Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Black Jersey Wrap Dress + Mint Julep Boutique Giveaway Winner

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you have already seen a peek at my recent Southeast Asia vacation.  We visited Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Macau, and I can't wait to share photos and details here soon.  I jumped right back into work and my normal routine this week, which I find is the best way to get over jet lag.  However, it is always a bit tough coming back from Asia and that means I am sitting here typing out this post way past my normal bed time.  Might as well be productive, though!  I want to share with you a go-to travel piece today: a black jersey wrap dress.  This type of dress resists wrinkling when packed, is incredibly comfortable, and can be easily dressed up or down.  It is the perfect piece to take when you pack lightly like we did and need just one dress for upscale dinners.  These photos are from our beautiful hotel in Koh Samui, and I paired this black jersey wrap dress with black heeled sandals, a leopard foldover clutch, red lips, and gold jewelry for dinner at a local restaurant called The Farmer.






Faux-Wrap Dress: Tart (old)
 Heels: Nine West "Manii Sandal" in black (also available in brown), $49.94 (on sale!) at DSW here
Clutch: "Leopard Fold-Over Convertible Clutch," $49.90 at Express here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Nordstrom here
Rings: Baublebar & Forever 21 (old), currently loving the "Parallel Bar Ring" in gold (also available in hematite, rose gold, and silver), $28 at Baublebar here and the "Arrow Wrap Ring" in gold, $28 at Baublebar here
Lips: Sonia Kashuk "Satin Luxe Lip Color SPF 16" in very berry, $9.99 at Target here

Before I forget: congratulations to the winner of my recent giveaway!


A little black dress is a closet essential, and a wrap jersey style is a perfect choice for travel.  Check out my picks for LBDs currently available online and affordably priced between $53 and $130:
What is your go-to LBD style?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Linking up with More Pieces of Me, On the Daily Express, Rhea, Et Cetera, and Style Elixir.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Foodie Review: Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand

Thank you to everyone who entered my latest giveaway! I am currently on vacation in Southeast Asia, and will choose a winner as soon as I get back this next weekend. One of the highlights of our trip so far was dinner at Nahm in Bangkok. Nahm is currently ranked as #13 on the World's Best 50 list as well as #1 in Asia. Head Chef David Thompson's former London restaurant with the same name was the first Thai restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star, and the current location within the Metropolitan Hotel is a must-stop for epicureans visiting Bangkok. Please read on for photos and details of our fantastic meal.



Cocktails to start: a thai Sabai with Mekong whiskey and a raspberry caphirinia.

Nam poo: sweet, sticky pork served on pineapple wedges.

Blue swimmer crabs, peanuts, and pickled garlic on rice cakes.

Prawn and coconut wafer with pickled ginger.

Grilled mussels, southern style.

Green mango salad with grilled pork and sour leaves.

Hot and sour soup of chicken, prawns, and wild mushrooms.

Grilled beef salad with cucumber and mint.

Steamed coral trout with bang rak yellow beans and pickled garlic.


Coconut and turmeric curry with blue swimmer crab and calamansi lime.

Sweet prawn relish.

Sand whiting fish deep fried with turmeric and fresh vegetables, to dip in the above sweet prawn relish.

Durian with sticky rice.

Coconut ash pudding with poached bananas.

I hope you enjoyed these photos of our delicious dinner at Nahm. What is your favorite Thai dish or restaurant?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sweater Jacket + Stripe It Lucky Skirt + Leopard Foldover Clutch

Have you entered my giveaway this week?  Click here to enter for a chance to win a $25 gift card to The Mint Julep Boutique and see how I styled one of their beautiful dresses.  Don't wait: this giveaway runs until end of day Sunday, January 18, 2015.

