Friday, April 6, 2018

My Staple Black Leather Jacket

Nordstrom Caslon petite moto jacket // White BP Tee // Black Skinny Jeans // Black Vince Camuto Helled Sandals // YSL #10 Lipstain // Peplumsandpie.com

A well fitted leather jacket investment. Personally, I have three leather jackets but that's for another post. This post is on the essential black leather jacket. Why? It goes with everything! Yet, there are many styles, textures and variations of jackets. Which is why doing your research is important.

There are moto, biker, racing jackets, to name a view. There are vegan jackets, jackets made of lambskin, suede and cow leather. There's the hardware to decide. Made of silver, gold and, more recently, rose gold too! The options are endless and the elements that are pieced together to make your perfect style is up to you. I recommend trying on as many variations as possible to find your match.

My current jacket is from Nordstrom and it's a Nordstrom brand, Calson. The biggest selling point was that I was able to buy it in a petite. This is really hard to come by so I jumped at the opportunity to purchase it when it came back in stock. It's a moto inspired piece that has a front asymmetrical zip closure. It wouldn't be complete without my favorite feature: pockets. Not just any pockets but slide slit pockets that are big enough to fist my hands in or carry my lipstick. Perfect for cool Spring nights!

It's important to find a jacket that fits you well and that will blend in nicely with your wardrobe. This can be a bit tricky for some. Envisioning your wardrobe while you're shopping is hard. You often buy what you think you'll love. Then when you get home, try it on, only to realize "this isn't me at all". I assure you, we've all done it.

Definitely make sure to wear a standard everyday outfit when you go to try on. You'll thank yourself later.

Here are a few other outfits I've paired with my leather jacket:
Maroon Dress & Leather Jacket
White Dress & Leather Jacket (Bellevue Fashion Week)

Here's another post I did on Black Leather Jacket Inspirations! Happy hunting dear friends! I wish you the best of luck in your journey.

Nordstrom Caslon petite moto jacket // White BP Tee // Black Skinny Jeans // Black Vince Camuto Helled Sandals // YSL #10 Lipstain // Peplumsandpie.com

Nordstrom Caslon petite moto jacket // White BP Tee // Black Skinny Jeans // Black Vince Camuto Helled Sandals // YSL #10 Lipstain // Peplumsandpie.com

Nordstrom Caslon petite moto jacket // White BP Tee // Black Skinny Jeans // Black Vince Camuto Helled Sandals // YSL #10 Lipstain // Peplumsandpie.com

Nordstrom Caslon petite moto jacket // White BP Tee // Black Skinny Jeans // Black Vince Camuto Helled Sandals // YSL #10 Lipstain // Peplumsandpie.com

Black Leather Jacket - Caslon (Sold Out, similar in petite!, similar) // White Tee - BP //
Black Pants - Jones New York (similar, similar in petite!) // Black Heel Sandals - Vince Camuto

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Baseball Season & A Casual Monday

Black Mariners Baseball Hat // Black Tee // BTS Jeans // Green Leather Crossbody Zara // Vince Slip ons // Peplumsandpie.com

Hot dogs, warm summer nights, daylight til 9pm, baseball pants, beer and our Seattle Mariners. That's right, it's baseball season! My second favorite season in Seattle because who doesn't love going to a nice n' easy family friendly event where they allow you to drink in the stands and dance to Macklemore with a moose? 

Mariner's games are special for me. Every year I am privileged to host one of my oldest friends and her family to a weekend in Seattle. It's the one game of the year her husband is always looking forward to because he actually gets to watch a MLB team and my favorite game because I'm surrounded by my favorite chosen niece and nephew! A win/win. We dance, we yell, we laugh and eat garlic fries until we're stuffed. 

This year, my friend is pregnant with little nugget number 3. They normally come up on my birthday but this year they'll have a 2 month old by that time. Not to mention a 2 year old and 4 year old. That's a lot! So we're postponing until later in the season and, again, I can't wait. 

As for now, I've already got my first game booked. A lovely Monday night game, a great girlfriend and the promise of a cold beer and a red rope licorice (because I'm a 6 year old at heart). #excitement

In the meantime, here's my weekend outfit from last week. Another throw on and go outfit that always serves me well. Dets below. XOXO!

Black Mariners Baseball Hat // Black Tee // BTS Jeans // Green Leather Crossbody Zara // Vince Slip ons // Peplumsandpie.com

Black Mariners Baseball Hat // Black Tee // BTS Jeans // Green Leather Crossbody Zara // Vince Slip ons // Peplumsandpie.com


Black Mariners Baseball Hat // Black Tee // BTS Jeans // Green Leather Crossbody Zara // Vince Slip ons // Peplumsandpie.com

Black Mariners Baseball Hat // Black Tee // BTS Jeans // Green Leather Crossbody Zara // Vince Slip ons // Peplumsandpie.com

Black Mariners Baseball Hat // Black Tee // BTS Jeans // Green Leather Crossbody Zara // Vince Slip ons // Peplumsandpie.com

Black Tee - TJ MAXX (similar, similar) // Jeans - BTS (similar, similar) //
Green Leather Bag - Zara (Sold Out, similar) // Black Slip-Ons - Vince (similar, similar) //
Mariners Hat - 47 Brand (similar) // Lipstain - YSL (#10 Carmin Statement)

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Vince Camuto White Dress & Easter Sunday 2018!

