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This past week, I learned something very important about myself. I am very easily influenced by things I see on Instagram and after seeing a piece on another blogger, I immediately believe that I have to own that same piece. It happened twice this week. So I have a problem. This dress was one of them. I actually saw this in a bright neon yellow/mustard being worn by a girl who works at one of the Free People stores back in Seattle who I follow and without even trying it on, my first thought was – “how can I buy this right now?” I couldn’t find it online unfortunately, but I did manage to find my way to an Urban Outfitters this past week where I discovered this in blue and after pulling it over my head, it was basically a done deal. The back cuts down pretty low and deep so it’s not something that would be appropriate for work I don’t think, but it’s completely perfect for a night out. I bought this in a royal blue… but I may buy it in the yellow too.

Staring at Stars Strappy Back-Swing Dress – $69

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Proud Owner: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Saturdays are great days for shopping trips. When I was living in Seattle, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale was a BIG deal and the only Nordstrom that you needed to shop at was obviously the Flagship. Since I’m not a Nordstrom credit card holder (really need to be!) I had to wait until their sale was open to the public. So to prepare, I marked this on my calendar and was out of bed by 9:30 AM this morning to get ready for the big event. I wasn’t alone. The parking lot was already packed by the time I got there at 11. Luckily, I came in with an agenda and knew what I already wanted, but not before I took a stroll to TopShop, TBD, and Savvy just to cover all my bases.

I was in desperate need of a new wallet (I was using a hand-me-down from my mother) and a new everyday black purse (my last one from Azalea broke!) so I was very happy today when I walked away with a perfectly sized Kate Spade wallet and a Vince Camuto purse. I almost bought the matching Kate Spade purse with the wallet, but then I thought, I don’t really want to double match. I was also worried that the Vince Camuto purse was too chunky, but  I really liked that it had one main zipped up compartment and two on the side that could button up in case I needed to store more things. Better to be safe than sorry!

Thanks Nordstrom for giving me more everyday essentials to add to my collection!

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If you’ve been to the mall at all recently, then you’ve been noticing that some of your favorite stores are putting high-necked cropped tops on display. I had been holding off on buying something like this for a long time, but was always so curious about owning this type of piece. When I was in Seattle a couple of weeks ago, I actually tried this on in purple and I remember feeling so self-conscious about wearing something that would show a bit of my stomach. Dresses with a slit in the back or in the side, sure. That doesn’t feel like that much skin to me, but showing some skin in the front? Well, that’s another story. Going into Aritzia the other day, I was feeling a little bit more confident so I gave it a second go. The XSmall made me feel like I was drowning in it, but the XXSmall was just right. It was black, chic, and fitted. But the bigger question was, “Could I pull this off at work?” If the answer is no, then there’s no point in buying it. One of the best perks about my job is that I can pretty much wear what I want within reason and I don’t typically like to push the boundaries very much. I used to hate working in finance and having to buy a second wardrobe – one where I knew I wouldn’t be wearing most pieces the majority of the time. Chelsea – who’s my girl at Aritzia handed me a gray slinky skirt to try on with the top and while it worked, I still didn’t feel completely 100% about it. So what’d I do? I bought it anyways and told myself that I would find a way to make it work with a piece at home. Happy to report that we made it happen today and it wasn’t that bad! It worked with actually the very first piece I ever bought at Aritzia – an olive green fitted skirt. Now, let’s go find other pieces to make this work.

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Wilfred Teigen Dress$85 $80

I was invited to shop the MAJOR sale early at Aritzia last week, but unfortunately just couldn’t make it out to their store to try on all the goodies. Instead, I waited until it was open to the public and to my surprise they still had all of the things I wanted in all of the sizes that I was looking for. I would’ve been crushed if I had missed the sale because half of my wardrobe comes from them. This sale was so important to me that I went straight there after hopping off the plane from my trip in San Diego.

I actually own the dress (top) in burgundy, but accidentally shrunk it once to a length that is barely cutting it. I decided this time to purchase it in black and in xsmall (one size larger than my original) just to have that extra baggy look. Also, I’ve been wanting this skort forever and while it’s not a huge cut from the original price, it seemed like a good enough excuse to take the plunge and buy it.

Talulah Berklee Skort (in white) – $50 $45

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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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Azure Skies Dactyl Tank – $35

While running errands yesterday, I stopped by the mall to make an exchange on a swimsuit piece that I had recently purchased. I had been getting emails from Aritzia that they were having a huge spring sale so I figured while I was at the mall, I might as well pop in. To my disappointment, it seems like the sale was only online, but that didn’t stop me from perusing the rest of the entire store where every piece was originally priced.

I told myself – I’m just browsing. My wallet is staying in my purse and I’m not going to take it out. There’s no harm in looking. This was very similar to the lie that I used to tell my grandparents when I was a kid and they took me to the grocery store and I told them that I only wanted to “look” at the candy aisle, but promised not to ask for anything. They always caved, of course. And naturally, I did too and purchased this adorable pastel colored and polka dotted tank. I almost walked right past it, but it was sort of… twinkling at me on the corner rack. It looked great with my new Uniqlo jeggings that I have been obsessed with and it’s a perfect wear for both spring and summer. I feel like every summer is a summer devoted to stripes, but I’m really looking forward to bringing back the polka dots and hopefully soon I’ll show you all some of my favorite polka dotted picks for the season!

