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That One Time It Rained

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Dress – Aritzia / Cardigan – Oak & Fort / Belt – Mom’s / Gold ring – Catbird / Silver ring – LA boutique

Today was actually the hottest day of the week and I had this feeling walking to my car this morning and realizing just how grateful I am to live in a place like California where it is sunny 95% of the time. I never realized how much this could affect my mood especially since I’m from Seattle where it rains so often. It never seemed to bother me that much before, but when you spend most of your days in sunshine, it can make all the difference. One of the things that I used to hate about rainy days in Seattle is that you had to be completely covered. Locals in California still kind of believe that too, but I wanted to defy the usual. So what if it’s raining, you can still wear a dress without tights and you’ll survive. I had never worn this outfit altogether before so I paired my favorite long sleeved Aritzia dress (yes I have like 4 black Aritzia dresses, okay?) with this Oak + Fort cardigan that I wear once a week pretty much. I didn’t want my long sleeved dress to get lost in this though so I decided to roll up the sleeves of my cardigan so that they could make an appearance. This belt is my mother’s which I stole a very long time ago. It’s a pretty long belt so sometimes it’s annoying to have to wrap it around lots of times. On this morning, I managed to come up with this one way of tying my belt and I have never been able to do it again (even while looking at this picture as an example!)

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From Above

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Top – American Apparel / Denim – Gap / Sneakers – Nike

If you’ve been wondering why you’re seeing so many outfit posts this weekend it’s because we are accelerating them! We’re tired of having our outfits date all the way back to the fall so we’re playing a little catch up right now  to get to present time. For this outfit post, I remember being inspired by another post that I had seen and wanted to try something different by playing with textures and a patterned ground. To keep my jeans white, I sat on an unfolded napkin that my butt is covering. I typically don’t wear white jeans in the fall because… well, it’s not summer, but I was feeling a little bit adventurous this day. I also LOVE these Nike high tops that Kevin helped me find years ago. I don’t get to wear them as often because they are difficult to pair things with, but when we do get to wear them, it’s an exciting moment for us. It’s hard to see it in this photo, but they are gingham patterned!

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The Day G Became a Bride

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I’ve been wanting to write this post for a couple of weeks now since the wedding actually happened, but like most important posts in my life I’ve come to the realization that it’s always better to wait a bit before putting my thoughts into this editor. Gelesia got married on Saturday, April 23rd and she wasn’t the first of my high school friends to get married, but the first that was closest to me. It seemed like it was just a week before that I had been in Mexico with her sipping on Miami Vices for breakfast and then all of a sudden, we were on a flight to LAX and driving to Ojai to see her become a wife.

Don’t worry, we’ll still write a post about what we did/saw/ate in Ojai and talk about what we wore to Gelesia’s wedding, but this right here is all about Gelesia.

A couple of weeks before I left for the wedding, Mandi and I were having one of our hangout days and I kept saying “I can’t believe it’s happening. It hasn’t set in yet!” Her and I have talked a lot about Mandi’s upcoming wedding and Gelesia’s for that matter and we both knew that they were going to be pretty different. One is in Ojai. The other is in Yosemite. One friend is from high school. The other is from college/post-college. Then Mandi said something to me that was pretty eye-opening – she told that it was really cool that I get to attend the wedding of one of my close friends from high school because I probably know her family very well and not only do I get to spend time with Gelesia at the wedding, but I get to catch up with them too. After all, I’ve known Gelesia for about 9 years – the same amount of time I’ve know her family. With college friends, it’s not like you know their families as well as you do with high school friends so in some ways, this is really really special.

And Mandi was absolutely right.

I actually did spend the first night in Ojai at welcome drinks with the guests of the wedding chatting it up with her family and catching up with her mom. Similar to how you feel when you catch up with an old friend after years and nothing has changed was the exact feeling that I had with them. We reminisced on past birthday parties, family parties at Grandma’s, our favorite local joint – Pizza Bank and how I would always go to G’s house when I just didn’t feel like being at mine!

Gelesia has grown into such an amazing woman – a wonderful friend through the years and now she’s going to nail it at being a wife. It can be hard when after high school your friends and you all take separate paths, but I’m very grateful for the years we had in high school together and seeing how we manage to stay close as we both take these next steps in our lives. Isn’t she just the most darling bride?! Also, as a bonus, here’s a photo below of a time when we weren’t so grown.

