Is it Spring yet?

After springing forward with time this weekend, it still doesn’t quite feel like Spring. Call me crazy, but the hail/rain/snow weirdness that Seattle is experiencing is really throwing my wardrobe planning for a loop! Every time I venture out with exposed ankles (or even shins, in this case) it happens to be beautiful in the mornings and then an absolute wreck when it comes time to trekking home later in the day. Mother Nature, please make up your mind so I can wear this dress out more often without getting “shin-sicles” (shins + popsicles = shin-scicles).

minimalist outfit idea: mockneck midi dress and moto leather jacket
outfit details:
cropped moto jacket: MISSGUIDED (similar)
mock neck maxi dress: c/o J.Jill (exact)
mixed media necklace: Maslo Jewelry (similar)
booties: Seychelles (old; similar pair)

maslo jewelry geometric mix metal necklace
minimalist outfit idea: mockneck turtleneck dress and moto leather jacket

I realize that I’ve been reaching for this cropped moto jacket every day that it doesn’t rain. It’s by far one of my favourite coats (worn in the Summer, Fall, and Winter) and I can only hope that MISSGUIDED releases an updated version of it this year for everyone who’s been asking about it!
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Whistler weekend and gearing up for upcoming seasons

Last weekend, a handful of friends and I headed up to Whistler to enjoy the snow and beautifully laid out runs on the mountains. I’ve only ever been to Whistler one other time (back in 2012) and was so excited to revisit the beautifully laid out the runs and gorgeous scenery.

Back in 2012, my visit was right after a night of snowfall, so there were nothing but amazing pillows of snow to catch my falls. This would have been amazing if I had stayed on green runs, but a friend accidentally led us down a black diamond with moguls… let’s just say I ate a lot of snow that first time and hoped to not repeat history on the second trip.

Snowboarding gear for women going to Whistler - Helly Hansen
outfit details:
Powderqueen jacket: c/o Helly Hansen (exact)
neck cowl: Helly Hansen (similar)
snow pants: Burton (old)
snowboarding boots: Salomon (old)
snowboard: K2 (old)

Fast forward to 2017 and the mountains are still as beautiful as ever! With the sun shining and only doing green runs (for real this time… haha), I thought we were set up for a pain-free day. Sadly, with no fresh snowfall the night before, the ice pellets were not as forgiving. Despite practicing my S-turns after making it a goal to learn how to carve instead of always leafing down the hills (don’t judge!), I still left with a bruised bottom. Snowboarding is something that I really want to learn to excel at, especially since it’s one of the few sports that all my friends and I can enjoy together during the winter.

Whistler green runs
Helly Hansen W Powder Queen jacket review
With just over a month left in the snowboarding/skiing season this year, this is one of the best times to gear up for the future snow seasons to come! I first bought all of my gear in 2012. The jacket, snow pants, boots, board, and helmet were all purchased during a mid-season sale. Sadly, I also managed to outgrow some of it in the last 5 years. In the last couple weeks, I’ve scored some great deals at the Helly Hansen outlet store in Burlington, WA. I bought myself a new neck cowl for $10 (regularly $20), a new pair of baselayer pants for $20 (regularly $40), after being really impressed by the quality and performance of the HH base layers I got to try earlier this season.

Helly Hansen skiing and snowboarding gear
With a jacket being one of the most important pieces of equipment, I’ve rounded up a handful of Helly Hansen jackets that are going to keep you warm on the slopes (linked below). If you’re local to Washington, you’ll be able to find these HH beauties locally here:

REI – Crystal Jacket is currently 51% off! (here)- 222 Yale Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Burlington Outlets – 314 Fashion Way, Burlington, WA 98233

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Fall wardrobe to winter

Here we are, the last day of February. What an insanely weird Winter we’ve had in Seattle where the temperatures would bring snow one day, almost-shorts weather the next, and then pouring rain for the rest of the week. I’ve been having a tough time trying to keep up with all the mid-season changes, but doing my best to roll with the punches.

With the goal of 2017 being quite light in clothing purchases in an attempt to stabilize my closet (and number of belongings, in general), I’ve been getting creative with the pieces that I already own in my wardrobe. A lot of the pieces in today’s outfit are reworks carried over from last Fall. The only new additions are the floral print shoes, which are part of J.Jill’s February collection.

