Monday, April 27, 2015

Floral Peplum Tank + Oxford Shirt + Leather Panel Pencil Skirt

Last week's buzz about the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection reminded me of this Phillip Lim for Target floral peplum tank in my closet from the Fall 2013 collaboration.  I have not styled this top in a while, but you can see its first outfit post here.  This particular print is fun because it looks a little bit abstract and a little bit like camouflage, but with feminine florals splashed in the mix.  For today's spring office look, I paired this floral peplum top with a black oxford shirt, taupe leather panel skirt, black pumps, and an old favorite black textured tote.  Although none of the pieces in today's ensemble are new, it is a great example of remixing existing pieces for a fresh, new look.  This outfit can work well for a variety of office dress codes and business meetings: it is professional, but contains a just enough color and print to make it interesting.

 Top: Phillip Lim x Target (old)
Shirt: "Fitted Non-Iron Sateen Shirt" in black (available 3 other colors and petite sizes - I'm wearing a petite size 2), $39 (on sale!) at Banana Republic here
Skirt: The Limited (old), similar Blaque Label "Pencil Skirt" in cream, $42.40 (60% off!) at Shopbop here
Pumps: Zara, currently loving the L.A.M.B. "Tomas Ankle-Strap Pump" in black, $136.50 (58% off!) at Bluefly here
Tote: Pour La Victoire (old), check out the Nieman Marcus Made in Italy "Two-Tone Leather Shopper Tote" in black/ivory (also available in brown), $169 (35% off!) at Nieman Marcus Last Call here
Rings: Banana Republic & Forever 21 (old), similar Gorjana "Camilia Hammered Ring Set" in gold, $55 at Shopbop here

A floral peplum top is a great way to add print and color to your spring work wardrobe.  Check out my picks for floral peplum tops, all perfect for layering, currently available online, and priced under $100:
Which of the Target collaborations is your favorite so far?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a fantastic week!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Travel Style: Double Hooded Sweatshirt + Petty Booties

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I flew to Boston for a friend's wedding where he was a groomsman.  Since we had the rehearsal dinner Friday and wedding festivities all day Saturday, we decided to give ourselves some extra time by taking a Thursday red-eye flight from Seattle to Boston.  We landed at 6:30am Friday morning, grabbed our rental car, and drove straight out to Cape Cod.  Neither my boyfriend nor I had been to the Cape on our previous trips to Boston, and there was no traffic on an off-season Friday morning, so we decided this was a perfect opportunity.  We had breakfast at The Pickle Jar Kitchen in Falmouth (they make great breakfast hashes!), stopped by the historic Nobska Lighthouse, and then headed over to the Knob.  Friday was chilly and drizzling off and on, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves.  Despite its stark and wintery appearance, the Knob and surrounding area were beautiful and all you could hear was the ocean and the wind.  I can imagine how lovely it must be in the summer!  Since we hit the ground running right off the plane, my outfit for the flight and exploring the Cape consisted of a few go-to travel pieces: a cozy hoodie, leggings, walkable booties, and a vest for an extra layer of warmth.  We only had a few hours to spend this time, but we definitely want to return to Cape Cod in the summer to try out a Kennedy style beach house vacation and explore more of the area.

Top: "Double Hooded Sweatshirt" in tan (also available in rust), $49.99 at Mindy Mae's Market here
Vest: H&M (not available online), similar Cremieux "Colette Vest" in khaki, $34.65 (on sale!) at Dillard's here
Pants: Zella "Live In Legging" in black, (available in 5 other colors), $52 at Nordstrom here 
Booties: Sam Edelman "Petty Bootie" in putty suede (available in 3 other colors), $97.50 (on sale!) at Nordstrom here

 Check out more of my picks for travel-friendly layers below, priced for a range of budgets:
What are your go-to travel outfit pieces?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

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

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pink on Pink: Gingham Buttondown + Blazer

Are you ready for a bright spring look today?  I never used to wear pink, always gravitating to red pieces instead, but in the last couple of years I have fallen in love with several pink pieces in various shades.  I recently purchased this adorable gingham button-up shirt from Mindy Mae's Market, and instantly knew that I wanted to style it with my fuchsia blazer (seen before here) for a feminine office look.  In order to break up the pink a little bit, I also added a light blue shell that I recently found at H&M and was very happy with the result.  For this shell, I sized up from my normal size 4 to a 6 in order to be able to comfortably layer it over a button-up shirt.  White jeans, rose gold pumps, a pink bow clutch, and pearls finished the ensemble.  I saw on Mindy Mae's Market's Instagram page last night that this exact shirt is back in stock in all sizes, so I definitely recommend heading on over to Mindy Mae's Market if you like the style and appreciate if you use my affiliate link!

Shirt: "Gingham Buttondown" in bubblegum (available in 4 other colors), $39.99 here
Blazer: Stylus "Long Sleeve Knit Blazer" in modern pink (available in 2 other colors), $39.99 at JC Penney here
Shell: H&M, similar "Ann Shell" in perfect blue (available in 7 other colors & available in petite sizes!), $39.99-$49.50 at Ann Taylor here 
Denim: "212 Bardot"straight leg jean in blanc, $178 at J Brand here 
Pumps: Banana Republic (old), currently loving the Charles by Charles David "Pact Pump" in rose gold metallic (available in 8 other colors), $98.95 at Nordstrom here
Necklace: Stella & Dot (old), check out the "Oval Stone Necklace" in ivory, $89.50 at Ann Taylor here
 Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $204.95 (on sale!) at Amazon here
Clutch: Ted Baker London (old), similar Ted Baker London "Samora Clutch" in baby pink, $170 at Nordstrom here
Lips: Sonia Kashuk "Satin Luxe Lip Color SPF 16" in very berry (available in 11 other colors), $9.99 at Target here

Gingham is back in a big way this spring: I am seeing this print in a rainbow of colors in stores and online.  Check out several additional options for gingham shirts and coordinating blazers below, all reasonably priced under $100:
How would you style gingham this spring?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great week!

