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Wednesday Wishlist: Midi Dresses

3.28.2018

Midi dresses and spring - what could be a better seasonal combo!? Throw on a pair of booties, sandals or sneakers along with a sweater or denim jacket and you're good to go! Midi dresses always seem so effortless to me. They pair well with so many pieces and work for unexpected spring temps. I've been adding so many midi dresses to my spring wishlist, from linen midi dresses to wrap midi dresses - I'm loving them all! What have you been saving to your wishlist? Would you rock a midi length dress?
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Stripes and Sleeves

3.26.2018

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Happy Tuesday! Can you guys believe this is the last week of March? This year seems to be flying by but you know what isn't flying by? This chilly weather! It's springtime and I'm here to show you, yet another neutral outfit. Once the temps warm up a bit I'm looking forward to breaking out all of my bright colored and floral pieces. But for now, I'll keep a few of my winter pieces in rotation - like my black skinny jeans and favorite booties.

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TOP: LOFT (Old) | DENIM: BANANA REPUBLIC | BOOTIES: OLD NAVY | PURSE: SMAK PARLOUR | SUNGLASSES: LOFT | WATCH: MICHAEL KORS 

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Last week I shared a few 80's looks that were inspiring me. You all know I'm loving the statement sleeve trend. But what else is fun? The statement shoulder (no shoulder pads needed, though). This stripe top from LOFT is so fun with the oversized sleeves. Yes, the sleeves do slightly remind me of an 80's prom dress but since there is no padding in the sleeve it isn't quite as prominent. I paired it with a pair of black skinny jeans black booties, keeping the bottom half of my look a little more neutral and slimmer so that the top could be it's own statement. What trends are currently inspiring you? 

Recently Read: March

3.25.2018

The Immortalists
 I had a slow start at the beginning of the month when it came to reading, but I ended up finishing my two picks for the month of March with a week to spare. I read The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin and Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. Both books I would highly recommend. Cheryl Strayed is one of my favorite authors so I had little doubt that I wouldn't love Tiny Beautiful Things and The Immortalists kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next throughout the entire book. What did you read this month?

THE IMMORTALISTS - CHLOE BENJAMIN
How would you choose to live your life if you were told the exact date that you would die? This is the question that the four Gold children are faced with after seeing a physic in 1970s New York. The book is broken out into 4 sections - 1 for each sibling as you follow their lives (and their deaths). The author did such a great job at creating such vivid personalities for each of the four main characters you almost feel like you could personally know them. I couldn't put this book down, especially the closer I got to each ending of a section.

Tiny Beautiful Things

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS: ADVICE ON LOVE AND LIFE FROM DEAR SUGAR - CHERYL STRAYED
Cheryl Strayed is the voice behind the advice column, Dear Sugar. This book was a compilation of various letters/responses sent to Dear Sugar. Cheryl Strayed answers each letter with such honesty it could split your heart into two. I don't remember the last time that a book made me cry but this one made me cry multiple times. The letters themselves were heartbreaking and the responses were full of hope and Strayed went into details about her own personal encounters that related back to what was sent to her. This book will break your heart but it will also give you hope and it's a reminder that we can make it through anything.

"Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can't cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It's just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal."

WHAT I'M READING NEXT 
My two April book choices include Girls Burn Brighter, a debut novel by Shobha Rao which is supposed to be absolutely heartbreaking but a realization at what women from other parts of the world have to endure. The other book I'll be reading is The Big Life by Ann Shocket. The book can be summed up by it's entire title, The Big Life: Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental Relationship, and Become the Badass Babe You Were Meant To  Be. What will you be reading in April? 

