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Aritzia Unleashes Spring 2017

I feel like we’ve been waiting for this moment since December! For weeks, I’ve been waiting for their “final” 50%-70% sale promos to come down so that we can celebrate spring and it looks like that time. is. now. Also side note though – that was a really good sale so if you missed out, you did yourself a disservice. Now onto more important things – the pieces that you’ll need for your closet this coming season. Get ready to haul out the stuff you don’t wear anymore to Goodwill to make some room!

Wilfred Hosta Dress – $125

The off-the-shoulder look is not done and over yet! I love how romantic and delicate this piece looks and it’s the perfect dress that will take you straight from day to night in any event.

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Madewell Launches Intimates

Madewell has held a very special place in my heart since they first opened up their store at University Village back in 2010. I was a college student then and still figuring out my own style after coming out of my “scene” phase in high school. I liked J. Crew because it was where my mom and Kevin had shopped and naturally, wanted to feel as cool as they were. But the truth was that I could never truly identify with J. Crew. The clothes felt stiff to me – too sophisticated – and didn’t match the vibe that I was going for. Madewell opening was everything I was looking for. Good denim – fitted chambray shirts – youthful prints and colors that fit my age and who I was. We’ve had a love affair with Madewell for the last seven years so this next piece of news that we’re about to share was next level in our relationship with the retailer. Announced this week, Madewell was now launching an intimates line. American Eagle has done it. So has Abercrombie. We’re also huge fans of Aritzia’s line of bralettes so why not Madewell?

The range consists of 42 pieces — 16 bralettes and 26 bottoms in a variety of sweet colorways — and is priced from $12.50 to $32.

Comfort is key when it comes to the pieces in Madewell’s new intimates line and this doesn’t stray too far from their already super comfortable and cozy apparel collections. Here are some things that we’re already lusting for and may or may not purchase for ourselves as a Valentine’s Day gift:

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Aritzia – Santa Clara

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Dress and Cardigan – Aritzia

Mandi gives me so much crap for this photo! It’s the classic “Katie side eye,” but honestly, inside, I’m really happy because I’m at my favorite store! Thank you so much to the ladies of Aritzia at Valley Fair who always make me feel right at home whenever I pay them a visit. They give me the best recommendations for whatever I’m looking for whether it’s a skort, a cozy cardigan, or a new dress for a wedding event. This white dress was exactly what I needed for my 3rd year work anniversary photo and the cardigan was to play around with just for fun. We already own it in black, but decided to take home the charcoal gray as well. How could we not? This is an OUTFIT here.

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Comfortably Uncomfortable

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Top – Aritzia / Denim – Urban Outfitters / Heels – Vince Camuto

How does one feel uncomfortable when just wearing a top and jeans? I can’t explain it, but it’s just how I feel! Believe me, I know that if I were to follow this rule every day while getting ready, my life would be a whole lot easier. It’s something that has never been able to sit right with us though. In this kind of outfit, I always feel like there is something missing. I’m fidgety, I squirm, and I feel like I’m wearing too few items to feel entirely comfortable. Hence, the reason for why I added the heels. I love owning masculine pieces in my closet and if you’ve ever been shopping with me, then you know I enjoy perusing a quality men’s boutique every now and then. However, this is an outfit that couldn’t just be paired with sneakers. I would’ve felt too short or too boy-ish so I popped on the heels. These are the same black heels that you see me wearing with most every day outfits, but also for when I’m dressing up too! They not only elevated me in height, but also made me feel more like myself.

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Forward

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Top – Brandy Melville / Skort – Aritzia / Shoes – Vince Camuto

RIP to my beloved parking lot that they are now turning into yet another building in downtown Mountain View. I never saw more than a handful of cars parked here and I’m not sure why people would need to use it except for the church on Sundays, but this was such a great place for our shoots – golden hour especially! It was large so there was always a new corner for us to discover and in the evenings when the sun would go down, the light would cast a shadow on different parts of the lot. Depending on the time of day, the end result could look pretty different. Earlier in 2016, we mentioned that we were having a complete black and white phase. I love pairing these two simple colors together because it always adds up to a pretty no-fuss, effortless look. From afar, it’s basic. It’s a black sleeveless top and a white bottom, but the fact that it’s a skort adds a little more flair to it. We paired this with our favorite lace up Vince Camuto heels.

