Friday, June 24, 2016

currently craving: off-the-shoulder

with summer weather just around the corner
(80 degree temperatures in seattle next week, i am looking at you!),
the last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable or constrained
by your clothing. airy, light-weight dresses and skirts are essential for
keeping cool and looking chic. a new favorite of mine? the current
off-the-shoulder trend. 

i attended a wedding in las vegas a few weekends ago, 
and when looking ahead at the forecast, i saw it was going to be 
110 degrees. i needed something nice, yet practical. i picked up a pink off-the-shoulder
dress from my local ZARA and immediately fell in love. since the wedding, 
i've been on the hunt for other off-the-shoulder tops and dresses. 
say hello to a new favorite - this floral, off-the-shoulder chambray dress from eShakti.
eShakti is an online women's clothing boutique that specializes in 
full customization of garments. they provide 'real fashion for real people.'
change the length, sleeves, and/or neckline to match your personal style.
simply select a dress, fill out your measurements, and in less than a week,
your unique, personalized dress will be at your doorstep!

i have to say, the style and fit of my dress could not be more perfect. 
i ordered a size s-4; i generally wear a small or medium in dresses, depending
on the length and fit of the waist and bust. i love the midi length of this dress, 
and the elastic across my shoulders doesn't feel too snug
(which can sometimes happen with off-the-shoulder clothing pieces). 
eShakti has clothing and dresses in sizes 0-36w.

additionally, ordering a dress online, 
without first being able to try it on, may feel risky. with hassle-free returns
and exchanges, however, you can shop with confidence! 
photos, makeup and hair by elizabeth kathryn photography

dress: c/o eShakti, flats: j.crew (old), bracelets: h&m, 
purse: thrifted (via goodwill), rings: target (exact here)

with this off-the-shoulder dress, i kept the rest of my outfit relatively simple.
i opted for gold jewelry and ballet flats. to bring out the red flowers 
on the dress, i paired my favorite thrifted handbag from my local goodwill

are you a fan of the off-the-shoulder trend?
if you have any events (whether weddings, parties, or vacations) 
this summer, i highly recommend checking out eShakti.

you can also find eShakti on facebookpinterest and twitter.
happy customization and shopping!

**this is a sponsored post. eShakti graciously provided me with this 
dress. all opinions are my own! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

sunshine and summertime

there's no place i'd rather be than seattle during the summer -
don't get me wrong, i wouldn't pass up a trip to california. or mexico. or hawaii. 
but summertime in seattle is a beautiful thing!
75-80 degree temperatures. and there are always people outdoors. barbecuing. 
running or walking. hiking. picnicking. visiting beaches and parks and 
outdoor markets. coffee and ice cream shops are filled with families and visiting tourists.
it's my favorite time of year!
as soon as the weather begins warming up (usually in late march or early 
april), i dig out my dresses, sandals, and other spring/summer accessories.
say goodbye to thick cardigans and jackets and welcome the hats and
 sunglasses, shorts and sleeveless dresses. 

this black and white printed dress is a few years old, but i love the exposed
zipper, gathered waist, and sweatheart-inspired detail on the bust. 
i paired it with my studded gladiator sandals (also from a few seasons ago),
gold bangles, and a bright clutch. to tie the look together, i added a red lip.
^^^ keep your sunglasses close by! you never know when that seattle
sun will reappear from behind the clouds ^^^

dress: francesca's (similar here), clutch: charming charlie (similar here),
sandals: dolce vita, bangles: forever 21, ring: old navy, 
lipstick: nars 'heat wave' (exact here), sunglasses: ray-ban 'wayfarer' (exact here)

this summer, i am looking forward to visiting lake chelan,
attending several weddings, and weekend trips to our family cabin.
i always make time for walks around green lake and through sculpture park
in the city, too. what's on your agenda this summer?

now, if only our sun would return!

Friday, June 17, 2016

house of style

last week i had the pleasure of attending 'house of style,' a fashion and DIY
inspired event, hosted by sydney mintle of gossip & glamour and seattle goodwill
the event featured thrift shopping (my favorite!), crafting and DIY galore,
and delicious eats alongside fellow bloggers. 
i can't think of anything more perfect, can you?!
^^^ designer jordan christianson of jonquil & mr. black (middle)
and sydney mintle of gossip & glamour (right) ^^^
^^^ with summer vacation right around the corner, i'm trying to load up
on smoothies and juices. i loved trying suja's 'green delight' juice! ^^^
^^^ two of my favorite bloggers -
jenn from hello rigby and katrina from the demure muse!
we sat next to one another and had a great time digging through
pins, earrings, and other accessories to embellish our thrifted items. ^^^
^^^ 'so, jordan, what should i do with this?' 
gaining insight and inspiration from the design expert himself! ^^^

seattle goodwill graciously provided each of us with a gift card to 
purchase clothing and/or accessories to decorate, embellish and repurpose.
i bought a chambray top and grey hooded sweatshirt (of course, 
i also purchased a striped peplum top and printed dress because i have no 
self-restraint when it comes to thrift shopping. these items aren't for 
repurposing, but simply to enjoy and share with you!).

additionally, jordan highlighted his incredible design skills by showing 
the bloggers a few items he had redone. 
^^^ jordan added rhinestones and lace to the hem of these floral shorts ^^^
^^^ he also added the lace detail to this vintage denim vest ^^^
^^^ jordan turned this pair of jeans into cut-off shorts. he cut
a heart out of the extra fabric and added silver studs. the hem of the shorts
and heart frayed after washing ^^^

i had a wonderful time attending the 'house of style' event last week -
any excuse to shop at goodwill and catch up with fellow bloggers is a win in my book.
and although i am not the most creative DIY-er (goal: must learn to sew!), 
i am excited to share my newly decorated chambray top on my blog soon!