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Madewell Spring 2016

Are we ready to talk about Madewell’s Spring 2016 collection yet? Probably not, but it’s always exciting to look ahead. My friends used to describe in a word: Futurist – always looking/planning ahead for things that are very very far out into the future so just like I am that way in my life, I’m also the same way with my wardrobe planning. Madewell just released some snaps for Spring 2016 and we’re just as giddy even with it being 4-5 months away.

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The Happiest Shoot Ever

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Tank top – BP Nordstrom / Shorts – Aritzia / Belt + Sweater – Madewell / Birkenstocks

There are some days where we feel completely off when it comes to doing these mini photo shoots. Then there are days like this where I’m at my most comfortable and my photographer and co-worker Sandy is completely nailing it. This was the first time I’d ever worn this outfit to work and now actually looking back on it, it looks very disco to me. I remember getting dressed this morning and thinking I needed to trade in my Birkenstocks for a pair of roller skates. I remember it also being a scorching hot day as well, but I usually bring a cardigan of some sort since the air conditioning in the office can be unforgiving. We can’t ever win with the right temperature in California. The next few pictures in these series don’t vary much for the top one, but we still thought it would be fun to include.

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Where Did We Roll Out Of?

Dress – Aritzia / Cardigan – Madewell

Did we just roll out of a long work day or out of bed? We really wanted to try something different with this look earlier this summer not only in the outfit, but the colors, and the pose. I haven’t decided quite yet if I was able to pull it off correctly, but it’s still nice to take a risk. I’ve actually never worn these two pieces together before, but I loved the texture in the dress with the velvet flowers and the wool cardigan. This is also a dress that I normally reserve for evenings, but I feel much better when I know that I can purchase pieces that end up being more versatile. Also, how great is this blue brick wall? We’re running out of photo locations in Mountain View. This is one of my favorites!

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How Do We Get These Walls

Black sleeveless blouse – Madewell / Back pants – Uniqlo / Booties – Munro via Nordstrom / Purse – Vince Camuto

My friend Sandeep just returned from an extravagant European vacation so after her and I caught up over a Thai dinner a couple of weeks ago, we decided to venture out over to the nearby Santana Row. I didn’t think that we were going to be able to find a nice backdrop for a photo, but this was a hidden gem. Doesn’t it look like we travel really really far away to some place amazing instead of an outdoor shopping mall?! I’m donning my usual uniform this summer – mostly all black and that wavy hair that I just can’t stop spending an extra 15-20 minutes on every morning.

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Double Denim

Lace top – Urban Outfitters / Denim shirt – Madewell / Sandals – Moorea Seal

We were feeling some major summer vibes during this day. I normally wouldn’t have doubled up on the denim like this, but I thought this look kind of worked especially since they were two different shades. This outfit is okay, but really this photo is for that magnificent backdrop. It was everything that we were looking for!

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The First Party

Black tank top – BP Nordstrom / Gold belt – Madewell / White lace skirt – Urban Outfitters / Wedges – DV by Dolce Vita

I’m responsible for throwing a bunch of get-togethers and parties for the company this summer and this was a shot from our very first one of the summer! We had to buy balloons that day so naturally I had to steal them away to use them as a prop. They were a little out of control and as you might expect with the wind and the shadows, slightly difficult to photograph with. This skirt is one of my favorite purchases from the summer season, but it can be tricky to style with though because there are never any belt holes so I just have to fake it!

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Donut Face

Blue tank top – Aritzia / Skirt – H&M / Birkenstocks / Bracelet – Madewell

Since it was National Donut Day last Friday, I was pretty excited about incorporating props into my outfit post. The only thing is… I kind of look like that character from Pan’s Labyrinth, which wasn’t what I was originally going for. It’s still cute though, right? This is the first time that I’ve ever worn this outfit altogether and I really like the baby blue with the black and white skirt. As of late, I’ve been wearing a lot of just black and white so it’s nice to mix things up a bit. I’m also realizing through these outfit posts that I am totally utilizing my Birkenstocks (a worry that I had when I wasn’t finding that they were matching with anything) which is great because even if they don’t match with things, I realize I don’t care.

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Wavy Hair is IN for the Summer

Black blouse – Madewell / Black pants – Aritzia / Black heels – Vince Camuto via Nordstrom

Every time, I wear this outfit, it always gets mistaken for a jumpsuit, but it’s actually just two pieces. What I love about this sleeveless blouse is that you can easily wear it to work and make it look professional enough for the day or dress it up for a night out which I have done plenty of times with a simple pair of jeans and heels. This blouse is made of silk and one of the very few pieces that I dry clean because I never want anything bad to happen to it. And these pants also get dry cleaned because I dished out a whole lot of money for the most quality pair that I could find at Aritzia. When I bought these pants, I was back and forth on ones that had buttons, that had a clip, or a zipper, but the best part about these is that it has none of those things and that you can just pull them on because they’re elastic! And these aren’t the first time you’ve seen these heels and they won’t be the last because I wear them with absolutely everything.

