Tie-Front Button Down

With Love, Amanda // Seattle Fashion
One important staple in my closet is the white button down shirt. I’ve had several over the years and for some reason I always feel like I need another (this is especially true when I spill food or drink and permanently stain it!). What I love about a white button down is that it literally goes with anything. I personally am a fan of wearing with denim but if I need to be dressier I love the look of a button down tucked into a pair of high-waisted trousers.

I am especially excited about the tie-front one featured in this post. Tie-front tops are definitely having a moment right now in fashion and I’m all about it. This particular one I found at Madewell and something that I really love about it is the weight of the fabric. It’s 100% cotton and just the right fabric weight that it can really be worn in all seasons. I sized up and am wearing it in a medium as I wanted it to have a looser fit and ensure it wasn’t too snug across my shoulders.

Heading into cooler weather I can see myself wearing this under an oversized sweater or dressing up with a plaid blazer for the office.

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Hitting Refresh

With Love, Amanda // Seattle Fashion Blog

As someone who is a life-long lover of clothes, shoes and bags, starting a fashion blog was a no-brainer. But I’ve always had an inner conflict with fashion blogging because it promotes excessive consumption… all the time! Not only is that hard on our wallets but it perpetuates the destructive waste of fast fashion.

I’m guilty of being one of those people who opens her closet in the morning and exclaims “I have NOTHING to wear!” So, when I first heard the term “slow fashion” I was immediately curious. Does that mean I should stop buying new clothes all together? No. But what it does mean is taking a more thoughtful approach to purchasing rather than buying anything that struck my fancy. Slow fashion focuses on the quality and longevity of the product you buy. Think about it. Have you ever bought an article of clothing and after only a few wears and washes it starts to unravel? I have and it’s not a great feeling.

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Easy Summer Cotton

Seattle’s summer has been all over the place. We’ve spent the last two weeks smothered in smoke from all the surrounding forest fires so getting outside and really enjoying any sunshine has been far and few in between. Though the temperatures are now starting to dip here I still wanted to share today’s outfit as the feature of this post is this effortless cotton skirt from Free People. I only wish I’d bought it sooner so that I could wear it more than three times! (fingers cross we still have a few more 80 degree days left here).

My favorite part about this skirt is the asymmetrical fold-over waist and the side slit with button closures. This one comes in both Honey Milk (which is what I’m wearing) and Navy. My cross-body purse is from Anthropologie and you can still shop it here.

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Podcasts Every Entrepreneur Should Listen to in 2018

 

Over the past year, I’ve really gotten into podcasts. It all started when I switched jobs and started to drive versus bus to work again… with the hell that Seattle rush hour traffic has become, I had a bit of time on my hands. It all started with the very late discovery of the Serial podcast – which I was completely captivated by and about four years late to the party on. I recently discovered the world of inspiring entrepreneurial podcasts. Now my 45 min to hour long commute is filled with listening and learning from other founders in a multitude of businesses on how they found their niche and the ups and downs they’ve experiences along the way. Here are a few of my regular go-to’s. Enjoy!

Second Life by My Domaine: Who What Wear and MyDomaine co-founder Hillary Kerr, interviews inspiring women entrepreneurs who have made big career changes at all ages. A few of my favorite interviews include Jessica Alba, Influencer and Summer Fridays founder Marianna Hewitt and Mandy Moore.

The Glossy Podcast by Glossy: This is a is a weekly show by Glossy discussing the impact of technology on the fashion and luxury industries with the people making change happen. If you’re interested in the business and creative sides of fashion and entrepreneurship this is a must listen to. Just a sampling of who has been interviewed includes the founders of Bonobos, AYR and  M. Gemi.

WorkParty: So this hasn’t officially launched yet, but its a brand new podcast hosted by Create & Cultivate founder Jaclyn Johnson. This podcast is about tackling the reality of being a modern business women and will features interviews with entrepreneurial women to celebrate each others successes. A trailer introducing what’s to come is currently available to listen to.

How I Built This by NPR: Host Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built. Just a few of the many great guest that have been on this podcast included founders of DryBar, Lululemon, Warby Parker and Stitch Fix.

Loose Threads: This podcast explores the new consumer economy. Each episode features an in-depth conversation with one guest that spans a range of topics. The unifying thread is always the rapid change facing the consumer, retail and commerce industry and how entrepreneurs are responding. One of the reasons I love listening to this one is because it highlights entrepreneurs from companies and brands I’ve never heard of before – many of them only a few years old.

If you have other recommendations of your favorite podcasts, let me know in the comments!

Winter Trench

Cuyana Trench Coat // With Love, Amanda

Hello! Gosh I feel like I need to reintroduce myself after taking a 3+ month hiatus from the blog. Since I last posted a lot has happened… Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years… and you know, life. It felt great to get back out shooting again this weekend with a token sunny, yet frigid, day in Seattle. I thought my Cuyana trench coat would be enough for warmth… but I was gravely mistaken. Nevertheless, it is still one of the most flattering, classic trench coats out there and a staple in my closet. Read More