Tuesday, June 27, 2017

what to wear: fourth of july style

fourth of july is just around the corner, 
which means summer is officially here! hello 
farmers markets, blooming flowers (and subsequent allergies), 
pink lemonade, and all things summer-style. 
i have said this before, but i am a sunshine
and warm weather girl at heart. while spring and fall are
beautiful in seattle, summertime has a special place in
my heart. perhaps i am meant to live in california
where the summer temperatures stick around much longer
than they do in the pacific northwest ;)

i will be spending the fourth at lake chelan. 
for those of you not from here, it is
a two+ hour drive from the city in north-central
washington, with a large (beautiful) lake, several wineries, 
and numerous coffee shops and restaurants. i plan to
 spend the majority of the weekend lake-side with my new 
kristin hannah novel. i have my one piece
swimsuit and a few pairs of denim shorts ready to go!
disclosure: today i'm partnering with endless knot, a local seattle
boutique. they graciously lent me the overalls pictured here.

wearing red, white, and blue is one of my 
favorite combinations. i particularly enjoy wearing these 
colors during the summer months (not just
 on the fourth of july). they pair well together, 
allowing you to look patriotic, yet chic. this year, i wanted 
to style something fun, yet festive and different from my
usual repertoire. i am typically drawn to graphic 
t-shirts and skirts, or a holiday-inspired blouse and denim shorts.

fortunately, local boutique,
endless knot, came to the rescue once again!
they have numerous red, white, and blue options.
i am currently lusting after this dress, 
this tank, and these culottes. 

don't worry, these items, as well as my
red and white striped overalls, can be 
worn on the fourth of july, but on other occasions 
as well. swap the white blouse for a black top
or graphic t-shirt to create an edgier look. 
for cooler temperatures, layer a blouse and denim 
jacket. instead of blue sunglasses, try a tortoise 
or other printed pair. the options are seemingly endless!
what do you have planned for the long weekend?
unfortunately, we will be driving home from
lake chelan on the fourth of july -- returning in time for work 
and the weekday grind. 

the city often has a special fireworks presentation
 earlier in the weekend. i am incredibly excited to spend 
time away from my usual routine while enjoying sunshine,
lounging at the lake, and hopefully visiting a few
of the local wineries. as we will be in the car on the fourth,
i will have to wear my patriotic attire and consume as many 
s'mores as possible before the weekend ends ;)

overalls: c/o endless knot, blouse: topshop,
sunglasses: madewell, rings: target,
purse: dooney & bourke (thrifted via seattle goodwill),
mules: dolce vita (via target; exact here)

do you have a favorite outfit or style
combination to wear on the fourth of july? i am always
looking for new things to try! it was fun to style
something new, and i cannot recommend these adorable
overalls enough. i linked a few additional options
below if you need to stock up on other red, white, 
and blue clothing pieces or accessories.
jumpsuit / slip-on sneaker / sweatshirt

i hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Friday, June 23, 2017

what to pack for a blogger photo shoot

infamous meme:
[normal life] 'i've worn the same shirt
every day this week.'
[packing for vacation] 'i'll probably change
a few times each day; that's 32 shirts.'

i am notorious for over-packing!
whether preparing for the workday, or packing for
an overnight or week-long vacation, i like to have
options (vast understatement!). clothing, shoes, accessories,
cosmetics, etc. etc. packing light has never
been my strong suit. my parents continuously scold
me when we travel, and i have been known to
'hide' miscellaneous items in fellow family members'
luggage. you never know if/when you might need that extra
sweatshirt or book or pair of sneakers, right?

packing for a photo shoot is no different;
the more options, the better (in my opinion!).
what to pack for a blogger photo shoot:

when preparing for a photo shoot, i typically
pack two or three outfits to shoot. if i try to shoot more, 
i often find that i look tired (and less happy)
in the photographs. believe it or not, photo shoots are 
incredibly exhausting! the constant walking, posing, smiling, 
and frequent adjusting of clothing and accessories
is tiring. shooting two or three outfits on a given day,
however, tends to work well for me and
my blogging schedule; the key is in the planning!

before arriving at the shoot location, i 
try everything on together. this may sound silly, but if i don't
 try on and walk around in the outfit, i usually regret it 
(i.e. the styling may look better in my head than
in real life, or the items may fit or pair differently than i 
imagined). repeat: try everything on together!

