A last minute birthday treat

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A week ago, I turned 26. With all of our traveling, we weren’t planning on doing anything special for my birthday. Then, on the drive home from the airport, we decided to have a last minute get-together with some friends. Nick and my sister sent some messages out and made some calls, and gathered together some friends to celebrate. Quite an impressive turnout for last minute on a Monday!

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I wore the same white top that I wore on the airplane ride in the morning, and paired it with a knit skirt, dangly necklaces, and crochet Toms to keep it simple and laid back.

Of course we had to start with my absolute favorite chips, salsa, and guacamole.

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For dinner, Nick manned the grill and we hung out on the deck. We even opened up a bottle of ’04 Leonetti that we’d been saving for a special occasion (it was totally worth it). There was a plate of delicious cheese.

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And lots of good times with friends.

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Then, a champagne toast, and dessert.

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The highlight of the night was a dozen cupcakes! (Plus 3 gluten free!)

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My cupcake!

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Casual Catch-Up

In line with my work related catch-up, here are a few more casual outfits. Luckily I work in an office and industry where casual attire is not only acceptable, but often expected, so I can easily rotate between more “work professional” and casual outfits based on my mood.

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I dressed up a simple jeans and tee outfit with a great statement necklace and sparkly Toms. I think these jeans are absolutely my new favorite, I find myself reaching for them constantly.

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Tee – Target, Jeans – AG from Nordstrom, Shoes – Toms, Necklace – Anthropologie

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Another bubble day! With our warm Seattle summers, bright colors always make me happy. This dress is from Target, and ridiculously comfortable and easy to wear.

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Dress – Target, Necklace – Ebay, Wedges – Diane von Furstenberg

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Finally, super simple! Sometimes you just feel like throwing on jeans, a t-shirt, and Sperry’s.

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Tee – J Crew, Jeans – AG, Shoes – Sperry’s, Sunglasses – Chanel, Purse – Marc by Marc Jacobs

Yellow Bubble

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I’m normally not one to make an ebay purchase, but when I saw the bubble necklaces for $14 I knew I had to have 2! I got one in yellow, one in black, and then another one in turquoise for my sister.

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I kept the rest of the outfit simple, with a white tee, cuffed jeans, and nude heels.

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Necklace – Ebay, Tee – Splendid, Jeans – AG, Heels – Vince Camuto

Summer Brights

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I’m back to blogging! I’ve been super busy lately, but finally finding the time. We’ve been having some incredible summer weather here in Seattle. It was 90 degrees and perfectly sunny today! Nick was complaining about the heat (we, like most Seattlites don’t have AC), but I absolutely loved it.

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Our friends had an apartment-warming party on Saturday night, so I decided to dress up a pair of shorts for the warm weather.

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I paired white shorts and a coral tee with a gold statement necklace and bright green wedges. The wedges are a new “purchase” from one of my coworkers (they were sadly too small for her, so she passed them on to me with quite the discount!). I love the combo cork and rope bottom!

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Tee – Target, Shorts – Target, Wedges – Cole Haan, Necklace – from Japan, Sunglasses – Chanel

Shades of Nude

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I wanted to wear my new Cole Haan wedges, so I decided to play up the “nude” theme with a multi-strand pearl necklace and a nude top.

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I also discovered the wonder of buying “ankle length” skinny jeans. For folks on the shorter side of average (like me!), ankle jeans end up being just the perfect length and don’t need to be tailored!

Time for the details!

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I love the bows!

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A more modern twist on the classic pearl necklace.

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Top – Ann Taylor, Jeans – Joe’s from Nordstrom, Wedges – Cole Haan from Nordstrom, Necklace – purchased in Japan

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Coordinated Coral and Weekend Adventures

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Having my sister up in Seattle this summer has been a total blast (she’s working up here for an internship). We’re five years apart, but ridiculously close, and she’s truly my best friend. We always had similar style (and many of the same clothing pieces), but it has just gotten ridiculous on how much we’ve been non-intentionally coordinating!

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I decided to take Friday off since my parents were in town. We started with a delicious breakfast at Café Presse. I enjoyed a cappuccino, a comté omelet, and yogurt with honey and walnuts. My mom and sister shared a Croque Madame!

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Throughout the weekend, we enjoyed lots of grilling and time on the roof!

Saturday, we did a great hike to Heather Lake. My sister and I even jumped in!

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Finally, on Sunday, errands around town. I had to return my pink skirt from this post Sad smile. The skirt ripped! Luckily, J Crew customer service was fantastic, and returned it without any issues even though it was final sale.

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Top – Target, Shorts – Target, Shoes – Sperry Angelfish from Nordstrom, Necklace – BaubleBar, Earrings – BaubleBar

The jewelry is from my first BaubleBar purchase (here is my referral link). There was a sale, so the earrings were free, and I was also able to apply my $10 off initial credit. For the price I paid, I was quite happy with the quality (however, I don’t think I would have paid full price).

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Obsessed with my Moccasins

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I may or may not be completely obsessed with my new moccasins! Last Thursday, I went with a group of coworkers to lunch at Salumi, an incredible restaurant in Seattle (blog post to follow!). The lunch was 2 1/2 hours, and most of us ended up working from home for the remainder of the day.

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I kept it casual, with a tee, jeans and moccasins, but added a faux leather jacket and bold necklace to jazz it up.

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I made sure the jeans had plenty of stretch to accommodate the food baby!

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Jeans – True Religion from Nordstrom (similar), Tee – Stem from Nordstrom, Jacket – Nordstrom BP, Necklace – Anthropologie, Moccasins – Minnetonka from Nordstrom