Blue Nile + Julep

Monday, September 15, 2014

Note: This is not a sponsored post. I just went to an event that I loved, and want to share the details!

A few weeks ago I got to go to the best event ever with some of the best gals ever. Blue Nile & Julep hosted an event full of diamond education, manis and pedis, and even some engagement rings to try on! I learned so much about the 4 Cs, which matters most (hint: it depends on your personal preference), and how different jewelers work. I loved learning that Blue Nile customer service is the cornerstone of their business, and since they aren't paid on commission, they will often let you know what will, and wont, be noticeable to the naked eye as far as clarity and color, for example. 

And of course, I cleaned my engagement ring the night before, so I got to try on lots of super-sparkly rings but still got to go home with the one I love the most - my aquamarine dream ring. I haven't picked out my wedding band yet, but I have a feeling I'll be doing some shopping with Blue Nile when the time comes. 

They had a sapphire engagement ring on display, and it was my favorite. I guess I have a thing for blue gemstones! 

Lindsay (from Lindsay Living) and I trying on some bling. Notice the nail color change from my first photo? They had the Julep manicure team on-site to make our nails extra-pretty before trying on all of the rings. I'm wearing Josephine, and I loved it so much I have already worn it two other times (they included it in a little gift bag at the end of the night, which was so sweet!). 

Getting educated on Blue Nile. Also - for those of you in Seattle, this event was at the most amazing event space up on Capitol Hill called Sole Repair. I highly recommend checking it out if you are in the market for a beautifully lit, artfully decorated event space. 

This outfit, and all details, can be seen here. And don't forget to come back on Thursday to link up your Fall Favorite

Third Thursday Threads Announcement

Friday, September 12, 2014

I should have posted this yesterday, but I forgot, so instead you get 6 days to plan your outfit for the link-up next Thursday, September 18! 

This one is an easy one, and one I think you will all love, so here it goes:
Fall Favorite

Basically, highlight something that will be a favorite throughout this fall for you. I'll be highlighting a piece I bought over the summer and have been DYING to wear, and I'm super eager to get some seasonal inspiration from all of you. 

As always, there's a pinterest board for some inspiration!

Can't wait to see all of you back here next Thursday, September 18 to link up your Fall Favorites!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

At first when I got these slouchy track dress pants, I only wore them with fitted tops, tucked in, to show I had a waist. And now I've just totally gone off the deep end, pairing them with a slouchy, oversized sweater hardly tucked in. I'm not sure it totally works or is flattering, but here's what I had in mind when I paired this together, just in case you guys are thinking of trying a similar outfit: 

 - Pointy-toed heels - while these are barely a kitten heel, they still help give the appearance of longer legs
 - Long necklace - having something to help hold my sweater flat against my body (sounds weird, put like that) helps me look less huge on top
 - Open neckline - I don't think this same look would work with a traditional crew neck, at least for me. Having a bit of collarbone show also makes me look less huge on top
 - Fitted 3/4 sleeves - again, making it look like I'm less huge on top by showing some skin

I also think something that would help that I didn't do yet is wearing a slightly shorter pair. These ones are just a tad too long on me, but if you had some that hit at the ankle, they'd be way more flattering. I've been keeping an eye out but have yet to find a pair I love. 

Pants: Nordstrom (like these, shorter)
Sweater: Target (old, similar)
Shoes: Bandolino

Also, after lots of good advice yesterday, I've ordered a couple pairs of gray booties to try. I'm open to trying more, though, so please stop by this post and leave some favorites for me to check out!

Fall Booties

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

As I mentioned earlier this week, I'm thinking of adding a pair of booties to my wardrobe for the fall/winter. 

I already have two pairs I really love:

Left: Seychelles, Right: Hinge

Seen: here, here, here, and here

I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking for, but I do want to be sure they are different from both of these options. Suede isn't the best option in Seattle, as it rains a ton, so I'm hoping to go for leather or another material instead of suede. I'd also love to play with a gray or really light beige color, like these or these.

I love the cut-outs that my Seychelles boots have, and so far I haven't had any issue with my feet getting wet while wearing them, but I'm thinking I probably don't want anything with as large of holes as these.

AND, as confusing as peep-toe booties are, I keep putting options like these wedges and these stacked heels in my Nordstrom shopping cart (sorry Fran).

So tell me, please. What style of booties do I need to add to my collection? And in what color? Do you have any you really really love that I should try?? I'd love to find them for $150 or less, as long as I could still get a long-lasting quality pair of shoes!

A/C Problems

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Where most of you live, A/C is probably something you depend on. You probably have it in your car, in your home, and at your office. Here in Seattle, most homes are built without A/C - it just rarely gets hot enough to need it. Because of that, the only place I have to deal with it is at work - and I hate it. I would love to be able to walk into the building and not have it colder than it is outside. But instead, I have to brainstorm layering options for inside the building - things that are immediately taken off once I go outside. Or in this case, left on for outdoor photos :)

I really shouldn't be complaining, though - we may not have many more days this year where I have this "problem" - I should enjoy it while it lasts!!


Monday, September 8, 2014

When Fran was in town, she introduced me to BaubleBar. Sure, I'd heard of it before, but I hadn't actually explored the brand (at all)! Which is obviously a huge mistake. I immediately followed them on Instagram and not too long after, I bought this incredible and enormous and perfect necklace. 

Chambray: Urban Outfitters (similar)
Tank: Banana Republic (similar)
Pants: Macy's (similar)
Booties: Seychelles
Necklace: BaubleBar

I've been really loving booties as a summer piece this year - I get tired of wearing flats all the time, and having the option to wear boots (especially ones like these with cutouts) is such a fun option. I'm thinking of adding one more pair of booties to my closet this year, so check back later this week to give me your advice on which ones I should get!

Busy Bee

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sorry for the lack of interesting posts lately. I've been in the middle of some chaos at work and between that and the end of summertime, I haven't been having much free time at the computer. Hopefully I'll have a fun announcement soon, though, and it will all be back to normal!

Until then, though, things may be a bit more sporadic around here. Apologies in advance.

Dress: LOFT (similar)
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Shoes: Hand-me-down from mama (similar)

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