Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MID-WEEK MUSIC MOMENT: RYN WEAVER


{I'm feeling loose - feeling untamed,
and you're the dynamite in my chains }

I can't even remember how I came across Ryn Weaver's incredibly catchy "Octahate," but ever since I did, it's been nearly impossible to turn it off. Apparently this song blew up in June, and I feel pretty lame for just finding it now—it's such a summer jam! Weaver has some serious star power behind her, helping spread the word and hone her sound, including Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos, Charli XCX and Jessie Ware. 

Again, I offer up a song that would make an absolutely fabulous replacement for all that Iggy Azalea we've been subjected to this summer. Check out "Octahate" below and let me know what you think. I'd also stand by, as it seems like we may be hearing a lot more from this 21-year-old in the near future.



You can read up on Ryn Weaver in this cute interview she did with Entertainment Weekly last week.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

{STYLING NOTES} TWO EARLY FALL FOOTWEAR FAVORITES...



I know it seems a little limited, but I'm pretty sure there are only two pairs of shoes I really want for the upcoming fall season. Sure, there are plenty that I would like, but in terms of what I will actually invest in for myself—I'm a realist. 

First, black leather ankle boots. While I will probably be forever crushing on Rag & Bone's Harrow and Newbury styles, the price point is pretty intimidating. Loeffler Randall is one of those accessory brands that I forget about until I remember, and then I wonder how that ever happened. Their shoes range from classic to trendy, but quality is always paramount. That's why the $395 price tag of the 'Ella' bootie isn't totally frightening to me. I find the simple design, stacked heel and lack of distinctive branding timelessly appealing. This ankle boot also comes in a style with a contrasting wood heel (and in pretty colors of sandy beige and cognac), but  to me, the all-black version can be dressier, and therefor more wearable. 

Now, the Vans. This style is already backordered at Nordstrom and nearly sold out from Need Supply, but I found there are still plenty of sizes available online from Madewell and Vans.com. What's so great about these slip-ons is that they resemble the high-end versions from Celine, Vince and Common Projects—but they're made by the original California-cool foortwear brand and only $60. They also come in white, and earlier in the summer I was thisclose to getting them. However, in thinking about wearability and keeping them clean, I'm glad I held out for black. These will go perfectly with everything from jeans to slouchy silk pants, mini skirts and black skinny trousers.

Between work and the weekends, there are few occasions in the fall where one of these two pairs wouldn't be appropriate. So, while I ended up purchasing the Vans in the process of writing this post, I'm starting the saving process now for the Loeffler Randalls.

What's on your list of fall footwear essentials?

Monday, August 18, 2014

{WEDDING 101} WHAT I WORE IN SEATTLE...


{ My dress is Tibi, Lauren's is Rag & Bone }

After talking such a big game about that Tibi dress I couldn't wait to wear during the wedding blitz, I thought I'd share a few photos of how it turned out. And, aside from the fact that the bridesmaids were also wearing navy at this wedding (such a faux pas, I know), it was a huge hit. I've developed a serious thing for high-neck backless dresses—I think I've found my new go-to dressy silhouette. (Oh, and between you and me, I couldn't have made it work without this genius little number.)

This dress is so soft and swingy, I felt comfortable running around, dancing and toasting all night long. (Not to mention, it has pockets!) I accessorized with those silver shoes I refuse to shut up about, and a pair of Lulu Frost statement earrings from their new Transcend collection and a killer Rue Gembon hand bracelet. (Also, shortly before taking off, I hopped on over to Deluxe Salon in Brooklyn and chopped a couple more inches off my hair—you like?)


