Vacation style with floral print pants

It’s been rather quiet here on the blog for the last week… If you’ve been following along on IG, you’ll know why! I had originally intended to have posts scheduled to trigger while on vacation, but as life would pan out, I was scrambling until the last second to even pack my suitcase for this trip and blogging fell on the back-burner.

After spending a week in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with the goal of being a beached whale every single day, it’s been nice to come back to reality. Being aware of needing “me time” (and some sunshine), unplugging – for the most part – and lounging on the beach every day was exactly what I needed to recharge.

J.Jill floral print pants
Vacation style
outfit details:
buttondown blouse: H&M (old, circa 2012)
floral print pants: c/o J.Jill (exact)
lace-up peep toe heels: Marco Republic (exact)

Floral print pants

This was one of my favourite outfits of the entire trip. I had originally packed a few pairs of shorts and summer dresses, but with the number of mosquito bites I received within the first few hours of landing (counted ~20 on my legs, no exaggeration), long pants were the way to go! These floral print pants from J.Jill were a lifesaver! They’re listed as ankle pants, but as you can see, they’re pretty long. Perfect for what I needed to keep my ankles from being bitten. ;)

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!

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

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.

Clothing budget recap: February 2017

Welcome to the clothing budget recap for February! This month was particularly light. I was in and out of town for a couple weeks and completely avoided buying online (I don’t really know how this happened, tbh. I experienced so much insomnia this month and ended up abandoning a bunch of virtual carts halfway through the checkout process. Maybe they’ll be revisited in March? idk). Here’s what I ended up adding to my closet:

monthly budget February 2017

Purchased new:
1. Zara Woman high wasited dress pants – $10 (similar)
This purchase makes me feel pretty darn hypocritical. Earlier this year, I said I would be giving up fast fashion, and here I am posting about a pair of fast fashion pants. Argh. I know, I know. Before you start to side eye, hear me out on these. The pants were purchased while on a trip to Vancouver. I was in the downtown store, where it looked like a tornado swept through and there were piles of clothes – literal mountains of clothes – on all the tables (and some on the floor, tbh). There was no rhyme or reason to the sorting or display. My friends and I were all shopping together and I happened to put my hand in the pants pile and magically pulled these pants (similar to the photo above, but without the attached belt)! I wasn’t going to get them because I really did not want to feed into the cycle of fast fashion, but I also knew that this was the last leg of the liquidation sale for these pants (the were marked down 3 times after originally priced at $50)… I would either buy these in store or end up thrifting them later in life when they finally ended up being donated post-liquidation.

Thrifted:
1. H&M textured long vest – $4 (exact)
Similar to the Zara purchase above, this one is also an out of the ordinary purchase for me. I don’t usually pick up fast fashion brands while thrifting (or I try not to), but here we are. I loved the texture of this vest! Plus it was 50% off blue tag day and this vest was a steal… with the original H&M tags on it! After all is said and done, this purchase felt a bit better than the Zara pants, mainly because the vest was already in a thrift store and not purchased straight from the H&M racks.

2. Alternative Apparel draped maxi dress – $2.50 (exact)
This dress is so soft considering it’s made of an eco jersey knit and it’s the perfect length! I’ve been looking for a replacement Summer maxi dress after I shrunk my last one in the wash a couple years ago. The drape design on this Alternative Apparel piece is really flattering, especially for hiding food babies. ;)

Total for February: $16.50

Truth be told, I was quite uninspired while shopping this month. Every rack that I sifted through felt pretty unappealing, for the most part. Maybe it’s because all the post-Christmas sale items are still making their way through the main floors to the sale racks, or because it’s the lull period before the Spring merchandise launches. Either way, February was a very wallet-friendly month from the perspective of my closet!

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