Friday, August 26, 2016

flowers, hats & ice cream!

summer, i just can't get enough of you! between the longer days, seemingly 
ever-present sunshine, and copious amounts of ice cream i have been consuming
(time to get back to green smoothies and workouts, oh my!), i am a happy girl. 
i am not ready to say goodbye to my dresses, shorts and sandals either. 
tunic, jeans & necklace: thrifted (via buffalo exchange), 
purse: dooney & bourke (thrifted via goodwill), sandals: nordstrom rack (similar here),
bangles: forever 21, rings: target, hat: eddie bauer, lipstick: nars 'heat wave' (exact here)

i sometimes forget just how much of my clothing is thrifted!
i've said this before on my blog, and don't get me wrong - 
i love shopping in department stores and higher-end retailers, but
i often find some of my favorite pieces when thrifting. these jeans, for example,
are on frequent rotation (i simply cuff them when it's warmer outside),
and this tunic is a newer thrifted find. both were purchased when swapping
out items i no longer wear at my local buffalo exchange

and happy friday! what are your plans this weekend? 
i am hoping to enjoy the sun, grab coffee with a few girlfriends,
babysit, and of course, relax! school is closed for our week-long
summer break next week, and this teacher could not be happier :) 
^^^ and sometimes you just have to stop mid photo shoot for 
a scoop of coffee ice cream at your local molly moon ^^^

have a wonderful weekend, and i will see you next week with another outfit!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

a style event with lika love

a few weeks ago, i had the pleasure of co-hosting a style event with
boutique owner, malika siddiq, of lika love
with shops in both west seattle and madison park (as well as a fashion 
truck, used for local events and private shopping parties), malika is a busy and inspiring 
small business owner - she has become a role model and dear friend of mine!
malika believes personal style 'is a way to say who you are
without having to speak.'

i previously collaborated with lika love on my blog here and here.
i absolutely love the the printed dresses, high waisted denim, bohemian-style blouses, 
and statement jewelry that malika keeps stocked at both locations!
^^^ i love the simplistic and organized layout of the store! and that jewelry - 
i want one of each, please! ^^^
at the style event, i put together three outfits and presented them to a small 
audience. i explained which pieces i chose and why i paired them together. 
additionally, we discussed how to mix and match jewelry and other accessories
(such as hats, handbags, scarves, etc.) to enhance an outfit. 

each look depicted current summer runway trends, using the gorgeous,
hand-selected items malika sells in store. 
i wish i had been a bit more organized and photographed each of the looks.
unfortunately, i only managed to snap a few pictures of her adorable west seattle store!
overall, this was such a fun experience! 
i greatly enjoy putting together outfits, whether for myself, 
girlfriends, family members, or fellow bloggers - styling is a great passion of mine.

below are a few outfit photos featuring lika love fashions from this past spring!
the theme? 'let's wear white!'
^^^ above photos by jenna lynn photography ^^^

malika, thank you again for collaborating with me;
you've been supporting this little blog of mine for years, 
and i feel incredibly grateful for our friendship and shared 
passion for all things fashion!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

give a sh!rt with value village

happy national thrift shop day, everyone!
if you read this blog regularly, you know i am an avid thrift shopper
(you can see a few of my favorite thrifted outfits herehere and here).
i love to visit local thrift and consignment shops throughout the
seattle area. i thought it only appropriate to celebrate today with a thrifted t-shirt.
summer has seemingly flown by, and 'back to school' season is upon us!
while i'm no longer in school (unfortunately, i don't know if working
in a preschool counts), i sure don't mind taking this opportunity to clean 
out and update my closet for fall. i have a few items
on my wish list (including brown ankle booties and a faux leather jacket)
and plan to donate the clothing and accessories i no longer wear. 

each year, people consume over 80 billion pieces of clothing, 
which causes the clothing industry to be one of the world's biggest polluters!

t-shirt: thrifted (value village), sunglasses: h&m, jeans: american eagle

while i love shopping the big department stores, as well as 
the more affordable retailers (such as target or fred meyer), 
thrifting remains one of my favorite weekend activities.
i love the thrill of finding a beautiful handbag, dress or pair of shoes
that are well-within my budget!

a few 'back to school' shopping statistics for you:
the average t-shirt from value village will cost $2.49, while
low-tier retailers (such as target or walmart) will charge $6.50.
high end retailers (such as macy's or nordstrom) will charge an average of $32.49.
and those ankle boots i desperately want? $6.99 from value village;
$20.88 from a low-tier retailer; $64.95 from a high end retailer.
these cost differences are substantial, especially when you consider other
'back to school' essentials - a warm coat, classroom supplies, textbooks, etc.

a shirt is a terrible thing to waste!
north americans send more than 10.5 million tons of 
clothing to landfills every year, 95% of which could be recycled.

this year, i challenge you to both shop and donate to your local value village
for 'back to school' clothing items! this not only 
saves your budget, but also benefits our local community and makes a
positive environmental difference.
happy thrifting!