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winter ready with happy goat lucky outerwear

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disclosure: thank you, happy goat lucky for graciously providing the jacket featured in today’s post. as per usual, all opinions are my own!

while winter hasn’t **officially** started—it begins friday, december 21— it certainly feels like winter in the pacific northwest. (we aren’t accustomed to temperatures that dip into the 20s pre-december.) many mornings, i wake up to below-freezing temperatures, a frozen car, and an equally chilly office. it sounds delightful, doesn’t it? this girl is ready for a tropical vacation. #agirlcandream

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diary of this girl megan, seattle fashion blogger, happy goat lucky clothing

until my next trip to hawaii (just kidding) i am determined to dress in warm, comfortable layers. cold-weather accessories are seemingly essential, and my most important piece for winter is a down-filled jacket. while i have a few warm jackets hanging in my closet, this year, i wanted to upgrade my typical black option for something a bit more exciting. happy goat lucky graciously gifted this jacket, and i’ve been wearing it on repeat. it’s ideal for weekday mornings spent commuting and weekend road trips to the mountains!

today, i’m wearing the “miranda” jacket. (it’s sold with a detachable faux-fur trim.) it’s 90% down + 10% feather and is water resistant—this factor is essential living in the pacific northwest where rain is prevalent and often unexpected. (many jackets i find offer to keep you warm or dry, but not necessarily both.)

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the “miranda” is cut slim, so i don’t feel overly bulky when styling my jacket. who wants to look like a walking sleeping bag? no, thank you. i also love that it’s a bit longer—35″ in length—to keep my legs covered and dry. i’m wearing a size small and find this jacket runs true to size. despite being a bit more fitted than other winter styles, i can easily layer seasonal clothing underneath. the “miranda” is also available in black and white.

the price point of happy goat lucky outerwear is mid-range—most styles are $200–500. the quality is top notch and well worth the cost! my family will tell you, when i find a jacket i love, i tend to “live in it.” i wear it to work and when running errands, but you’ll often find me lounging on the couch in said jacket! what can i say, i run cold.

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diary of this girl megan, happy goat lucky, down jacket

diary of this girl megan, happy goat lucky, down jacket

photos by jenn from hello rigby

jacket: c/o happy goat luck (exact here), sweater: abercrombie & fitch, jeans: american eagle, hat: nordstrom rack, loafers: vince camuto (similar here), purse: fossil (borrowed from jenn)

are you in need of a new winter jacket? i highly recommend visiting happy goat lucky’s website. (i’m lusting after this black belted jacket and this shorter red option.) many of the styles are currently on sale, so you can enjoy a warm, cozy jacket without depleting your holiday-shopping budget!

Girls’ Night Out at Enchant Christmas

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last week, i had the pleasure of visiting enchant christmas—a light maze, ice-skating rink, holiday market, and more—at safeco field. (this is enchant’s inaugural event, and upon seeing it advertised earlier this fall, i knew i wanted to attend.)

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enchant christmas, seattle fashion blogger, diary of this girl, holiday fun

i was graciously invited to visit enchant’s media night as a +1 (or +2) to my blogger bestie, jenn. jenn, ana luiza, and i met at the stadium after work. in celebration of media night, we were offered complimentary snacks and beverages on the club level of safeco field. we fueled up on tasty treats (including cheese + beer battered fries and potato dumplings) before checking out the other offerings!

enchant is home to a 90,000 square-foot maze of lights. (in fact, there are a mere 2.5 million lights that adorn the maze.) to say this setup is “dazzling” would be a vast understatement! in addition to the maze, upon entering, you are greeted by christmas music—there are live performances on select nights—and may experience a light snowfall. the overall event is quite captivating!

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tickets range in price from $20–60. there are deals available online, and weeknights are, expectedly, cheaper to attend. the higher price point is for groups who would like to enjoy enchant “vip style.” you can choose to rent a suite with a delicious dinner and dessert bar, exclusive cocktails, an individual visit from/photo-op with santa, and more!

speaking of santa, he and mrs. claus, can be seen at enchant. stop by their corner for a (paid) holiday photo opportunity!

enchant christmas, seattle fashion blogger, diary of this girl, holiday fun

enchant christmas, seattle fashion blogger, diary of this girl, holiday fun

if you’re planning to visit enchant this season, below are a few noteworthy tips—

dress warmly:

while the event is **technically** indoors, (i.e. safeco field has a retractable roof), the outer walls are open. this setup, coupled with the ice rink, means the overall temperatures are rather chilly! this may be the perfect opportunity for you to don your santa hat or a cozy scarf and gloves.

after enjoying the maze and/or ice rink, warm up with a cup of coffee or hot coco above the field.

visit early in the evening (and if possible, stop by on a weekday):

as with any holiday activity, enchant christmas is crowded. (this may be an understatement.) critics are estimating 10,000+ visitors on weekends. the girls and i enjoyed enchant on a tuesday evening, and while it was busy, the crowds weren’t overwhelming. if you’re hoping to take family photos, please be patient.

