It’s been over a week since I’ve been drenched in 30°C (86°F) weather in India! While I’m here for work and time isn’t quite my own, it has been awesome to find small pockets of free time to play tourist in New Delhi. One of the top things on my bucket list was a visit to the Taj Mahal. While the picture below isn’t of the grand marble wonder itself, I think it summarizes my experience.
Beautiful grand structure that we all dwarf in comparison to.
That feeling encompassed in the statement above is exactly how my time in India has felt so far. Getting to see a small sliver of people’s lives in a totally different country with different cultural priorities makes me extremely introspective and reflective. Things are very, very different here. Day-to-day life feels so foreign from what I’m used to in North America. It’s not every day that I get to share the roads with a herd of cows, or witness life under a metal-sheet-covered-concrete-box home, or haggle for fruits on road-side carts, etc. I’m humbled and looking forward to spending a few days decompressing once I get home to really hunker down and reflect on the whole experience.
With the weather here is not exactly the friendliest during this monsoon season, I’ve had to get creative with my outfits. I brought a lot of flowy, breathable pieces. This top was thrifted just days before leaving for India, and these printed paisley pants from J.Jill’s July collection were too cute to pass up on. Also, could you tell these sandals are Crocs? Didn’t think so. ;)
This season’s outfits are nothing short of basics being worn over and over and over again. It took a lot to muster up the courage to take outfit photos (this was the first set taken since May!) because I’ve been feeling like my style is quite plain and uninspiring in the Summer. I’m a lady who loves layering and layering is not exactly a friendly practice in the warm Summer sun.
I purchased this top from the Moorea Seal store in June and have been wearing it weekly ever since. It’s super comfortable and I love the longer length. It’s great to wear tucked into the waistband or to be knotted in the front (like styled in this summer stripes outfit post).
With Seattle finally getting the memo that Summer is on the way, I’m excited to start figuring out how to rework my closet for the warmer days to come. Last weekend was spent in the northern countrysides of California, where we stared at rows on rows on rows of grapes, and I got to take my Summer wardrobe on a test drive.
It was a quick weekend trip to San Francisco, with the first day spent in the city (got to visit my usual favourites: Tartine, Boba Guys, and Bi-Rite Creamery) and then the next two days driving up north. Having never been to the Sonoma or Napa Valleys, it was really exciting to see a different side of California. Turns out that aside from being the home to many, many grapes, there are also a lot of mosquitoes up there!
embroidered mixed media dress: c/o J.Jill (exact)
peach sash borrowed from this dress
block heels/mules: c/o J.Jill (exact)
Cody the cute dog: The Sullivan Winery ;)
We could not have asked for better weather last weekend! The sun was out in full force, which was a much needed change from the consistently grey days we had experienced in Seattle before flying out.
First off, a HUGE thank you to everyone who took the time to read, comment, and/or email about last week’s post on buying Instagram followers. It has been such a treat to hear so many different perspectives on the issue, especially now knowing that a lot of people (both bloggers and readers) are seeing the effects of buying Instagram followers. Quite honestly, Instagram has become such an odd social media platform with the weighted algorithms, shadow banning, etc, that it was exciting to unplug from it between Tuesday’s post and this weekend.
A little mini road trip to Hood Canal was exactly what I needed. A bunch of friends and I headed to Hama Hama for our annual oyster picking trip. The forecast called for pouring rain all day, so I geared up with my new rain jacket and boots, only to be greeted by light mist and sunny breaks throughout the ~2 hours we spent picking oysters and digging for clams. Weather wise, this was a complete repeat of 2016’s Hama Hama adventure.
Helly Hansen Kirkwall raincoat: c/o Helly Hansen (exact)
tie-front sweater: c/o J.Jill (old, also worn here)
denim: AG Jeans (exact)
baseball hat: H&M (old)
bean boots: thrifted for $15 (exact)
Especial primo backpack: Timbuk2 (exact)
The biggest difference between this year and last year’s trip was the fact that we arrived a bit closer to the end of low tide times, so we had to pick quickly! Thanks to the crash course for shucking oysters last year, I had a blast shucking about two dozen of the 5 dozen that were picked by the group! (Only ended up eating 1 of those 24 that I shucked… turns out I’m still not a huge fan of raw oysters… some things never change!)
Also, my sweet fiance ended up finding a little baby crab while picking oysters! I have such a soft spot for baby crabs and can’t help but love to hold them (may have played with a bunch of them while crabbing last year). Don’t worry though… put this little guy right back into the water.
Ahhh, buying jeans. This is a personal topic that I like to talk about because I struggled for a long time in my teenage years and early 20s to find jeans that fit right. As someone who has a non-ideal proportion combination (hourglass + big hips + cycling thighs + long shins), jeans have been always been a bit of a pain to shop for. Mix all the different combinations of measurements between premium denim brands sizing and trying to buy jeans online and I have a lovely pickle of a problem on my hands!
I posted about Fitcode back in 2015 when Fitcode first launched, and I’m excited to share today’s post in partnership with where the brand has come almost 2 years later!
If you’re not familiar with Fitcode, this company’s mission is to help you find the perfect pair of denim no matter what the brand. By taking a quick fit quiz, you can find out what your “Fitcode” is and how it maps to multiple denim brands. Once you have your Fitcode, you can shop personalized recommendations of styles and sizes in the boutique.
Earlier this month, Fitcode announced their partnership with one of my favourite denim brands, AG, and I’m excited to get to be part of this launch! What this means is that you can now shop across all of AG pieces using your Fitcode to find your next perfectly fitting pair of jeans! All of the outfits in today’s post feature pieces styled from AG’s Spring 2017 collection paired with their latest denim styles. What a treat it was to get to play around in the AG collection!
A huge thank you to the Fitcode team for continuing to be one of my favourite Seattle-based companies to make shopping for jeans online so much easier!