Thursday, July 2, 2015

Gingham Buttondown + Belted Trench Dress

I know most of the blogger world is posting red, white, and blue looks this week in honor of the upcoming 4th of July holiday...but I am deviating from the norm and showing you a summer outfit with pinks, gingham, and florals.  I previously styled this trench dress as a vest with stripes and denim here, but today I layered it over a Mindy Mae's Market pink gingham shirt for a dressier office look.  I added rose gold pumps, a statement necklace, and this floral Neverfull tote for additional print and texture.  This gingham shirt is very lightweight, so even though it has long sleeves it is still very comfortable to wear during the summer.  Gingham has such a summery feel, evoking thoughts of afternoon picnics or Dorothy's iconic blue and white dress, and I am loving the plentiful gingham options available this summer.

I also recently listed this Louis Vuitton Neverfull Roses bag for sale in my Poshmark closet.  There is no question that it is a gorgeous bag, but I have my eye on a Sac du Jour.  Please feel free to drop me a note if you are interested and want to know my Paypal price.






Dress: "Belted Trench Dress" in washed stone, $129.99, few sizes left online at Banana Republic here
Top: "Gingham Buttondown" in bubblegum, $39.99 at Mindy Mae's Market here
Pumps: Banana Republic (old), similar Charles by Charles David "Pact" pump in rose gold, $99 at Macys here
Tote: Louis Vuitton (2009 limited edition), currently loving the Diane Von Furstenberg "Large Ready To Go Painterly Floral Tote" in painterly floral multi, $298 at Bloomingdales here
Necklace: Baublebar (old), check out the "Marble Ra Bib Necklace" in coral, $58 at Baublebar here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Dillard's here
Bracelet: old, similar Kate Spade "Idiom - All that Glitters Pave Bangle" in clear/gold, $38.40 at Nordstrom here

This summer there are gingham pieces in a wide variety of colors and ranges from very small checked patterns to very large checks.  Check out my picks for more gingham pieces perfect for summer and priced for a range of budgets: 
How would you style gingham this summer?  Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July holiday and weekend!

Linking up with Curly Crafty Mom, Doused in Pink, Happiness at Mid-Life, Mix & Match Fashion, Sincerely Jenna Marie.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Chambray Henley Shell

Have you seen the current group giveaway that I am co-hosting?  If not, click here to enter for your chance to win a $200 Target gift card!  Don't wait, this giveaway closes tomorrow.

I love long summer days, but creating an outfit that can be worn all day in the heat and still look good can be a challenge.  I find myself reaching for lightweight, unfussy pieces that can last from day to night like today's outfit.  This chambray henley shell is so comfortable and easy to pair with white cropped pants, yellow pumps, and an open cardigan.  A roomy reversible vegan leather tote, minimal gold jewelry, and a sleek ponytail complete the look.  I posted this outfit to Instagram three weeks ago when I first wore it to work, and I wore it again last week for a day at the office plus an evening out downtown.  It is so great this time of year to be able to go out after work and still take outfit photos in the daylight!  Summer, please stick around for a while.

Also, a quick note that I finally started a Facebook page for Avec Amber.  Please click here to follow me on Facebook!






Top: "Chambray Henley Shell" in cole chambray blue, $49.50 at Loft here
Cardigan: Anthropologie (old), currently loving the Wild Pearl "Lace Hem Open Cardigan" in pink coho (available in 2 other colors), $24.97 at Nordstrom Rack here
Pants: J Brand (old), similar J Brand "Alex Crop" in white (available in 2 other colors), $168 at Revolve Clothing here
Pumps: Ted Baker (no longer available), check out the Jessica Simpson "Claudette Pump" in yellow (available in 6 other colors), $79 at Lord & Taylor here
Tote: Street Level "Reversible Vegan Leather Tote & Wristlet" in pink/taupe (available in 5 other colors), $48 at Nordstrom here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Dillard's here

Check out my picks for more breezy chambray pieces that are perfect for long summer days.  Each piece is priced between $27 and $149 for a range of budgets:
How would you style chambray this summer?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, don't forget to enter the Target giveaway, and I hope you have a great week!