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finish your holiday shopping:

throughout the event, there will be rotating vendors from which you can shop. you can expect to see home decor items, handmade crafts, sweet treats, and more! the girls and i were thrilled to see our dear friend—and talented jewelry maker—asa of lace & pearls jewelry among the visiting group of vendors.

getting to enchant christmas:

whether you’re coming from the north or south, if possible, take public transportation. this will alleviate potential stress caused by traffic and lack of parking. ana luiza and i were fortunate to take the link light rail and exit at king street station. we then walked the remaining few blocks to safeco field.

if you’re unable to take public transportation, you’re invited to pre-book parking. (it’s $10 on weeknights and $15 on weekends.) this will guarantee you a spot in the parking garage that adjoins the stadium.

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enchant christmas, seattle fashion blogger, diary of this girl, holiday fun

photos by jenn from hello rigby

if you haven’t yet visited enchant christmas, fear not—there’s time! the event is open through december 30, 2018. (enjoy a discount on ticket prices on “jolly nights.” they’re listed here.) i enjoyed reading this seattle times article; it provides an honest depiction of what to expect (or perhaps, not expect) if attending. while i don’t disagree with the times’ critique, i think enchant provides a great opportunity for families to celebrate and enjoy the holiday season. (just remember to dress warmly and plan for large crowds.)

and, despite visiting enchant with jenn and ana luiza, i’ll be going back with my mom, aunts, and cousins later this month. cheers to another date in the city!

p.s. jenn shared photos from enchant here; ana luiza wrote a post here.

elevated fall favorites with dailylook

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disclosure: thank you, dailylook for providing shop credit used to purchase items in today’s post. as per usual, all opinions are my own!

with the holidays fast approaching, my calendar is seemingly overflowing with work responsibilities, post-work happy hours, blog projects, and of course, outings with family and friends. while holiday shopping is front-of-mind, shopping for myself—and refreshing my wardrobe—is currently on the back burner. (i’m okay with that, as the holiday season is my favorite time of year.)

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dailylook review, fashion blogger, diary of this girl megan
dailylook review, fashion blogger, diary of this girl megan

subscription boxes—they’re ostensibly everywhere! with several companies promising to “send just what you need,” or “expand your wardrobe from the comfort of your home,” how do you know which subscription style service is right for you? i recently tried dailylook, a premium styling service that selects and sends you up to twelve items.

what is dailylook?

dailylook is defined as a “premium” subscription service, as items are excellent quality and priced a bit higher than others box subscriptions on the market. most items range in price from $50–200. as a budget-friendly shopper, this price point is on the higher end for me, but i know i’m investing in pieces i will have and wear for multiple seasons!

boxes can be delivered bi-weekly, monthly, or quarterly, depending on your needs and/or preference. additionally, a $40 styling fee (paid when you sign up) is applied to any items you choose to keep! (if you’re interested in trying dailylook, use code “PRIBBLE10” for $10 off your first box.)

dailylook review, fashion blogger, diary of this girl megan

dailylook review, fashion blogger, diary of this girl megan

how do you create a dailylook profile?

upon creating your dailylook profile, you will complete a questionnaire, documenting your individual style preferences—how do you like items to fit? what is your body shape? what colors do you prefer? do you enjoy classic items or trendy pieces? are there any colors and/or prints you typically avoid?

you are also encouraged to connect your social media platforms (specifically, pinterest) to your dailylook profile. this allows your stylist to learn more about you and what you enjoy! and of course, you are matched with a talented stylist who will hand-select items in your box. (my stylist is veronica, and she sent a sweet, personalized note and recommendations on how to wear specific items.)

a week before your box arrives, you can preview items chosen by your stylist. you may swap out up to three items for pieces that better align with your style. (when first viewing my box, i exchanged a sleeveless blouse and dress that were cute, but a bit off-season.) this helps my stylist, veronica, better understand what i’m looking for!

^^ this jacket is my favorite! ^^

what’s inside my dailylook box?

and now, time for the reveal. =)

i received seven items (five of which are featured in today’s post):

  • six crisp days black padded shoulder blazer ($88)
  • double breasted grey plaid blazer ($128)
  • j brand “maria” high-rise skinny jeans ($178)
  • liv l/s smocked peasant blouse ($88)
  • ari purple crew new sweater ($78)
  • double-breasted trench coat ($108—not pictured)
  • jack by bb dakota wide-leg pants ($58—not pictured)

the double-breasted tan trench arrived a bit too wrinkled for photos, and the wide-leg pants were too big. however, i was thoroughly impressed with the other items selected by my stylist. my favorite is the grey plaid blazer! i opted to keep it and the mustard blouse. i’ve been eager to find a boyfriend-style plaid blazer, and the one i received is perfect!

i greatly enjoyed being able to try on the pieces i received at home. this allowed me to mix and match with items currently in my closet. (the mustard blouse, for example, paired perfectly with a pair of high-waisted culottes i recently purchased.)