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Little Hills Christmas Tree Farm

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Hat + Leggings – Aritzia / Vest – Uniqlo / Socks – SmartWool / Uggs

I love Mandi and Eric because they are such a fun and adventurous couple. It seems like every weekend they’re always having these outings together and they never really mind to have me third wheel. Of course, the feeling is mutual because they’re my favorite couple to third wheel anyways! Back in December after Thanksgiving weekend, the three of us drove to Little Hills Christmas Farm and picked out their 3rd Christmas Tree since living in the Bay Area. They encouraged me to get one for my little home too, but I was having fun just enjoying the ride over with them! Also, it’s a great excuse to dress up like we’re back in the Pacific Northwest again. Throughout the year, it’s very rare for anyone to see me out dressed like this unless it’s for an occasion (like this one!) because as you know we get a little bit fancier for work. I know Uggs are like totally OUT, but whatever, they’re still super comfy, ok? This Christmas tree farm outfit seems much more reasonable than the one I wore two years ago, wouldn’t you agree?

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Take A Walk With Us

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Blouse – Aritzia / Denim – Forever21 / Hat – Nordstrom

When I got up this morning, I knew I had wanted to channel Rumi Neely – my first and favorite fashion blogger ever. The thing that we loved about Rumi is that she never overdid it. In fact, living in LA, it felt like she was always wearing minimal clothing. These days, she’s definitely wearing less and that’s not the look that we’re going for exactly, but we still want to be minimalist. She keeps it simple with black and white pieces and while my own pieces have more fabric than hers, we still felt like we were close to mirroring her look! On this day, Sep and I took an extended walk around the neighborhood and I remember not being able to get enough of this cute little house in Mountain View and then getting tired from walking and taking a seat on some steps.

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Night Ripper Is 10 Years Old

One of my favorite albums turned 10 years old this week and to be honest, I can’t even remember the first time I heard this or if there was a specific person that introduced this to me. It’s 2016 so in 2006, I was over Myspace, way into Facebook, and starting to read more blogs. “Double Pump” was a 1:45 long track, but it was enough to get me hooked. It was all I had heard without hearing anything else and it’s just a mashup of beats and not any real vocals until…Madonna comes in at 1:02.

We discovered the full album shortly after. It became a part of my studying routine to be listening to Girl Talk as I was studying – which is crazy by the way, but I figured at the time that it was much better and safer than taking adderall – which I didn’t need by the way.

I ended up seeing Girl Talk in concert 4 times, attempting to get on stage the 2nd time, and actually getting on stage and dancing in front of the crowd the 3rd and 4th time. I was feeling pretty nostalgic the other day so without even knowing it was the 10 year anniversary, I threw Night Ripper on in Spotify and started bopping along while getting down to some serious emails.

I really love this article that Stereogum wrote to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Night Ripper and one of my favorite albums ever. It’s true, Greg Gillis isn’t the first to do this and he’s not the last, but he’s so good at what he does. I’m still trying to figure it out. And sure, some people have gotten close – I booked a mashup artist that I liked once for a show and they did a phenomenal job, but that’s also cause I just couldn’t afford Greg at the time. I still prefer Girl Talk over The Hood Internet and Super Mash Bros. Greg is still touring and if you haven’t seen him live yet, you gotta. You’ll never experience anything quite like it.

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Saturdayz

Do you ever get dressed up on a weekend night ready to go out only to completely drop the ball and stay in? That’s what we’re doing tonight. An hour ago, I got in the shower for the second time today, did my makeup – made my lashes look good, put on my signature scent and solidified my plans, but then I looked at my candle and remembered that it smelled really good when I lit it for the first time last night. And then… wouldn’t it smell awesome if I lit it again… tonight?!

I’ve been trying to make an effort to go out more, but let’s just be honest with ourselves – I’m such a homebody! And after 4 nights of being away last weekend, I really missed being at home. So here we are – it’s 8:00 PM, I’ve got a full face of makeup on, but I’ve gotten into my comfies and I’ve got my favorite Pop! popcorn next to me – the cheddar and caramel mixed kind and a bag of Raisinets that I’m still eating from Gelesia’s wedding last weekend. We’re just going to chill.

Happy Saturday night in y’all!