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Bundled in Black

Black sleeveless blouse – Madewell / Black pants – Uniqlo / Black Sweater – Oak + Fort / Black heels – Vince Camuto

A couple of weeks ago, we were experiencing some serious chillyness in the Bay Area. When I lived in Seattle, I would always try to incorporate at least some color into my outfits, but it wasn’t until I was in my mid-20’s that I started really appreciating the power of neutrals. I love wearing all black and it doesn’t make me feel gothic or depressed or that I’m mourning something. Instead, it makes me sophisticated and simple. Black heels will just do that for you on its own! What I love about every piece that I’m wearing in that outfit is that they’re all made of different textures. The heels are leather, the pants are jeggings, the silk is blouse, and the sweater is a knit made of some great fabric.

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Work From SF

Dress – Aritzia / Denim shirt – Madewell / Black boots – borrowed from mom years ago!

The other day we had the opportunity to work from the city instead of our office in South Bay – an opportunity I always take when I have the chance! It’s actually such a great perk from the company because we get to rent an Airbnb for the day, have breakfast and lunch and then celebrate with drinks after. We were all working pretty diligently in The Mission that day, but Alberto and I snuck out for a mini photo break to capture our latest OOTD.

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Dem Pants


Black Sleeveless Blouse – Madewell / Pants – Urban Outfitters / Black Heels – Vince Camuto via Nordstrom


I used to feel a little bit nervous wearing these hot pink pants out, but happy to say nearly five years later, I’m wearing them with a lot more confidence! They’re also made of silk so that pretty much makes them the most comfortable pants ever. In so many ways, this outfit is kind of a throwback. For one. The pants. Secondly, I went through a phase in middle school where hot pink and black were my favorite colors and I only purchased items that were in these color families. I used to wear these pants maybe once a year, but I’ve busted them out more often lately and why not? I got these for $20 bucks on sale at Urban way back when!

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I Got Hops

Chambray shirt – Madewell / Skirt – H&M / Scarf – Aritzia / Booties – Munro via Nordstrom

It turned out to be pretty gray today so we bundled up! This is actually kind of a drastic change from the all white outfit I wore just a couple of days ago when it was completely sunny. We decided to have a little bit more fun with this post though so Leah captured a photograph of me getting some air! Surprisingly, we only needed just 4 takes to get this! Having grown up in Seattle, I never really realized how much of a damper (pun intended) the weather can have on our overall health and wellbeing. Even though it rained just a little bit today, I found myself feeling more tired and at one point even a little sick. Turns out a few of my co-workers shared the same sentiments as well. Maybe it’s all in my head or maybe it’s just what the weather does to us all. Whatever the case, I’m really glad I got to feel like I was skipping ahead to fall today!

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White and Gold

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Top – Aritzia / Belt – Madewell / Skirt – Urban Outfitters / Wedges – DV by Dolce Vita

We rarely ever do OOTD posts and when we did do them, I was wearing a space helmet! RIP Space Girl and Space Street Style. I still get super self-conscious when we do photos like this these days, but it totally helps to have great co-workers who also double up as photographers! Caught: a laughing me in the wild with the new S’mores Frappuccino from Starbucks (more on that later!) I actually bought this skirt almost immediately after I came out of my SoulCycle workout on Monday night since Urban Outfitters was next door. And because I deserved it after that session! It was between this and a white lace romper, but this one is much more versatile and a perfect fit with the rest of my wardrobe. I was also hesitant to be wearing an all white outfit since I’d never done it before, but have always wanted to and a little hint of gold goes a long way.

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The Closet: March 2015

Victoria’s Secret The Strappy Bandeau – $24.50

Victoria’s Secret The Cheeky – $22.50

*Sidenote. I totally already bought this. Since it was my birthday month and all, we got a little loose with the wallet. Actually I can’t even say that because I don’t even own a working wallet right now and should’ve probably made that my first purchase. Happy spring! I’m so excited to welcome new items into my life! Don’t worry – I didn’t buy ALL of these things.

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Madewell’s Fall 2015 Lookbook

Madewell releases their lookbook every year around this time – just when I’m getting excited for spring! But hey – I’m never going to turn down the viewing of a lookbook especially not from one of my favorite brands. Madewell does fall very well. The colors, the layering, the accessories. It’s probably one of the few things that even gets me excited for fall! So with that, we’re excited to share what we have to look forward to after spring and then summer of course. You know me, I like to plan ahead.

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