Thursday, August 18, 2016

Travel Log: Hilo/Pahoa, Hawaii

Today I am sharing part two of our Big Island adventures! You may have seen my Kona Travel Log last week, if not you can read it here. We visited the Big Island of Hawaii in May, celebrating my dad's birthday and recent retirement. We spent five days in Kona and three days in Pahoa, on the Hilo side of the Big Island. In today's post I have highlighted our activities from the Hilo side of the island as well as provided links where applicable. During this part of our trip, our focus was visiting the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to see and learn more KÄ«lauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes. Please read on for more photos and details of our time on this beautiful island.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Faux Suede Skirt + Bodysuit + Lace-up Pumps

Now that it is August and many of us have started fall or back-to-school shopping, it is the perfect time to start to think about transitional outfits. Of course we want to start wearing our fall purchases, right? While it is too warm for full-on layers just yet, there are pieces that can be incorporated now for the summer to fall transition. Today's outfit is a great example of this, consisting of three pieces that are right on trend for fall: a faux suede miniskirt, bodysuit, and lace-up pumps. While my skirt is sold out, I have linked to nine current styles all priced under $50! This bodysuit is a recent find from H&M, and although I couldn't find the exact one online I found one that looks almost exactly like it and linked it below. The lace-up pumps are a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchase, and they are so comfortable! The heel is about 3.5" and are very walkable, I have worn them out twice so far and am very happy with them. I finished the outfit with a Michael Kors version of the "wallet on chain" and my Paris bracelet c/o Ashley Bridget (there are 12 different cities available). Be sure to scroll down for my outfit links as well as links to nine faux suede skirts that are available in a variety of colors and all currently priced under $50!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Caseapp Custom iPhone Case

I don't know about you, but I cannot effectively get through a day without my iPhone. Whether I am keeping up with emails and meetings during the work day or social media and life events outside of office hours, I would be lost without my phone.  Since my iPhone is an essential part of my day, I look at it all the time and I like to have a phone case that fits my personality and style. When Caseapp approached me for a collaboration (see my first collab last winter here), I happily accepted.  This time, I wanted to customize my case with photos from my travels to highlight my wanderlust gene and my passion for exploring the world. Please read on to see just how easy it is to design your own custom iPhone case (or Samsung Galaxy) that matches your lifestyle, and use my promo code NC8MGI to save 20% on your order!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Travel Log: Kona, Hawaii

This post is about three months late! In the beginning of May I flew to the Big Island of Hawaii with my boyfriend, my dad, my sister, and her boyfriend for a wonderful week-long vacation to celebrate both my dad's birthday and recent retirement. It feels like a lifetime ago because work has been keeping me so busy, but I wanted to take the time to create posts highlighting my favorite parts of our trip in case you are thinking of visiting this beautiful island at some point. I have visited Oahu and Maui before, but this was my first trip to the Big Island and I was blown away by how beautiful and expansive it is. The Big Island is the largest of the Hawaiian islands and is often referred to in two parts: the Kona side and the Hilo side. We spent five days in Kona and three days in Hilo; today's post is all about our Kona adventures. Please read on for details and some links to specific companies and activities we chose.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Transitional Piece: Plaid Tunic

Have you entered the $200 Nordstrom giveaway?  If not, be sure to check out my original post for details on how to enter for your chance to win. One of my favorite purchases from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is this plaid tunic. This top is my new go-to weekend piece because of its super soft fabric and oversize boyfriend-style fit. It definitely runs large: I purchased an XS (one of my usual sizes) and you can see it has a nice, roomy fit. I liked it so much that I went back and purchased a second color! There are still a few colors/sizes available online at the sale price of $28.90 if you like it too--just don't wait too long because the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale sale ends this weekend and prices go back up Monday August 8th. In today's outfit, I wore this plaid tunic with white shorts, Converse sneakers, and my new go-to saddlebag for a neighborhood walk with my #1 guy and pup.  A plaid tunic is a perfect piece for the summer to fall transition: you can layer it over shorts and a tank now, then switch to jeans and a jacket or vest later. Please scroll through for my outfit links and more of my picks for plaid tunics to style this summer and all the way into fall.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Wedge Converse Sneakers + Culottes

