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.

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.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Warm Red Sweater and Distressed Jeans

Express Sweater with Black Jeans and Booties. 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.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide for the Beauty Guru

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

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.

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!

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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!

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.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Chilly Fall Saturday Vibes

This sweater is the ultimate game changer. I'm so obsessed with it, I haven't stopped wearing it since it arrived on my doorstep. I'm anemic, like a lot of other women. It's rare for me to feel my fingers and my toes in the Fall, Winter and first half of Spring. It's a wonder my favorite season is Summer.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lessons in Apple Picking

If you saw my Apply Picking Outfit Post from earlier this week, you know my struggles with apple season in Washington State. You also know the lesson I learned about farms too. Long story short: CALL before you drive out of the city to go apple picking...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Brunch and Wine Tasting Outfit

Pink sweater, black jeans, black boots and brown crossbody

A fun and easy Sunday of brunching with a great gal friend and then meeting another for wine tasting in Woodinville. I really wanted to feel comfortable today, especially since I knew I would be walking up the hill and moving around a lot.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Apple Picking!! 🍎 🍏

What I work apple picking: Thrifted Sweater, Jeans and Brown Boots.

My attempt to go apple picking yesterday was completely unsuccessful. Apparently, in the state of Washington, apple season is over at the beginning of October. Even though the website states the orchard is still open. I can't say I'm surprised. I know better and understand that maintaining a farm and business is far more important than actually keeping up with a website. Especially during pumpkin season!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

How to Make a Jewelry Hanger out of Tree Branches

Do it yourself. DIY. Make your own. What ever you want to call it: I'm about it. 

This craft cost me all of $6 to make. Literally, six bucks. I got lucky. The wood is from a cedar branch from one of my best friend's backyard. Her husband had cut off a ton of branches from their tree and it was going to be used as firewood. Naturally, I asked for a few freebies and they, very kindly, obliged.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Travel Bug: 28th Annual Blackberry Festival, Bremerton, WA

banner of the blackberry pie festival in Bremerton WA

After going through my picture on my phone I found all of these terrific photos from a day-getaway last month. I have to share it because the whole reason my friend, H, and I went is for our undying love of one thing: Blackberries.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

What I Wore to Bellevue Fashion Week

Bellevue Fashion Week Outfit

It's that time of year, loves! Fashion week, fashion shows, fall fashion. If there is one thing I get more excited about than traveling, it's a good ol' fashioned fashion show!

This is part one of two post. This is only my outfit post. I will post more details on the actual show. Which, spoilersssss, was amazing.

Since this month has been filled to the brim with events, it's been hard to blog but I'm determined to get this up for you because it's helpful to know what others wear to events. Especially if it's your first fashion show. This is now my 4th, I believe. The first one I was ever a part of, I was back stage and helping style the models.

This year, of course, I was in the audience. I was more than excited to purchase my ticket this year because all of the proceeds went to a non-profit that I might not have donated to without being told about. I'll talk about that in my "part-two" post.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Saturday Morning and Fall Harvest

Commercial All of my Heart in Love Hallmark Channel on TV

Last week was a particularly hard week. It's been a lot of work and, to be frank, I'm exhausted. I only scheduled ONE event on my calendar for the entire week. Which isn't like me at all.

So Saturday, I kept it easy and decided I to sleep in and take care of myself. I slept a full 10 hours. When I finally got up, I put on a "throw-on-and-go" dress, made some toast and sat down for some braindead tv time.

I don't have cable. I've lived in Seattle for 6 years this month and I've never once had cable. This year though, I did get basic channels along with my internet plan. Which means one thing to me: The Hallmark Channel.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Faded Blues and a Leather Vest

Blue Dress and a black Leather Dress with Booties

We can already see the change in trees and the light fading in the evening. The sun doesn't come up as early and even though we have nice hot days, the nights are cooler and the mornings are hazy. We all know what's to come. It's one of the reasons most people decide to move here. FALL.

It's right around the corner, trying to sneak up on all of us but locals know it's coming. We can see it and though we know it's still a good few weeks away, it's there and it's waiting.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Travel Bug: David Hill Vineyard and Winery, Forest Grove, Oregon

Photo of David Hill Wine House, Forrest Grove Oregon

Growing up in Oregon, you're surrounded by old country roads. Any way you go, you're 10-20 minutes to farmland. In addition to farmland, you also have peach trees, blueberry farms, marionberry farms... and wineries.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Yellow Elephants and a Black Mini Skirt

Through out the past few year I've weeded out a lot of printed tees and tanks. This one remains though it's only worn on the weekends out of fear it's not professional enough. This past week I broke out of my shell and wore it to work with a black skirt from The Loft and I think it was pulled off rather nicely.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2017 Erin Condren Planner

