Tuesday, January 17, 2017

how to stay warm while looking stylish with zaful

and my love for faux fur continues! 
i recently styled this vest and this jacket on my blog,
and today i'm wearing a fun (and very cozy) jacket from zaful.
with temperatures in the low to mid 20s, staying warm
while looking fashionable has proved challenging. 

when getting dressed each morning, i ask myself 'how can 
i sneak in a few extra layers? two pairs of tights? 
thick socks under my boots?' it's my daily morning dilemma! 
zaful graciously sent me the floral, drop-waist dress and jacket 
i'm wearing in today's post! the dress is on sale (and available in two colors!).
this keyhole dress and these black zipper booties are currently sitting
in my online shopping cart. and because they're less than $40 each, 
the 'submit order' button looks far too appealing!
photos by jenn from hello rigby

dress: c/o zaful (exact here), jacket: c/o zaful (similar here), tights: bartell drugs,
booties: dsw (same style, different color here), purse: nordstrom,
bracelet: c/o uncommon goods, rings: forever 21

i sometimes question whether floral prints are acceptable to wear
in the fall and winter months - i think the blue flowers and burnt
orange in this dress make it winter-appropriate. 
i paired the dress with sheer black tights (from my local bartell drugs), 
black booties and a neutral cross-body bag.

i have to admit, jenn and i were freezing when taking these photos together!
in between outfits, we blasted the heat in my car
and chugged hot coffee. i suppose that goes with the territory - 
fashion bloggers need outfit photos (regardless of the weather).
is anyone else ready for spring?!

**this is a sponsored post. zaful provided me
with the jacket and dress pictured in this post.
all opinions are my own! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

hello new year!

i know i'm a bit late (which has become somewhat of a pattern, unfortunately), 
as we are now already part-way through january, but i wanted to dedicate this 
post to looking back at 2016 - it was a good year - outfits and otherwise!
^^^ looking back at a few of my favorites on instagram, facebook,
and my blog from 2016! ^^^

last year, i had the opportunity to meet and work with some
very talented photographers - all of whom helped support and grow
kerouac photography, you ladies are amazing. i cannot thank you enough
for the laughter, patience during shoots, positive feedback, and of course, all the 
shared pictures on social media. thank you, thank you! 

additionally, i had the pleasure of working with some incredible brands;
some are local to seattle and others from abroad! lularoe, sassafras, 
lika love boutique, value village, rebekah j designs, boohoo, ankit,
robbins brothers, goodwill, and eshakti are some of the companies
i was fortunate enough to collaborate with this past year. i am eager to further these
relationships and participate in a few new collaborations in the coming year!

i love wearing and sharing clothing and accessories
already in my closet, but there is something extra special 
about receiving a product (whether shoes, clothing, or otherwise)
and sharing my personal experience with you on my blog.
i include a 'disclosure' at the bottom of each sponsored
post, and of course, opinions are always my own. 
one of the many reasons i adore blogging and continue to create
content is because i have the opportunity to share what i wear 
and love, first hand, with you.

not only was this year big for me in terms of blogging, but i 
also made a seemingly drastic career change. for the past four-and-a-half years,
i was a montessori preschool teacher. i had the pleasure of working
with infants and toddlers (children from birth to age three),
watching them grow and develop, while helping instill in them
a love for learning. as much as i enjoy working 
with children, i was ready for a change. in september, 
i left preschool and began working for a finance company in seattle.
preschool to finance - who would have thought?!

part of switching careers meant passing a finance exam, the series 99,
in order to become a 'licensed' employee in the field. 
i cannot tell you how stressful and challenging it was studying for 
and (thankfully!) passing the exam; many tears were shed in november
and december, and curse words uttered, while trying to memorize my notecards 

i continue to babysit in much of my free time and still enjoy
thrift and consignment shopping, reading and writing, and of course,
blogging! 2016, you were a good year, though full of
change and seemingly tumultuous at times. 
however, i cannot wait to see what 2017 has to offer! 

and just for fun, here's last year's post reflecting on 2015.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

new year, new outfit!

happy new year, everyone! how is it already 2017?
new year, new outfits, new adventures!
these past few weeks have seemingly flown by - 
between holiday parties and events, family commitments, 
and (finally!) taking my exam for work, i feel quite behind with 
everything else (blogging, laundry, grocery shopping, and all other chores).

however, i've found plenty of time to binge watch a few new shows
including 'the crown,' 'this is us,' and 'timeless.'
alas, i am focused and eager to get back to my usual routine, including blogging! 
faux fur is one of my favorite statement pieces during the fall 
and winter months. it can be styled with the majority of blouses, dresses and 
sweaters currently hanging in your closet; faux fur instantly adds glam to any outfit!
and in case you missed it, you can see how i styled my faux fur leopard jacket
this holiday season here.

my vest was a thrifted treasure from a few years back, and i look 
forward to pairing it with a variety of outfits each fall and winter. today i am 
wearing it with a contrast shirt dress, courtesy of the uk brand, boohoo. while perhaps 
too short with sheer tights for the office, i wore this dress to work with 
opaque leggings and an oversized sweater. 
i have also worn it when grabbing coffee and running
errands with my grey, distressed skinny jeans. 
 the faux fur combination, however, is one of my favorites! 
photos by elizabeth kathryn photography (shot in her amazing studio in sodo!)

dress: c/o boohoo (exact here), fur vest: thrifted (similar here),
booties: dsw (exact here), tights: bartell drugs, backpack: stitchfix, ring: madewell

as a special promotion, my friend and
immensely talented photographer, elizabeth kathryn is
offering 50% off any portrait session over $450 during the month of january! 
whether you're looking for fashion and lifestyle photos, 
or family and senior portraits, i cannot recommend her enough! 
** you can learn more about this promotion here

how do you style faux fur accessories?
i can always use some outfit inspiration!

**boohoo graciously provided me with the 
dress photographed in this post. all opinions are my own!