16 Jul 2018
Treasure & Bond Print Pleated Top –
$59 – $38.90
With everything going on these days, I nearly forgot that this sale was about to happen! Thank goodness for my girlfriends and our group text to remind me of the first day for early access. I’m trying my hardest to save my money during my time off right now so it doesn’t make sense to make purchases on things that I don’t need, but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has always been perfect for the staples you do need. Around this time, I usually consider the items I’m hoping to make a purchase on for fall or items that I already own that could use an upgrade. Previously, those items have been a pair of classic black heels, booties, a wallet, and a purse – all of which I have purchased during this annual sale.
Ashley and I stopped by during Early Access this past weekend and while it was thrilling to see the pieces out, there wasn’t anything that I truly needed. That doesn’t mean though that I don’t have a list of things that would be “nice-to-have” and that’s what I’m going to share with you now!
Update: Now that I’ve finished working on this post, I’m convinced I need all of these items. Send help?
Kenneth Cole Envelope Collar Wool Blend Knit Coat in Camel –
$230 – $149.90
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16 Jul 2018
Dress – Aritzia
Every time holiday party season comes around, I always have some idea of the type of dress I want to wear. By mid-November, I’ve considered color, fabric, length, and accessories – all down to a tee so that I’ve honed in on exactly what I want. If I’m trying on other dresses, it’s mostly because it’s for fun or I need a gut check. Never did I ever think that in 2017, I would be looking for an updated LBD though! I knew I wanted something lacy, black, and with sleeves. I also knew that this would be a very popular style and that any party I went to, I would come across many other dresses like this one. Luckily, the fact that I would have chosen an unoriginal style did not bother me. This was one dress I didn’t have in my closet, but knew would be timeless for years to come.
I’m happy to report that since making this purchase, I have now worn it for 3 occasions total – a fancy holiday party, a dressed down holiday party and a bachelorette party! Sometimes the little black dress can seem a little bit like a cop out, but in my honest opinion, I think you can never have enough. There is always a use for one and there are so many variations of them to own. Also for those of you who have seen this photo and thought that my hair looked extremely long, there’s just a little girl sitting right behind me. My hair has never been this length!
08 Jul 2018
Sweater – Urban Outfitters / Vest – Uniqlo / Belt – Madewell / Denim – Levi’s / Boots – J. Crew
Can it be? Christmas in July?! Or is it really just a backlog of posts that I’m still getting to from the winter? 😉
Every winter, I look forward to heading up to a Christmas Tree Farm with Mandi and Eric to help them find the tree of their dreams. It’s a different one each time and that’s what makes this such an adventure. We’ve headed north, south and east and each time this idea of finding a new tree is so entertaining to me. We leave the day after I get back from my SoCal Thanksgiving trip and this year’s venture was the best because it included both brunch before and wine tasting after – a first for us!
It’s a special tradition that we have and though we didn’t know it at the time, this would be the last time we’d be doing this as Mandi and Eric are off to New York City this coming fall! More on that later…
Out of all the outfits that I’ve worn to the Christmas Tree farm, this one is the best because it truly embodies my inner lumberjack. If I lived outside the city surrounded by trees, this would probably be my every day uniform. The dark elements to the outfit give it the rugged vibe, but this gold Madewell belt is sort of everything, isn’t it?!
07 Jul 2018
Tee – Everlane / Sweater + Scarf – Oak + Fort / Pants – Uniqlo / Hat – Nordstrom
You guys, no matter what anyone ever says, I will never get tired of the Golden Gate Bridge. Even if you’re visiting me and this is the most touristy thing you want to do, I’ll pretend like I’m not excited, but internally it’s all I hope you’ll ask to do. The Golden Gate Bridge is the equivalent of Pike Place Market to me. It never gets old and it continues to be more beautiful with every visit. Even if it’s a nice day, I will never go close to the water unprepared without many layers. I actually topped this outfit with my denim jacket (not pictured!) but had it taken off for photos for fear that it would be too clunky.
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01 Jul 2018
This photo cracks me up! Whenever, we feature food on the blog, it’s always coming from my point of view – directly what is in front of me or from above. I love this shot that Elynn captured of me when I wasn’t even looking at her. Obviously, I’m excited and clearly this is how I always look at my food before devouring it.
Elynn and I had ourselves an impromptu food tour that day starting with sushi for lunch, Salt & Straw ice cream as a snack and landing at Bar Crudo for their happy hour and early dinner. Oysters in the bay area tend to be more expensive than in Seattle. When Seattle has oyster happy hours, they are $1, but in San Francisco, you can expect them to be $1.50-$2.50 at times. No one likes raised prices, but what’s a girl to do when you’ve got a craving?
When someone asks me what my favorite hobbies are, the first thing I always say is eating out at different SF restaurants. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have my own love/hate relationship with it though. In the last few weeks, I’ve been more stressed than usual and have found myself not enjoying the meals that I typically love: pasta, burritos, sushi. I couldn’t even finish my Chipotle order just a couple of days ago. I never saw this correlation within myself until recently, but find it to be reasonable. It’s challenging to enjoy most things when you are unhappy or when you don’t feel like yourself. Now, there’s no need to worry and I’m confident I’ll be back to my normal self soon. Here’s hoping that I’m making eyes at my food just like above very soon!
17 Jun 2018
Cardigan + Shoes – Mom’s / Jacket – Topshop / Pants + Beanie – Aritzia
Growing up, I knew a lot of girls in my circle who were proud to be tomboys. I don’t feel like there was ever a point in time in my life where it wasn’t cool to be a tomboy except maybe watching the girls that were on MTV’s “Made.” However, that was never me. For as long as I’ve known, I have loved being a girly girl, but then I think having an older brother helped me to explore other avenues. After all, I did get his hand-me-downs! He helped pick out my first pair of fashionable sneakers – a pair of brown and pink corduroy Puma’s and influenced my style through the teenage and college years.