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Fall Glow

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Top + Sweater – Brandy Melville / Pants – Uniqlo 

Okay, okay – we know we’re actually two seasons behind on outfits, but we have OCD and we can’t just skip all the way head to present time! I had Sandy take a gazillion photos of me that day because my eyes had been hurting and I tried to do the photo with my glasses on. However, my Warby Parker’s had caused kind of a weird shadow, they didn’t seem like the right fit, and I just felt all sorts of discomfort, which really came out in the photos. In the end, we had to just remove them and I had to be blind for a bit while we got the shot.

I want to take a second though to address something kind of important and especially because we’re close to our 1 year of taking Instagram photos where I’ve been trying a little bit more. A friend of mine recently had a very important photo shoot and expressed to me that they were feeling a little bit nervous about the experience. I expressed to her that that feeling was pretty normal and that I get that way often too. This struck her as surprising though – next she called me “photogenic” and I actually would NEVER use that word to describe myself. In the past year, I’ve totally changed the way I’ve taken Instagram photos because I have wanted to curate a feed that I wanted to look at and that would be pleasing to people visiting my page, but I’ll admit I hide my feelings behind these photos sometimes. No one visiting my feed or seeing my photo has to know that I’m having a bad day. In fact, my feed looks like I have great days, but… don’t let that fool you cause we’re all human, alright? Also another thing you don’t see is that I have multiple outtakes of photos in the same outfit. All of my coworkers or friends that take my photos with me know that I always blink, am talking mid-photo, moving around making things blurry, or randomly having my mouth open. It’s a disaster and we’re not perfect by any means so yeah, I definitely have those days where I hate the way that I look, but we suck it up anyways. There’s a couple photos of those coming up where I’m not feeling very confident and I’ll be sure to point it out when we get there! You can probably tell the difference!

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Something Funny For You

Step 1: Think of a friend that you have known for 7-8+ years.

Step 2: Go to their Facebook page – – > go directly to “See Friendship”

Step 3: Scroll down the wall that you share until you get very far back. Back then there wasn’t Messenger so all of your messages were actually written on their wall when I’m sure they were more text appropriate and not meant for the public…like they are now.

I was trying to find some old photos of Gelesia and I ahead of her wedding and instead stumbled across some of the best exchanges we’ve ever had! Oh to go back to the days of some public shade-throwing and girl talk.

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Outfit Throwback

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Cardigan – Oak + Fort / Sneakers – Converse

I went through a phase in high school / college where I was building up a pretty serious collection of cardigans. My everyday uniform really just consisted of a dress, a cardigan, and my favorite pair of Keds. It was simple, but it was all that I really needed. This photo is kind of funny to me because 25-year old me in this picture looks like I’m back in high school again and we don’t entirely hate it. It’s nice to see when some things don’t change.

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Yow Yow’s First Bachelorette Party!

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We figured since we are just a little bit more than a week out for G’s wedding that it was probably time to share our tales and photos from her bachelorette party! I can’t believe that one of my favorite girls is getting married – it’s unreal and I get a little bit emotional thinking about that day as it gets nearer. If a wedding video can bring out the tears, then what is this wedding going to do to me?! It’s been close to a month and a half since all of us ventured to Puerto Vallarta to celebrate Gelesia’s last days of singledom (kind of!) and can I just say that I went into this thinking that I would know all I needed to know about a bachelorette party, but that was not true. No one told me that the amount of drinks you might consume might surpass a Friday night out in college. Anything to celebrate our girl though!

This was my first time being in Mexico and wow – was it beautiful…we stayed at the gorgeous Velas Vallarta Resort through one of the girls’ timeshares and every day we were either poolside or on the beach. It was only four days, but trust – that it was probably a vacation that all us needed at the time.

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When We Try to be Professional

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Top – Brandy Melville / Skirt – H&M / Booties – Munro – Nordstrom

I work at a start-up so fancy business professional attire isn’t required for me, however, that doesn’t mean that I can just slum it. I can’t even bring myself to wear a t-shirt and jeans most days – y’all know that’s just not me anyways. I also work with a lot of external people in my company as well so I try to maintain appearances. On this particular day, I felt like dressing up a little bit more. This is probably an outfit that I would have worn when working in finance and while I’ve gotten rid of most of those pieces, there are still a few that I have kept behind (just in case!) You never know when you’ll need them. This is one of my favorite outfits to wear to work because it’s length-appropriate, professional, and still makes me feel comfortable throughout a work day.

