Black is Always the New Black.

This outfit is a standby go-to date night outfit for me.  It's easy.  It's comfortable.  I don't have to think about it too much.  But also it's a bit sexy with the lace down the front and the open back.  

I am pretty sure when I bought these jeans they were much more black.  They've worn so well with age that I have hardly noticed how they have faded.  You know - the way you want to age, side by side, with the person who just gets you to your soul.  And they were the jeans that convinced me to invest in great denim.  For sure I have gotten my money's worth.  These jeans have also kept me from feeling like I need to buy other skinny black denim, because I love them so much.  They also happen to be on sale right now.

As I am attempting to write this blog post, I have been asked 3 times to tuck my kiddos in.  It's hot and with the eve of the last day of school upon us, and a 9th birthday, we are all restless.  The last request was met with a no from me, I'm tired, I would like to finish this post and head to bed myself.  But as I sit and type, it seems crazy not to snuggle them one more time, knowing these days are but a season.

This is often how date nights come to be, at the end of being requested, no time or energy left for myself, but I want to show up and feel put together.

So this is what I have.  A great easy top with a touch of sexy, and a great fitting pair of denim.

Oh and don't forget the accessories.  They are always the finishing touch.  I love the statement earring trend this season.  Love love love it.  These earrings are my most popular tag earrings updated with happy tangerine tassels.  They are worn constantly and becoming my most popular item.  You can find them here in dark blue.

tassel earrings

free people lace tunic

curly hair

open back tunic

date night outfit
top - Free People. see below of color options and major sale price
jeans - J Brand, Nordstrom.  dark blue on sale
shoes - Saks Off 5th.  old
earrings - Lucia K. Jewelry.  also available at Queen Anne Frame

Ok off to tuck my babies in for the 3rd time, exhausted but grateful.

Do you have a favorite denim?

photos by Angie.

Happy Monday.



Get Your Summer Sneakers. Last Chance for Brooks Heritage

Since it's officially the first day of summer, I thought I'd start sharing some of my favorite summer stuff.

sneaker dress

(today's outfit - green shoes only left here.  pants on sale here.)

First up for summer, my favorite sneakers.  I know.  Might not be what you would initially think of for summer.  However, it makes total sense for a couple of reasons - sneakers with summer dresses, shorts or wide leg cropped pants are totally on trend right now, and of course, I don't even need to say the F word:  functional.

But also because sadly my favorite Brooks Heritage sneakers are being retired.  What's left is left, so if you have been eying a pair, I wouldn't wait, they are going quickly and most are on major sale.  I have definitely stocked up.

These are the sneaks that made me a sneaker lover.  That is saying a lot.  In my every day life I wear them, well, almost every day.

So I rounded up most of what I could find on the web, click on the sneaker to see where to find them.  Sizes are limited, which is why I included so many...

Which one's are your fave?

Here's to a long summer full of sneaker adventures.



An Easy Statement Piece

long curly hair

Fashion brings me a lot of joy.  It's true.  At the end of the day, it's just clothing.  But the pep in your step when you put on something that makes you feel great is real.  Over this fashion blogging journey I have come to realize that life is too short to wear clothes that don't bring you confidence.  And if that means wearing a tulle skirt to the grocery store.  Do it.

Oh please please please do it.

I've also realized that if you have clothes in your closet that you love putting on, then you don't need as many.  And then you ultimately have less of those "nothing to wear" moments when you just decide to keep your pjs on and eat pizza.  All good.  No judgement.

Lastly, there is versatility in statement pieces, like this brightly colored harem pant jumper.  You wouldn't think it's an every occasion kind of piece but I packed it for vacation and wore it this way over a tee during the day, then as a swimsuit cover up, and finally in the evening with a statement necklace.  And I'm planning a turtleneck and booties come fall, or come tomorrow if this cold summer weather doesn't quit.

It makes me smile and has bang for it's buck, so...

It's always worth trying on an item that catches your eye, even if it feels a bit out of your comfort zone.  And if you try something on and it doesn't work, that's ok too.  But at least you tried.  Just means that piece isn't for you.

I try a lot of things on and don't always end up with a bright colored harem pant jumper to show for it.

A little PSA:  Macy's is a great place to score Free People clothing on sale, they often run sales on top of sales.  That is wear this beauty came from.  Who doesn't love a double coupon day.

harem pant jumpsuit

how to wear a tshirt under a jumpsuit

free people jumper

tassel earrings

 jumper - Free People, Macy's
shoes - Dolce Vita c/o.  find here
watch - Timex c/o.  find here
wood cocktail ring - Queen Anne Frame

photos by Angie.



A Visit to Flora and Henri

photos by Jenna.

Originally a children's clothing store, Flora and Henri has been a Seattle boutique since 1998.  Owner and designer, Jane, opened her new Flora and Henri Concept Store this week in the heart of Pioneer Square.  I visited their gorgeous new store front and as the photos suggest, the space is natural light filled, expertly curated and swoon-worthy designed.  I want to move in.  Jane and Amy, her VP of merchandising, put their heart and soul into this store.  I spent the morning dreaming of every occasion that these magical pieces would be a part of in the history of my life.   To Flora and Henri, luxury is purchasing items that stand the test of time.

I love the heirloom quality of their goods, and that every piece will tell a story if you let it.

If you are ever in the Seattle area, I highly suggest a visit to Flora and Henri, you will be inspired and possibly find that perfect piece.  Make a day of it in Pioneer Square, start with amazing coffee, then peruse all the wonderful shops tucked into century old buildings.  You won't be disappointed.

Thank you for reading.


Dresses Are Fun

summer style

naturally curly hair

bright print maxi dress

long flowy summer dress

denim vest

block heel sandal

Just a quick note as I am off to bed, it's been a wonderful but full weekend and my bed is calling...  I love big flowy dresses, this one is by KAS New York.  They are happy and comfortable.  If it feels to flowy, add a vest.  Also just got these sandals on sale.

Tassel earrings here.

Happy Monday.