Friday, September 28, 2018

Fall Beauty Favorites 2018

My Fall Beauty Favorites 2018 Collage

Hello from rainy, Virginia! This week I'm visiting my cousins and helping one of them nurse a recent surgery. Getting us through this downpour and the chill in the air? Jack Ryan and getting alerts from Nordstrom that my beauty packages have finally arrived at my home in Seattle.

As you guys know, my favorite lists to make for my blog are the ones about beauty. I'm excited to share these ones with you because 95% are cruelty-free and excellent for Fall. Shall we begin?


Monday, September 24, 2018

Ruched Black Dress & Fall Duster

Fall Duster Outfit

"Autumn: The season that teaches us that changes can be beautiful."

Browns, burnt oranges, velvet! A few words to associate fall fashion this year. This duster has a little drama to it. It's something that reminds me of being in a film or have magic powers, when I'm wearing it. Something that gives an extra "umph" to the outfit. It's easy to wear and pairs easily. Even with jeans and a tank.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

First Day of Autumn & Apple Picking

holding an apple in the apple orchard

Summer has officially sunset and Autumn is in full rotation! I plunged in, friends. Do you remember last year when I tried very hard to have an Adventure in Apple Picking? But the U-Pick was closed for the season. Well, I learned my lesson and I followed my own advice. I reached out to the farm 2 weeks ago to find their opening date. Guess what today was! That day!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Book Review: Chapter One (End of Summer)

Reading on the porch swing

During my recent trip out to Whidbey Island I was able to finish my summer reading list! Summers used to be a lot earlier to sit and readd. I used to have a lot more down time but since I started my job, last year, this time of year is increasingly harder to stay up and read. In short, this list is small. Over the winter, I want to read two books a month! 

I've decided to start a book review series on this blog. Reason one, to keep me honest but also to keep a record for myself. In the past I started this idea, but only reviewed one book. As you can see from my previous post, I had every intention of reading a book a month and that didn't happen. This time, I've got them written in my calendar, in hopes that it'll keep me on track! 

To start, I want to say that I'm a huge library supporter. If I don't get my books from the library, I try to get them at either a thrift store or borrow them from a friend. It's not that I don't believe in buying books, I definitely do! I will buy them every so often, sometimes even after I've read it and loved it. 

Let's begin. Shall we?

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Coupeville, WA & Original Hunter Boots

Walking the Puget Sound in Coupeville, WA
Off to a bit of a slow start today. I'm working, in real time, to get this post live for you guys. Normally I try to work a head but I'm a blogger with a full time job, that isn't blogging, so it gets squished between yoga, junior league and meet ups sometimes. Blogging is my creative outlet and this post is one of the reasons I love to do it. 

My family used to take summer trips all the time. In fact, growing up, we didn't have a lot of extra money. Our family trips involved us stuffing clothes into an over night bag and packing up the ol' suburban for a long drive. Sometimes knowing the destination, sometimes spitting out ideas in the car. We'd pack our discmans and a pile of books, comic books and coloring books. It was normally in the early morning when we were forced to get up but those are the trips I remember the most. They're some of our favorite adventures! 

We're all grown now. None of us kids have children or significant others, at the moment. This summer came and went quickly and it was near impossible to plan a trip but we found one weekend we could all get off so we jumped at it. Destination? Coupeville, Wa! 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Shoulder Bow Jumpsuit & French Style Scarf

Julia Jordan Shoulder Bow Jumpsuit Scarf

Welcome to Queen Anne Hill, not Paris. Shocked? The location for our photoshoot was chosen because I have an unnatural obsession with Queen Anne's many and legendary staircases. Exploring Seattle has become a hobby this year. Walking every street in my neighborhood and a few sectors over is my personal challenge. This staircase is attached to the Wilcox wall which was built between 1913 and 1915. Not as old as Paris but regardless, this beautiful wall has seen a lot. Including my latest jumpsuit obsession!

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Versatile Beret

New brooch and old brooch

I suppose I could have named this post "How to change up your beret" but The Versatile Beret sounded like a great chapter of a style book. 

If you haven't figured it out, this is the ultimate swap out! I picked up this Zara beret at the end of winter last year. It was on sale and I didn't like the pin that was sewn onto it. It was missing a gem stone and its also silver, which as we all know, isn't my favorite tone. I'm a gold-tone queen, all the way. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fall Office Wear & Brown Accents

Office Wear Pencil Skirt Leopard Scarf Heels 2018

This has been a fun little challenge. I have been mapping out outfits by laying them out and taking pictures of them before wearing them. The only accessory missing from this ensemble are my Tom Ford reading glasses.

Monday, September 10, 2018


McQueen Documentary Outfit,

Per the norm, I showed up to an event exactly as the invite's dress code suggested "favorite fall trends". Well, did you see my last post on Fall Trends 2018? I'm a walking example of those trends:

1) Leopard - check
2) Hat - check check
3) Long Duster - checkkkkk

I can not be saved from fall fashion. It's my favorite time of year to be stylish and trendy. There are elements and layers you don't get with any other season. This is when real Seattle style shines.

Now, let's get to this amazing event...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Fall Trends 2018

2018 Fall Trends, Leopard Print, Hats, Long Duster Coats //

Watching the rain, hot cups of tea, snuggly blankets and layering. Lately Fall has been in the air. Maybe it's the smoke that's been tricking our minds into thinking it's the fog. The mornings feel like October and the air is so fresh and crisp in the evenings. This Fall is going to be great, I can feel it!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Perfect White Jeans & Labor Day Weekend

cardigan and white pants labor day

Happy September First, gems! We're being blessed with a sunny and beautiful weekend out here. The smoke has lifted and every waking moment is soaking up the last few days of summer. How could it possibly be coming to an end??