Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Easy Breezy

Romper | Hat | Shoes | Bag (similar) | Necklace (similar)

So, I've been on a bit of a hiatus lately. I've been running around non-stop for the past few weeks. From vacation, to visiting family, to planning wedding festivities for my favorite brides, I just have not spent a lot of time relaxing in my own home. If I'm being completely honest, the fact that the weather has been gorgeous lately also played a part in my reluctance to stay inside. Needless to say, it's been an amazing start to what I can only predict will be one of the best summers yet!

This little blue number has probably been my most repeated romper ever. With fluttery sleeves and a tie front top, it doesn't seem like a go-anywhere outfit, but it is easily the most versatile romper I own. It can be dressed up or down with just a couple of accessories and it's just so easy. It's my number one pick to throw on when I'm in a hurry.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Rainbow Sherbet

Top | Shorts (similar) | Shoes | Necklace | Bag

I'm not sure if it's the unexpectedly sunny weather or the fact that this entire outfit is a rainbow of neon, but all I want right now is a little rainbow sherbet. This outfit was actually my road trip gear. Although, if I'm being realistic - I should be barefoot in these photos since I probably spent a total of 5 minutes wearing shoes while on the road. Mostly it was a feet up on the dashboard, car dancing kind of day.

Nonetheless, a fun and sunny look just felt right. I couldn't choose between my neons, so I just wore them all! This bright orangey coral top is so perfectly loose and breezy, yet it pops like a show stealer. It's perfect for dressing up or down. I've worn it approximately 1000 ways thus far and I think I'll be needing it in every color. Sadly, these precious Lilly Pulitzer for Target shorts are long gone, but I'm seeing some pretty amazing printed shorts options out there right now and I love it! They're perfect for making your casual ensemble a little more fun and for pretending you're on vacation, when you might just be hanging out in your back yard.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Floral Sweetheart

What a weekend. It was so perfect, I demand more!

This weekend I road tripped home to visit my family, spent some quality time with friends, soaked up the sun, and ate far too much coconut cake.  All in all, I'd say it was a success. I even got to throw on this cute little frock.

Can I get a garden party over here because I've got the perfect outfit for it. I am absolutely 100% in love with this dainty floral number from Lulus. I want to wear it every day. I could be sitting on the floor eating a slice of pizza in this dress and still feel like princess Kate. Okay, confession: that's exactly what I'm doing right now. I can't get enough of the floral print though and I think I'm even more in love with the style. The deep sweetheart neckline paired with a flouncy a-line frame, makes for a super feminine piece that can be dressed up or down. I can't wait to put it on repeat this summer for bridal showers, girly dinner dates, and...maybe even a garden party?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Peaches & Cream

Shoes | Shorts (similar here and here) | Top (similar) | Earrings (similar)

Is it Tuesday already? I think I pretty much just skipped Monday altogether by accident. I just wasn't prepared to come back to the real world. My sister and I had the most fabulous road trip last weekend. It consisted of lots of Starbucks, shopping, and laughing until we cry about every ten minutes. There is no one in the world who can make you laugh like a sister.

But onto the real world...we get one day of 75 degree weather and I'm pretty sure I'm on vacation. I managed to snag these beautiful little eyelet shorts from the Lily Pullitzer fiasco a couple weekends ago and let me tell you they are wonderful. They're perfect to just throw on and go up about 10 notches on the classy scale. I am now convinced that every girl needs a pair of white eyelet shorts in her closet, so I've linked a couple of similar options (unless you want to go on ebay and hunt these down)! 

I'm also sporting another target purchase here, my new black heeled sandals that I absolutely love! I really had no idea that I would love these so much. I have been hesitant to purchase a pair like this for a while because I wasn't sure when I would actually wear them. The answer is every day. They're just so pretty and they look far more expensive than they actually are, which I love. One thing to note: the description online says that they are just over 2.5 inches, but they're actually more like 4, so don't expect to go dancing in them right away. However, these little beauties are oddly comfortable in that they are super flexible and stay exactly where you want them. Hello classy lady!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

She's a Lady

Say hello to my first off-the-shoulder purchase this year. Technically, it's strapless but I see a little something there. I just had to say yes when I saw this beauty. It's got the perfect amount of structure, so it stays in place, yet it's still loose and relaxed. The crochet hemline was the icing on the cake though. I love a feminine detail that gives a dress a ladylike finish. 

I can't seem to lay off the florals right now, but I'm okay with that. It's what I love. It's just my cup of tea. A very successful man once told me to "Be yourself everywhere". This wasn't the typical, be yourself everyone else is taken advice. He was simply saying, don't stifle your personality (or style) based upon who you're with. If you're a little quirky, be quirky in all scenarios. If you like to have fun, have fun! Don't suddenly become serious just because you're spending time with a co-worker. It's so easy to put ourselves into boxes. You might have your family box, your work box, your friend box,  etc. In each situation, you tailor your personality to what you think they prefer. I know from experience that this is exhausting! So, the advice I'm giving myself and to you if you're interested is to try to be yourself no matter where you are. Now, obviously there's a time and a place for everything, but being open and honest about who you are and what you enjoy helps people get to know you. When people get to know you, they're willing to have your back and help out just as you would with them.

In other words, do your thing, honey.

Mint and Oatmeal

I love oatmeal. 

I love the color, I love the food, and I love the mask. You know what I love even more? Mint and florals! Put them all together, and you've got my go-to sunny day combo. You'll have to excuse the odd change in lighting, but clearly this was an all-day outfit since we took photos all over the place. There's something about a romper that makes you feel classy and put together, yet practical and ready for anything. I found this springy mint treasure at H&M the other day and it was only $18! It's super lightweight, great for layering, and it has pockets! Pockets are always a win in my book.

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Five Best Dates

Hello perfect date night dress!

I'll be honest, I was a little on the fence about this dress after I bought it. I had the initial rush at the store when I thought I'd found a treasure and then slowly over the next couple of days I started to doubt my decision-making skills. Was this, in fact, a treasure? Well I threw it on one last time to decide - and HELLO it's pretty much perfect. It's like the sisterhood of the traveling dress: nice on the hanger, but fits perfectly when you're actually wearing it. It somehow seems to hug and flow in all the right places. I bet if I were to send it to my three best friends, it would fit them all perfectly too...well maybe that's just in the (fantastic) book/movie series.

Anyway, I decided since I was wearing the dress I'd better show it off, so of course my man friend and I went on a dinner date. It got me thinking though, other than dinner out on a summer night, what are my top five favorite dates?

My Five Favorite Dates

1.) Farmers Market Treasure Hunting - We love to hit up the Ballard Market for pretty flowers, tasty veggies, and a street dog to finish, of course!

2.) Hiking/Outdoor Exploring - Living in the Pacific Northwest, we've got ample opportunity to hike and explore in some of the most beautiful places!

3.) Paddle boarding/Soaking up the Sun - We are definitely paddle boarding novices, but we are always game for anything involving the sunshine and some water!

4.) Cooking together - Throw on some jams and get cooking! A pizza from scratch is often our go-to, I make the crust and he's the pizza sauce wizard. We usually end up laughing until we cry and I often get kicked out of the kitchen for taking my sweet time or eating all of the toppings.

5.) Disneyland - because it's the happiest place on Earth, duh!

In the end, it doesn't really matter what you do, just put a smile on your face and go have some fun already! What are your favorites?