These Pants. That Sweater.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

When I first got these pants, I was sure they were meant for summer only. Paired with flats, a tee, and maybe a cardigan, they were playful and summery and I was so wrong. Because these pants, a chunky sweater, and boots or booties has become one of my favorite outfits. Speaking of favorite outfits, don't forget that tomorrow, for Third Thursday Threads, our link-up theme is 2014 FAVORITE. So start digging through those archives to pick out a favorite outfit or two to link up!

Pants: J. Crew
Booties: BP Trolley Boot, $99
Sweater: Old, similar (on sale for $30!)

I wear this sweater a ton in the winter, but wish I had one that was similar in long sleeves. Something about the big, exaggerated turtleneck just makes me feel cozy no matter the temperature outside. I saw this one at Madewell, and while I love it, I'm not sure it's worth $100. I like the oatmeal color of this one from Topshop at Nordstrom, but the turtleneck part is a little more modest than I'd like. Fran tried a couple on in this post that I think I actually love on her, so maybe I'll have to make a purchase at BR or LOFT soon to try it myself!

See you tomorrow for Third Thursday Threads: 2014 Favorite!!

Cutting Down Our Tree

Monday, December 15, 2014

Cutting down our own Christmas tree is my favorite tradition of the year with Travis. He and his family cut their own tree down most years for Christmas when he was growing up, and I had never done it before he and I started dating. And you guys, not only is it super fun, but our tree stays alive and healthy so much longer than the ones you pick up at the tree lots do! Huge win! Plus you get to dress in your favorite lumberjack-inspired gear for the outing :)

Jeans: H&M
Shirt: Urban Outfitters (exact, on sale!)
Vest: J. Crew Factory
Coat: The North Face
Purse: Madewell
Boots: Sorel

And look, we even brought my sis and her bf along: 

Do you guys cut down your own trees? What are your favorite tree picking & decorating traditions?

Wrapping up 2014: Third Thursday Threads Announcement

Friday, December 12, 2014

At the end of each year of blogging, I like to look back at my year and pull out my favorite outfits, least favorite outfits, and most-viewed posts. You'll see posts like that around here in the next couple of weeks, including next Thursday for Third Thursday Threads. 

The theme this month is simple in theory, but can be really complicated for me sometimes - this month, I want to see your favorite outfit of 2014. For this link-up, you can link to the old post, or you can write a new post about why that outfit is your favorite of the year. Or, if you're feeling really organized and adventurous, show me a few of your favorites in a round-up post. It's totally up to you. 

Here are my favorites posts from the last two years to give you some inspiration:
2013 favorites

And here's an example by my favorite, Fran:
See you back here on Thursday, December 18 to link up your favorite outfit of 2014! 

A Day in My Life: Business Travel Edition

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In my new role, I don't have typical days anymore. But I have had a couple of people ask me about my new job, what it is like to travel for work, and how I balance everything (I don't), so I took some time yesterday to snap photos throughout my day. I'll do one of these for a "typical" day in Seattle, too, as they can be quite different!

My day started at 4:30am, when I had to get up, shower, and get ready to head to the airport:

Took a quick outfit snap on my phone with chaos in the background as I won't be taking outfit pics today:

From 7-7:50am, I found myself on the airplane, reviewing a report for work on my iPad before landing: 

View didn't change much in the next couple of hours, but the location did - got my rental car, drove to a Starbucks near my first meeting to catch up on email and schedule a couple of meetings: 

Then it was off to meet with a customer and do a bit of training on our new UI (user interface).  We (my sales engineer Josh is with me for this trip) hung out down in a small windowless lab for ~2 hours with three of their guys teaching them all about the new product capabilities: 

After that we needed to grab some lunch. We thought we were going to sushi, but then we noticed it had closed and some place called Big Little Burger was there instead, so we figured we'd give it a try: 

