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Little Bandana

Top – Brandy Melville / Pants – Uniqlo / Bracelet – Madewell / Bandana – Mandi’s wedding / Heels – Vince Camuto

Even though it’s 2017, it’s a little silly to me that there is still this stigma to wearing all black. I would say 60-68% of my wardrobe is made up of black pieces and I’m totally fine with that. However, sometimes when I would go to work, people still have this desire to make a comment to me about going to a funeral or ask if I am unhappy that day. Why can’t I just wear black because it’s a classic color and super chic? :)

I remembered getting up this day and feeling sort of satisfied with this look. I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was missing something though and I wasn’t going to be able to walk out the door without something more. I added the bracelet. Purchased from Madewell a few years back, I still really love this piece even though it has progressively gotten “worn” over time and you can tell. At Mandi’s wedding, she gifted everyone with a welcome package, which I think is such a nice treat! I’m going to be discussing this a little bit more in an upcoming post about the five things I loved the most about Mandi’s wedding, but will provide some details here. Every guest received a jar of trail mix waiting for them in their cabin and each mason jar was wrapped with a perfect forest green bandana. Now you may remember that I went through a red bandana phase last spring. We’re still wearing it by the way! But this green one is a little bit smaller, but large enough to fit around my neck. It really was the perfect accessory to complete this look.

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Colour Family

Top – Aritzia / Skirt – Brandy Melville / Booties – Dolce Vita

I don’t know if I ever would have thought to dream up this combo, but surprisingly, I’m happy with the outcome. If you follow me on Instagram (@katieyowyow) then you know this blouse and I are on our last leg together. I discovered three holes in it yesterday and that was just from the front. I’m convinced there’s at least two more in the back of my shirt somehow, but it’s one of my favorites. Aritzia is a game changer when it comes to soft fabrics in their tees and their blouses and ever since I purchased my first one, I have never regretted it. And maybe you’re familiar with this skirt by now. When I first bought it, there was only one other top that I could imagine pairing it with, but I’ve since been able to wear the “Taylor Swift” corduroy skirt with 63% of my closet. Wearing all three of these pieces in the same color family can be a little tricky, but with the skirt being the most dramatic color change piece in the outfit, we were able to use it as sort of a color block. Overall, I loved how suitable this outfit was to wear for work, but it still felt really romantic in its own way and feminine.

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From Pacific Northwest to New England

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Chambray Shirt – Madewell / Skirt – Brandy Melville / Vest – Uniqlo

I felt like I was really trying something different with this outfit when I decided to pack it with me to Boston. And I was on the fence – is this an outfit that makes more sense for the Pacific Northwest or for the East Coast? I wasn’t sure! Even as I’m looking at this now, I think the color palette works, but I still have my reservations. I will say that though that this was my first time being in Boston during the fall and I hadn’t worn this vest for like a year. The fact that I chose to bring this with me means that I was making a statement about the purpose it would be serving. Actually, I do love this vest though. I think there are a lot of vests that you could be buying at different retailers, but not only is this one from Uniqlo very functional and warm, it’s also very affordable. Highly recommend.

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Hair Moment

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Top – Brandy Melville / Pants – Uniqlo 

I’m so excited to be sharing this upcoming series of outfits! This is the first of many from my fall traveling season. This past fall, I had the opportunity to go to Philly, Pittsburgh, Boston twice, and Houston. Each packing session was a little bit different, but that’s what made the experience so fun for me – it’s not like I could take the same stuff for every trip! My first stop on the traveling tour was Philly in mid-September so it was still pretty hot and humid during my visit and this was taken downtown on the way to one of the dinners that I had organized for my group (a celebration!) When I was younger, I used to want to live in Philadelphia because of a dream job that I had in mind for myself. It didn’t end up working out and I took a completely different career path than I had imagined. So it’s funny that this was my first time visiting when long ago, I would’ve been willing to pick up my entire life to move to this city. I only had about two full days here so it meant I didn’t have much time for exploring, but I would love to go back. There’s still so much left to see! So don’t mind the fact that these two photos were edited differently and that my entire outfit is wrinkled. I came from a work day!

