This past weekend was such a fun one. We spent some time in the San Juan Islands, if you live in WA you need to visit. It’s a beautiful little island full of waterfront views and good food. Also, the ferry ride itself is magnificent. The views are so good.
I wore the most comfortable outfit, but could have definitely used a warmer sweater due to the cold breeze by the end of the day.
Unfortunately my Zara cardigan in the pics isn’t on the website anymore, however this outfit would look good with really any cardigan or cute cropped jacket, or honestly just by itself if you’re somewhere with warmer climate.
The view from the ferry was absolutely stunning, it’s about an hour ride from where our closest terminal is, but the view makes it worth it. Once we got off the ferry we went to San Juan Brewing which is so good, then we went to a place called Downriggers for dinner. I ordered the burger and Lu ordered fish and chips and we shared a delicious crab artichoke dip for an appetizer.
What’s your favorite summer activity where you live?
So this past week my husband and I had the best time! We took the few days I had off of work to explore more of Washington. We started our little adventure going to this cute little town called Leavenworth. I’ve posted previously about this place, but it is so magical and fun that I wanted to share again.
First off, if you go it’s worth it to stay in a hotel or Air Bnb. The hotels are themed with the town and so adorable. We stayed at a resort called “The Sleeping Lady.” They have the cutest cabin type rooms, ours had plenty of sleeping space if we had more guests with us and it also had a really cute loft area, which was great because Lu had a final to finish so I hung out up there and watched tv! I unfortunately didn’t get any pictures but trust me, it’s the cutest spot.
The first place we stopped when we got in was Icicle Brewing. I didn’t get a pic, but we did have some delicious beers and really good pretzel. It was probably one of my favorite places, it had such a good vibe.
The next day we woke up, and got some coffee, we stopped at Argonaut Espresso Bar, I got two shots of espresso on ice and it was SO good. Great quality. They also have a tiny little seating area outside with a fire, really nice.
We stopped and got pastries so we skipped breakfast, but for lunch so we stopped at Rhein Haus. We stopped here last time and it was so good. Their brats are amazing and have great flavor. (If you like brats) Their beers were also so good. They have great outdoor seating with fires, super comfortable.
Next, we also stopped at the same place that we did last time, Sulla Vita. Last time we shared a pizza and loved it so this time we went back and shared pasta. It was their Chicken Alfredo and my goodness it was delicious. They made it so easy for us to share and the service was great.
After we ate our weight in brats and pasta we went to Silvara Cellars Winery, and did a little wine tasting. This place was so pretty, a little outside of downtown it was on a hill overlooking the mountains and everything below. The wine was quality and the staff were so pleasant and helpful.
After the winery we ended up at Lake Wenatchee. It was honestly one of the most beautiful views I’ve seen in Washington. The lake was so still the mountains reflected perfectly. The walk in was snow filled but the lake was perfect.
When we got back from Lake Wenatchee we were (surprisingly) hungry again, we went to a place called South. They are a Latin American restaurant and so good. We only got chips and guac/salsa and drinks but it was delicious. I got a margarita and it was literally the best. We really want to come back to this place to try the carnitas.
After South, honestly I was a little tipsy lol, so we stopped and got a coffee and some chocolates at another really cute coffee/chocolate shop. It is called Icicle Coffee & Chocolates. The staff were so sweet and the truffles were so good!! I got a dark chocolate cappuccino truffle and a dark chocolate caramel truffle. I didn’t get a picture of them but believe they were delicious!
We kept busy the whole Friday adventuring/eating food and drinking so we ended up leaving pretty early on Saturday. I think we left around 8am. It was a really fun trip even with all of the restrictions and limited places to eat. Highly recommend going if you live nearby or plan to be in WA.
What is your favorite food item or drink to get when on vacation??
I love mixing up my outfits and adding in pops of color and different textures. I tend to lean toward mostly neutrals, blacks, and whites for my staple pieces that pair with every outfit. Staple pieces are classic items that pull together every outfit and also help save you money since they’re not being traded out for trends.
My first favorite is this camel coat with all black. Obviously you can pair it with white but I love it with blacks since it makes the tan color pop. These shoes are also my absolute favorite. These suede loafer heels are gorgeous and so comfortable. I have had them for years now so I cannot link the exact ones but I will find similar! These jeans are so comfortable. I purchased them on sale at Zara and they fit so well and pair with everything. My turtleneck is a nice thin piece from Madewell and it is a great layering piece. It’s not too heavy but is very flattering.
Most of the outfits I choose have the same build, jeans of some type, a shirt and a cute coat. For the longest time I hated winter time because I felt jackets ruined my outfits, well this year I actually shopped and found jackets I love that go well with everything that will last forever (hopefully). This jacket is so cute and comfortable, it is warm and dresses up any outfit. These jeans are also a favorite of mine. I got them online super cheap from Abercrombie and they fit so well. I have also had these slides for a really long time and love them. They are so chic.
Last but not least, my absolute favorite staple piece is an oversized white button up shirt. I generally like to purchase mens shirts for this because I dont love how women’s clothes have cinched waists and girly accents but now that women’s clothing has come out with the “boyfriend fit” I dont need to stray. I got my white button up from Zara. I believe it was on sale and it is so comfortable and lightweight. The jeans and shoes in this outfit are the same as above. I also love a cropped tank to pair underneath. This one is a ribbed, sweater type crop that I also purchased from Zara. The jewelry I’m wearing is also my favorite and I wear them pretty much everyday.
After a busy week there is nothing better than taking a day or two for yourself! Take your available day off to relax and do things that make your soul shine for the coming week.
Ideally, you’ll want to do what YOU love. I’ll share some things that I love to do or want to try, and I’ll also share some options recommended to me.
First decide if working out that day is something you want to do to honor your body, or if you feel you need rest. If you need rest, then go on with your day relaxing. If a workout would make you feel good, then throw on your fav workout clothes and get moving! My favorite thing about working out (besides wearing my favorite clothes) is the endorphin high afterwards. I swear on my worst days, all I need is a good workout to get me feeling like myself again.
Now, treat yourself to a delicious coffee or matcha or whatever drink you fancy. I usually go for coffee however matcha does tend to hit the spot on slow moving days. If going out for coffee isn’t your jam, you can always make something cozy at home or just drink water, hydration is key. Something else I really love to do to either get my day started or to help relax me throughout is a little bit of yoga. If you worked out the stretching aspect is nice, if you didn’t, do some restorative work it will deepen your relaxation and make you feel SO good.
Now that we are in an ultimate relaxation stage, take a long nice hot bath or shower with some eucalyptus. I hang eucalyptus over my shower head so that every steamy soak refreshes and relaxes my senses. If you enjoy baths I definitely recommend a nice bath bomb or maybe some epsom salts for muscle soreness and fatigue. Add a bit of lavender and light a candle, and you’re on your way to bliss.
All of these suggestions are interchangeable, if you like to workout in the evening do that, if not then dont. But make sure you make time to eat throughout the day! Nourish yourself to feel your best. I’ll be honest, I’m not a girl who loves to cook and I’m definitely someone who gives into her cravings more often then I like to admit, however I do notice a big change in my body and mood when I eat something healthy at home.
Now the rest of your day can go however you like. If you are in the mood to go out, throw on a cute, comfortable outfit and hit the town. If staying in is your vibe for this particular self care day then cozy up on the couch with a homemade cocktail, a hot tea, or whatever makes you feel good. Put on your fav show or movie or read your favorite book that you haven’t given yourself the time to read and indulge. Lower your expectations of what you think needs to be done that day and relax. Plan to do it tomorrow. Your body and mind need proper care to function at your highest level and frankly, you deserve to feel wonderful inside and out.
Now start planning your next self care day, what suggestions to you have for others reading this? What do you plan to do to make your soul shine?
Let me know in the comments or DM me on instagram!
Hey friends! From the workout to the street, athleisure is the most versatile and comfortable clothing out there. Last year I was more lax about how often I moved my body but this year I started in a new direction. We invested in a Peloton and I have been LOVING it! (not sponsored, I wish). From working out or doing a nice yoga flow at home to going out to grab coffee these recommendations will have you covered!
I’m loving everything Lululemon. At first, I thought, is it really worth the price? Do I need it? Well now that I am the proud owner of roughly 15 pieces of their wear I can say it definitely is worth it. However, try the outlets first, they’ll save you a ton!
These leggings are some of my favorite, they’re bright and fun but are also SO comfy!! This was the best outfit for a walk around the city with a delicious latte at hand. The sweater linked is the same brand and similar. I got mine on clearance super cheap so it was too big, so I cropped it.
These are still my Lululemon leggings, with a cute workout long sleeve underneath the jacket, I just styled it up with a cute belt bag crossed over, a gorgeous jacket, and my fav boots.
Leggings and shorts are really the only workout clothing I spend more money on, as for me I feel it affects my training more if I’m uncomfortable in those areas. Usually for shirts and tanks and sports bras I go for whatever is cute/on sale. There are so many sites out now that have such cute workout items so the possibilities are endless. Below I’ll link some of my fav accessories/ items I use for a great home workout.
Hello again, since my last post we have been really working on getting outside but also finishing decorating our house. Saturday was one of the first sunny days we had here in a what felt like weeks so we spent it the best way we knew how, outside.
First we slept in, which was fantastic. We then left and went for a long walk to a different part of town to have a few drinks and explore around. We then finished, walked back, and went to a few stores to get some finishing pieces for our apartment. We still have one corner to work on but so far I’m in love!
This outfit was cozy and comfortable and perfect for the day. I did make the mistake of trying to break in new shoes prior to putting on these boots that now my ankles are not happy with me. Overall, it was a super comfortable outfit for a chilly, sunny day. Most of these items I purchased on sale or at an outlet, so I recommend doing so before paying full price.
With the Black Friday coming up this week and everyone feeling the pressure to purchase gifts for everyone they know, please remember that the best gift is your health and happiness. Don’t feel pressured to purchase outside of your means just to keep up. Let’s be grateful this season for what we all still have not what we want.
Now that Halloween is over, I feel now is the time to start sharing all of my favorites and possible ideas for gifts for that special lady in your life. (That may be yourself, and I’m all for that).
Some items in the list are things I have now, I’ve had in the past, or I really want but have tried on in person. First up, are my fashion favs!
Chelsea Platform Doc Martens– My all time favorite boot, they are so comfortable and durable. Something about them makes me feel powerful and confident. They are pricey however they are worth every penny, they will last for years. Tip: If you’re a student you get 20% off!
Black Adidas beanie– I actually just purchased this yesterday and I feel like I haven’t taken it off since. It is so warm and comfortable. I feel like some beanies can feel heavy and constricting, not this one! I got mine from Marshall’s at half the price they normally are, so def check there first if it’s on your list.
Marc Jacobs Crossbody– I’ve had a few Marc Jacobs bags in the past and this is one that I REALLY want. Like the others it’s simplistic, edgy, and great quality. (ON SALE- 30% off right now!)
A Classic Black Blazer– I love them. Something about the sophisticated look of them to dress up any outfit will always be a fav. Tip: Buy them a little oversized over some leggings with boots. SO cute!
Spanx Faux Leather leggings– These are so good. They hug you so well that you feel like strutting everywhere you go. They look chic and edgy but are oh so comfy! I had a pair that was sadly too small, but I am looking to buy a pair again! Tip: Size up, they do run small. I’m 5′ and I fit the petite.
A good pair of black skinny jeans– My favorite jeans currently are either Levi’s or Abercrombie however once we get down to Seattle where the closest Madewell is I will be trying out their jeans! I could order online, but I do want to see about sizing, who knows maybe I’ll just go for it 😉
Black croc leather phone case– I just purchased mine on Etsy and I am in love! I will link the direct store I purchased from, the quality is great and it shipped fast. They also offer a personalization! I got my initials in gold on the case, so cute!
Zara satin tank– One of my favorite purchases from Zara. It is lightweight but elegant. It dresses up a cute pair of jeans with some mules and maybe a blazer. Tip: Size up if you want more of a loose fit, mine is pretty tight, runs small.
Steve Madden Snakeskin mules– These are on my want list! I’ve tried them on and I love them so much I just have yet to actually purchase. They are fantastic quality and so comfortable. I would recommend sizing up a half size, they run a little small. I linked similar to the ones I want.
A classic white button up– I purchased mine from H&M, you can get a nice one anywhere however I wanted something on the cheaper side because I didn’t know at the time how much I would wear it. I love it so much, it is such a staple in my closet. It makes any outfit a little more sophisticated and sexy. I usually pair it over the Zara tank.
Bumble and Bumble Dry Oil spray– I got this stuff last time I got my hair done because my frizz was out of control, I love it so much! It smells amazing and it’s nice and light. I have fine hair, but a lot of it so regular oil weighs me down and gets too greasy.
Marc Jacobs Decadence perfume– I just got this perfume yesterday after searching for the perfect scent and I am so in love with it. It is a deeper more seductive scent rather than the light florals I usually reach for, it is by far my fav. Plus the packaging is beautiful. Tip: it’s 15% off right now!
Boar Bristle brush– This brush is great for detangling without pain, it is apparently great for breakage and frizz. So far I love mine.
Ouai Leave in Conditioner– This makes my hair so soft, because I have a ton of fine hair they tangle oh so easily so a good leave in is necessary. This really helps detangle and smooth out my hair.
Hempz Body Wash– The white peach and peony scent is wonderfully refreshing. It smells amazing and the formula is nice and moisturizing. It’s on the pricier side however if you can find a good sale they’re worth it.
Charlotte Tillbury Legendary Lashes– I love this mascara. The brush is the perfect shape for lengthening lashes without clumping them. The formula is long lasting and makes your eyelashes look long and elegant.
Nars Lipstick– I got the shade Anita, this lipstick is beautiful, from it’s packaging to it’s formula. The packaging is black and sleek and edgy with a magnetic assisted closure. The color is a beautiful mix of pinks and reds.
Tula skincare set– I have tried a few products from Tula previously but recently ordered this set as I am in need of a new skincare routine. This set is on a great sale and is too good to pass up.
Drybar Liquid Glass shampoo & conditioner– One word for these, LOVE. The scent is subtle and beautiful and the sleek, shine that it gives my hair is fabulous. This is my first time purchasing high end shampoo and conditioner and all I can say is.. why did I wait so long?
Morphe Eyebrow pencil– This is so cheap but great quality. I got the second lightest shade because I like my eyebrows darker. Highly recommend.
Hot Tools 1.25″ barrel curling iron– This curling iron does a great job, it isn’t the quality of the higher end more expensive ones, however for the price it is a great iron. Eventually I will invest in a higher end one, but this iron has lasted me a long time and given me well over what I paid.
Morphe Liquid Lipstick– I was a little unsure when I saw that this lipstick is only $10, but when I put it on I was in disbelief. It is light and moisturizing. My lips didn’t flake like they do with some liquid lipsticks, it has that barely there feel.
Chanel Chance perfume– This perfume is a staple of mine, it is on the lighter more floral side but I’ve had it for a while and love it.
Are there any favorites you have that you’re excited to gift?
It is now the Monday after Halloween, I hope everyone has recovered well if you went out and if you didn’t I hope you still had the best time. We started out the Saturday drinking mimosas at the house getting ready for a fun adventure day ahead.
First we went to Bellewood Farms & Distillery, we drank homemade cider cocktails and walked around there pumpkins (or lack there of) and corn fields. We walked through the apple trees and had the best time.
The weather was absolutely perfect, cool enough to wear a sweater yet warm enough to not need a jacket. This outfit is full of staples for me, I just purchased this sweater in the last month but everything else I’ve had for months to years. The sweater is from Lucky Brand, it is cozy and I sized up to make it a little more oversized and comfortable. (linked a similar sweater) The jeans are from Abercrombie & Fitch, I’ve had them for over 2 years now and they are so comfortable and fit so well. (linked similar jeans, and they’re on SALE right now!) These boots are also my fav, I got them for activities like this, they handle muddy and wet patches well and stay looking cute and comfy. (linked similar in black)
After the farm we enjoyed a nice drink at a local brewery then went out with some friends for Halloween, we went to dinner then we went axe throwing which was so fun! My husband surprised me Friday with halloween costumes that he picked out special. We went out as Avocado Toast, I was the avo, he was the toast. I was going to post a picture here however technology isn’t on my side right now, so if you want to see it check out the picutre on my instagram!
Hello friends! Life has been so busy lately, between work, school, and trying to have a personal life, I’m finally able to get back on here and share a few of my staples as of late.
I’m loving these black chelsea platform boots from Dr. Marten’s. They are so comfortable and so versatile and go well with nearly every outfit.
As you (maybe) saw in one of my previous posts I mentioned this corduroy jacket from Zara (similar linked), and I am still so in love with it. This top is actually a black bodysuit that I got on sale at Forever 21. I dont usually shop there (it’s honestly a little overwhelming lol) but I found this gem and have worn it over 10 times in under a month. Worth it!
This bag is one of my all time favorite finds! It is a vintage Gucci Boston bag and I love it so much (here is a similar one linked). It’s big enough that it holds everything I could need, but it also comes with a crossbody strap to help go hands free on shopping trips. The jeans are Levi jeans that I found at TJ Maxx as a lucky find and have worn them so frequently. Unfortunately I can’t link them as they are past season, but any light wash Levi jeans can be a great replacement for this outfit.
I couldn’t help but share my delicious matcha latte and GF coffee cake that I also ordered on our day date! It was at the cutest coffee shop which was the place pictured in my “We Moved” post. I love the vibe and how light and open the shop is and it’s the best place to get work done!
What’s your favorite outfit pairing? Do you have any staples that you cannot live without?
Hi friends! It is now late afternoon on Monday and my weekend was a mix of adventure and illness. Saturday we went for a fun hike but I weirdly woke up not feeling the best. That didn’t stop me (although maybe it should have lol) we did a fantastic 6 mi hike that brought us close enough to make the mountain look small. It was so beautiful. Sunday however I woke up ill with no energy, which wasn’t the best but I at least had an added day of rest.
If you are a lover of the outdoors and love to hike what is the best hike you’ve been on?
I like to keep my outfits simple while hiking, I don’t usually wear a backpack (I know most do) but I was with two other people who helped carry my things so I didn’t need one lol. I do like a fanny pack type belt to carry the important things like my phone, keys, and ID. (Thinks I dont like to leave in the car). Other than that I stick with a simple tank top and some leggings and usually hiking boots, but this time I wore my hiking sandals since there were multiple river crossings.
*Just a side note about the Lululemon gear, I rarely will spend money on it when it is full price, the quality is worth it, however I personally don’t like to spend that much on active wear. I am a regular at the outlet stores to find little treasures and have come out with multiple items at a fraction of the full priced cost.
What’s your favorite things to bring or wear on a hike?