What I find interesting about fashion is just because it is an industry that is heavily dominated by females, it does not mean that there isn’t a place for men in this space. I know I’m not telling you anything new here. To this day, I love going into boutiques just for men and there are plenty of pieces in my closet that are more masculine that I pair with feminine. This look is the perfect example of that and it’s probably why I love it so much.
Another reason why I love this look is because it’s sort of paying homage to my own mother! This cardigan and these shoes (completely worn out by the way) are both hers. The cardigan is so feminine, but it becomes a little bit tougher when you pair it with structured black trousers and an oversized coat. I remember when I bought this coat a couple of years ago that I was quite self conscious about it being a little too big or roomier in the shoulders. I’m happy to share that I’ve since grown into it or haven’t even noticed that it was an issue! The beanie is a small piece of this outfit, but one that makes a statement. It makes this formal look more casual and it adds a bit of warmth to the top of my head. I am forever loving this outfit and can’t believe it even took me this long to put it together!
16 Jun 2018
For what feels like a month, my blog has been somewhat broken. It’s not that I haven’t had time to fix it, but it’s complex enough that I need a solid chunk of time to work on it. For one thing, the sharing functions for every post that I write are no longer embedded in and if I want to share, I have to do it manually. On a scale of 1-10, I consider that to be not as major. The other problem though is that I’m no longer able to view my stats. I have no idea how many people are reading my posts or stopping by Yow Yow! every day. Initially this stressed me out. I’m a numbers and metrics person and I’ve always had that resource available to me ever since I started Yow Yow! As weeks went on and I lagged on getting this fixed, I started to realize that not knowing sort of gave me peace of mind. I could write freely without having to examine every stat and what it meant especially if most of the time it didn’t mean much.
Over time, I realized the blog stats were what I over examined before I even was introduced to things like Instagram and likes and hearts. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve just been able to focus on the writing and more importantly what I’m happy to write about instead of the stress of how certain pieces are performing. It has been a nice period of time (almost a time of innocence if you will) and I’m going to enjoy for it now, but soon we’ll get these stats back because it’s important to have data and it’s important to know how you can improve. Having just recently gone under a makeover with Yow Yow, it’s still crucial for me to track these things!
27 May 2018
Having a three day weekend to kick off the summer season was such a delight. I know it’s not over yet, but I’m currently relishing in every little bit of it. It didn’t occur to me how much I needed one until it was actually here. I happen to be in a career where there is always work to do. Lately, it’s all I’ve been doing and it didn’t feel like it was a problem until it became one. Don’t feel sorry for me. I chose it for myself and for the most part, it is incredibly rewarding. Going into this weekend though, I’ve had to create more boundaries for myself than I ever had. Saturday, I had plans to head up to Calistoga with two of my close friends. I’d never been before and was so excited to spend some time in wine country. Because it was one of those all day trips, there just wasn’t going to be a time for me to work. Sunday was my cleaning, errands, and work day. And Monday was reserved for enjoying the last part of my weekend before going back to work. Kevin is also flying in for the day and of course, I don’t want to be working when there’s so many other things that we could be doing.
Readers, I hope you had a great weekend! I’d love to hear how you separate out your weekends and find balance or are you all just lucky enough that you don’t even have to think about work ever?!
27 May 2018
Top – Aritzia / Denim – Citizens of Humanity
If I’m being honest, these boots are a bit clunky to go shopping in, but they do make for quite a look. Elisa had been up in the city earlier that day and decided that she needed to buy a pair of new shoes. Since I hadn’t ever been to Freda Salvador before I had to come along for the ride. I had just purchased this backless white Aritzia tee very recently at the time and needed to wear it on a regular basis. Pairing it with the Citizens of Humanity gives it a very laid back casual feel, which is typically hard for me because I would never be one to say that I’m a “jeans and a t-shirt” kind of girl. Never.
25 May 2018
Dress – Urban Outfitters / Sweater – Margaret O’Leary / Denim Jacket – Gap / Hat – Nordstrom / Booties – Vince Camuto / Sunglasses – Marc Jacobs
For once, there’s a lot going on in this outfit! There’s so much to love about it though. As I get older and my friends start to marry off, it means that I have many more weddings to attend than I ever did before. I’d be lying to you if I said that I hadn’t ever considered services like Rent the Runway before, but the truth is, I love owning my pieces. This year, I was convinced that I’d be able to re-wear my wedding guest dresses again and that’s exactly what I did. I wouldn’t feel good about only wearing something once and it allows me to stretch my creativity when I can pair something like a wedding guest dress with things I already have in my closet. This dress above was only the second time I had worn it with the first being at Mandi and Eric’s wedding back in September 2016. It looked a little bit different back then and it was styled in a more formal way.
Wearing it for a more casual day-to-day outfit brought to my attention that this dress is a little bit more sheer than I expected it to be! Thank goodness for the slip underneath, but even that made it seem like we were at risk sometimes. To make it more casual, I threw one of my favorite pullover sweaters onto it and added the denim jacket for an extra layer. The hat and the shoes matched the sweater and kind of felt like I was pulling the outfit together with these pieces. You also can’t see it, but I’m wearing a black choker, which looking back now, was probably not as necessary.
I couldn’t tell you what I was thinking of when I woke up that morning and put on this busy outfit. It did, however, remind me of one of my favorite 90’s icon – Blossom!
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