Spring Swooning

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I have a weakness for Lilly Pulitzer dresses, so I am so happy to see bits and pieces of their Spring 2014 collection.

Sarah Tucker‘s mini photo shoot:

A few selfies from Rebekah Karish of Happiness:



Maid of Honor Sneak Peek

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Tomorrow is my sister’s wedding day! Would you like a sneak peek of my outfit as Maid of Honor?

1. J. Crew Arabelle Dress  

2. J. Crew Peal Cluster Necklace (from several years ago)

3. Loeffler Randall Mignon Flat Sandal

I should have some great pictures of the reception next week. Enjoy your weekend!


Real Ballet Style

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The influence of ballet style on fashion is all around us: ballet flats, pastel colors, flowing skirts and wrap sweaters are everywhere. But I have a little secret to tell you: That isn’t how real dancers dress! Cold muscles are the enemy of all dancers, so the professionals pile on the layers in class to keep warm. It isn’t uncommon to see dancers at the start of class wearing multiple shirts and pants, in addition to leg warmers, scarves, and even down vests! Of course, as the class goes on, the layers come off, but it would still be rare to see a professional ballet dancer wearing just a leotard and skirt in rehearsal.

The still images above come from a live broadcast of the Royal Ballet’s daily class for its company members. The hour-plus video is on YouTube, and is a must watch for anyone interested in ballet!

Don’t you kind of love their quirky mish-mash style? I do, so I gave myself the challenge of translating ballet rehearsal style to real life.

Start with the body-hugging layers of a camisole and tights. You’ll want to balance out the quirky look we’re going for with a fabulous updo.

Camisole: Free People. Tights: Express. Updo: Blueprint/Martha Stewart

Do you prefer the worn-in look of a well loved sweatshirt? Or is a soft scoop neck sweater more your style? (I also love how this sweater gives the illusion of layers, trés ballet).

Sweatshirt: Wildfox. Sweater: Splendid.

Go for the full ballerina with a full skirt. Personally, I prefer shorts when I take class.

Skirt: American Apparel. Shorts: Sam&Lavi.

Want to add a little texture with this burlap flat? Or are the clean lines of this ankle strap flat more your style?

Burlap Flats: TOMS. Ankle Strap Flats: Gabriella Rocha.

Finally, go ahead and throw on this printed down vest. The rest of your outfit is so sleek, you can play around with proportions with the puffy vest.

Vest: Patagonia.


Dressy Layers

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Glasses: Ray-Ban. Necklace: Claire’s (old). Coat: Madison (sold out). Purse: Coach (old). Dress: Kirna Zibete for Target (old). Sweater: Danskin (old, similar here). Tights: Spanx. Booties: Merona (old).


Neon & Neutral

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Mixing your neutrals with a splash of neon just seems like the perfect way to make the standard winter wardrobe that much more enjoyable. As someone who lived through the neon craze of the late 80s/ early 90s, I’m in no rush to throw on head to toe neon, but I can appreciate the element of fun neon brings to clothing and decor. Where would you add a little neon in your life?

1. Mossimo Windbreaker

2. Clare Vivier Clutch

3. Studio Bin Scarf

4. Kate Spade Notepad

5. Shop Ampersand Print

6. Sperry Top-Sider Shoes

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Cape Time

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Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Cape: Kut from the Kloth (old, similar here). Turtleneck: Old Navy (old). Clutch: Missoni for Target (old).  Ring: unknown. Jeans: Paige (old). Socks: Juicy Couture (old). Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider (old).


Classic Casual

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Sunglasses: Kate Spade. Scarf: H&M (old, similar here). Coat: Gap (old, similar here). Gloves: J.Crew (old, similar here). Clutch: Natasha Couture. Jeans: J.Crew (old, similar here). Boots: Sam Edelman.

Photos: Krys Lilly


Off Season Shopping

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Thanksgiving is behind us, Christmas is before us, and winter is (unofficially) all around us. Here in the PacNW the temperature is dropping and we always seem to have rain somewhere in the five day forecast. To offset the urge to hitchhike down to Palm Springs and start my career as a cocktail waitress, I indulge in retail therapy like buying boots and sweaters (Shopbop sales, anyone?).

In addition to deals on winter goods, there are currently lots of great summer shoes on deep discounts all over the place. These two beauties were all over the bloggy-sphere last spring, and I nearly pulled the trigger on both of these a number of times, but my fear of paying full price always stopped me. The temptation may just be too great now that some of these shoes are more than 50% off.

Do you make a habit of off-season shopping? I guess the one thing that holds me back is wondering if the style will still be “in” next year. Well, that, and I seem to have the memory of a fruit fly and can’t conceptualize strolling out of the house in shorts once it drops below 70.

Shoes: Loeffler Randall Inge Ankle Wrap Clog, and Swedish Hasbeen Braided Sky High (Both on sale right now!)


Inspired By: Call The Midwife

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Have you discovered the new BBC import, Call the Midwife? The series is based on the memoirs of a woman who worked as a nurse and midwife in the early 1950s in London’s East End. You can catch up here.

Young Nurse Jenny and her fellow nurses bicycle to all of their appointments and deliveries wearing the smart uniform of a simple blue dress, a deep red cardigan, matching beret, and a navy trench.

Here’s a fun way to bring this retro style to life today:


The Peter Pan collar is on trend right now, and really gives this outfit its retro feel. The simple grey dress provides a great basic foundation for the whole look. Purple on the cardigan provides a subtle amount of color (red would just be too much). Tom’s suede wedges are a nod to the durable shoes worn by the nurses, and this Steve Madden coat is an insulated update to the classic trench.

Top Images: BBC/ Neal Street Productions


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Exploring the Inland Empire

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On the way to Phoenix, we stayed a few days with our friends Frank and Mabel. They were kind enough to show us the sights of the Inland Empire (basically the area between the desert and L.A.).

We walked up and down Old Town Pasadena. I love the sense of history in that part of town, and there’s some great shopping, too.

You won’t believe how happy I was to visit the Trina Turk Outlet. A must-visit if you’re in the Los Angeles area.

This succulent nursery was amazing- there’s nothing like it in Seattle.