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July 31, 2014

Iconic New York

Ever since I was a little girl, I always dreamt about taking a trip to New York. Now that I’ve actually been, I’ve come to the realization that New York is a completely different place than what my imagination had made it out to be. The billboards, the hustling people, the yellow taxi cabs—they’re all there. However, when I took my first step out of the safety of my hotel room, I was a little disappointed. New York doesn’t sparkle or shine; it’s dirty and the air is oppressive. For every one truly talented person, there are at least ten untalented people looking to scam young wide-eyed girls. All that being said, New York grew on me. It certainly wasn’t love at first sight, but I learned a lot from this trip: how to navigate in a big city, that you shouldn’t trust strangers (my faith in humanity is slightly diminished) and that trees are beautiful.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of the iconic sites of New York:


The Empire State Building at sunset. You can barely make out the Statue of Liberty way off in the distance on one of the islands. Looking down on everything, I felt like I could finally breathe.


Lady Liberty up close and personal. Riding the Staten Island Ferry was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip because there were these amazing musicians playing while we waited for the ferry to arrive.


Times Square was absolute chaos. Most of my initial dislike of New York was spawned in Times Square. Once we got out of Midtown, and went to SoHo and the Upper Westside (to visit my cousins), I definitely liked New York a lot more.


Another picture from the Top of the Rock at sunset. It was just so lovely to see everything from a distance; it made such a huge place seem so small.


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It’s not fun thinking about the coming cooler months, but these adorable infinity scarves sure make it easier. They’re part of our Anniversary Sale, so the price makes it easy to snatch yours up in one (or more) of the colors. (Prices go back up on Monday, August 4—that’s less than a week away!)


Lace Print Infinity Scarf | $12.90

Why we love this scarf:

The lace print.  Lace is so pretty and feminine, but it can also be a hassle. It’s delicate and gets snagged on things, and it’s so disappointing when that happens to your favorite lacy top. But with this lace-printed scarf you get the girly look of lace without the worry. It’s the best of both worlds.


The colors. We think you might have trouble deciding which to buy because we can’t even choose a favorite. The Taupe looks soft and creamy, the Black goes with everything, and the Berry is fun without being too bright. You can’t go wrong here.

The infinity. We know, we know, let’s still enjoy summer while we can. Trust us, we’re not in a hurry for fall to come, but we can’t help but think about how cozy these scarves will be when it starts to get nippy outside. It’s enough to start us thinking about boots and hot chocolate… Okay, enough is enough. Back to the sunshine!

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Ever since Marc Jacobs’ models walked down the Louis Vuitton runway in silk nightgowns and robes last fall season, pajama style has branched much farther out than living rooms! This is perfect for me, as I try to live my life under the influence of Myrna Loy* and Eloise, both of whom were avid believers in comfortable pajama style in and out of the house. Seriously, who doesn’t want to just roll out of bed and go straight to work/school without a care? You can do that now! For real!


Sure, this detailed top is excellent for sleeping, but throw on some black skinnies and ankle boots? You’re ready for the street-style photographers.


If I’ve learned anything from looking at pictures from this year’s festivals, it’s that people are loving kimonos. So someday soon, swap out your short, fringed kimono for that satin robe you wear around your house (like this one my friend got for me in Hong Kong)! It’s a comfortable statement piece that adds interest to any simple outfit.


These fabulous pajamas are from the Topshop x Kate Moss collection (all of which is now on sale, BTW). You could totally wear that patterned top with a blazer and jeans and no one would suspect your laziness.


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This Topshop x Ashish hoodie is inspired by hotel loungewear, but the thick towel-esque jacket is perfect for anything from beach nights to date nights!

Please join me in embracing this PJ trend wholeheartedly. Because it’s about time that sleep and style, the two greatest things, were finally married.

Stay golden,


*If you’re looking for more PJ inspiration, start searching for photos of Myrna Loy and her Thin Man character Nora Charles, you won’t be disappointed. :)

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I’m kind of cringing at the thought of writing a back-to-school post this early in the summer, but I know that school starts early for some of you, so I decided to bite the bullet and just go for it. Lots of you are probably in the midst of shopping for the new school year and I thought it’d be great to share some of my favorite backpacks and totes:

1. Baggu Canvas Backpack


I love printed backpacks, but sometimes they can be hard to pair with certain outfits. I love stripes because they match almost everything! The nautical vibe of this backpack is perfect for the fall and the canvas material is totally lightweight.

2. Herschel ‘Post’ Backpack


If you’re looking for a good quality, versatile backpack, this is the one for you. I’ve had the same Nike backpack since my freshman year and it’s definitely seen better days. I’m thinking of investing in a Herschel backpack which will hopefully last me through my senior year and college! This is one of their more well-known styles, but Herschel has fun prints and other colors if you’re interested in a bag with more pizazz.

3. BP. Expandable Tote



I’m a backpack kind of girl, but if you prefer carrying a tote at school, I would recommend this one. The zippers on the side allow it to expand, which is useful if you’ve got extra-large textbooks to carry. This particular bag is on sale as part of the Anniversary Sale, so snatch it up before it goes back to full price (August 4)!

4. Volcom Faux Leather Backpack


This is one of my favorite backpacks that I’ve seen online so far. If you want to be extra fashion-forward for back to school, I would opt for this faux leather backpack. I love the outside pocket because it’s perfect for storing bobby pins, gum, extra pencils and other little bits and pieces.


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I finally made it to New York! Yay! Of course we had to kick off the trip with a little shopping, so we headed to 5th Avenue. To be completely honest, most of the time was spent window shopping because I’m one of those people that’s like, “Why buy it on vacation when I can buy it online without sales tax?” Oregon has spoiled me. Plus, 5th Avenue is home to a lot of designer flagship stores that are usually out of my price range. So for now, I just ogle at all the things I hope to own when I’m thirty, flirty and thriving (a.k.a., rich).


