Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Travel: 15 Tips for a One Day Travel to Disneyland

Many of you have read my post about my One Day Trip to Disneyland last week. I had a ton of fun getting to see the park again. I hadn't been back since high school which is a lot longer than I'd like to admit to. I didn't remember it as much as I had thought and that's primarily because I'm used to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World.

As mentioned in my previous post, I was in the park for approximately 11 hours straight and learned a lot about the ins and outs of the park. These are my biggest recommendations for you, your travel partner, or your family.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

WIW: First Day at Nordstrom!

Mirror picture of the outfit I wore on my first day of work at Nordstrom
Coral Sweater - The Loft, via Value Village (simiar) // Black Tee - TJ Maxx // Wide Leg Pants - Anthropologie (similar) // Floral Scarf - JCrew (similar) // Brown Booties - Value Village

I moved to Seattle about 6 years ago. I never intended to stay, never intended to grow my career and never expected my dream to work at a fashion house would come true.

Last week I started my new job in old clothes. I didn't know what to expect, so I stuck with my basics and went for booties, wide leg pants and a button down. So profesh, right?

I soon realized there were many different types of styles at my new company. Those who really cared, those who are naturally trendy and set trends, those who really don't care and those who get by and follow the trends but keep their own style.

I'd like to think I'm the last group but it didn't take me long to start purchasing from the store once I was approved through HR. I've already purchased 3 tops and a pair of work out pants (review coming soon!).

Side mirror picture of my outfit, coral cardigan, wide leg pants and floral scarf

I wore these wide leg pants strictly for comfort. It's so interesting how our tastes change as we mature. I used to hate slacks and now I can't get enough of them. They're comfortable and I can get them hemmed because #adulting. Not something I thought was important growing up. It changes everything with the right length or even a heel height.

I bought these pant about 7 years ago. That's the truth! I bought them when I worked at Anthropologie in Florida when I was living paycheck to paycheck. They have been one of the best purchases of my life and have comes with me to 4 different states now.

My black tank top is nothing special. Bought at TJ Maxx a few years ago. My cardi is from The Loft and I got it at Value Village. I'm obsessed with the spring color but I will say I didn't feel like the sweater tied the outfit together without the scarf. Which, by the way, is from JCrew (bought last year).

I will probably never pair this cardi with my fave wide leg pants again. The color seems off but this is a blog for everyday women. I'm being honest and I think that's what this blog is all about.

I've got a few more outfits from this week I'll get up soon.

Till then, mon amies!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Travel: Disneyland in One Day

Pointing at Sleeping Beauty's castle wearing Mickey Mouse Ears with the name Allison on the back

Yesterday, my friend (H) and I went to Disneyland for 11 hours. Let's break down the agenda for you so I can remind myself of this in the future. 

Night before: Full Dinner and bed by 8pm. Took a melatonin because I don't play games.
3:30am: Wake up call. Got dressed, did make up and hair, grabbed my mouse ears and my small Stella McCartney Adidas hiking bag.
4:15am: Leave apartment for the airport.
4:45am: Park at airport and head to security.
5:15am: Get past security and get coffee and fill up hydro flask.
6am: Flight out of Seatac and to LAX.
8:35am: Land at LAX, get off plane, bathroom break and change into shorts.
8:55am: Go to arrivals.
9am: Hail an uber.
9:45am: Arrive at Disneyland!
10am: Get through security and the gate.
10:01am: Come up with a plan and and get a locker.
10:10am: PLAY for 10 hours.
8:10pm: Go to Main Street for end of the night shopping.
9pm: Head out while the Electrical Parade begins.
9:10pm: Walk outside of park, hail an Uber.
9:45pm: Arrive at LAX & get through security.
10pm: Change back into pants and get snacks.
11:15pm - 11:55pm: Board plane, wait for passengers from another delayed flight.
Midnight: Take off.
3am: Land and go to car.
3:30am: Get home and sleep for 9 hours straight.

