Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog Preview & Favorites

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Sneak Peek Preview and Favorites // peplumsandpie.com

Though it tends to be one of the most hectic times of the year for me, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a holiday in and of itself. Its a time where everyone sits down with their snail mailed-in catalog and circles their favorite items like its Christmas circa 1995.  The only issue is, that almost every item is circled so this list needed to be narrowed down a lot.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July & a Repeat Romper


Happy 4th of July! This is the second year that I've worn a romper for our beloved nation's Independence day. Last year I wore my beautiful Loft black and white number. Oddly enough a few days later my post was featuring this pink romper. This is officially a repeat romper post but styled a little differently. I love going back and looking at old posts. I've come far. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

3 Summer Perfumes & How to Choose Yours

Picture of three perfume bottles

As someone who is very particular about perfume, I can understand the hesitation to jump in and buy a new one. Not only are there particular scents that are attractive but there's also a scent sensitivity. Especially with musky flavors. 

How do you go about choosing your Spring/Summer perfumes?

There are a lot of competitive perfumers in today's market. Stopping into places with a wall of aromas can not only be overwhelming but nauseating. So, here are some does and don'ts to finding your perfect eau de cologne. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Beach Lunch Lounge & Madewell

Outfit of the day, Beach Lunch Lounge shirt and Madewell tote

Yes! The sun is out. It's light til 10pm and that summer glow is upon us!

BeachLunchLounge, three of my favorite words all coming together to create this miracle top. Literally, best brand name ever. There slogan is "throw on and go", which is MY favorite slogan. Pretty sure this little brand and I are going to be best friends.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Father's Day Gift Guide 2018

A father's day guide of gifts, help finding a father's day gift

Father's Day is coming in hot, friends, and I'm here with a quick little guide to help make your lives a little bit easier. This past year, my parents decided to make a huge change and move into a two bedroom apartment complex and live out their younger years all over again. They couldn't be happier in their little place. They went from a 3 door garage, 5 bedroom home with a den to a mere 1,200 sq ft. Impressive right? 

With the downsize, they got rid of a lot. A LOT. My dad is a pretty simple guy. He loves the little things in life, literally. Especially since they've moved. So I stuck to the basics keeping my Dad in mind and also thinking about what my Dad loves, for yours. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Empower Women & High Waisted Black Jeans

empowered women tee with high waisted black jeans
The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you're very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble. - Serena Williams

I'm super lucky. In this life I have the privilege of an amazing support system of women. A team of smart, courageous and independent women that I have the honor to call friends. When advice is needed, I know exactly who to call. When I'm down, there's always someone to kick me and say "you can have this moment but then you need to wash your face and carry on with your day with you head held high".

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Yellow Dress & Celebrations

Lush Skater Dress with denim jacket and madewell tote at Pike Place Market Seattle

Oh darling friends, thank you for bearing with me during this crazy month I've had. Have you ever had a time where you're craving nature and can't even think of being in front of a camera or being on social media? That was May. I couldn't help it. It's been beautiful outside and being outdoors, running through trails and trying to take care of myself really took presence.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Boho Vibes & That Black Jumpsuit Again...


Do you ever buy something and you think to yourself "I'm probably only going to wear this once", and then you wear it an average of 1-2 times a week? This black jumpsuit IS that purchase. No other outfit compares. There is nothing so comfortable or freeing.

Monday, May 14, 2018

2017 Seattle Fashion Week & that Jumpsuit (again)


The weekend before this last was a special little treat. I got brunch with the girls, sat on a patio, drank white wine, went to a Cinco de Mayo gathering and then got the privilege to attend this year's Seattle Fashion Week Show at the Seattle Art Museum...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Honey Goat Cheese and Macrina's Greek Olive Baguette

Peplums & Pie: Honey Goat Cheese and Greek Olive Baguette // Anthropologie marble monogram cheese board // wildflowers // wine candle //peplumsandpie.com

What's sweet and savory and looks magical next to wildflowers? This monogrammed cheese board. Honestly, it's going to blow your mind, friends. It's a very simple spread but with specific items which you can find aaaaallllmost anywhere.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Loose Floral Peplum & Pink Strap Sandals

Peplums & Pie: Loose Floral Peplum & Pink Strap Sandals // Vince Camuto Tiered Ruffle Floral Top // H&M Jeans // Nine West Pink Sandals // peplumsandpie.com

Hello friends! I have so much lined up for the month of May that I might do a post on all of the amazing and exciting activities on my list. It's finally nice out. I didn't even wear a jacket today, never the less sleeves. It felt like bliss.

