a look back at ‘diary of this girl’

^^^ my first (professional) blog header! ^^^
in the five years i have been blogging (more than five-and-a-half,
really!), this little blog has evolved. i, too, have come a long way personally, 
professionally and otherwise! i started blogging as a creative 
outlet upon landing my first “real” job after college. 
i wanted and needed a hobby; i have always been passionate about both fashion
and writing. a fashion and lifestyle blog
felt like the perfect means to channel these interests. 
and in 2012, ‘diary of this girl’ was born!
in the beginning, my photos were taken on various phones
by anyone and everyone willing 
(from family and friends, to coworkers and random passersby). 
my small presence on the internet was a way for me to stay connected with family
and friends who didn’t live in the seattle area;
they would email or text that they enjoyed following along
during my post-college life adventures!
my initial posts included various rants, inspirational quotes 
(often borrowed from the web) and very (very!) poor quality outfit 
pictures. i have to admit, i wish i still had some of the clothing
i wore in the early posts. for example, where are those sneakers 
and that one pair of polka dot shorts!?
^^^ my second blog header ^^^
this blog was and continues to be a great passion of mine.
after five years, i still thoroughly enjoy writing content, putting together 
outfits, and of course, talking about all things fashion.
 i hope you will continue to follow along, too!
 the photos (thankfully) got better over time, and i think my 
decision to work with a professional photographer in late 2015
was the best choice i could have made for my blog. 
my blog looks and feels more polished, and i am grateful for
the handful of photographers i have had the pleasure of working with.
i still enjoy browsing the archives to read what was going on 
in my life at the time (also fun? seeing the
dramatic change in the length and color of my hair!). though 
the quality of my photos were sub-par at the start, they’re a great representation of 
how much i have learned and grown as a blogger. you live; you learn! 
my favorite part of blogging? the supportive
community of bloggers i have met in the seattle area!
i feel fortunate to live here, where fellow bloggers are less
competitive (and more welcoming) than other u.s. cities.
i cannot tell you how much i enjoy attending blog-related events,
or simply catching up with fellow bloggers over a cup of coffee.
you can bet food and outfit photos for social media will be required, too 🙂
and don’t worry, i by no means plan to give up blogging.
rather, i want to reiterate how much i enjoy this unique, creative
process; i hope you will continue visiting here for fashion tips,
inspiration, and to stay in touch with other life events.
i still have an intense shopping addiction, outfit ideas galore,
and some fun collaborations planned for future posts. xoxo.

fall fashion with seattle goodwill

^^^ i was lusting after several rings, bracelets and vintage broaches! ^^^
^^^ adorable, asa, from lace & pearls, browsing glitter sale items! ^^^
^^^ goodwill gift cards and tasty cookies from dianne’s delights ^^^
last week i had the pleasure of attending a fall fashion event, 
hosted by sydney mintle of gossip & glamour and seattle goodwill.
alongside some of my favorite local bloggers, 
we browsed halloween costumes, learned halloween-inspired
makeup tips from tiffany colors (talented makeup artist and cosmetologist!),
and were able to preview a few items for the upcoming glitter sale!
^^^ still putting together your halloween costume?
temporary lip tattoos (available in a variety of prints and colors)
and vibrant false lashes can glam-up any costume! ^^^
the annual glitter gala (goodwill’s biggest fundraiser!) took place this 
weekend; proceeds from last year’s gala provided job training and education 
programs to 8,700 community members.
every time we shop at goodwill, we support these programs!
the goodwill glitter sale runs november 5th and 6th from 9:00am-6:00pm
at the dearborn store (located here) – i haven’t yet been but look
forward to attending for the first time this year!
not familiar with the glitter sale? goodwill saves the best of the best donations
for their annual sale (such as the burberry and dolce & gabbana pictured 
above) and attendees line up in anticipation!
^^^ fellow fashion and lifestyle bloggers! 
anita from under the evergreen, hilary from the cutie life, jenn from hello rigby,
lisa from story of my dress and angie from chasing my halo ^^^
a special thank you to sydney and seattle goodwill for putting on such 
a fun fall fashion event – now, bring on the halloween costume 
shopping and all things glitter sale!