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Foodie Review: Ciel Bleu, Amsterdam, Netherlands

If you have been following me for a while, you have probably determined that I seek out top rated restaurants when I travel.  During our recent few days in Amsterdam, my boyfriend and I had time for one amazing meal and selected Ciel Bleu, a 2 Michelin star rated restaurant under chefs Onno Kokmeijer and Arjan Speelman.  Ciel Bleu is located on the 23rd floor of the Hotel Okura Amsterdam, so the name references the location: being up on the 23rd floor of the hotel means that there is blue sky all around you as you dine.  This restaurant is not located within the canal rings, it was about a fifteen minute drive south from the first canal ring where our hotel was located (closer to the Museumplein but a bit further east).  Ciel Bleu was awarded one Michelin star from 2005-2007, in 2008 they received their second and they have maintained those stars ever since.  Please read on for photos and details of our amazing meal at Ciel Bleu.

First amouse bouche with all of the flavors of a Tom Yum soup.  The paper was edible, we were instructed to roll it up and eat it as one bite.  This bite reminded me of Thailand!

Second amouse-bouche.

Third amouse-bouche.

First course: New Zealand oyster with cucumber, gin tonic, and grapefruit.

First Course Wine Pairing: Domaine Louis Michel & Fils 2011 Chablis Premier Cru.

Second course: King Crab with baerii caviar, beurre blanc ice cream, and preserved lemon.  This is Chef Onno Kokmeijer's signature dish.

Second Course Wine Pairing: De Trafford 2013 Chenin Blanc.

Langoustine steamed over ginger, brought out for the third course.

Third course: Langoustine with combava, succade fruit, and ginger.

Third course wine pairing: Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla Classic Dry Manzanilla.

For the fourth course, chef de cuisine Arjan Speelman brought out a huge plate of truffles to shave on top of the next dish.  Look at those truffles!

Fourth Course: Winter Truffle with oxtail, egg yolk, and brown butter.  This was our favorite!

Fourth Course Wine Pairing: Chateau Mont-Redon 2010 Chateauneuf de Pape Vignoble Abeille.

For the next course, the server brought this to the table: pigeon baked in a salt crust.

The server took a hammer and brush and chipped away at the salt crust.

The pigeon unearthed from the salt crust, prior to plating.

Fifth course: Pigeon 'Anjou' with pistachio, polenta, and pomegranate.

Fifth Course Wine Pairing: Ca'Marcanda 2012 Magari.
 Three wines were brought out for the dessert course.

Chambers Rosewood Vineyards Rutherglen Muscat.

Errazuriz Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc.

Loosen Bros 2011 DR L Riesling.

First dessert.

Second dessert.

Third dessert.

Fourth dessert.

Selection of cookies.

Last but not least, the servers brought our a cart with an insane amount of chocolates.

A fantastic quote on Ciel Bleu's menu - I can absolutely appreciate and relate. 

I hope you enjoyed these photos and descriptions of our meal at Ciel Bleu in Amsterdam.  This was an exceptional dinner in a wonderful city that I hope to visit again soon.  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vanda Tank + Lovestory Jeans + Crochet Fedora

I recently did another photo shoot with Bello Photography (see more info at the bottom of this post) at the University of Washington.  I absolutely love shooting blog photos at my alma mater--the University of Washington has so many photogenic spots on campus at any time of the year.  We had so much fun and shot three spring outfits, the first of which I am showing you here today.  This casual outfit has a fabulous bohemian, 70's throwback feel to it that is perfect for festival season (hello Coachella wrapping up this weekend!).  I started with this silky Vanda tank, then added light flared J Brand Lovestory jeans and a crochet fedora I recently picked up at Nordstrom.  I know that flared jeans are just coming back into style for some, but flares are closet staples for me.  I have three colors: dark blue, light blue, and white!  This floral Ted Baker clutch, necklace, and rose gold pumps add more of a feminine touch to the outfit.  Now all I need is a tan!

Top: HD in Paris "Vanda Tank" in ivory (available in three other colors), $78 at Anthropologie here
Denim: J Brand "Lovestory Flare Jeans" (old), see current J Brand "Lovestory Flare Jeans" in mesemerize, $238 at Nieman Marcus here
Hat: BP "Crochet Fedora" in ivory/cognac, $24 at Nordstrom here
Pumps: Banana Republic (no longer available), similar Charles by Charles David "Pact Pump" in rose gold metallic (available in 8 other colors), $98.95 at Nordstrom here
Clutch: Ted Baker London (old), similar Ted Baker London "Mirrored Tropics Fabric Clutch" in ivory, $170 at Nordstrom here
Necklace: Ann Taylor (old), currently loving the "Crystal & Stone Necklace" in white, $14.98 at Sole Society here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $204.95 (on sale!) at Amazon here

This outfit equation of a silky tank + flared jeans + summer hat can easily equal your next go-to casual spring look.  Check out my picks for more similar pieces to create your own version of this spring casual outfit:
What are your current go-to casual pieces this spring?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!
Photography by the talented Edward Bello.  You can find him on Instagram @3dbello and
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