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Black, White, and Witchy

Hat – Nordstrom / Sweater – Madewell / Dress – Aritzia

For my body type, normally this outfit wouldn’t be considered the most flattering, but I think I’ve now reached this point in my life with my style that I will still wear what I want to wear regardless of the fact. Generally, for those that are more petite, anything close to a maxi (ish) dress can be a little hard to pull off, but you all know how much I love pairing my white and black pieces. The Aritzia dress is one that I typically wear during the summer and has an open back, but since it was fall, I decided to throw a sweater on top of it and add the hat to give it more dimension. This felt like a very natural and comfortable look for me. I wore this to the office, but I could see myself wearing this for a coffee date or even a day of errands.

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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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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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Hot Hot Summer

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Hat – Nordstrom / Top – Urban Outfitters / Shorts – Aritiza / Sneakers – Converse

When it’s summer in the Bay Area, walk breaks from work are absolutely necessary. Even with so few pieces, we were melting in this heat. I don’t particularly love this look at all, but I was in love with this tank top when I discovered it one day after popping into Urban Outfitters. As a coincidence though, this shade of pink and black were my two favorite colors in middle school so this is somewhat nostalgic. I don’t actually think that the hat and the Converse sneakers are a good match, but we tried!

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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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How to Ring in 2017 or More Importantly… What You’ll Wear

Rachel Zoe satin-trimmed corded lace jumpsuit$495 $347

We always write this post a little bit late don’t we? Last year, I wrote it the day after Christmas and today I’m starting it at the end of Christmas Day. The reason why is usually because we don’t have time or we put off doing it, but my rationale is that New Years plans always happen last minute! Unless you’ve planned a trip around it or have some kind of occasion, most people have no idea what they’re doing for New Year’s Eve – myself included. Every. Single. Year. Last year, I ended up going out on Capitol Hill with my cousins and having a pretty entertaining night, but this year? We’re still not sure. I brought my trusty long-sleeved Aritiza dress back home with me though for this specific outing. You know… just in case! I’m sharing with you all some of my favorite looks to end the year, but it’s likely you may not be able to purchase these and get them delivered on time so look to these as inspiration instead!

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What We Wore: Holiday Party

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Hair – Drybar / Makeup – Benefit / Top – Topshop / Skirt – Trouve (Nordstrom) / Shoes (not pictured) – Vince Camuto

You guys, we totally blew it on making sure we had a perfect shot for our holiday party look this year, but thank goodness for the roaming photographer at my company’s holiday party who caught this! It’s not a full shot that is lookbook worthy, but it will do!

Before holiday party season even started I knew I wanted to wear an outfit that was going to be in two parts. In fact, I almost considered this formula for Mandi’s wedding as well, but landed on a sheer Urban Outfitters dress that was more perfect instead. The thing about two piece outfits though is that it’s really difficult to find two things that work together and even trickier if they are from the same store. I like to consider myself lucky in this case. I didn’t know it then, but I found this look on the very first day that I went holiday party dress shopping and after trying on a few options including this one, I went home empty handed. This was my favorite of the day, but something didn’t feel quite right. A couple days passed and I had my second shopping trip planned, but I couldn’t get this out of my head. So I tried this getup again for a second time and that’s when I pulled the trigger on it.

Even with some minor doubts in my head, I couldn’t stop thinking about how I loved the velvet top and it was just a little bit of a mock neck and how it paired well with the skirt to just show a sliver of my “Taylor Swift midriff!” No bellybutton involved – just the way we both like it. I initially thought the skirt was going to be too long, but it worked and I didn’t even bother trying to find a place to get it tailored. Out of all of my holiday party looks, this was different and that’s why we loved it so much.

This year, we chose to get our makeup done at Benefit instead of Bare Minerals and we LOVE this look. It felt like a very natural look for me and closely resembled how I do my own makeup except maybe 3 dials down. Our hair was done at Drybar of course and I considered doing the same “hair to the side” look I did last year, but then opted for a ponytail inspired by Miranda Kerr on the runway in the end.

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Sundays in Hayes

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Hat – Nordstrom / Top – Brandy Melville / Shorts – Forever21 / Purse – Vince Camuto / Shoes – Keds / Sunglasses – Kate Spade

If I’m remembering this weekend correctly, this was the time when Mandi and I checked out the market down in Hayes Valley where a bunch of local artists and vendors were selling their merch. I don’t remember us finding anything that we fell in love with, but we did sniff through a lot of candles and spent some time getting inspiration for any ideas that might fit her wedding at the time or just for things we wanted in our own lives. It happened to be very sunny in San Francisco that day and if you’re from the area, you know SF doesn’t usually get a true summer. We were very lucky! The top and shorts are something that I would normally wear around the house, but the Keds made it look more playful. However, I didn’t want to look like I was in middle school with this look so I threw on my everyday purse and this hat that I love from Nordstrom for a little edge.

