Adventures in the city

I’ve been in and out of Seattle on almost a bi-weekly basis since the start of 2016, which has been both amazing and also very disorienting. As much as I love to travel and see new cities, I have a newfound appreciation for staying home and doing menial chores like laundry and washing dishes. Being able to live with my full wardrobe instead of out of a backpack is such a luxury! Whenever home, I try to spend as much time with my bike and exploring pockets of Seattle.

 seattle city biking outfits
moorea seal tassel necklace
outfit details:
t-shirt: BABATON via Aritzia (similar)
riding pants: c/o Betabrand (exact)
tassel necklace: c/o Moorea Seal (similar)
Ralph sunglasses: c/o Sunglasses Shop (exact)
peep toe booties: Kenneth Cole Reaction (exact)
purse: vintage Coach (exact in black)

betabrand biking pants moorea seal

As you can tell, dressing up on my “off days” is usually not a priority either. I like to keep it casual and comfortable, which means lots of oversized t-shirts and comfy pants. Special thank you to Betabrand for making these riding yoga pants, which are basically the biking form of their popular dress pant yoga pants. The leg cuffs have a snap loop to secure the pant leg openings from snagging on bike chain. The tush of the pants are also reinforced to avoid accidental bum-seam-rips, which is awesome. And, not to mention, there are pockets!

Since today was a pretty sunny day, I took these Ralph sunglasses along for the ride. The gradient lenses for perfect for being on the road and I cannot tell you how well they fit on my almost-non-existent nose bridge! If you’re looking for sunglasses this season, there are so many great choices of women’s sunglasses available through Sunglasses Shop.

To kick my outfit up a few notches from looking like I just rolled out of bed to looking like I put some effort in, I added the mini tassel necklace from Moorea Seal (always a good idea to have a cute necklace handy!) and a pair of peep toe booties. The question, “Do you really ride in heels?” has come up a few times and the answer is yes (shout out to last year’s caged booties on a bike post!). I don’t usually do rides longer than 10-15 mile in heels, but I do feel quite comfortable and confident wearing them while on the saddle. Basically, whatever shoes are my current go-tos means that I wear them for hours on end every day, running to catch buses or from coffee shop to coffee shop, so it feels like a natural extension to just take them on a bike ride too!


Stepping out of the comfort zone

Feeling pretty adventurous these days and completely stepped out of my comfort zone with this bold printed maxi dress. I’ve been on the hunt for the maxi dress of the Summer, looking for a bold statement that could both pass for a casual Sunday picnic piece, while also able to dress up for more formal events. While the colour red is probably the furthest from the subtle monochrome that I wear on a daily basis, it’s my favourite colour for dressing up and feeling fancy!

eShakti handkerchief dress with rocksbox statement necklace
outfit details:
handkerchief maxi dress: c/o eShakti (exact)
statement necklace: Perry Street via Rocksbox
earrings: Kendra Scott via Rocksbox
wedges: c/o Shoe Dazzle (similar)
apple detailed clutch: thrifted via Goodwill

eshakti review, scarf print maxi dress

I selected this scarf print maxi dress for this eShakti review because of the fun print, modest cut, and flowy material. If you’re unfamiliar with eShakti, they offer full customization on garment design (changing the neckline, designing sleeves, hem length, etc) and measurements, which means I was able to select the perfect length to avoid the “floating ankles” situation I’ve had in the past with other maxi dresses that weren’t “maxi enough”. I was super ecstatic that they were able to translate the perfect length of a dress from my height alone. I went with a standard US size 4 dress and requested a longer length to help accommodate my 5’9″ stature.

The biggest point that I want to hit in this eShakti review is the turnaround time for orders. Considering the custom measurements, turnaround time was quick! Within a week, the dress showed up in my mailbox! I can think of so many times where orders from other stores were placed online and I’d have to wait over 2 weeks for standard-sized pieces.

On this particular night that I wore the dress, I used every piece in my Rocksbox package (you can get your first box free with promo code “kaatriiinaxoxo”), which included this gorgeous Perry Street statement necklace and Kendra Scott druzzy earrings.


Spring, is that you?

It’s been unusually warm here in Seattle for the last few days. We’ve hit over 31 degrees Celsius (85F+) in the last three days, which has caused me to trade in my go-to leather jacket for something lighter. I’ve been layering with lots of light knits, learning to re-wear and repurpose many Summer pieces and extending their rotation time in the closet by pulling them into Spring, hoping to stay cool during the day and prepared to layer up as the sun sets.

thredUP spring outfit ideas
outfit details:
backless floral dress: c/o COME SHOP WITH LOVE (exact)
knitted cardigan: Theory c/o thredUP
chained wedges: Shoe Dazzle (old)
midi & stacking rings: Forever 21 (similar)

As I’ve been thrifting more lately, it was only natural to get excited about partnering with thredUP, the equivalent of an online trendy thrift shop. ThredUP carries over 25,000 brands and updates their inventory daily. I originally had my heart set on a lightweight Michael Kors varsity jacket, which was scooped up by someone else within 48h of adding it to my cart! Talk about being in high demand! I guess I really shouldn’t be so surprised since the jacket was on sale for $30.