Today's outfit is nothing new, but an example of a way to remix existing pieces into cozy winter layers.  I think that January is a great month to style new outfits with what you already have in your closet (whether saving money is one of your resolutions or not), and most of today's items have been styled here on the blog before.  This "Stripe It Lucky" skirt is one of my favorite pieces (seen styled for fall here and summer here), still available at Modcloth for under $50 and wearable with pretty much everything.  I'm wearing a size small, and I love that the elastic waist provides a perfect fit.  The red bow pumps were styled with a spring nautical outfit here and again for summer here.  The leopard clutch is a Black Friday weekend purchase, seen already twice this winter here and here.  This red boiled wool sweater jacket is the focal point of the outfit, adding both texture and bright color.  For today's ensemble, I paired this red sweater jacket and "Stripe It Lucky" skirt with a simple elbow-length black tee, red bow pumps, gold jewelry, and a leopard fold-over clutch for a versatile look that is perfect for a day at the office, lunch with the girls, date night, and more.





 Sweater Jacket: Mac & Jack (old)
Skirt: "Stripe It Lucky Skirt" in black/white (also available in red/navy), $44.99 at Modcloth here
Top: "Jersey Top" in black (available in seven other colors), $9.95 at H&M here
Pumps: Halogen via Nordstrom (old), similar Louise et Cie "Nadie Peep-Toe Bow Pumps" in cherry red (available in three other colors), $139 at Dillard's here
Clutch: "Leopard Fold-Over Convertible Clutch" in leopard, $49.90 at Express here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Nordstrom here
Necklace: Kate Spade New York "One in a Million Initial Pendant Necklace" in gold (also available in silver), $58 at Nordstrom here
Bracelet: old, check out the Kate Spade New York "Idiom - Heart of Gold Bangle" in gold, $32 here
Rings: "Hammered Ring Set" in gold, $3.90 at Forever 21 here

A sweater jacket is a great way to add a bit of color and texture to your winter outfits.  Check out my picks for sweater jackets currently available online and priced at $120 or less:

How would you style a sweater jacket this winter?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Linking up with Happiness at Mid-Life, Mix & Match Fashion, and Sincerely Jenna Marie.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mint Julep Boutique Double Crossed Dress + Giveaway!

Congratulations to the three winners of the New Year's Group Giveaway: Sean, Andrea D, and Thomas M!  Thank you to everyone who entered, and I hope that those of you who are new followers will decide to stick around to follow my globetrotting adventures and my style journey.

I am thrilled to share this Double Crossed dress c/o The Mint Julep Boutique and another exciting giveaway today.  The Mint Julep Boutique is a fast-growing online retailer with a seemingly endless selection of on-trend clothing and accessories.  I had a difficult time choosing just one piece from their catalog, but settled on this dress because of the beautiful burgundy color and flattering wrap style.  I am currently obsessed with this navy fascinator, and channeled my inner Duchess of Cambridge again for today's royal-inspired outfit.  I paired the Double Crossed dress with a fitted plaid blazer, bow pumps, classic tote, simple pendant, and fascinator for a look that I hope Duchess Catherine would approve of.  This ensemble is perfect for a day at the office as well as a night out; in the evening you could keep or remove the blazer depending on your preference.






Dress c/o The Mint Julep Boutique: "Double Crossed Dress" in burgundy, $44 here
Blazer: Zara (old), similar Lafayette 148 "Knit Combo Wool Blend Blazer" in merlot multi, $95.18 (84% off!) at Nordstrom Rack here
Fascinator: "Womens Big Flower Mesh Feather Fascinator on Hair Clip and Brooch" in deep blue (available in six other colors), $14.99 at Amazon here 
Pumps: Halogen via Nordstrom (old), check out the Louise Et Cie "Nikkah Peep Toe Pumps" in deep navy, $139 at Dillard's here 
Tote: Prada "Saffiano Lux Small Tote" in navy, see available colors at Saks Fifth Avenue here
 Necklace: old, check out the "Sterling Silver Blue and White Topaz Pendant," $300 at Lord & Taylor here
Lips: Bite Beauty "VIB Rouge Creme Lipstick" in bright red, $28 at Sephora here