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What We Wore: Gelesia’s Wedding

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Dress – ASTR / Shoes – Vince Camuto / Choker – Free People

It was in the last couple of years that I decided for my girlfriends’ weddings, I wanted to wear an outfit that not only fit in well with the venue and the theme, but also resembled a little bit of their own style as well. We were in beautiful Ojai for Gelesia’s wedding and being that she is my most fashionable friend, the bar was HIGH. I knew I wanted something that would be a maxi for her big day, but it couldn’t be shapeless because like myself, G also prefers form fitting (as you may have noticed from her wedding dress) I had gone to Nordstrom one day looking for a dress and we were lucky to have found something in just that one shopping trip. I worked with someone there who promptly grabbed pieces off the racks for me and set me up in a room to try everything on. Most of the pieces ended up gravitating towards ASTR so it’s not surprising that we ended up with this. The dress ended up being less than $100 – perfect for what I was looking for. We used the Free People choker we had worn for the holiday party and these Vince Camuto shoes that both Mandi and I own, but that she recommended were great for weddings.

I’ll admit that I was a little bit hesitant about the print initially. Big, bold flowers aren’t really my thing, but it was a great fit and really great for the location.

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How We Holiday Party in 2016

Topshop Floral Jacquard Plunge Minidress – $140

How did we get to almost December already?! Today, I ventured out on my first shopping trip in a very long time to look for my holiday party dress. I know, I know, I can already hear some of you saying, “What? You didn’t buy this in the summertime like you did that one year?” No, I didn’t. This year, I really wanted to wear a two piece for my holiday party look – I wanted a golden shimmery skirt and a crop top of some kind – but tasteful. I headed to Nordstrom today and tried on 3 beautiful dresses (I’ll post them if I can find them online) AND that crop top / skirt combo that in my head, I thought I would love so much. We left for home empty handed, but that’s okay – we still have time and I know many of you are still looking for options as well so let’s start the search together. :)

Continue to follow us on Instagram Stories as we continue hunting for the dress we’ll be wearing to our company’s holiday party!

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J. Crew Partners with Nordstrom

It was only a matter of time! Announced this morning, J. Crew will partner with Seattle based retailer, Nordstrom, to have their brand in select stores. J. Crew’s sister retailer, Madewell, has been selling within Nordstrom for quite some time already so this news should come as no surprise. In fact, the only surprise is that J. Crew didn’t do it before Madewell. Beginning September 12th, shoppers will be able to purchase J. Crew pieces in select stores as well as online at Nordstrom.com. Nordstrom plans to carry women’s apparel, men’s suiting and accessories with their petite line sold exclusively online.

“This was an easy decision,” said J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler in a release. “Nordstrom is the perfect partner because we both share the same high standards of customer service and store experience. Additionally, we are known for exceptional design, quality and style, which we know will appeal to the Nordstrom customer.”

Nordstrom’s J.Crew edit will be available in the following stores to start:

  • Downtown Seattle (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Bellevue Square (Bellevue, Wash.)
  • Washington Square (Tigard, Ore.)
  • Michigan Avenue (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook, Ill.)
  • Somerset Collection (Troy, Mich.)
  • Scottsdale Fashion Square (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
  • NorthPark Center (Dallas, Texas)
  • Houston Galleria (Houston, Texas)
  • Barton Creek Square (Austin, Texas)
  • Domain Northside (Austin, Texas – opening September 30th)
  • Tysons Corner Center, (McLean, Va.)
  • The Plaza at King of Prussia (King of Prussia, Pa.)
  • South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, Calif.)
  • The Mall at Short Hills (Short Hills, N.J.)
  • The Mall at Green Hills (Nashville, Tenn.)

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Black x Black x Black

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Hat – Nordstrom / Dress – Aritzia / Boots – J. Crew

As some of you know, I’m very partial to all-black outfits. Why? Well, why not? It goes with anything and it looks good when it’s organized in a closet. My coworkers like to joke that when I come in wearing all black that they shouldn’t mess with me that day. But just look at us! We couldn’t hurt a fly. This dress (while black) is super girly and feminine almost to the point of sometimes feeling like it might be a little formal when wearing it to work. In an effort to toughen it up a bit, I added these almost knee-high heeled boots (my favorites for fall) and this hat. I’m still trying to figure out what kind of setting this outfit is best suited for and it’s a mystery. It is definitely channeling witchy vibes though.

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All Black + Shadow Puppets

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Blouse – Madewell / Pants – H&M / Cardigan – Aritzia / Hat – Nordstrom

Remember how we said in our last post that we were getting a little experimental with our outfits back in the winter? This is definitely one of them. I considered not even sharing these horrid outfits, but then I thought you know what – we all make fashion mistakes sometimes and it’s okay. Much of my closet these days is full of blacks, whites, and neutrals and on this day I was wanting to have an all black moment. Instead, I came off looking like a child star on Star Search with this get up. Also, why am I wearing all black when it’s a perfectly sunny day? It’s all just pretty bad. These pants also look similar to the ones I wear by Uniqlo, but these are actually a very old pair from H&M that aren’t as fitted. After this wear, we decided we had to get rid of these too :( Also, can you see the shadow puppets? My friends think they are pretty funny.

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