Monday, January 16, 2017

Travel Style: Blanket Scarf + Plaid Button-Down

First, a quick reminder to enter the Amazon giveaway! Click here to view the original post to learn how to enter for your chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card. My last two outfit posts (you can view them here and here) have been focused on travel-friendly looks, showing you a couple of ways that I styled outfits during my recent trip to Japan. I talked a bit about how I packed one small carry-on suitcase with winter layers that could be mixed and matched, and that some of these pieces included a quilted down vest, over the knee wedge boots, and a red cross body satchel. Well, today I want to show you one more way I styled those three pieces again in a different casual outfit. This time, I added a plaid button-up shirt, a cozy striped blanket scarf, and black leggings for a sunny morning walk around the Imperial Palace and lunch in Tsukiji Market (the famous fish market). Combining this black plaid shirt with this large stripe blanket scarf is subtle and stylish, making it perfect for travel. Please scroll through for more photos, outfit links, and more of my blanket scarf and plaid shirt picks for your own winter outfit inspiration.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Travel Style: High-Top Sneakers

I hope you are having a great week so far! Earlier this week I shared an outfit that I wore on my recent Japan trip, and today I want to continue the topic of travel style. If I know that I will be walking quite a bit during a vacation, I make sure to choose comfortable pairs of shoes. In the past, I avoided traveling outside of the United States with sneakers because many sneaker styles had bold colors and were way too noticeable. They instantly marked you as a tourist! However, these days there are so many more comfortable and stylish sneaker options available that I no longer see it being an issue. Many brands have worldwide appeal, but I still personally prefer simple colors like black, grey, or white for my travels. I picked up these black High-Top Sneakers right before this recent Japan trip because they were water-resistant, fur-lined, and comfortable for all-day wear. The fur lining kept my feet toasty during chilly mornings and evenings when Tokyo temperatures hovered just above freezing! In today's outfit, I styled these High-Top Sneakers with a chambray shirt, quilted down vest, leggings, crossbody satchel, and a cozy blanket scarf for a casual day exploring the city with our group. Please scroll through for more photos, outfit links, and more of my picks for travel-friendly sneakers as well as a link to enter the current Amazon giveaway.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Travel Style: Striped Skater Skirt + OTK Wedge Boots

First, have you entered the current $500 Amazon gift card giveaway? If not, click here to learn how to enter for your chance to win! We just returned from a wonderful week-long trip in Japan with a group of dear friends over the New Year's holiday. It was really nice during the day (sunny and in the 50's F) but chilly at night (in the 30's F), so I took a small carry-on of winter layers plus a down coat. My carry-on consisted of pieces that could be worn together, winter basics that could be mixed and matched with different tops and bottoms. Some of these pieces included a quilted down vest, over the knee wedge boots, and a red cross body satchel. I wore those three pieces several different ways on the trip, which you will see in future outfit posts! In today's outfit, I styled this quilted down vest  over the knee wedge boots  and red cross body satchel with a striped textured bandage skater skirt and off-white sweater for an afternoon of visiting temples and parks in Tokyo. Please scroll through for more photos, outfit links, and more of my picks for skater skirts to create your own stylish winter look.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Marled Batwing Sweater

Happy New Year and I hope 2017 is off to a great start for you! I just returned home from spending week in Japan celebrating the New Year with my fiancĂ© and a group of dear friends. We had such a wonderful time ringing in the New Year on a cruise in Tokyo Bay, exploring Tokyo's neighborhoods, and even skiing in Hakuba (2.5 hours from Tokyo on the main island). More on that trip later, but today I want to share a cozy winter outfit with you that is perfect for the current frigid Seattle weather. I recently received this Marled Batwing Sweater from Rosegal, and it is quite possibly the most comfortable sweater I have ever owned. In today's outfit, I combined this sweater with a faux leather skirt, open-toe booties, and a colorblock fedora. Please scroll through for more photos, outfit links, and more budget-friendly sweaters from Rosegal. Also, if you have not yet entered the current Amazon giveaway, click here to do that too.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Pleated Knit Midi Skirt

As we count down the days to the new year, I cannot help but think about how my outfits have changed over the years since I started blogging. I definitely branch out more with my outfits than I used to, and I love that I can get outfit ideas from amazing and stylish bloggers located all over the world! Winter fashion in particular can be tricky, especially when it comes to creating cute outfits for work. It is easy for me to get stuck in a rut with pants and sweaters, but today I want to share a new office-friendly outfit with this skirt I recently received from StyleWe. If you been following me for a while, you already know that I love midi skirts any time of the year. However, this midi skirt is unlike the other skirts currently in my closet. This pleated style is not only on trend, but also has a thicker material that is perfect for winter temperatures. In today's outfit, I styled this skirt with a cropped sweater, faux fur collar, bow pumps, and studded clutch for work. This is my second collaboration with StyleWe--if you missed the first post a couple of weeks ago you can see it here. Please scroll through for more photos, links, and more of my picks for midi skirts currently available at In addition, a new group giveaway is live today so be sure to scroll down to learn how to enter for your chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Cold Shoulder Sweater + Knit Beanie