Theory knitted cardigan from thredUP
spring outfit ideas: backless floral dress

In hindsight, this was meant to be because a day later, this gorgeous knitted Theory cardigan became available for under $40! Even in the in-person secondhand or thrift shops I frequent, it’s rare to find Theory pieces for less than $50, so I was stoked to find this cardigan for such a great price. What a treat!

The biggest pieces of advice I can give about shopping on thredUP are to keep an open mind when browsing and to check inventory often. It took me a solid 5 days of looking through thredUP’s categories, nailing down a type of piece I wanted to buy, and then working through all of the potential brands to pick from. It may seem overwhelming at first, but having a plan will make the shopping experience so much easier. Plus, it’ll help to bring focus to the shopping so that you don’t miss out on sweet deals like I did with the original jacket I placed in my cart and was too slow to purchase.

Excited for more date nights and bringing out the Summer wardrobe early to soaking up the sunshine and warmth for the next few days before the rain clouds reappear this weekend!


Mother’s Day ideas with Whole Foods & Sur la Table

With Mother’s Day coming up, Whole Foods and Sur la Table invited a group of local Seattle bloggers for an afternoon of fun in the kitchen for breakfast ideas and DIY floral arrangements for the big day! I was super stoked to see the classroom kitchen at Sur la Table and even more excited that I get to share the food recipe with you!

On the agenda was learning how to make a Bloody Mary Benedict with Hollandaise with Chef Hayden, some drinks with a kick, and learning how to arrange flowers like a pro. We started off with the food– aka the good stuff!

Here’s Lindsay being the cutest Hollandaise sauce whipper we’ve ever seen. She’s such a sweetheart and was such a brave soul to get up in front of the room to be the first kitchen volunteer of the afternoon.

whole foods mother's day ideas
Chef Hayden walked us through step-by-step how to make the beautiful dish above. He even offered fab tips and tricks for making the perfect poached egg (no vinegar and “water tornadoes” involved! Just use a shallow skillet with boiling water and it magically works itself out!) to make this cocktail inspired, breakfast favourite.

If I lived closer to my mom, she’d totally get a kick out of this delicious treat on Mother’s Day. Continue to the full blog post for the full recipe and some tips for making your own floral arrangement!

floral arrangement diy

Pretty in punk

With the weather warming up and the sun coming out to play, the thick layers of hoodies and sweaters are getting swapped for lighter tops, dresses, and cutout booties. While trying to still be smart and rework the existing wardrobe, I’m making a huge effort to resist the temptation of buying any new outwear this season. You’ll probably see this leather jacket a lot, plus the good ‘ol Michael Kors asymmetrical waterproof coat (worn last on the blog in this Iceland recap post), and the Ann Taylor utility jacket (styled in last week’s post here).

pretty in punk: minimalist date night outfit ideas
outfit details:
backless white dress: c/o COME SHOP WITH LOVE (exact)
moto jacket: Michael Kors (similar)
booties: Seychelles (similar)
BZR sunglasses: Moorea Seal (exact)
vintage Coach bag: thrifted via Goodwill (exact)
teardrop earrings: DIY by yours truly

the demure muse: date night outfit ideas ft backless dress

What I’m currently trying to rework are the dresses in my closet. After parting with a handful of pieces that no longer fit my current style or felt age appropriate (like this one, or this one), I’m starting to invest in more classic silhouettes in solid colours, avoiding prints in hopes of being able to wear them longer.

The newest dress is from COME SHOP WITH LOVE, a Seattle-based company that is all about empowering women and giving back to the community. A portion of every sale is donated to a rotation of causes for organizations or charities that align with the company’s mantra.

I’m excited to partner with this local company on this specific post because I feel like the outfit inspired by this dress helped me to embody the COME SHOP WITH LOVE woman. Not only is this dress easy to wear with the flattering silhouette, but the white palette was perfect to match with my existing monochromatic jacket and accessories. Having this dress on made me feel bold, strong, and independent to hold my own in it. Bonus: it is perfect for twirling!

the demure muse: date night outfit ideas ft backless white dress

After taking this dress out for a spin once, I’m excited to come up with more date night outfit ideas with this piece!

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