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.
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.
Last weekend I attended the Create & Cultivate conference (so happy it finally came to Seattle!). This was an entire day filled of smart, successful women speaking on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to social media to personal branding. In addition to leaving with a iPhone camera roll full of Instagrammable content I also left inspired, refreshed and a little overwhelmed (from attempting to absorb the knowledge bombs dropped on me!)
Listening to a panel of beauty experts, who were speaking about building your brand from the ground up, one thing that really stuck with me was importance of being an authentic voice and having a point of differentiation from everyone else in your field. This is not ground-breaking advice but it’s something that so often feels ignored by many influencers. You don’t have to look too hard to see that the fashion blogging world is over-saturated with bloggers who all look and dress exactly alike. Many times there’s no real distinguishing factors or depth in content past just the photo posted (I’m guilty of this too). I think it’s so easy for all of us to fall into a habit of mimicking what we see top bloggers doing and the styles they’re wearing, which quickly leads to more cliche, copycat content that adds to the noise.
There’s something about wearing an off-the-shoulder that make me feel so feminine. It’s one of my favorite things to wear in the summer. Add a chic statement bag and bold lip and you’re looking so fresh! I found this off-the-shoulder for a great price at Nordstrom, also check out this one too. The LV bag in this post is quite spendy but if you’re in the market for an less expensive “investment bag” then check out this gorgeous Prada red leather bag and this Gucci one.
So it’s been several weeks since we arrived back in Seattle from our trip to China and life as seemed to get away from me but I’ve finally started to get photos from our trip pulled together to share on the blog. During our two and a half week trip we visited three different cities – each one very different from the other. Our first stop was in my husband’s hometown of Changsha. Definitely a city I’d never heard of until I met him but a hugely populated city nonetheless, I mean this is China. Changsha is a city that doesn’t get the same Westerner tourists that places like Beijing and Shanghai get so I really stuck out like a sore thumb when walking down the streets – I got a lot of awkwardly long stares from locals. The food in Changsha was very tasty but also so spicy and I am not one who does well with lots of spicy food. Along with heat in the food the heat in the air was just as hot! Mixing 85+ degree temps with 90 percent humidity meant lightweight clothes were a must! I found these super light shorts from Nordstrom Rack right before we left and I was so happy that I brought them so I didn’t feel like my clothes were sticking to me. These shorts also have a matching top available too (here).