Winter Brights. My Winter White Wishlist

Besides dreaming of resort fashion and my next getaway, January evokes in me a preference towards all that is light and bright.  I'm digging in my closet for big white sweaters and grabbing any chance that isn't a downpour to bring out my white boots.

White symbolizes starting fresh, a new day, the lightness in an otherwise very overcast dark gray day.  And when done right it adds wonderful richness and interest to any outfit.

This season in particular I am loving the brights that are popping up.

This is my wishlist.

These Warby Parker frames are just beyond good.  The warmth of the light pink mixed with the 70s sophistication brown gradient lenses.

Cozy comfy cardigan but not in your typical black or gray.  This warm white is so inviting and lovely.

I love the chic tailored style of this sweater.  I own an Everlane turtleneck and I have worn it a ton (coming soon to the blog), the quality is awesome and I love the company's concept.

This sweatshirt in person is amazing, I don't feel like this picture does it justice.  I found mine at Queen Anne Dispatch.  I'm wearing as I type, and probably the rest of the week.

Cold shoulders in the happiest light pink.  I actually own this shirt in the chambray, now I'm wishing for the pink of course.  Just because it's winter doesn't mean everything has to be about sweaters.

And this dress, doesn't it just usher in sweet spring blooms.

And of course the shoes.



California Dreaming, My Favorite Resort Wear Pieces.

We have had the most beautiful winter in Seattle, bright and sunshiny more days than not.  But it's so cold.  I know - not like Montana cold, but we are bundled and chilly.  We even put plastic on our bedroom window.  Desperate times when it's your 90 year old lead glass windows vs. mid 20's and heating bills.

So yeah, I am definitely dreaming of warm getaways.  And windows freed of plastic ushering in the warm sea breeze.

And whenever warm getaways are happening, so is Pool to Party.  The pieces from this line evoke the sun goddess in me.  I love the luxurious flowing fabrics and the unique prints.  They just scream beach days and poolside cocktails, even if my sun moment is more like beach toys and covered in sand.  I'll take it.  

PSA: A chic kimono does wonders for boosting your mood when you are not in a swimsuit state of mind.  They never go out of style.  So consider one for your packing list.

What I also love is wearing these pieces in my everyday life.  Sure, not in winter temps, but once the seasons change, they add great interest to my outfits.  Think past swimsuit coverups and pair with a white tee and wedge sandals, chunky jewels.  

Do you see it?  See my urban styled kimono here.

Seattlites - You can find a great selection of Pool to Party kimonos and coverups at Queen Anne Dispatch.

coverup - Pool to Party c/o.  Also find here.  
sandals - Target

more of my favorite coverups

Happy Dreaming,


5 items I purchased in 2016 that I'm stoked to wear in 2017 and a few are even on sale.

This coat has seen a ton of wear over the last couple of months, it's not only stylish but super cozy, also see it here.

I actually bought these in 2015 and they are still killin it.  You can read more here on my investment decision.

I am obsessed with white shoes right now, these kicked off my craze.

The most flattering flares, my butt and my wallet are very happy.

Stay tuned for more, these are the newest addition to my sneakers, and they have been on my feet constantly.

Bring on the sun and the warmth.  

It is true that most of my fashion purchases happen to be shoes.  But all of these items above have had major staying power in my closet.  I love it when that happens.



Bundled On a Budget.

rag and bone moto rainboot


curly hair

how to wear a blanket scarf

It's just that time of year.  The weather is brisk and crisp and down right cold.  The good news is most of the cold weather clothing is on sale to make way for resort wear.  

I wish I was making my way to resort wear.  

First, these boots.  They have been on my obsessed list but the price tag has kept me from pulling the trigger.  I happen to find them on major sale, so I did what anyone would do.  Added them to my cart and my Christmas list.  

I love that they aren't black.  Although the black version is good looking too.  I also like that they are water proof but don't have to be full rain boots.  The zipper, side slit and pop of color in the lining give them interest beyond the puddles.  Thick socks and I'm warm and cozy.

Second, the coat.  Also a very happy sale price.  This cargo coat has a cozy lining to keep out the chill while looking so chill.  Does that work?  I'm going with it.  I love the horizontal stitching and slightly exaggerated cuffs and collar.  

