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

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.

This outfit is surprisingly warm. My pink sweater is super cute and regret not having a picture of the pack of it for this post but I will take more pictures when the weather truly turns. Though Summer is my favorite season, Fall is a very close runner up. Mostly due to layering clothes. Style is more fun in the Fall.

This faux black jacket is from H&M and was a quality purchase last year. Its a bit of a surprise that you haven't seen them in more posts. In fact, my Off the Shoulders Casual Friday post is the only one I can find. I'm shocked. Regardless, it was under $50 (and currently on sale!) and has been an awesome jacket. I'm super excited for my Nordstrom Anniversary leather jacket to show up. It's taking forever but it'll come soon and I'm hoping it's a good fit. Before I purchased it, all of the petite sizes went out in my size. So I had to buy a regular size in a size smaller. #shortgirlproblems

Faux Leather Jacket - H&M // Sweater - Painted Threads // Under Tank - Forever21 // Black Pants - Calvin Klein (similar) // Booties - The Office

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. 

Then again, who doesn't love a pop of color with an all black ensemble. Any color will do! Bright, light, deep, sass. It's the best. 

This lip is from MAC. It's my first ever MAC purchase. Believe it, friends. This gal isn't making it up. My old co-workers would rave about specific lipstick colors and products. Majority of my makeup comes from Sephora. We all know MAC isn't one of their clients. My normal go to lipsticks are Nars and Rimmel. High end and low end, can't beat it. 

This summer, it's a goal of mine to try out different lipsticks and move away from liquid lips. Though, they're my favorite. This is a statement for the books! Liquid matte lips are everything! 

However, this lipstick is a total game changer. This lip stayed on through tea and lunch. I did reapply at after lunch though due to a lack of lip liner.

The lip is called Viva Glam. It brings me life.

On to gold accessories. You all know about my watch from past posts. My newest accessories are the little gold knuckle rings from a boutique in Kirkland. Serendipity Consignment was right across the street from Hector's, our brunch spot. Adding that it was on a hot beautiful summer day... this little spot has tons of great gently used clothing, shoes and accessories. It also sells new items too, like these rings.

Top: Marshall's (similar) // Pants: Express // Booties: The Office // Watch: 
Marc by Marc Jacobs // Earrings: JewelMint (old, similar) // Lipstick: MAC, Viva Glam 

Earrings are very old. Bought from JewelMint when they first came out. It's far from gone but there were some great pieces from that company once.

My last ring, the one in the photo below, is a family antique that my grandmother gave to me years ago. It's something that keeps my close to her and goes nicely with my new rings. Old and new!

What little boutique do you love?

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. 

My position is in connecting members and building lasting friendship for the league's year and, hopefully, life. It's already been an amazing start because it connects me with senior leaders who have had amazing careers throughout their membership. 

The attire was business casual. Since the morning was spent cleaning my kitchen, vacuuming my living room and organizing my Disney collection for my friend's weekend visit, my outfit was a bit more casual than normal. 

This outfit is head-to-toe SALE. They were all purchases on a discount site or in store. Including my necklace. My watch was a gift so that that the ultimate freebie. 

The easy, relaxed fitted tank is from Fred Meyer. If you can believe that. It was on the sale rack and something that was picked up while on my trip to the Oregon Coast last month. So, not only was it on sale, but there wasn't sales tax. The 10% adds up! 

My flats are Tahari. A favorite because of the "T" initial on the toes. All of my favorite brands are T's: Tahari, Tory Burch, Trouvé, Treasure & Bond, Tom Ford. The list goes on and on. 

Tank: Fred Meyer (similar) // Cardigan: Rack, Treaded Needle // 
Pants: Express // Necklace: Gorjana (similar) // Flats: Tahari (similar)

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.

For this party, we went out to Bastille. It's a charming bar/restaurant with patio in Ballard. It's finally summer in Seattle so, naturally, the rompers came out. Though rompers are frustrating to get undo, for ex. to use the restroom (you thought something else, didn't you?). They can take awhile to adapt to.

This romper is a favorite. Primarily because of the length. To be honest, personally, short is the way too go. This one challenges that standard for me. Normally this would be too modest. Which is why it works well for my wardrobe. There isn't anything else like it in the closet.

This night was fortunate. My hair was curled, my make up was from my new palette (which will be shared in a future post) and my shoes are a favorite. PLUS, bonus round: The romper comes with pockets. Game changer!! Love the ruffles, the color and the price.

Target, friends. Can you believe that? Target. This was purchased a few months ago when the weather wasn't cooperating. This was a purchase for the books!

Romper - Target (similar, similar, similar) // Gold Bangles - Gift from India (from my grandmother) // Sandals - Seychelles, Garden Leather Sandals (similar) // Make up below

Sandals were purchased from a last year. A great life decision. They're constantly worn now because they easily transition from work to a night out. They keep my legs in shape and they aren't uncomfortable at all. They're my favorite heeled sandal and they're frequently worn to work. They've even been walked home in! 

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.

It's got great dishes and there's always a line outside. The secret: It's worth the wait.

After meeting and catching up with my friend, Ishea, there was a lot of chores to do. If you couldn't tell. The piles of blankets and nicknacks on my table and counters were driving me nuts. Almost everything has a spot now.

Romper: The Loft (old, similar and similar) // Sandals: Target // 
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

My outfit is from The Loft. Unfortunately, it was purchased a few years ago but it's still a go-to in my closet for an easy outfit. Rompers are my jam. It's an outfit, all in one.

Paired with new sandal from Target and my favorite Marc Jacobs gold watch. Easy breezy!

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. 

My support team in the city couldn't be stronger. Though it's been through a lot of trial, especially in the past 6 month to a year, my true friends are real. They can be honest, they know and love love and we bring a mutual quality to one another's lives. We don't take each other for granted or walk over one another or compete, which is a beautiful kind of love. Isn't it? 

To adorn your friends with so much respect, you know when to step down or step up? Which is why I called up one of my best friends, K, the Saturday before my birthday. You see, nothing was planned. The very last thing my mind could think about was organizing my own birthday. The fact of the matter was, one should not be alone on ones birthday. No matter what. With this in mind, my request was simple: nothing flashy, crazy or insane. Perhaps burgers or tacos. When your in your early thirties and it's your birthday, one must also 'Treat Yo Self'.


This is the outfit for work. There was a wardrobe change later in the evening for my Friend-Date night. This outfit was all comfort. It could have been trendy and tight and wildly UNcomfortable but at the last minute, my mind chose happiness. 

This terrifically easy to throw on razor-back dress is from Marshall's. It cost less than twenty bucks and it fits like a glove. It has a slight high-low for us petite ladies. My 5'3 booty decided to go with gladiator flat sandals which are embarrassingly old, worn and perfect. However, should be replaced. The denim jacket is from Old Navy, via Thrift Store. One of my favorite purchases. 

This post makes me want to wear this outfit all over again! 

 Black Dress - Marshall's (similar) // Jean Jacket - Old Navy, via thrift story (similar) // Gladiator Sandals - Ann Taylor // Black Bag - Gift from Bellevue Fashion Show // Necklace - Forever21 (old) // Sunglasses: BP, Nordstrom

P.S. Please excuse my project sneak peaks! 

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.