09 Aug 2019
Solid & Striped The Violet – Top:
$89 $44 Bottom: $89 $44
Summer 2019 was the year that we really leaned into summer. In prior years, I never did much shopping during this time because I was saving everything up for the fall. That was my back to school shopping season and truly a transition period. However, San Francisco graced us with beautiful summer days this year and while I didn’t need another swimsuit or another dress, I doubled down.
This summer, more than ever, we embraced color and prints. I purchased my first leopard print dress in a vibrant orange. For a swimsuit, I ventured out of the one-piece and got the new lingerie bikini style that is a hit or miss with the critics. I regret none of my purchases! In this “Closet” post, I’m sharing more of what I didn’t get a chance to buy, but am hoping one of you will fall in love with!
Read more “The Closet: July 2019”
09 Aug 2019
Joggers – Alternative Apparel / Lace tee – Urban Outfitters / Cardigan – Oak + Fort / Heels – Vince Camuto
I’m not someone that needs to own a million pairs of sweat pants. In fact, I am happy just owning one and wearing them forever, but I had a natural curiosity recently to embrace the jogger look. Not only can you wear them at home and still be stylish, you can actually wear them out and still be functional. I had been inspired by quite a few looks that I had seen on Instagram and Pinterest lately so I decided to give it a shot. Alternative Apparel was a solid choice because I already own and know that I like their sweat pants.
However, anyone that knows me knows that this look isn’t my aesthetic for work. If it were up to me, I’d be wearing dresses and heels every day, but with variation. I was worried that the joggers, would give off the impression of a look that was too casual. So how did I actually feel by the end of the day? I was cozy all day, but it was a huge change from my normal wear. I didn’t feel like myself! When I wore the joggers, it was the day after I bought them so they were still fitted and structured. If I were to wear the joggers next week to work, they wouldn’t have that same fit as the first day. In photographs, this look isn’t that bad actually, but I do think that there are many other people that can pull this look better than I can.
20 Jul 2019
Turtleneck + Dress – Aritzia / Choker – Urban Outfitters
There’s nothing more satisfying than when you can put together an outfit with your favorite pieces. In the last year, my sheer black turtleneck and slip dress from Aritzia have been on regular rotation. I never dreamed of pairing the two together, but in a very seamless way, it worked. The turtleneck allowed the slip dress to act as a skirt and the dress made this a slightly elevated look. It was perfect for everyday wear like going to work, but if I had evening plans, I didn’t have to think about a second outfit.
Typically, that’s what my schedule is like. I’m at work for a full day and by the end of it, I’ll catch up with friends over a happy hour or dinner or head to an event. That’s why it’s the most sensible thing when you have an outfit that can be versatile. As a recruiter, I try to be mindful of when my candidates are visiting the office and to make sure that I’m not in just jeans and a sweatshirt. For the record, in my work environment, that’s completely acceptable. It’s just not my preferred look to begin with. The choker is sometimes a hit or miss! Personally, I love it, but I know a few folks that would be okay with me closing the chapter on this trend.
12 Jul 2019
Halogen Wool & Cashmere Long Cardigan –
$199 – $132.90
If you’re from Seattle, you grew up knowing the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to be close to a national holiday. Angel and I have had this on our calendar for weeks and knew that we’d be at day one of Early Access. I wish I had known ahead of time how big today was going to be in San Francisco. Do people not work?! By the time we arrived at the mall after work at 5:30 PM so much of everything was picked over! While the Nordstrom in Westfield is fairly large and five floors, it doesn’t boast the same selection as you would have online. However, I’ve never been much of an online shopper. For me, the tough calls get made when in the dressing room.
That being said, I look forward to this sale every year. It’s my version of a pre-back to school back to fall shopping. We scoured every floor not missing a single section. At the end of it, I walked away with a tank top I wanted and saw online beforehand and a classic striped top. I thought I’d be leaving the store with more, but my bank account is grateful that I didn’t. That being said, here are some of my favorite picks from the sale!
BP Heath Bootie –
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$109.95 – $69.90
06 Jul 2019
Every so often, someone will say to me, “Shopping must be so easy for you! You’re so small you can shop in the kids section, can’t you?”
