Dress – Oak + Fort / Choker – Free People / Socks – SmartWool
We love this dress. Not only is it super warm and functional for those fall/winter months, but it’s a pretty cute piece as well. What I like about this and what makes it okay for me to wear to work is that it’s conservative in the front, but once you get the side view – you see those slits! I was also going through a pretty heavy SmartWool socks period in my life and wanted to wear these with every outfit. I later came to realize that because of how thick they are, they don’t work well with these black boots of mine and end up making my feet sweaty so we’ve since retired this look. And because of this look, we decided to not wear this choker as a choker and loosely made it worn as a necklace.
Dress and hat – Aritzia / Sweater – borrowed / Tights – Free People / Booties – Munro (Nordstrom)
I’d be lying to you if I said every day I woke up in the morning 100% knowing what I was going to wear and was completely satisfied with it. 85% of the time I plan my outfits the night before, but I still have those days where I might spend 90 minutes trying on 5 different outfits before I leave the house. Even then, I’m still not okay with it. This was one of those days where I felt a little bit uninspired and decided to borrow my friend and coworker’s cardigan. Sandy is also my photographer most days! I really love the contrast in these two photos though because as many of you know, I wasn’t always super comfortable being in front of the camera – throwback to that space helmet that we loved so much in college and always had over my head. That’s why this photo below is still funny to be because clearly, I still am very bashful about this thing that we’re doing!
Dress – Aritzia / Tights – Free People / Booties – Munro (Nordstrom)
We’re sliding in a quick post before we get ready for our birthday party tonight! I’d never worn this outfit before and I was a little bit hesitant to pair my t-shirt dress with these tights. This dress is from Aritzia, of course, and perfect for every day wear. I bought these tights actually from Nordstrom Rack – quite the steal! And we wore these boots because it complimented everything pretty well. This sitting pose is kind of awkward and actually we haven’t done one since this time, but it’s still kind of funny to me. I don’t do the whole serious thing very well.
It isn’t. But I’m headed to Puerta Vallarta at the end of the month to celebrate one of my favorite girls getting married in 2016 and after assessing what I would be packing with me, I realized that I could probably use a few more swimsuits. It’s been awhile since I’ve actually been on a vacation like this or a beach – which is absurd right, cause I live in California? I didn’t think that I’d be able to find anything that I’d like right now much less know of any retailers having their collections out, but we’re in luck! Last year, we were really into cut-outs in swimsuits, but this year, we’re kind of gravitating towards something a little different. So here are a few things I’ve had my eye on and maybe you can all help me pick out one or two that you like best so we can get it ready for Mexico!
Can I just say this? I don’t like New Year’s very much. I think the holiday (if you can even call it that) is completely overrated. There’s so much pressure to have plans and do something very extravagant and as I’m getting older, that’s just not something that I want to do. I just want to have a nice meal and chill. Except this year, we have a Gatsby’s themed party to attend so that’s more exciting than any other day. Last year though, my friends and I spent almost $100 on tickets to see Mayer Hawthorne at some club in San Francisco. Now I love Mayer Hawthorne, but I didn’t love this event. It was crowded, a little bit uncomfortable, and just not worth the money we paid for it. Whatever the case, we’re not going to slum it for New Year’s Day so you won’t be seeing us in leggings or sweats so here are some last minute grabs for whatever event you’re going to.
Now that my company’s holiday party has actually happened, we can finally write this post! It was about a month ago that I was facing my holiday party dress dilemma having no idea what I would wear this year and it was just a few weeks ago that I wrote our Holiday Party Dress Guide for 2015. When I wrote that, I had just found my dream dress (this one above!) When you know, you know. The minute I put it on, I not only knew it was the perfect dress, but I felt it. Oh gosh – imagine what I’m going to say when I write about how I find THE dress someday. When you have found the dress and you’re excited about it, you’ll try it on every few days…and that’s exactly what I did. Out of the three holiday parties that I’ve celebrated with my company, this is by far, my favorite look.
Mandi and I had separate holiday parties to attend that night, but we figured, why not get ready together? She told me that for holiday parties she usually likes to pamper herself and go all out. I hadn’t done that in the past two years, but I thought why not? My makeup and hair should match exactly how I feel about my dress. Our first stop? Dry Bar for our very first visit!
Our visit was to the Dry Bar in downtown SF. $45 gets your hair blown out and a shampoo wash as well. I had taken a look at the menu beforehand because I’m such a planner, but the style that I wanted wasn’t exactly what I had seen so naturally, I came prepared with a photo. I told my girl that I wanted very loose waves and all of my hair to one side to match the look I was trying to go for with the dress. I felt like I was done in about 15 minutes! Honestly though, she did such a great job and I feel like this rarely happens, but I got exactly what I had asked for. The shop is super cute; it actually looks like a little bar with the set-up and while I would totally go back for another special event, I don’t think I can justify going every day before work like some people actually do. Isn’t that a little bit much?! I thought so too. Mandi and I were in shock after we found out that this is a daily thing for some people especially because shampooing and blow drying your hair is something that I learned at like age 5.
From there, her and I headed over to Bare Minerals where we had our makeup done! I have to admit, this was the one part of the day that made me really nervous especially because I used to get my makeup done for formal dances in high school at various counters. Back then, I always felt like everything was a bit overdone. The MAC counter will do that to you. However, at Bare Minerals, I felt like I was leaving looking exactly like myself, but a little bit better ;) Bare Minerals has always been a pretty natural looking brand though so I was very impressed with them and ended up purchasing two products that I’ll most likely feature on a future “Beauty for Breakfast.”
