Wednesday, April 23, 2014

a very happy easter

//dress, blouse, backpack: thrifted / sweater: kohl's / belt: old navy / tights: target / socks: JCP / boots: fred meyer//

Happy belated Easter, everyone! I hope you all had a great day celebrating. I was up at 6:30 am Easter morning for breakfast with my family before church, then after church I had lunch with my boyfriend and his family before we headed to my family's for a giant get-together, egg hunt, and of course, more food. There was a lot of food on Easter, and I ate far more than I should have...but I don't regret it one bit. There was also the traditional game of Scrabble with my uncle, which I roped Josh and my younger cousin into playing with us. I always love playing Scrabble at family gatherings, not so much for the game as for the laughs that we get from everyone trying to make up words and arguing for their status as a word. I know Josh isn't a huge fan (and it didn't help that he came in dead last), but I fully intend to convert him, because it's one of my favorites.

This is an old outfit, from a little over a month ago, for an especially cold, gray day. I had picked up this dress at Goodwill back in January and was determined to wear it before it got too warm. I had kept meaning to add on some fabric at the base of the skirt, since it is far too short for comfort, but never got around to it, so I added a super thick pair of tights and my long, black sweater over the top. I'm really happy with the final look—it just looks cozy and warm and wintery (despite the fact that it was supposed to be spring). 

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22

Friday, April 18, 2014

purple velvet perfection

// dress: thrifted, refashioned / tights: claire's / cardigan, oxfords: thrifted //

I absolutely love this dress, but I don't often have an occasion to wear it. However, when I saw Katie's outfit with her purple velvet dress, I decided I just had to pull it out again and wear it for church (it was communion Sunday after all, and I always like to dress nicer for that). I paired it with these fun tights, which have an eye-catching, tattoo-style print on the sides (the boyfriend actually did a double take, he wasn't sure if it was a tattoo, or henna, or what), and a crocheted cardigan I picked up at Value Village years ago. And I kinda love the final look. It's classy and elegant, but it also has just a hint of boho. 

My classes are just starting to wrap up, and I already have a feeling of impending doom. I just feel like the eight weeks has been going so fast, and maybe it's because I've got more going on lately. And this couple of classes has also been more work-heavy than usual, possibly more than I've ever had: since the second week of classes, I've had four writing assignments due each week, and once those are done, there's not much room to work ahead on final projects. I'm confident that it'll all work out, though, and it also means I'll be that much more grateful when these classes are done and vacation starts. :) 

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22

Friday, April 11, 2014

9th & Elm Review

// colorblock infinity scarf, gold monogrammed necklace: c/o 9th & Elm / jeans, boots: Fred Meyer / t-shirt: Target / jacket: JC Penney //

I was so thrilled when 9th & Elm contacted me asking if I'd like to do a review. Basically, they are a flash sale site featuring the products of different handmade and independent designers. I thought it was a great idea, since it helps to promote some really fantastic designers. I chose to review the colorblock infinity scarf and the gold monogrammed necklace, and I'm in love with both of them. I've been wearing the scarf almost nonstop since I got it—I really like the colors and more subtle mix of patterns, and the lace detail is too cute. Then the little monogrammed necklace is just so dainty and elegant. Both products are excellent quality and I'm really happy with both of them. I'm also excited to have found out about 9th & Elm—they feature some amazing products at great prices. I would definitely recommend checking them out

This kind of outfit has basically been my uniform since the start of the year, aside from Sundays: t-shirt, skinny jeans, and boots. It's just easy to throw on, and it can be dressed up with accessories too. I've been having fun experimenting with wearing jeans more often. Still, now that spring seems to have officially sprung here in Washington, I'm starting to gravitate towards skirts again, and I've been itching to sew myself some new spring skirts. In fact, I'm hoping to start one today, after I've conquered at least a portion of the schoolwork I need to get done. 

Hope to see you all again soon! I've got a bunch of different posts in the works, that hopefully I'll be able to find some time to put up here for y'all. 

