backpacks are back.

Well it really does make sense, to have your hands free while toting all your goods, but why did it take so long for chic backpacks to come around?  I have suffered many too many Disneyland excursions, swapping from one shoulder to the other our bag of essentials.  If only.  This is why I am so excited about my favorite handbag designers newest bag.

Do you feel me?

And what about this dress, it's simple summer perfection.  I think this might be my favorite vest pairing yet.  

Just think of this dress with sneakers, sandals, birkenstocks, even booties and a jean jacket.  Such a good layering piece or on it's own.  and I love the color.  And Seattlites you can find it at Queen Anne Dispatch during their sale Friday May 6th.

Sandals - DV by Dolce Vita for Target, I highly suggest you check out the selection.  I have been wearing these quite a bit and they are holding up just the same as their more expensive counterparts. 

dress - BB Dakota, Queen Anne Dispatch, (their sale is this friday!). also here
vest - Treasure & Bond. similar
shoes - DV, Target
Earrings - Lucia K. Jewelry

Can I just give a shoutout to Rainglow Airbrush Tanning because there is no way my lovely glow would be happening in April in the Pacific Northwest on it's own, and  even more so I am caring much more about my skin and damage sun exposure causes.  Never having spray tanned before in my life, I am in love with the results, plus it's organic and paraben free.  If you need a boost for an upcoming event do it, and if you are in Seattle, call Rainglow.

photos by Angie.



Superhero Moment. The Cape Jacket.

hmmmm what to say on this one without sounding like a broken record.

because I still love these flares, their price is awesome, they don't lose their shape, they flatter my butt so well, I did let out the hem because lets be honest I just like things a little bit undone and unruly.  

As my husband and I were returning home with the boys from Greek Easter tonight, we each commented on the state of our too high dandelion infested yard, which to me looks natural and as it should be, to him - he's a golfer.  Enough said.

So yes the undone hem.  But really these jeans.

And then my favorite tank top - I love the slight racer back, it's flattering but doesn't require special equipment.  I also love that the tank fits around the armpits, but is a little bit lose and flowy.

And the cape.  It's a super hero - the cape jacket is totally having a moment this spring.  It's the next generation poncho, more structured kimono.  I am loving the swingingness but it's not over the top or bulky.  I really think it's this years cargo jacket. 

And with these great basics I added some fun accessories - rose gold sunglasses and mixed metal earrings and bracelets.  

tank - Bobi, Queen Anne Dispatch, also here.
jacket - BB Dakota, Queen Anne Dispatch, also here.
jeans - Mavi, Queen Anne Dispatch, also here.
shoes - Dolce Vita. similar
Sunglasses - Smith, Queen Anne Dispatch
lips - Nars in Damned, Nordstrom
earrings - Lucia K. Jewelry

Seattle Folks - Queen Anne Dispatch is having their semi-annual friends and family event this Friday May 6th.  You can find the cape, jeans, sunglasses and bracelets all on sale.  Annnnnd shop while you listen to a live DJ, sip drinks and eat bites.  It's one of my favorite shopping events of the year.

photos by Angie.



My PSA for Hydrated Happy Curls.

If I've said it once, I'll say it again - curls need conditioning.  Over and Over.  And Over.

naturally curly hair

Just a quick PSA to keep your curls moisturized...
Wash your hair less.
Wear a hat in the sun.
Use lower heat setting when drying.
And condition, condition, condition

This is my go to conditioner, and this is what I use once a month for deep treatment, also available in a travel size because it lasts, and it's pricey, but so worth it (stay tuned next week for my full review).  
I even add a little leave-in conditioner, especially at the roots when my gray is in effect, to help the frizz.  Note:  my hair doesn't get greasy, this might not be the best for finer hair or hair that tends to be more greasy.  I also love this product for my ends when I'm way past due for a haircut.  Ahem, like now.

Right now Ouidad has a wonderful promotion, spend 100% get 20$ off.  Here are the products on repeat for my locks...

Also you can check out my "the curl files" tab for more curl tips and advice.

Do you have any tips for your curls??  Please share!



Because it's been awhile...

This is an old stand by outfit but it just always works.  I great tee and broken in jeans mixed with smart accessories.

For this occasion the best t-strap sandals that sold me on t-strap sandals - I have narrow feet and long toes, so I've always shied away from this style until I spotted snake print for a whopping 15$ sale price in an Anthro sale.

These jeans are the real thing - purchased 10yrs ago and worn through all of the last decades events, major patching on the backside, they may not have much life left in them, but until that point I will reach for them.

And my T-shirt, I feel like I am doing my blog a disservice if I don't sing it's praises at least every month.  I own it in multiple colors and sizes, just in case I'm feeling in an oversized mood one day, I also recently purchased the tank version.  It's lovely.  A bit of an investment but well worth it.

Mix in simple chic gold aviators and rose gold copper tags with a chunky leather handmade clutch and an arm party with a messy pony.

I think it works, don't you?

tshirt - Bobi, Queen Anne Dispatch.  also here.
jeans - 7 for all mankind.  old
shoes - Sam Edelman.  very similar.
guitar string bracelets - Queen Anne Dispatch.
earrings - Lucia K. Jewelry.

Happy Tuesday.

photos by Angie.



It's Friday.


Off the shoulder with overalls?  I like it.  And I was housesitting so I took the liberty of borrowing this awesome cardigan.  Add slip-on sneakers and I'm like a bug in a rug, so snug.  Or whatever.  Really I'm just super comfortable and feeling chic.  And I'm loopy tired.  Perhaps I'll edit my words tomorrow.  

Good Night World.

top - Theory, Nordstrom
sweater - Vince, Nordstrom.  Borrowed, thanks Jenn
overalls - Blank, Shopbop
shoes - Vince, Saks off 5th.  old.
lips- Nars Poplife, Nordstrom
earrings - Lucia K. Jewelry



Some of my outfits lately

Ironically I have been getting dressed out of my sweats and pjs, into regular clothes this month more than ever, but I have had no time to take outfit shots.  Funny how life's journeys work like that.

If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen these photos before, these are snips of my daily outfits.  Items I am loving and living in...  

Happy Wednesday.



ASOS flash sale, my picks.

I love ASOS, they ship fast, they have a unique selection of items in all price ranges, and my favorite reason is their "view catwalk" feature, allowing me to see their items being worn in action to help my purchasing decision.

My favorite stuff to look for is swimsuits, dresses and all things denim.  See my recent skirt purchase here.

Today they are having a flash sale, it's totally worth checking out their site.

30$ of 150$ code APRIL30
50$ of 200$ code APRIL50
70$ of 250$ code APRIL70.

Here's my picks:

Happy Monday!