Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Look of the Day: Olive Silk Skirt & Polka Dot Blouse

 OMG, tomorrow is my birthday!! I usually throw a relaxed, but large get together down at the beach, but it seemed like too much work. I'll probably regret not getting all my friends together, but sometimes you just don't feel like being the center of attention. Instead, I'm going to have lunch in Ballard, with my mom and sister, then wander wherever I feel like wandering. After all, that's my favorite activity.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Look of the Day: Plaid Shirt Dress & Coach Bucket Bag

By far one of my favorite Value Village finds, this dress makes me feel cool enough to be in Ferris Bueller. I'm now always on the look out for 80s-era plaids similar to this one.

 The Coach was in immaculate condition when I found it at Crossroads Trading but of course I've put a few miles on it. It's rare and the cognac leather just a shade darker than the classic English Tan. The minute I saw it on the wall behind the cash register, I knew it was going in the collection. It was a steal at $35!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Look of the Day: Striped Linen Dress & Rust Cardigan

One of my best friends from high school was in town this week, so I took some days off from work and enjoyed a staycation. We went to Golden Gardens on Thursday and, yesterday, had a small potluck with our friends down in Tacoma. Tiana's summer visits are about the only thing I ever plan for during the summer, and they're always special. We've known each other since 3rd grade! It goes without saying, we're pretty comfortable talking about anything. On Thursday, she let me know she wasn't happy with my lack of blog content. I've missed blogging regularly, and I'm happy to have the encouragement. 

Tiana, I know you're reading this. I just spent like 3 hours photographing things I've worn over the past couple weeks, so keep an eye out for more posts!

 This linen-blend dress is on clearance at Old Navy right now!


Monday, July 25, 2016

Long Weekend: Oakland & Berkeley

Gosh, summer always passes so quickly! It's already been a month since we were in California, and of course, I'm just now getting the photos finished! There are still a few photos to be added, but I haven't posted in so long, I thought it would be good to get at least something up!

The whole weekend was spent wandering around Lake Merrit in Oakland. We ate lots of great food, watched several movies, and generally just bummed about. How lovely it is to go somewhere without having anything set in stone!

On Saturday, we went to San Francisco and Trevor gave me a tour of the neighborhood he lived in last summer. We also ate dinner  at Stuffed, a Polish pierogi restaurant he frequented. 

 On Sunday, we had brunch at the Thai Temple in Berkeley and met up with my dear friend, Lorea. After brunch, we went to Fourth Street and almost adopted 2 puppies.

If you're ever in Berkeley, you have to pay a visit to Castle in the Air. It's one of my favorite shops of all time. The interior is just magical.


lake merritt, bay area, farmer's market, produce, eat local

bay area, golden gate, sunset, best coast
 There's nothing like a West Coast sunset

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Look of the Day: Ok, it's a sack

 It's just the right amount of shapeless, especially when it's 85 degrees! I found it while thrift shopping, of course. It's made of pin striped chambray and looks so cool over a crop or bandeau top.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

DIY: Easy Poppy Magnets

You wouldn't think a fridge would need a make-over, but here we are. Mine needed one desperately. Photos and thank you cards from 5 years ago, expired coupons, crappy magnets that don't hold anything up. You get the gist. We even had our marriage certificate buried under drawings by my niece. It was the perfect reason to get crafty.

Whether your fridge needs some brightening up or you're just in a crafting mood, these magnets are a quick project that can be done on the cheap. You can get almost everything you need at the dollar store. Or splurge on some fancier silk flowers from the big craft store in your town. I recommend strong magnets, since the flowers tend to be a bit heavier. 

What you'll need:

A couple bunches of fake flowers
1-2 packages of strong magnets
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Start by pulling the flowers off their stems. Trim as close as you can. If your blooms start to come apart, you can just glue them together!

Tip: Use a piece of tin foil to protect your work surface from hot glue. 

 Apply enough glue to securely hold the bloom to the magnet. I would say about 1/8 of a teaspoon. I start by applying the hot glue directly to the center and then circling outwards once or twice. Remember to work quickly! Press it on to the magnet. You can even press the petals into the glue for extra hold. Let cool for a few minutes and your done!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Links à la Mode, June 9

Thank you so much to IFB for including me in the roundup for this week!

Links à la Mode, June 9
Grazielle Camilleri: Denim Shorts and Colourful Tee
InCorporate Mode: Guide to Shopping in Paris
Minnie Rose: #DOFB
Outfit Zest: Strawberry Season
That Trendy Fellow: Color Pop
The Wanderbliss: White Out!
We Are Ready Made: Japonisme

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Look of the Day: Black Mockneck & Blue Linen Joggers

My favorite trend of the moment has to be sleeveless mocknecks. Will it make sense in 6 months? Probably not. Will I donate them all back to Value Village by Christmas? Most likely. But for now, I'm digging the minimalist vibe they bring to an outfit.

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