Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Warm and fuzzy

Wilfred oversized blazer (similar)
H&M denim shirt (similar)
Rag & Bone alpaca knit skirt (similar)
Topshop boots (similar)

A closer shot of the awesome Rag & Bone skirt I wore in this post. This furry skirt has been one of my winter favorites, especially layered under oversized anything.. blazers, shirts, sweaters.. The knit is so shaggy and thick that it makes wearing a skirt actually logical in cold weather. Of course paired with my best winter purchase by far.. fleece-lined tights (am not one of those awkward unseasonal dressers who bare legs in the winter. Unless winter is like 80 degrees). My lower body perpetually feels like it's being hugged by fleecy amazingness.

Monday, February 27, 2012

All purpose outfit

Madewell shirt (similar)
7 for All Mankind skinny jeans
Zara asymmetrical pumps
Prada bag

The weekend was incredibly busy but fantastic.. food dates with friends, meetings with potential wedding photographers, and a final fitting before I ordered THE wedding dress. :) I wore this outfit, or a variation of it, for all of those events. When a day is packed with a range of activities and no time to go home and change, I like to wear an outfit that can easily be dressed up or down. For example, I switched out heels for flats for a chill brunch. Anyway, I loved the look of Zara's cutout heels when they came out in black but they've long sold out, so when the nude ones came out I got them right away. The exposed arch is so subtly sexy.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Innkeeper - Seattle, WA

The owners of Black Bottle, where my fiancé planned our surprise engagement party, opened The Innkeeper recently. The name is an inspiration from the Chef Chris Linker's favorite book, Don Quixote, which makes the literary nerd in me happy. It serves up small plates of Latin American food, and has a bustling but laidback bar vibe, fun for some grubbing and drinking on a Friday night.

Wooden cigar boxes hold utensils and napkins.

How can you beat $1/oyster happy hour!? It was our favorites, half Kusshi and half Kumamoto with cava mignonette. We split a dozen but I could have easily eaten all this by myself..and then ordered another round..and another.

House-smoked Annatto chicken drumettes with chile tamulado (a habanero sauce they make in house), which isn't so hot initially but definitely builds in intensity in that gooood way.

Argentine empanadas and chimichuri filled with savory beef and raisins.

Grilled queso fresco with vegetarian green chili. I love Mexican cheese, so it was heaven having it simply grilled in its gooey goodness.

Tres Leches cake with whipped cream and strawberries. This was one of the best Tres Leches I've ever had!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

All that glitters is silver

Shipley & Halmos blazer
Cynthia Rowley sequin dress (similar)
BCBGmaxazria lace shorts (similar)
Zara lucite heel pumps
Balenciaga clutch

I'm totally not one to stick within my size if I like something and there's only one left.. so I ended up getting this sequined tee in a large, but it works tucked in as a shirt or worn as a little dress (with shorts under of course). It's my first sequined item of any sort since I'm not usually a big fan, but I figured it was okay because the casual v-neck and jersey back made it more wearable for day and can be dressed up for night. Since sequins are so loud, I toned the rest of the outfit down with black and a sharp blazer. I wore this to a gf's birthday party, but I'll post a daytime sequins look in the future.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Blue crush

Wilfred shirtdress 
BCBGmaxazria lace shorts (similar)
Plush fleece-lined tights
Theyskens' Theory velvet flats
Marc Jacobs bejeweled patent leather bag

I've been hunting for the gorgeous Theyskens' Theory blue velvet wedges but to no avail, so when I saw them in the flats form, I had to pull the trigger. They took a few wears to break in.. painful flats, that will never make sense to me, then I might as well wear heels?? Anyway, I've forgiven them. Since the rich blue is so pretty on its own, I've just been pairing the flats with simple all black. This slinky shirtdress is easy to wear with anything, it's the black version of the one I wore in this post. Happy Friday all!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Life is like photography, you develop from the negatives

YesStyle asymmetrical sweater
Rag & Bone alpaca skirt (similar)
Topshop boots
Photography by Sean Young