First, have you entered the $200 Nordstrom giveaway?  If not, be sure to check out my original post for details on how to enter for your chance to win.  Today's casual outfit contains a couple of summer staples that you have seen me style before: these wedge Converse sneakers (seen before here) and these navy culottes (seen before here and here).  I love that these sneakers are both stylish and comfortable, and I have been wearing them on repeat this summer.  These culottes were purchased from Banana Republic back in April, and although this specific style is no longer available there is an almost identical style now available at J Crew and currently on sale.  To finish this weekend ensemble, I added a striped crop top, denim vest, and a perfect neutral Kate Spade satchel that is currently on clearance!  I do love all of the sales this time of year--they are a perfect opportunity to pick up items that you can wear for the next few months at bargain prices!  Scroll through for my outfit links and more options for comfy sneakers that are perfect to style the rest of the summer and into fall.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Morning Cross-Body Saddlebag

When I think about fall bag trends, the first one that comes to mind is the saddlebag.  There is no doubt that brands like Chloe helped to make saddlebags more chic and desirable over the last few years, but their classic crossbody shape really is functional and perfect for everyday wear or travel.  My preference is for a simple, clean design that remains relevant year after year, and this Angela & Roi Morning Cross-Body is a perfect fit for my style.  I love the functional size, neutral color, and high quality vegan leather.  All Angela & Roi bags are made of vegan leather (faux leather) and this company strives to do good by donating a portion of each sale to the ASPCA to help stop animal cruelty.  Now this is not my first Angela & Roi bag I have owned--you may remember several posts regarding my Moa tote (also still available on their website, examples of blog posts here and here) because I have been a fan for several years now.  In today's outfit, I wore this Morning Cross-Body Saddlebag with a knit skirt, striped crop top, denim vest, and wedge sneakers for a casual weekend outing in the city.  Please scroll through for outfit links and more details on this versatile bag that I know I will be wearing non-stop this fall!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Off the Shoulder Top + Scuba Midi Skirt + Nordstrom Instagram Giveaway!

Off the shoulder tops are a summer staple, and I wear this one often because it is so easy to dress up or down.  Two examples of how I have recently styled are here and here.  This skirt was an impulse purchase from a recent girls' weekend in NYC, and I'm still in love with the midi length, scuba fabric, and pockets.  I styled it first on the blog here, and today I am combining these two fabulous pieces into a dressy outfit that is perfect for your next summer soiree.  I finished the outfit with nude Louboutin Pigalles (4 inch heel - the perfect height), a neutral Kate Spade satchel, and gold accessories.  Please scroll through for my exact outfit links and more of my picks for off the shoulder tops and scuba midi skirts to create your own summery look.  A new group giveaway is also starting at 8am PST today - scroll through for the details!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Navy Sheath Dress + Printed Scarf

Last week I showed you one of my go-to office outfit formulas, and today I want to share another one.  I could spend a great deal of time trying to decide what to wear to work, but these type of outfit formulas allow me to sleep longer and start the morning off with less stress.  A simple, solid colored dress is definitely a work wardrobe staple any time of the year.  This navy sheath dress is an older piece in my closet, but one I wear to work over and over again because of its classic shape and comfortable, stretchy material.  A printed scarf like the one I am wearing is perfect for both adding color to a solid dress and for draping over your shoulders in an air conditioned office.  I finished the look with leopard pumps, gold jewelry, and a structured tote.  Please scroll through for outfit links and more of my picks for current sheath dresses and printed scarves, some of which are currently discounted as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  Card holders have early access this week, before the sale officially starts Friday July 22nd.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Off the Shoulder Top + Culottes

I recently spent a few hours on a Saturday morning photographing outfits with Bello Photography.  We picked the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle because it is both convenient to get to and has buildings with great character.  This mural I am standing in front of is located on the side of Brass Tacks, an awesome restaurant and one of my favorite spots for brunch!  This mural was painted last year (you can read more about it here) and you can see in some of these photos just how massive it is.  Today's outfit features an off the shoulder top that I first styled on the blog last month with shorts here.  I love the pale blue color of this top because it complements my fair skin and can be styled with many different solid colors and prints.  This time I picked navy culottes, my nude Pigalle 100mm pumps (4 inch heel height), gold jewelry, and one of my three Uber Clutches (I'm a little obsessed).  This ensemble is both stylish and comfortable, making it a versatile summer look.  Please scroll through for links to pieces I am wearing as well as more of my picks for off the shoulder top and culottes to style your own summer look!

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