My New Green Slacks

I've mentioned them a few times here already, but I finally was able to snap a few (hotel-room-bathroom-iphone) pictures of me wearing them earlier this week. I hope to wear them alllll the time, so I'm sure we'll start to see a lot more of them around here. But for now, this'll have to do!

This time around, I paired them with my new LOFT navy cardigan, a LOFT tank I wore all summer long, and some simple nude flats. On this day, I had an early meeting followed by a flight back home, so I wanted to be professional enough for my meeting but comfortable enough for my flight and the related travel. 

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Pants: Nordstrom  |  Cardigan: LOFT  |  Tank: LOFT (similar)  |  Shoes: Steve Madden (similar)

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I tried to capture the true shade of these pants, as they aren't as light as they appear online. Hopefully this shot helps:

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This weekend my college roomie is coming for a visit and we're headed to Lake Chelan for their Crush Festival. I'm so excited to cheat on my 8-week diet (this day has been planned since long before I agreed to the 8-week challenge) with some incredible red wines and fall eats. Hopefully the weekend will give me the chance to take photos of a few outfits, as finding the time when Travis is home has been virtually impossible. What fun things do you have going on this weekend??

Posted on October 8, 2015 and filed under Work Clothes.

Whoops (and a LOFT shopping review)

Well, I definitely didn't plan on taking the first half of the week off. Even when I prep posts, I sometimes can't find the time in between work travel and housework to go through the finishing touches to get things posted on time. How you working+blogging+crafting moms do it I'll never understand. Or maybe someday when I have a kid it'll all come together...hahaha right. 

Anyway, I thought I'd show you what I got from that recent LOFT order. The pictures aren't great as I took them as I was putting away laundry + packing for my work trip + in our cave closet-room, but oh well, right? :)

First, what I didn't keep:

The dress just wasn't perfect. I could definitely see some cute ways to style it, but where the pockets hit me was SUPER low on my hips, and the sleeves were really poofy. And the buttons were awkward - either it was too high, or too low. They weren't spaced right given my chest. Just not great. The tank was enormous! I loved the color and the pattern and the material, so I may keep an eye out for it on sale and order down a size. Both of these are size M, which is pretty standard for my 5'6" 140lb-ish frame when shopping at LOFT. 

Next, what I liked: 

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I've been wanting a pair of plain navy pants, and these ones are keepers. They fit perfectly through my thighs and legs, but are a bit large at the waist. For now, I'll belt them, and then once this 8-week challenge is over, I'll probably get them altered. My thighs aren't going to get any smaller, though, so I know I can't size down. I ordered them in a 6, down from the size 8 I've been wearing for the past year or so. 

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Along with navy pants, I've been wanting a simple navy cardigan since I purged mine during the great closet clean-out of 2015 :) This one is the perfect shade of navy, has great slits on the side that help it lay flat, and isn't too thick. I'm keeping to my rule and not buying it in other colors, but I like it enough that old me totally would! I ordered it in a M and could probably have done a S, but in order to allow some layering, I'm keeping the M. 

I'm a big fan of this Lou & Gray jacket (currently out of stock). I've been wanting a few more structured tops and this one is that, but also really soft. The marled color will be (I hope) super versatile, but I didn't take off the tags yet. Gotta see if I can find enough times to wear it in the next few weeks to deem it a keeper! The snaps to keep this buttoned up are high on the neck yet super comfortable, and the pockets are pretty usable for keeping my hands warm, at least. 

I'm hoping to get my act together a bit more with this little blog of mine, but honestly work has been so insane that it's tough enough just to keep myself on here once or twice a week. Any favorite post-types you want to make sure I don't neglect with my more intermittent posting? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on October 7, 2015 and filed under Work Clothes, Budget.

Trav and Bri, Recently - vol.27

Recently at home
We've had a busy weekend at home winterizing the house/garden for colder weather. This'll be a short update because of it! Next week will have more to share, I promise!

Recently purchased
I mentioned a large LOFT purchase in my budget post this week. I got this shell, this cardigan, this dress, these pants, and this jacket. The items are slowly trickling in, and I can't wait to show them to you! 

Recently styled
I feel like I'm living in workout clothes and dog-walking clothes lately. Definitely an adjustment period to figure out how to make my schedule and workwear work for this blog!

Recently consumed
I've been eating clean for a couple of weeks now, and I'm feeling amazing. I'm losing weight, which is great, but more importantly, I'm fitting into my clothes better and feeling more confident. Recent favorites include a roasted vegetable soup that Travis made, hard boiled eggs from our chickens with a sprinkling of delicious salt, and lots of variations on arugula salads!

Recently in love
One of our favorite times of year is back! Check out instagram hashtag #samepiceverygame if you haven't yet! 

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Coming up next
All the stuff I said I'd do that I didn't this week: my olive pants, my wedding tips, and more!

Posted on October 4, 2015 and filed under Trav & Bri Recently.