Linking up with I Do DeClaire, More Pieces of Me, On the Daily Express, Sydney Fashion Hunter, Style Elixir, The Fashion Canvas, & Walking in Memphis in High Heels.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Foodie Review: Vendemmia, Seattle, WA

I don't know about you, but I am relieved that Friday is finally here!  Fridays are always a good day for foodie reviews, so today I want to talk about a new restaurant that recently opened in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle.  Vendemmia is a modern restaurant that offers guests creative handmade pasta and Italian entrees.  The chef behind Vendemmia, Brian Clevenger, has an impressive resume: a Two Michelin Star restaurant in France, the James Beard Award winning Delfina in San Francisco, and most recently the two Ethan Stowell restaurants Staple & Fancy Mercantile and Tavolata in Seattle.  We visited Vendemmia about a week after they opened, so the team was still working out decor but I loved the high ceilings, industrial feel, and huge windows with the ability to open the entire front of the restaurant.  We read online that there would be a four-course chef's tasting menu available for a set price of $50 per person, but at the time we went that was not yet available.  We shared four dishes from the menu plus a dessert, and everything was well prepared.  I would definitely go back to try the chef's tasting menu at the counter once the team works that piece out.  Please read on for photos and descriptions of our delicious meal at Vendemmia.

Grilled tombo albacore with avocado, fennel, and watercress.

 Top left: Cavatelli pasta with cherry tomato, baby zucchini, and mint.
Bottom right: Paccheri pasta with pork shank, fava bean, and chili.

New York Steak with porcini mushroom, turnip, and crouton.

 Fresh panna cotta for dessert.

I hope you enjoyed these photos of our meal at Vendemmia, and if you are in Seattle I absolutely recommend a visit.  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Watercolor Floral Print Skater Skirt + Nude Simple Pumps

Have you seen the new group giveaway that I am co-hosting?  If not, click here to enter for your chance to win a $200 Target gift card!  Don't wait, this giveaway closes in about one week on June 30th.

Today's outfit is my favorite outfit that I have blogged to date, with another fabulous set of photos by Bello Photography.  This Chicwish Watercolor Floral Print Skater Skirt makes such a statement!  I love the bright primary colors, and the thick scuba fabric maintains a full, flared shape.  Unfortunately, this particular skirt has sold out online, but I included the link below in case Chicwish restocks this gorgeous piece.  I hope they do, because this skirt's fit and flare shape look amazing on all body types.  We had so much fun shooting these photos in the photogenic Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle: we shot photos on a tree-lined street as well as in front of a 100+ year old train station.  In today's ensemble, I wore this Watercolor Floral Print Skater Skirt over my Diane Von Furstenberg cobalt Zarita dress (styled for New Year's Eve here), then added Christian Louboutin Nude Simple pumps, my GiGi New York navy Uber clutch, and simple gold jewelry.  This outfit would be perfect for a summer wedding guest, a swanky garden party, or a very special date.






Skirt: Chicwish "Watercolor Floral Print Skater Skirt," no longer available online
Top: DVF "Zarita Dress" in cobalt, see the current version in vivid blue, $348 at Shopbop here
Pumps: Christian Louboutin "Simple 85 Pump" in nude, check out the 2.8' version here, the 4.25" version here, or save on the Charles by Charles David "Pact" pump in nude, $98.95 at Nordstrom here
Clutch: GiGi New York "Uber Clutch" in navy pebble grain leather, check out the navy embossed python, $170 + $15 monogramming here 
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Dillard's here 
Necklace: Kate Spade "One in a Million Initial Pendant Necklace" in gold, $46.40 (on sale!) at Nordstrom here
Bracelet & Rings: old, currently loving the Kate Spade New York "Idiom - Heart of Gold" bangle, $32 at Nordstrom here and the Gorjana "Giselle Ring" in gold, $36 (on sale!) at Nordstrom here

A floral midi skirt makes a beautiful summer statement piece.  Check out more floral midi skirts below, all priced at $89 or less:
How would you style a midi skirt this summer?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, don't forget to enter the Target giveaway, and I hope you have a great week!