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

the first glimpses of spring

//cardigan: H&M / tee: gap / dress (worn as skirt): target / belt: JCP / tights: fred meyer / shoes: thrifted / necklace and bracelet: gifts / coat: ???//

A couple weeks ago, we had nearly a full week of sun and almost warm weather. In fact, so sunny I actually had to wrestle with the harsh lighting for these pictures—usually that's not a problem! Of course, the lighting changed to something more ideal as we finished taking these shots, about the time I out my coat back on. It's interesting how I notice the lighting more now as I get better used to taking pictures—before, I didn't care about lighting, so long as there was light. Now I've gotten better at finding more ideal light and avoiding at least harsh glares or shadows, and it really shows as I look back over my past photos, even over the last year or so. Of course, that means I'm much more picky about blog photos now, but that's ok. 

Anyway, of late I've been very much drawn towards shades of black and white and gray in what I wear. Monochromatic looks like this are so easy, and I think they give off a classy air, though they can still be fun. And they're just really versatile colors—so many options for remixing! For example, I don't think I've ever worn this black and white print dress the same way twice, and it's become the most-worn dress in my closet (it also has pockets!). 

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22

Thursday, March 6, 2014

spring break

//top, cardigan, oxfords: thrifted / skirt: refashion / tights: jcp / scarf: gift//

Well, finals are over and spring break has begun. It's only a week, and now it's nearly over, but it's been wonderful to slow down a bit, catch up on my favorite shows, read for fun while snuggled under a pile of blankets, put away my Christmas decorations (finally! It's only the middle of March, haha) during my cleaning spree, work on a new blog design, and of course, spend extra time with the boyfriend before heading back to classes on Monday. I could easily get used to life like this. :)

Anyway, on to the outfit. I've been loving simplicity and minimalism in my outfits of late, because they're easy and comfortable, and can still manage to look put together. This may not be my absolute favorite outfit of late, but it was certainly comfy, and I like the colors together. I've been feeling drawn to gray colors lately, possibly because of the absence of sun in Seattle, and this cardigan, one of my most recent thrifting finds, is a new favorite. It's cozy, goes with so many things, and I think it has a bit of a vintage vibe, which, of course, I love. 

I hope you all are having a wonderful week!

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22

PS— thank you all so much for your sweet comments on my recent posts—each one brought smiles to my face. Y'all are amazing. ❤️

Friday, February 28, 2014

franklin falls

Last month, my boyfriend, Josh, and I decided to hike drive up to Snoqualmie and hike the trail to Franklin Falls. We were assured that the trail was so easy anyone could do it, and that there shouldn't have been any snow. Well, there was quite a bit of snow, and worse--ice. But we decided to brave the elements and hiked for about a mile or so before we realized we weren't even on the trail--we were on a road that would have eventually led us to the freeway. On the plus side, it was a pretty walk, and we discovered some fantastic views. Afterwards, we finally found our way to the trail we wanted, and made our way through the snow and ice to the waterfall. To get closer to the waterfall, we climbed around a rock face covered in sheets of ice, and finally we made it to the point where I snapped the picture of the waterfall and decided I wouldn't risk climbing any further. 

So, what was meant to be a short, easy hike turned into an all-day adventure. But the amazing scenery made it totally worth it...and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

• news and other such things •••

//dress, booties: forever21 / necklace: ebay / jacket: JCP / tights: fred meyer / purse: thrifted//

Hello everyone! Long time no see. It's been several weeks since my last post, where I'm pretty sure I said pretty much the same things about busy-ness. Now, my classes are beginning to wrap up--it's finals week! I've also begun going out with a fairly awesome guy from church--after about two months of emailing back and forth, we decided to see a movie together, and then less than a week later, on New Year's Day, we decided to see another movie (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), and he told me that he liked me as more than a friend. We've been together ever since...and it's really nice.

Anyway, this outfit is from a few weeks ago. I picked up the dress and the booties on sale at forever21 over Christmas break, and though the dress is lightweight and summery, I thought it would be perfect layered with tights and my new faux leather jacket. I really like the final look--it's really casual and comfortable, but it's also a little dressier, which made it perfect for church. I didn't realize until these pictures how short it is in the front (though the wind was blowing it up a bit), but I'm thinking it could be really cute with a pair of black leggings, which is how I'll probably wear it next time. 

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22