Friday, December 29, 2017

Plaid Wrap Mini Skirt & a Boatneck

Plaid Mini Skirt with Boatneck Top

Always behind on blogging... This I posted on IG last week. One of my favorite holiday skirts. Bought it at a thrift store a few years ago. It makes me happy and I think it's nostalgia. Growing up as a 90s child my fashion icons were Blossom Russo and Cher Horowitz. My divide between laid back boho and prep began at a very young age, to say the least. 

I remember asking my mom for "Blossom shoes" for Christmas one year... my obsession remains. This Christmas I didn't ask for shoes or clothes. I asked for a pressure cooker and beret. I got the pressure cooker. TBD on how I procure the beret but I have my eye on a few. 

In my last post I mentioned that I've been evaluating my priorities and lifestyles. This is my favorite time of year to do a mental check in on myself. Though, it's something I should be doing weekly, I opt for once a year for a huge review. Then I have little goals along the way. Last year my goal was to save a certain sum of money for an emergency fund. This year I am trying to be more financially savvy. Slow steps. Which is why January is being kicked off with a "No Spend Month". I've done a few of these in the past but it's a quirky challenge that has a lasting impact. It's how I hit my goal last year and was able to travel around Spain. 

So expect more posts on clothes I own and very seldom stops at the local thrift store. In addition to getting back to my roots, sewing. Which I miss. 

This outfit is the perfect start as every thing is either old or thrifted... okay, except my new necklace from Stella & Dot. See dets below. 

Plaid Wrap Mini Skirt

Stella & Dot Delicate Double Pearl Pendant

Plaid Mini Wrap Skirt with Stella & Dot necklace

Black Top - Banana Republic (old, similar, similar) // Plaid Wrap Mini Skirt -
 Thrifted (similar, similar) // Tights - Nordstrom Rack (similar) // 
Booties - The Office (similar) // Necklace - Stella & Dot
Peplums and Pie, Love Allison

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Merry & Bright

Merry Christmas, dear friends. I desperately wanted to post this weekend but didn't bring my personal laptop with me. However, it was nice to spend the time away from social media for a few days and be with my family. 

Traveling down to Portland is short. In the grand scheme of things, 3.5 hours of listening to Christmas carols is nothing compared to what others had to endure. It was easy to load up my car, had some quality time with my sister and (most importantly) didn't hit a single moment of traffic. 

I'm always happy when I get the opportunity to go home. I try my best to go see my oldest friends and my chosen nieces and nephews. This year they all got books from their Auntie Alli. It's important to share adventures text, in my opinion. My job is to keep them always learning and growing and that's what I plan to do every step of the way. 

New few days are going to be busy as I try to get back into my routine and do my annual evaluation of the year. I have to work on my budget for the year and planning out work our schedules, putting aside time for creativity and trips. It's my favorite time of the whole year. This past year was muddy and it's go as according to plan as I would have liked it to but I wasn't as off track as I could have been. Despite all of my personal obstacles, it could have been worse. 

Cheers to you, friends. Hope you had a very blessed and happy holiday.  

GIVE lit up in lights at Pacific Place, Seattle

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Warm Red Sweater and Distressed Jeans

Express Sweater with Black Jeans and Booties. Good Hair Day!

Express Sweater from the front. Paired with Black Jeans and Moto Boots.

Express Sweater. Black Jeans and motto boots.

Really good hair day.

Pretty behind on posting. I know none of you will be surprised but it's been a very busy week for me. I pray next year will be easier on me in both work and my personal life. Organization is going to be the key to next year.

Super excited because I've finally booked a vacation that's going to be both super active and incredibly chill. I literally can't wait. I need to book my airbnb but I think I might spend the lat few nights in a hotel. I'm realllllly excited but I will, of course, tell you all more about it after the holidays.

For now, let's talk about sweaters. More specifically... the perfect sweater Listen - nothing makes me happier than being kept nice and toasty warm in the winter. I am not a cold person. I don't play well when I have cold fingers and toes and can't feel my nose. (... that wasn't meant to rhyme.) That is why I love this lace up sweater. I am SO amped about it. The color, the warm and the style. LOVE.

I love being fully covered especially anything that'll cover my backside. It's the best. Dets are below. P.S. ... these jeans are literally my new favorite and I wore them 3 times this week. Je ne regrette rein.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide for the Beauty Guru

5 Holiday Beauty Gifts for the Beauty Enthusiast // MAC Viva Glam // Tarte Blush // YSL Matte Liquid Lipstain // ABH Palette // Peplums & Pie

There was an article in the Huffington Post that I read quite a few years ago on how beauty impacts women even in the recession. It's commonly know as the "Lipstick Effect" which essentially states that despite a low economy, women will still by lipstick because it makes them feel attractive at a low cost with high results. It's fascinating that something so small can make you feel like a million bucks.

