Monday, August 3, 2015

Striped Crop Sweater + Midi Skirt

Have you seen the current group giveaway that I am co-hosting?  If not, click here to learn how to enter for your chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card!

This striped crop sweater was a random Forever 21 find.  I have a an affinity toward nautical pieces, particularly stripes, and this cropped sweater caught my eye because it will match with many items already in my closet.  The medium sweater weight means that it can easily transition from summer into fall, and the shape is basic enough to not immediately go out of style.  I don't like how tired I look in these photos, but I did take them after a full day at the office. In today's outfit, I paired this cropped sweater with a navy midi skirt (seen last winter here), white pumps, and a floral clutch.  I added a couple of new accessories: a navy Tory Burch wrap bracelet and a gold Gorjana criss-cross ring that are going to be worn on repeat.

Top: "Stripe Sweater Crop Top" in navy/white, $19.90 here
Skirt: Piperlime (old)
Pumps: BCBGeneration (old), similar BCBGeneration "Treasure Pump" in white, $57.99 (on sale!) here
Clutch: Ted Baker London (old), currently loving the Style & Co "Mollie Minaudiere" in art floral, $15.99 (on sale!) at Macys here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 here
Bracelet: Tory Burch (old), see current colors, $95 here & here
Ring: Gorjana "Elea Ring" in gold (also available in rose gold & silver), $75 here

Check out my picks for crop tops and midi skirts that can be paired to create your own coordinating set.  Each piece is affordably priced between $15 and $70:
How would you style a crop top and midi skirt this summer?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, don't forget to enter the Totally Awesome Amazon Giveaway, and I hope you have a great week!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Thursday Fashion Files Linkup: Bohemian Peasant Blouse + Denim Crochet Shorts

If you have been following my blog for a while, you might remember that I partnered with Conversation Pieces Boutique last year as one of their preferred blogger partners.  This online boutique is filled with hand-selected merchandise that is easy to wear, great to travel with, and sure to become go-to pieces that you reach for over and over again.  You can check out all of my posts featuring items from Conversation Pieces Boutique here.  I am thrilled be be part of this same program again this summer, and today's outfit is decidedly bohemian with a Hippie Summer Peasant Blouse and denim crochet shorts.  This ensemble is perfect for long summer days--days like the one during which Bello Photography shot these fantastic golden hour photos.

 Top c/o Conversation Pieces Boutique: "Hippie Summer Peasant Blouse" here
Shorts c/o Conversation Pieces Boutique: sold out, similar here
Sandals: Prabal Gurung for Target (old), currently loving the Steve Madden "Presidnt Lace-Up Sandal" in red suede (available in 2 other colors), $89.95 here
Bucket Bag: Banana Republic (old), check out the "Bleeker Bucket Bag" in nude (available in 3 other colors), $68 here
Sunglasses: Michael Michael Kors (no longer available), similar Tory Burch "55mm Rimless Aviator Polarized Sunglasses" in gold, $122.90 (on sale!) here
Watch c/o JORD Wood Watches: Cora in koa/rose gold, $275 here
 Ring: "Parallel Bar Ring" in silver (also available in gold & rose gold), $28 here & "Dual Bar Ring" in silver (available in 3 other colors), $28 here 

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

Also linking up with Happiness at Mid-Life, Living in Color Style, Mix & Match Fashion, & Stylin in St. Louis.

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

Photography by the talented Edward Bello.  You can find him on Instagram @3dbello and

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mint Accents

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This last weekend one of my best girlfriends was in town for a visit, and it gave me a great excuse to play hometown tourist.  We went all over the city to see some of Seattle's highlights: the Fremont Troll, Kerry Park, Melrose Market, Pike Place Market, the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room, and more.  In addition to seeing the best of the city, we also drove out to the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest to hike the Ira Spring Trail out to Mason Lake.  You can see a couple of photos from this pretty hike on my Instagram here.  While we were on our way to a delicious omakase dinner at Shiro's (a legendary sushi spot), we found this mural on the side of Bedlam Coffee in Belltown (2nd & Bell).  It was too fabulous not to take photos!  I love that this mural incorporates iconic Seattle companies, landmarks, and teams within its letters.  For our delicious sushi dinner, I wore a Mindy Mae's Market striped sweater with a mint blouse, high-waist flared jeans, flat sandals, and a mint zip clutch.