Met up with my friend at a coffee shop for a photoshoot with his Leica M4 from the 1960s. There's that original raw texture in film pictures that just isn't quite the same when recreated with filters. The process is more meticulous.. he had to manually meter the light and focus. The results turned out wonderfully charming, and none of these photos have been altered by Photoshop.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Streets ahead

Helmut Lang cutout knit (similar)
James Perse tank top
PRPS boyfriend jeans (similar)
Acne suede peep-toe booties (similar, on sale!)
Prada bag

(Blog titles are annoying to think up so I always force my fiancé to come up with something haha so this title was his idea.. if you watch Community, you'll get it ;).)

It's been warm enough to show toes! So I seized the opportunity and debuted these new Acne booties. The slouchy foldover makes them a little more casual to pair with saggy boyfriend jeans. Anyway, I updated the blog layout recently, and I'm excited to be adding some new content in the weeks to come like wedding DIY projects, hair and makeup tutorials, and more. Hope you all have a fun weekend!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Terra Plata - Seattle

Last weekend, we went to Terra Plata, which is a farm to table restaurant with a rooftop garden that would be pretty cool to check out in the summer. Seattle restaurants always have great interiors and this one is no different (minus the Christmas lights in February..) Anyway, on to the food...

Marinated beets with arugula, pistachios, and aged ricotta. Preparing beets take so long at home so I always make sure to indulge in them when I'm out.

Crispy brussels sprouts, cured ham, and rosemary. Why are human beings stereotyped to hate brussels sprouts as kids when they are so delicious? I love the lightly crisped leaves, and I'm used to having bacon chopped into brussels sprouts usually but this is my first time having it with prosciutto and now I dream of this dish..

Medjool dates stuffed with Valdeón cheese wrapped in lardon. Dates, good. Cheese, good. Fat, good. Recipe for success.

Bone marrow with grapefruit watercress crostini. That is me going to town alone with the bone marrow because the man doesn't like it. Anyway, the outfit worn here is from this post. (Btw, if you're really attention-to-detail you may have noticed I'm wearing my wedding band because the engagement ring is currently getting resized. Can't wait to get it back!)

Flank steak with duck fat fries. That little duck's fat certainly makes potatoes so much tastier..

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Monday, February 6, 2012

You're just like sunlight

Madewell shirt (similar)
3.1 Phillip Lim cropped pants (similar)
Maison Martin Margiela metallic|mesh pumps (similar)
Marc Jacobs bejeweled patent bag

Blogging has semi-seriously made me want to move to California.. like when I see girls wear skirts and tanks year round while winter-temps here in Seattle has forced me into hibernation. This week, however, the sun's finally been out, which has got me looking forward to spring. I got these 3.1 Phillip Lim cropped trousers recently, and the light color is perfect for transitioning seasons while the heavier almost pilly material makes it more wearable than linen summer pants.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Silk lace leather

Wilfred shirt dress
BCBGmaxazria lace shorts (similar)
Dries Van Noten boots

Had a whole post written up about this but Blogger deleted it so I'm not even going to try to recap.. Something about getting two of these slinky silk shirt dresses because they're so comfy and versatile blah blah you get the idea. Anyway, today was the perfect Friday. I ran around town with my best friend looking for salvaged stuff for my wedding DIYs. Can't wait to work on it and see it all come together. Have a fun weekend everyone!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Black and yellow

Rag & Bone leather jacket (similar)
T by Alexander Wang skirt (similar)
Givenchy boots
Balenciaga clutch

Here is the outfit shoot to what I wore in this post. I can never commit to going full-on neon, but I much prefer a neon accessory here and there. Especially with all the neon that has resurfaced in fashion over the past year, adding just a touch is the key to walking that line between a fun color pop vs. popping straight out of the 80's.

Anyway, thank you to everyone who's been interactive on Formspring. Getting to know my audience is one of my favorite parts of blogging, so I appreciate all the comments, questions, and requests!