Thursday, July 20, 2017

how to wear a cropped top in your (late) 20s

cropped tops are seemingly everywhere
this spring and summer! i have to admit, as i near the 
end of my 20s, i find myself thinking, 
'can i wear a cropped top without looking 
like a teenager?' the answer is, 'YES!'
cropped tops come in all colors, styles, 
and sizes. while i do not typically wear fitted
cropped tops (bodycon style), i am an avid supporter of 
shorter, somewhat looser-fitting items. this cropped,
floral blouse is the perfect example! while short in length, 
the overall look and fit is much different
than that of a fitted cropped top.
paired with my high-waisted jeans, you can
hardly see my midriff ;)

are you a fan of the cropped top trend?
how do you typically style yours?
^^^ this manicure was one of my favorites
as of late! white gel polish with gold glitter at
the base of my nailbed. i miss it already! ^^^
the nordstrom anniversary sale is prominent
on social media and in the blogging world (i do not
have a nordstrom card, so i have not yet been able
to shop), but can we also talk about the recent zara 'end-of-season' 
sale?! i picked up these fun, distressed jeans for $25 and my 
cropped blouse for $15. zara, i love you!

i usually style cropped or shorter tops
in one of three ways: 1) with high-waisted
denim, 2) with a high-waisted skirt, or 
3) with high-waisted shorts.
any of these options are perfect for spring and
summer. they allow you to enjoy the flirty trend
without feeling immodest and having to worry
about showing too much skin. 

blouse: zara, jeans: zara, flats: steve madden (similar here),
purse: forever 21, rings: forever 21
iphone case: c/o ideal of sweeden (exact here)

i love how casual, yet feminine this outfit
feels. i wore it last week to take outfit photos (as per usual)
and on a coffee date after work. i am eager
to style the blouse with a fitted black skirt and
ankle boots this fall.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

the little red dress you need this summer

it is no secret that summer is my 
favorite time of year. the cold brew;
weekend festivals and street fairs; the bright colors; 
vibrant, seasonal trends - i love all of it.

my mom works as a montessori preschool 
teacher (with a beloved summer break!), but unfortunately, 
i have a limited number of vacation and personal 
days at my disposal. this has yet to slow me down, 
however, as i continue to fill my calendar with 
trips to the cabin, little weekend getaways,
barbecues, brunches, campfires on the beach, 
blogging adventures, and everything in between. 

traditionally, the start of summer 
also marks the beginning of wedding season.
last summer, i attended eight weddings within
three months. it was busy, but i had
a wonderful time celebrating, eating, dancing, 
etc. etc. my favorite part, however?
choosing what to wear!
disclosure: macy's and lauren ralph lauren graciously
provided me with the dress and handbag in this post.
all opinions are my own!

a red statement dress is perfect for a variety
of spring, summer, and fall occasions, 
but i dream of wearing this particular bell sleeve 
dress to a summer wedding!

the length, fabric, and overall fit of the
dress are seemingly perfect. it is modest, yet
feminine and flirty! i love the eyelet detail on the bell
sleeves (you know i cannot say 'no' to a bell
sleeve top or dress). the sleeve length and light fabric 
will keep you cool for a daytime, outdoor wedding, 
but provide some coverage after sundown.
i paired the red dress with simple nude heels, but
these could easily be swapped out for basic
sandals, ankle boots, or leopard heels come fall.
add a gold belt and/or statement necklace for a 
completely different look!
do you have any weddings or other events
this summer that may require a little red dress? 
while i typically enjoy thrift shopping
and scavenging the sale racks at various department
stores, this dress is an investment. the quality
and design of the dress speak for themselves
(it photographs beautifully, too!). 

this dress fits true to size and is currently
available in sizes 4-14. i am wearing a size 4 and do
not mind the looseness. the straight fit allows for
 freedom of movement (particularly when you are on the 
dance floor); i will not feel restricted after having that 
slice (or two) of wedding cake either.
best of all? it is machine washable!

dress: c/o macy's and lauren ralph lauren (exact here),
heels: nordstrom (similar here), ring: nordstrom,
purse: c/o macy's and lauren ralph lauren (exact here)

i hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
and if you are searching for that perfect summer 
dress, happy shopping!

Friday, July 14, 2017

summertime favorites

cheers to friday, summer weather, and the 
weekend ahead. i will be attending a 
bridal shower, visiting my family's dachshund (she had
oral surgery this week!), sleeping in, and
of course, enjoying the sunshine!

today, i am thrilled to be partnering with
one of my favorite local boutiques, endless knot!
i have been shopping at endless knot, located
in the belltown neighborhood, for several years.
the staff are knowledgable (and stylish!),
incredibly friendly, and more than happy to help me
find that perfect dress or accessory. i love
the fun prints, classic styles, and vast array of
handbags and jewelry available in store.

as a special feature, i am
guest posting on the endless knot blog here!
be sure to check out the full post, 
as i am sharing one of my favorite summer trends:
the pleated skirt!
this pleated skirt is the definition
of chic. it is perfect for brunch, a day at the 
office, or even a more formal event (such as a 
bridal shower?!), depending on how you style it. 
dress it up or down with a different
top, shoes, and accessories! 

i cannot wait to pair
this skirt with a graphic t-shirt and converse
for a more casual vibe, or i can wear a light jacket 
(or blazer) with a blouse to work.
versatility is key when purchasing new
items, and this skirt is no exception.
photos c/o endless knot photography

skirt: endless knot (exact here), 
blouse: endless knot (exact here), purse: endless knot,
boots: urban outfitters

a very special thank you to the 
amazing team at endless knot for allowing
me to guest post on your blog.
i hope to see you online again soon!

don't forget, you can see the full blog post here.
and if you're not from seattle, don't worry;
you can now shop these adorable items online!