Stripes and Roses

Stripes and Roses // With Love, AmandaOh my goodness! We got back from China last week and Seattle seems to have finally started its transformation into summer. Flowers are blooming and many days have hit 70 degrees. It makes me so happy to feel like the gloom might just go away really soon. For today’s post, we ventured not too far away from our house to the Rose Garden near the Woodland Park Zo0. I can’t believe that I’ve lived in Seattle for 5 years now and never visited the garden. It was absolutely perfect! All the flowers were blooming and the roses smelled so sweet. I wish we had brought a blanket and spent the afternoon there (next time!). Today’s outfit is a relatively simple one, but sometimes those are my favorite. You may have seen the striped skirt I’m wearing in a previous post when we went to the tulip festival. No joke it is from Forever 21 at least 6 years ago (one of few pieces that somehow have survived many closet purges). The blouse is also one that has been featured on the blog in several different stylings (see here and here). It’s just so comfy that I cannot help but restyle it over and over. Shop this blouse over at Aritzia here. I’ve also linked below to several other white blouse and striped skirt options.

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White Florals

White Florals // With Love, AmandaT-minus one week until we are in China for two and half weeks! I’ll also be trading in my spring outfits for full on summer attire, ready for the absurd heat and humidity that is currently in motion in Asia. I’ve been complaining that I’m tired of jeans and long sleeves but I’m also not sure I’m ready for the heat in China. Today, though, let’s talk about the outfit in play in this post. I want to first start off with the denim, these high-waisted jeans were found for a steal from the Gap and I’m loving the fit! I raved about high-waisted denim when I bought a pair of Levi’s Wedgie Jeans (read more about them here) but this pair is coming in at a very close second and you just can’t beat the sale price at $41.99! In preparation for the heat in China I also recently bought this easy-breezy floral keyhole top from Nordstrom (also check out this one too). Since it’s still a bit too chilly to run around outside in just a tank I added a favorite white blazer of mine on top (similar here and here).

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Dressed Up Denim

Dressed Up Denim // With Love, AmandaI love to dress up but there’s nothing better than a great pair of denim. Denim definitely has a special place in my wardrobe but as casual as denim may be, I also love to find new ways to dress it up for a bit more polished look. For me, my go-to’s are combining it with a blazer or pairing with a great pair of heels as well as pairing with a chic button down blouse. I opted this weekend to dress up my favorite pair of denim (Levi’s Wedgie Jean) this chic button down blouse and this light grey blazer. On top of that I added a silk scarf to elevate the look a bit more (similar ones here and here).

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Cuyana Spring Trench Coat

Cuyana Trench Coat // With Love, Amanda

Wow, can you believe we are at the end of April already? It’s definitely been a full month as well as my birthday month. For my birthday this year my hubby bought me a trench coat that I’ve been eyeing for a while now. It’s a trench from Cuyana, I’m so in love with the minimalistic look the craftsmanship of the jacket too. It is handcrafted in Italy and of a water-resistant cotton fabric – perfect for a stormy Seattle day. Also, the price tag just below $400 is not too bad either especially when you look at trenches from Burberry and similar brands easily run $1,000. Moving on from the trench I also recently purchased these high-waisted pants by Wilfred from Aritzia. I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it I love that high-waisted pants have made their way back to be a chic look again in women’s fashion. There’s nothing quite like a great cut high-waisted pair of pants that can elevate an outfit to next-level chic. Keep reading on to see more of this trench. xoxo loves!

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White on White

White on White // With Love, AmandaOne of my favorite looks to transition from spring into summer is the all white outfit. I recently bought this chic white button-down blouse from Aritzia and it’s made of 100 percent lyocell which drapes perfectly to create a sleek fit (also check out these two alternative blouses here and here). I believe every girl should have a trusted pair of white pants and I bought this pair last season from Nordstrom. These pants are by Articles of Society and have a comfy stretch added into the material. For a pop of color I added a silky scarf I recently bought from Nordstrom (sold out, check out this similar one here). I love adding a silky scarf to spring outfits as it gives an elevated, polished feel. See more from this look below!

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