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.

The outfit reminds me of Fall. It's something I would wear in November with a pair of back tights. You wait and see. I can be predictable like that. Two-thirds of my outfit is from the thrift store. My dress and my black leather vest(which I love). I love a-great-many-a-thing in my wardrobe and this vest is top 10 easily. It was a steal of a bargain and I never looked back after my purchase. 100% leather. It was the only thing I bought during that trip.

This dress was purchased for a mere $7 and it bleeds into Winter like a charm. Pairs well with every single stocking I own. It'll be put to the test this year. It'll be a real grab-and-go during my more tiresome mornings.

Jewelry is primarily Aventurine. It's on the necklace I made and one of my bracelets. Along with pearls, pink quartz and green sandalwood. My ring is one of my staples and has an amethyst in the center of it. I love gold.

Blue Dress with a Black Leather Vest with Booties and Stone Bracelets
Dress - Theory (similar, similar) // Vest - KENNA-T (similar) // Boots - The office (old, similar) // Necklace - Handmade (Aventurine Bead) // Bracelets - Aventurine, Pearls, Pink Quartz & Sandalwood // Ring - HSN

Peplums and Pie Blue Dress and Black Leather Vest

Sunday, September 10, 2017

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.

A few months ago I took a weekend trip down to see my brother in Oregon. He and his wife humored me by taking me to a few wineries I'd never been to. One that they love and made me a patron to was David Hill Vineyard out in Forest Grove.

Photo of David Hill Vineyard

Wine Grapes

Ad you can see by the photos, it doesn't need any kind of further introduction. The landscaping is gorgeous and you feel like you're coming home from a long trip. The land is so welcoming and the owners and workers or overly inviting. They're happy to make you comfortable by offering flights, a glass or a bottle to enjoy for the day or take home for the evening.

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.

Paired with my new Tory Burch flats, which I swear by and want 8 other pairs of. I have a post on how buttery they are here. It was so nice to feel comfortable at work in my favorite tank.

Oddly enough, this tank doesn't get a lot of compliments. Probably because everyone owns a pair of urban printed elephant pants, but I love it. I always feel happy in yellow and elephants are kind and nurturing so why wouldn't you like them??

Anyway, found out in this post that I definitely need to clean that mirror and that's why I keep getting lens flares in the camera. I'm not sure what I'm going to do when the light goes away in the mornings. It'll be awfully hard to take photos. Let me know if any of you have suggestions for me!

Top - Anthropologie (similar)  // Skirt - The Loft (similar) // Flats - Tory Burch 

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.

Today, this is being written because I actually use it every single day. Like, every single day! I bring it to and from work with me. It stays on my desk all day long and I even bring it to dinner outings just in case something gets scheduled. It has now become a staple in my life and I understand how the reviews are so high.

Photo of Shipping Box

There were a ton of options to choose from for your cover. I went back and forth on three different ones until I finally chose mine. It all came down to the font and the color! The font wasn't customizable and I dreaded my last name on in so I went with my middle name. It looked much more polished. The color is something that I think makes it more unique because not everyone else chose my color. It reminds me of Spring and it'll keep me happy through out the winter. I love how the pink florals pop with the background.

Photo of opened Shipping Box

Everything is cute, including the box it was shipped in. I've seen other colors from other years. I'm keeping my box to reuse when something needs to be sent out in the future. 

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.

I've been working on making skirts since I've had issues finding exactly what I want. Hopefully I can build a few out to share.

This past week has had a romantic vibe. It's probably because were going into Fall soon and I find it so cozy. Pinterest will do that to anyone!

I'm also pleased to report, my like prideful, that I've kept to my routine. Even if I go to bed late, I wake up early, fix my tea, make my breakfast and go on with my day. I think it centers me in the morning. Especially with my "A Little Bit of Country" Pandora station. It's the best. So many people are anti the Pandora but I love not knowing what's going to come up next. Plus I find new artist every time I listen to it.

Today you're getting a late post. I'm off to the Bremerton Blackberry Festival today. Last day for festivities and I really didn't want to miss it. Its my favorite berry, after all. This week is filling up with activities quickly. Hoping to meet up with a few of my favorites and force coffee breaks into a hectic week.

Pink off the Shoulder sweater from Forever 21 with Black Skinny Pants
Eyeshadow - ABH Renaissance Palette // Eyeliner - Kat Von D // Lips - NYX // Nails - OPI

Forever 21 Pink off the shoulder sweater with Black Skinny Pants
 Top - Forever21 (similar, similar) // Pants - Express (similar) // Sandals - Target

Off the shoulder Forever21 sweater with Express Skinny Pants

Hope everyone has a safe Labor Day!

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. 

You see, she was a grandmother to me first and always but before me she was a mom. She was a mom to 6 children. She was born and raised in Haiti. She had three children in Port-au-Prince, including my mother. She met my Grand-daddy while working at the airport. At the time, he was working for PanAm as a mechanic. He was 22 years older than her and they both didn't care.