Erin Condren Planner with glasses and mug

This is a story about how I broke down and bought an Erin Crondren planner. They're spendy. I researched for a whole month on different types of planners I should consider getting and finally bit the bullet and ordered mine back in June.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Off the Shoulder Sweaters and Skinnies

Pink off the Shoulder sweater with Black Skinny Pants

Happy Labor Day! This outfit was from last week and I was tricked. It started out as a cloudy Summer morning and burned off by 10am! I was so over heated! It's an adorably comfortable off-the-shoulder sweater (details below). I love the color. However, within 2 minutes of wearing it I got jam on it from my toast! So please pardon the wash spot and my dining room table. It quickly turned into a craft table this week.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sunday Morning Mini Waffles & Birch Sryup

Mini Waffles on a white plate with butter and birch syrup on top and a cup of tea on the right

Despite my recent posts, this past month has been really hard for me. You see, I lost my Grandmother. My Memére, as we've always called her. She was a lot of things. Brave, ambitious, an entrepreneur, a socialite. A Queen in our house and hearts. I've cried more times than I can to admit to and the pain comes in waves. Right now, I feel mentally prepared to open up but not go to deep today.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Seattle September Events & a Lavender Top

Clothing on girl in front of mirror. Lush Top, Joe's Jeans and Nine West Pumps.

Mondays are always tough for me, especially coming back from a 10 day trip abroad. If you're following my personal instagram, you know I've been all over Spain and Marrakesh. If not, don't you worry, I'll post about my time soon. The posts are being queued up this week.

Friday, August 11, 2017

My First Pair of Tory Burch Flats

Tory Burch 'Minnie' Travel Ballet Flat in Royal Tan

A few weeks ago I posted on Instagram about my new flats. I'm writing this post not to gloat but to talk about my experience with saving for something I have been wanting for a very long time.

Fun fact: I've wanted these flats for the past two years.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sun Loved & Boyfriend Jeans

Things that should never be lied about: 
  • Good popsicle
  • Sunshine
  • Really good iced coffee
  • Boyfriend jeans
Told you there would be another post on boyfriend jeans coming up. Here's the deal - they're so universal in any wardrobe. They don't even need to be sold to you, just go try a pair on.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Navy Bow Blouse & Boyfriend Jeans

This, dearies, is a favorite top that's been in my closet for years now. It comes out ever Spring, Summer and Fall. My happy months.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

I bought this palette as a birthday gift to myself. Yes - my birthday was at the beginning of June but this palette has gotten me through 2 whole months of craziness at work. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Pink Sweaters and Black Motos

Chilly morning kind of outfit. This outfit is a softer rocker version of who I am in the winter time. I tend to migrate towards all black outfits, like here. Keeping it light and still summery for when the sun decides to come out again.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Favorites

Hello darlings, behold! It's the best time of the year, besides Thanksgiving and Christmas magic. That's right, you've seen the ads. It's the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

This month, has been a "treat yo self" month. Which is very exciting because, as a saver, they don't come around too often. When it comes to sales, strategy is my main focus. So here are a few secrets or a thrifty shop-o-holic:

1) Start Early and Add-to-Cart - Not what you were expecting? This is how you thin out the "Do I need that?" items. Add everything to "like" to your bag. Before you know it, you'll have sticker shock by the end price total.
2) Weed out the "Semi-Likes" - Only keep the items you know you're going to wear. Think "will I wear this?" and "How often will I wear this?". If you don't love it or you won't wear it, remove it.
3) Consider making the big expensive purchase - The leather jacket was a not a tough sell for me. This is because of how expensive they normally are. This jacket is not only something that will be a staple in my wardrobe but it will also prevent me from needing a new jacket for a very long time. It's high quality and a good buy, thus, a keeper.
4) Think about the Holidays - The Anniversary Sale is considered the "Christmas in July" for Seattle. There's a reason for that! Many of the items are purchased now for future gifts. Holidays, yes, but also birthdays and thank you gifts as well. This year I bought 2 packs of Voluspa mini candles. They rarely go on sale at other stores. Hoping on these easy gifts was also a "keep" in my cart. Dibs on the Prosecco Bellini though!
5) Don't break the bank - Know your budget and stick too it. It's a sale and there will be more sales as time goes by. If you absolutely love it and have to have it but can't afford it, it's okay to let it go. Many items went on sale and sold out after Early Access but there were a lot of similar items to look up. Search "Anniversary" and what ever you're looking for. It's possible they have something similar but in your price range.