Some last thoughts:
The back of this dress is really what sold me. Make sure you click the link for the extra details. I kept telling Mandi that I couldn’t wait to wear this dress and to get ready with someone else so that they could help me button up the last three buttons that I couldn’t reach when trying it on. I also am not big on accessories so I didn’t have a lot that would match with this dress and I knew it too. After I had secured the dress at the store, I did that thing that I do when I’m shopping and get too comfortable by roaming around and asking everyone working there to help me find the perfect necklace. I love this choker. I haven’t worn chokers in a very long time, but it’s a trend that has made its way back this year and it was so so pretty, but also didn’t take away from the lace detail on the dress which made it perfect.
Shangri-la Bra – $52
We are VERY excited to be sharing some of the things we’ve been wanting all of November. This post is basically a holiday dressing post pt. 2 though. Hope ya don’t mind! For December, we’ll be gearing up for our upcoming gift guides instead of doing our usual “Closet” post.
No matter how badly you want things to go a certain way, no amount of effort or time can change what’s supposed to actually happen. You would think that I would’ve learned this valuable lesson by now. For the last two years, I’ve worn black dresses – both very similar to each other. So in my third holiday party with my company, I vowed to be a little bit different. This year was going to be the year that I wore a white dress! So we started the search and the dream dress that I had wanted ran out the day after I had found it online. The dress that I ended up buying was beautiful and a steal as it was 50% off, but it didn’t feel like it was the one – I just wasn’t sure so I had to go to the mall and do my due dilligence – try on all the holiday party dresses to be sure that I was happy with the one I had purchased. Sure enough, I found one and it wasn’t white, but it was the one. You know how sometimes people talk about when they’ve found the one and they just know and they have no other reason that they give, but that one reason? That’s how I felt about this dress today and I can’t say the same for the others.
Now that I’ve finally got THE dress, we can write this post without much worry. I’ll be sure to share the one I actually wear next month in a later post, but since I’ve done some pre-research, the selection I’ve provided below is real good. I’ve scoured everything.
Daisy Longlin Underwire – $128
When I think about my 20’s, I think about how I care a lot about things that I never used to waste two seconds thinking about when I was in highschool or when I was just a lowly emo teenager. As a 20-year old, I care a lot about… paying my student loans. Random tidbit, today I checked on my credit score and I felt ecstatic about it! This is definitely something that wasn’t even on my radar even when I was in college. I care a lot about how I’m spending my paychecks – ie) how much I’m spending on a meal during the weekends, if I really absolutely NEED to have that Rebecca Minkoff bag (I didn’t!) and how I decorate my home etc. One chunk of this area that I care about in my 20’s though is dressing smarter. When I was younger, I lived in Forever21, but in the long run those pieces would deteriorate. I was all about the basics instead of quality and quality goes beyond just your usual staples, they also extend out to your delicates. (That was a really long-winded intro, but we finally got there y’all!) For Love and Lemons is a brand that I’ve been keeping my eye on a lot lately and a lot of their intimates are being sold through Free People which is even more exciting. Now, intimates get this rap for being something that you have to wear to please another person. I say, buy them because you “love yourself” and because they just make you feel good! Here are just a few of my favorite picks currently available through Free People.
Self-Portrait Azalea Dress – $380
Well wedding season is already underway, but it’s never too late because if you’re like any girl I know then you’re always panicking last minute about what to wear. Or if you’re like me, you’ve planned out what you’re going to wear to a wedding months in advance, but feel you need another option at the last minute so you start the hunt again one weekend before the event. Whatever the case, it’s always good to have a variety in your closet for those emergencies.
I received my save the date from my favorite LA bf yesterday for her wedding next year and… that is exactly what is triggering this post! :) Should I start looking for a dress 9 months in advance for this wedding? Y/N?
Also, this is a good time to remind you all of a few things. Weddings are about the couple’s day. Do not wear white. Do not wear cream. Do not wear off white. If your dress is printed or patterned with a white base, don’t even wear that. There are so many dress options in this world and there’s no reason for you to be wearing anything resembling white on this day. A wedding is also not a time for you to take any fashion risks. Don’t wear anything that could pose as a wardrobe malfunction in any way shape or form.
Instead opt for soft prints and patterns and pastels. Gravitate towards romantic fabrics like ruffles, lace, and scalloped edges. Ladies – you know how to do this! Don’t be the one that messes it up because trust – wedding guests notice and they will talk about you.
Now that it’s summertime, it’s pretty much the prime time to be eating fruit whenever possible. I actually try my hardest to eat fruit on a daily basis, but sometimes fruits just taste better at other times during the year. You all know what I’m talking about. So while it’s fun to eat things raw and out of the packaging (my parents despise when I do this and think that everything should be rinsed out) it’s also nice to spice things up a bit. Here are five of my favorite ways to do just that:
1. Literally spice it up!
At work, our chef sometimes likes to put a little cayenne pepper on our watermelon for a little kick and it’s my favorite only because it’s a little bit of an unexpected surprise. Try it on watermelon and pineapple and this recipe also suggests using a little lime juice as well.
It’s already feeling like peek summer in the Bay Area and it’s only May! The Seattle girl in me is weary that I’ll be able to survive another summer here. Here are some pieces that will get us through the season and will just be fun to wear regardless!