Category Archives: Style

My Power Outfit

I’ve been experiencing something interesting recently and at first, I wasn’t even sure how to talk about it. I recently hit my one-month anniversary at work (the time has flown by!) and as much as I love it, I’ve been noticing that I’m not feeling myself lately. I started to wonder if it was because a lot of things were different now like a new city or a new environment, new responsibilities or a new office and what I’ve come to realize was… it’s my clothes.

For the last month, I’ve been coming into work wearing a different set of outfits than I used to at my last workplace and it doesn’t feel quite right. Sometimes, I wear the same clothes that I used to wear, but they just feel different. I can’t explain it. I also made the choice to not buy all new clothes because I work in tech and the pieces I own should be transferrable at any workplace. So for the last month, I’ve been trying to figure out my “power outfit.” What makes me, me? I’m a firm believer in dressing for myself and I’ve been doing that since I’ve been working and since I’ve gone through school, but lately, my clothes don’t make me feel as confident at work and I’m not sure why.

Readers, I’d love to hear from you. What’s a piece or an outfit that makes you feel like you’re at your best. It’s a tricky thing to explain isn’t it?!

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Thanksgiving Stripes

Dress – Azalea

My friends and family think that I’m such a nut, but I am OBSESSED with this Cabbage Patch Kid! For the last few years since I’ve been living in California, I’ve been spending Thanksgiving with my extended family in Southern California. It’s the perfect trip because it allows me to get away for a little bit for the holidays, but it’s also a very quick trip! Growing up, Thanksgiving was peak cold time in Seattle so I’m used to being bundled up, but in good ol’ SoCal, I can wear less layers. For the record, I wore this dress and thought it was the perfect coverage because of the sleeves, but it was scorching hot that day. Naturally, we cooled down with a glass of wine before the family came over.

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 30

Right time. Right place. This was a product that fell into my lap when I needed it the most. As part of the package in which Ashley had asked me to be one of her bridesmaids, she included this berry smelling hand lotion from Castabel Porto. This brand was new to me, but we’re a sucker for berry anything. Since I moved to the Bay Area, my hands often started feeling more dry around the late fall / winter season so after trying this out one morning, I started making this a part of my routine. After doing my makeup, before heading out the door to work, I would squeeze a little bit of this onto my hands and jet off. The berry scent is delicious and so good you’ll become obsessed with it. Also, how cute is the geometric packaging?! If I know Ashley, then it’s likely this came from Nordstrom, but otherwise I’m not sure where I’ll be getting my refill down the line!

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Kailijumei’s “Pixie Rose Lipstick”

I’ve always been fascinated with the invention of new and innovative beauty products. I’ve never been a beauty junkie myself (at least not up until recently) but what I love the most is that there’s always going to be a new shade of lipstick or nail color rising onto the scene and that packaging can come in the most creative forms that you would have never imagined. Because it’s spring, we’ve got floral on our minds for months and this “Pixie Rose Lipstick” by Kailijumei is one that we’re super curious about! Each lipstick has a real life bud planted in the middle of it and while it appears clear, there will be a shade tied to it once it is put on your lips.

The lipstick will glide on clear but change to “a bespoke pink based on the wearer’s pH,” according to Vogue.

To have your very own, you can purchase it here for $18 USD.

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 29

When I included my new Clinique moisturizing lotion in my Instagram story, it didn’t take long for some of my friends to raise their hand to tell me they were using the same product. I think most can agree that the facial lotion you use on a day to day basis is a product that is near and dear to your heart. You’re often not shopping for a different product to use in place of it because once you’ve found the one, there’s just no reason to test drive any others. I had been using Olay since high school, but when I had the opportunity to try out Clinique’s, I had to take my chance on it. It felt so easy to use this product. It kept my skin moisturized all day and it felt like it really took ahold of my makeup and foundation making it the best primer. Note: we don’t use primer. My one tip is that you should use just what you need. For me, that’s two little pumps. I have found that using this in excess can sometimes be a little bit annoying and leaves you more greasy than moisturized so it’s best to test it out a few times on yourself to see what works best!

