5/5/16

So Sporty, But You Don't Have to Play Sports to Wear This.





I confess I'm not the biggest sports fanatic. I play sports, I watch them, I know the names of the popular players, and I have my opinions. But my favorite part of being a sports fan is the merchandise.  I have jerseys, t-shirts, leggings, but my favorite item is the hat.

Why? Because I can wear it with my favorite clothes and I don't have to be going or watching a game. Here are 5 of my favorite ways to wear a baseball cap.


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 1. With My favorite sunny combo, dress and sneakers. So laid back casual that you can go from brunch to a bbq. 

Happily Grey
2. The perfect accessory for your all denim look.  


Hustle and Hylcon
 3. All white, it's a risky look for a sports game, but your hat sure does pop with your white jeans.

Pink Peonies

4. Prints? Yes! You may notice that this isn't exactly a "Sports Team" hat but its still a baseball cap. And it goes with stripes, flower print and polka dots. Go ahead and try it.

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5. At the beach. If you're not a floppy hat girl, this is a great option.


Baseball caps are so versatile and compliment all types of outfits. You just have to find a color and team that works for you. 


5/2/16

This Trend Will Help You Enjoy The Sun All Summer Long



The Seattle Weather is on point, and I want to take full advantage of it. But you know the hustle doesn't rest so I have to be ready for any opportunity to enjoy the sun. I know a lot of you feel me, we're all in a middle of balancing acts that sometimes we can't get away when the sun comes out. So what can we do or wear to be ready at any moment to enjoy the sun, well.....


As many of you know, I rarely wear flats. But sneakers have become a big part of my life. I am running again, and my love affair with athleisure is at a frenzied level, no shame. And this love affair has worked out in my favor. Instead of wearing my high wedges or chunky heels I've been wearing my sneakers.

So instead of calling an Uber to go from meeting to meeting, I've been walking. I wouldn't be able to do that in my heels. I kind of found this out by accident. I had met up with a friend for a co-work at a coffee shop next to my favorite lake. It was a gorgeous day, and I decided to wear sneakers with my dress so I could go for a walk around the lake after my meeting. Well, of course, it was a crazy day, so I didn't have time to walk the lake AND then walk home, but I did have just enough time to walk home.




This changed everything.
I wear this combination on most sunny days. It allows me to be dressy for any meetings I may have, but it also allows me the opportunity to walk home. There's going to be more sunny work days, but this outfit combo will help me to at least enjoy 15 minutes in the sun.


Here's a few other examples.


4/18/16

All About The Shoulders!





It's true that our legs and arms get to have all the fun, but NOW it's your shoulders time to shine. What I love about this style is that it's just not for casual Fridays or Coachella. And although it is considered a trend, it's one that will pop up again and again.

Here a few of my favorite ways to rock this fun all shoulders style.


The Casual Cool I'm Not On My Way To School Look


You know for those spring days where you meet your friends for brunch and then go for a mani/pedi.



Spring Dress


This time of year a lot more off the shoulder dresses are coming out. I know we tend to gravitate to the strapless, but this style is just as fun, just as sexy and carefree. Indulge.



Date Night


Not only can you dress it up, but you can play with the style. An oversized off the shoulder top is not something you see everyday, but that's what makes it fun. 



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4/4/16

Challenge Accepted: Styling A Silk Camisole For Everyday




I love a little style challenge. So when BelleFluer Lingerie asked me to take a camisole and style it as an everyday look, I was in.

When it comes to fashion, our bras, underwear, slips rarely see the light of day.  But once in awhile a lovely little piece comes along that you just can't hide. So, how do you wear it without making it seem like you're breaking some unwritten fashion rule?


First of all, it is going to be much easier if it's a slip dress or a silk top - bras and underwear are a little hard to style without it being the primary focus. So this gorgeous camisole by Araks Lingerie was the perfect piece to style.


Color: It does matter. I know we tend to go for the black, white, nude colors, but when it comes to styling a lingerie top for every day its best to go for color. It's funny, but those colors that we love so much make undergarments seem even more like underwear.


Style: We know that lingerie tops come in all different styles - sheer, lace, backless - so if you're looking for a top that can be versatile and go from date night to the office you have to keep this in mind. My top was more of a tank top and the perfect style to go under blazers, jean jackets or under a deep V romper.

So, when I was asked to style this top I had a eureka moment. I've wanted to wear these jeans with this blazer forever. This was the missing piece; the color and texture makes the look come together in a polished way, that I would be comfortable wearing to dinner or a meeting.



