Travel uniform with SUAVS

The last four weeks have been a little crazy, popping in and out of the state every other week. In the last month alone, I’ve taken on 6 flights and now have my travel uniform perfected. Always opting for comfort and function first and foremost, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fashionable too! After being recently introduced to SUAVS, these slip-ons have now become my go-to shoes not only on the road, but in everyday life.

This was my travel outfit in this past weekend’s segment to LA:

travel wear: weekender bag and SUAV shoes
outfit details:
cropped moto jacket: MISSGUIDED (similar in suede)
pocketed tee: BABATON via Aritzia (similar)
Dress Pant Yoga Pants: Betabrand (exact)
slip-on shoes: c/o SUAVS (exact)
carry-all backpack: c/o Betabrand (exact)

With these shoes being my absolute beloved everyday pair for the last month (and counting), I was lucky enough to get some time from the young Austin entrepreneur, Monxi Garza, founder of SUAVS shoes, to tell us more about what inspired her line.

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Hi Monxi! Could you tell us about the name of your company, SUAVS? How did you come up with it?
Monxi: SUAVS comes from the word Suave, which in Spanish means soft and in English means charming, confident and elegant. SUAVS Shoes are soft and comfortable, yet stylish and sleek.

With the trends of athleisure and comfortable footwear being as versatile as ever style-wise, what inspired the first pair of SUAVS?
Monxi: The first pair of SUAVS was inspired by exactly this – versatility and comfort. I wanted to be able to wear my shoes to work, out to run errands, happy hour with friends and even slip them on and off before and after a workout.

The microfiber terry insoles is genius! How did you come up with this concept?
Monxi: I love the look of slip on shoes, but I also hate wearing those tiny socks that roll down to my toes. I wanted a slip on shoe that I could wear without socks, which resulted in terry insoles!


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Moorea Seal store – 2nd anniversary party!

If you’ve been a blog reader for a while, you’ll know how much I absolutely love supporting independently owned businesses– bonus points for local ones! The Moorea Seal store in Belltown turned 2 last month (where does the time go? Check out the original grand opening party post from 2014) and the local Seattle bloggers and media got a sneak peek of the shop makeovers before the big city-wide party this Friday (June 3)!

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There was a beautiful arrangement of snacks from other local businesses, including QED coffee, which is now on my list of places to bike to in Beacon Hill! They served up some delicious coffee and herbal teas while we all mingled and heard about the soon-to-come plans for Moorea’s store (launch of her new book, plans for local influencers, and lots of other goodies!).

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Hi Rebecca!! :)
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Holy wowzas! There are a lot more bloggers in Seattle compared to 2014!
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For those of you who are not local to Seattle and haven’t seen her beautifully curated collections on Pinterest, Moorea has such a distinct style that translates directly to her shop and its beautifully stocked goods. Her storefront is my personal go-to for accessories (proof is in the pudding in these posts) and I’ve taken almost every girlfriend to this store to get their shop on!

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If you’re in the Seattle area, be sure to stop by the Moorea Seal storefront this Friday starting at 7PM! More details for the anniversary party here on her Facebook event!

Huge thank you to Vivian Hsu for all of the beautiful photography in this post from last week’s sneak peek event!

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Sneak peek of the Moorea Seal Store (& grand opening party details!)

If you have any plans this Friday (May 9), you should drop them. No, seriously. The lovely Moorea Seal who opened her online shop, aptly named Moorea Seal just opened her first storefront here in Seattle and is throwing a grand opening party this Friday! Her eye for style and curating goods is like no other and being able to shop all the goodies in person is a dream come true!

Not a lot of people know this, but Moorea is the first person that I met when I first moved to Seattle. As a total stranger (I was a reader of her blog for years before moving to the PNW), I emailed her and asked about cool places to check out in the city. Instead of giving me a list, this amazing woman offered to meet me up for coffee and show me around the city in person! How awesome is that? She is, to this day, one of the most caring, kind, inspiring people I have ever met. Not only does she inspire me to dream big, but she also makes me want to be a better person. She is so kind and thoughtful and always sees the best in everyone– she set the bar pretty high for new friends in the area, that’s for sure!

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Moorea Seal store

Moorea threw a sneak peek party last week and, let me tell you, it was incredible to see how quickly she and her team put together this storefront. All of the merchandise is so smartly displayed in the carefully curated spaces of the shop. Aside from all the cool goodies, turns out that there are plans to hold workshops in the future. How cool is that? I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Moorea holds a jewelry-making class. I’ve always loved her style of accessories and would love to learn from her.