Which is why I have 2 lipsticks on the list for this gift guide. I would have added more but I had to stop myself because if I did, there would have been 10.

Beauty gifts are the perfect stocking stuffer or white elephant gift, especially a red. The MAC red I chose is very popular in the beauty society because it's a brick red and can go with any holiday event. Though both lipsticks are on the high end of the lip shelf, they are worth the extra dollars for two reasons: minimal application and moisturizing.

My favorite eye palette that I bought this year is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Renaissance Palette. I wrote a post on it here. I use it everyday. Literally. Not just saying that for fun. I really do use it every day and my favorite colors are Tempura, Red Ochre and Burnt Orange. I would buy any other palette by her if she made another warm tone set.

Best lipstain I've ever gotten is YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte. I highly recommend. My collection continues to grow and I will probably buy more once spring hits. Pro Tip! If you buy from Nordstrom (in store), they can engrave your lid for free.

Vegans love Tarte products. Not only are they animal cruelty-free but they're environmentally friendly and their products always smell good. If you follow my IG you know how much I love their RainForest of the Sea lipstick collection. Their blushes are just as great and can last all day. My choice is Risque.

Last but not least, lotion. I genuinely appreciate getting quality body and hand lotion as gifts because I'm terrible at buying them for myself. This brand is terrific and a plant-based formula originally designed for children. It stays clear from nasty chemicals and made to soften all skin types. Did I mention they're hypoallergenic?

That's it friends! Happy Shopping!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Holly Jolly Green Cut Out Sweater Dress

Green Sweater from Zulily. Cut Out shoulders. Tights and Bootie. Another good Hair day!

Green sweater from Zulily. Super warm. Black Tights and Booties.

Abalone Shell handmade necklace. Amethyst ring.

Green Sweater from Zulily. Full Outfit. Black tights and booties.

Green sweater from Zulily. Black Tights, Booties. Stella and Dot Party.

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

Best Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers. 2017. Gold Water Bottle, Headphones. Passport holder. Cardigan from Nordstrom. Turkish Towel. Eiffel Tower Ornament.

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!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday Morning Recipe Writing & Homemade Bread

This past Saturday I decided to have a full day of lounging, taking care of myself and quiet time. Okay, not completely quiet but I kept the music happy. However, no tv. Which was a tough challenge, for some reason. My second challenge for the day was limiting my cell phone activity. Last challenge, was making fresh warm homemade bread. From Scratch.

In my past blog, which has since been taken down, I made this recipe quite a bit. I haven't made it in over 2 years so I thought it would not only make me feel at home but also give me something to do than watch Netflix.

It's a long recipe. Not true - it's got a long time laps in it though. Best trick is to start if before or after dinner. This way you can get it ready in the morning when you first wake up! After a few hours, volila! warm Sunday morning bread.

This recipe box has come with me all the way from my first apartment in Seattle. I bought it at a Michaels and different recipe cards through out the years. On of my favorite gifts to give others is a backed good along with a recipe card for it. I always say it's from my kitchen but then write who I actually got it from on the back. Unless it's my card, then the recipe maker goes on the front.

This No Knead Crusty Artisan Bread is coming from a food blogger I've followed for years. The Baker-Chick. She has some pretty incredible recipes that I've used in the past too but this one is by far my favorite. She revamped the recipe from another food blogger, Simply So Good. Worth the read. This blogger teaches you to add different flavors to the mix. One year I made Rosemary bread. My placed smelled like heaven until the next day.

Here's some fun pics from my IG story on my personal account. I LOVE the Autumn emojis.

I got my dutch oven for Christmas a few years back from my parents. Its a simple Rachael Ray orange pot but it does the job, and well! Definitely something I would recommend investing in. They can be a little pricey. Mine is on the lower price level but I found a few nice ones on ebay and that's a great place to check if you're looking for a deal and don't mind nicely used items.

I love mornings where you wake up to warm crusty bread with Earth Balance butter and blackberry jam!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Outfits of the Week

4 outfits from my week

Hello friends! This line up was posted on IG on Oct 3nd... that's how far behind I am in posting but, alas, there is only so much time we all have. These out fits were from the week before when it was still a tiny bit sunny. Since then, it's been chilly and grey in the mornings.

I'm in denial and don't want to wear tights and I plan to postpone as long as humanly possible. Both dresses were bought on Zulily and I can't stop wearing them. They're so easy to throw on and leave. It's great.

I love long necklaces. I should do a post on my collection but you can see a lot of them in my tutorial on how to make a Jewelry Hanger out of a Tree Branch. I use it every day. I love necklaces.

