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!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Windowpane Pencil Skirt + Bow Pumps

During the summer, it can be tough to style outfits that are both professional enough for the office but comfortable enough for all day wear.  One combination I swear by is a lightweight sweater, pencil skirt, and heels.  This asymmetrical windowpane pencil skirt is a new addition to my closet, styled first with lightweight layers a few weeks ago here.  In today's outfit, I styled the skirt with a navy blue elbow sleeve sweater, navy saffiano tote, and bow pumps.  I have worn these bow pumps so many times that I really need to start looking for a replacement.  Lucky for me, bow pumps don't seem to go out of style and there are always great options available.  Please scroll through for links to my exact pieces as well as more of my picks for asymmetrical pencil skirts and bow pumps to create your own professional look this summer.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Scuba Midi Skirt + Crop Top

I hope all of my US and Canada friends had a wonderful long weekend for the 4th of July and Canada Day!  Long summer weekends are a welcome break from busy work weeks, a chance to spend time with family and friends, and a great opportunity to style your favorite summer looks.  Today's top and skirt are ones that I first wore last month on a girls' trip to NYC (see how I first styled them via my Instagram here).  I had already packed this crop top to go with a different skirt, but found this scuba midi skirt while shopping at H&M that I could not pass up.  The print is so perfect for summer and it has pockets!  Skirts (or dresses) with pockets are always a win in my book.  In today's ensemble, I added my new nude Pigalle 100s, a bow clutch, and gold accessories.  This can be a perfect choice for a weekend brunch date, a casual summer wedding, and more.  Please scroll through for links to my exact items plus more scuba skirt and crop top options that are perfect to style this summer and won't break the bank.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Open Front Blazer + D'Orsay Pumps

Does anyone else feel like the year is just disappearing before your eyes?  I sure do!  I can't believe that the 4th of July is just around the corner, and am looking forward to a busy summer ahead.  The next couple of months are going to fly by between friends visiting Seattle, work travel, vacation travel, and weddings--all good things!  Since my days are so busy, I try to plan outfits that can take me from work to happy hour, dinner, or anything else that comes up.  Today's outfit is a classic combo that I wore to work and dinner last week: an open front blazer, striped top, dark skinny jeans, and d'orsay heels.  This striped top was a recent Nordstrom Rack find, a perfect cut for work, and such a great deal.  I also need to highlight these pumps that are so comfortable I bought them in two colors.  Please be sure to scroll down for my outfit links and my budget-friendly picks for open front blazers and d'orsay pumps.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Weekend Sale Alerts

It's that time of year again: summer sale season!  Now is a great time to pick up items from your favorite retailers at deeply discounted prices--ones that you can wear now.  Even better, now is the time to shop online to get the same discounts (or better!) than you can find in stores.  There are a million choices out there, but I have rounded up pieces from some of my favorite brands below to make it super easy to shop.  Be sure to scroll through to see everything!

Anthropologie is now running a Summer Tag Sale with up to 50% off select items for a limited time.  Prices are as marked, no coupon code needed.  Shop my picks by clicking through the widget below:

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Windowpane Pencil Skirt + Sleeveless Ruffle Sweater

It has been a while since I posted an office look, so today I want to share with you a new outfit with two pieces I picked up last weekend.  I took advantage of Banana Republic's $50 off $100 offer, bought four items and asked the cashier to split the items into two transactions in order to get two $50 discounts.  Win-win for everyone.  This windowpane pencil skirt was an instant favorite with its neutral print and flattering fit, and I chose a regular size over a petite for the 2 extra inches of length.  This sleeveless ruffle sweater was an item I picked up just to try on, but I liked it so much that I bought it too.  The store I visited didn't have an extra small on hand, so I bought the small and I am debating exchanging it for the smaller size.  You can see in these photos how it bunches up a bit at the bottom, but it is supposed to have a loose fit so I need to try a few different outfits before I decide.  I layered a trench dress over these two pieces like a vest, added nude pumps and a red satchel for a pop of color.  Scroll through for my outfit links and more printed pencil skirts that are currently available and perfect to style this summer.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Off the Shoulder Top

The off the shoulder trend is all over social media this summer, and for good reason.  While it may not be work appropriate, this versatile trend has endless styling options for a casual day or an evening out.  I recently decided to add an off the shoulder top to my wardrobe and landed on this top from Asos because of its pretty blue color, affordable price, and size availability (petite, regular, and tall sizes--scroll down for links).  In the past I have stayed away from off the shoulder tops because I don't want to deal with pulling them up all the time, but I really like the structure of this one.  It stays in place while maintaining that breezy, bohemian feel.  In today's outfit, I styled this top with shorts, ankle strap sandals, and a neon clutch for date night with my #1 guy.  We went to dinner in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, and I took the opportunity to snap some photos by this adorably bright mural entitled "Keys to the City."  The full mural is massive, so you can see the full artwork here on the artists' site.  Scroll through for full outfit details and more of my off the shoulder top picks that are perfect to stay cool and look stylish this summer.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Floral Romper + Denim Jacket + Ankle Booties

First, a reminder that today is the last day to enter the $500 Amazon giveaway! Visit the original post here for details on how you can enter for your chance to win.

This romper is quickly becoming one of my favorite summer pieces, because it can be easily styled into multiple outfits for day or night. The modest cut and navy color with embroidered flower print are both subtle and classy, which will help this particular style be wearable for multiple seasons and years.  Rompers are also perfect for travel--you can create more outfits out of one item and save packing space by changing accessories, jewelry, or shoes.  In today's casual outfit, I styled this romper with a denim jacket and booties for a morning stroll at one of the local Seattle parks.  This ultra-comfortable ensemble would be perfect for a day exploring a new city or your hometown.

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