Linking up with Curly Crafty Mom, Doused in Pink, Happiness at Mid-Life, I Do DeClaire, Mix & Match Fashion, More Pieces of Me, On the Daily Express, Rheas Musings, Sincerely Jenna Marie, The Fashion Canvas, & Walking in Memphis in High Heels.

Photography by the talented Edward Bello.  You can find him on Instagram with username @3dbello and bellophotography.tumblr.com.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

JORD Cora Wood Watch + $200 Target Giveaway!

Today, I am excited to share a unique brand with you called JORD Wood Watches.  The word "jord" in Swedish means earth, soil, land: a fitting name for a brand whose style incorporates natural elements and modern design.  JORD features wood as the main component of their watches for sustainable, efficient, and unique pieces that are as distinct as their owners.  When JORD's social media team contacted me to review one of their timepieces, I jumped at the opportunity and selected the new Cora style in koa and rose gold.  The Cora is a beautiful women's automatic watch with a sapphire crystal face and Swarovski crystal accents.  The neutral wood and pink color can pair with so many outfits, meaning this timepiece will be in constant use this summer.  In today's outfit, I paired this Cora watch with a white lace dress, a taupe trench dress (worn as a vest), a blush clutch, and fuchsia pumps for the office.  Be sure to check out JORD's full lineup of wood timepieces here.





Watch c/o JORD Wood Watches: "Cora" in koa/rose gold, $275 here
Trench: "Belted Trench Dress" in washed stone (available in petite!), $140 at Banana Republic here
Dress: Poshsquare (old), similar "Fave the Date Dress," $55.99 (on sale!) at Modcloth here
Pumps: Nine West (no longer available online), almost the same Nine West "Flax Pump" in pink reptile, $69 at Zappos here
Clutch: Ted Baker London (old), check out the current Ted Baker London "Metal Bow Clutch Bag" in baby pink, $142 at ASOS here
Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs "57mm Sunglasses" in black/dark tortoise (available in 2 other colors), $120 at Nordstrom here
Bracelet & Rings: old, currently loving the Kate Spade New York "All that Glitters Pave Bangle" in clear/gold, $48 at Nordstrom here and the "Chevron Pave Ring Set" in gold, $16.50 at Torrid here
Nail Polish: Essie "Mint Candy Apple," $8.50 at Macys here

Womens Wood Watches

I am also thrilled to team up with a group of bloggers for another giveway!  This time, the prize is a $200 Target gift card.  I can think of so many things that I would spend a $200 Target gift card on: Sonia Kashuk lipstick and brushes, Essie nailpolish, perhaps July's Eddie Borgo collaboration...the list goes on.  Please read on for the details and rules of this giveaway.


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GIVEAWAY DETAILS
There are 3 ways to win -- follow on Instagram, like a photo daily and comment on a photo daily. See the Rafflecopter for links to all the participating bloggers. Good luck!
Prize: $200 Target Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck! (Please email becky@ohmygoshbeck.com with any questions.)
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 6/30 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!
 
Thank you for visiting my blog today, good luck in the giveaway, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Linking up with Curly Crafty Mom, Doused in Pink, Happiness at Mid-Life, Mix & Match Fashion, Sincerely Jenna Marie & Style Elixir.

Financial compensation was not received for this post. Products were provided free of charge from JORD Wood Watches, but the opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Pastel Colorblock

There are just a few days left to enter the Zara group giveaway that I am currently co-hosting.  Make sure to check out the original post to enter for your chance to win a $200 Zara gift card!

