Tips for Reusing and Rewearing Your Wedding Day Jewelry and Accessories Beyond Your Big Day

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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Target Cold-Shoulder Floral Maxi Dress (sold out, similar) | BHLDN Yates Stole | BHLDN Crystal Clutch (sold out, similar) | Badgley Mischka Dawn Crystal Back D'Orsay Pump c/o | Marc Jacobs Sunglasses (sold out, similar)

I can't believe it's already been almost a year since S and I got married! It's been such a beautiful year and I wake up so grateful every single day for marrying the love of my life. We just got back from our Honeymoon in the Greek Islands (post coming soon!) and we are currently planning our 1 year anniversary, eek!

I also can't believe it's been a year since we were wedding planning. For the year leading up to our wedding, planning for the big day pretty much consumed all we did from choosing my dress to creating our website to putting together a wedding day emergency kit.

After choosing my dream wedding dress, on the to do list was to choose my wedding day accessories and jewelry. One thing that was really important to me in choosing what I wore for tying the knot was choosing not to wear things I would only wear for a few hours on one day of my life and then just put in a box somewhere and maybe pull out every now and then for nostalgia.

As such, I really took into consideration what I would wear alongside my dress and made a plan for incorporating them into my wardrobe after the big day. And today, I'm sharing those tips with you!

Tips for Reusing Your Wedding Day Jewelry & Accessories Beyond Your Big Day ~

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Curate a Sustainable Closet and Save Money with Summer Thrifting

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Thank you Value Village for graciously coordinating a shopping excursion to my local Value Village for some Summer thrifting! Items gifted and sent for editorial consideration are marked c/o. Affiliate links are occasionally used throughout this site, which means I might make a small commission if you click on a link & make a purchase. Thank you for supporting Story of My Dress!

Curate a Sustainable Closet and Save Money with Summer Thrifting

Pineapple Moon Palm Tree Shirt c/o Value Village (thrifted, similar) | Oat + Fawn Shorts c/o Value Village (thrifted, similar) | Johnston & Murphy Jules Lace-Up Sneaker c/o | Target Blocked Panama Hat | Marc Jacobs Sunglasses (sold out, similar) | Market Net Bag

It's the season of sunshine! And it is seriously hot hot hot here in Seattle. We will be at, above or close to 90 degrees Fahrenheit for at least the next week. Definitely not complaining though, as I personally love the heat and sunshine.

However, to keep things cool as the thermometer turns up and to make sure I don't get too roasty toasty (as our home does not have A/C) , I plan to enjoy lots of iced coffee, seek out spots with A/C, and, of course, head to the beach in my summer wardrobe favorites!

For my summer and beach wardrobe, I am all about thrifting. It's a great way to save money for summer adventures and also an easy way to curate a more sustainable closet and lower my clothing footprint. Secondhand clothing is the most sustainable clothing because it already exists! Win-Win for the planet. Win-Win for my bank account. Win-Win for my summer wardrobe!

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Opt Outside: 5 Essential Items For Exploring Your Local Parks This Summer

Friday, July 13, 2018

This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com.

Opt Outside: 5 Essential Items For Exploring Your Local Parks This Summer

Summer is the perfect time for taking advantage of summer weather, stepping outside and enjoying local parks! I have long been a lover of City parks, both large and small. Parks offer a refuge amidst the hustle and bustle of traffic and people, a place to catch a glimpse of nature in an otherwise cement world, a spot to enjoy a swim, walk, hike and bit of sunshine or shade, depending on the day.

Parks are the perfect location for a picnic, gathering of friends or breath of fresh air. I like to think of each park I visit as a little haven to be discovered by the visitor passing through. From New York's Central Park to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to Seattle's Alki Beach, every City park is unique and worth a wander.

Whenever I am in a new City I love to visit at least one new park. In addition to the opportunity to spend time outdoors, I also find parks offer some of the best places for people watching and enjoying the local culture.

Opt Outside: 5 Essential Items For Exploring Your Local Parks This Summer

Seattle has over 485 parks and 3 are in walking distance from my house in the West Seattle neighborhood. In just these 3 parks I can find hiking trails, a community garden, a dog park, tennis courts, ball fields, playgrounds and a spray park the neighborhood kids love!

A few of my favorite Seattle parks include Golden Gardens, Alki Beach, Green Lake, Volunteer Park, Lincoln Park, Seward Park and Westcrest Park. All these, plus many others, are well worth a visit if you live (or find yourself!) in Seattle, particularly during the beautiful Seattle summer season.