I want to preface this with the fact that I was meeting with a friend in the industry who’s about 6′ tall (okay, maybe like 5′ 8″), so I wore these shoes for that and to snap a couple pictures. I did NOT wear these shoes all day, and you should never go to New York thinking that you’re going to wear heels because with the amount of walking you do—at least a few miles per day—that is just unrealistic.

Anyway, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the rest of the outfit! I was going for a trendy-yet-chic look. Whenever I’m getting dressed, I always keep in mind the Yves Saint Laurent quote: Fashion fades, style is eternal. Which to me means that you should always stay true to your personal aesthetic, as opposed to being completely trend driven. I chose to keep my fun piece, the white fringed top, grounded, pairing it with classic pieces: a black track pant, a leather bag with simple detailing and a pair of nude pumps. The balance of fresh and basic gives this look an effortless-yet-pulled-together feel.

Plenty more pictures coming from New York in future posts. :)


July 26, 2014

Royal Tea

If you have been on the Internet in the past, like, two months, you’ll probably have seen something about HRH Prince George‘s first birthday. That amazing picture of him in overalls is actually everywhere you click. Of course, this glorious birthday occasion calls for an equally fancy royal tea party! Whether or not you’re as intrigued by the royal family as I am (Kate is one of my style icons), you can still flaunt your favorite summer dresses and vintage hats and have yourself a get-together this summer.

Here are a few of my favorite outfits and shots from my recent Royal Tea (get it?!) celebration:

Leah channeled her alter-ego, a distant cousin to the royal family, and wore my favorite celebratory look. I love her sleek jumpsuit and floral headband.



Half the fun of the afternoon was setting up the dining table! It was delightfully festooned with wildflowers and nameplates for the gathering.


My friends and I threw on our favorite party dresses and hats, drank Earl Grey and ate cucumber sandwiches all afternoon.


So we’ll never really be royals, but I’ll always enjoy an afternoon of tea and crumpets with my best pals. :)

Stay golden,

July 25, 2014

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! The Anniversary Sale is going like woah, things are selling out left and right, and everyone’s running around like mad trying update the website fast enough to keep up with all you crazy shoppers. Keep up the good work!

All in all, there’s no place we’d rather be…

July 25, 2014

Bronze Beauty

If you’re in need of some summer beauty inspiration, check out this neat video I found on Nordstrom’s YouTube channel:

I absolutely love a more bronzed, natural look during the summer whether that includes adding shimmer to my cheeks, a wing of sultry bronze eyeliner to my eyelids, or coating my nails with glittery bronze polish.


Chanel eyeshadow | Smashbox palette | NARS bronzer duo | Essie polish | MAC polish


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July 24, 2014

A Day in Mystic, CT

I know I said I’m headed to New York soon and that’s true, but we still have a couple days left in Connecticut, so I decided to share a little bit about my time here (wedding pictures will be coming eventually, I promise). I personally love Connecticut because, at least from what I’ve seen of it (We’ve stayed mostly in the New London area), it reminds me a lot of a smaller and slightly more nautical version of my home in the Northwest. It’s pretty relaxed and far less preppy than I expected. Oh, and everyone just has a West Coast accent, which in my opinion, is non existent. Haha. Anyways, here’s a look at Mystic:


For some reason, my parents were very excited to have us pose in front of the Mystic Pizza sign. I think it was featured in an old movie or something. Haha. As far as my outfit goes, I was feeling comfy and casual, so I threw on some fun sunflower shorts, a croptop, sandals, round sunnies, and a crossbody bag.


This is what Mystic Pizza looks like! I couldn’t resist the temptation of the slice of the day which was spaghetti and meatball. That might sound disgusting, but it was actually sooo good– basically the equivalent of eating spaghetti with a slice of cheesy garlic bread.


Then we headed to Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream which was right next to the drawbridge (how surprising). They claimed to have the best ice cream in the New England area. It was good and all, but I definitely prefer homemade ice cream!


Of course, I had to take one of those typical “I’m eating ice cream pictures”. Pardon my awkward thumb– I was really nervous that I would drop it into the water, so I was gripping the cone pretty tight. Haha.


Then we cruised around the bridge and dock for a bit. Steamboat Inn is actually where the bride and bridesmaids got ready for the wedding. It’s pretty cool because you can just dock your boat right at the Inn (which is what Jenna’s dad did). It’s also way prettier when a thunderstorm isn’t about to hit!

Hope you’re all having fun on your summer vacays or stay-cations, and are taking a bunch of pictures!


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We love a good faux-leather skirt, and this Faux Leather Skirt from the Anniversary sale is no exception. It’s flirty and cute, and you can wear it all year long.


Pleated Faux Leather Skirt | $31.90

Why we love this skirt:

The texture. Have you felt this skirt in real life? It’s so smooth and soft, not like a plastic faux-leather. Need we say more?

Wear it now. While technically the Anniversary sale is fall fashion, this skirt is great for wearing in the summer, too. Above, it’s styled with this floral print tank, which makes for a sweet warm-weather look with some faux-leather edge.

Back to school. You may be wearing this skirt for the rest of summer, but you’ll also wear it for the rest of the year! It’s so versatile. It isn’t too early to plan what you’re wearing on the first day back to school, is it? Here we have it with paired with a plaid shirt for a cute fall look that’s perfect for walking the halls on your first day back. Throw on some tights with that baby and you’re ready to face the winter cold.


Bonus: It comes in Violet, too!


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