Light & Airy

It's been hotter than usual here, and I'm having a hard time getting dressed for work. After 8 days in a row of wearing dresses to stay cool, I sometimes just have to wear pants. And then I don't know how to style them in a way that is optimal for warm weather. You see, in Seattle, most homes, and even some offices, don't have air conditioning. The number of days a year we would need it in our typically mild summers just don't warrant it. So when we have a hot streak like we've had this year, we suffer. It makes it hard to sleep, to work, and mostly for me right now - to dress!

I'm loving loose blouses like this - sometimes it feels good to wear sleeves and feel more covered, so having something that is light and airy and flowy is a must. I'd like to find some more in a t-shirt form - I feel like Fran's knocking it out of the park in this outfit, and I want to replicate that look and feeling with some similar tops. 

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Pants: LOFT (similar in a fun pattern)  |  Top: LOFT (short-sleeved option)  |  Shoes: BP

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You'll start to see a lot more sunglasses around here - the subscription service from DITTO is my absolute favorite right now. I just received pair #3 - I'm burning through them quickly right now because there's so much I'm loving, but I think this third pair will stick around for a few weeks. Remember, you can try it free for the first month with code WORKCLOTHES. Here's a picture of me not really showing them off - I didn't get a good face-on shot - oops!

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Posted on July 7, 2015 and filed under Work Clothes.


I tend to stay away from the most popular prints, for some reason. I don't have mini animals all over my blouses, I rarely wear gingham, and I hadn't jumped on board the palm print trend...until now. When I saw this top on Sheinside, I had to have it. It helped that I'd seen it in a thousand outfits on a hundred blogs so I knew how versatile it was. And it helped that I've been looking for a black and white non-stripe print. And I love the larger scale of this one!

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Shirt: c/o Sheinside  |  Pants: LOFT (similar)  |  Flats:  BP

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I had a necklace on with this outfit BUT IT BROKE mid-day and I can't even tell you how devastated I am. Should be an easy repair, but for now, just pretend I've accessorized well :) 

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I'm taking the next couple of days off to enjoy the 4th, but be back on Monday! No Trav & Bri, Recently, this week. 

Posted on July 2, 2015 and filed under Work Clothes.

4th of July Shopping Inspiration

Every single year I go to Old Navy for inspiration for the 4th, and this year is no exception. This year I'm trying to get a couple of pieces that I can wear when it isn't the 4th, too, though. Here's what I'm thinking of picking up:

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Dress, Pants, Tee, Striped Tank, Mix Stripe Tank

I'm not sure exactly what I'll be wearing, as it is supposed to be 105 where I'll be and I'm a total wuss when it comes to hot weather. I'm thinking I'll take advantage of the awesome J. Crew shorts I got earlier this year and pair them with a loose white tank and some easy sandals. 

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Do you wear red white and blue on the 4th? What are you planning on wearing this weekend for the holiday? 

Posted on July 1, 2015 .

Ditto Endless Eyewear (free month with code WORKCLOTHES)

I recently learned about my new favorite summer obsession: a Netflix for eyewear concept from DITTO. I immediately signed up to try it and received my first pair of sunglasses just a day later. For $19/month, you can swap out sunglasses as often as you like - or keep a pair for longer, if you love them a lot. 

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I just requested my second pair online - these ones - and will hopefully get them in time to take them to Lake Chelan for the weekend of the 4th. Until then, I've got these awesome ones to wear around town:

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DITTO has been super generous and has offered all readers of Work Clothes, I Suppose one month FREE! Use Promo Code WORKCLOTHES on when signing up for Endless to get your first month free! And then show me which sunglasses you pick, because there are so many good ones and I'm struggling to choose!

Posted on June 30, 2015 and filed under Sponsored, Work Clothes.

Budget Recap: June

June was a spendy month - and not all of it will be featured here as some is still en route to me. But here's what I spent that I have to show you:

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The two dresses on the left and the twisty top were part of my Sloan purchase down in Portland, where I spent $300. It also included a slouchy purple tee, a dressy orange tank for work, a kimono, and a few small accessories. Pretty good, considering all that was included. I've worn it all, but so far only these few pieces have made it onto the blog. 

I also got the floral shoes, as you know, from Target for the wedding last weekend. They were only $20 in stores. I also got this bracelet from Stella & Dot - you should see it in some upcoming outfit pictures next to my fitbit :) 

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The whole endeavor puts me just under $400 - including the pieces that are in the mail, so that's pretty outrageous, but not the end of the world. Until you add in the bike...and helmet...and bike guys - biking is really expensive!

Linking up with Franish, as always. She did much better this month - and got some awesome pieces from sponsors too!

Posted on June 29, 2015 and filed under Budget.