I'm embracing my floral side since I can't think of anything more appealing than sitting and reading a book in a garden or a park. Being outdoors is all I can think about so I try to bring that mindset to work with me. This floral silky top by Vince Camuto is sold out almost everywhere. I was able to find it at two locations so definitely hurry and grab it before it's completely gone. They do still make this top is solid colors, which I've been eyeing. They're really comfortable, airy, loose and perfect for work days when you really don't want to think.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Sleeveless Shift Dress & Moroccan Amber

Sleeveless Sheath Dress & Moroccan Amber: Peplums & Pie // Cupcakes & Cashmere Dress // Moroccan Amber Necklace // Vince Camuto Black Sandals // Marc by Marc Jacob Watch // Gold Earrings // peplumsandpie.com

Jinxed. I jinxed myself by jokingly saying "maybe I have laryngitis". 

... I have laryngitis. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Boyfriend Jeans & Brown Accents

Boyfriend Jeans & Brown Accents: Sleeveless Top // Caslon Boyfriend Jeans // Skinny Brown Gap Belt // Sam Edelman Brown Block Heel Sandals // Madewell Tote // BP Sunglasses // peplumsandpie.com

Round two of being sick and here's my outfit. *squeakily laugh again*

Friday, April 27, 2018

Vince Camuto Floral Top & Tory Burch Minnie Flats

Peplums and Pie OOTD // First Spring Outfit for 2018 // Peplums & Pie // Vince Camuto Floral Top, STS jeans, skinny tan belt, Tory Burch Minnie Flats Tan, grey blazer H&M

This is a classic example of how my social media life is happier than I actually am. *laughs squeakily*

I got SO insanely sick on Sunday night. High fever, the room was spinning for hours and I could barely move all day. Then I lost my voice on Tuesday and I've sounded like the world most obnoxious squeaky mouse since! Anyone know how long it takes for your voice box to mend?

Friday, April 6, 2018

My Staple Black Leather Jacket

Nordstrom Caslon petite moto jacket // White BP Tee // Black Skinny Jeans // Black Vince Camuto Helled Sandals // YSL #10 Lipstain // Peplumsandpie.com

A well fitted leather jacket investment. Personally, I have three leather jackets but that's for another post. This post is on the essential black leather jacket. Why? It goes with everything! Yet, there are many styles, textures and variations of jackets. Which is why doing your research is important.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Baseball Season & A Casual Monday

Black Mariners Baseball Hat // Black Tee // BTS Jeans // Green Leather Crossbody Zara // Vince Slip ons // Peplumsandpie.com

Hot dogs, warm summer nights, daylight til 9pm, baseball pants, beer and our Seattle Mariners. That's right, it's baseball season! My second favorite season in Seattle because who doesn't love going to a nice n' easy family friendly event where they allow you to drink in the stands and dance to Macklemore with a moose?

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Vince Camuto White Dress & Easter Sunday 2018!

Vince Camuto White Dress with Pink Nine West Sandals and a Green Leather Handbag from Zara

Happy Easter, everyone!!! It's no surprise that I love getting dressed up. It doesn't happen often but when it does it's fun to go full prep. There's normally a bit of boho vibe in my wardrobe but, like I said, it's rare to dress nice.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

DIY All Natural Organic Lip Scrub: Honey & Brown Sugar

lip scrub in container

Hello Friends! I think this might be my first beauty DIY! #excitement

As many of you know, I've been trying to make my beauty routine vegan friendly and cruelty-free. It's been quite a battle finding a great face wash and an even harder time giving up my YSL lip stains. 

While looking for a face wash I came across a super easy DIY lip scrub* that I am obsessed with. It's three of my favorite ingredients and the best part is, it's edible! Yep! 100% delicious. It tastes like cookie dough. That said, I recommend using your lip scrub before you brush your teeth. 

