kicking summer goodbye // hello fall boots

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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This past weekend, my main squeeze and I said our "goodbyes" to summer as cloudy gray skies and a mini-drizzle rolled into Seattle. In a weird way, I was oddly relieved. Strange to say, but I was actually getting bored with summer... I know. I know. Only I would say that, right? Yes, I had loved the lazy days of reading on the roof with sangria in hand but I also longed for oversized cardigans, plaid blanket scarves and hot mugs of tea. Snuggle sessions, trips to the apple orchards and pumpkin patch parties.. oh and did I mention a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup? All of this. I wanted. Stat. Just wanted layers upon layers and oodles of coziness.

So when it magically became September (four days ago) - I grinned from ear to ear as I purchased my first pumpkin spice latte of the season and began pinning away all of my favorite festive fall things - which included a few recipes to try this season (giving my crockpot some love this autumn), and of course - outfits to keep me stylish and cozy this fall!

One of the most important fall wardrobe staples is a sturdy pair of comfortable and beautiful riding boots. Seeing that the majority of shoes in my closet were basic black, I decided to jazz it up and go for a rich cognac color. Less serious, a little more playful and casual - I settled on this pair - the Penny Boot by Sam Edelman.

I absolutely love the mahogany color of this pair - the soft leather - rubber sole and buckle detail. Ways to style a riding boot for fall? Skinny jeans tucked in with an oversized cardigan or a patterned tunic dress, tights and an infinity scarf. Is it bad for me to wish more cold weather so I can get some wear in these beauties? 

Looking for some new fall boots this season? See below for a few other of my picks! 

The Dream Look for a Rustic Chic Wedding with

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Today, I'm beyond excited to share my latest work with - the ultimate wedding planning search engine. For those of you who aren't familiar with - it's basically a dream come true for any bride! is a one-stop-shop wedding planning where brides and grooms find new ideas, people to hire and oodles of things to buy.

To quickly clarify things: no, I'm not getting married anytime soon (not that I know of... haha) BUT when and I both got to talking, we faced the facts -- let's be real, every girl already has some sort of "dream wedding" pinterest board.... am I right? So of course, when they asked me to take part in their "Set the Scene" challenge, I said yes!

Challenge: Create a dream wedding look for a specific themed venue. 
Beach affair, city glam or rustic chic - which did I choose? Rustic Chic. Yes, yes, I know... a lot of my friends would quickly dub me to pick city glam. But for some reason, I love how rustic chic is more simple, romantic and intimate.

Challenge Accepted!
See below for my take on the rustic chic "dream wedding look"!

Since I have tendencies to add glitter to everything... going for a romantic, rustic setting required me to hold back from the glam Vera Wang ball gown. BUT in a weird way, I actually didn't mind at all. Personally, I don't see layers of tulle as a look I'd like for a wedding. I've always envisioned either a sleek satin mermaid fit or the simplicity of a silk empire waist gown. For some reason - simple is just better to me. 

As such, when I spotted this beautiful BHLDN Odessa gown - I just knew it was perfect for that rustic chic look. A simple silhouette, but with a gorgeous lace open back - I fell in love with it. It has a sweet, romantic style with just the right amount of intricate detail in the lace but without overwhelming embellishments. 

For the headpiece - I considered a non traditional look - such as the vintage clip (above) as well as this birdcage veil. Then last but not least... I certainly had to add some sparkle to the mix - hence the touch of bling on the beautiful Kate Spade D'Orsay heels, the box clutch and pave drop down earrings. 

What's your dream wedding style?
Would you do it all big and glam or go for more a simple, romantic look?
Share in comments below!

Planning your wedding day look? Shop my rustic chic picks here! 
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Disclosure: No compensation was involved in the development of this post. All thoughts are my own! 

the handwritten note.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I believe in the art of handwriting - the beauty behind the curly script and feather-like movements of the pen. Confession: handwritten notes are my weakness. They win my heart ten times over hand-picked flowers. 

From the color of the ink to the gorgeous cardstock - notes are not just plucked from an aisle at the store. They are hand-selected, thought over and picked with love. Whether it's a gold trimmed edge or embossed initials, I love them all. 