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A Girl and Her Bed

If there’s one inanimate object that I love from my home, it’s my bed. My Pendleton blanket is a close second, but that’s another story. When I was younger and living in my parents’ home, my bed felt like a container and was routine. I definitely don’t look at it the way I do now. I got into my bed at the end of the day, spent 8 hours in it, and then when my alarm went off the next morning I promptly got out of it so that I could go to school. Get in. Sleep. Get out. Repeat.

Today, my bed is sort of my safe haven – an incredibly safe space. When I wake up in the morning, I treasure those moments of buffer time that I give myself (about 30-45 minutes) before I hop into the shower and head to work. My bedroom is a clean slate – pretty bare walls and the blinds completely open to let the light in. Some people hate it, but I love it. I’ve never been one of those people that uses blackout curtains in a hotel room. I check my emails and challenge myself to see how many I can delete/respond to from the bed to make my morning work easier. I question why my phone next to my alarm clock creates such static and I toy with it and distance so that I can use my phone and get a clear signal from the top 40 radio station at the same time. After a shower, the bed provides me with warmth before I make decisions about what to wear that day.

At the end of the day, the pillows provide support for the weight that I’ve carried in my head and on my shoulders that day. The pillows aren’t perfectly white like I wish they could be. They’re stained… with makeup, with mascara, and a lot of feelings that we sometimes relieve onto them. Instead of the upbeat poppy music that we used to wake us up earlier in the day, the Jambox helps us wind down sometimes with a little Quadron, but most of the time Leon Bridges. At night, my bedroom is lit from the street lights outside, the glow of an Anthropologie candle, a dim light – the only light from my room, and the screen of my phone. We have a routine for the evening too: email, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest. Spotify off. Jambox off. Sleep.

We don’t leave everything at the door when we go to the bedroom and that’s okay. You can’t always go to bed happy sometimes you’re just angry or some other emotion, but we still start every day new and I like that my bedroom and my bed holds those emotions for me along with the quirks.

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The Coziest

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Dress  and Scarf – Oak + Fort 

A couple of years ago, I discovered a Canadian boutique through Instagram called Oak + Fort. On a day trip up to Vancouver with my family, I made sure that we didn’t leave without me stopping in – even on the rainiest day that I’ve seen in a long time. I walked away with two pieces back then – I mean I traveled all that way! When I learned this fall that they were opening up a San Francisco location in Hayes Valley, I was ecstatic. What I love about the brand is that everything is pretty minimalistic – if you’re not big into color and like to stick to the basic monochrome shades of white, black, tan, neutral, this is your store. Everything also tends to be on the roomier/baggier side as well so for petite girls like me, shopping there can be a little bit challenging. I remember bringing Jen with me and she had a ton of luck with everything while I struggled to feel like I was pulling these pieces off. Every thing I tried on looked like it was wearing me. Luckily for me though, this dress was the perfect balance of bagginess, but also fit for my frame. The two slits on either side give me a little bit more dimension and makes it a little less conservative. I also fell in love with this scarf when I saw a post of it on the brand’s Instagram. This thing is HUGE. I never thought I could wear anything like this, but it’s perfection. It’s exactly what you need for the coldest of winter days and also doubles as the perfectly sized personal blanket when I’m in a friend’s cold apartment or when I just happen to be extra chilly. It’s the one piece that gets the most compliments when I’m out also so that has to mean something, right? If I haven’t sold you enough on why this brand is so great, their pieces also happen to be very affordable. I think we can all appreciate not breaking our wallets.

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What We’re Listening To:

If you’ve been following me on Twitter recently, then you know that I’ve been having a lot of feels for my previous life within the music industry. :( I think sometimes when my work life gets hard, I like to remind myself that I’ve had different types of harder days before and that things do get better. I’ve been missing Seattle music a lot in recent days so spending my afternoon with one of my favorite albums from The Head and The Heart was a great pick-me-up. I also spent an hour last night compiling a playlist on Spotify of all of my favorite scene music from ages 15-22. Don’t worry, we’ll write about that later. For now, enjoy this album and get a taste of my favorite Seattle sound.

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