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Suburbia

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Shorts and Sweater – Brandy Melville / Booties – Vince Camuto

I have this thing where I love booties, but always feel like it’s an interesting item to wear because of how weird I feel with the leg to foot ratio. It isn’t easy for us! Sometimes I wonder if it makes me look shorter or if it makes me seem too clunky. This time, we just went for it. Vince Camuto in the last year has not disappointed me with regards to shoes. I feel like these days, I’m exclusively Vince Camuto. They’re super comfy, stylish, and affordable. Here, you’re catching a glimpse of my “nude” socks from Uniqlo. I love these, but always lose them somehow in my dryer. They’re great for shoes that cut off at the ankle, booties, and my sneakers. I think they’re mostly so you can appear like you’re going sock- less, but aren’t really.

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Tan Times

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Top – Brandy Melville / Pants – Gap / Belt – Madewell / Wedges – Vince Camuto

The California sun has been good to us! This was taken last summer, but look how tan we are! It was starting to feel a lot more like this this past weekend and I think it’s just the beginning. This wall in Mountain View always makes us look good and catches the light in a really pretty way every time. It’s nice to be able to wear a tank top and jeans every once in awhile, but I wanted to take this look up a notch by wearing my favorite summer white denim. It’s not an easy wear though because wearing them means you are putting your pants at risk. For this shot below, I even brought a napkin with me so that I could sit on it and not have my bum on the actual cement. Readers, how do you style your white denim and what tricks do you have to keep them white?!

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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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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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The Every Girl

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Sweater and Shorts – Brandy Melville / Booties – Munro (Nordstrom)

When I was younger, I was very proud to be a girly girl. I liked wearing dresses and skirts and not getting dirty. I didn’t care if I could hang with the boys because I had my girls. However, as we’ve aged and we’ve experienced a little bit more life, our views have sort of shifted. I’m still wearing dresses and skirts, but we don’t mind if there’s an edge to us. See how these are booties and not your predictable wedges? This isn’t the greatest example, but even as I get older, I’m trying to see how I can incorporate more masculine items into my wardrobe or even my home. Yes, someday I will have to share a home with my husband and it’d be nice if it were a reflection of the both of us. :) Also, you may not know this unless you follow me on Instagram, but I also love shopping at men’s boutiques. There aren’t always items tailored to me, but I like styling my guy friends and picking out things for them and getting inspiration from other products.

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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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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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Our Favorite Looks of 2016

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Tank top – Abercrombie & Fitch / Chambray shirt – Madewell / Skirt – Brandy Melville

It’s way more fun to share your 12 favorite outfits from the year instead of the ones that just flopped, right?! We don’t always get it right, but luckily the shame of an outfit gone wrong usually only lasts a day. #blessed that my coworkers are always there to give me that immediate feedback. On the upside, I love the outfits that I’ve selected as my favorites for the year. We love that some of these outfits are ones that we’ve worn more than once and have recycled with other items from our closet to make them more versatile. And if there’s one thing that we appreciate more this year in these outfits than the ones we ended up hating – it’s that “less really is more.” Thanks Ma.

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Watermelon Colored Walls

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Shorts – Forever21 / Top – Brandy Melville / Hat – Nordstrom / Birkenstocks

We will probably never ever wear this outfit again. Every now and then I’ll pull something out of my closet to create an experimental outfit or to try and wear a piece that we can photograph with. That piece happened to be these shorts. They’re just made out of cloth really and are a black base with an off-white floral pattern over it. I wanted so badly to make these work, but I remember feeling pretty uncomfortable in these on my shopping trip. There’s nothing wrong with them! I’ve just sort of outgrown this look. In a previous time, I would’ve rocked these without any problem. In 2016, I’m just an awkward turtle.

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Kinda Cold Sorta Warm

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Top – Aritzia /Skirt – Brandy Melville / Cardigan – Oak + Fort / Wallet – Kate Spade

If I could describe my style in one outfit, THIS would be one of them. We’ve had a lot of fun with this Brandy Melville skirt this year and I loved this pairing with a burnt corduroy and a classic white piece. I think the outfits that I wear that typically go over well are ones that have a balance of a structured piece and one that’s a little bit more fun and out there. I remember when I first bought this Aritzia blouse, I was very worried about how low cut it might be and was worried that we’d have a problem with my undergarment showing, but it actually hits at exactly the right spot. And what do you do when you need a cover up? Just throw one of your many cardigans over it!

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