Sissy Style: For The Office

My sis has been sending me lots of outfit photos lately - mostly because she's been wearing lots of my hand-me-downs, and she loves making me regret giving items to her (just kidding!). But seriously, half of the time, she shows me an outfit with a piece I gave her, and I'm instantly like "why didn't I ever style it that way?!" But she's way cuter in all of it, and I don't actually regret getting rid of so much - it feels great to get dressed every day selecting items from a closet full of only things that I love. Anyway, I thought I'd share a few of her recent looks. 

Most of my sister's clothes come from a cute boutique in Portland called Sloan. Here are some similar options:
shirt  |  blazer  |  skirt  |  scarf  |  shoes

I love this look for the office - the graphic tee keeps it more casual while the (amazing!) shoes and blazer still look professional. And the way that scarf is tied is my favorite - how come I never think to do that?! 

Similar items:
shirt  |  sweater  |  ponte pants  |  boots

The polka dot mixing here is my favorite. This sweater is a hand-me-down from me, and I got it from a friend as a hand-me-down from her closet! The cute black ponte pants and boots with this cozy sweater just scream fall to me!

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Similar items:
shirt  |  blazer  |  leggings  |  flats

This outfit is a favorite of mine. I love the idea of taking leggings or skinny jeans and a basic tee and then dressing it up with a blazer and some cute pointy-toe flats. On this day my sister was working and then heading to a college she attended to help out with the design students, so she wanted to be casual enough for that while still looking pulled together. I love the result. 

Let me know in the comments if you want to keep seeing some of my sister's style once in a while! I think she's so cute and I love her creativity with her wardrobe, but don't want to force it on you if it isn't your thing! 

Posted on October 1, 2015 and filed under Work Clothes.

Fall Bucket List & A Fall-ish Outfit

Well, I wrapped up my end-of-summer bucket list missing only two - the long bike ride and the sunset from Golden Gardens. We watched sunsets from other places, but never made it down to the beach to do so. However - we did have some s'mores in Lake Chelan and we took Niko for his first swim - and he did great! So now its on to the fall list, which I hope I can complete in full! 

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I'm really excited for a few of these, like hot apple cider and making a fall wreath for the door! I've never made a wreath before, and I'm really looking forward to having something I can pull out each fall to spice things up around here. I'm not one to swap out indoor decor for the seasons, with the exception of Christmas, but it is something I aspire to do in the future. 

It's feeling like fall a bit more here, so I finally pulled out my boots for the first time, and I'm sure they'll be in frequent rotation. I love this dress belted, but wanted to try it unbelted on a day where I was feeling particularly fat. Nice to have options. 

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Dress: LOFT (current favorite)  |  Purse: Madewell  |  Boots: Sam Edelman (now in gray too!)

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Also, I'm officially growing these bangs out. All the way. And so far, it's not my favorite thing in the world. I've been pinning them back sometimes, wearing them side-swept sometimes, and sometimes just wanting to shave them off at the scalp. But it'll work itself out, sooner rather than later I'm hoping! 

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What's on your fall bucket list? Any favorite things you want to do? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on September 30, 2015 and filed under Personal.

September Budget Recap

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How is it that September is already over?! Fall is in full force here in Seattle and that's led me to make a few seasonal purchases. Some of them aren't here yet, and so I'm not sure if I'll be keeping them or not - so I'll dump them into October's budget once that's all decided. Here's what I've bought - and am keeping - so far this fall!

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Vince Camuto Green Slacks - $89
Zella sweats for dog walking - $72
Nike shoes - in Anchorage, from Nordstrom Rack because I forgot tennis shoes! (similar) - $54
Le Tote - chunky cardigan ($46) & necklace ($28)
Total: $289 (I was hoping to sell all of my closet clean-out clothes this month, but I haven't made it down to the consignment stores yet, so that money will have to go towards paying off this expensive month!) 

Posted on September 28, 2015 and filed under Budget.

Trav and Bri, Recently - vol.26

Recently at home
I spent some time last week up in Anchorage for work and was lucky to get sunny, crisp weather. It was more winter  than fall, but it did help me pull out some of my cold-weather clothes and I'm getting excited for temperatures to drop more here in Seattle. One afternoon I went for a long walk along the Coastal Trail in Anchorage - gorgeous, isn't it? 

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Recently purchased
Some new olive green work pants I couldn't be more in love with. I wore them in Anchorage for the first time and will be getting a LOT of wear out of them this fall. I'll have a full post this week with how I plan on styling them! They are currently only left in a 2 and a 6 - so act fast if those are your sizes! They are darker than in the picture online, fyi. 

 Recently styled
Lots of workout clothes. For workouts that are inspired by Hugh Jackman and are super fun while still insanely challenging, of course: 

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Recently consumed
Now that I have a library card, I've been making time to read. Trav will turn on the TV, and I'll sit with him, but with my back to the TV, reading. I just finished Me Before You - and was SOBBING at the end. Highly recommend it. Also read The Book Of Speculation, which I really liked as well! Currently reading Tell the Wolves I'm Home, which is great so far. 