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Oscar de la Renta Bridal

I wasn’t quite sure if I’d be covering bridal week at all, but when we stumbled across Oscar de la Renta’s latest collection, there’s no way we couldn’t. Even if this is the only coverage we have, we’d be happy with it because it is truly perfection. Here is a sneak peak of their spring 2018 collection and we’re off to dream about our perfect wedding…! Be prepared to be amazed!

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Shadow and Light

Sweater and Skort – Aritzia / Sneakers – Nike

At my old workplace the sun used to hit our building at the most perfect time giving us all of the shots we needed. I love this outfit because I feel like I paired something a little bit non-traditional. We love the black and white of course and not only is it apparent in the sweater and skort, but we doubled down with it in my Nike Flyknits. It’s the perfect combination of girly and “sporty.” That’s in quotations because we all know I’m not very sporty, right? This sunlight is also making my hair look like a fiery orange, which is great for a shot and ONLY a shot because we could never have this look longterm.

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Snaps for a Snapshot

Who: Rose Byrne

Wearing: Rosie Assoulin

Where: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” premiere

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Because You’re 90’s

Top – Brandy Melville / Pants – Uniqlo / Chambray Shirt – Madewell / Necklace – Moorea Seal / Booties – Vince Camuto / Choker – Urban Outfitters

2016 and 2017 are the years in which I pay homage to my 90’s spirit. It’s too easy for me these days to create all-black outfits and as simple as it can be, it sometimes feels like something is missing. I guess this is why we have light jackets and accessories, right? With this outfit, I decided to add my favorite choker and this chambray from Madewell that I bought several years back. Oh! In addition to the choker, I decided to layer it with a gold necklace for contrast in length and color. This chevron necklace is from a boutique in Seattle called Moorea Seal!

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Wedding Mondays

Happy Monday morning everyone! This video is a little different from our last post because this one is an actual wedding video as opposed to a video of an anniversary shoot. This wedding video comes to us from Green Wedding Shoes and features another fashion blogger getting married in Cabo! This video has a lot of fun, humor, and excitement to it so I’m happy to share it with you all this morning.

On another note though, I want to share with you something that I’ve been thinking about lately. We’ve been having our Wedding Mondays series for years… before those in my life were getting married. Often times in the past, I have made subtle comments on my Wedding Mondays posts or Instagram stories about details that I don’t love. Through some of the conversations I have been having lately, I’ve decided that I need to do a better job of expressing more positivity in this area when it comes to these posts and other peoples’ weddings. Just because someone has something in their wedding that may not be my style or something I would not have in mine does not mean that it is wrong. In fact, I am wrong for judging. The reasons why weddings are so special to couples is because it is their own and a reflection of them. The happy couples have enough pressure on themselves already in planning a wedding and they don’t need the rest of the world to comment. I need to set a better example for Wedding Mondays and I hope you all will understand and join me. :)

View the rest of the feature here on Green Wedding Shoes.

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A Collection Part 47

 

The theme of this collection is minimalism. Before I left my last job, my life was very noisy. My mind was constantly racing with a million thoughts. I wasn’t always able to communicate my feelings articulately. I was stressed with needing to be two places at once, and in general my home – my sanctuary felt cluttered. The time off that I had from working made me feel well again. I felt like I could take care of myself the way I needed to and get that clear head that I was seeking. I couldn’t remember a time where I was THAT happy! And that’s why it was also challenging to get back to work after that… but more on that later. This post is a collection of things that just feel simple to me. There’s not a lot of noise in them and as you’ll notice in these photos, more space than usual. Enjoy!

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March Favorites

Favorite TV show: Big Little Lies

During my time off, I had a lot of time to try a lot of different things and a lot of time to binge on all of my favorites! Here are just a few of the things that I’m sharing with you all that I was obsessed with! This is my first time doing this too so if I’m missing a category that you want to see, just leave a comment and I’ll see if I can include it for April.

I know I can’t be the only one who fell in love with Big Little Lies. I had to renew my cable this past month and initially it did NOT include HBO. So of course we made sure to pay a little extra for HBO every month so that we could finish out the series. Plus… I just love HBO. These women are phenomenal. I never read the book, but really enjoyed the series and am crossing my fingers that we’ll get a second season out of this. I think the series did a great job of shedding a light on abusive relationships in a way that wasn’t too over the top, but very real for most.