80's Inspired

3.21.2018

2018 Trends
The 80's are back! Purple, structured bags, power suits, gold earrings, metallics, statement sleeves/shoulders and yes, even fanny packs. The tone was essentially officially set once purple was named color of the year for 2018.  It's fun to see so many 80's trends to be mixed with another decade that's currently back in style - the 90's! Throw in a few star-printed pieces, chokers, white booties and furry tote bags along with the 80's trends mentioned above and there are endless fun options in fashion and style right now. Here's a little bit of mid-week inspiration! 
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Blue Midi Dress

3.20.2018

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This post was sponsored by Westmoon LA but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
Midi-length. Blue. Pleats. This dress has so many of my favorite things combined into it! I love midi-length dresses all year long but they make such great transitional pieces for spring. The length works so well for flats, heels, booties and sandals so these dresses are truly so versatile. To ease into spring I paired this Westmoon LA dress with a pair of muled booties and a pale pink bag. Plus, a skinny white belt and a pair of sunnies? I am SO ready for warm weather! 
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Dress: Westmoon LA (C/O) | Mules: 1State (Similar) | Bag: Free People | Earrings: Anthropologie (Similar) | Belt: Target (Similar) | Sunglasses: LOFT 

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was fairly laid back. Sunday I attended my first ever Murder Mystery party and it was so much fun! It was 1920's themed so this dress ended up working out not only as a great spring outfit but it was easy to dress up into a 1920's look. I also (finally) went grocery shopping so I'll be enjoying cooking at home with Derek all week long. I've been trying to get out of the habit of getting so much takeout! Adulting - one step at a time.

5 Reasons to Visit Portland, Oregon

3.19.2018

My favorite city in the U.S.? That would easily be Portland, Oregon! I went to Portland with a few friends for the first time a little over a year ago and fell in love instantly. Portland was the perfect in between for my love of the outdoors and cities. Portland is rustic, artsy, outdoorsy, and the best part? It is SUCH a food city. We had mapped out the things we wanted to see and do in Portland but we were instantly overwhelmed on where to eat. The options were endless. Here are a few of my favorite things about Portland.
1. Donuts. Donuts. Donuts.
Voodoo. Pips. Blue Star. We went to all three of these donut bakeries and we loved them all. Voodoo is definitely fun and it's quite the experience going - think flashy lights and electronic turntables of eclectic donuts. Blue Star was minimalistic but focused on the flavor of the donut itself. And Pips - my absolute favorite - they make them fresh to order and are topped with flavors, instead of the flavor being baked into them. We had raw honey and sea salt, nutella, cinnamon sugar, the dirty wu (which is a combo of honey, cinnamon sugar and nutella - yum!). Plus, the chai lattes are AMAZING. 

2. Salt & Straw
We went to Salt and Straw every single night that we were in Portland. The flavor options are endless - and so are the samples. We even had  a flavor labeled Thanksgiving Turkey and despite it sounding  terrible it was actually pretty incredible. They make salted caramel using turkey broth, spices and onions. Plus, they had spiced goat cheese ice cream, which is one of my weaknesses, paired with pumpkin pie. Yum!
3. All The Other (Real) Food
Thai food. Italian food. Burgers. Brunch. We had it all. A few of my favorites included Chaba Thai, where we ordered in one night while watching Parks and Rec. And for brunch - Fuel Cafe and Tin Shed Garden Cafe, where they serve you never ending refills of coffee while you wait - what could be better? We also went to the Waffle Window for a quick breakfast one morning - they had both sweet and savory options but I (naturally) went for sweet. Another delicious and quick meal? Little Big Burger - the truffle fries are too good!
4. Endless Outdoor Opportunities
I LOVE hiking and trails were so easy to access in Portland. I loved how green the city was, there was a big focus on nature and with Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens being able to be seen in the distance you didn't feel too far from it. We hiked for hours (mostly by accident because we actually got really lost HA) but it was probably the prettiest hike I have ever been on. We started our hike by Pittock Mansion so that we could also get a good view of the mountains in the distance. We also spent an afternoon at the Japanese Garden, which was stunning with all of the fall foliage! 
5. The Various Neighborhoods
Each neighborhood had it's own feel to it. We stayed in the Alberta Arts District and it was very colorful, food-centric and neighborhood-like. Downtown had the usual city feels, Nob Hill was quaint and adorable with so many Victorian homes and boutiques. Overall, I ended up really loving the area we stayed in. It was tucked away from the city but still easily accessible to downtown and there was still so much to do within walking distance.

Have you ever been to Portland? What were your favorite things about it? What's next on your travel list?

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