Recently in love
If you haven't yet, check out my Wedding Week series! I have one post left which will go live sometime this coming week, with all of our lessons learned and tips for those planning their own winter wedding. Here's the links for all 5 days: Getting Ready, First Look & Bridal Party, Ceremony, Reception, Details

Coming up next
That promised final wedding week post
My Fall Bucket List (and final results of the end-of-summer one)
Some new olive green work pants!!

Posted on September 27, 2015 and filed under Trav & Bri Recently.

Wedding Week: The Details

To wrap up this week of wedding recaps (just a million months late), I thought I'd highlight some more of the little details of our big day. I tried really hard to keep our wedding simple, classic, and from the heart. That meant that I gave lots of control to our vendors - I trusted them to do what was best, and I didn't try to micromanage their processes.

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For our florist, I used a local florist who had done many weddings in our venue. I told her I wanted white everywhere, with pine branches and greenery to break it up, and that touches of gold would be beautiful. She suggested the tree rounds as a base and lots of votives, which I absolutely loved. She showed me a few bouquet and boutonniere examples from other weddings she'd done, and we picked from that. She had done a ribbon and light ceremony backdrop before with candles and rose petals along the aisle, and I suggested she add in some pine branch pieces to better match the theme, but that otherwise it all sounded great. And then we were done with flowers. 

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Our linens and chairs were rented from the same place - my cousins who own a rental service! They even had some amazing gold beaded chargers to help bring more gold to the table. And to avoid going over the top with gold, we went with their chocolate brown chairs with cream cushions, and only used sparkly gold linens on the head table. 

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I bought our table numbers on Etsy along with our cake topper. Again, just trying to keep the nature+gold theme while keeping it simple. I've been able to loan the table numbers out to a couple of friends who've gotten married since our wedding, and I love that they are getting some more use! 

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I made a few garlands to hang on the back of our chairs and on the walls behind the cake table, but otherwise wanted the beauty of the wine production facility and barrels to be the primary focus. I'm so glad I didn't over-decorate! Isn't it a gorgeous facility? 

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Our programs were a labor of love from my cousin Darrel. He's a creative genius and was able to take my Pinterested examples and turn them into something that fit us both perfectly. I couldn't be happier with how they turned out - and one of my favorite gifts after our wedding was from Travis's boss: she took the program to a framing shop and had them do a layout of all 4 pages. It's hanging in our guest room and I couldn't love it more! Every time I look at it I remember how amazing our day was. 

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He also helped make all of the signs for the event - for the bar, cake table, scotch & cigar bar, and more. We tucked those into simple black frames, some of which had been spray-painted gold by my mom, to help people know what was going on. We did the same thing for table assignments at the top of the stairs to the cellar where the ceremony was held. 

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The guest book was one of my favorite parts - a good family friend donated a wine barrel, my dad sliced off the top, and we had guests sign it. Once we finish our remodel, we'll get it hung - for now its propped up in our hallway where we see it every day. 

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Upstairs, we had a table to collect gifts, and for cards, my mom painted and distressed a mailbox. On one side, it said "love letters" and on the other, "the clarks, est. 2015" - we have it displayed in our living room on top of some shelves, and while we won't keep it forever, it's a nice decorative touch in our home for now. 

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We also had a table with photos of our family members on their wedding day. I loved that we could display a few pictures of Travis's mom on one of her happiest days, as well as our grandparents who are no longer with us, on their wedding days. It was one of my favorite areas for people to see as they walked in. 

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As a last-minute purchase, I ordered a bunch of matchbooks to be at the Scotch & Cigar bar. I loved the play on words and am so bummed that I didn't grab a handful of them to keep at home! At least we got a photo of them though!

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The biggest project of the wedding was our favors, which also were our seat markers at each table. If you've been here for a while you know that we made wine bottle candles for each guest. This was a HUGE project and was part of the reason that we didn't do too much else in terms of crafts. What I loved was the multi-purpose nature of these candles. The label I designed for them had a thank you we wrote to all of our guests. The nametag that was wrapped around the wick helped people find their seats, and the type of nametag was how the servers knew whether that guest had steak, chicken, fish, or vegetarian pasta. And of course, the guests got to take them home as a favor and instill the scent of chardonnay into their homes! I couldn't have been more proud of how they turned out. 

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Come back tomorrow for one final post on my tips for those of you who are engaged or are soon to be engaged - including details on the gifts we got our family and attendants (like a pair of Kate Spade earrings for each of the bridesmaids). I only hope to do this once, so I don't think that makes me an expert, but I do think I managed to plan a wedding without getting too stressed - and it turned out exactly how I'd pictured it. So I think I have a few tips that might be helpful! In a few weeks I'll do a wrap-up post on our honeymoon, since I slacked on that as well! 

Posted on September 25, 2015 and filed under Personal.