You can definitely tell my moods in the morning based on these outfits. My far right outfit is literally saying "I have to go to work and I woke up late. I already want a nap". Life.

Monday - Stone Cold White Thrift Blazer
Tuesday - Hunter Green & Cowboy Booties
Wednesday - Boyfriend Jeans & Booties
Thursday -Throw-on-and-Go Dress & Superstars

My favorite outfit is with my new hunter green dress. It was super comfortable all day and I'm a little bummed out that I'll have to wear tights under it soon. Again, I'm determined to stick it out for another 2 weeks. Mark my words!

This is a fun post! Note to self - will try to do more montages of the week.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Throw-on-and-Go Dress & Superstars

Beige Dress Zulily, Adidas Superstars, Mariners Hat

You know those days - don't play, you know those days - when you're tired because you worked late from home, then couldn't fall asleep then roll out of bed late, put on mascara and run out the door? 

Well, in this case, my "throw-on-and-go" dress came in handy. Along with my Adidas and Mariners cap. Practically saved the day. Naturally (insert eye roll) I grabbed my phone for a few quick pics before catching the bus. 

Literally worn this dress 5 times since I bought it 2 weeks ago. It's the best Saturday dress I own. Throw it on, run your errands. It's insanely warm too! 

Another Zulily purchase, of course. I still need to do a post on my haul. Not to worry, it'll come sooner than later. In the mean time, here are the dets on this outfit of the day!

Oatmeal Dress Zulily, Adidas Superstars, Mariners Hat

Oatmeal Beige Dress Zulily, Superstar Adidas mirror
Beige Dress - Zulily // Shoes - Adidas Superstars // 
Mariners Hat // Necklace - Homemade

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Boyfriend Jeans & Booties

Caslon Boyfriend Jeans, Green Cardigan, Black Booties

Learning to wear my boyfriend jeans all year round is the most comfortable challenge I've ever attempted. This outfit was paired with booties for the first time and I didn't hate it. Seemed strange but tucking my tank in really put the focus on the jeans. Definitely interested in trying these out with a few of my other boots this year. 

As always, I'm wearing my everyday cardigan. So it seems. I've officially worn this in three separate posts (post 1, post 2 and post 3).  I wear it so much more than this. I honestly can't believe I haven't posted it more! 

The back is crocheted and beautiful. It's my favorite part. I'll try and get a better photo next time. 

Green Cardigan, Caslon Boyfriend Jeans and Black Booties
Green Cardigan - Nordstrom Rack (similar, similar) // Black Tank (similar) // 
Caslon Boyfriend Jeans (similar) // Black Booties - The Office (similar) // Necklace - Homemade

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hunter Green & Cowboy Booties

Peplums & Pie Hunter Green Dress Zulily

Tuesdays are for new plans, new dreams and new dresses. You guessed it ... another Zulily find and another keeper. Haven't found an item I don't like yet. A good sign!

This dress is easy to pair with anything. I could wear any shoes. From flats to brown knee-high boots. this day I chose to pair them with my short cowboy boots from Corso Como. I bought them from Gilt a few years ago. I can only find them in black now but they're still super comfortable. They have full cushion on the bedding! My feet never hurt when I wear them for long periods of time.

Peplums & Pie Hunter Green Dress Zulily, Booties Corso Como

My sweater is a quality thrift find. Shocker - I know. Necklace is Stella & Dot. Remaining dets are below:

Peplums & Pie Hunter Green Dress Zulily, Sweater, Cowboy Booties Corso Como
Hunter Green Dress - Zulily // Sweater - Thrift Find (similar) // 
Short Cowboy Booties - Corso Como // Gold Necklace - Stella & Dot, Rebel //
 Gold Watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs

Monday, October 16, 2017

Stone Cold White Thrift Blazer

Thrifted White Blazer ASOS, Loafers, Black Skinnies

Playing catch up on outfits. This was super easy to put together. I bought the white blazer at a thrift store. It's in perfect condition, originally ASOS and it was the right price.

Don't know why I look like such a grump in that top photo but alas, that what happens when it's morning and you're not a morning person... at all.

My shoes came from Nordstrom Rack. Though I don't normally show my handbags, this is my work bag that I got as a gift from the Bellevue Fashion Show last year. I still use it almost everyday. It's hard to find a replacement for it.

Happy Monday! Here's the details:

Thrifted White Blazer ASOS, Loafers, Black Skinnies

Thrifted White Blazer ASOS, Loafers, Black Skinnies
 Blazer - Thrifted (ASOS, similar , similar) // Tank - Fred Meyer (of all places!, similar)
 // Black Pants - Express (similar) // Loafers - Circus by Sam Edelman (similar
// Necklace - Gorjana (similar) // Bag - Bellevue Collection (gift)