{With Pippi in my backyard before the wedding }


{ With Lauren (in a dress from Anthropologie), Brett and Lauren at the Seattle Tennis Club }

I'm finally back in New York today, and I'm not quite sure how to feel. After so much (relaxing) time away, I have a feeling the vacation blues are going to hit me hard. However, I've missed my life and my friends out here, so I'm looking forward to getting back in the swing of things. I'm sure I'll have more emo feelings and reflections to share about my trip later this week, but at the moment I still can't believe I was having dinner with my parents (for their 40th wedding anniversary!) at Ponti just last night...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

MID-WEEK MUSIC MOMENT: GREAT GOOD FINE OK


Brooklyn-based Great Good Fine Ok only has two songs out so far, but that's not to diminish their potential. Their electro-disco-pop sound is on-par with groups I love like Body Language, The Knocks and Goldroom—and I think we'll be hearing a lot from them in the near future.

Tully shared the below song with me last week via Spotify, and it's added some upbeat, sparkling sound to my stay here in Seattle. Though things started out all hot and sunny, that iconic Northwest gloom has rolled in, providing an excuse to be cozy on the couch with my dog—and this song is striking the perfect note between chill and motivational. (I'm still working out here, afterall!) Take a listen and let me know what you think!

Friday, August 8, 2014

{THE WILD WEST} SNAPSHOTS FROM McCALL, IDAHO...


{ Burgdorf Hot Springs }

After the most epic wedding weekend in Sun Valley, my mom and I drove to McCall, Idaho to relax and hang out with family friends who have a home on Payette Lake. To say that McCall is a special place to my and my family would be putting it lightly—my mom was born in Boise to fourth generation Idaho natives, and grew up vacationing there her whole life, and my parents were married in the front yard of her family's lake house. I, too, grew up spending a few weeks each summer in McCall, and once I started working summers, the visits became fewer. I hadn't been to our beloved little mountain town in about a decade.

CLICK THROUGH BELOW FOR MORE PHOTOS AND MY FAVORITE SPOTS...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

{WEDDING 101} THE SUN VALLEY REHEARSAL...


{ Me: Tibi dress (sold out, similar here), J. Crew sandals, Ray-Ban shades, Lulu Frost earrings (similar here) and Holst+Lee bracelet.
Anne: Trina Turk dress (in black, here), J. Crew sandals, Burberry sunglasses }

To practice marrying off our bride Alex and then celebrate with a dinner at Ketchum Grill (and subsequent after party at River Run Lodge), I opted to wear my favorite little Tibi cocktail dress that I most recently wore to Anderson and Inslee's wedding in May. As I've mentioned about a million times already, I also picked up these J. Crew sandals for that occasion, and have gotten so much wear out of them since.

My girl Anne (another bridesmaid) is wearing a sassy pink lace dress from Trina Turk with the most perfect pair of J. Crew wedge sandals. We make quite a chic duo, no? Here are all the maids and flower girls, below:


 Stay tuned for more wedding blitz photos, I'm only one down with two more to go!

Monday, August 4, 2014

{WEDDING 101} FANCY FAVORITES TO PUT ON REPEAT...

Wedding Ensemble


{ My wedding blitz essentials }

As I've mentioned in several previous posts, I'm in the midst of a midsummer wedding blitz. Three ceremonies, three rehearsal dinners and welcome events—six wonderful people being celebrated. While I wish I could showcase a multitude of different looks, the truth is, every dressy ensemble I wear in the next few weeks will be a variation on the above theme.

I know I wrote about a month ago about how I was already planning and shopping for this adventure, but it wasn't until last week when I scooped up this amazing—and I mean amazing—backless Tibi dress on sale that I finally felt like I had some direction. I'll be wearing it (in navy and black, natch) to one rehearsal dinner and one wedding—and just switching up the accessories for each.

Those silver J. Crew shoes (currently available for 40% off of their sale price!) are some kind of miracle, and I'll be wearing them to just about everything, and same goes for my favorite Elizabeth and James Nirvana scent, and Essie 'blanc' on both fingers and toes.

With all these fancy events I've also begun to embrace dramatic earrings again. For a long time I was an all necklaces all the time girl, but with my newly shorn hair and all these fabulous necklines, I'm really into the face-framing power of some sparkling danglers (like these from Lulu Frost).

Oh and one last thing—the Heat Wave. I swear by this matte, stay-put lipstick from Nars that adjusts to your skin tone and looks amazing (yet different) on everyone.