I'm going to go back to 10am, arriving at the gates of Disneyland, because this is where it gets a lot of fun. It's early and H and I had been awake for 6 hours already. We were dying for a snack but decided the first thing to do was take photos at the front of the park and then to calculate our hours and get our first fastpass of the day. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

WIW: Off the Shoulder Casual Friday with Adidas Super Stars

Off the Shoulder Top - Thrift Find without a label (similar and similar) // Express - Point Knit Five Pocket Pant  // Adidas - Superstar Sneaker (White with Gold) // Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch - Green (sold out, similar and similar) //H&M - Biker Jacket  // Forever 21 - Scarf (old)

Holy Smoke-a-roonie! I am majorly behind on my WIW post to you guys. I have been all over the place as you can tell. In the past three weeks I have left my old job, started my new job AND moved across town from the East side to the West side. If you're interested in my move and new pad, you can check it out in my post: Hello Again, Queen Anne.

In my old job, I never dressed unprofessionally. I had my days where I walked in the door with adidas and a tee but I always tried to stay on trend. This is proof my normal, very easy, casual and yet stylish Friday. The shoulders are always covered at work but I love this top because it can come right down to be an off the shoulder for Happy Hour or a casual bar.

I love pairing this outfit with my faux leather H&M moto jacket I bought last year. I also added a scarf because it was particularly cold that morning. No necklace needed because of my exposed shoulder and, of course, I'm wearing my favorite Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lip. The shade is Crush and it's in my May beauty favorites this month because all I do is where this lip. 

These are by far my favorite shoes that I own. You can where them with just about anything. You could pair them with a dress and a denim jacket and definitely pull it off. Note that for a future outfit. 

Have a terrific weekend, friends! I'm off to Disneyland tomorrow so make sure to keep an eye out for my instagram updates. SO excited. It's like being a kid again. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Job, New Home, New Life.

A lot of changes this month but I couldn't be more excited about my transitions. I got a new job. Though I will miss my old company like crazy, as I've worked for a publishing company for the past 4 years, it was time to learn something now. 4 years is a lot of time to give to one company but the people at this corporation makes time fly. My biggest pain is leaving all of the friends that have graced my life over the course of my career.

After getting my new job, everything began to happen so quickly. Life fell into place. No crazy panic attacks or second guessing. I was looking to learn and grow, this position was presented to me. It's a huge honor to go from a large women's publishing network to a large fashion house. Dreams do come true!

Starting was very confusing since I didn't take time off in between jobs. I had a Monday off and all of my friends were at work so it just felt like I was taking a personal day. Alas, no.

Keep in mind, this has all happened rather quickly. I got an offer, gave my notice, found a new apartment, got said apartment, started my first day, got my keys last weekend, have been moving and learning since.

What can I say? I like change.

I think change is healthy and empowering. It helps you get out of the day to day life and into the present. Nothing like throwing a total wrench in the mist of your entire life! For me, it effective.

After a mild panic attack attack on night, after I ate a bowl of pasta with a side of oxygen from a brown paper bag, I decided to take one day at a time. Then decided to celebrate!

One of my best friends and I are going to Disneyland! We both have had huge accomplishments this year and we decided we deserve a day of fun. I'll load up on the details in another post and write about the adventure afterward. I haven't been to this park since I was in high school!

To be able to afford this trip and to celebrate with a good friend makes me feel incredibly blessed. I try to be gracious and live in gratitude everyday but Saturday will be especially thankful. I plan to vast in the glory of life and be happy with out a thought of negativity.

As for the apartment, it's coming along!! I bought all new furnishing for the bathroom and many, many, many plants for the kitchen and dining area. It will be a full greenhouse by June.

What are you feeling blessed for today?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Beauty: May Beauty Favorites 2017 (Almost All Cruelty-Free!)

