Monday, July 28, 2014

Capitol Hill Block Party 2014

This is our 5th Capitol Hill Block Party! It was my first time covering the event as Press and being able to bring in our DSLR camera, and I want to thank The Stranger for that!

Capitol Hill Block Party is a 3-day music festival uniquely in the urban core of Seattle, with major streets from 12th to Broadway blocked off. Nearby restaurants and bars are open for food and drinks, which is so much better than a typical limp pizza slice at other festivals. You can drink in the fenced off areas of city streets while listening to musical artists, like this year's Sol, Star Slinger, Chromeo, and A$AP Rocky to name a few...

Thanks Jameson VIP Party at Sole Repair Shop for free drinks and food all night! It's always such a fun time, as free-flowing whiskey implies, with a DJ and an escape from the heat.

Another year of good times with good friends and good music! Already looking forward to next year's CHBP!

All photography by Miguel Marino. Please contact us for use.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Fall 2014 Trends: Nordstrom Designer Preview

Nordstrom invited us to their 29th annual Fall Designer Preview, this year held exclusively in Seattle. I'll take you through backstage, cocktail + shopping hour, and the runway show in 15 photos! Let's go:

Racks of gorgeous runway samples, rows of designer shoes, and heaps of luxurious leather bags strewn about all amidst talented stylists and artists readying the models for showtime.

Cocktail + Shopping Hour
Free-flowing Moscow Mules, Grapefruit Fizzes, and white wine + Nordstrom's fall designer pieces displayed for sale = my happy place. I'll write up an outfit post on what I wore soon!

Sitting front row chatting with social media maven Jess Estrada, and surrounded by inspiring local editors, writers, and bloggers.

Hey husband (in the blue shirt), I noticed you noticing me, and I just wanted to put you on notice that I noticed you too. He's shooting the show at an assigned spot in the photographer pit!

1. Dries Van Noten - Orange floral-print midi "Donavon" dress
2. Christian Dior - Navy wool suit jacket with trumpet sleeves

3. Michael Kors - Pearl grey fur vest with black silk long shirt and suede leggings
4. Gucci - Burgundy halter dress with leather top

5. Akris - V-neck zip front gown with full taffeta maxi skirt
6. Stella McCartney - Long-sleeved dress with wave detail

7. Dolce & Gabbana - Floral-print silk chiffon empire-waist gown
8. Donna Karan - Cognac double-face wool military coat

9. Marc Jacobs - Silver mini dress with organza wave detail
10. Oscar de la Renta - Black velvet halter gown

11. Lanvin - Khaki leather top with neck bow and faux fur mini skirt
12. Valentino - Multi-flower brocade dress with Rockstud t-strap pump

Fall 2014 Trends: belted waists, metallics, mixing bold patterns, and layering rich textures like wool and suede. Which number was your favorite look?

That's a wrap! Thank you Nordstrom for having us!

All photography by my awesome husband and partner-in-crime, Miguel Marino. Please contact us for use.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sweatshirt Dress

ATM sweatshirt dress (on sale!)
Marc by Marc Jacobs tote

On cooler days, I've been reaching for this navy and black sweatshirt dress that I got at Barneys Warehouse on crazy additional sale. ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo makes such comfy, luxurious basics, like the henley dress I wore in this post. It's so easy throwing on this sweatshirt dress paired with sneakers for running errands, or switching into embellished sandals for a sporty chic look.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Classic White Oxford Shirtdress

Rebecca Taylor white oxford shirtdress
Rupert Sanderson python heels (on sale!)
Givenchy "Obsedia" bag
Madewell silver cuff (on sale!)
Moorea Seal midi ring

I love the classic, clean silhouette of a white oxford shirtdress, which I believe is a wardrobe must have. This one is made of crisp, structured cotton, so I dressed it up with minimalist silver jewelry and neutral accessories. I'll post a more casual styling of this dress soon!

Also, when I wear all white, I always sport a nude slip underneath. If you can get away with showing a hint of undergarment, you do you Honey Boo Boo. Otherwise, I like this nude tank from Forever 21 ($1.80!) and nude boy shorts.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

My Picks: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Yes, I was one of those crazy people up at midnight to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (twice, during Early Access and now). These are some of my favorite picks of the sale (sorry wallet), and I managed to revamp my whole workout wardrobe too. Did you snag any goodies? :)

To send you off to the weekend, here is a round-up of more current sales:
  • ASOS - extra 10% off sale (code: GAME10)
  • J.Crew - extra 40-50% off sale (code: SALEFUN)
  • Barneys Warehouse - extra 75% off clearance
  • Madewell - 30% off summer favorites (code: KEEPCOOL)
  • Outnet - extra 30% off selected styles on sale
Happy shopping!