Favorite Album: Khalid

Welp! We wrote a whole post earlier in March about what we were listening to all weekend long and it’s safe to say that we’re still listening to it. I’m so excited about Khalid’s career and even though we just got this album, I’m looking forward to more music from him.

Favorite New Product: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Sunscreen SPF 30

Thank you thank you thank you Kiehl’s for sending me this! Since I opened this up, I haven’t stopped using it and now I can’t get enough. Once you develop a relationship with a moisturizer, it can be really tough to open yourself up to something new and want to try another one. I’ve admired Kiehl’s for years, but never found a product that I would be interested in trying until this one came along. The last moisturizer I was using was a good one. The downside was that it didn’t have SPF (a problem in 2017!) and then as time went on, I started realizing some of its flaws, which is that if you use too much of it on your face, your face will just have too much oil on it. This Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream doesn’t feel that way. It’s a moisturizer that I’m also noticing works really well as a primer too.

Favorite Closet Item: Wilfred Lavaltrie Bralette

The answer is yes. You need this in every color. Any woman will tell you how uncomfortable wearing a bra can be. I hate the underwire and what I want the most is a bra that doesn’t feel like a bra. It is in fact, just a bralette! These are so pretty and delicate and perfect to wear under tees and spring sweaters. Also, if you’re someone that’s very new to lingerie, this is a fantastic gateway. Pair with your favorite pair of panties and that should do the trick!

 

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A Black + White Closet

Blouse + Pants – Aritzia / Shoes – Vince Camuto

When I made the move to a startup from the corporate world, I was so excited to ditch my business casual pieces. “Wait, so you’re telling me that I can basically come to work wearing nearly everything from my closet…and that’s okay?!” This was just one of many perks I got to have in moving to a new job. What I later on discovered was that I didn’t actually like the casual wear. As many of you know, I’m not someone that likes to wear jeans and a t-shirt. So again, even though it wasn’t required, I still found myself buying pieces like this blouse and these pants from Aritzia. They are both considered “business casual” and acceptable in my current workplace and previous workplace, but they don’t remind of those stiff pieces that I had to wear before that made me feel so uncomfortable. I’ve now found a pretty happy compromise. :)

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Breaking Down the Blanket Scarf

Scarf – Oak + Fort / Dress – Aritzia

Real talk: I’m wearing this scarf right now in my home. Today, the Bay Area started raining again and when I got back home after work, my apartment was freezing! We’re still trying to recover and regain warmth. I’ve posted about this scarf many times before so it’s no secret that I’m actually in love with it. This was the same scarf that I discovered on Oak + Fort’s Instagram page and after seeing it for the first time, I drove myself right up to San Francisco to purchase it from their store in Hayes Valley. We had to try it on first HOBviously. This scarf is gigantic. It eats up all of my little scarves for breakfast, but that’s why we love it. It was a little bit intimidating at first and because of the size, I almost didn’t buy it. It’s the one item in my closet though that has received the most compliments and is cozy for those winter days and spring days that are still trying to be winter.

So what’s the best way to wear a blanket scarf? I don’t think there is one! Like bad hair days, I have bad scarf days and good scarf days. Some days I get it right and other days, I can’t be bothered. No matter what I do the scarf doesn’t look good and I just do away with it altogether. Here are two ways to wear it though that generally work best for me.

First, you can drape it over your shoulders with one side much longer than the other. Start wrapping the longer side around your neck over and over again until your neck is invisible. It will sort of look like the picture above. If you’ve got that, you’ve nailed it.

The other way is much simpler. I call it the “Grandma” look. Take your long blanket scarf and fold it so that it’s a triangle shape. Drape it over your shoulders and against your back and wear as a shawl. If you don’t have a jacket and you have a thick enough scarf, sometimes this works in a pinch!

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Wardrobe Snacks

I’m really glad that this photo series had a name tied to it because I honestly didn’t know what to title this post. The foods featured in these photographs match very different wardrobes accompanying them and this is such a quirky shoot that we didn’t know what to do with it other than post it here. While reading my daily blogs tonight, this one stopped me dead in my tracks. This could be for a number of reasons – everything I read tonight was sort of blagh or I need a late night snack.

The idea was dreamt up by a creative duo including photographer Kelsey McClellan and prop/set stylist Michelle Maguire. The series is inspired by simple foods contrasted against various elements found in the clothing such as color, texture, and design.

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