Makeup Bag - Ted Baker (old, similar here, here and here // Liquid Lipstick - Anastasia Beverly Hills in Crush // Eau de Perfume Roller Ball - Tory Burch // Lotion - Crabtree & Evelyn's Citron Honey & Coriander  // Agave Lip Mask - Bite Cosmetics // Eyeshadow Palette - Kat Von D Shadow + Light Contour Quad in Plum // Makeup Brushes - Amazon

Happy May, dear friends! I have had a great start to the month. I have definitely hit the ground running thus far so I want to share my favorite Beauty Items I used all of last month. I noticed a trend pretty quickly with almost all of my products and that is: The majority are cruelty-free.

Which put a little thought in mind. Maybe I should be better about my beauty products and what I stand for and only purchase products from cruelty-free businesses. I don't have animals. I also own a few leather jackets/vest and quite a few leather boots. Which makes me wonder why I am so keen on using cruelty-free products. Perhaps because I don't particularly see the need to do testing on animals. The though stresses me out, actually.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hello Again, Queen Anne

Teal tiled Kitchen from Queen Anne, Seattle

Hi Everyone!

If you hadn't noticed by the photo above, I finally found a new place! It's exactly where I want to be in my favorite sector of Seattle, Queen Anne.

When I started my search at the end of last month I had a full list of apartment "must haves": a balcony, a dishwasher, an in-unit washer and dryer, modern look and the perfect location.

I toured around the city, checked out Ballard and Greenlake, even drove through Magnolia but nothing stuck with me like Queen Anne did.

My parents came into the city to tour a modern apartment with me. The place was way over my budget at the middle top of the hill and... I hated it. I couldn't understand why. It was everything I had said I had wanted, except the price. Then my Dad said "Al, I'm surprised you're looking at modern apartments. They're not really your style".

That's why he's my Dad. It always shocks me when he knows me better than I know myself.

The next place I toured felt like home immediately. There's no way to explain it. The energy of the complex felt happy and well loved. The people seemed mature and, even though it has a pink bathroom, the unit felt right. There's so much natural light!

I took one of my girlfriends to check it out with me. She asked all of the questions I always forget to ask: How much does the rent go up a year? How big is the water heater? Is it loud at night because of the street traffic? Etc.

Girlfriends are the best friends.

I viewed the whole complex in less than 30 minutes and asked for an application on the spot. It was the right fit. It's exactly where I want to be and the location is the most important part of moving. Especially when you feel safe and know the area.

The unit has carpet throughout, which I wasn't excited about but the price is right and it'll keep me nice and toasty in the winter. The kitchen has a beautiful teal tile from the 50s that I get more and more obsessed with every time I see it. There is so much storage that I don't think I own enough to fill it up. I have no excuse for a messy room from here on out.

A chandelier hanging in a rental apartment dining room

Afternoon sunlight shining through a window apartment

A Bathroom with original pink tile

I'm so excited to begin this new journey in Queen Anne!

Monday, May 1, 2017

5 Zella Pants I'm Obsessed With

Left to Right: Camila Capris - Zella // To the Max Crop Leggings - Zella // Flash High Waist Leggings - Zella //
 'Out and About' Crop Joggers - Zella // Spring Crop Leggings - Zella
This Spring is all about getting out of the slum (that was winter) and getting back into shape for Summer. While pursuing through Nordstrom this afternoon I went through the athletic department on the 4th floor of our downtown Seattle store. It's so beautiful in there. Sometimes my walks consist of going through every floor, dreaming and then taking the elevator back down before returning to work.

The inspiration on the floor was intense today. They have their standard Nike, Adidas, Puma displays out but one that caught my eye was Zella. Many of you might know that this is one of Nordstrom's private brands. All made specifically for their stores. I read an article on when they had acquired one of Lululemon's finest to come in and be the creative director on their Zella team back in 2009. Which is why Zella and Lululemon have similar sweat technology and style. Though, with Zella at a much more affordable price.

My love is strong for Zella considering their pants don't fall down on me mid run. They are comfortable, trendy and did I mention 'budget friendly'?? I'd love to hear others feelings on Zella products. What are your loves?