Happy Friday

Friday, August 29, 2014

I've always thought of Labor Day weekend as the end of summer, even though in Seattle we're often blessed with warm and beautiful Septembers (and even Octobers, some years). I'm headed over to Lake Chelan (Again! I really am the luckiest!) for the long weekend, but thought I'd share just a few snippets of life lately, borrowed from my Instagram. Head on over and follow me if you're interested in more like this. 

Trav's new kicks, a wedding dress I didn't buy, garden bounty.
Wedding cake tasting, a giant turkey leg, snapshots from a wedding.
The girls pre-ceremony, the groom & his pals, road trip viewpoint. 

A weekday breakfast date, nerding out about our bus commute, dinner with the best friends.
Hawks training camp: Giant Lombardi trophy, the blue angels fly above, me & my love.
A throwback to 8th grade, curled up kitten, lunch date with my suit-wearing fiancé.

Hope you all have the best Labor Day Weekend! See you back here on Tuesday!

Wedding Guests

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A couple of weekends ago, Travis was in the wedding of one of his best friends over in Spokane. Since all the boys were in the wedding, us girls made a hotel room party out of it and got ready together. I didn't snap any pictures of the getting ready process, but I did want to share just a few pictures from that day.

 As we were getting ready, I realized that the next time I go to a wedding, it will be my own. And I'll have a day very similar to this one, lounging in robes and pampering with my girlfriends. We're just about 5 months away and I really cannot wait!

Just lounging in our hotel robes.

This photo had so much potential, but the shoes decided to be the star. 
Turns out I kind of love it that way.

And all dolled up - brights and patterns were definitely the style of choice for this August wedding. I have a feeling we'll see a lot less of that at my wedding in the snow in January!

My dress is from Primark in the UK, and my necklace is this one from Nordstrom. And while you can't see them, I'm obviously wearing my new favorite Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn stacked heels that I got from OnlineShoes.com. I've been talking about these shoes so much, but in case you haven't been listening, they are so comfortable and I get so many compliments on them. They come in cognac (which I got) and black. Oh, and they are ON SALE. So get your butt over to OnlineShoes.com and pick yourself up a pair!

The Only Skirt

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This is my only short skirt. I mean, I have maybe two others, but I haven't worn them in over a year, so why I still have them is an important question. But this skirt, this one is a keeper. A keeper I could wear every day, and in so many different ways. This time I paired it with some pointy toe flats, a tank from Le Tote, a J. Crew Factory scarf, and a camel belt. Pretty basic, but it was an excellent work outfit that transitioned perfectly to dinner out with my parents and cousins. Which is good, because I had zero time to change between the two. 

Tank: Le Tote
Skirt: H&M
Scarf: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Flats: Dolce Vita (purchased on OnlineShoes.com)

Also: another day, another braid. I just can't get enough of these styles lately. I've not done the exact same thing twice, which has kept things interesting, and I have gotten way better at "pancaking" my braids to create more relaxed styles. I'll try to put together a tutorial or some tips that I've found really helpful in an upcoming post if you guys are interested?? Let me know in the comments!

A Nerd Glasses Upgrade

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

You all know how I love my Warby Parker nerd glasses - I've upgraded to an even nerdier pair and I love them. I was contacted by Firmoo.com to try a pair of their glasses, and while I wasn't sure how it would go (picking a pair online without trying them first still makes me nervous), I ended up really loving the pair I got. I've had LASIK, so I can't tell you much about how they would handle prescriptions, but for "just for looks" glasses, these ones are awesome, and I love having another option on top of my gray Warby Parker glasses. You've gotta check these ones out up close to see the awesome coloring - tortoise on the front, ombre brown to blonde on the sides. 

Nerd Glasses: c/o Firmoo.com
Top: LOFT (similar)
Blazer: H&M (in London)
Pants: LOFT
Shoes: Dolce Vita
(shoes purchased on OnlineShoes.com - currently on sale for <$60)

In other news, I accidentally wore this outfit to a healthcare IT conference. The minute I walked in the door, I got paranoid that I looked like I was trying to wear a lab coat and not just an awesome white blazer, but luckily no one caught on (or if they did, they didn't say anything to me). 

Don't forget - it isn't too late to link up your LBD for Third Thursday Threads!

Third Thursday Threads: LBD

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Welcome to Third Thursday Threads: LBD. There's no co-host this month, but I'll be bringing back co-hosts in September when I don't completely forget about the link-up! It is now in my calendar so that I won't forget :) 

This dress has been a workhorse since I got it. I wore it earlier this week at a conference and I couldn't have been more comfortable. So seriously, go get one. The other ways I've worn it are shown below, and I can't wait to continue to get a ton of wear out of it in different ways, especially after learning from all of you during this link-up!

Here are the ways I've worn it recently, in warmer weather:

And here are the ways I wore it when I first got it, when the weather was more wintery & springy:

And now, time to link up your LBD outfits! Due to my super late notice, this link up will be live for the rest of the month. Cannot wait to see your awesome outfits!

In case you're new here, here's how this works:
2. Link to a specific post, not your general blog URL, and please be wearing or talking about a Little Black Dress.
3. Visit the other bloggers who have linked up!

Can't Stop (Won't Stop)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I did not think I would wear this dress as much as I have. And to think I got it for under $50 - so far the cost per wear is already under $5! And it just keeps on keeping on. The best part? I know I'll reach for it all year round, because with some tights and a scarf, it will be perfect in cooler weather too! 

Seriously, if you don't have one yet, go pick up a simple black dress. And do it fast, because the theme for tomorrow's Third Thursday Threads is LBD. And I'll be leaving the link-up open until the end of the month, so that you have some time. This month is FLYING by!

Dress: LOFT (similar)
Cardigan: BP (similar)
Shoes: KelsiDaggerBrooklyn from OnlineShoes.com
Necklace: BP

See you tomorrow for Third Thursday Threads: LBD Edition!!!!!

Another Necklace

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

As promised, I wanted to come back to show off another version of the wooden bead necklace from yesterday. 

Dress: Old Navy (3/4 sleeve version)
Jacket: Forever21
Booties: Hinge (similar)
Glasses: Warby Parker

This polish is a new favorite too - it is Julep, from their Wanderlust collection. This specific color is Anvi, but I've fallen in love with so many of the others, too!

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