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Moorea Seal store
Elizabeth (Delightfully Tacky), Jessica (Oh So Antsy), and Erika (rogue & whimsy) talkin’ sunglasses
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Hope to see you guys at the grand opening party this Friday!

MOOREA SEAL STORE
2523 3rd Avenue, 98121

P.S. First 100 people get an exclusive Moorea Seal tote!

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Black Friday deals: Independent business edition

Sooo… if your wallet hasn’t yet been tempted by the slew of emails already (my poor inbox exploded this weekend), here are a couple more sales happening on the interwebz! Every holiday season, I try buy at least 50% of my gifts from independent businesses. Many of these items are handmade as well, which is a bonus since I love knowing that handmade items are unique and I barely have enough time to make more than two or three gifts myself.

Here are my picks for this weekend:

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Fav sister duo, Syl & Sam, behind Lipgloss & Black just celebrated their small business’ 9 year (WHOA! N-I-N-E YEARS) anniversary last week. They’re offering a huge 50% off your entire purchase with code “BLACKFRIDAY50” today! I’ve already picked up a skater dress and a couple accessories for myself, but there is still a great selection left. They’ve even got a special selection of tops, shorts, and headbands for $0.22!


Emerging Thoughts is offering 20% off your entire order with coupon code “GOBBLE GOBBLE” until Tuesday, Dec 3.

If you’re able to decide on goodies by tonight (gosh, I always have a hard time narrowing down my basket!), you can get a whopping 30% off order $75+ with coupon code “SLACKFRIDAY”

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The ever-so-sweet Moorea Seal launched her own online shop this year and is giving back to the community and holding some amazing sales on her beautifully curated sets of items in the shop! The weekend happenings include:

PIN TO WIN $250 to Mooreaseal.com! One lucky person will get to win $250 to our store, and the entry is super easy. Click here to Pin to Win!

BLACK FRIDAY SALE On Black Friday, almost half of the items will be marked down by up to 70%!

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY On Saturday, in honor of small business & handmade love, Moorea Seal is giving away a free pair of handmade tiny gold triangle earrings with every single order. Yep. Every single one. Orders over $100 will also receive a free handmade black arrowhead ring!

CYBER MONDAY On Monday, every single order will get free shipping. And orders over $150 will get free 3 Day shipping!

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Last but not least, longtime favourite Sparkly Pony has a great set of coupon codes good until 11:59PM EST tonight! They make the most amazing tissue box holders, sloth necklaces, and fun prints!

5OFFDEC5TH = $5 off $19.00+
10OFFDEC5TH = $10 off $39.00+
25OFFDEC5TH = $25 off $79.00+

Happy shopping, friends!

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UncommonGoods x The Demure Muse (Part 2)

I can’t tell you how fun putting together the second outfit of the lookbook for UncommonGoods was! Every year, a bunch of friends and I like to pick an evening (before it gets too chilly out) to head up to the rooftop and watch the sun set. Fall sunsets are absolutely gorgeous because the clouds turn cotton candy pink and the skyline glows! It’s really surreal having never seen anything like this before back on the east coast! Can’t think of anything more gorgeous than that, to be honest!

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outfit details:
dress & belt: Forever 21
sweater: H&M (men’s section, current season!)
houndstooth tights: Gap
platform pumps: Steve Madden
earrings, rings, and necklace: c/o UncommonGoods
boyfriend watch: Vince Camuto

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This is, hands down, the one thing I look forward to every year. Who can say no to a night of getting fancied up to hang out with your fav group of people? Not to mention the potluck-styled dessert session! (Of course, my contribution was a bottle of wine and chocolate… hehe)

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I really love how easy it was to transition the pieces of jewelry from the casual daytime look to this more formal nighttime outfit. Not to pick favourites – but I guess that’s what I’m totally just about to do – the stacking rings were my favourite pieces to style! I love the mixture of metals, which makes wearing the rings so fun. In my first look, I wore all the rings stacked on a single finger. In this look, I switched it up and wore both the sterling silver rings on one hand and the rose gold-filled one on the other. So many possibilities for how to wear this set!

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I hope you guys enjoyed the lookbook as much as I enjoyed shooting photos for it! I can’t thank UncommonGoods enough for the invitation to collaborate on such a fun project.
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