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After a couple of months disciplining myself from any shopping trips, I finally caved! And for good reason – cause it was my birthday after all! Last weekend, Kevin and I ventured up to Union Square for a little “light” shopping. I had never been to the Converse store before and wasn’t planning on buying anything because I didn’t think I needed a new pair of sneakers. During a phase in high school I thought that I HAD to have a pair of purple vans and then quickly got over that phase. But while walking through the Converse store, my eyes landed on this pair of Converse. It was nice because it didn’t come in some outrageous bright color and it was a subtle black and white – something that I would wear every day. It had to be mine. And so it was. You can’t tell from this photo, but the black top where my toes are is made out of leather! It only took me 25 years, but I’m now a proud owner of a pair of Converse!

I’m also wearing this with a pair of jeggings that I purchased from Uniqlo. Never in my life did I think I would own a pair of these, but once I slipped these on, I knew that it was a match made in heaven. I would probably wear these every day or every other day if it were socially acceptable. I realize that decision is solely up to me and that no one really cares anyways.

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Proud Owner: Birthday Edition

Wilfred Free Yasmin Dress

I’ve been doing such a good job lately of saving my moneys and it’s something that I’m actually really proud of. Other than purchases made on a gift card, I haven’t bought any new clothes for myself in what feels like two months. Turns out that I never really needed to anyways. However, with my birthday just around the corner, I thought I deserved some new pieces and was pretty excited to splurge a bit on things that I knew I would love. This year, I decided that I wanted two dresses – one to wear the night I celebrate my birthday and another one to wear to work on the day of my birthday! Both dresses are from Aritzia and I adore them for very different reasons.

I have a long sleeved sweater dress similar to the one above, but I didn’t feel like it would be casual enough to wear out – plus I don’t want to wear long sleeves out. I decided to opt for this more laid back look with a sexy back cutout. I think it’s kind of fun! I’m really excited to not only wear this dress for my birthday, but for other occasions too. If this dress looks familiar, it’s because you’ve probably seen it during a “Closet” post that I’ve done.

The dress below is just really pretty and quirky. I really liked the print and the black and white is very versatile. I tried this dress in an electric blue too which would be great if I were headed to a tropical island, but I didn’t find it to be as wearable as this one.

Talulah Lipinski Dress

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Nothing could make a Monday morning better than walking in the door and being handed your Catbird package full of goodies! For Christmas, Kevin gifted me with a Catbird gift card and it wasn’t until last Sunday that I finally decided to spend it. It’s always so hard to make online purchases, but my love for Catbird is strong so I was 82% sure that I was going to love everything that I bought.

Clockwise from top:

Up in the Air Somewhere Kitten Keepy Ring Dish – for all of my favorite little rings to be held in.

Classic Hammered Ring – Silver – even more stunning and detailed beautifully in person! I’m never taking this off.

Stamped Necklace/Bracelet – Planet – This is the cutest and I love that I get to wear something that represents the planets because it makes me feel really nerdy and geeky. The only problem that I’m seeing from this so far is that the string is so fine that it keeps getting undone. It looks a lot better as a bracelet than a necklace though. Now if I could just perfect my string tying…

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What person doesn’t love to start out the year with a brand new spankin’ wardrobe?! Not only was “dressing better” one of my resolutions this year, it was also just dressing smarter. I wanted to really invest in long-lasting pieces that I knew I could wear over and over again and with other pieces that I already love. That means not succumbing to trends that are going to go away in a season and making sure that when I buy a piece I really love it. Over the holidays, I went on a little splurge at one of my favorite stores – Aritzia. I already own so much from them, but for the past couple of weeks they have been having a massive sale and naturally we had to take advantage of it. In fact, I’ve already been wearing a new piece from them every day this week and I’m bummed that I didn’t get to document it – but my new clothes aren’t going anywhere so they’ll be another opportunity for this.

I kicked off this past Monday with my new Babaton Dexter Pant. I knew that this was going to be something that I was hunting for in the new year so when I went to Aritzia I picked out a couple of black pants in similar styles. This one was actually picked out for me by a woman working at the store and granted it was the most expensive pair…but it was by far, the best pair. I love the way that I feel in these. Completely comfortable and ready to do anything. The elastic waist band was exactly what I was looking for because I didn’t want to struggle with a drawstring (too casual) and buttons and a clasp (too complicated.) When I wear these pants, I can just put them on and go. I paired these with a black sleeveless Madewell blouse and my Vince Camuto heels. It was fancy, but not too fancy. We satisfied the “I, at least, look put together on a Monday” look.