Since whipping up my first batch, my routine has been to use the scrub 2-3 times a week. It depends on how dry my lips are. The winter air has been dehydrating and there's no sun-rays in our forecast until the end of the month. If that doesn't warrant a frowny face, I don't know what does. 

ingredients in bowl

ingredients in bowl with jars behind it

ingredients in bowl with wisk

The recipe is painfully easy and can fill one 2oz jar and two .5oz jars. Perfect for traveling or to give to a friend, which is what I did with mine. This would make great present during the holidays or even as a spa gift basket.

Ingredients:

I love using local honey because it's supporting your community or farmers in your area. Whenever I go to the Ballard Farmer's Market, I always try to pick some up. I used Trader Joe's Northwest Honey for this recipe because that's all I had in house at the time and it worked beautifully. I do recommend using raw honey so that you keep all of the natural properties that honey provides to your skin: moisturizing, anti-aging and tons of antioxidants.

As for the brown sugar, I mentioned TJs again because they use a turbinado sugar. I has larger crystals which nicely rub against your lips to smooth and gently peel any dry skin. It's a natural exfoliator and nice for sensitive skin. That's the reason I recommend using it. 

Lastly, the coconut oil. I picked mine up at my local Safeway but I did make sure it was organic. I also used mixed mine when it was solidified. The reason it doesn't matter if its a liquid or a solid is merely due to temperature. The minute your finger or lip touches this scrub the oil will melt. Making this scrub ease to rub and taste divine. 

Simply mix all three ingredients together, jar and enjoy. I highly recommend washing your hands before you begin, especially if you plan to give these to friends. I also recommend washing your hand before using the product as well. Just to keep it nice and germ-free. 

lip scrub in baby jar

Hope you enjoyed this DIY. Let me know if you guys are interested in more! 

lip scrub intro

* This blog post is inspired by Salt & Ritual's blog.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Black Peplum & Black Pants

facing front

Black on black on black on black on black... with a pop of red!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Pink Laced Top & High Waisted Wide Leg Jeans

facing camera smiling and leaning

High wasted "cropped" jeans. There are times when being petite isn't so glamorous. Any concert that insists upon "general admission"as "seating", or as I like to call it... standing with no space. At a company meeting and any one above 5'3 sits in front of you. The list goes on.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Cupcakes & Cashmere Maroon Dress & a Leather Jacket

WIW, facing forward

I know what it's like to see the impossible as a blogger. Especially a blogger with a full-time career, a non-profit committee chair and volunteer. I cannot imagine blogger mommys lives when mine is always packed to the brim. Life gets in the way, post move to the back burner for family matters and scheduling shoots is pushed to 5 minutes before running out the door to catch the morning bus. It's work you need to push for.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Black Swing Dress & a Duster Cardigan

facing camera

Who doesn't love a quality duster? Amiright?

Monday, March 5, 2018

Green LUSH Slit Top and Bootcamp



Good morning! Happy New Week! 

I'm walking into this week with positive vibes and extra motivation. This weekend I got to experience another crazy bootcamp class with two of my favorite people in Seattle. It was an opportunity to merge two worlds and get an insane work out in as well. Two birds, right?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Mahina Boutique Overalls & Baseball Hats

front photo

Another incredible piece from my favorite Hawaiian Boutique, Mahina. These cotton overalls are dying to come out of my closet for Spring and Summer. I'm desperately trying to pair them with sweaters and cardigans which has been working, for the most part. Today they've been paired with my Mariners cap, classic white tee and black pumps to help with my height. It's an easy and relaxed look, though I probably won't be seen at the grocery store in it. It's more of a Fri-yay attire.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Where to Eat on the North Shore, Hawaii

Coconut Shrimp & Mac Salad

We all know my undying love for food. When in Rome, you eat pasta. When in Paris, you drink your cappuccinos. When in Hawaii, you eat everything. There are certain places I always go to on the North Shore.