She owned many stores when they left Haiti and moved to New York. She purchased fabric, jewelry, clothing, art, etc in countries all over the world to sell in them. She was incredibly gifted with languages, as she spoke 5: English, French, Creole, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and she understood Latin. 

So what's with the waffles? Well, my Memére loved breakfast and more specifically she loved pancakes. However, I don't! I love waffles.

My grandmother was never ever stingy with the butter or the syrup. I'm doing my best to honor her when I can and through these mini waffles that I made in my mini waffle maker, I honor her with carbs, faux butter and Canadian birch syrup. Yes, birch.

A Recipe book called "Retro Diner" and a bottle of Canadian birch syrup to the right of it

The recipe I'm using is from a book my mom picked up for me a long time ago. My undying love for a good diner is mildly embarrassing but, alas, I can't give it up. It's called Retro Diner: Comfort Food form the American Roadside. It's mortifyingly inexpensive on Amazon and worth every penny for the pie recipes alone.

I did alter the recipes per my dairy intolerance. An easy fix by using almond milk instead of 2% cows milk. Still tasted delicious and I honestly could get enough of how cakey the batter turned out. 

Now about this syrup. My last trip to Vancouver BC (very behind on my posts) was quite successful in the food department. I always pick up tea, syrup and something sweet from Grandville Island. This syrup is the freakin' BEST syrup I've ever had. Honestly, I'm like Buddy the Elf when I get to eat this stuff. It makes your eyes go crossed and the sides of your mouth go up. It's the most absurd look imaginable!

This type of syrup, as they have three other kinds, is rich, dark and savory. I've used this on waffles (obviously) and in cakes when I don't have vanilla. It's a great substitute that people often forget about. I highly recommend. It's by Escuminac. The one I buy is a birch syrup, pure organic and the highest quality. It's so good.

A bottle of Escuminac Birch Syrup on a table

Below are my last image and a boomerang of the syrup falling nicely onto my waffles. Swoooon! Many of my friends have asked me about my breakfast habits now that I've left my old company. My old company had a stove top and two ovens to cook meals in. My new company has a microwave and a toaster. Womp womp. 

It's very unfortunate since I'm so fond of eggs and I'm a firm believer that you just shouldn't cook your eggs in the microwave. They taste strange to me but I know a lot of people who do it at work. Instead, when I make things like waffles I make a batch and I freeze them! I pop them into the toaster and smear peanut butter on top. It's a nice little treat after a long run at the gym. 

A stack of mini waffles on a white plates with butter, bananas and Canadian birch syrup. A cup of tea in the back on the right.

Thank you all for reading about my Memére. She meant the world to me and for you to read means so much. Check out my boomerang below and happy weekend! 

Canadian Birch sryup being poured on to a stack of mini waffles

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.

This Monday wasn't as tough as previous days. A trick I discovered was coming back a day early. I flew home on a Saturday instead of a Sunday and forced myself to stay away til 9pm.

To my surprise, I woke up early on Monday. I made myself some tea, did my dishes from the night before and then took my time getting dressed and ready for work. Anyone who knows me knows I'm not a morning person but work days are easier when I've gotten 8 hours of sleep. I've kept the routine for the past three days and I'm hoping I can make it stick during winter.

LUSH top and Joe's Jean Clothing on girl in mirror to the side. Nine West Tan Pumps.

Since being back, my calendar is slowly filling up. Primarily with gym sessions and burger dates (my favorite). There are so many great events happening in the Seattle area during September. I can't wait. September is one of my favorite months in this state because it's still beautiful and warm until the end of the month. Often til the first week of October! I'll be praying for a kind winter this year with minimal downpours and more cool nights. 

On the calendar already is: 

Bremerton's Blackberry Festival - I'm an Oregon girl in heart. I love picking those blackberries!
Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival - I'm a sucker for lighthouses. 
Fremont's Ocktober Fest - Seeing a trend with these festivals? 
Paddleboarding on Lake Washington - On my list to do before it cold!
Women of Wonder 5k - Trying to do one a month and I've got to support my girl! Plus mimosas!

LUSH Top, Joe's Jeans and Tan Nine West Pumps on girl in mirror from above.
Top - Lush (Sold Out, similar, similar) // Jeans - Joe's Jeans (similar) // Pumps - Nine West // Naile Polish - OPI // Eye Shadow - Tarte Matte Palette // Eyeliner - Kat Von D // Mascara - Clinique "Chubby Lash"

Outfit time, this top is from Nordstrom. It's by LUSH, which I think is one of my favorite brands because they are such easy to wear items! My jeans (I know y'all are surprised) are my Joe's Jeans. My favorite pair. They're always purchased on sale at Nordstrom Rack. I will forever love these jeans. Heels are my nude Nine West. 