This giveaway will be open from 12:00 am today, January 12, 2015, until 11:59 pm Sunday, January 18, 2015.  To enter the giveaway, you just need to follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below.  After the giveaway period is over, I will randomly pick one winner from all of the eligible entries.  The winner will have 48 hours to reply back to my e-mail with their information, but if I do not receive a reply within that period I will randomly choose a new winner.  See below for the fine print:

1. The first step within the Rafflecopter is mandatory in order to be entered.
2. The other steps are not mandatory but will give you more chances to win!
3. Please follow the rules and don't just click through. I will be validating the entries. :)
4. This giveaway is open to US residents only - The Mint Julep Boutique does not ship internationally at this time.




a Rafflecopter giveaway



 Don't forget that you can tweet every day for more chances to win.  Best of luck to you, and I hope you have a great week!

Linking up with More Pieces of Me, On the Daily Express, Rhea, Et Cetera, The Fashion Canvas, and Walking in Memphis in High Heels.

Financial compensation was not received for this post. Product was provided free of charge from The Mint Julep Boutique, but the opinions expressed here are my own.  

Thursday, January 8, 2015

DVF Zarita Lace Dress + Fascinator + GiGi New York Uber Clutch

On New Year's Eve I attended a wedding reception here in Seattle, which gave me a great reason to dress to impress.  My initial New Year's Eve outfit idea was to pair my cobalt Diane Von Furstenberg Zarita lace dress with nude pumps and a nude clutch, which I featured last week on the blog here.  However, I changed my mind that day when this navy fascinator arrived in the mail.  I had been thinking about purchasing a navy fascinator for a while to channel my inner Duchess of Cambridge, and thanks to 2-day Amazon Prime shipping this one showed up exactly on New Year's Eve.  Instead of pairing with nude pieces, I switched to navy and paired this cobalt Zarita lace dress with the navy fascinator, navy GiGi New York Uber Clutch, and navy bow pumps.  I love this pairing of cobalt and navy and think it looks even better together than nude or black--I hope Duchess Kate would approve.  In addition, I debuted this lovely new lip color exclusive to Sephora's VIB Rouge club, given to me by one of my girlfriends.  This red is a perfect shade that looks gorgeous on everyone and I am officially obsessed.






 Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg "Zarita" in cosmic cobalt, few sizes left on sale for $156.60 at Saks Fifth Avenue here or see all current colors, $348 at DVF here
Fascinator: "Womens Big Flower Mesh Feather Fascinator on Hair Clip and Brooch" in deep blue (available in six other colors), $14.99 at Amazon here 
Pumps: Halogen via Nordstrom (old), check out the Louise Et Cie "Nikkah Peep Toe Pumps" in deep navy, $139 at Dillard's here
Clutch c/o GiGi New York: "Uber Clutch" in navy pebble grain leather (available in six other colors), $165 + $15 monogramming here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Nordstrom here
Bracelets: old, similar "Glider Bangle Bracelet" in light worn gold, $19.50 (on sale!) at Madewell here
Ring: "Gilded Bang Ring," $34.50 (on sale!) at Banana Republic here
Lips: Bite Beauty "VIB Rouge Creme Lipstick" in bright red, $28 at Sephora here

Cobalt is one of my favorite colors with popularity that is still going strong this winter.  Check out my picks for cobalt dresses that could be styled for a winter wedding or cocktail event, all currently available online and priced under $100:
How would you style a cobalt dress this winter?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and please stay tuned for another exciting giveaway next week!

Linking up with Elegance & Mommyhood, Happiness at Mid-Life, Mix & Match Fashion, and Sincerely Jenna Marie.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Burberry Trench + Factory Merino Charley Sweater + Studded Pumps

Have you entered my current giveaway?  If not, please click here for details on how you can enter to win one of three great prizes: a $100 gift card to Nordstrom, a $100 gift card to Victoria's Secret, or a $100 gift card to ASOS!  Don't wait, this giveaway ends on Wednesday.

