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Our Favorite Looks of 2017

Duster – Azalea / Tee – Abercrombie & Fitch / Pants – Uniqlo / Boots – J. Crew

Sure, these are my 12 favorites look of the year, but they also overlap with 12 of my favorite backdrops from the year! If you’re someone who documents your OOTD’s, then you know that these two things kind of go hand in hand. This year, I experienced a major shift in my outfits and that is mostly due to a location change. Living in South Bay was a dream, but it meant that I was living in this sort of alternate reality where it was summertime every single day. The last four years of that are something that I would never give back, but now that I’m living in San Francisco, I’m glad that I get to dress for true weather. It reminds me of my days in Seattle.

In 2017, I embraced a very casual look and I pushed the boundaries of day to night wear. I showed love to some of my favorite accessories (bandana, baseball cap, choker) and revived some old favorites (Keds!) We didn’t find ourselves immersed in any crazy trends… but I did find some pieces worn by other people on Instagram that I went out and bought myself! It’s not really the same thing, you guys. It’s almost… worse.

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What To Wear: New Year’s Eve 2018

Talulah Slip Mini Dress$125 – 62.50

Every year, New Year’s Eve is the holiday that I look forward to the least! Except… for this year because I’m ditching the Seattle cold and bar scene for a relaxing New Year’s vacay poolside in Palm Springs. This is the first time that I’m ever traveling for this holiday, but very much looking forward to it. If there was any downside at all, it was figuring out how to pack from San Francisco for two very extreme climates. Happy to share the news that we survived that ordeal.

New Year’s Eve can be a hit or miss. Since everything is planned so last minute, you have a 50% chance of having your plans fall completely flat or having them be completely fun and spontaneous. Those are the stories that I love hearing about! Here is to a surprising midnight event for y’all, a fantastic outfit to kick things off in, and a very happy new year. Here are some of my very favorite last minute picks!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Away Carry-On – $225

Instead of doing a normal “The Closet” post, we’re switching things up and calling it a gift guide. A lot of these things I’m going to want anyways, but why not make it more general for all of my readers? I’m also trying to post this early enough so that you can make it just in time to slide it underneath the Christmas tree for your loved ones. I promise you, there’s something for everyone. Why? Because I didn’t want to make a gift guide just for your best friend, your mom, your dad, or your sibling. It’s a catch all here.

Gramovox Floating Record Player – $550 (okay this may not come in time for Christmas)

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The Closet: November 2017

Solo Six – Jody Cardigan – Charcoal – $295

This month, we are ALL about the cozy cozy. I’ve always been the kind of girl that loved being dressed up at all times. I didn’t understand the concept of sweats or the appeal to wearing pajamas to places even on elementary spirit days. No thanks, I’ll be putting on a dress and y’all can wear your fuzzy slippers. If I got close to anything considered loungewear, it would be leggings only. For the most part, this has carried over into my adult life, but I will admit that several times a week, I come home and immediately change out of my “work” clothes and into something a little less constricting. As much as I love my structured denim, there’s something about them that feels unnatural pairing them with my wool socks underneath my softest blanket. Also now that I’m living up in San Francisco, more than ever, I’m embracing layering and learning how to get really creative with my pairings.

Weekday Drapey Knit Coat$127 – $88.50

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Holiday Party Wear 2017

Free People Cabbage Rose Velvet Jumpsuit – $98

It’s so hard to know when exactly to start writing this post to give everyone ample time to start their holiday party shopping. I’m also not the best example of this because I have purchased my dress just one week before and then also five months before the party – as in I didn’t even know the date yet, but I knew I wanted that dress! This year, for the first time ever – I have two holiday parties, but both being very different. My own company’s holiday party will actually be in January and will be somewhat non-traditional in that it’s not how most tech companies celebrate the holidays and I won’t be dressing up, but it will still be very special in its own way. The second holiday party will be with Google at the MOMA this coming Saturday! It’s the first time I’ve also gone to one this early, but I’m very excited to accompany one of my favorite couples – Mandi and Eric for what is considered more traditional – an evening of eating, drinking, museum-ing, and dancing!