Then to a Peets for more working between meetings. We're down here specifically to do a big data review for a customer in the middle of a product evaluation, so that means lots of prep-work: 

After that, we headed to happy hour with a partner at Hopworks Urban Brewery - I got the guys all beers and pizza while I snacked on a beef skewer, since I was going to see my sister for dinner after the happy hour: 

Off to see sissy, and we head to a little bistro near her house for a cocktail and some dinner: 

Then it's time to drive to my hotel, get checked in, and review some email before bed. It's raining here, of course, but the white lights throughout the city are my favorite: 

Upgraded to a corner room with a huge jacuzzi tub (that will sit unused - just no time this trip). It has a nice big desk where I'll be spending my time when I'm not snoozing in that super comfortable bed:

And that's it. After an hour of email, I'm EXHAUSTED (remember, I've been up since 4:30am) and I crash hard. SO hard that I waited until this morning to write this post - I just couldn't stay up to do it last night! 

Comfort Zone

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I've been thinking a lot about stepping out of my comfort zone when it comes to fashion, especially when it comes to events or important work meetings. I think because of Le Tote, and companies like Rent the Runway, I feel less obliged to make a commitment, and it takes away some of the fear. 

I used to think "I shouldn't buy this because what if I only wear it once because everyone stares at me all day and I feel self-conscious?" or "if this trend passes tomorrow I'm definitely going to regret making this super-trendy purchase" - and now I'm thinking "Ooh, I should favorite that neoprene-like midi skirt and see how that style looks on me for my next Le Tote shipment!" or "A jumpsuit made out of blue lace and black beading? I should definitely get that for the holidays!" - and overall I'm having way more fun with far less risk. 

And despite my lack of accessorizing for these pictures (which came after I took them off), I loved this jumpsuit. It was completely out of my comfort zone, seriously uncomfortable when sitting (this thing had NO stretch), and absolutely worth the rental fee on RTR to try it out and see what I thought! 

Jumpsuit: Rent the Runway (Marchesa Voyage)
Shoes: Nordstrom (Sole Society)

Also - snow in this outfit. ROUGH.

Where do you guys take your biggest fashion risks? Have you tried clothing rental services to help make it less scary? 


Monday, December 8, 2014

This year (and last year, actually) we took our family Christmas card photo on Thanksgiving. And then ate an insanely good meal. And then watched the Seahawks beat the 49ers. So getting dressed for Thanksgiving was a bit difficult. I finally decided that I'd wear this outfit for the photo and for dinner, and then I'd change into my jersey and some stretchy pants to watch the game. It worked out perfectly, and I'm really happy with how the entire day went (especially thankful for that Hawks win!).

The skirt is from Le Tote, the necklace from BaubleBar, and the boots and chambray from Nordstrom. I really love how my closet has evolved lately - still shopping from my favorite store ever (Nordstrom) but mixing in newer brands (BaubleBar) with rental pieces (Le Tote). It's created some really fun variety and combination potential!

Necklace: BaubleBar
Shirt: Nordstrom
Skirt: Le Tote
Tights: HUE
Booties: BP

For the rest of today, BaubleBar is offering 30% off with code INSTAGLAM - it's a great time to pick up some gifts for the ladies in your life (or maybe for yourself to top off your NYE outfit??!). Here are my current favorites:

Left*  |  Center  |  Right

*I just noticed that this one is their daily "buried bauble" so it is only $20 today!

Winter White

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

I've been loving my winter whites this year, especially with a monochromatic knit, like this. 

Sweater: LOFT
Jeans: Zara (similar)
Booties: BP

Also, it's been insanely cold here, so I've been bundled up in enormous scarves and puffy coats and gloves and have been coming home and immediately jumping into sweats and slippers...which means not many outfit posts! I'll do my best to keep this ol' blog running in the meantime though :) Has winter started to hit all of you where you live?? What is your favorite way to warm up after a cold day outside?? If I could, I'd have a warm bath waiting for me every day after work!

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