This year was particularly fun. We tried a ton of different and unique places to eat and drink from Haleiwa to Laie. We stopped at fruit stands and a bakery that blew our minds. There was a shrimp truck that wasn't worth the time or money and an incredible burger place known for bringing love, peace and family together. It was such an amazing food ride and we just rode the wave.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Denim Dress & Accessories ... Lots and Lots of Accessories

facing forward

If it's possible to own anymore accessories than I already do, I doubt it, than I will need a closet instead of a jewelry box. It's a love I shared with my belated Memére and therefore, I have a lot of pride in my collection. I collect jewelry and accessories from all over the world and locally at thrift stores. This past summer began my collection of amber necklaces which I find an excuse to wear at all cost. Though, very heavy, they are lovely and hold memories from my trip to Morocco.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mahina Boutique Jumpsuit & Velvet Cardigan


For those who had it, I hope you had an amazing three day weekend. Mine consisted of getting caught up. On sleep, laundry, Olympics and exercising. Guys, there was so much laundry it was coming creeping out of my closet.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

Hunter Green Dress and Floral Booties

facing forward in dress, vest and booties

Hello, gems. I don't know how I survived my first week back after my vacation. It seemed like the weekend would never get here but here we are and it feel so good to kick back. While I was on my trip, I rare sat down unless I was lounging at the beach. Even then I would get up and swim every 20 minutes or so. Being outside in the sunshine did a number on my health for the week. I'm so thankful for being blessed enough to even take a trip, never the less soak up that Vitamin D.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

5 Ways to Live Like a Local in Oahu, Hawaii


Though not a Hawaiian local permanently, my heart is always with the land and the people who resign on the islands.  For some reason my obsession with the tropical climate, surfer style and Aloha vibes came on strongly when I was in my teens. Back when everyone wore puka shells and JT had ramen hair. My first trip was for a High School Band competition. It took two years of hoarding my allowance money, baby sitting savings and football concession stand raising. I remember the trip well enough to tell you: I didn't listen to our chaperones, stuck to the tourist attractions and I was burnt to a crisp by day 2. Above all, I remember paradise.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tanned, White Tee & Skinny Jeans

Facing camera White tee, skinny jeans and nude pumps

Side View white tee skinny jeans and nude pumps

Smiling white tee skinny jeans and nude pumps

Hair back white tee, skinny jeans and nude pumps

Aloha, darlings. I'm back from vacation with a darker tan than intended. I spent every single waking moment in the sun. It was like being greeted by a dear old friend, that sun of mine. I know some of you might follow me on my personal IG. If you do, you've seen some of the insane hikes that I did and all of the beach time I got to have.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Currently on Vacay

Beer in a mason jar on the beach

Hello Gems!

Letting you know that all is well in the world and I'm currently hiking through the jungle, jumping from train track to train track and swimming through the ocean.

Will post soon but until then: Aloha from the North Shore. 💖


Thursday, January 25, 2018

All Black & a White Blazer


Oh Tuesday, you mean mean mean second child. I'm very bias against my days of the weeks. This week my favorite day is Friday. It's normally Saturday but this week, the weekend starts early and floats into next week for a much long needed vaycay. Guys, I'm so amped about it.

Pink Sweater & Moto Boots


This pink sweater was one of the first purchases I made after I changed jobs. I think I was looking for comfort while I had not only moved companies but also left my happy place. My last job had some of the best people I'd ever met in it. It's a weird world we live in where we see strangers for 40+ hours a week and then they magically, as if over night, become family. It's been hard for me to keep in touch with almost all of them because of how busy I am but that's for another post.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Just Finished Reading: The Secret Ingredient of Wishes: A Novel

The Secret Ingredient of Wishes Review

Another part of my new years resolution is to try and read a book every month. There are some people who are avid readers. They read religiously and have a book with them where ever they roam. My mother is one of these people. So is my sister-in-law and one of my best friends. They're some of my favorite humans because they're always telling me what to pick up next when I have time.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Jacquard Skirt & Earl Grey

Zara Jacquard Skirt with pompoms

Out of all the skirts I own, this is my favorite one. This. is. it. It may be because I bought this skirt at Zara, over the summer, in Madrid. It was the most beautiful Zara I've ever been in. My goodness, the chic-ness of that store! If you have spare time, google it. It's divine.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Favorite Cruelty-Free Facial Products

Embryolisse lait-creme concentre with ABH single eyeshadow, tarte blue fiesty and bite beauty lip mask guide
Hello Friends!

I'm sure you've noticed that I didn't follow a lot of my fellow bloggers. Many of my dear friends did a reflections post for 2017 and I decided not to do that because I am one of those kind of gals that likes to carry on. 2017 was a very hard year and I've been waiting, since August, for it to be over. Now that it's done and over with, I'm ready to push forward to make sure 2018 gets a great start!