Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mint stripes

I started the day off with perfectly curled hair, but by the end of the day (when these pictures were taken), my hair was just a mess from the wind and the rain. So much rain! And probably not the smartest idea to take pictures by the water, so I'm very thankful that my camera didn't get drenched in the rain and my tripod didn't topple over into the lake.

To be honest, these aren't the shoes that I wore all day to work. I had originally thought to channel my inner Syndey (from the Daybook) and wear my Chucks that I haven't worn in 6 years, but mine are high top and they looked a bit strange with these jeans. I know some people have done it and have looked awesome, but on me, it just looked like my legs were extra stumpy and short. I cringed every time I went to the bathroom and saw myself in the full length mirror, so when I got to my car after work, I quickly changed into my backup flats.

In a perfect world, I'd wear white flats to be matchy matchy with the white chain on my necklace and the white stripes in the shirt, but since I don't have white flats, I can only dream. I was originally going to find a few pairs of white flats that I like, but then I came across this pair below and my search ended. THESE ARE PERFECTION IN A SHOE. Like, seriously. Aren't they amazing???????

My hands are very, very, very close to grabbing my wallet and placing an order immediately.

Outfit details: Shirt: Target (recent! check in stores) / Jacket: Target / Jeans: secondhand BDG via ThredUP / Flats: Target / Necklace: H&M

Monday, April 14, 2014

Colored blazers

I don't think these boots were the right choice with this outfit, but my toes are still in their winter hibernation stage and not sandal-ready yet. I almost wore some pumps, but I already had socks on that morning and they were feeling so nice and cozy that I didn't want to take them off. I <3 SOCKS.

I think I want a blazer in every single color. I already have an embarrassing number of cardigans in different colors, but now I'm kind of obsessed with fun-colored blazers. And right now there are just so many pretty spring-y colored blazers that I want so bad! But no, I will have to resist for now. :(

Blazer: c/o Chicnova (old) / Shirt: eBay / Jeans: Hudson / Boots: Target

Friday, April 11, 2014

What I wish I was buying

It's been ages since I've been on a proper vacation. Yeah, I guess we went on "vacation" to my cousin's wedding three years ago, but traveling with a two-year-old should NOT count as vacation because I find traveling with kids to be a lot of work and not at all my kind of "fun" or "relaxing." So I guess that means the last time I stayed anywhere that is not-home was before I even had kids... and P will be 5 next month, so it's been awhile.

Anyway, since we're long overdue for a tropical getaway (am I a horrible mom if I say I'd want it sans kids, because kids are stressful?), I've been planning in my head what I'd bring, and I picture florals and stripes and all the pretty things found in the Joules Vacation Shop.

Maybe we'll plan something next year, after the little one drops her afternoon nap, but for now, it's just wishful thinking. How do other families make vacationing with kids look so easy? I'll never know. But at least I know what I'd wear if I did.

Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Joules. Thanks for supporting my blog!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lightening up

I had been looking for a white blazer for a loooong time (I pretty much say that about everything), and a few years back when we went on vacation, my husband and I made the decision to have all our vacation clothing purchases be budget-exempt, so I bought this blazer. I thought I loved it at the time, but then after coming home, decided that it wasn't really what I was looking for (I didn't quite like the square-ish shape, sateen material, or double back vents). But if I returned it, I'd get nothing back into my budget since it was a vacation purchase, so I decided to keep it just because I was greedy.

I've only worn it a handful of times in the last three years, and yet I've still been itching to buy a more casual white blazer (in maybe a ponte material, with a single back vent). I've told myself though, that I need to wear this one more just to prove that my closet needs two separate white blazers, so I've been trying to wear this more frequently. So far, I love that it instantly lightens up an outfit, and it feels so springy and perfect for those in-between weather days where it's not quite warm but not quite cold either. 

I still haven't found the perfect replacement blazer yet, but here are a few cute options if you are looking for a white blazer:

Tee: Gap Outlet / Blazer: Banana Republic (this year's version) / Jeans: AG / Boots: Target / Necklace: Target

Friday, April 4, 2014

Red stripes

I wore this the other day when we had a full day- preschool in the morning, followed by lunch, the aquarium, mini donuts at Pike Place Market, frozen yogurt, the playground at the park, Target, and then my in-law's house to pick up my daughter who missed out on all the fun because she had to nap. It was comfortable enough for lots and lots and lots of walking.

In my free time, I've been putting together our annual photobooks, and I've realized that all my pictures on the dSLR are from us sitting at home or playing in the front yard, with not too many pictures of us out and about. I used to just rely on iPhone camera pictures for those, but now seeing the quality of the iPhone versus fancy camera photos side by side, I'm trying to carry the big camera everywhere we go.

Sidenote: I use Blurb to print my photobooks because they don't have a maximum page limit like other publishers so I'm able to print 200 page photo books. I also use them to print my annual daily Instagram photo books (see mine here) which are pretty awesome. Annnnnd, you can get $20 off your book first order with my referral link :)

I'm glad my camera fits into my purse, or I can just wear it cross-body like a tourist so I can whip it out whenever I want to take a shot (surprisingly, it's faster than loading up my phone's camera which is soooooooo painfully slow). I just want to capture pictures of our everyday life and not just special occasions. Plus it's nice to have my camera with me so I can hand it over to my husband and ask him to take my outfit pictures for me, which is a very rare occurrence- the last time he took pictures for me was last summer! The downside (or plus side?) to having my husband take my pictures is that there's always someone who wants to steal the spotlight with his hopefully-not-learned-from-mom posing.

On another note, remember how I've been looking for the perfect striped tees? Well I love my Boden long sleeve and short sleeve Breton tees, but I've still been looking out for some 3/4 sleeve ones in different colors, and just realized that the Merona boatneck striped tees are on sale this week at Target! I can't seem to find them on the website, but they're pretty much these except with stripes. My store had them in navy with white stripe (seen here on Katie of Style on Target), mint with white stripes, coral with white stripes, and beige-y color with dark stripes (I wasn't really paying attention), and a bunch of solid colors. So, they're originally $12.99 each, but on sale until tomorrow (Saturday) for $9 a piece, AND if you want to buy two, there's a printable $3 off $15 Merona purchase coupon, so it would bring the total down to $7.50 each.

I bought the mint and the navy without trying them on, but my mint one was way tighter (laying flat, there was an inch of difference in the width to the navy). Not sure if all the mint ones are cut smaller, or if I just got a bad one, but just a heads up if you are looking to purchase.

Jacket: Gap Outlet / Shirt: Boden / Pants: Citizens of Humanity / Boots: Target