Thursday, February 11, 2016

Origami Wrap Skirt + Long Vest

How is the winter weather where you live?  Here in Seattle, we had a cold snap for a while but this week feels like spring with 55 degree weather in the afternoon, birds chirping, and flowers starting to bloom!  It's only the beginning of February and the mornings/evenings are still chilly, so I am not ready to put away my winter clothes quite yet.  The best way to dress during this time of year is by mixing your winter wardrobe with transitional pieces.  This Grid-Patterned Origami Wrap Skirt from Forever 21 is a great transitional piece (and a great price!).  I can style this wrap skirt now with winter pieces like this turtleneck sweater and wedge boots, and then again later with summery pieces like a crop top and sandals.  This white long vest can really work for both scenarios - it is lightweight and makes a fabulous "third piece" for any season.  In today's outfit, I kept a mostly white and black palette but added a pop of red with this bright red GiGi New York monogrammed python leather clutch.  If you have not yet seen GiGi New York's winter sale, they have many items on sale up to 40% off!  Shop the sale using my link here, and scroll down for the rest of my outfit details.

 Skirt: exact here
Vest: no longer available, similar here (under $25!)
 Sweater: old, similar here (on sale and available in 5 colors!)
Boots c/o Shopbop: exact here (on sale - 30% off!)
Clutch: exact here (some colors currently on sale!)
Watch: Kate Spade, current version here
Bracelet: old, current version here
Ring: exact here

Check out my picks for more wrap skirts to style this winter through spring, all priced in an affordable range between $28 and $68:

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

Monday, February 8, 2016

Wool Statement Coat

I hope you had a great weekend!  Today I want to share with you a casual outfit and another new brunch spot in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.  Lionhead is Jerry Traunfeld's newest restaurant, a modern take on Sichuan Chinese cuisine.  Traunfeld is known for his role as the former executive chef of The Herbfarm (another amazing Seattle area restaurant) during the timeframe 1990-2007.  At Lionhead, we feasted on crispy wok-fried eggs over escarole, lamb dumplings, and pork wontons in spicy sauce.  Scroll down for a photo of the dishes we ordered--and prepare to get hungry!  For my casual weekend brunch look, I started with one of my favorite statement pieces: a custom-made grey cashmere coat.  I had this coat made during one of my work trips to China a few years ago, and I love the soft cashmere and perfect fit!  The rest of my outfit consists of several winter closet staples: suede wedge knee-high boots, skinny jeans, a waffle turtleneck sweater, and a bucket bag.  This combo was ultra-comfy and warm on a crisp but dry winter day.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Winter Essential: Plaid Flannel Shirt

It's hard to believe it is already Monday morning again, but I hope you had a great weekend!  We brunched at a fantastic new restaurant called Mollusk in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, one that has only open for about three months.  We arrived about 12:30pm on Saturday and pretty much had the place to ourselves.  The food and drinks were all top-notch with great flavors, and I included a photo of our brunch plates below.  I definitely recommend Mollusk if you are in Seattle--we will definitely return to try their dinner menu.  This weekend was sunny but chilly, so I layered up in a plaid flannel shirt and fur vest.  This shirt was a recent find, and I just love the olive print.  I always need more olive pieces in my closet!  Black moto jeans, olive booties, and a bucket bag rounded out this casual weekend ensemble.  Be sure to scroll down for outfit details below.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Blanket Vest + Faux Leather Leggings

I am one of those gals who almost always feels cold in the winter, and loves to bundle up in cozy layers.  At the office, I migrate from meeting to meeting with mugs of just hot water because I don't want to drink 12 cups of coffee or tea every day (that would be way too much caffeine!) but drinking and holding mugs of hot water provides welcome warmth.  I was delighted to receive this Apricot Sleeveless Lapel Vest recently from SheIn, because it is basically like wearing a blanket with pockets.  This vest is SO comfy, and the neutral color can match with just about anything.  I know that blanket scarves are a hot trend this winter, and I think that blanket vests should be the new hot winter trend!  In today's ensemble, I layered this blanket vest over a striped tunic, faux leather leggings, and leopard pumps.  My old favorite winged tote and gold jewelry finished the look.  This simple black/white/tan palette works well for a casual office or the weekend!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Travel Log: Boracay, Philippines

Traveling and exploring the world is one of my passions in life, and I am so thankful to be able to travel as much as I do with amazing groups of friends.  My latest adventure was a ten day trip to the Philippines between Christmas and New Year, which is no small journey from Seattle.  My flight route was: Seattle to Seoul, Seoul to Manila, Manila to Boracay in a total of about 24 hours including layovers.  I would have arrived on Boracay sooner, except that flights only operate during daylight hours (5am-4pm) because there are no lights on the closest airport (Caticlan - MPH) runway.  I departed Seattle about 2pm Saturday afternoon, arrived in Manila around 11pm Sunday night/Monday morning, and then had to wait until 5am for the first flight out to the island of Boracay.  Thankfully, one of my friends arrived in Manila around the same time, and we were able to walk out from the domestic terminal to find a bar and catch up over cheap beer.  I arrived at the Caticlan Airport in the province of Aklan (next door to Boracay) around 6am Monday morning, and finally met up with the rest of our travel group around 7am.  Please read on for more photos, details, and travel tips from my time on Boracay!

