travelers!

That's right! We all have one. We all know one. The avid travelers that can't sit still or has that itch that can't be scratched until they've either:

a) booked their next trip or
b) is booking their next trip

It's how they roll and you love them for it, each and everyday. You low key resent their IG account and yet can't wait to hear their stories at happy hour or brunch. This collection of gifts is mean for these trip-setters.

Complete with my personal favorite gift: A Turkish Towel. I take one of these on every trip I go on. It's fast drying, so perfect for a rainy day or beach day. It's stylish, so you can wear it as a scarf or a bathing suit wrap. It's light weight, so it's perfect as your airplane blanket for morning flights. It's honestly the perfect investment.

The remaining gifts are all designed for comfort, class and easy. A water bottle for the airport, hiking through island mountains or roaming the streets of artists. Headphones that keeps little cries from disturbing your sleep on long flights or taking a break in the park. The butter smooth leather passport holder for the trendy organizer. A destination ornament for the collector and a lusciously soft Barefoot dream hoody for cool nights by the ocean or cuddling up on evening flights.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Party Dresses 2017

Happy December!!! It's never too early to start dress shopping for Holiday Parties. I actually don't have a party that I'm planning on going to this year but I do have a charity fundraiser in February that I get to look nice for. I like getting a head start and it's a lot of fun to dream about going to company holiday parties.

This year I'm diggin' the red. Red is new. I literally own one red and black sweater and that's it. I've never owned a fitted red dress which is what I'm wander to this season. Both red dresses come in petite! I can't tell you how much I appreciate stores that sell petite. It's always the perfect hem.

The other two are ritzy and fun! They'd be perfect for New Years or an elegant winter wedding. That Lola ombre is dreamy. Picture yourself with a glass of champagne and a nice night out. It's everything.

Love to know what outfits others are going for this Holiday season.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Thrifted Oversized Holiday Plaid Top

Thrifted Plaid Top, Leggings, Boots

What did you buy during Black Friday/Cyber Monday?? I've been asking everyone. Mostly because I know we didn't all buy for others. Majority of the time, I'm looking for myself. It sounds ungrateful but I don't spend much during the year. When I do spend it's on thrifted clothes or items that I are going to last me a very long time.

Last year was the year of boots. I bought 3. One brown, two black, one heeled. Sounds like a song or a poem. This year I've decided to redecorate and put some money into my home. Home is where I spend a large portion of my day after work and I love hosting. I'd like to start having friends over again for wine nights and social gathers. Though, I'm starting with a Christmas Tree from Michael's and a new bed and comforter (from Wayfair and Target), I know I'm off to the right start.

This outfit is an oldie but a goodie. Something I love unpacking over the past few years. I'm surprised I haven't posted it before. The label was ripped out when I got it but I'm 85% certain it's old school Gap. It's made well and definitely a few sizes too big, which is perfect since it goes along with the trend. My leggings are Uniqlo, which I bought in New York last year and my boots are my black heels boots I mentioned early. By the wonderful Tommy Hilfiger.

Though everything is last year or older, I've got some links below for similar items. Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and a happy shopping weekend!

Thrifted Plaid Top, leggings, boots.

Plaid Top: Thrifted (similarsimilar, similar) // Leggings: Uniqlo // 
Boots: Tommy Hilfiger (similar)

Monday, November 20, 2017

4 Best Remedies for a Cold

Being sick is the worst. Scratch that. Being sick, needing to work and living alone is the worst.

The amount of times I promised myself that I got up to turn the tea on... well, let's just say my imagination is incredible when I'm at home with a cold. I don't get sick very often but when I do get sick, it takes me out for days. It was also a text book cold. It started with an itchy throat, sneezing, coughing and then the inability to breathe through my nose. Which means zero sleep.

As you can tell, it was a battle getting myself well again. So, instead of my normal post, I'm going to tell you how to I survived my cold in 4 easy steps.

1) Get your meds straight - Afrin, Mucinex, Ibuprofen, H2O. The primary med in this line up is water, especially when you're taking anything with Guaifenesin in it because it will dehydrate you. It's important to drink 16 oz of water when taking it and just keep on drinking while you're under the weather. Afrin is a live saver when it comes to bed time. It's really helpful when you're ready to go back to work too so you don't sound worse than you are. Ibuprofen to keep your headache and sinus pressure at bay.

2) Eat healthy - This one can be hard because comfort foods always make you feel better when you're eating it but not in the long run. You're body needs nutrients. Mac and cheese and cheerios aren't your saving grace here. Homemade soup, fruit and veggies are key. When you're sick the last thing you want to do is cook however an easy slow cooker recipe could change your mind. I try to keep frozen chicken in the freezer and always keep it stocked with frozen fruit for snacks. There's nothing better than when you're running hot and you get to snack on frozen mangos. I like these soup recipes: Chicken Tortilla Soup and Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup.

3) Sleep - This should probably be number 2 because of how important it is to help your body heal but you can't force yourself to sleep when you aren't tired. It's just how it goes. However, I can't express how crucial this step is to helping your body out. You're body won't have to concentrate on being awake, it can focus on killing off your unwanted infection. Sleep, sleep, sleep.

4) Don't pretend your aren't sick - We all do this. Convinced we can save the world. We go to work, we spread our germs and then the next thing we know, the whole team is sick. Don't keep making this mistake. First off, your cold is the most contagious days 1-3. Especially in that first day. It's really important to just be a grown up and call it. It's not worth getting everyone else sick and it's not worth arguing with yourself about it because you're body is already trying to fight off your cold. #adulting

There you are, my lovely friends. To best prep for the cold/flu season I recommend keeping a stocked pantry and fridge. You never know when you'll get hit with a bug. I hope you all stay happy and healthy!