From the city to the countryside

Playing a bit of catch up from this weekend and sharing some photos of heading out of the dreary Seattle clouds and sprinkles only to be greeted by one of the hottest days in the Midwest was fun!

Packing wise, I decided to wear the clogs and put another pair of sneakers in the backpack, and everything for a 4-night trip fit perfectly rolled up. This bag is super roomy, especially since I didn’t carry any DSLR camera gear and used the camera storage system to keep each days’ worth of socks and t-shirts squirreled away, while the main compartment held my pants, blouses, book, and laptop charger (laptop was kept in the side zipper pocket). Talk about smart, built-in storage solutions!

mustard roll top weekender bag
weekend away outfit: betabrand backpack musse & cloud clogs
outfit details:
cardigan: thrifted via Goodwill
t-shirt: BBATON (similar)
denim: 7FAM (similar)
backpack: c/o Betabrand (exact)
mules/clogs: c/o Musse & Cloud (exact)

brown clogs, easy tow ear mules
One thing to note about these clogs is that they run a bit small. I ordered a size EU39, which usually translates to a US9. I’m between an 8.5 to 9, so I usually map towards EU39 instead of 40. However, the EU39 for this model mapped to a US8, so if you’re looking to purchase these and are between sizes, definitely size up on an EU size chart! They’re currently on sale at Nordstrom Rack for almost 40% off, so I may try to reorder these in an EU41 for a better fit.

betabrand storrist weekender backpack

Getting away from the city and being forced to unplug while in the middle of a forest makes me really happy. Even after a day of having no cell or internet service, I found myself wanting to engage more in face-to-face conversations without a phone and not worrying about the next social media update. Hoping that this Summer’s sunshine in Seattle allows for more weekends of being unplugged and enjoying the outdoors more!

REVIEW: Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant lipstick

Gearing up for the Summertime means getting all of my wedding guest outfits ready! This year, I have 3 weddings to attend, so I’ll be trying my best to re-wear dresses that either already exist in my closet, or to only buy one new dress to wear to all. Aside from a dress, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect lipstick to wear with it.

I am really excited to share my experience with the Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant lipstick, as Clarins has released a new palette of colours for this season!

clarins joli rouge brilliant lipstick cherry review
My favourite colour is cherry, which is the perfect shade of classic red. I wore this lipstick out for a night on the town, applying it at 4pm and seeing how it would wear throughout the night.

Application & Moisturization
The application was flawless. In the past, I’ve had to apply a layer of lip balm before the lipstick (because my old lipstick was really de-moisturizing). With the Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant lipstick, I applied it straight onto my lips with no primer or lip balm and it glided on smoothly!

I was most surprised by how moisturizing this lipstick is. The product description claims “6 hours of nonstop moisture”, which I feel is accurate. I first applied the lipstick at the start of the evening and purposely did not reapply for the rest of the night to see what would happen. My lips stayed moisturized the whole time, which was a stark different from my previous (non-Clarins) lipstick.

Staying power – pigment
Even though my lips stayed moisturized for the whole 6 hours, I felt like the pigment did not last as long. I applied two coats of the lipstick for the desired opacity at 4pm, and just over halfway through the evening it started to get a bit sheer. In the photo below, you can see that the full-on red pigment turned into a nice almost-tinted-lip-balm kind of look. Reapplication wouldn’t have hurt, but I didn’t mind the more subtle red later in the day.


Overall, I would highly recommend the Clarins Rouge Brilliant lipstick – especially the Cherry, Hibiscus, or Tea Rose colours – to anyone in the market for new lipstick. This is the most moisturizing lipstick I have ever owned and I absolutely love the spectrum of colours it comes in.

Disclosure: I received the 3 lipsticks courtesy of Clarins to review in this post. All opinions of the products themselves are my own. Hope you found this review to be useful and a huge thank you for your support of all the partnerships that make this blog possible!

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)!

moorea seal store party: accessories
moorea seal party cookies
moorea seal VIP party drinks

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!).

Hi Rebecca!! :)
Holy wowzas! There are a lot more bloggers in Seattle compared to 2014!

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!


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!

