How to Dress in Layers for Winter

Monday, December 11, 2017

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How to Dress in Layers for Winter

Who What Wear Collection Quilted Velvet Bomber Jacket | Target A New Day Watercolor Kimono | Siizu Sunna Silk Peplum Top c/o | Aritzia Wilfred Free Daria Pant (also similar) | Timex Metropolitan Watch c/o | Clare V Foldover Clutch c\o Farfetch (sold out, similar) | Madewell Alice Sandal (on sale!) | Cole Haan Aviator Sunglasses

While not officially winter on the calendar yet, the temperatures outside in Seattle have been steadily dropping and that cold winter chill is definitely in the air. As temperatures drop, layers become an absolute essential for dressing and braving the cold in the Pacific Northwest.

This winter season I am looking to a variety of fabrics and textures to add variety when dressing in layers, so as not to fall into the winter dressing doldrums I find myself in every year. I'm particularly loving layers of faux leather, velvet, and silky fabrics to get me through until Spring.

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Photography: Karya Schanilec Photography

Your Closet BFF: A History of the Little Black Dress

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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Your Closet BFF: A History of The Little Black Dress

Your Closet BFF: A History of The Little Black Dress

Who What Wear Collection Fit & Flare Little Black Dress | Marc Jacobs Sunglasses (sold out, similar) | Who What Wear Collection Ring Handle Bag (sold out, similar / similar) | Target Merona Margo Pearl Slide Sandals

Whenever I am in doubt on what to wear to a holiday party, family gathering or night on the town, my go to is almost always the Little Black Dress (LBD). It is that essential wardrobe item I can always count on and feel confident in. I like to believe the LBD will take me anywhere!

Just throw on a jacket and pair of heels, grab a clutch and you're party ready! Or dress down with a pair of sneakers and an oversized cardigan sweater for an afternoon with friends. The LBD makes the perfect traveling companion and more often than not at least one will end up in my suitcase as my jetset partner. The Little Black Dress truly is my closet BFF!

However, it is the story of the LBD that really catches my attention. This simple garment does not have so much a simple history. Similar to that of denim, it is a tale of the wealthy appropriating the clothing of the working class and poor.

In October 1926 American Vogue Magazine featured a sketch of a Chanel design for a long sleeve, calf length, black sheath dress and predicted the dress would become a uniform for "women of taste." They called the little black dress a "Chanel Ford," simple with potential for enormous and great success, and named after the era's democratic black model-t automobile.

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Photography: Karya Schanilec Photography

Gifting for the Holidays: Sparkle with Blue Nile Jewelry

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thank you Blue Nile for sponsoring this post!  

Gifting for the Holidays: Sparkle with Blue Nile Jewelry

Gifting for the Holidays: Sparkle with Blue Nile Jewelry

Still contemplating the perfect holiday gift for a loved one? Or perhaps thinking about treating yourself this holiday season? Blue Nile will make any and all occasions merry & bright! Jewelry is truly the perfect gift. With sentimental and sparkle going hand in hand, you'll shine for anyone so lucky to receive such such a present!

The Blue Nile Petite Emerald Floral Stud Earrings are just asking to be wrapped up and placed under the tree or in a stocking. Delicate in design with vintage details, they are a timeless classic waiting to be worn to holiday parties and après ski.  A beautiful round emerald gemstone (my birthstone!) is surrounded by a sparkling micropavĂ© diamond frame, all crafted in 14k yellow gold. Simply stunning.

Gifting for the Holidays: Sparkle with Blue Nile Jewelry
Blue Nile Petite Emerald Floral Stud Earrings c/o 

I plan to wear my Blue Nile Petite Emerald Floral Stud Earrings c/o to my husband's company holiday party in a few weeks and just know they will style perfectly with the little black dress and faux fur wrap I plan to wear. Holiday party ready!

AYR Makes Seriously Great Fitting Jeans

Thursday, November 16, 2017


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AYR Makes Seriously Great Fitting Jeans

AYR Hi-Rise Skinny Jean in Jet Black c/o | Ulla Johnson Sweater (sold out, similar) | Mar Y Sol Trio Open-Top Shoulder Bag c/o Saks OFF 5TH | Saks Fifth Avenue Denim Sandals c/o Saks OFF 5TH (sold out, similar) | Marc Jacobs Sunglasses (sold out, similar)

Ever struggle with the idea that the perfect fitting pair of jeans even exists? Up until now that has been my daily grind too! I seriously contemplated if denim existed that didn't give you a wedgie or squish your tummy to an uncomfortable level of "I'm never eating again"; that perhaps jeans that lasted longer than 5 minutes without fading and stretching were in fact just a made up evil of pure genius by the denim manufacturers to keep us searching. Well my mind has been changed!

AYR (which stands for All Year Round) makes seriously great fitting jeans! They do in fact exist! "Best-fitting jeans ever" according to Refinery 29 and I couldn't agree more.

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Photography: Karya Schanilec

Olay 28 Day Challenge: An Easy Skincare Routine with Proven Results

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thank you Olay for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own!

Olay 28 Day Challenge: An Easy Skincare Routine with Proven Results

If you follow me on Instagram, than you might know that just about a month ago I started the Olay 28 Day Challenge. As someone who is starting to notice a few more smile lines, dark circles under my eyes and all those beginning signs of stress and aging, I jumped at the chance to try an easy-to-follow daily skincare routine with proven results! Plus, my skin was in need of some major love after a year of wedding planning (where pretty much every routine flew out the window . . .).

Since beginning the challenge, I’ve been using the Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream and Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream daily, which have been clinically proven to make skin look younger in 28 days. As someone with super sensitive skin, I have to admit I was a bit hesitant, but after Day 1 I was already seeing results! Halfway through the challenge, my skin was feeling smoother, plumper, more hydrated, and I noticed my fine lines were a bit softer.