Sweater: "Striped Sweater," $39.99 at Mindy Mae's Market here
Blouse: old, similar Michael Stars "Georgette Silk Blouse" in mint (available in 2 other colors), $39.96 (on sale!) at the Sierra Trading Post here
Clutch: Halogen "Zip Around Leather Wallet" in mint (available in 6 other colors), $98 here
Denim: J Brand (old), similar J Brand "Sabine High Waisted Flare Jeans" in swan song, $114 (50% off!) at Shopbop here
Sandals: Franco Sarto "Gustava Sandal" in ivory (available in 2 other colors), $49.90 (on sale!) at Nordstrom here 
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Blade Chronograph Watch" in silver, $225 at Nieman Marcus here

Mint is one of my favorite summer hues, and it pairs with more colors than you might think.  You can easily style mint with basic hues like black and white (like I did today), chambray, grey, or navy.  If you are feeling bold, you can try brighter colors like cobalt, coral, or even yellow.  Check out my picks for mint pieces that are perfect to style this summer and priced for a range of budgets between $23 and $68:

How would you style mint accent pieces this summer?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, don't forget to enter the current group giveaway, and I hope you have a fantastic week!

Linking up with Fizz & Frosting, I Do DeClaire, More Pieces of Me, Sincerely Jenna Marie, The Fashion Canvas, & Walking in Memphis in High Heels

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Purchases

 As someone who grew up in Seattle, I have many fond memories of shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale with my mom and sister.  It was a tradition that dates back as long as I can remember.  Every year, we would get up early to be at the doors just about 7am when they opened in order to rush in with all of the other excited shoppers.  I remember nearly losing my mom amongst the racks of clothes and all of the other excited shoppers--back during the time when both were much taller than me.  It was one of the most exciting things during summer break, because I got to pick out a few new things for the new school year that were far more exciting than my older sister's hand me downs!  Now, many years later, I still can't help but get excited to see what new fall pieces are on sale and need to be added to my closet.  I shopped online and purchased several items during the presale period.  Please read on for size/fit information of my purchases along with photos modeling each piece.  My height is 5'4" for reference.

Halogen "Open Front Blazer" in tan memoir (also available in black), $78.90 here

This blazer is lightweight, which I really like, and more pink than cream.  I purchased an XS: the shoulders and overall length are perfect.  The sleeves are just a touch long, but it's close enough that I'm not going to bother having them tailored.  I have already worn this blazer to work and received wonderful compliments--I recommend it!

 Street Level "Vegan Leather Bucket Bag" in black (also available in cognac), $31.90 here

 This bag is a little bigger than I thought it would be, but the strap is adjustable and I'm digging it.  On the shortest notch, this bag is comfortable both on one shoulder and worn as a crossbody.  The vegan leather looks and feels great - I have not yet used it, so I don't know about lasting quality, but based on look and feel I recommend it.

 Halogen "Sleeveless Drape Neck Top" in burgundy-beige diamond print (available in 5 other colors), $28.90 here & Halogen "Lace Pencil Skirt" in burgundy stem (also available in black), $45.90 here

I can always use more pencil skirts and conservative tops for the office, and this fall I wanted to add more burgundy to my closet.  I purchased the top in petite small and the skirt in regular zero.  I'm happy with the fit and material of both: the skirt has a high waist so I can tuck the top in and add a blazer on top, or I can layer with collared shirts and sweaters this winter.  Both pieces are a bit stretchy.  I recommend both.

Leith "Waterfall Open Front Cardigan" in black (available in 2 other colors), $49.90 here

This cardigan was an impulse purchase when I stopped in my nearest store this last weekend.  I was still waiting for some of my online purchases to arrive, but wanted to look around and have the chance to touch/feel some of the sweaters.  This one won the tactile test--it is super soft and feels like wearing a cozy blanket.  My photo isn't the best, but you can get an idea of the length.  I purchased an XS and it the longest part in the front falls just about to my knees (the back is shorter).  It's long enough to fit the duster/long cardigan trend without making me feel short and stumpy.  I can already tell this piece is going to be worn nonstop this fall and winter, and I recommend it.

Zella "Live In - Inspire Capris" in black orbit (available in three other colors), $33.90 here and Zella "Amplify Racerback Tank" in blue greece (available in 6 other colors, I also purchased the same tank in white), $24.90 here

When it comes to workout pants, I have an affinity for bright splashy prints.  It was about to time get rid of some old, worn out pants and this pair immediately caught my eye online.  Having a cute outfit somehow gives me extra motivation in my barre classes!  I ordered my normal sizes: XS pants and S top.  After I took these photos, I decided that the blue doesn't really match like I thought it would (these pants are more purple than blue) and I took this ocean blue color back to the store.  The purple version is being shipped from another store, and I think it will match just right.  I have quite a few Zella pieces and have always been happy with the quality and fit.  These pieces look and feel great so far, and I recommend both.