Pastels tones are always a good idea, but especially so during the summer months.  I first showed this outfit in a #fromwhereistand shot on Instagram a few weeks ago here.  I am lucky in that I can dress fairly casual for work if I don't have big meetings or presentations, and this outfit is one that I have worn to the office several times recently.  I paired a mint & yellow colorblock cardigan with a silky mint tank, medium wash skinny jeans, rose gold pumps, a long necklace, and a reversible tote.  Ensembles like this are coordinated, comfortable, and easy to reach for time and time again.






Sweater: The Limited (old)
Tank: Banana Republic (old), currently loving the Double Zero "Floral Lace Tank" in mint (available in 2 other colors), $24.99 (on sale!) at Century 21 here
Denim: Current Elliott "Slouchy Stiletto" (color no longer available online), check out the same style in mid denim, $111.60 at the Outnet here
Pumps: Banana Republic (old), similar Charles by Charles David "Pact" pump in rose gold, $98.95 at Nordstrom here
Necklace: The Limited (old), check out the "Modern Classic Double Strand Necklace" in gold, $39.50 at Ann Taylor here
Tote: Street Level "Reversible Vegan Leather Tote & Wristlet" in pink/taupe (available in 4 other colors), $48 at Nordstrom here

Check out my picks for colorblock pieces that are perfect to style this summer.  All items are currently available online and priced between $20 and $90 for a range of budgets:
How would you style colorblocked pieces this summer?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, don't forget to enter the Zara giveaway, 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, & Walking in Memphis in High Heels.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Foodie Review: Girin, Seattle, WA

It is finally Friday!  Fridays are always a great day to celebrate the beginning of the weekend with happy hour, and today I want to share with you a new restaurant in town with a fantastic happy hour.  Girin is a fairly new Korean restaurant in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood; it opened up this March in a big, beautiful space right by Centurylink Field.  Girin labels itself as a steakhouse and ssam bar (ssam being Korean lettuce wraps), so let's call it modern Korean cuisine.  I really like that Girin's happy hour runs from 4-7 in the bar, because the extra hour helps make it feasible for people who work until 5 or 6pm.  We stopped by for happy hour earlier this week, arriving at a little before 6pm and finding plenty of open bar tables and counter space.  We tried almost every dish on the menu, because the plates were small and admittedly we were hungry.  Please read on for photo and details of our happy hour meal at Girin.

One half of the happy hour menu with a peek into the bar space.

Yukhwe (like beef carpaccio), with shaved raw beef, pine nuts, and a quail egg yolk.

On the bottom is "trotters and cracklins" with pork trotter croquettes, pickled radish, and sea salt.  The cracklins reminded us of a similar dish we enjoyed at the Purple Pig in Chicago last October!  On the top is the kalbi beef & kimchee mandu (dumplings), steamed.  You can get any of the mandu dishes steamed or fried.  I have to say, these two dishes were my favorites of our meal.

In the back are the $1 happy hour oysters (you get the chefs choice for that day), an awesome deal.  In the front is the scallion and ginger sausage ssam plate, which are lettuce wraps served with perilla leaf, ssamjang (the spicy paste), garlic, and chiles.

These are the green onion pancakes, pajeon.  Instead of one big one, you get four little ones, and I liked that the smaller size made them more crispy.

This is another mandu dish, but these are pan-fried roasted pork and nettle.  I really like that all mandu dishes are available either steamed or fried, it is so great to have the options!

I hope you enjoyed this visual tour of our happy our meal at Girin, and I definitely recommend going for happy hour if you are in the area.  Dinner prices were steep, so I do not think I will be going for dinner anytime soon.  However, I appreciate that Girin is so close to my home and will definitely return again for happy hour.  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Rocksbox

