School's in for Summer: A Pleated Style Story

posted on: 7/24/14

So, pleats are growing on me. I never thought I would say that. I never thought I would write a trend story about pleats, especially pleated skirts. 
Why am I so against this style of dress? Well, I had to wear a pleated skirt as part of a school uniform for too many years. I hated it. 

These skirts are pleated, but they in now way remind me of school. In fact, I would have skipped to school happily if I could have worn skirts these pretties. 

Here's a few of my favorite ways to wear this summer style: 

The crop top look. 
 Make that school girl look grown up. 

With sneakers
The sporty look - I love mixing looks. 


I'm all for color, but classic black is always chic. 

Long sleeves.
For the breezy beautiful cool summer days, the long pleated dress makes you look effortless. 

Moral to the story: Never Say Never 
The only question is what length should my pleated skirt be? That's a whole other blog post. 

5 Reasons Why I Like Blake Lively Reynolds New Website.

posted on: 7/23/14

I confess I was more of a Blair fan than Serena. Blair had flair and Serena annoyed the hell out of me. I guess it's not fair of me to extend that annoyance to Blake Lively. I know actors aren't their characters, but I still did it. So, when I heard that Blake was launching a new lifestyle website, I rolled my eyes.
But, when I saw that launched curiosity got the best of me.

Five reasons why I like Blakey Lively Reynolds new lifestyle website:

1. It's swimming with nostalgia, and I'm a complete sucker for that stuff.
The Art of Letter Writing and Read 'em and Weep are not your everyday articles and have a certain depth to them that you can't help but want to read beginning to end.

2. The photos have a classic tint. No, they do. I don't know what the filter is, but it's probably has vintage in the title.

3. "The heart of PRESERVE culture is about discovering old and new: music, travels, books, films and more." - I like the old part. I'm in social and tech, so I'm always about the new side of life. I've been trying to discover the old and the craft part of life too, and if this site could be a resource then, I'm all for it.

4. Shop: There are certain sites run by other blondes that sell expensive stuff that makes my mouth drop. But, this isn't the blonde or the site.  Yes, the price point is on the higher side, but I can see why. A lot of the pieces are crafted not manufactured.

5. They're Greater Good stance. It's pretty straight forward - They're for profit, but they're also working towards a goal of giving back.

"We have set our first goal of giving 5,000 children a meal, 2,000 children a blanket, and 2,700 children a warm hoodie, all within the U.S."

So, I'm glad I gave into my curiosity. I'm by no means a super fan, it's only the first issue, but I know it's a site I will visit again. 

Check out the Summer Issue.

Reality Check: Kicking Excuses to the Curb.

posted on: 7/13/14

A few weeks back I found myself at a diner with a hunger that needed to be fed and a dead phone. So, I found myself in a situation I hadn't been in a long time. 
Alone with my thoughts.

The past few months have passed by in a blur. 

New Job ----> Birthday ----> Moved

A lot of changes for this girl to handle. But, I thought I was handling it. It's funny how the body tells you you're wrong and forces you to realize that you've taken up residency on the island of denial. 

This was the state of my fridge for way too long. 

It was the first time I was able to step back and realize that I need to get things back on track. The stress of moving and going head first into a new job was taking a toll on me. I had an eye twitch, an eye stye, and I had gained weight because I was always just grabbing something to eat. I didn’t make time for yoga, so the flexibility that had taken me months to achieve was now non-existent. My body was telling me that I wasn't taking time to nourish it, and I needed to reevaluate. I just had been ignoring it for the past two or more months. As I sat there in the diner looking at an empty plate of something, I regretted eating I made a decision to take a deep breath and work past the excuses

So, the past few weeks I have been making it a point to do yoga. That’s “me” time. But, it’s this past week that I took bigger steps into getting myself on track. Jenn from For the Glow posted about a place called the Tummy Temple. It had a service called “Maya Abdominal Massage” and I thought – I've never had my tummy massaged – So, why not? 
The first 15 minutes was the basic getting to know me, what do I want out of the session rundown. I usually don’t like to get too personal, but if I wanted really to do this right, I had to. So, I letdown my guard and shared my struggles. Thankfully, Jamie was personable and made me feel at ease right away. A tummy massage is different. Since, it was my first time, I wanted her to explain what she was doing and what she was discovering. It opened my eyes, and I felt like I was getting to know my body on a whole new level. At the end of the massage, she asked me to keep a food journal and to come see her in 2 weeks. I walked out of there feeling like I truly listened to my body – it had been too long since I did that. 

Feeling great after my time at the Tummy Temple. 

