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6.10.2015

CROPPED


I love the shape of this crop top, however it showed a little too much mid-section for my taste. Next time I'll probably rock it with a high-wasted skirt instead, but I decided to post these anyways. After all fashion is about about trying something new and deciding if it's for you or not.


I feel the need to talk about these $15 sunnies that I've been wearing ALL THE TIME. I own a few pairs of designer sunglasses, but forgot to bring any on a trip to Houston last year. I also happened to forget my entire makeup bag.. GASP! Every girl's worst nightmare right?? Well I didn't want to drop a couple hundred dollars on sunglasses and new makeup so I headed to the local Target and that is where I bought these. 

I love them because they look chic and I don't have to worry about carrying a separate case around to protect them. They usually just get shoved in my over-sized bag somewhere - just one less thing to waste energy on. So I may seriously consider never buying designer sunnies again.. well never say never.. but I'll definitely think twice.


Also I am loving these earrings from RocksBox this month! For those of you who are not familiar with RocksBox, it is a jewelry subscription service. More about this in my next blog post! For now if you'd like to try it out for FREE, sign up with my code: maryqxoxo




Top: Urban Outfitters
Shorts: One Teaspoon
Booties: Clarks
Earrings: RocksBox 
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6.06.2015

WHAT I WORE : TO WORK


The best part about being in the tech industry is you get to wear whatever you want to work and NO ONE cares. I mean you've still got to use common sense (i.e. lets keep it classy). With that said, I am totally guilty of rocking my yoga pants to the office - probably 3/5 days of the week. 


Earlier this week I had the pleasure of meeting fellow Seattle blogger, Kimberly Nguyen of Hello Kim Win. After following each other for a over a year or so on Instagram we finally realized that we both work at the same company. SUCH a small world!

So obviously we had to grab lunch and chat blogs/fashion/all things girlie. This girl is completely down to earth, not to mention a genius in my books so for all you college tech nerds out there - I would totally suck up to her. You'll know what I mean if you check out her bio!


Photos by Kimberly Nguyen

Cardigan: Forever 21
Tank: Nordstrom (Topshop)
Pants: Nordstrom (Topshop)
Shoes: Nordstrom (Steve Madden)
Sunnies: Target
Watch: Daniel Wellington

6.03.2015

THE T-SHIRT DRESS


Guys, I have this weird obsession with t-shirts. I want them all.

SO when I discovered this t-shirt dress phenomenon I was beyond excited! I immediately wanted to buy all of them, but the tiny minimalist conscience inside had some restraint. I settled for this grey one with clean lines, a boyfriend-esque look, and short enough hem to still be feminine.

Global warming must be real because it is way too hot to be June in Seattle right now. I wore this dress everywhere last weekend because it is SO comfy, light and fuss free. It is also incredibly versatile! You can throw on a denim chambray over it for a picnic at the park or put on a statement necklace & a cute pair of sandals for happy hour. 


We went exploring this weekend around out new neighborhood and came across this gorgeous viewpoint. It overlooks the I-90 bridge and Lake Washington.


Dress - Urban Outfitters
Denim Chambray - Banana Republic
Sandals - Nordstrom (Birkenstocks)
Watch - Daniel Wellington
Bag - LV

5.31.2015

CLOSET DETOX

Summer is less than a month away! I'm currently working on creating my Summer Capsule Wardrobe and will share it here once I have it completed. But first, I have to finish cleaning out my closet.. I know, sounds fun right??

I used these four steps/categories to help me with my "Closet Detox".



The first thing I did was donate 5+ bags of clothes to Goodwill. This is was the stuff that I hadn't worn in years, clothes from college, clothes I had put into storage and forgot about, etc. A little voice inside my head was screaming nooooo… but I had to remind myself that they were going to a good cause and someone else would enjoy them much more than me.

What about sentimental clothes that you never wear? I laid each item out, took detailed pictures and donated them as well. 


This is the clothes you still like and will wear but are not currently right for the season. It's best to pull all of these off your hangers so they won't create noise and cover up the clothes you can wear.

Unfortunately I don't have a ton of storage space in my urban one bedroom apartment. Thank goodness for under the bed storage. After a quick stop at Target I brought home a storage container that fits perfectly underneath my bed and stuffed all of my winter/fall clothes in it. I may get another since two will fit under there and I need all the storage I can get!





This pile included clothing that I wear on a less-than-a-monthly-basis but are hard to let go of because of one or both of the following reasons:

  1. I spent a fair amount of money on it.
  2. I still love it, but it's uncomfortable/not practical/does not fit properly.

Selling them makes it easier to let go of since you can make a little extra cash to fund that upcoming trip, a future capsule wardrobe, or to simply put into savings.


I sell my clothes on Poshmark but there are a lot of different sites you can do it through. Once I have the item posted I put it into a separate container and store it until it is sold. If it doesn't sell quickly, I will usually just donate it.




This is your capsule wardrobe; the clothes that you absolutely love, fit you like a glove, and will wear all the time! My closet is not quite finished yet; there is actually still a lot of work to do. But I already feel that much better when I walk into my closet to find something to wear.


Weird Fun fact: I have this neurotic thing about matching hangers.. like they have to all be the same or I will throw them out! I love these cream colored velvet hangers because they lighten up my closet and my clothes don't slip off of them.

5.28.2015

#TBT

Throwback to when I had crazy long hair! Ok it's not THAT long, but it's long for me. These photos were taken last year in Puerto Vallarta. I like this outfit because I still own and wear every article of clothing in this photo. I can't say that about most of of my outfit posts from last year.. Which is why I am only investing in timeless pieces now for my capsule wardrobe.


It was one of our last nights there and we decided to splurge on a big fancy meal on the beach. Seriously one of the best meals and views ever! If you're in Puerto Vallarta, you've GOT to go to La Palapa. It won't disappoint. 





Top - Zara
Skort - Express
Sandals - Nordstrom Rack
Sunnies - Nordstrom (Ray-Ban)