I bet when people say this, they think they’re being complimentary, but here’s where they are wrong. If the world so perfectly worked out that way, we’d be in great shape. I’d be spending less money. However, I’m not a kid anymore. Though petite sized, I am a woman. I have hips and a torso and a bra size. This isn’t a post about me getting on my high horse about this though. That being said, we are here to express envy on [Zara’s] current kids collection. We want to own everything and hope in the next few weeks they will actually create this in all women’s sizes.
06 Jul 2019
Before Pinterest existed, I was saving outfit inspirations in a very manual way. It was the shopping list to my mall trip. More important, it was how I got ready for school and would plan for my week ahead. When I had my own laptop, Outfits Inspired, had its own folder. When I didn’t have my laptop handy, outfit notes were jotted in my phone. In 2019, I’m grateful that Pinterest exists so that I can store it all in one place, but it’s also still in my phone too.
As I was getting ready for bed last night and scrolling through my board, I found it fascinating to see how much my tastes have changed. They vary by months, seasons and years. And there’s a whole record of this since I’ve had my Pinterest account forever! In a new series, I’d like to share Outfits Inspired once a season to show the five latest things I’ve pinned and am inspired by.
Are any of you as surprised as I am that there are no dresses in this list? Other than a few appearances of a “rust” color, we’re sticking to neutrals this summer.
06 Jul 2019
Writing this is like a blast from the past! The last time we wrote up a [“Proud Owner“] post was back in 2016. It’s unclear why I decided to take a hiatus from this series because we definitely didn’t stop shopping in the last three years. There could also be an opposite take in which I was shopping too much. Whatever the case, it’s a series I’d like to bring back. It was never meant to be boastful about my spending habits, but rather a journal of what I’m into at the moment. Going back into the archives, I’m able to see what I have purchased beyond the last three years at least and what brought me to make the purchase.
As a way to revive this series, I wanted to share my latest buy. We’ve been gearing up for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale next week (practically a holiday in my book!) so spending is minimal. After breakfast at Stonemill Matcha with Elynn, we stopped into Everlane. This pullover [French Terry Crew] is very simple. I don’t want to say there isn’t anything special about it but it’s true. At first glance you might drive on by. It actually reminds me of the Subpop pullover I already own. Since that one is quite busy with text all over it, I wanted something that was the opposite. I love that I can wear this casually with jeans for an every day look. If I’m out it can be worn over a skirt or a dress at any event. It’s the ultimate cozy piece and for a steal at just $38. If I was baller, I’d buy this in every color.
06 Jul 2019
Denim Jacket – Gap / Top – Zara / Pants – Uniqlo / Booties – Munro by Nordstrom
Kevin hates being my photographer, but we have to admit – he does a pretty good job right? While I’m so grateful for everyone that I’ve ever had shoot for me, I’m lucky to have a brother that gets it on the very first take. And then produces the best shots even after that so that there are no bad takes! Earlier this fall, I had a strong craving for camel colored pieces. The perfect camel coat was everywhere this past season, but since I wasn’t ready to jump right into it, I settled for a simple sweater top from Zara. It pairs so nicely with my Uniqlo jeggings (surprise!) and my denim jacket.
05 Jul 2019
[Stacked Form Ring]
I used to find that wearing jewelry would make me feel clunky or bogged down. It bothered me hearing my rings or bracelets knock against my laptop at work so I put the idea of any kind of jewelry out of my head for years. Then, I met Catbird. They were the makers of rings that were minimal, chic, and understated. I like to call them my gateway into everything else because that led me to Oak + Fort rings and now to J. Hannah jewelry.
They are the kind of pieces that you know will remain timeless. I’m excited to dig more into these as I know they’ll be regulars in my collection. Here are just a few of my favorites from every category.
[Glacé Drop Earrings]
[Mid Ear Cuff]
[Clara Necklace – $375]
05 Jul 2019
The road to finding the right foundation is never an easy one. It took me a few years before I finally landed on Benefit after using Chanel, but even that was a fluke. I wasn’t really wearing foundation until I reached college and was introduced to Chanel after getting it done for prom. We stick to what we know. Now in my beauty regimen, I’m using a BareMineral BB Cream before using Benefit’s hello flawless oxygen wow!
In their latest release, Benefit is revealing [Hello Happy] in two forms – both a medium coverage liquid and a powder. The foundation promises to last 12 hours no matter which version you pick. Hello Happy’s Flawless Brightening Foundation (liquid) comes in two sizes with the full being $30 and the mini at $15. The powder will retail for $30 as well.