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Girls’ Night at the Ballet

girls-night-at-the-ballet-with-eventbrite-26girls-night-at-the-ballet-with-eventbrite- 30Meet Francesca and Amanda, two of my talented and beautiful coworkers who quickly became my friends when I moved to Seattle last fall. After a long few weeks of writing and emailing and meetings and more writing, we decided that a girls’ night out was in order. Thanks to another lovely coworker who is a longtime patron of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, we decided to spend our Friday night sipping Champagne and taking in a triple bill by Seattle’s resident ballet company.

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Clothing, Style, Travel

Making Waves

ferry-ride-pink-jacket-5ferry-ride-pink-jacket-7ferry-ride-pink-jacket-10ferry-ride-pink-jacket-4ferry-ride-pink-jacket-1ferry-ride-pink-jacket-9ferry-ride-pink-jacket-8ferry-ride-pink-jacket-6Hat: J.Crew // Overcoat: Forever 21 (old, other great pink coat options here, here and here) // Moto jacket: Zara (sold out, similar here and here) // Shirt: J.Crew // Jeans: Old Navy // Scarf: J.Crew (old, similar) // Boots: Circus by Jeffrey Campbell (old, similar) // Bag: Zara // Gloves: Target (old, similar)

In light of my recent shopping moratorium, I spent the last couple months of 2016 haunting my favorite stores—J.Crew, Zara and, of course, Nordstrom—for anything I simply couldn’t live without for the next year. Among those items that I picked up on my last-ditch shopping spree was this playful and very pink pompom beanie that I scored for a song at J.Crew.

I’ve always loved wearing color and lots of it, but something about these grey Seattle days has me assembling super-saturated looks like the Space Needle depends on it. This new bubblegum toque offered the perfect excuse to pull all the pink items from my closet and wear them all at once. A trusty J.Crew striped shirt served as the soft, comfy base, a blush-hued moto jacket from Zara added extra warmth (perfect for shielding me from the wind on the deck of this Victoria, BC-bound ferry) and a vintage-inspired pink cocoon coat completed the layered look.

As Pacific Northwest natives and Grey’s Anatomy fans will know, ferries are quintessentially Seattle and to me, riding them never gets old. When I was young and lived in Gig Harbor, I used to take the ferry to Seattle every other Friday after school on the way to my dad’s house. Waiting in line in the car seemed endless and almost unbearable, but once we boarded and walked out onto the deck, sailing from dock to dock, my imagination was free to conjure images of orcas swimming alongside us, magical campsites on forgotten islands overgrown with fragrant evergreens and seagulls swooping down to offer me tokens of polished shell and glossy kelp, a la the helpful Snow White birds.

This was my first ferry ride in a few years, and it didn’t disappoint. We were sailing from Port Angeles to Victoria, BC, where my family and I were to spend our Christmas in cozy Canadian conviviality. The skies were blue, the waters calm and the light was soft and warm. My sister kindly ignored her frozen fingers to snap these pictures of me on the deck of the Coho before we ducked back inside to snack on soda and popcorn. As well pulled into port, snow started swirling all around us, providing the perfect start to our family getaway.

Style

Baby Pink

pink-ruffle-dress-skinny-scarf-1pink-ruffle-dress-skinny-scarf-5pink-ruffle-dress-skinny-scarf-4pink-ruffle-dress-skinny-scarf-6pink-ruffle-dress-skinny-scarf-2pink-ruffle-dress-skinny-scarf-7pink-ruffle-dress-skinny-scarf-3pink-ruffle-dress-skinny-scarf-8Dress: French Connection // Shoes: Zara // Scarf: old, similar // Sunglasses: Prada via DITTO // Bag: Kate Spade (old, similar) // Bag Charm: Amazon // Lipstick: NARS in Roman Holiday

This dress will always have a special place in my heart. I first spotted it on sale on the French Connection website and knew immediately it had to be mine. I clicked submit order and waited impatiently for it in the mail. At the same time, my family and I were all waiting rather impatiently for the arrival of my sister’s baby. She and her husband decided not to find out the gender of the baby, so not only were we waiting for it to be born, we were also waiting to find out if it would be a a girl or boy.

I got the call at 2AM that my sister had gone into labor. The next morning I got this dress in the mail. That night I found out that I was an aunt to a sweet little baby girl named Olivia. As I was getting dressed the next day, it seemed there was only one way to celebrate the birth of my sweet niece: a super-feminine frilly pink dress. All day, anytime someone complimented my dress I would respond with, “Thanks! I’m wearing pink because my sister just had a baby girl!” What a happy, happy day.

Clothing

Hot Pink Weather

pink-dress-tortoiseshell-sunglasses-2 pink-dress-tortoiseshell-sunglasses-4pink-dress-tortoiseshell-sunglasses-1pink-dress-tortoiseshell-sunglasses-3pink-dress-tortoiseshell-sunglasses-9pink-dress-tortoiseshell-sunglasses-11pink-dress-tortoiseshell-sunglasses-7 pink-dress-tortoiseshell-sunglasses-8Dress: Vince Camuto // Bag: Target // Shoes: J.Crew // Necklace: House of Harlow // Sunglasses: Karen Walker // Bracelet: Julie Vos // Watch: Michael Kors (sold out, similar here) // Lipstick: Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Watermelon Slice

I’ve lived in Texas and I’ve lived in Virginia, but it turns out that I had never experienced real humidity until I moved to Iowa. I’m told that this summer (along with the past winter) has actually been pretty temperate, but I’m still having a hard time adjusting to the mugginess of late.

As I’m getting dressed for work in the mornings and can already feel the air outside heating up for the day, I almost always reach for a dress. A breezy shift silhouette? Even better. I scored this neon pink lovely on a recent Nordstrom Rack shopping spree with my mom and sister in San Antonio, and I’m so glad I decided to buy it. The colors are even brighter and better in person, and I love the way my favorite tortoiseshell accessories pick up the detail on the clasp of this hot pink bag.

The one comfort of super hot weather? Wearing colors vibrant enough to match.

Style

Farmer’s Market Fresh

pink-floral-1pink-floral-8pink-floral-9pink-floral-5pink-floral-3pink-floral-2pink-floral-10pink-floral-7Top: Lush // Shorts: Lush // Shoes: Forever 21 // Bag: Kate Spade (sold out, but available here) // Bracelets: Kate Spade & J.Crew // Necklace: Julie Vos // Sunglasses: Prada

Farmer’s market season is in full swing here in Iowa, so we are starting to spend most of our Saturday mornings buying fresh produce, delicious food and, of course, beautiful flowers. Since the weather has been warming up, I opted for this breezy scalloped camisole and floral shorts combo on a recent jaunt to the Cedar Rapids Farmer’s Market.

Usually I like to carry a big bag to easily stow all my purchases, but I recently scored this pretty little rose gold clutch during the Kate Spade surprise sale and it was begging to be worn with these super-comfy pink shorts and matching pastel sandals. Here’s to many more warm, sunny Saturdays and lots of ice cold pink lemonade!

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