Summer Vacation Packing List

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Summatime!!! It is officially summer this weekend with summer solstice this Friday, June 21! I am so excited for the start of the sunshine season. Not only does summer equal sunshine and ice cream and days at the beach and time spent outdoors, it also means summer vacations!

Summer Vacation Packing List

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Summer Vacation Packing List

Last summer my husband S and I spent two weeks in the Greek Islands for our honeymoon and yes, it was incredible (stay tuned for travel guides!) This year we are staying closer to home for the summer with lots of Pacific Northwest adventures planned. Seriously, PNW is best in summer!

We've already been to Whidbey Island for wine tasting and the Gorge Amphitheater to see the Dead & Company. We have an end of summer trip to the Hood Canal on the books for our anniversary and we are currently in the midst of planning for the rest of June, July and August. Any suggestions? We are contemplating Mt. Rainier, the Washington Coast, another island visit to Whidbey (or another island or 2 or 3), the Painted Hills in Oregon, Portland (OR), and a few other fun spots!

Do you have any fun trips planned for summer? If so, you're in luck! I've rounded up some of my favorite items to add to your summer vacation packing list. From cotton voile tops, to gauze-y wide leg pants to leather sandals, each of this items is absolutely worthy of a summer vacation suitcase or weekender addition!

What Wear When: 6/14 Events in Seattle & Beyond

Friday, June 14, 2019

 What Wear When: 6/14 Events in Seattle & Beyond

It's the final week countdown until it's officially summer and I am seriously jumping for joy! We hit 90s this week in Seattle and it has been HOT, HOT, HOT! But I am definitely not complaining; I am a huge sunshine and hot weather fan!

With summer, comes all the fun things! Last weekend my husband and I road-tripped to the Gorge Amphitheater (the most AMAZING live music venue) to see the Dead and Company (yay for festival season!) and had such a great time!

Along with summer festivals and live music, this sunshine season brings new store openings, fashion exhibitions, dining al fresco, outdoor adventures and so much more! I just love summer in Seattle!

Particularly on my radar going into this weekend and the next few weeks are the A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes exhibition at MoPOP,  Seattle Style Fashion/Function exhibit presented by Nordstrom at MOHAI Seattle, Glossier Popup on Capitol Hill and the new Allbirds store at University Village!

Here's all the fun things I'm looking forward to as we head into the beginning of summer  . . .

What Wear When: 6/14 Events in Seattle & Beyond

The Best Bags for Summer

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Best Bags for Summer

Sunshine, rising temperatures and beach days on the horizon call for all the summer bags, please! Can't wait for summer? Me neither! We are now just days away from summer solstice and I am getting more and more excited each day!

This year I am all about basket, net, raffia, crochet and whimsical clutches, totes and shoulder bags for the summer season. Each with a bit of something special (a necessity in a summer bag!) and perfect for the beach, city strolling and/or island vacays, I've rounded up my favorite bags for summer at a variety of price points and styles.

Summer days call for summer bags!

xoxo

The Best Bags for Summer


From Spring Blossoms to Summer Sunshine

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

We are now a few days into June, which means we're moving from spring blossoms to summer sunshine! The past few months have brought cherry and plum blossoms to our Seattle neighborhood, as well as beautiful flowers and a slow increase in temperatures. With the sun setting now after 9pm, summer is truly in the air!

From Spring Blossoms to Summer Sunshine

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From Spring Blossoms to Summer Sunshine

Tularosa Dress (sold out, similar) | Paseart Espadrilles Wedge Sandal (similar) | Bali Rattan Top Lid Shoulder Bag | Cole Haan Aviator Sunglasses

With spring blossoms giving way to summer sunshine, if you haven't already, it's time to break out the sundresses and summer sandals and bags! I was thrilled to find this dress by Tularosa on a recent thrifting adventure. Although it has long sleeves, it is lightweight cotton, with gorgeous embroidery and lace details, and a new favorite dress for the season.

Tularosa is known for it's refined vintage-inspired collection of romantic dresses, textural jackets and embroidered tops designed for the wild at heart. A beautiful modern bohème LA-based brand, Tularosa is one of my go-to's for summer.

For a recent neighborhood walk in Seattle, I styled my Tularosa Dress (sold out, similar) with a pair of Paseart Espadrilles Wedge Sandal (similar) from Spain, a Bali Rattan Top Lid Shoulder Bag and a pair of Cole Haan Aviator Sunglasses.

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15+ Must See Movies at Seattle International Film Festival

Friday, May 24, 2019

15+ Must See Movies at Seattle International Film Festival

We're one week into the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and there are so many good movies this year! Tonight I am planning to catch Celebration at Pacific Place, an opulent and immersive behind-the-scenes look at haute couture designer Yves Saint Laurent's final show before his death, told through the eyes of longtime business partner Pierre Bergé, which was suppressed for the last two decades. I am so excited to see this film!

Tonight's viewing of Celebration at Pacific Place is the 2nd Fashion Film Friday of SIFF. Each Friday of the festival is a different fashion film showing at Pacific Place. Last Friday was Jean-Paul Gaultier: Freak and Chic (the US Premiere!), with Timeless Beauty showing next Friday and the final Fashion Film Friday featuring Halston (additional showtimes available.)

15+ Must See Movies at Seattle International Film Festival

In addition to four amazing fashion films, I've included in my Seattle International Film Festival Guide this year some incredible films around travel, art, music, design, just for fun and more! There are over 400 films at this year's SIFF, and after strategic examining of this year's film guide, these are 15+ films I am hoping to see!

If you're attending SIFF, I would love to hear your thoughts on the films and what you're planning to see! If you see me at the movies, come say 'Hi'! Now I'm off to the movies . . .

xoxo

SIFF 2019 FILM GUIDE:

15+ Stylish Sandals You Won't Regret Buying For Summer

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

15+ Stylish Sandals You Won't Regret Buying For Summer

ST. AGNI Henni Leather and Rattan Slides | Ulla Johnson Floral Dress (sold out, similar) | Woven Bag (thrifted, similar)

It is officially sandal season! We've hit 70s in Seattle and are expecting 80s tomorrow! Sandal season is pretty much my favorite. I am such a fan of a beautiful sandal. This spring and summer (and hopefully into fall, crossing fingers) I plan to wear sandals each and every day that I can.

We do get the occasional summer shower, but if the sun is shining, sandals will be my go to shoe. If it's a bit cooler out, I plan to pair sandals with vintage Levis and a cashmere sweater. As the days grow warmer, I'll switch jeans out for shorts and eventually drop the sweater to just a tee. On the warmest of days you'll find me in sundresses and sandals.

I've rounded up 15+ pairs of stylish sandals I am just loving this sandal season. With a range of price points and styles, one is bound to be perfect for a day at the beach, a summer boardwalk stroll, dinner al fresco with a loved one and/or brunch with girlfriends. These are 15+ stylish sandals you won't regret buying for summer!


15+ Stylish Sandals You Won't Regret Buying For Summer