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28.4.14

H&M Loves Music: Coachella Style

Did you know this was the 5th year H&M has been the sponsor of the coveted music festival Coachella?! Not only was it another amazing year under the Southern California sun, but H&M also announced it's newest designer collaboration!! 
I have partnered with H&M again to bring you my favorite look from their newest collection! When I saw this kaftan online my eyes got really wide and I immediately added it to my basket! It's my newest statement piece in my wardrobe and it's even more beautiful in person. This green, sequined kaftan is perfect for Coachella, a night out to support a local band, or any other concert you may be attending! I think it's perfect for dancing to music and very Stevie Nicks. It doesn't get much better than that. My mother will be so proud when she sees these pics ;)  (I remember growing up to Fleetwood Mac and trying on my mother's countless kaftans and beaded, velvet, kimono like shrugs).
Check out H&M loves Music for more inspiration!
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{Kimono: c/o H&M // Fringe Tank: c/o H&M // Wedges: Zara (old) // Glasses: c/o LaFont // Jade stone Cross necklace: Repurposed Vintage (my great grandmothers) // Brass bridge cuff: Betsy & Iya}

26.4.14

Topshop and Statement skirts

Easter Sunday was the perfect day to bring out my favorite Topshop skirt again, the last time I wore this was in the fall for an interview. The pastel colors and print coordinated perfectly with my dusty pink fascinator I made years ago when running my millinery business. One of the things I was most excited about once we found out we were moving to England, was the fact that I would get to wear the hats and fascinators I created years ago without getting funny looks from people. Sure enough, I was not the only member of church that morning wearing a colorful array of blooms on my head, the pews were filled with hats!
 In regards to my wardrobe, I am finding that my daily choices usually involve something bold with a neutral. And I like it, the bold pieces can be more trendy where as the neutrals really last season after season, for years!! This Easter was different for both my husband and I as it was our first Easter away from family, I spent the entire day baking and organizing the flat, while he spent the entire day cooking and painting our bedroom (finally added the second coat). IT was a productive and relaxing day, we skyped with family for hours and I went to bed that night almost thinking  I was in Portland again, even if just for a moment. As the months tick on in England some things get easier, the distraction of Spring has me giddy and feeling creative, and now that we are past the major family holidays, maybe the next few months will be easier emotionally! Cheers to our first Easter in England!
Skirt: Topshop (old) // Blouse: Forever21 (old) // Metallic Bag: Coast Stores // Fascinator: Lady Evelyn

22.4.14

Travel: Harewood House in Yorkshire, England


(the only pic I have of the front!)
Travel a few miles North through beautiful English country-side to the edge of our city (Leeds) and you find Harewood House. This mansion (villa? Chateau?) rests on acres of award winning gardens and has the rolling hills filled with sheep as it's own backyard. Full of exotic plants and birds, I thoroughly enjoyed last weekends adventure to this place. Only the grounds were open at this time, with the entire house being available to tour as of May. You can see what I wore here!
(View of back of house)
We will be back for sure when it is not raining!! 

16.4.14

Black & White | Floral & Striped

 Black and white are uniform colors that will never go out of style, although the trendy bandwagon of every designer for Spring may have tainted the color duos classic expression, I'd still like to consider it a perfect match, especially for adding statement pieces and bold colors! For this outfit, I was inspired by the Parisians, which is glittered about my inspiration boards on Pinterest. I have begun pulling together outfits for a last minute trip to France with my husband!! I surprised him a few days ago as an early (by 3 months) first year wedding anniversary gift! We still have a couple weeks but the South of France cannot come soon enough! We are looking forward to wine and sunshine and a lot of relaxation!
I changed into flats for the majority of the day ;) Thanks mom!
Taking a break and wearing my favorite pieces form Coast stores in England. The Mae striped skirt and the Dionne knit jumper! If you've been to France, I would love your suggestions of what we must see/ do! I hope you are all having a lovely week, can you believe it's mid April!!! ahhh!!

11.4.14

Travel Italy: What to pack

To save on money, we only take a carry on when we travel. For most airlines that's enough, but when you travel cheap (I mean really cheap) the "carry on" they allow you to have is no bigger than a standard purse. So I've grown accustom to packing light whilst still remaining true to my everyday style.
And ever since I posted what I wore in Rome , I have received many questions on what I recommend to pack for trips to Italy. Obviously this varies on which region you are going to and what time of year, so I have collated my standard "vacation list" wardrobe options. Be aware- it's very small, but if you're curious about what to expect fashion wise, you can check out a fashionistas guide to Italy.
My top 4 Traveling in Style Options
#1. The Dress. I always pack dresses, short or long. The carefree ease of a dress on vacation (where I know we will all be eating a lot) makes everything more enjoyable and still put together. Plus this can be worn multiple days in multiple ways. I shop at Zara and Mango for these!
#2. Leather Jacket. If you are traveling in the high heat of summer this can be replaced by a lighter cardigan or kimono, anything that can cover your shoulders and arms for the necessary trips to beautiful basilicas and for protection from the weather elements. 
#3. A Hat. I wear wool hats in the winter and straw hats in the summer, protect your skin and cover up day old dirty hair! Win win. 
#4. Ballet flat/ sandal. They are comfortable enough to walk in whilst still looking stylish. Zara always has great options for the current season, every summer I go through a pair!
(Photo 1) // (Photo 2) // (Photo 3)
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