It’s funny how every year I go into holiday party mode thinking that I want one kind of dress and actually end up purchasing one completely different. This year, I wanted to throw in a not so holiday party dress color – millennial pink! I know it would’ve been a challenge trying to find the perfect one (likely Topshop) but before I even got to searching, I ended up finding a long-sleeved, mock-neck, lace mini from Aritzia. Stick with what you know, right?

Well, in the brief shopping moments that I’ve had, I’ve been noticing a lot of beautiful pieces for this holiday season. I’m taking a break from work this evening to share with you some of my favorite looks!

Topshop Velvet Lace Mix Midi Dress – $90

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Let’s Taco ’bout It

Beanie – Aritzia / T-shirt – Urban Outfitters / Duster – Azalea / Denim – Citizens of Humanity / Heels – Vince Camuto

Up until this day, I had never really thought of putting all of these items together. This combination of a long duster with the high-waisted jeans and the addition of heels fascinated me. It was casual with a side of fancy and I didn’t hate it. My company recently moved offices and while I was SO ready to move, there were a lot of gems in our old spot that I probably will miss. One of those things is our various lunch outings. On this particular day, we decided to walk up the street to a food truck serving Mexican food that we had heard great things about. I can still remember my chicken quesadilla with extra guac pretty vividly!

 

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Summer Look

Hat – Urban Outfitters / Dress – Aritzia / Chambray – Madewell / Sneakers – Keds

This little black dress is my absolute favorite. Whenever I’m caught in a pinch and feel like I have nothing to wear (this is often) I just throw on this black dress and any kind of combination of sweaters or cardigans. On this particularly warm summer, day, I decided that I wanted to include the chambray… but only tied around my waist. For a more casual look, I included this backwards baseball cap and matching Keds. The top and bottom photos are my favorite just because of the backdrop, but I had to include the 2nd photo because that’s my friend Vo whizzing by me on his bike meeting us for lunch!

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The Closet: September 2017

Everlane Japanese GoWeave V-Neck Cocoon Dress – $98

Slowly, but surely we’re stepping outside of denying that we’re transitioning to fall. Just… you know, let us get there on our own time. ;)

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Daytime Glam

Top – Urban Outfitters / Skirt – Nordstrom / Heels – Vince Camuto

With any kind of formal wear, you always run the risk of never being quite sure if you’re going to have another occasion to wear it again. That’s what this skirt was for me. Last December, I purchased it as part of my holiday party ensemble and as much as I loved it, I knew I was buying it with the chance of it being a one-time wear. One day this past spring, I decided that I was just going to go for it. I perused through all my tops and blouses trying to find a fit when I landed on this faux-lace Urban Outfitters tee that I had bought early on in college. Since the band on the skirt is elastic, tucking the entire top in pulled the outfit together and emphasized my waist. I paired this all with my favorite Vince Camuto heels. I will admit, I was pretty nervous to be wearing this to work for the fear of people asking me “what I was dressed up for?” but it never came. It’s scary when you think you’ve overdressed for an event or an occasion, but if you can have fun with it and own it, it honestly doesn’t matter.

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Layered Velvet

Turtleneck + Dress – Aritzia / Choker – Urban Outfitters

I wish I could confidently say that I’ve mastered the art of layering, but I haven’t. Not one bit. I am, however, trying my hardest! As many of you know, summer didn’t technically hit San Francisco until about this weekend, but before that the temperatures have been temperate and layering in the fall is just the same as layering in San Francisco’s “summer.” I decided to pair two of my favorite Aritzia pieces together – the turtleneck that all of you have seen a dozen times and a purple and black velvet babydoll dress. Until this point, I had never tried to layer it over anything. It was a great evening dress to wear out – I remember wearing it on New Year’s Eve once and since then I’ve always worn it with other items like a cardigan over it. In photos, this outfit is a winner. In reality, it’s a little bit tight, y’all! If the dress were just one more size up, we’d probably be in good shape.