Trav and Bri, Recently - vol.17

Recently at home
We have our "final" floorplans for our upstairs addition, so I thought I'd share some of our concept and idea here. Right now we live in a 1900 sq ft house - one story with a finished basement. It has 4 small bedrooms and 2 bathrooms - split evenly between those two stories. As we looked at our house and imagined having kids here someday, we realized that we wanted a space that could be ours - that would allow us a king-sized bed, an area to have a baby near the bed, and a bathroom that we didn't have to share. Sounds selfish when I write it like that, but growing up my parents were able to have a mostly-kid-free retreat area in our home and I really believe it helped them be better parents to us! 

Right now, this is the plan for the new second story - it will be a master bedroom primarily: you walk right into the master when you exit the stairwell (there will be a door at the top of the stairs), and to the left is a large, open-concept bathroom/closet with access to a small deck where we'll put a table+chairs to be able to enjoy a cup of coffee and a view of the lake. The front of the house allows for a nursery/office/den that can be used for different purposes at different stages of our lives. The master bedroom will likely be vaulted in the middle to allow some more light in, and will have sliding doors on either side to allow the bathroom/closet and nursery/office to be separated if necessary. All 4 corners have small attic spaces to store holiday decorations, luggage, and other items. 

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If you've done a home remodel, you know that this is a lengthy process. Now that we have these drawings done, we take them to a builder to get a ROM (a very rough estimate of the price range), and then from there lots of things need to happen before we can even start: we need to finalize designs based on the cost, we need to secure a loan, we need to get bids from builders and then select the contracting team we want to work with, we need to get permits from the city, and we need to determine a schedule. That doesn't even include the steps of looking into materials, styles, furniture, etc. Ideally, all of that happens and allows us to start the project in February 2016, ending in the fall. 

If you guys are interested, I'll toss an update into Trav & Bri, Recently every few weeks on how this project is going. If it's totally boring to you, I'll leave it out! Just let me know in the comments!

Recently purchased
I bought a bracelet from a Stella & Dot party last week to wear with my fitbit so that it isn't so ugly. It arrived on Friday and so far, so good. More to come this week on my budget recap post, though!

Recently styled

Hopefully you took the chance to vote on Friday for your favorite way to style my green dress for the wedding last night. Here's how I ended up wearing it - Color Craze won by a landslide: 

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Recently consumed
Lots and lots of produce from our garden - lettuce, peas, beans, basil, and much more to come. But no fresh eggs from the chickens yet - that should happen around September, if all goes well. We think one of them might be a rooster...uh oh! 

Recently in love

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My cousin sent us this book last week, and I've already devoured so much of it. It goes through marriage-related topics from A to Z (like Anniversaries, Endings, In-Laws, Passion, Secrets, and Youth + Age) pulling from various famous and not-so-famous sources (like the Bible, 60 Minutes interviews, movies, and personal letters) to share advice, warnings, and motivations. I've already read big chunks of it - it is an awesome book to just pick up and leaf through, or to pull up a specific theme (such as Communication, which I read in full and LOVED) to read in entirety. Anyway, I highly recommend it - for yourself, or as a gift for anyone who wants to be, is, or was, in a marriage. It's available on Amazon, of course. 

PS. We got married this year, and it was (to date) the best day of my life. SO proud to live in this country where anyone can now marry the one they love. #LOVEwins. 

Coming this week
A budget recap for June
4th of July Inspiration
An outfit that's black and white and red all over 

Edit: Linking up with Currently over at In Residence.

Posted on June 28, 2015 and filed under Trav & Bri Recently.

Pick My Wedding Outfit

Travis and I are attending a wedding this weekend and we are SO excited. They are two of Trav's friends from college, and I've grown to really love them. They are getting married on Lake Union (right downtown - view of the Space Needle, totally gorgeous) on Saturday and it is supposed to be HOT. I picked out this green dress down in Portland with my sister, and now it's time to top it off. I could do all of these without shopping with one exception - in the first outfit, I'd have to go buy the shoes. I'm considering buying them already as I've been looking for the perfect patterned heels for work, so don't let that sway you too much. There's a place to vote at the bottom - or leave a comment and tell me to mix and match pieces - or to do something altogether different!

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Now for the voting! Pick your favorite - or leave a comment with how you'd re-arrange/change accessories or style this dress!

My Favorite Outfit Is: free polls

Come back on Sunday to see which one I wore - or follow along on Saturday via Instagram (@bmarie35) or Snapchat (bmarie35)! 

Posted on June 26, 2015 .

Tweedy Contrast

I find this jacket to be so conflicted with itself. Tweed just screams old lady to me, and the studs scream youth. But it works, I guess, even more so when I pair it with a necklace full of arrows, I think. 

I love this jacket for summer workwear - it is so thin and versatile with its nice blue shades and black and white. I hadn't worn it in a while, actually, and when I reached for it in this outfit, I wondered why. I'm dying to wear it over my navy blue sheath dress - haven't paired it that way yet!

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Pants: Nordstrom  |  Shoes: BP  |  Tank: LOFT  |  Jacket: old, similar

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PS. Come back tomorrow to help me style the dress I'm wearing for a friend's wedding this weekend. I have a few shoe/accessory options and need your advice! 

Posted on June 25, 2015 and filed under Work Clothes.