Instead of taking that first step and being comfortable with that, I decided that I needed to make this my launching pad. I went to yoga four times the following week and signed up for a core intensive class. I was also keeping true to my food journal. I wrote down everything I ate and how it made me feel. I realized I needed to do more. For the Glow is doing a 33 day Glow food challenge – before I read the document I pretty much had talked myself out of it. It's summer time – ice cream and iced drinks – right? It’s when looked at my food journal and realized that food was my struggle I decided take a second look at 33 days to glow plan. It’s not too far from the meal plan I have now, just a few changes. It did promise to help you better understand  how your body responds to food, and that’s the biggest mystery to me. So, the new food plan begins tomorrow. 

Here goes everything…. 

Check out Tummy Temple
Looking to do a core intensive check out UYS
For the Glow – Great food plans, workouts and community. 

I Want to Live In This Coral.... I mean Color.

posted on: 7/9/14

I know I know, coral was the color of the season like 3 years back. It's supposed to be all about radiant orchid right now, but the heart wants what it wants. Coral is bright and can bring summer glow to every outfit.

 High on my coral must have list.
coral flower dress

Have you been wearing coral and didn't even realize how much you love it? 

Why Aren't You Wearing This Top?

posted on: 7/8/14

Why aren't you rocking the peasant top? These casual cool tops can really bring that effortless summer look to life. You don't have to be a hippie or a child of the 70's in order to wear one of these festive tops. Here's a few ways to make it part of your summer life.


Are you walking around your city or maybe you're on vacation? - the peasant blouse is light and perfect as an around the town look.

The blouse that can also be a beach cover up. 

The detail makes it stand out from other tops. There will be a style that fits you.

I do see this more as a "I'm on vacation" top. It's one that I would love to wear in small beach towns. But if I can't wear it on the streets of a beach town, I want to look I just came from the beach and this top is perfect for that.

The Accessory That Says Summertime Fun: You Can't Have Just One!

posted on: 7/7/14

Summertime is really all about the sun. And the one accessory that will be getting the most play out of all of your must haves, will be your sunglasses. It's easy to find one pair that will be your go-to's everyday, but there's 93 (hopefully) days of summer - shouldn't you have some fun and mix up your look with some out of the box styles.

There's a million different styles to have fun with so you will find something that not only fits your face, but also fits your playful summer personality. It's easy to revert to the black round sunnies, I have a pair - every lady should - but I also have pink, green, gold, two/tone, mirrored etc and the truth is I want more. Here's some of my favorite styles that have made it into my Keep collection.

7 Ways To Rock Black this Summer.

posted on: 6/18/14

I did some spring cleaning this past week, yes the week before summer officially rolls in. Ah, better late than ever. The point is.. I cleared out my closet and I noticed something - I have a lot of sweaters and black clothes. I know I shouldn't be surprised, I am from Seattle after all. I do have high hopes of wearing bright colors this summer, but I'm not going to get rid of my black pieces all together. So, here's a few ways I will be bringing black into summer.

The Accessories: Black heels, black purse, black hat and black coat, don't pack them away. They can still work with a bright dress. It may seem in your head that it won't work, but the Blonde Salad makes it look good, so you can too.


Faux leather pants. This is hands down one of my favorite items in my closet. I would not even think about packing them away for summer.  They go great with linen tops.


The Black Maxi. This is the dress I would wear all fall/winter long just with a blazer or large coat thrown off of it. It's time to take your coat off and wear it out.

The Little Black Dress. You're probably used to pairing leggings, tights, knee high boots and a leather jacket with your lbd, but summer is here and its time to strip off all of the layers and let your lbd run free.


Head to Toe Black. Take off your jeans and just add shorts or a skirt and your favorite all black outfit is summerfied. That's a word, right?


Leather jacket. The cropped leather jacket adds a little edge to your feminine outfit. I love an outfit that contrasts and this is an easy way to do it. I know my little leather jacket will be getting a lot of play on summer nights.

The moral of this fashion story is that even your little black pieces want to have this summer. 

An Every Day Shirt that's Hard Not to Wear Every Day: J.Crew Linen.

posted on: 5/27/14

A blog post? Yes, its true. It's been way too long. I started a new job two months ago and if that wasn't enough I decided to find a new place to live. Needless to say my days have been filled to the brim and by the time I have a chance to blog I need to go to sleep. So, you can say I've been tired. I'm sad to say that it has made my outfit choices frenzied. So, when I found some time to do a little retail therapy, I found my newest obsession. The linen scoop neck with a metallic neck pretty much goes with everything. I loved it so much I bought all 3 colors. The fit is loose, it runs big so I'm wearing the xxs. I usually go for something a little more fitted, but the loose fit has been a blessing for long days. 

I usually don't try on linen, I always think of scratchy material. So glad I decided to take a chance and try it on. That metallic - almost like a necklace - neck pulled me in. Now, I have all the other great linen tops from JCrew on my must have list. 

Yes.  +  Amour