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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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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

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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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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Boyfriend Shorts & Flannel

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This outfit post is probably the most PNW-like one I’ve ever done. Though stereotypical, flannel and Mountain Hardware, North Face and Marmot are in all of our closets. I love to dress up but I’m also a huge fan of dressing down and feeling comfortable. We are also in this awkward seasonal transition in Seattle where when you’re in the sun it can be quite hot so jeans and a long sleeve shirt will feel like its baking you, but then you go to the shade and it’s actually quite chilly. My compromise? Boyfriend shorts and a flannel shirt (and additional jacket for when the sun is totally gone and I’m freezing again). My mom actually got me this Eddie Bauer flannel shirt (similar here) last Christmas and if I heard her correctly she found it at Costco (what?!) These shorts are one of my old favorites from Old Navy (similar here). And in my opinion no casual outfit is complete with out some good old boat shoes (similar here) #LoveMySperrys.

Click the read more for photos from the rest of my look AND a up close shot of the newly added wedding band :)
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