I know you're thinking, you could have just worn a black tank under the blazer, and this outfit would have worked. It totally would have, but fashion is fun, and you should always try something new - so changing the texture or the color of a staple makes an everyday jeans and blazer look into something special.

Thanks to BelleFluer Lingerie for challenging me to style this beautiful camisole. They do come in a lot of different colors, so be sure to check out the Boutique in Fremont or follow them on instagram.


I also wore the camisole under my favorite romper, check it out here.



Special thanks to Lisa from Sassoon Salon Seattle, who made my curly hair possible.
I love it.


All photos by the fabulous KNDM Co.

3/31/16

HAIR COLOR TRENDS: PANTONE IT UP WITH SASSOON SALON


What is it about sunny days that make me want to change everything? 
I want to rearrange my furniture, paint the walls, overhaul my closet and do something with my hair. I know I'm not the only one who feels like this, this time of year my Pinterest feed starts to be overloaded with new hairstyles. So I know you feel the need too. 


The last few weeks I've been scrolling and falling in love with the Pantone colors of the year - Rose Quartz & Serenity. I love the way people have brought it into their homes and closets with such ease.  The colors make a statement without taking over everything.

But a Pantone color as a hair color??? Yeah, I never thought of that either. But it's possible and not as scary as you would think. Rose Quartz and Serenity are cool hair color hues that are inspired by precious stones and metal used in jewelry design including rose gold, amber, opal and moonstone. As you can see, that the colors are subtle enough that you don't feel like everyone will see your hair before they see you.

Hair Images c/o Sassoon Salon


I'm protective of my hair, but the idea of making a change hair color wise is strong. It's not my style to just color my hair in a drastic way. That's why I think the Sassoon way stands out. Sassoon Salon uses incredibly fine ‘highlighting’- or ‘slicing’- technique, which moves from a more solid color to a subtle feel towards the back of the head, making the color believable.

I want my hair color to be believable. My style when it comes to hair is more the subtle side and if you're like me then Pantone could be the way to go.



Are you thinking about changing your hair color?

3/30/16

How To Make Rompers Part Of Your Sunny Day Style


It's going to be 70 degrees in Seattle! I can hardly believe it, but boy am I ready. Last summer I got on the romper bandwagon a little too late, but that won't happen this year.  I'm kicking off the year of the romper with this super cute one I got at a wedding. How did I get this at a wedding? I was a bridesmaid and instead of a robe to wear as we got ready, the bride - my sister in law got us all matching rompers. Genius!



Rompers can be considered trendy. But it's easy to make sure that your favorite piece of clothing will be a staple for sunny days to come.




How?





  • Color - Neon will always be in style. It's been alive and kicking since the 80's and every year it comes back again. This makes me way too happy.
  • Print - If you decide to do a print, it's no secret that floral is a safe and fun bet. They always seem to come back every season - any season. 
  • Cut - This is more of a spring romper, we know that because of the long sleeves. I think the long sleeves give this style more versatility, especially for Seattle. It may be a hot week, but most of the time we can only afford to show only so much skin


Where can you wear a romper? I wore this to get coffee, to lunch, and for a walk down by the pier. So it's all about the shoes. I decided on my favorite Zara wedges, but I've also worn it with flat sandals.



So you do you, and if you decide to make rompers part of your sunny day style, then twinsies. 


Want: Floral Print, Sorbet Romper

All photos by KNDM CO

3/28/16

IT DID HAPPEN: STYLISH IN SEATTLE, SUMMIT FOR SEATTLE'S TOP STYLE BLOGGERS




The saying "it happened in a flash" has never been so true. A little over a week ago, Stylish In Seattle a summit for Seattle's Top Fashion Bloggers, took place. To be honest, I couldn't sleep the night before, and I was up before my alarm. I was just too excited. Sydney and I had been talking about doing "something someday" for months and someday came on 3/19.


Bloggers sipping Fontè Coffee and talking before the summit.

Bloggers taking notes during the summit. 


At heart, we wanted to put an event together that celebrated community. That meant answering questions that they were asking, and providing a place for bloggers to connect in person. Over the last few events we've heard bloggers ask how do they work with brands and how do they take it to the next level. These are two unknowns in our industry, but something all bloggers need to learn to navigate in order to take a big step into making their blog their business.


Bloggers shoe game on point!

These two things really helped us figured out what Stylish In Seattle needed to be. A summit in which bloggers would be able to connect and learn. We quickly came up with our two panels.

How to Work With Fashion Brands- This session focused on the art of blogger partnerships with insight from top fashion brands in the city. The discussion included tips on how to differentiate content, how to add value to creative collaborations and strategies for developing lasting relationships with brands.