Floral spring outfit via thedemuremuse.com
outfit details:
raincoat: c/o Helly Hansen (exact, also worn here and here)
wrap-front top: c/o J.Jill (old, also worn here and here)
Farrah high rise skinnies: AG Jeans (exact)
carnation print sneakers: SUPERGA c/o J.Jill (exact)

SUPERGA carnation print shoes via J.Jill
Spring floral outfit ideas
One of the biggest requests I received after making a post earlier this year about blogging more authentically was to share more “real life” outfits and show how pieces in my closet are getting reworked from season to season. All of the outfits shared on this blog are ones that I wear out and about in real life. It’s a little challenging when I only post an outfit once every 3 days or so, but I hope to keep showcasing what a real life, working minimalist closet, can be!

In the outfit details above, I’ve added links to old posts wearing the same pieces. As much as I love to read traditional fashion blogs that are geared more towards style aspiration, living in a city with small closets is not exactly conducive to owning a lot of clothes. Here’s to continuing to inspire one another to make the most of our closet and transitioning pieces from one season to the next.

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My first pair of ‘grown-up’ pants

This month marks a big milestone in my closet. For almost the last decade, the only pants purchases I’ve made are skinny jeans, leggings, or Dress Pant Yoga Pants. Because I’ve been working at companies that have allowed employees to wear jeans (or even leggings as pants) in such casual environments, I’ve never really had a practical or functional reason to own any other types of pants. But here we are today; Making a post about “big girl” pants… aka trousers.

Parallel Lines crop top and Zara high-waisted trousers

moto jacket with olive trousers
outfit details:
crop top: Parallel Lines via ASOS
cropped moto jacket: MISSGUIDED (similar)
high waisted cropped trousers: Zara (exact in nude pink)
leather booties: All Saints (similar)
Coach Dinky crossbody purse: c/o Coach (exact)

I still don’t have a reason to own “grown-up” pants, but there’s something about pressed seams that makes me feel fancy in these pants. The extra bonus is the fact that the back waistband is elastic, which gives the illusion of professional-looking pants from the front while still providing the stretch to make these the perfect all-you-can-eat-buffet pants. ;)

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Layers for Valentine’s Day

As much as I hate to admit it, I love Valentine’s Day. It’s such a Hallmark Holiday, I know, I know. I can’t help but love playing up the reds and pinks, handing out chocolates (and also Hello Kitty Valentine’s Day cards because I am pretty much an oversized child at heart), and generally spreading the happy-lovey-dovey vibes. This year, I’m forgoing my usual bright red outfits (past Valentine’s Day outfits: red blazer in 2013, red pants and glasses in 2014, and red skater dress in 2015) and doing with a much more subtle palette.

Winter to Spring layered outfit with boyfriend jeans
outfit details:
mixed stripes shirttail tunic: c/o J.Jill (exact)
tie front pullover: c/o J.Jill (exact)
boyfriend jeans: Topshop (exact)
wool and leather coat: Calvin Klein (old)
beanie: borrowed from the fiance
Coach Dinky crossbody purse c/o (exact)
booties: All Saints

J.Jill mixed button down with boyfriend jeans and knot front sweater

The best part of having a visual diary of the last 6 (almost 7!) years of outfits is seeing how my style has changed. The last year has definitely been an interesting shift. I traded all of my fit and flare dresses for oversized cardigans, crew-neck pullovers, and learned to layer. The outfit in today’s post is very indicative of my day-to-day outfits. It’s a hint of girly with the tomboy, which I love. A small peek of the light pink stripes on the button down layered under the tie front sweater is too cute. A subtle nod to my favourite Hallmark Holiday without being so in-your-face-YAY-VALENTINE’S-DAY! Plus, being able to layer these lighter pieces for the Winter and then learning to decouple them for the warmer seasons will be perfect.

Seeing this style transition over the last 3 Valentine’s Day outfits is so fascinating! Pieces that I used to love back in the day – like those red jeans – are not pieces that I can even fathom reaching for today.

P.S. These are the destroyed boyfriend jeans from the January budget recap post. I ended up keeping them and really love the relaxed fit.

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