Sunday, July 22, 2012

Matchy Match

Our outfit choices were decided independently this morning. As we were walking out the door to church, I looked at Mary and said, "Wow, we look completely alike today. Even our bags match." The weather thankfully cooled down this weekend, so we were both eager to throw on the skinny jeans and longer sleeves for a day out before the heat strikes again this week.

We've always had this "freaky sister thing" where we will be thinking the exact same thing about anything and everything, and today it happened with our outfits. That's just what happens when your best friend is your sister.

Mary made brunch for us today, and we played vinyls in my living room.
You can't go wrong with Peter, Paul & Mary; Melanie; and Cat Stevens.

Mary's internship is wrapping up in a couple weeks, which is crazy to me. Time has certainly flown by this summer.  I've really enjoyed having her here, and I love our sister outfit posts. I won't have anyone to take my pictures anymore. A tripod just isn't the same.

What I Wore:
Peter Pan Collar Blouse - Love by Forever21
Skinny Jeans - Urban Outfitters
Ballet Flats - Urban Outifitters
Purse - Kate Spade

What Mary Wore:
Tie Front Blouse - thrift store
Skinny Jeans - Pacific Sunwear
Ballet Flat - Gap
Purse - The Icing


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Dragonette's Martina Sorbara

A couple weeks ago, I started researching upcoming concerts in my area because I realized I'm not seeing enough live music anymore. I discovered Dragonette in the process and was instantly drawn in to their upbeat, electronic sounds featuring Martina Sorbara's infectious voice. It's the kind of music that makes you want to dance no matter where you are. I can't wait to see the group in the near future!

After I watched a couple of Dragonette's videos, I was completely inspired by Martina's style. She's definitely got that edge in her personality which shows through in her style choices. And of course, I'm always a fan of a fellow girl with bangs. An extra piece of info, she's the daughter of a Canadian government official.

All that to say, check out Dragonette (use Spotify!). You'll be hooked in no time.


Sunday, July 15, 2012


I grabbed this little dress off the clearance rack at Nordstrom Rack about a year ago, and what do you know...high-low skirts are everywhere now! I remember something similar happening when I found my favorite accordion pleated skirt (before the trend hit hard) off the clearance rack at Urban thinking, "Hmmm, that's new, haven't seen it on anyone lately. I like it. I will try it."
It's a great dress, definitely worth the $10 (I think) that it cost me. I love the way the fabric flows when the wind catches because it feels like a cape flying behind me.
In other news, I was noticing how "monstrous" my calves have gotten since I moved out here. Since I opted out of having a car for the first few years, I knew walking would become a huge part of my life. I would say that I easily achieve between 22-25 miles on foot each week simply commuting places. Needless to say, I have muscular legs.

My hair has also lightened up quite a bit on its own here. This is probably due to so much sun exposure (back to the fact that I walk EVERYWHERE) and the quality of water (sometimes I feel like it smells of chlorine). Either way, my hair is turning to a pretty color, and I have a natural ombre since long hair fades.

I love my city. There are always places to go, people to meet, and new memories to be made. I have enjoyed it thoroughly, making the MOST of every opportunity. These are years that I will remember for the rest of my life. Of course, I still have my share of sad, indifferent, and "life-is-not-fair" moments, but those times have made me stronger and equipped me for the future. Life is a constant learning experience if you allow it to be.

It's been especially fun having my little sister here with me this summer. She is truly one of my best friends, and it is going to be weird having a room to myself again when she heads back to the homeland.
The girls with the bangs. Some people think we're twins.

What I Wore:
Dress with High-Low Skirt - Nordstrom Rack
Vintage Belt - my grandma's closet (where I get all my best accessories)
Necklace - gift from Daddy
Wedges - TJ Maxx
Purse - Kate Spade

What Mary Wore:
Floral Dress - Nordstrom Rack (I have the same dress in gray)
Sandals - H&M
Red Purse - The Icing


Monday, July 9, 2012

A Lovely Sunday

Sunday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week, especially since I have my sister here with me. We start the day with church, followed by brunch and a quick adventure somewhere around the city (farmer's market, cute shops, or touristy stuff--hey, I'm still new-ish here, so no shame). After our runnings-around, we come back to relax, and I nap. It really gets me charged up for the week ahead.

Here are some pictures from this week's edition of Sunday.
Brunch. They had already cleared the table at this point, but it was AMAZING.
As my mentor told me, this is me looking "city-fied."
I love my new Kate Spade!
The hairstyle that keeps me cool. Plus, it's super easy to do. Tutorial coming in the near future.
Walking down the street.
Mary laughing with the Capitol.
We found orchids.
Botanic Garden.
About to call it a day at this point. The summer heat was getting to us!
What I Wore:
Floral Dress - Nordstrom Rack
Earrings - H&M Germany (when I visited there 6 years ago!)
Snakeskin Flats - Steve Madden (c/o TJ Maxx)
Purse - Kate Spade (my NEW one!)
Sunglasses - Kate Spade (c/o Nordstrom Rack)

What Mary Wore:
Geometric Print Dress - Hurley (I gave it to her!)
Sandals - H&M
Red Purse - The Icing
Sunglasses - Burlington Coat Factory