No joke, haven't worn pumps for 2 weeks! I destroyed my feet in these because I did too much. I walked all the way to the water front to sit and eat lunch by the water. I don't regret but my feet are still healing and I'll be taking it easy on the heels this week. 

Close up of face with Tarte Matte Palette on eyes, Kat Von D eyeliner and Clinique Mascara. LUSH lavender top.

What are your plans for the end of summer??
Love Allison

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.

Every time I saw them, I would literally say to myself "someday, but not today". That day finally came and, I kid you not, it was a moment to be proud of. You see, there have been a lot of ups and downs through out the past two years. A lot of money saved and a lot of money spent on travel, to see family, to be with my grandmother who has been sick off and on for the past year.

Naturally, I bought these shoes and opened the box with the utmost care and delicacy. It was like picking up a baby. I almost rocked them. I literally jumped for joy and happiness in the middle of my dining room. The box it came in is beautiful. The colors are lovely and, since I bought them from Nordstrom, the box was shrink wrapped to cardboard and well packaged.

When I finally touched these flats, it was like everything I had worked so hard for was finally right in front of me.

Now, many of you are probably thinking "so what? They're shoes". Yes - to a lot of people, these are just shoes. To me, I don't spend a lot of money on shoes and clothes. My spare time used to be spent thrift shopping and cutting up clothes to be sewn into something new. Which is a hobby I've taken up again.

In short, these shoes are like butter. It's like putting your feet into an actual tub of butter. One that doesn't leave your feet greasy or uncomfortable. It has an amazing cushion and now I know why it has incredible reviews. If I could afford these flats in every color, I'd get them. Alas - maybe someday. But not today.

The brown is the ultimate Spring to Fall color. It matches so many items in my closet.

Tory Burch, Minnie Flat, shoe box

Tory Burch shoe box with Minnie Flats inside

Tory Burch Minnie Flats, Royal Tan

Tory Burch Flats, Minnie in Royal Tan

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.

These are Caslon jeans, purchased in a petite. Sometimes I think I should change this blog to be called Petite Peplums & Pie because I rarely buy anything in a regular size. Pants are always altered if they are a regular and trendy tops are long right now so it works out. The tank in my OOTD today is from Fred Meyer and it's very long. Almost too long for tucking into my jeans but it worked out in the end. 

Wild hair and loads of sun today. This afternoon was filled with a nice walk around the city during lunch. Are you hungry in the summertime? 

My body always seem so full or only wants light meals filled with fruit, veggies or luke warm soup. Strange, right? 

Necklace is handmade from pieces that were purchased on one of my adventures to Northern Washington. My favorite knit cardi paired with Target's finest sandals. Also worn in my 4th of July post here. Totally swear by them. 

Jeans - Caslon (sold out, similar) // Tank - Fred Meyer brand (similar) // Knit Cardigan - pink.rose (similarsimilar) // Sandals - Target // Watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs (old)

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. 

My closet doesn't have a lot of blue items in it. Green meshes much better with my olive skin but this navy matches a lot of pencil skirts, black slacks and, of course, my new favorite Boyfriend Jeans. This is my second post about my boyfriend jeans. To say "obsessed" may sound extreme but they're brilliant. They're worn about once a week, normally with heels. There's another post in the queue already. 

The comfort is what makes me want a pair for every single season. Too bad my favorite pair were sold out during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Highly recommend Caslon jeans. They're amazing. 

Top - Forever21 (old, similar) // Boyfriend Jeans - Caslon (sold out, similar, similar) // Black Pumps - Nine West // Lipstick - Tarte Matte Lip Paint, Birthday Suit

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. 

If you are looking for the perfect red palette that has shadows that blend then look no further. You've found it. Holy guac, friends. These shadows are exactly what I have been looking for for months. The amount of searches for "red eyeshadow palette" and youtube channels that were watched are borderline embarrassing - worth every second. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette - Right Side

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette - Left Side

Never have I ever seen such a warm palette before. There are a select few semi-cool toned colors, like Vermeer and Buon Fresco. They're cool toned compares to the other colors. The shades that have been used the most are: Burnt Orange blended into Primavera and Tempera. Venetian Red blended into Red Ochre and Vermeer. 

The variations are fun and the palette is easy to experiment with. My dream is that they come out with another warm tone palette but this peachy rose box was everything my hard search methods could ask for. 

My love for Sephora is strong. It is one of the few places I purchase make up. The other day I walked in because I didn't have time to do my make up that morning. I took part in their free mini eye makeover. It was the perfect lunch break. 

Sephora sent me my birthday kit in the mail. A Tarte matte lip cream and blush. Both I love but the lip doesn't stay on very long which is a huge disappointment considering my Anastasia Beverly Hill liquid lips stay on for almost 9 hours. I love that brand. The perfect blend and the perfect lip!

Below is the palette with all of the samples I received with my box. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette and samples

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette