Thursday, May 17, 2018

my workday routine made easier

happy thursday, everyone!
i hope you had a great week--the weather has
been seemingly perfect in seattle (70+ degree
temperatures), and i cannot help but want to spend
as much time as possible outdoors.

you may or may not know this, but
blogging is a hobby for me. i have a full-time
job in finance, working in our operations department
(specifically, in client information).
i have been with my current company for
almost two years, and despite my utter lack of
experience in the field, i have come to love
my position. i enjoy the challenge of learning
something new (and learning on the job
is prominent in our industry as we adjust to ever-
evolving regulations). i am proud of how much
i have learned in the past two years,
and i have to admit, i have been blessed
with some pretty amazing (and very patient)
disclosure: a special thank you to panera bread for providing
me with a credit to purchase the food items in this post. (they were
delicious.) as per usual, all opinions are my own!

between working full-time, babysitting,
blogging, and staying on top of my freelance projects
(while also completing a certificate program), meal
planning has taken a backseat. well--to be honest--
meal prep has never been a big priority
for me. i'm a grab-and-go kind of girl, which is
not typically healthy or affordable.

working in the heart of downtown, seattle,
is also less than ideal if you're trying to
conserve money, as the coffee and food options
are seemingly endless! tacos? pizza? soup?
sandwiches? thai food? we have it all and then some.
when i learned panera bread was planning to offer
delivery at select locations, i had to give
it a try! (you can see if a panera near you delivers
here.) i am fortunate to work within their delivery radius,
and i had a salad, soup, chips, and of course, a
chocolate chip cookie, delivered to my office
in 40 minutes. i was then able to fully enjoy my
lunch break while eating outdoors.

my office is located near several amazon-
owned buildings, so navigating nearby restaurants 
during the lunch hour can be tricky. many delivery 
services charge a ridiculous amount in fees, but
not, panera bread!
^^^ watch out for that wind ^^^
i ordered the seasonal greens salad and
added chicken for a small up-charge. i must confess,
i ordered from panera bread twice within the
same week, and for my second order, i opted
to try the green passion smoothie. ordering a 
smoothie to be delivered may sound risky, but my
smoothie arrived still frozen, and it was 
refreshing to enjoy with my salad!

blouse: topshop, pants: zara, clutch: aldo,
shoes: qupid, bracelets: something silver

overall, i was incredibly impressed with panera
bread's delivery service, and i look forward to placing
future orders. anything to cut down on stress (who has
time for that?!) and provide a convenient,
healthy lunch. thank you again, panera bread!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

dressing for spring in the pacific northwest

spring has finally arrived in seattle.
while summer is my favorite season (i love,
love the sunshine), spring is a close second.
the blooming flowers, increasingly long days,
and warming temperatures, i can't help but feel excited.
i also enjoy seeing fellow seattleites exploring
our city!

the key to surviving spring in the pacific
northwest, however? dressing in layers! keep
that sweater, sweatshirt, and/or rain jacket
close at hand because the weather can (and will) 
change quickly. if you're like me, you may
conveniently forget said sweater or jacket and find
yourself caught in an epic spring storm.
^^^ quick aside--i recently had my eyebrows microbladed,
and these were the first photos taken after my session
with amanda at eastside microblading. i have my touch-up
session later this weekend and cannot wait to see her again! ^^^

one of the ways in which i add versatility to my
wardrobe, while dressing appropriately for spring, is
to throw on a crew-neck sweater over a dress. 
don't get me wrong, a cardigan over a dress or a skirt +
sweater combination is just as fun, but there is something
to be said about a this crew-neck sweater and dress. perhaps 
it makes me look (or feel) taller? i have been on a 
sweater kick as of late, and this fuzzy cream sweater
is one of my favorites!
i also love pairing my booties with skirts, dresses, 
and denim come spring. hello, bare legs.
this pair of dolce vita pointed-toe boots is perfect
in the pacific northwest. whether rain or shine,
my feet are dry and look stylish. i can't wait to pair
these booties with cropped and/or white denim!

layers are seemingly essential in the
pacific northwest. regardless of the season, 
be sure to wear (or pack) layers. i am 
almost always cold, so having a sweater
or jacket nearby is very important. in warmer
climates, a light scarf or sweater can also be helpful.
buying neutral colors, such as this sweater 
and bag can also extend the wear of your spring
wardrobe. both of these items can be styled
in a variety of ways. i wore this crew-neck
sweater with ripped jeans and converse last weekend.
cream and white are classics for spring, and 
they can be dressed up with accessories
or dressed down when unadorned.

light-weight fabrics are your friend.
unlike years past, this spring has felt
particularly humid in seattle. i am chilly
in the morning, yet sweating when racing to
catch my bus after work. fabrics such as
cotton, linen, chiffon, and hemp are
breathable when humidity is high.

dress: lush clothing, sweater: nordstrom rack,
booties: dolce vita, purse: zara, rings: target

how do you dress appropriately for spring?
any tips for dressing in layers? if so, please
send them my way!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

pacific northwest ballet :: emergence

two weeks ago, my boyfriend greg and i had the
pleasure of attending pacific northwest ballet's
performance, emergence! i haven't been to the ballet in several
years, and it was an incredible experience--from the beautiful
sets, live orchestra, and awe-inspiring dancing, it
was a performance i will never forget. 
disclosure: a special thank you to karya schanilec and
pacific northwest ballet (pnb) for providing greg and i complimentary
tickets to this performance. we had a wonderful time! 
as per usual, all opinions are my own.

although i grew up dancing ballet, as an adult, 
i have come to appreciate the immense talent required to put 
on a performance like emergence. the talent possessed by 
those dancers? oh my!

emergence is broken up into three performances: 
alejandro cerrudo's little mortal jump, yuri possokhav's
raku, and crystal pite's emergence. the trio is equally
amazing, but my favorite was yuri passokhav's raku!
based on true events, the story is contemporary 
and passionate, yet violent. to see this story choreographed
in a ballet was inspirational (and somewhat

'the central theme of his score [...] is burning.
the burning of desire, of passion, of loyalty; the burn
of suffering, of jealousy; finally the burning of death--
emotions that are so strong that they overcome the
discipline of a zen monk and overcome the loyalties 
of a samurai.'
--cheryl a. ossola
i think greg was unsure of what to expect
when i mentioned attending the ballet, but he greatly 
enjoyed the performance (his favorite was also raku)!

greg and i went to dinner in seattle before heading
to mccaw hall. once there, we ordered drinks and found
our seats; we were fortunate to sit close to the stage
and popped by to see the orchestra during intermission.
 as an aspiring fashionista, what to wear
to the ballet was an important part of the night :)
i opted for a spring dress, patent boots, and a blush pink
crossbody bag. i love any excuse to dress up and the
ballet was no exception!

dress: parker (thrifted via seattle goodwill),
boots: zara, purse: nine west, rings: forever 21

thank you again, karya, for providing us tickets
to the ballet. we had a wonderful time, and i look forward
to attending future pacific northwest ballet (pnb) 

you can watch the trailer for emergence here 
and see upcoming performances for the 2017-2018 
season by pnb here.