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Wilfred Diamond Mosaic Blanket – $85

I never thought I would cave in and buy an oversized scarf, but I totally did. It was kind of an accident, really. Back in October, I had purchased an Aritizia beanie that I loved, but thought I had lost. On the eve of Black Friday, I decided I couldn’t live without it and purchased a replacement only to discover a couple days later that the lost beanie was just sitting in with all of my other hats. So I returned the second beanie hoping to exchange it for something just as great. I found this scarf which was the price of the beanie…and then some. I’ve been feeling a little bit self-conscious that it’s just too overwhelming for me, but I’m still deciding to completely own it anyways. Sometimes I wrap it once while throwing the rest over my shoulder and sometimes I wear it as a shawl like a grandmother. Does it even matter how I wear it? It’s warm and getting me through this winter! It comes in a few different colors, but I love this red and blue one. Tommy says it makes me look very patriotic. Yay.

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When I’m At Nordstrom, I’m Home

You can take the girl out of Seattle, but you can’t take the Seattle out of the girl. How long have you all been waiting for me to finally say that? I may be living in a new city now, but there are a few things that I can’t quite shake – my Starbucks, my Seahawks, and my Nordstrom. I’m a loyal woman. I generally save Sunday’s for my comfort foods so when I eat out, I’ll go to my favorite Asian restaurants or anything with seafood (though it doesn’t really compare to Seattle, let’s be real.) Today, however, I ventured into a place that I only usually go to in Seattle – the Nordstrom cafe.

As a kid, if I were shopping with my mom, I would always beg her to take me to the Nordstrom cafe. I’d get my usual bowl of tomato soup or clam chowder and a cheese pizza from the kids menu. As I got older, I moved onto the Asian Chicken Salad or one of the pastas and the bistro club. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with most things on the menu. Back in the day, Nordstrom only had one cafe, but now most stores have two restaurants within the retailer.

I know it sounds weird to have such an attachment to a retailer, but the company is doing everything right so at the end of the day how can you not?

  • It started when I was a toddler. Santa photos were never taken anywhere else except Nordstrom.
  • Meal times with my mother were always at the cafe
  • Every employee I’ve ever come across there has been outstanding. When I need something, I let someone know what I’m exactly looking for (either by brand or describing the style) and almost always, they never fail.
  • Convenience. Not able to find something in the store? Pay for it there and they’ll ship it to you or locate it at another store location.
  • 3 words. Nordstrom Wedding Suite.
  • They never not respond to my tweets to them and I love it!

Vince Camuto

Plus they helped me find this pair of Vince Camuto’s today!

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Treat Yo’self!

Sure, it’s a Parks and Rec reference, but it was also a saying that my friend Tori said to me in college all of the time. Her and I worked very closely together and saw each other almost on a daily basis. Every time I put in a few extra hours or became extra stressed – she never made me feel bad for that glass of beer, that dessert that I bought for myself to indulge in, or anytime I did something when I should’ve been doing my homework or actual work. She would say to me in a very direct way, “Treat yo’self gurl!” Every now and then, I still think of her saying that to me when the times are tough and as always, I follow her advice accordingly.

One of my favorite ways to unwind is with a bath! When I was younger, I found these to be really inefficient because I always thought showers were so much faster, but there’s something really relaxing about sinking into a bath and lighting a candle. I spoiled myself awhile back by trying a bath bomb and today because it was Black Friday, I did myself a solid by buying this one above from Lush. $7 bath bombs on a monthly basis are within my budget constraints, right? If not, we’ll make sure they are.

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Earlier this week, I donned a black knitted hat with my outfit that hugged the back of my head perfectly. Granted, this is the first time of the fall season that I’ve worn a hat so I shouldn’t be surprised by the reactions I received by my co-workers, but I totally was.

“Oh hey! Hat!”

“Whoa, you look good today.”

“You should wear hats more.”

So I got to thinking – what other hats could I branch out into. I’ve always wanted to own a beanie, but I felt kind of weird about it because I had side bangs and trying to manage them under a hat was a little bit tricky. I saw this one by Wilfred at Arizia this past weekend in Vancouver and while it was a price that I would not normally pay for a hat, I knew I was going to get a lot of use of it. It started with me wearing it right out of the store and the rest of my day trip.

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I feel like I’ve said this before, but the best part about not being in school is being able to purchase new pieces for fall and being able to wear them right away!  When I was growing up, my mom and I would always set aside time for school shopping (obviously, my favorite time of the year) and as soon as I came home with the bags, she would say to me, “Okay, now no wearing these until school start!” At the time, I hated being patient and waiting, but knowing myself and how clumsy I was back then I’m almost sure that I would’ve ruined something before school started. It was great for her to let me build up this anticipation over my clothes. Even though I don’t do this anymore, I still remember it fondly and understand why it was the way it was :)

So today I made some purchases.

I’ve been wanting a vest for awhie now! I used to wear vests similar to this one from Old Navy when I was in elementary school and now I feel like I’m coming around full circle with this vest that is much more sophisticated and from Uniqlo.


Since relocating to California, I’ve been getting a little bit lazy with my outfits and resorting to a much more relaxed look. There’s nothing wrong with that, but jeans and a t-shirt can get a little stale after some time. This fall, I vow to be my old self from college and am hoping to dive back into some of those looks that I loved taking a risk on. I saw this skirt in the display as I was walking by H&M today and I knew that once I got into the store that I had to hunt it down. The high waist, the zipper in the back, the textured pattern – all things that I love.

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