Finally, if you haven't, now is the time for a blanket scarf.  They are big and that's ok, that's the fun.  Just wrap it, or fold it first like a triangle and then wrap it (think oversized bandana).  If you buy one and it's troublesome, email me.  I love to help wrap a scarf.  You can just wear pj's underneath, know one will know - it's so big.  

I may have done this a time or too.

warby parker sunglasses

coat - Prana c/o.  also here, runs big
jeans - J Brand, Shopbop.
boots - Rag & Bone, The Outnet.  45% off!
sunglasses - Warby Parker.  I really want these.
earrings - Lucia K. Jewelry

Happy First Weekend of January.  


A Reminder To Breathe.

DIY essential oil spray

Sounds sort of silly, but I often need to remind myself to breathe.  To stop and take a real deep breathe, a few actually.  It's amazing how much better I function, or ahem react, with that extra oxygen boost in my body.

It's now January, which means so many things.  The holidays are over which is a bit anticlimactic.  It's a new year full of new dreams and big potential which can be at times quite overwhelming.  Taxes.  Even more reasons to breathe.

Take a moment, stop, and breathe.  Repeat.

This is how I make breathe spray, I'm not even calling this a DIY, it's too simple.

1. 2 oz. Glass bottle - plastic is no good.
2. Distilled or filtered water
3. Several drops of essential oils.  (I prefer Doterra)
4. Add a cute chalkboard label or washi tape, it's the little details folks.

Finally, spray a few spritzes into the air, close your eyes and breathe deeply.

Favorite Combos
Relax - Lavendar
Sleepy - Lavendar and ClarySage
Love - Ylang Ylang and Cinnamon
Mood Booster - Wild Orange, or any smell that makes you happy.

I currently have one my kitchen counter and in my purse.

Photo by Jessica.  Happiest January.



NYE 2017. Cheers to This Moment.

nye style

velvet blazer

I hadn't planned on taking pictures, but then it started snowing.  And my dress was wonderfully sparkly.  So we winged a few.

Cheers to winging life just a bit more.  To embracing the behind the scenes and believing in the perfectly imperfect.

2017 I wonder what you hold...

dress - Zara
jacket - Anthropologie.  sold out
shoes - Faryl Robin, Free People.
choker necklace - BZRShop
lariat necklace - Gorjana c/o.  Find here.

Although we didn't know it at the time, this LeeAnn Womack song would be the last gift my mom ever gave me.  Perhaps not so ironically, it is also the advice I think she would still give me today in 2017.  

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
GOD forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

I hope you dance.



Yves Saint Laurent at the Seattle Art Museum

Jewelry of Haute Couture Collections

Cocktail Dress Homage to Piet Mondrian FW 65

During the holidays we managed to squeeze in a girl's night to the Seattle Art Museum's Yves Saint Laurent:  The Perfection of Style exhibit.  And I am so glad we did.  This exhibit obviously checks all the boxes for me.  Experiencing YSL's designs over the decades in one impeccably displayed space, including many of his sketches, fabric swatches and production documents intermixed with inspiration stories, it really felt like I experienced the human behind the designs.  You truly walked through his legendary 44 year career.  This exhibit transports you into the behind-the-scenes creative workings of not only the couture fashion house but the private life of the couturier.  (yeah I had to spell check that one.)

To be honest, I didn't know much about Yves Saint Laurent prior to this exhibit, I hadn't realized how iconic and transformational his pieces were, or the depth of his genius.  At 21 years of age Saint Laurent was named the Artistic Director of the House of Dior.  Of his many accolades, in 1966 YSL was the first to open a ready-to-wear boutique bearing his name, paving the way for what we know fashion as today.  

Who knew there was a time when everything we wanted was right at our fingertips!?

Oh these ruffle cuffs...

Tuxedo Dress Detail AW 66

And this black lace top paired with the layered skirt of my dreams, that sky blue oh my...
Evening Ensemble SS 81

I want to be this goddess...

Evening Gown SS 85 Blue Green

This exhibit runs at the SAM through Jan 8th, 2017.  The museum is open late Thursday, which is perfect for a ladies night out followed by drinks and dinner, as well as NYE and New Years Day.  Find tickets and more details here.  (After SAM, the exhibition will travel to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from May 6 – August 27, 2017.)

For sure I will be having sweet sugar plum dreams filled with sequins and silk and couture glamour.


Thank you to the Seattle Art Museum for generously supplying tickets for our girl's night out.  All photos with a caption below our courtesy of the museum.

All opinions are my own.