Best of luck! Let me know what your favorites are!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

All Black & Oxblood

For the dark and stormy grey days in the middle of summer. It's just not fair but we can't let bad weather get in the way of making an all back statement. Mixed with a deep red, of course. This lipstick has become an obsession of mine.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Meeting Vibes

Nothing better than a Saturday morning meeting with a non-profit. The whole morning was spent cleaning and organizing before my leadership retreat. This year my goal was to put myself to the test and go to a different part of the non-profit org.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

That Little Pink Romper

Shortly after my birthday is one of my best friend's birthdays. Recently my social life has revolved around birthdays and, personally, my wardrobe and self couldn't be happier about it. The people that are important to me are somehow almost all Cancers. Maybe that is Gemini tendencies. We get along well with Aries, Aquarius and Cancers. My childhood friend is a cancer and she's coming up for her birthday weekend to celebrate toward the end of the month.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Black and White 4th of July

A little late on posting but this is the outfit of the day for the 4th of July. This was taken right before brunch at Glo's. If you're from Seattle, you know Glo's. If you're new to the neighbor or visiting, it's a very small spot up on Capitol Hill.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Jean Jacket & A Belated Birthday Outfit

This month whipped on by, along with my birthday. It was at the very beginning of the month and between the new job, the move, the social dates and my trip to the beach; it got washed over.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Boyfriend Jeans and Comfort

Hello Non-Judgemental Friends!

As you can see - still fixing up the place and it's now in the final stages. Almost everything has a place and 2/5 of my crafts have been completed. My apartment officially has a lovely functional kitchen, a semi-decorate bathroom and all of my necklaces has been organized. It's been wonderfully relaxing and de-stressing coming home and having if feel like an actual home.

The plants are bright and green in the window sills and my table. My art has been places where it will eventually get hung. Jackets and work bags on the sofa til the hall closet has enough hangers and organization, bills on the table. It's been such a comfort pulling my life together, seeing it all in one place and making it 100% my own. In all honesty, this is the happiest my life has been in 2 full long years. More of that later. That'll be a whole other post. Promise.  

Boyfriend Jeans - Caslon (similar) // Black Top - via Marshall's (similar) // Black Pumps - 
Nine West // Eyeshadow - Tarte Matte Palette // Matte Liquid Lip - Anastasia Beverly Hills, Crush  

To no one surprise here, I'm wearing my favorite black pumps again. Every time my OOTD posts have these pumps, all my mind goes to is that article of the press harassing Chelsea Clinton of her well worn comfortable pumps. This is my case as well. To add to that, they go with everything. Everything.

Now, what should come as a surprise are the boyfriend jeans. Never in my life would've imagined myself in a pair of boyfriend jeans. There were a lot of reservations: they'll make me look chubby, they won't be flattering, woman like Katie Holmes and Rachel Bilson can pull those off - not you. Well, all things considered, my thoughts were falsified the moment they jeans slipped on.

Let's start with the number one selling point - comfort. Holy guac and chips! These jeans are my dream pants. These jeans sell themselves. Not only are they easy to throw on, easy to walk in, talk in, my stylish in and feel fantastic but they were also on sale. Of course, these Caslon's are sold out now but the brand is my personal recommendation for boyfriend jeans.

They also carry plus size, which make it even easier to support them.

My top is from Marshall's! Black tops forever, my lovelies. Honestly, black tops can go with anything. My closet has 8 of them and it still doesn't seem like enough.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Magenta Topsey Turvey Life

Looking at these pictures is almost cringe worthy. To you, you probably see my outfit and are trying to scope out my old shared apartment. To me, all I see is how tired I look from staying up too late and packing. This is very similar to my last WIW post with my day 4 twisty hair. Though, I'm on day 2 hair here. It's amazing to see how quickly I have changed from just dealing with the day to day to loving every second or every minute of everyday. Even the times of frustration - I'm happy.

Shall we talk clothes? My new favorite tank is from Target! Love me some Target, y'all. My blazer is thrifted from a Value Village. An amazing find since it's an Anthro/Urban brand. My black pants are so slimming. Bless you, slimming pants, bless. Those are my Calvin Klein's again. I regret not picking up another pair of those. No joke - Costco buy. Lastly, you know, my all time favorite suede booties from London. I have so many WIWs with these boots. If you want to check them out, here are a few:  

Top: Target (similar) // Blazer: via Value Village, Silence & Noise (similar) // Black Pants: Calvin Klein Skinnys (similar) // Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (similar) // Booties: via London, The Office 

It's a guarantee that I'll be wearing these booties again come fall. In the meantime, I took them to the cobbler yesterday to get new bottoms put on them. They were kind enough to weather proof them as well. Now is the perfect time to visit the cobbler for all of your winter wear. This way you're prepared when the rainy season comes right back around!

This summer is already packed with fun activities. It's going to be a great ride.

Have an amazing day, friends!