Whenever I'm planning on heading outside to explore one of my local parks in summer, I always make sure to prepare with 5 essential items to make my experience even more enjoyable, which I'm sharing with you today!

July Beauty Edit: Skincare Favorites for Summer

Monday, July 9, 2018

Disclosure: This post includes sponsored product placement by VIIcode.  Items gifted and sent for editorial consideration are marked c/o. Affiliate links are occasionally used throughout this site, which means I might make a small commission if you click on a link and make a purchase.  Thank you for supporting Story of My Dress!

July Beauty Edit: Skincare Favorites for Summer

VIIcode T2 Oxygen Eye Cream c/o  | Kiehl's Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser | Zum Face Gentle Facial Toner c/o | Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil | Tula Hydrating Day and Night Cream c/o | Kopari Coconut Melt c/o | Izipizi Sun Nautic King Blue Sunglasses c/o | Straw Tote (thrifted, similar) | Greek Beach Towel (similar)

Oh hello summer! The sun is shining, iced coffee is the order of choice, bikinis are emerging from the back of closets and jet-setters are leaving on summer holidays. Summer is pure bliss in my humble opinion.

However, summer also means a change in both outdoor and indoor temperatures (hello Heat to AC and back to heat), a change in humidity and spending more time outdoors in the sunshine, which all tend to affect my skin. As such, a skincare seasonal change is necessary.

From a cleanser made with whole cucumbers to an eye cream that's been a royal secret for over 2 centuries, today I'm sharing a July beauty edit of my current skincare favorites for summer. With colors inspired by the blue and green waters of the Aegean Sea from my recent Honeymoon in the Greek Islands (post coming soon!), these beauty and skincare products, just like summer and Greece, are pure bliss!

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Lighten Your Footprint When You Travel With Samsonite ECO-Flex

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Thank you Samsonite for sponsoring this post.

Lighten Your Footprint When You Travel With Samsonite ECO-Flex

Samsonite ECO-Flex 20" Expandable Spinner ~ 32 Recycled Plastic Bottles were used to make the fabric for this bag!

I am always looking for ways to lighten my environmental footprint when I travel. From what I pack, to how and where I travel, I am always considering how it might impact our planet. I love that I can now walk (fly, bus, drive, sail, travel . . .) more softly with Samsonite's ECO-Flex line.

Known for durability and reliability, Samsonite is launching something completely new! The ECO-Flex line, part of the ECO-Nu line, has fabric made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Both good for the environment and thoughtfully designed with the traveler in mind, Samsonite Eco-Flex Spinner Luggage is a great way to lighten your footprint when you travel!

I recently took my Samsonite ECO-Flex 20" Expandable Spinner (with fabric made from 32 recycled plastic bottles!) for a "spin" to Fauntleroy in West Seattle. The Fauntleroy Ferry Dock serves both Vashon Island and Southworth, providing numerous opportunities for a day or weekend trip on Puget Sound or the Olympic Peninsula.

Georgetown Bohème

Saturday, May 26, 2018

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Georgetown Bohème

Calypso St. Barth Dress (sold out, similar) | Want Les Essentials Shoulder Bag (sold out, similar) | Aritzia Talula Cardigan Sweater (sold out, similar) | With 212 Bleeker Satchel Bag c/o Ivory Clasp | Target Rancher Hat (sold out, similar) | Nickel & Suede Champagne Shimmer Leather Earrings c/o | The Shine Project Bracelets c/o | Nine West Pumps (sold out, similar)

Tucked away, just off the main street of the historic Georgetown neighborhood in Seattle, is a little known haven for unique and one of a kind goods from collectors, independent artists, designers and makers. The Georgetown Trailer Park Mall is one of my favorite spots in Seattle for a weekend shopping trip.

Each trailer houses a permanent, independently run shop. With a mission of the promotion and advancement of sustainable, locally-sourced, up-cycled, reused and handmade products, the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall is well worth a stop for some treasure hunting.

Combine a shopping trip to Georgetown Trailer Park Mall with brunch at the Hangar Cafe, record browsing at Georgetown records, a visit to an art gallery and a stop at Fran's Chocolates, and you've got yourself the perfect Georgetown Saturday Bohème!

bohème ~ "A person with artistic or literary interests who disregards conventional stands of behavior"

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Photography: Jenn Haskins of HelloRigby