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Summer Getaway in LA

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I had the opportunity to take a pretty last minute trip to Los Angeles this summer and every time I go back for a visit, the list of places to go continues to get longer. We were just there in fall of 2015 to see Gelesia, but even still it felt like there wasn’t enough time to do everything. On this trip, we checked out a few new places and returned to some of our old favorites! I’ve never imagined Los Angeles as a place that I could call home, but I wouldn’t mind spending an entire week there. We’ve still got plenty of neighborhood to explore. During our trip, we must have had four meals a day and only retreated back to the hotel for sleep and getting ready for the day/night’s activities. I know we’re six months away from summer, but we can’t wait to get back there already. I hope you enjoy our LA photo diary!

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Our first meal off the plane was going to be Lemonade, but since I had heard that LA just got a Shake Shack, YOU KNOW I made us pivot. How good does this look?

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A Geometric Mall

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Dress – Aritzia / Shoes – Vince Camuto

We don’t know where this stance even came from because we’ve never done anything like it before! We’re excited to post this photo because of what’s coming next! I went to the Stanford Shopping Center after work one day because after seeing a top on Instagram over the weekend, I decided that I absolutely needed to have it. Lucky for me, it was in stock at Brandy Melville. You know how sometimes you see something online or on someone else and it looks great, but on you, it kind of flops? We had one of those moments. But then we also rejected that idea in our heads and just went for it! I was headed to LA the following weekend and having a white off-the-shoulder top was everything to us. The Stanford Shopping Center is a basic outdoor mall, but it has some good gems for where you can photograph. Since I was wearing all black, I needed a neutral background, but these geometric planters were just enough to make it a little extra. Next up? Our trip to LA – this was one of my favorite trips this year, but mostly because we got to take a lot of beautiful shots around the city.

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Saucy in Santa Cruz

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Top – Brandy Melville / Shorts – Aritzia / Sunglasses – Kate Spade / Scarf – Forever 21 / Booties – Munro (Nordstrom)

Who dis?! We find out that we’re spending a day in Santa Cruz and of course we turned this into a whole outfit thing. In case any of you are wondering, Santa Cruz doesn’t exactly fit that bohemian vibe that we’re attempting here, but that didn’t matter to us, clearly. Over the summer, some of the employees at work wanted to treat our interns out to a fun afternoon in Santa Cruz. I hadn’t been back since winter 2012 so I was pretty excited to spend a hot summer day there. And okay, it’s no Disney Land, but the rides aren’t bad. More importantly, have we mentioned how much we LOVE Skeeball?!

I wasn’t planning on beaching while in Santa Cruz, but this was the perfect outfit for everything else we did that day. Aside from the fact… that we had to take our scarf off during the rollercoaster and my booties got sand in them. Other than that – 100%! I actually haven’t worn this scarf since I had been back in Seattle and even then I had just worn it pretty simply around my neck. Draping it like this was more fun!

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Seattle Girl

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Sub Pop Sweatshirt / Leggings – Aritzia / Cap – Urban Outfitters / Sneakers – Nike

This morning we woke up feeling both panicked and with a weight off our shoulders. It’s fitting that in our queue this was the next outfit that we would highlight. Even though this wasn’t recent, I remember how I felt on this day like it was yesterday. Simply weightless and so happy. We may not be 100% right now, but I’m really looking forward to getting back to this.

On the outfit: We’re really feeling that sporty casual look lately. It’s funny because you would’ve never caught me in an outfit like this in college, but as an adult, you just don’t need to dress up every single day. Sometimes you want to be comfy and cozy and believe it or not – Nikes can transform an outfit from sloppy to chick almost instantly.

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James Turrell Skyspace

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Top and Shorts – Aritzia / Cardigan – Mom’s / Purse – Vince Camuto

Even after living in the Bay Area for a few years, there’s still so much that I haven’t uncovered yet. I had read about the James Turrell Skyspace at the de Young Museum and thought that it was such a beautiful place. I knew I would love it, but I didn’t know just how much I would fall for it. Manan couldn’t tear me away from the place! The funny thing about our visit is that we didn’t actually go into the de Young Museum. We drove all the way to Golden Gate Park just to visit the Skyspace and the outdoor garden. If you’re planning on doing the same visit as us, it will probably take you less than an hour. :)

And if you’re wondering if this is a good photo spot? Yes, it’s THE place for bloggers.