i usually build my outfits by selecting a specific
piece (or pieces) i want to style. for example, i may
have a top or dress in mind, and i build the rest
of my outfit around that particular piece. 
 making a list or taking notes on my phone helps
me stay organized. i am less likely to forget jewelry
or other accessories if i write down what 
i need to bring. forgetting a handbag
or other item on the day of a shoot is unfortunate, 
but has been known to happen a time or two!

it can be helpful to pack your full outfit, from
head to toe, in one bag (such as a reusable tote). 
pack separate looks in separate bags -- this can help
to get you thinking of your outfit as a whole --
did you remember shoes? jewelry? other accessories?
a slip? and any other relevant pieces?

if you have the time, bring options!
have you ever planned to wear something, 
arrived at the destination and thought, 'no,
i don't want to wear this,' or 'i wish i had worn something 
different.' perhaps the weather 
changed, or maybe you don't feel as comfortable in that 
particular item. if you have an extra outfit with you, 
you have more flexibility! i don't often have time 
to plan a completely different look, but i usually bring
a variety of jewelry, an extra handbag (or two), 
and layering pieces in case it gets chilly.

dress: zara, flats: steve madden,
bomber jacket: who what wear (via target; similar here), 
purse: urban outfitters

comfortable shoes are essential.
you do a great deal of walking when taking photos --
between scouting locations, finding that 
seemingly perfect backdrop, and striving to obtain 
natural, 'street style' photos, your feet get a workout.
i recently wore new wedges when taking photos,
and boy did i regret it. by the time we finished,
i had serious blisters on my toes and heels.
looking chic, yet feeling comfortable is a balancing 
act; don't underestimate the importance of a
comfortable pair of shoes! 

a few other photo shoot essentials?
a brush and hairspray to tame unruly hair
(particularly if you are taking photos in rain or wind);
lipstick; oil absorbing sheets (i prefer to have
my skin look smooth and matte!); depending on 
the location and length of your shoot, having water
and a snack on hand can be helpful -- as i mentioned
above, posing and taking photos for an extended
length of time can be tiring!

what are some of your photo shoot essentials?
i am always looking for additional tips 
to have shoots run smoothly!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

happy first day of summer!

happy first day of summer, everyone!
i am celebrating with a summer-inspired outfit: shorts,
a tank (sans jacket!), and floral print loafers --
this outfit screams 'summer,' and i could not be more
excited! in true pacific northwest fashion, we welcome 
the start of summer with 60 degree temperatures
 and rain (lots of rain). 

i am trying not to feel too discouraged, however, 
as my weather app tells me to expect sunshine
and warm(er) weather this weekend; thus, i will keep 
these adorable, high-waisted shorts within reach!
disclosure: today i'm partnering with endless knot, a local seattle
boutique. they graciously lent me the tank and shorts pictured here.

summer is seemingly all i can think about
as of late! sunshine, barbecues (with cheeseburgers and 
freshly squeezed lemonade!), weekend trips up to my
family's cabin, jogs around green lake, etc etc.
summer, and all it has to offer, makes me happy!

of course, it does not help that some of my 
favorite outfits and style choices coincide with summer,
too. dresses, rompers, sandals, and sunglasses are a few of
my favorite items, and i am eager to finally dig
them out of my (ahem) **very clean and well organized** 
garage. at least i am honest, right?
^^^ this pink door (located on capitol hill, seattle) is
making my instagram dreams come true! all my 
fellow fashion and lifestyle bloggers, you can surely relate --
finding adorable (and not too distracting) backgrounds to take
photos in front of can prove challenging. this pink
door is the perfect 'pop' for any outfit ^^^

ruffle tank: c/o endless knot
shorts: c/o endless knot (exact here), purse: steve madden,
loafers: zara (exact here), bracelets: alex & ani,
ring: old navy

this post sounds like a stream of 
consciousness, rambling on about my current favorites
(summer, warm weather, pink doors, etc), 
but these shorts are wonderful -- 
as a not-so-young 20 something, finding shorts that are
 flattering and somewhat modest is difficult. i often
leave the dressing room feeling discouraged 
and scold myself for eating one too many ice cream
cones. many of the shorts are just too short.
the struggle is real ;)

these high-waisted shorts, however, fit true to 
size (i am wearing a small, though i sometimes wear a 
medium in shorts and skirts, depending on the
fit and adjustability of the waistline). i love the
length, high-waist, and convenient pockets.
they can easily be paired with a cropped blouse, graphic t-shirt,
or tucked in blouse. green shorts, you may
be my new favorite!

are you ready for summer? what are some
of your favorite summer traditions and/or clothing items?