a day for fashion bloggers

two weeks ago, i had the great pleasure of attending
the first ever seattle fashion summit (for local fashion bloggers), stylish in seattle.
the event took place at coterie worklounge and was hosted by 
sydney mintle of gossip & glamour and alix rose.
to say the day was a ‘whirlwind’ is an understatement; after attending several 
advisory board meetings, emailing back and forth between generous sponsors and vendors,
and (some very serious!) outfit planning, the day was a success!
^^^ coterie worklounge is absolutely gorgeous! it was the perfect venue ^^^
i loved chatting and catching up with blogging friends and meeting a few
new faces, too! because the day was quite structured (with two panels and a 
guest speaker), i wasn’t able to speak with everyone. i suppose that just means
sydney and alix will have to make this a quarterly event 🙂
^^^ i took notes on my phone during both panel presentations and when listening
to our guest speaker. a new notebook was gifted in our swag bags, which 
made following along throughout the day convenient and fun! ^^^
the first panel included jessica branning from neiman marcus
sabrina fenster from the shelf, danielle pepperl from brooks running
and samantha scharg from julep. these talented and inspiring women discussed
how to work with fashion brands. 
this first panel was of particular interest to me,
as working with brands, and establishing a professional and lasting partnership
with a variety of different brands, is a goal of mine. 
i enjoyed learning more about what brands expect of bloggers
and how to possibly approach a brand you’re interested in working with – 
it can be an intimidating process!
the second panel was entitled ‘the business of blogging’ and featured 
cori robinson from dress corilynn, taylor horn from thataylaa
moorea seal from moorea seal, tiffany ishiguro from t&j designs, and 
cassandra lavalle from coco kelly.
each of these incredible women have launched their blog (or website)
into a second concept and subsequent career. for example, moorea seal began her 
journey with a small etsy shop and now has a vast online store, brick and mortar store 
in belltown, seattle, and is working to complete her second book. 
i greatly enjoyed the insight these women offered to bloggers 
who hope to someday make this a career. they shared both their successes
and the hardships they’ve encountered along the way. it was 
an honest and eye-opening conversation. i think what stood out most to me during this 
panel was the importance of staying true to your story – whether blogging, 
designing clothing, making jewelry, etc. 
^^^ and of course, i have to mention the food; pastries, coffee, and the sandwiches at
lunch were all delicious (and those cake pops!!!) ^^^
^^^ and the keynote speaker for the day: amanda zurita! ^^^
amanda is a stylist, writer, and tour guide in europe for rick steves. 
talk about amazing!? she discussed the importance of exploration, 
pursuing your passions, and simply doing what you love. my favorite quote 
of the day? ‘the people in this room aren’t your competition, but 
people you can learn from and collaborate with.’
blogging is a great passion of mine. if i could do it full-time, 
i would in a heartbeat! for now, however, it is my creative outlet for writing, 
exploring all things fashion, and sharing bits and pieces of my day to day life
(as well as the adventures and mishaps along the way). 
i often catch myself thinking, ‘why don’t i have as many followers as her?’
or ‘why wasn’t i at that event?’ or ‘how can i work with that brand?’
all these comparisons are trivial. and unnecessary. they leave 
you feeling defeated (or perhaps that’s just me?). rather, i want to
be grateful for the connections i have made, the partnerships i have 
begun to foster, and feel content with where i am in this great blogging adventure.
i left the conference feeling slightly over-caffeinated, but both elated and inspired.  
i am eager to put the wisdom and knowledge that was shared
throughout the day to good use! 


happy friday, everyone! TGIF, too.
this week has been a long one! perhaps it’s due to daylight savings, 
or teething toddlers, or exhausted teachers (like myself), but 
this weekend could not come soon enough. 
it helps that i am eager (and honored!) to attend stylish in seattle, a spring style 
summit for local, seattle fashion bloggers! 
does it get any better!? 
i began blogging four-and-a-half years ago, and this blog is, and has been,
my creative outlet. here, i can share outfits, style advice, inspiration, 
and my day-to-day adventures (and mishaps!).

original posts 1 // 2 // 3

while i greatly enjoy being a preschool teacher, i am immensely passionate about 
writing, and subsequently, blogging. 
i think what makes blogging particularly enjoyable, especially in seattle, 
is the supportive blogging community. 
i’ve met some incredible women, both in person and simply online.
we encourage one another and share our successes (and obstacles 
we’ve encountered, too); it’s been a special journey!
i cannot wait for the style summit! if you’re attending, 
let me know in the comments and be sure to introduce yourself on saturday!
and now the biggest dilemma (!!!): what to wear!?

how we wore it // darker fall tones

happy wednesday, everyone!
today i am collaborating with a few incredible (and very talented!) 
bloggers as we style darker tones for fall.
^^^ our inspiration photo via stylelovely –
can i have her top? and shoes? and bag, please?! ^^^
when i first saw this photo, i thought, ‘oh i don’t have a gingham top like that.
and i desperately want distressed black jeans. and maybe
i can buy a new pair of shoes, too?’
but that sort of defeats the entire purpose of this collaboration; 
together, we are digging through our closets to find pieces 
that resemble this look. 
when i took a moment to consider what i have in my 
closet, items that are comparable to this photo, i realized i didn’t need to go 
shopping at all (darn!!). 
blouse: nordstrom, bag: urban outfitters (old), booties: dsw,
bangles: nordstrom rack, jeans: american eagle (exact here)
what stood out to me in the inspiration photo, 
was the distressed denim, blouse-like top, sunnies, and black bag.
after a bit of playing around with my blouse, 
i am pleased with how similar my photos look – yet they
are still representative of my personal style.
i prefer flats or boots to heels, and i opted for a brighter, 
more vibrant lip color. 
i had a great time creating this look, so thank you, 
brooke for hosting. brooke’s blog, silver lining,
is pretty adorable (as is her daughter), so be sure to check it out!
also participating in today’s ‘how we wore it’:
Brooke at Silver Lining
Alexa at He and I
Aubrey at Aubrey Zaruba
Hannah at Hannah Rae
Sierra at Sierra’s View
Sharlee at My New Lines
Berkley at Berkley Anne
Amy at Harris Inc.
Brooklyn at Brooklyn Jolley
Amy at Lamb & Ivy
Autumn at Stay Gold Autumn
Brielle at Breezy and Co
Riley at Riley Jo Blog
Maren at Maren and Co
Kyla at FordOlogy
Robin at Penn & Quill
Shelbie at R+S Brereton
Jennifer at Jennifer Sikora
Sarah at My For Real Life
Deidre at Deidre Emme
Rachel at Rachel Sayumi

guest blogging

happy friday! 
today i am guest blogging (and answering a few questions)
over at ‘the girl who loved to write.’
author, chelsea, is an avid reader, writer (blogger, too!),
and coffee drinker. 
she is married to her sweetheart and together, 
they have an adorable pup named gatsby.
be sure to check out chelsea’s blog
and read my guest post here.
thank you for stopping by!

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