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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Petal City: Sunshine in a vase delivered to your door

It’s been a while since highlighting the last independent business, but I am really excited to showcase this one today. This one is a bit more personal because of the attachment I have to the product, flowers, in particular. When I first moved to Seattle, I used to live close to the Pike Place Market. If you have ever been to the market, you’ll know about the handfuls of fresh flower stands that paint the inside market full of colour. I used to make it a point to take a stroll on Sunday mornings, before most of the rest of the city was awake, to pick up a bouquet for myself. I had never really been a flower person prior to moving to Seattle, but it was hard to say no to having gorgeous, full blooms on the kitchen table to greet me after work.

I’ve since moved away from the convenience of strolling down the street to Pike Place Market, so I was ecstatic to be recently introduced to Petal City, a new company that specializes in flower arrangements delivered to your door in Seattle. I had the pleasure of receiving an arrangement of flowers to review for the blog and I could not have been more excited for these!

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The flower arrangement that I received was made custom, but most closely resembles The Alki. When I asked Emma, the owner of Petal City, about the inspiration behind this arrangement, she told me that each of the arrangements are inspired by different parts of Seattle. To no surprise, The Alki is inspired by the colours and playfulness of the Alki Beach area. The bright, cheery, sunflowers light up any room and were beautifully complimented by the warmer pinks and purples included in my vase.

One thing I also really appreciated was the handwritten note and care instructions that came along with the arrangement. As someone who is usually pretty terrible at caring for plants (remember that time I drowned all of my cacti? Yes. I kills cacti. WHO DOES THAT?? They’re supposed to be the easiest plants to keep alive…), I appreciated having instructions for watering as well as the temperature of water to refill the vase with, and storage location recommendations. I would’ve left these in direct sunlight if it weren’t for the care card that said to explicitly leave the bouquet in a cool spot out of direct sunlight.

petal city seattle the alki arrangement

The flowers stayed in bloom and fresh for just over a week, which was awesome because the last bouquet I bought from the grocery store, prior to having this one delivered, decided to get all droopy on me a few days after bringing them home (half of the flowers didn’t even bloom fully!!). I love that both the flowers and the vase were locally sourced.

If you’re in the market for some beautiful, locally sourced, hand-delivered flowers within an hour, I would highly recommend giving Petal City a whirl. They’re currently delivering to all the neighbourhoods within the main Seattle area and growing in delivery locations as the business grows.

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Eat your… hands off?

Hope all my American friends are having a great Thanksgiving weekend! I may or may not have stuffed myself silly with turkey over the last two days and I cannot wait to start digging into the leftovers over the course of the next coupled days. I have no willpower when it comes to mashed potatoes. Especially first thing in the morning… straight out of the fridge. Don’t judge!

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outfit details:
sweatshirt tunic: H&M (on sale for $10, exact)
dress pant yoga pants: Betabrand (exact)
Freebird Bolo booties: c/o Zappos (exact)
Hamburger fingerless mitts: Twinkie Chan (exact)

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With all the Black Friday sales wrapped up last night, I’m excited to start shopping on Small Business Saturday. Every year, I try my best to incorporate either self handmade or items from independently owned shops into 50% of birthday and holiday gifts. It feels really great to know that supporting small businesses helps individuals (or small teams) grow to meet their goals. There’s nothing more rewarding than knowing that you helped to make a difference, no matter how big or small, to help someone else achieve their goals!

Here are my picks for small businesses to support today (and throughout the weekend):

31 Bits – 15% off sitewide until 11/30 with code BITSWEEKEND
Emerging Thoughts – 25% off storewide with code GOBBLEGOBBLE
Havok Designs – 25% off storewide until 12/4 with code BFCM25
Jaleh clothing – 30% off sitewide until 12/1/14
Moorea Seal – up to 70% off on items and free shipping on orders $50+

Happy shopping!!

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WISH LIST: Shopbop sale picks

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1 // Nixon Kensington watch $125
2 // Rebecca Minkoff Zoey tech wallet $108
3 // Michael Kors Maritime Link triple wrap bracelet $125
4 // Rebecca Minkoff Jules satchel $375

Every year, I add a bunch of stuff to my wish list hoping to cross them off sooner than later. Majority of the list are covered by purses and watches, but there are only so many of those one can own, right? Unless there’s an awesome sale, it’s hard for me to justify buying another watch/purse/necklace/etc.

This week from Nov 25 – Dec 1, Shopbop is having their biggest sale of the year with these discounts:

Spend $250= 15% off
Spend $500= 20% off
Spend $1000 = 25% off
(coupon codes are here)

I’ve been eyeing that Nixon watch forever but really couldn’t justify spending $125 on another watch when I have two other ones that work perfectly fine as is. I’m definitely going to be reconsidering buying it now that the sale is on!

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