This is the type of boat that ferries passengers to Boracay island.  I booked transportation from the Caticlan Airport to our hotel through a website called My Boracay Guide because I knew I would be tired and I wanted to have everything settled ahead of time.  There was a team of people who met us at the airport and handled every step of the way from our ferry tickets to our luggage to our own private ferry boat to the van that took us to the hotel.  It was so convenient and the cost was nominal.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Travel Essential: Phone Cross Body Bag

When I travel, I prefer to carry a small, lightweight purse holds my essentials without weighing me down.  I was thrilled to receive this Jet Set Phone Cross Body Bag from Shopbop last month, just in time to take to the Philippines.  This Jet Set Phone Cross Body Bag was created with the same idea as the Chanel Wallet on Chain.  It has five card slots, a phone compartment, open pockets, and a zipped pocket for cash or other important small documents.  This bag worked out perfectly for my Philippines trip, and I have been reaching for it often for nights out since I arrived home.  In today's outfit, I am showing you a casual black and white look I wore to explore Manila on a 90-degree day.  This Jet Set Phone Crossbody Bag matched well with a lightweight tank, white cuffed denim shorts, flat espadrilles, and cat-eye sunglasses.  These photos were taken at the Greenbelt Shopping Mall in Makati, close to our Shangri-La home base.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Leopard Booties + Faux Fur Vest

Crisp, sunny winter days are my favorite.  The kind where it isn't so frigid that you need to bundle up to your eyeballs, but where you can layer up and feel good about how you look.  I wore this outfit last weekend on one of those gorgeous sunny winter days to brunch with my #1 guy--an ensemble that contains some of my essential winter pieces in shades of black and camel.  These leopard booties are ultra-comfortable with their low heel, this faux leather skater skirt is an old favorite, and this faux fur vest has been worn on repeat since it entered my closet last month.  A merino wool sweater and tights add layers of warmth, where the sunnies and wallet-on-chain add style.  I like that this outfit is also conservative enough to wear to my casual office!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bblackbox Accessories

When I pack a suitcase, I like to keep small items separated like chargers and cables, swimsuits, bras and underwear.  Packing these types of items separately ensures that things stay put during travel and are easy to find during a trip.  The last thing I want to worry about while traveling is finding something I need in a messy suitcase!  When I was recently contacted by Bblackbox to try out some of their products, I happily chose two canvas pouches that make ideal travel accessories.  The smaller drawstring pouch is ideal to hold chargers, cables, and adapters, and the larger snap pouch is just the right size for swimsuits or bras and underwear.  I used both of these pouches on my recent sunny getaway to the Philippines, and they worked wonderfully to keep my things packed and organized.  The best part is that Bblackbox is committed to giving back: Bblackbox gifts 10% of all profit to charity organizations. They are partnered with Love146, a non profit that works towards the abolition of child trafficking and exploitation, and also support the provision of clean drinking water via well-digging through Living Water International.  And finally, Bblackbox limits their carbon footprint by donating surplus supplies.

Monday, January 11, 2016

White Tunic Dress

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you know I just spent the week between Christmas and New Year in the Philippines!  I received this white long-sleeved tunic dress from Shein right before I left, and I knew it would be perfect to pack for a warm getaway.  We stayed on the island of Boracay for five days, did some island hopping, and spent four days in Manila before flying home.  I wore this white tunic dress to a New Year's Eve White Party on the beach in Boracay, and also over a swimsuit as a cover-up.  It worked well for both--scroll down to see both poolside photos and New Year's Eve photos.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Faux Fur Vest + Bodysuit

I am excited to share my first outfit post of the new year with you today!  I hope 2016 is treating you well so far.  I recently added this black faux fur vest to my closet via Poshmark, a great site to buy and sell clothing, shoes, or accessories (check out my closet with username arathvon).  This vest is a perfect winter layering piece, and I have already found several ways to style it during the holiday season (check out a holiday outfit idea here).  In today's outfit, I layered this vest over a bodysuit and high-waist skinny flares for running errands and shopping.  Patent pumps, a sleek structured tote, a leopard belt, and gold jewelry help to elevate this look into something that would work well for a casual date or night out.

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