Yes, I'm that girl who has a love for paper and pen... but can you blame me? Quality cardstock just speaks volumes. 

Recently, I re-filled my stockpile of stationary with these beautiful xoxo noteset from sugar paper. And with my order, I received the sweetest handwritten thank you note for my purchase and the card below. 

Cool, huh? 

I've also fallen in love with these below from Kate Spade, Nordstrom and more:

For more fun, I highly recommend Paper Source, Papyrus and Meri Meri

my summer essential: the simple cotton sundress

Thursday, July 31, 2014

summer cotton eyelet dress (similar) // tory burch sandals // gold bar necklace from moorea seal //
longchamp tote bag // marc by marc jacobs gold bracelet watch 
During my east coast adventures, I melted. Sweat, sweaty, sweatyness everywhere. Being from the PNW, I was not accustomed to the humidity, and boy did it get to me. I don't think I've ever needed to tease my hair - it was huge. I felt like I needed to take a shower as soon as I stepped outside of the perfectly cooled a/c. 

How did I survive? My beloved Tory Burch sandals to keep my feet comfy and cool, a lightweight Longchamp tote so that I didn't have to lug around a heavy purse, and of course, an easy breezy cotton summer dress. 

Looking back on my trip, all I really wanted to wear was my simple cotton dress. Just the idea of layering anything else on made me want to cringe and melt in a slimey puddle of goop. Also, the six pairs of shoes I packed for the trip = not practical. Not once did I end up wearing heels. 

With all the walking we did - sandals and my converse were the way to go! 

Resting our poor feet after long walks through the city...

What was your summer must-have this year? 
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new york, new york.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

a peaceful moment captured on a morning walk through central park.
Yes.. yes, I know. My New York adventure was more than a few weeks ago, and I'm definitely overdue for sharing highlights. [SORRY!] But hey... I wanted to give this grand city justice and allow myself plenty of time to share my fav spots that I visited. 

As you know, we were in Boston prior to our venture into NYC. The journey to the big apple was quite the drive. Yes. We. Drove. Reasons why? We wanted to visit the main squeeze's extended family - which included meeting his grandparents, and also, we attended one of his high school friends' wedding. From there, we drove through Jersey and into the city around 10:30 pm. 

You know how they say the "city never sleeps"? They are 100% correct. I had never seen so much traffic at that time of day - the honking, the lights and street traffic buzzing. It was so alive compared to our sleepy Seattle folks who are nestled in their beds around 10 pm. 

The next few days in New York included morning walks through Central Park, a little rendezvous with great college friends, Robert and Chelsey at Laduree for brunch, window shopping and visiting all of the famous Carrie Bradshaw spots (aka her apartment, Magnolia Bakery, etc.). 

We walked through West Village, Soho, the Meatpacking District, Flatiron, and paid a visit to Chelsea Market. Our first full day ended with dinner at Momofuku, a place that my main squeeze and I had waited months for, especially after watching the entire PBS Series "The Mind of a Chef" with David Chang. We were obsessed, and he did not disappoint. 

The rest of the trip included visiting all of the big NYC landmarks, and I'm proud to say that we hit up/saw plenty of the big ones - Bryant Park (Fashion Week, need I say more?), New York City Public Library, Empire State Building, Freedom Tower, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park and Grand Central Station. We even walked through Chinatown to find Joe's Shanghai soup dumplings. And dare I say it, they were tastier than Din Tai Fung. 

On the plane ride home back to Seattle, I started to tear up. My feelings for New York began to bubble up to the surface. I had become absolutely smitten with the Big Apple. All of my five senses were ignited and overwhelmed - I could see, feel, smell, taste and hear the city. There was something about the restlessness of this concrete jungle that kept me invigorated, energized and craving for more. And with that, I must go back soon. 

The Freedom Tower. It was a beautiful museum, and highly recommend it.
We spent about 2.5 hours in it.
Having my Carrie Bradshaw moment! 
Xoxo, Gossip Girl.
signature tourist photo. what a great spot!
I've missed this guy. Forever my bestie. 
the most amazing soup dumplings.

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