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I spent time with my family yesterday--my parents, grandparents, sister, and I all live within an hour of each other so it is fairly easy for us to get together and I am grateful for that. The holiday season is a time to get together with loved ones, eat well, and enjoy time off from work. Today I want to share with you a new cold shoulder sweater and beanie I recently received from Rosegal that are perfect for casual winter gatherings. These two pieces are super comfortable and budget-friendly (the sweater is under $35 and the beanie is under $10, both available in a variety of colors), both wins in my book. When it comes to seasonal trends, I am a big fan of trying out affordable pieces rather than spending a significant amount of cash and Rosegal is a perfect site to do this. Please continue reading for more photos, links, and more of my picks for winter-worthy sweaters under $30 currently available at Rosegal.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Travel Log: Salzburg, Austria

Merry Christmas, everyone! Today I wish you the happiest of holidays and hope that you are able to spend time with family and loved ones. I am looking forward to celebrating Christmas with my family today, but I also wanted to share this travel log from our last European trip in September. I know this is a late post, but some technical difficulties with my laptop kept me from getting to these photos sooner. However, I very much enjoyed the short time we spent in Salzburg and I hope that you enjoy reading about it! We flew into Munich, met up with two dear friends Allie and Hayden at the airport, and drove about two hours Schloss Hellbrunn (Hellbrunn Palace) about twenty minutes south of the Salzburg city center. Hellbrunn Palace was the first stop on our Salzburg adventure. Please scroll through to see photos and read all about our short time in this gorgeous city.

Our Salzburg tour started in the southern part of the city at Schloss Hellbrunn, or Hellbrunn Palace. This palace was built between 1613-1619 by the Prince-Archbishop at the time as a summer getaway.  Fun fact: because this palace was only occupied during the day, it has zero bedrooms!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Outfit Idea: Layering a Dress & Sweater

Merry Christmas week, everyone! I hope that you are able to celebrate with family, friends, and loved ones this weekend. Today I want to share a work outfit idea that was inspired by an email request from a reader who loved this layered look from a couple of years ago. This reader requested another post with the same or a similar pieces. While I have never posted the same outfit twice, I thought a bit about how I could style and show another office-appropriate layered look with a dress over a sweater. This type of combo is perfect for this time of year, and I bet that many of you already have the perfect candidates (sweaters and sleeveless dresses) in your closet. This time, I decided to adopt a brighter color palette and feature a navy printed shift dress layered over a red cropped sweater. I love how this red sweater really brings out the red in the print of this dress! Tall boots add extra coverage and warmth, and a navy tote rounds out the ensemble. Although my exact pieces are no longer available, you can scroll through the widget below to see some great options to create or inspire your own layered look this winter.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Custom iPhone Tough Case

When I upgraded from my iPhone 6 Plus to the new iPhone 7 Plus, I was sad that my existing custom cases did not fit my new phone. I love that the iPhone 7 Plus has new and improved cameras, but of course Apple would make the back camera just a bit bigger so that iPhone 6 Plus cases do not fit. Thankfully, CaseApp came to the rescue and I am thrilled to partner with this company again on a new custom case for my iPhone 7 Plus! This time I chose an Extra Protection Tough Case that covers all four corners of the phone. This "tough" case has a silicone lining underneath the printed hard case in order to add additional protection against cracks and breaks. I uploaded my favorite photo of Everett and I from this summer's South Africa trip (taken by our dear friend Debbie) and added a fun travel quote: "In life, it's not where you go, it's who you travel with." I have been using this case for a couple of weeks now and am very happy with it--it fits my phone perfectly and makes me smile every time I pick it up! This is definitely my favorite case yet. CaseApp has generously offered a holiday season discount to my readers: just enter my discount code AVECAMBERXMAS20 at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase. Shipping is free within the U.S. and Canada with a speedy turnaround time. This is a perfect way to treat yourself this Christmas season or buy a last minute gift. Please scroll through for more photos and details on how to create your own custom case at

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Geometric Mini Dress

The holiday season is in full swing, and one of the events that I look forward to every year is our local Seattle Symphony Holiday Pops series. This family tradition is a great opportunity to dress up a bit, listen to beautiful holiday music, and get in the Christmas spirit! I recently received this black and white Geometric Mini Dress from StyleWe, and it was perfect to style for last weekend's symphony. I followed the size guide on StyleWe's website and ordered a small, which fits great! I love the thick, stretchy cotton blend fabric that hugs in all the right places, and pricing is very reasonable at $50 (with some additional holiday discounts currently available on The length is on the shorter side, so I styled this dress with over the knee boots in today's outfit. The boots, in addition to a faux fur vest, provide coverage and warmth for winter temperatures. A gold collar necklace and bright red clutch add some holiday cheer and round out the look. Please scroll through for more photos, outfit links, and more of my picks for dresses worthy of a night out or festive event.

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