Thank you to Jessica Branning from Neiman Marcus, Sabrina Fenster from The Shelf, Danielle Pepperl from Brooks Running and Samantha Scharg from Julep.


The Business of Fashion Blogging -I had the honor of working to find bloggers in the Seattle community that had successfully monetized their sites by adding a second concept. Panelists shared their stories; discussed lessons learned and offered valuable insight to style bloggers looking to leverage their blog to launch a business. I also moderated the panel which was my first time every moderating and is a completely different blog post.


Thank you to Cassandra LaValle from CoCo Kelley, Moorea Seal from Moorea Seal, Tiffany Ishiguro from T&J Designs, Cori Robinson from Dress CoriLynn and Taylor Horn from Thataylaa.

Style bloggers do a lot of hard work for barely any money, so the flame for doing what you love takes a lot to keep going. So that's why our keynote speaker was Amanda Zurita. The stylist, writer, and globe-trotter spoke about the power of harnessing creativity, taking risks, and doing what you love. It was the perfect way to close out a day of learning and inspiration.


Chic girl talking Amanda Zurita our Keynote Speaker 


I walked away with so much, new blogger friends, a lot of notes, inspiration, thankfulness for a great friend and co-producer in Sydney Mintle and some great women who made up our advisory board - Heather Fernandez, Joanna Lord, Brittany Streissguth of Pumps & Plaid, Megan Pribble of Diary of this Girl, Andrea Wingert of Skinny Purse and Jenn Haskins of Hello Rigby. The event would not have been what it was without a women tribe working to bring their ALL!


Sydney of Gossip and Glamour and I (AlixRose) watching the first panel.

Special thanks to Su-zette from Coterie Worklounge for providing such a lovely space to host our summit and her help in making sure everything kicked off smoothly.

Bloggers listening to bloggers! 


We will be taking a little break to enjoy the moment, but to be sure Sydney and I will be putting together another Stylish In Seattle event soon!


Some fun snaps from the event.
Check out #StylishinSEA for more tweets and instas from the summit.






Thank you to Elizabeth Kathryn Photography and Erickson Visuals for all of the images. 
Check them out here

3/24/16

How Eating Green Helped Me Become A Personal Style Blogger




When I first started my blog I had no intention of sharing personal style photos. I was content to stay behind the scenes and just share my thoughts on the latest and greatest trends. But there was another reason... I suffered from acne that made me self-conscious.

During that time I was living up to the definition of a girl on the go; I was going to school, interning, working, blogging, doing homework and trying to have a social life. Needless to say, I wasn't eating or sleeping like I should have been and my skin showed it.

It wasn't until I finished school and moved back to Seattle I was able to take my life on the go and have one of balance and routine. The biggest change was my diet. I was drinking more water and eating greens with every meal. My skin didn't change overnight, but I started to notice small changes. The more I ate my greens, the better I slept which means I had more energy to exercise and the better not only my skin became, but my whole body started to feel healthier and not so self-conscious. 

I know we all know diet is important, but it's one of the first things that suffers when we're so busy. That's why I am a fan of Organic Girl; my life is less balanced and more on the go these days, so it's critical that I use my time efficiently. It's amazing how much time you get back when your greens are pre-washed and easy to put away. But the most important thing is that I know am eating quality organic greens in packaging that is recyclable.








A few weeks ago my life got even a little crazier; I was working overtime, I was planning Stylish In Seattle and trying to do all of the million things make up life. Organic girl was kind enough to send me some salad packages and salad dressing. Their timing couldn't have been better. I believe it's even more important to have a healthy diet before vacation. The stress of it all can affect not only your skin but your overall health.

I never intended to blog my personal looks, but thanks to eating my greens and daily exercise my skin got better, and I stopped being so self-conscious, which made it possible for me to be the style blogger I've always wanted to be. 





3 Ways Green Means Clean Skin

  • Staying hydrated helps promote the transport of nutrients to your cells and removal of toxins away from skin cells. Choosing high water content foods such as fruits and vegetables - including dark green leafy greens - can help you meet your water needs and promote optimal skin health.
  • Including greens as part of a well-balanced diet can help fight inflammation. Free radicals cause damage in your body, but including antioxidant-rich foods like green leafy vegetables protects against oxidative damage caused by free radicals, keeping you beautiful inside and out!
  • Green leafy vegetables contain vitamin K, an important fat soluble vitamin that helps your body transport and utilize fat. Fat is a good thing when it comes to physical appearance, as adequate fat intake promotes healthy hair, skin and nails. 


From Katie Ferraro, Registered Dietician, nutrition consultant, author and nutrition professor. www.ingrainhealth.com



photography by Michelle Dorman

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