Those are my purchases - now what did you buy?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, don't forget to enter the current group giveaway, and I hope you have a great week!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Converse Shoreline Sneakers + Totally Awesome Amazon Giveaway

I know I have said this already, but I love long summer days!  Casual outfits like the one I am featuring today are so perfect this time of year, and easy to throw on after work on or on the weekend.  I am living in these white Chucks this summer, because they are incredibly comfortable and can match well with so many different outfits.  The best part, I think, is that they have a bit of elastic at the back for a perfect fit around my heel.  In today's outfit, I paired these Converse Shoreline seakers with denim shorts, stripes, a bucket bag, and my JORD wood watch for after work drinks with friends.  White sneakers are the summer wardrobe staple: you can wear them with denim shorts like I did here, breezy summer dresses, and more.

 Sneakers: Converse "Shoreline Sneaker" in white, $49.95 at Nordstrom here
Shorts: Michael Kors (no longer available online), similar H&M "Denim Shorts" in dark denim blue, $29.95 here
Top: Joie "Korie Stripe Tee" in soft cement-porce, $59.97 at Nordstrom Rack here
Bag: Banana Republic (old), currently loving the Street Level "Vegan Leather Bucket Bag" in cognac, $31.90 (Anniversary Sale Price - I bought the black!) at Nordstrom here
Watch c/o JORD Wood Watches: Cora in koa/rose gold, $275 here
Sunglasses: Michael Kors (old), check out the "Classic Aviator Sunglasses" (available in 7 colors), $10 (on sale!) at Urban Outfitters here
Ring: "Parallel Bar Ring" in silver (also available in gold & rose gold), $28 at Baublebar here

Check out my picks for white sneakers, priced for a range of budgets between $18 and $100:

I am also thrilled to team up with a fabulous group of bloggers for another giveway!  This time, the prize is a $500 Amazon gift card.  I know everyone can use this prize - I mean, what can't you buy at Amazon these days?  Please read on for the details and rules of this giveaway.

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Prize: $500 Amazon Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 8/14/15 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!

How would you style a pair of white sneakers this summer?  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, Living in Color Style, Mix & Match Fashion, Penniless Socialite, Stylin in St. Louis, The Tiny Heart

Monday, July 13, 2015

Moto Zip Drapey Pant

The jogger pant trend is one that I have been hesitant to try, because until now I was never quite sure how to style a pair.  Joggers look like casual sweatpants, but with a fancier name.  I started seeing models and bloggers dress them up with heels and jewelry, and thought maybe I could create an oufit that suited my style after all.  When I found these BR Moto Zip Drapey Pants on sale in a beautiful cobalt blue color, I finally decided to pull the trigger.  These are not old school sweatpants, but instead these jogger pants are well-designed, flattering, and ultra-comfortable.  For today's outfit, I styled these Moto Zip Drapey Pants with printed pumps, a simple grey sweater, my newest Rocksbox set, and my GiGi New York Monogrammed Uber Clutch for a rooftop happy hour.  I can also see styling these pants with a crop top and cage heels for a night out, or a leather jacket and sneakers for a more casual look.

 Pants: "Moto Zip Drapey Pant" in dreamy royal, $59.99-$87.99 (on sale & available in petites - I'm wearing a 4P for a roomy fit) at Banana Republic here
Top: "Factory Merino Charley Sweater" in heather grey, $39.99 (on sale!) at J Crew Factory here
Pumps: Joes Jeans (old), currently loving the Charles by Charles David "Pact" pump in orange print, $59.99 at Saks Off Fifth here 
Clutch: GiGi New York "Uber Clutch" in navy pebble grain leather with monogramming, see available colors here and here
Sunglasses: Michael Kors (old), similar Vince Camuto "Metal 60mm Aviator Sunglasses" in matte rose gold/black, $46.90 (Anniversary Sale Price) at Nordstrom here
Necklace, Bracelet, Ring c/o Rocksbox, use my code "avecamberblogxoxo" to get your first month subscription free here

Check out my additional picks for jogger pants, all priced for a range of budgets between $20 and $99:

How would you style jogger pants this summer?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great week.  Also, stay tuned for another group giveaway this week!

Linking up with Cha Cha the Fashion Genius, Fizz & Frosting, I Do deClaire, More Pieces of Me, Pink Sole, Rhea's Musings, The Fashion Canvas, & Walking in Memphis in High Heels 
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