Today I want to share an exciting membership-based shopping service with you that is transforming the way women buy jewelry: Rocksbox. When the Rocksbox team contacted me recently to join their Influencer Community with three complimentary months of service, I was intrigued by the idea and wanted to learn more. How does it work? Well, you can borrow 3 unique pieces of jewelry at a time, and swap them out whenever you want. The cost to you is $19 per month (or less depending on what kind of deals they are running), and you can purchase pieces out of your box at a discounted rate if you receive something that you can't live without. Rocksbox is a perfect way to try out jewelry that you might not normally wear, and my first box is a great example! My stylist picked out three beautiful pieces: the Moon & Lola "Olympia Necklace," Margaret Elizabeth "Marquis Ring in Labradorite," and Nakamol "Beaded Leather Wrap Bracelet In Bronze & Silver." They make a fantastic set, although I would not have thought to style these three pieces together on my own. For today's outfit, I paired these Rocksbox pieces with a silky tank, white shorts, heeled sandals, and my go-to clutch for a dinner date with my #1 guy. These pieces of jewelry add oomph to a simple casual outfit--they really take it up a notch!  Scroll down for a promo code to try Rocksbox for free!







Jewelry c/o Rocksbox
Tank: "Layered Racerback Tank" in black (also available in antarctic blue), $12.99 (on sale!) at Banana Republic here
Shorts: "Factory 3" Chino Short" in white, $14.50 (on sale!) at J Crew Factory here
Sandals: Nine West (old), currently loving the Nine West "Anthurium High Heel Gladiator Sandals" in black (also available in brown), $83.30 (on sale!) at Macy's here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Dillard's here
Clutch: Koret New York (no longer available), similar "All in One Bag" in black pebble grain, $155 at GiGi New York here

You can try out one free month of Rocksbox using my promo code "avecamberblogxoxo."  Sign up at https://www.rocksbox.com and become a Shine Insider today!

Thank you for visiting my blog today, don't forget to enter the Zara group giveaway I am currently co-hosting, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Linking up with Curly Crafty Mom, Doused in Pink, Happiness at Mid-Life, Mix & Match FashionSydney Fashion Hunter, The Fashion Canvas, & Walking in Memphis in High Heels.

Financial compensation was not received for this post. Products were provided free of charge from Rocksbox, but the opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Triangle Tie-Waist Shorts + Woven Hem Tank + Reversible Vegan Leather Tote

Have you seen the Zara group giveaway that I am currently co-hosting?  If not, rush over to the giveaway post to enter for your chance to win a $200 Zara gift card!

Now that summer feels like it has officially arrived, it is the perfect time to update my summer wardrobe with lightweight shorts and tanks for the long days ahead.  I stopped in the downtown Seattle Loft about a week ago when they were running a 50% off storewide sale, and picked up a few pieces including these Triangle Tie-Waist Shorts and Woven Hem Tank.  I recently wore these shorts and tank to kick off BBQ season with a group of my good friends, pairing them with flat espadrilles, aviators, gold jewelry, and a reversible vegan leather tote (currently using the pink, the other side is taupe).  I am so excited for more long summer weekends filled with BBQs, deck parties, and more.






Shorts: "Triangle Tie-Waist Shorts with 4 Inch Inseam" in serpentinite grey, $29.50 (on sale!) at Loft here
Tank: "Woven Hem Tank" in faint pink, $15 (on sale!) at Loft here
Tote: Street Level "Reversible Vegan Leather Tote & Wristlet" in pink/taupe (available in 4 other colors), $48 at Nordstrom here
Shoes: Kendall & Kylie for Madden Girl "Poppyy Espadrille Flat" in gold/black (available in five other colors), $49.95 at Nordstrom here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Dillard's here 
Necklace & Bracelets: old, currently loving the Gorjana "Durango Lariat Necklace" in gold, $65 at Shopbop here and the House of Harlow 1960 "Wrap Bracelet" in gold/white, $48 at Shopbop here 
 Sunglasses: Michael Kors (no longer available), check out the Michael Kors "Chelsea Soft Touch Aviator Sunglasses" in white/gold, $99 at Nieman Marcus here

Cute, colorful shorts are a great way to start revamping your summer wardrobe.  Check out my picks for printed shorts that are perfect for summer and all priced at $50 or less:
What is your favorite summer look?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, don't forget to enter the Zara giveaway, and I hope you have a great week!

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