Hama Hama oyster picking

Last month, a handful of friends organized a trip to Hama Hama Oysters to do some oyster picking. Not being the biggest fan of oysters (I’ve only eaten 2 oysters raw in my entire life before going to Hama Hama… not a huge fan of raw fish) and never having shucked an oyster myself, I didn’t know how excited to get about this day trip. Not to mention, it was supposed to rain the weekend we planned to go oyster picking.

betabrand Nor'easter raincoat
outfit details:
raincoat: c/o Betabrand (exact, but sold out)
jeans: PAIGE denim (similar)
scuba hoodie: Lululemon (similar)
rain boots: Treton (similar)
beanie: H&M (men’s section)

hama hama oyster farm
hama hama oyster picking

I came fully prepped in my one and only, beloved raincoat, rain boots, and a beanie for good measure. Turns out that the weather Gods had a totally different plan for the day! We were in the warm, but windy, sunshine for majority of the time we were picking.

Hama Hama oyster picking was super easy: reaching into the ankle-height waters to look for appropriately sized oysters that weren’t clustered together. The double oysters in two photos above had to be placed back in the waters.

After about an hour of picking oysters, we moved on to digging for clams. With nothing but a hand-sized gardening trowel and our bare hands, we squirreled through moist sand to unearth some of the most delicious clams! Our final haul ended up consisting of 5 dozen oysters and 5lbs of clams.

hama hama oyster picking - shucked oysters

Let’s just say that I got pretty good with shucking oysters by the end of this trip! ;)

Spring essentials: On and off the road

One thing that work travel has taught me is to look for versatility in clothing in terms of comfort, style, and appropriateness. By far, my favourite pair of pants are Dress Pant Yoga Pants (worn here, here, and here). I own 3 pairs of these babies in black, alone! They’re the absolute best for plane to office, train to restaurant, or just passing-out-on-the-couch-after-a-long-day pants. Plus, the infinitely stretchy banded waist means that these are also sometimes my buffet pants. ;)

travel outfit ideas
outfit details:
moto jacket: Michael Kors (similar)
button down: Equipment (similar)
cropped travel pants: c/o Betabrand (exact)
Vanguard sneakers: c/o Brooks (exact)
purse: vintage Coach via Goodwill (similar options)

equipment micro striped button down
betabrand cropped travel pants

In trying to find my Spring essentials (especially considering all the travel that has been happening this season so far), I was super excited to try their new Cropped Travel Pants, which were designed with the traveler in mind. These pants are made of the softest knit and have pockets in the most convenient places. After a long bus ride, you can really see how wrinkle-free the pants stayed, especially compared to my button down! My one pain point with these pants are circumference of the openings. I had to roll the hem upwards about an inch to get a more snug fit, as the opening was a bit too big for my calves.

The outfit in this post pretty much sums of what my Spring essentials, aka travel outfits, are:

1. Moto jacket
This jacket has been a carryover from Fall to Winter and now to Spring. It has been, hands down, one of the best investments I’ve made for my closet since starting the wardrobe overhaul. I used to think that paying more than $100 for a single article of clothing was insane, but given how often I wear this jacket, how much I love the style and fit, and the fact that it pretty much goes with 90% of my closet, I think the splurge was worth it.

2. Casual button down shirts
This one is new for me. I’m a t-shirt or sweatshirt kinda gal for the most part, but there’s something so nice about a button down shirt that makes me feel like I look like I tried harder in the morning (or something like that… haha). Finding feminine but boyfriend-cut shirts has been high up on my list lately.

3. Versatile pants for all stages of the day
I’d say a good 80% (maybe more?) of my pants collection is from Betabrand. I refuse to believe that owning 5 pairs of Dress Pant Yoga Pants is a crime! They have a great selection of women’s pants that are not only super comfy, but fall into the category of versatile pants.

4. Neutral kicks
With the athleisure style movement going strong, I have to admit that I have more than 3 pairs of runners that I rotate between whenever traveling. Thankfully, I work in a pretty relaxed environment where sneakers are acceptable forms of footwear, so it has been a saving grace to be able to run off a plane to a meeting room in sneakers without having to pack an extra pair of shoes.

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