Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Sights of Seattle

It's been several days since I got home from Seattle, but I finally have photos to share. While I didn't find a narwhal as I hoped, I walked a half marathon (I'm injured, so running is a no-no right now), went to a Mariners game, took a canoe trip, and spent time with the fella's family, among tons of other fun excursions.

[The fella and I pose with celebratory beers after he ran the full marathon and I walked the half.
Check out his crazy running antics here.]

[We got front row seats at the Mariners game!]

[We took a canoe trip out of the University of Washington.
I wore my life jacket and then stole the fella's to cover my legs.]

[His niece and nephew are A.Dor.A.Ble.]

[Just the gals.]

What I'm Wearing (throughout photos 2-5)
Green Anorak (J.Crew)
Grey 3/4-Length-Sleeve Tee (J.Crew)
White Lace Dobby Skirt (J.Crew)
Retro Floral Silk Scarf (J.Crew)

Reviewing these photos already makes me want to take another summer vacation. Are you headed anywhere fun this season?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Blues Are Still Blue

OK, confession: The Life Pursuit from Belle and Sebastian is one of my favorite guilty pleasure albums. And every time I wear this ensemble – which has already been a couple of times this summer – I think of "The Blues Are Still Blue," which is my favorite song on the album... Aside from "For the Price of a Cup of Tea." And "Funny Little Frog." And "We Are the Sleepyheads."

Oh, what can I say? I love those crazy Scots and their whimsical lyrics!

... I left my washing in the launderette.
You can put some money on it, you can place a little bet.
That when I see my washing
The black will be grey and the white will be grey,
But the blues are still blue...

[I totally copied the knotted cardigan from about a zillion other fashion bloggers.
Thanks, ladies!]

What I'm Wearing
Strapless Navy Dress (Gap)
Jackie Cardigan (J.Crew)
Guess Tan Cork Wedges (DSW)
Gold Merona Boyfriend Watch (Target)

Monday, July 11, 2011

My Latest Acquisitions

Gals, summer is already halfway over, and I haven't even shared the fun items I've acquired since June! Some of them are summer-friendly only; and some can be easily incorporated into my fall – maybe even my winter – wardrobes. But the best thing about them is that I think they can all be mixed and matched with one another to create great outfits during the next few weeks for an all-around perfect summer style.

What items have you purchased or received this summer that are making you weak in the knees?

[Gilly Hicks floral skirt, a gift from my parents.
Pitaya polka dot blouse.
Luxe Apothetique gold bangles, purchased with a Groupon.]

[J.Crew linen tees, bought on super sale and with my employee discount.]

[J.Crew poet popover blouse in African violet.
Mossimo floral tank top from Target.]

In other related news, my StyleMint tee arrived in the mail over the weekend, so stay tuned later this week for an outfit post!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Christmas in July

Remember when I admitted to never having ordered clothing online? Enter StyleMint...

Last Friday, the Olsen twins launched StyleMint, an online shop that sells T-shirts – and T-shirts only – all priced at $29.99. As someone who took care of her membership the week before (it's free, by the way), I was jumping in my chair come Friday morning to view the four styles released for the month of July.

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The Low Down
Taken from the same concept as JewelMint  which hosts Kate Bosworth-approved jewelry pieces – StyleMint allows members (did I mention membership is free?) to browse and buy T-shirts for the first five days of each month. (From what I understand, you have five days to make that decision. Let me know if you believe otherwise. I don't want to make incorrect statements here.) If you decide to pass on purchasing, there's no monetary consequence. And it looks like the site offers four new styles a month.

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My StyleMint Pick
I decided I would gift myself one style this month. Each T-shirt has a name, and I chose the Fillmore design. The Fillmore is an incredibly soft v-neck T-shirt with thin horizontal stripes. The white/mushroom version is made of 50 percent micro modal, which is a supersoft fabric made from beechwood. (Again, correct me if I'm wrong. I dug up as much information as I could while I shopped.) 

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I'm glad I finally made the plunge into online shopping and that my first experience was purchasing an Olsen brand. They are both style icons for me, to say the least. Just for fun, this is me dressed as Mary-Kate Olsen last Halloween. Holding the Starbucks cup and covering the face are deliberate moves.

[The only accessory I won't incorporate is the ciggie. Just say no, kids!]
Has anyone else ordered from StyleMint? If so, what did you choose?