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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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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Off-The-Shoulder Blouse

Off-the-shoulder Blouse // With Love, AmandaNow that it’s officially spring I decided it is time break out the off-the-shoulder blouse. I’ve had this one which I found at LOFT’s end of summer sale last season but haven’t had nice enough weather to wear it until now. Luckily this weekend provided two sunny days to break up all the recent rain. If you go to almost any fashion blog you’ll see the off-the-shoulder blouse is definitely having a big moment. Mine from LOFT is sold out now but I’ve found several similar options here, here and here – all of which I really love. Keep reading below to see more from this look.

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Blush Pink Midi Skirt

Blush Pink Pleated Skirt

I’m fairly certain we are permanently stuck in winter here in Seattle but I’m more than ready to start dressing like it’s spring. Because it was cold and raining pretty heavily we decided to take a trip to the Volunteer Park Conservatory for photos but an added bonus included warmer temps to keep the plants thriving. The tropical plants room was glorious as it was the warmest and even had a little bit of humidity, and for a moment it felt like I was somewhere else. To the outfit details: I recently bought this blush pink midi skirt from ASOS and absolutely love it. I paired it with a old lace top from the LOFT (similar here and here). One of my newest favorite pieces of jewelry are these BaubleBar pink drop earrings, they’re a perfect statement piece for dressing up any outfit (scroll to the next image to see them up-close).

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Minimal But Not Basic

Blush and Denim // With Love, AmandaOver the years my style has evolved from lots of accessorizing to now a more minimalistic look. I’d like to think it is because I’ve mastered the minimalist look but really a lot of it sometimes comes down to laziness. Pairing this blazer, sweater and denim together gave me a really effortless but still put together look. I’ve had this blazer for a few years which I found at Aritzia (similar here and here). I bought my pink sweater from Nordstrom Rack which is now sold out but I’m also loving this tie back blush pink sweater from Shopbop.

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