Vince Camuto White Dress with Pink Nine West Sandals and a Green Leather Handbag from Zara

Happy Easter, everyone!!! It's no surprise that I love getting dressed up. It doesn't happen often but when it does it's fun to go full prep. There's normally a bit of boho vibe in my wardrobe but, like I said, it's rare to dress nice.

This year is a surprisingly chill celebration. The plans are currently to be spent over at my parents house. Nothing too fancy or special but to spend time with people who mean most and, of course, dinner.

Easter always reminds me to be thankful. This year, won't go without thinking about my grandmother. Every year, since before I can remember, my first call has always been to her. She loved Easter and she loved getting dressed up to go to church. There were always tulips in her house at this time. Therefore, there are tulips in my home and I'm bringing them over to my mom today.

This dress is Vince Camuto and has since been sold out everywhere except for amazon (and it's on sale! I have a few similar ones listed below). I bought it at Nordstrom Rack during their last Clear the Rack sale. Which is when all sale items are an additional percent off. The best part about this dress is that it has pockets. It's also uncannily comfortable for a fit and flare.

Details are below, per the norm. What are you doing for Easter?!

Vince Camuto White Dress with Pink Nine West Sandals and a Green Leather Handbag from Zara

Vince Camuto White Dress with Pink Nine West Sandals and a Green Leather Handbag from Zara

Vince Camuto White Dress with Pink Nine West Sandals and a Green Leather Handbag from Zara

Vince Camuto White Dress with Pink Nine West Sandals and a Green Leather Handbag from Zara

White Floral Dress - Vince Camuto (similar, similar, similar) // Pink Sling Backs
Shoes -Nine West (similar) // Green Leather Handbag - Zara (sold out, similar) //
 Earring - Kate Spade (similar) // Gold Stack Ring - Stella & Dot // Lip Color - ABH Dolce

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

DIY All Natural Organic Lip Scrub: Honey & Brown Sugar

lip scrub in container

Hello Friends! I think this might be my first beauty DIY! #excitement

As many of you know, I've been trying to make my beauty routine vegan friendly and cruelty-free. It's been quite a battle finding a great face wash and an even harder time giving up my YSL lip stains. 

While looking for a face wash I came across a super easy DIY lip scrub* that I am obsessed with. It's three of my favorite ingredients and the best part is, it's edible! Yep! 100% delicious. It tastes like cookie dough. That said, I recommend using your lip scrub before you brush your teeth. 

Since whipping up my first batch, my routine has been to use the scrub 2-3 times a week. It depends on how dry my lips are. The winter air has been dehydrating and there's no sun-rays in our forecast until the end of the month. If that doesn't warrant a frowny face, I don't know what does. 

ingredients in bowl

ingredients in bowl with jars behind it

ingredients in bowl with wisk

The recipe is painfully easy and can fill one 2oz jar and two .5oz jars. Perfect for traveling or to give to a friend, which is what I did with mine. This would make great present during the holidays or even as a spa gift basket.

Ingredients:

I love using local honey because it's supporting your community or farmers in your area. Whenever I go to the Ballard Farmer's Market, I always try to pick some up. I used Trader Joe's Northwest Honey for this recipe because that's all I had in house at the time and it worked beautifully. I do recommend using raw honey so that you keep all of the natural properties that honey provides to your skin: moisturizing, anti-aging and tons of antioxidants.

As for the brown sugar, I mentioned TJs again because they use a turbinado sugar. I has larger crystals which nicely rub against your lips to smooth and gently peel any dry skin. It's a natural exfoliator and nice for sensitive skin. That's the reason I recommend using it. 

Lastly, the coconut oil. I picked mine up at my local Safeway but I did make sure it was organic. I also used mixed mine when it was solidified. The reason it doesn't matter if its a liquid or a solid is merely due to temperature. The minute your finger or lip touches this scrub the oil will melt. Making this scrub ease to rub and taste divine. 

Simply mix all three ingredients together, jar and enjoy. I highly recommend washing your hands before you begin, especially if you plan to give these to friends. I also recommend washing your hand before using the product as well. Just to keep it nice and germ-free. 

lip scrub in baby jar

Hope you enjoyed this DIY. Let me know if you guys are interested in more! 

lip scrub intro

* This blog post is inspired by Salt & Ritual's blog.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Black Peplum & Black Pants

facing front

Black on black on black on black on black... with a pop of red! 

Like many woman, black is a staple in my wardrobe too. It's the color I go to when I'm running late to work or I can't figure out what to wear in the morning. It's the easiest and most flattering color in my closet and why I run to it every chance I get. 

I've had this peplum for a few years now. It's an old Banana Republic buy but it's been worth it's price as I wear it whenever I feel out of sorts or just want to spice up my outfit from a plain black tee-shirt. This is a piece that doesn't judge me. It makes me feel great and comfortable at the same time. Additionally, it's timeless. Anyone else have a top like that?

This peplum top not only confirms my love for the style but is also insanely versatile. I recently paired it with a black pencil skirt, a black midi tulle skirt and black skinny jeans. Simply add wild hair and a red lip and you're ready to go. #ILoveAllBlack

facing side

front looking out window

front kiss

Black Peplum Top - Banana Republic (similar, similar, similar, similar) //
 Black Jeans - Leith (similar) // Black Sandal Heels - Seychelles (sold out, similar)
 // Lip - YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Lip Stain #10 // Gold Bracelets - Gift from 
my Grandmother's trip in India (similar, similar)