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Good Good Hair

Top РBrandy Melville / Denim РUrban Outfitters 

Social media is a funny thing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a piece on a friend in their photos and have messaged them immediately to be like, “What is this? Where did you get it? How much was it?” That’s what this Brandy Melville top was for me and my friend Wanita. And what’s even more funny is the piece that I heard about it from someone else is the piece that people will then in turn ask me about – it all come around full circle. For the last year, bandanas have been my favorite accessory. They’re inexpensive and there are so many ways to wear them as part of your outfit – whether that’s around your neck, in your hair, or even tied to your bag. I can’t live without them.

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The Closet: July 2017

 

Warehouse Ditsy Floral Ruffle Hem Midi Dress$105 – $42

The five pieces that stole my heart for July and the last five we’ll see before we head into a dreamy fall! I’ve got one more wedding this month so clearly, I’ve had wedding guest dresses on my mind and a lusting for some items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which I stayed very very far away from.

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For Sub Pop

Top – Sub Pop / Denim + Cap – Urban Outfitters / Sneakers – Converse

Holy smokes! Look how bebe I look in this photo above. I am late 20’s going on 14 here; the funny thing is though is that this is exactly how I dressed when I was 14 so it’s almost a little bit eerie to be looking at this. Is it weird to say that one of my favorite places is the Sea-Tac Airport? Sometimes I ask my parents to drop me off a little bit earlier than I need for my flight so that I can spend my time there shopping and having one last meal before I take off. Sub Pop Records happens to have a merch store there which I highly recommend everyone checking out because you can get – well – records, so many tees, and other fun gifts. I basically make a purchase every time I drop in and have two tees and a sweatshirt from them. I like this tee a lot for its simplicity, but the material fits like a boys’ tee so it might not be the most comfortable tee to wear. I paired this with denim, Converse, and a backwards baseball cap because I wanted to dress not like myself AT ALL THIS DAY.

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Cerulean

Turtleneck + Cardigan – Aritzia / Denim – Urban Outfitters

Every time I hear the word cerulean, I think of that infamous scene from The Devil Wears Prada where Miranda rips Andy a new one for calling two belts similar. It’s one of my favorite scenes from the film. I’m in this camp that I sometimes believe that you can make a photo out of anything – any wall, any backdrop, etc. But sometimes, I feel so compelled to some walls more than others. I love bold colors, prints, and things that you may not come across often. While I was in Seattle for the holidays, Veronica and I grabbed chili for lunch in Ballard – apparently at one of the oldest places ever known for its famous chili. Across the street was this cerulean wall and as soon as I saw it, I knew that THIS WAS IT. I didn’t bring a lot of clothes home with me when I returned for the holidays so this was pretty much my uniform every day.

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Turtlenecks 4eva

Choker – Urban Outfitters / Turtleneck + Jacket – Aritzia / Denim – Forever21

If you would have told a younger me that in my late 20’s I’d be wearing a turtleneck, I would have probably laughed in your face. As cozy as they are, I never felt like I belonged in them. That was until… I met the one that I would fall in love with. So I’m pretty fortunate that since I’ve been living in California, I’ve gotten to know these girls at the Aritzia in Valley Fair quite well. Every few months or so when I need to revamp my wardrobe or shop for a special occasion, they are there for me. In fact, they’ve gotten to know my style so well these days that when I come in, they bring me pieces that they already know I’m going to like into the dressing room and more often then not, they end up being right! For example, this very sleek and chic turtleneck. It’s not your standard because it’s thin and sheer – two words you don’t normally use to describe turtlenecks. I also loved how this photographed. The sunlight makes it look so shiny! To elevate the classic look a little bit with the turtleneck tucked into denim, I added the choker and threw my hair back into a ponytail.

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