During the month of December, I checked a few end-of-year cleanup tasks off my to-do list including finally taking a few items in to be tailored.  I had this timeless Burberry trench coat shortened by three inches, so now it falls perfectly at my knee (see previous posts with the original length here and here).  The removable wool liner was already shorter than the coat, so I didn't need to make any adjustments on the liner.  I wore this casual outfit to a Christmas dinner with my family, pairing my khaki trench with a lightweight merino wool sweater, skinny jeans, and studded pumps.  I finished the outfit with a peter pan collar necklace, additional gold jewelry, and a red crossbody satchel.  This timeless Burberry trench with its waterproof coating and wool liner is just the right weight for typical Seattle winter weather (40 degrees and raining).  Now that this trench is just the right length, I will be much happier styling it for warm winter days all the way through spring.






 Trench: Burberry (old)
Sweater: "Factory Merino Charley Sweater" in marled camel (available in nine other colors), $34.50 (on sale!) at J Crew Factory here
Denim: Nudie Jeans "Skinny Sam Jean" in twill navy, $128.61 (on sale!) at Amazon here
Studded Pumps: old, similar Steve Madden "Ataturk Studded Half D'Orsay Pump" in nude leather (also available in gold and light blue), $99.95 at Nordstrom here
Satchel: Coach (old), currently loving the "Mini Turnlock Borough Bag" in light gold/red currant pebbled leather, $350 at Coach here
Peter Pan Collar Necklace: Modcloth (old), check out the Z Designs "Peter Pan Collar Necklace" in gold (also available in silver), $19 at Pink Mascara here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Nordstrom here
Bracelets: old, similar "Glider Bangle Bracelet" in light worn gold, $19.50 (on sale!) at Madewell here
Rings: "Hammered Ring Set" in gold, $3.90 at Forever 21 here and "Gilded Bang Ring," $34.50 (on sale!) at Banana Republic here
Lips: Bite Beauty "VIB Rouge Creme Lipstick" in bright red, $28 at Sephora here

A khaki trench coat is a chic closet staple that will never go out of style.  Check out my picks for timeless trench coats, priced between $65 and $795 for a range of budgets:
What is your favorite way to style a trench coat?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great week!

Linking up with More Pieces of Me, On the Daily Express, Rhea, Et Cetera, Style Elixir, The Fashion Canvas, and Walking in Memphis in High Heels.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Foodie Review: Tray Kitchen Brunch, Seattle, WA

I hope your 2015 is off to a great start!  Have you entered my current giveaway?  If not, please click here for details on how you can enter to win one of three great prizes: a $100 gift card to Nordstrom, a $100 gift card to Victoria's Secret, or a $100 gift card to ASOS!

Today's restaurant name might sound familiar because I recently posted a dinner review here.  Tray Kitchen is one of my current favorite restaurants in Seattle, located between the Fremont and Ballard neighborhoods.  They recently started serving brunch in addition to dinner, so of course we had to check it out.  Tray Kitchen's owner/chef Heong Soon Park sources ingredients from either his nearby Woodinville, Washington farm or local suppliers for his dim-sum style dishes with a Korean twist.
We grabbed my sister and her boyfriend and made a reservation for last Saturday morning.  Please read on for details of our delicious brunch at Tray Kitchen.

Starting off brunch with a mimosa and a bloody mary, of course.

Chinese donuts with sriracha-chocolate dipping sauce..

House-cured bacon bibimbap with short grain rice, seasonal vegetables, and fried egg.

Loco moco with chicken-fried kalbi patty, short grain rice, pork miso gravy, and fried egg.

Braised beef short rib congee bowl with pickled daikon and soft poached egg.

Szechuan spicy pork sausage congee bowl with broccoli stems and soft poached egg.

Congee bar cart with a selection of toppings and sauces to add to the congee bowls.

Seafood pancake with scallion, onion, jalapeno, and fried egg.

Don't these photos make you hungry?  I hope you enjoyed this visual tour of our brunch at Tray Kitchen, and if you are in the Seattle area it is definitely worth a visit.  For more information on Tray Kitchen, check out the link below:


Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great weekend!
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