Summer Fresh

Red, White and Blue // With Love, AmandaThere’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.

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China Trip Part One: Changsha

China Trip // With Love, AmandaSo 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).

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Mellow Yellow

yellow-linen-top-01This weekend was the first in Seattle that it was warm enough for tanks and shorts! It actually ended up getting a bit too hot for me, I mean going from 70 degrees to 90… a bit to drastic but hey it was warm and sunny so I’ll take it. The weather did give me a chance to style a new top that I found for a steal at Nordstrom Rack. This yellow square cami by Melrose and Market has a bit of a boho feel with it’s frayed hem and I could see this going well with a lot of different types of looks. I added this with a pair of pale pink shorts that I bought at Old Navy several years ago (similar versions here and here) and finished off the look with this pair of Soludos lace up ankle-wrap espadrille sandals. Scroll down to see more from this look!

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High-Waisted Trousers with Florals

Floral Blazer // With Love, Amanda
Many of us were rocking the florals all through spring but I’m going to keep them going all into summer because why not? I’ve been trying to rework the existing pieces in my closet to create new, unique outfits without needing to shop too much (I know, who doesn’t want to shop?) I really love these light grey high-waisted pants from Aritzia (similar here and here) and they paired perfectly with a floral blazer (similar here and here).

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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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