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Blondie

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Top – Brandy Melville / Shorts – Aritzia / Booties – Munro via Nordstrom / Scarf – J. Crew

Someone once commented that they thought the backdrop that I selected for this photo was really tacky. I actually love it! It’s outside of a movie theater and it’s a little bit different, but it’s so fun. I had just gotten back from Seattle after dyeing my hair even more blonde; we almost didn’t recognize ourselves. Seriously, who is this girl? It’s funny to see how my style has evolved over the last 3 years since moving to California because this isn’t normally an outfit we’d wear in Seattle – not even if we were just visiting. I don’t know if it was the outfit itself or moreso the blonde hair, but we felt confident. It’s 6 months later and after returning back home to Seattle again, we decided not to color our hair. We’re actually letting it grow out so that we can get the blonde out for good, but I’ll always appreciate this time in my life – in my 20’s where we just wanted to try something new. I don’t know how and I can’t put it into words, but this blonde hair changed me in the last 6 months.

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Outside KEXP

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Dress – Urban Outfitters / Jacket – Aritzia / Shoes – Vince Camuto

My dad and I were quite ambitious with our Seattle day over the summer and thought we would try and tackle a double header of visiting the Chihuly Museum, but also taking a tour of KEXP. It turns out… that we missed the KEXP tour, but I was still just as excited to see the new building even if it meant we didn’t get to go fully inside it. This mural outside of the building is also pretty neat. I’m really looking forward to doing the actual tour on my next visit though so that we can share it here! Also for those of you who don’t know, KEXP is a radio station in Seattle and we’ve actually blogged about them our fair share on Yow Yow typically for their concert series and for their in-studio live sessions.

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A Chambray Deep-V

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Choker – Gift / Top – Aritzia / Pants – Uniqlo / Sneakers – Nike Flyknit / Sunglasses – Kate Space

Well! We got a little ambitious with our deep-v over the summer! In a previous post, we wore this with a beige tank top from Aritzia and while we were in Seattle decided to opt for without. We were fortunate that everything ended up being okay, but I did realize I felt a little bit more exposed than I usually do and no matter how hot the temperatures are and how badly you may want to pull off a deep-v, it’s certainly not for everyone! I did, however, like pulling off this athleisure look – these Uniqlo jeggings work with just about everything. For this day that I was in Seattle, this outfit was perfect for all of the activities we did and all the places we went.

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A Little Mess of Things

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Top – Brandy Melville / Shorts – Aritzia / Shoes – Vince Camuto / Choker – Gift

I’ve had my eye on the lobby of this building for quite some time. Every time I walked by it, I wanted a chance to go in, but I was pretty scared cause there’s always someone at the front desk. On this one day, Elynn and I noticed that it was golden hour (prime time for photos) and no one was stationed at the front. Granted, it was after 5PM that day so maybe that person just went home, but that was our way in. The funny thing is, walking by it was just a “want” for me. When I got in though? It was even more glorious than I had imagined! Will you just take a look at this piece? I don’t even know what companies are in this building. Do they even know how #blessed they are to have this with them? Why isn’t everyone taking a photo of/with this? We were so slow taking photos because I just couldn’t stop gawking at it, but of course, we had to be fast just in case you know… doorman came back.

Outfit details: I really like this. We’ve got a neutral – black – neutral – black theme going on and that always goes over well. These shorts are kind of funny though because they remind me of wearing an adult diaper. No offense Aritzia. It’s the best wannabe adult diaper I’ve ever worn. Every summer, the only shorts that I ever see are these teensy tiny denim ones and this summer, I just wanted something different. These are so comfortable and chic.

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Amazing, right?

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Backside

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This SAD bear!

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Yow Yow! in Big Sur!

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Living in the Bay Area has provided me with so many opportunities to have the quick getaways that I always wanted! In the 3 years that I’ve lived here, I’ve spent time in Napa, Sonoma, Tahoe, Sausalito, Monterey, and Carmel. It’s not like I was in the middle of nowhere when I was living in Seattle, but because I had lived there my whole life, I thought I had all the time in the world to explore places. The problem was that I never did. This is something I’ve taken advantage of more since moving. One of the places that I’ve been itching to get to was Big Sur. I knew it was close and on one of my long weekends from work, I knew it would be perfect for a day trip. I also was set on doing just about anything to see the Bixby Canyon Bridge. Death Cab for Cutie did that to us back in 2008. Sandeep and I set out in the morning and went straight to the beach for our shots. From there, we went to lunch and Glen Oaks, which I totally thought was going to be just a hike in the woods for us, but ended up being a hotel in the woods. Lucky for us, a jaunt around the grounds was about a mile anyways so…it was a mile long hike. Then on our way out – the bridge! We must’ve driven on it back and forth at least four times until we could find parking. We couldn’t leave without it though.

To end the day, Sandeep and I hit up Monterey on the way home for an Italian dinner and then made our way back to South Bay.

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