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dailylook review, fashion blogger, diary of this girl megan
dailylook review, fashion blogger, diary of this girl megan
how do you return your dailylook box?

upon receiving my box, i had five business days to decide what to keep. this gave me ample time to try on and play around with the different styles!

to checkout, i simply logged into my dailylook profile to review my order. i was able to easily select which items to keep and which i’d like to return. i could also provide feedback to my stylist about the fit, style, and price of items she’d selected. (for example, i told veronica the wide-leg pants were too large, as was the black blazer.) a pre-paid return label and bag are included in your box. however, if you happen to misplace the label, you can request an additional label. (you know, these things tend to mysteriously vanish.)

an added bonus—if you keep three or more items, you receive 50% off one item!

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photos by jenn from hello rigby

overall, i am thoroughly impressed with dailylook’s subscription style service. my next box is scheduled for early december—just in time for holiday parties and events filling my calendar. if you’re interested in trying dailylook, don’t forget to use code, “PRIBBLE10” for $10 off your first box!

 

 

 

your budget-friendly holiday gift guide

“sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways, it can change someone else’s life forever.”–margaret cho

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disclosure: this post contains affiliate links. if you choose to shop items shared in this post, i may earn a small commission. as per usual, all opinions are my own!

can you believe christmas is less than one month away? if you’re anything like me (are you, are you?), you have yet to begin holiday shopping. (cue increased stress levels.) however, fear not—we have just under four weeks to check off everything on our holiday lists.

while i enjoy visiting the mall (on occasion) and like popping into local boutiques, shopping online has become far too appealing. (i typically shop when i should be responding to emails or feel overly stressed. that’s okay though, right?)

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seattle fashion blogger, budget friendly style, holiday gift guide

your budget-friendly holiday gift guide

today, i’ve put together a gift guide with items for anyone and everyone on your shopping list. even better, all items are priced under $50. while giving is a lovely, admirable theme during the holidays, depleting your bank account isn’t necessary.

ready? set? let’s shop!

for the host and hostess:

 

for the kiddos (0–4):

 

for the beauty maven:

 

for pet owners:

 

your budget-friendly holiday gift guide

your budget-friendly holiday gift guide

photos by karya schanilec photography

blazer: topshop, t-shirt and jeans: zara, mules and purse: forever 21

for the tech guru:

 

for the fashionista:

 

have you started your holiday shopping? if so, did you take advantage of black friday and cyber monday sales? i always tell myself, “i’ll start shopping early” and have yet to do so. are there any other gift guides you’d like to see?

in the meantime, i’ll be over here last minute shopping and paying for rush delivery as per usual. #somethingsneverchange

how i learned to embrace acne-prone, combination skin

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disclosure: a special thank you to proactiv for providing the face wash, retinol cream, and lotion pictured in today’s post. as per usual, all opinions are my own! 

hello, and happy wednesday, everyone!

today, i want to talk about skincare and makeup—who doesn’t love makeup? #skincarefiend

as a teenager, i struggled with the occasional blemish. (they would typically manifest along my hair and jawline.) i also had combination skin—i.e. skin that is both dry and oily. i don’t recall feeling overly annoyed or upset about my skin’s appearance. my peers also suffered from breakouts, and i think this phase was simply the norm.

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in my 20s, the breakouts prevailed, but again, i brushed them off—”it’s because i slept in my makeup” (something i never do anymore), “i ate too much sugar,” or “it’s hormonal.” i relied on drugstore products with high concentrations of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. i recall layering these topical treatments on skin, and the end result was dry, irritated patches. fun, right?

upon graduating, my mom recommended i visit a local dermatologist to help treat the underlying cause of my breakouts. i also hoped to gain clarity on what products are most beneficial for dry, oily, and breakout-prone skin. i had a positive interaction with my dermatologist, and she encouraged me to drink more water, utilize gentle skincare products (such as cerave), and take a daily, oral antibiotic to help minimize bacteria that is associated with acne.

i began to notice a change in my skin’s clarity. i no longer caked on my foundation and felt as though my skin could finally breathe! unfortunately, when taking the oral prescription, one caveat is that you must avoid sun exposure. my family and i went on a trip to hawaii, and while i stopped taking the antibiotics prior to our vacation, i hadn’t stopped soon enough—the result was a horrible breakout all over my face and neck. when arriving home, i consulted my dermatologist and opted to stop taking the antibiotic and instead focus on topical products.

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fast-forward eight years, and the skin saga continues! blemishes continue to take a toll on my self-confidence, and i struggle to treat and cover them. i wash my face twice daily, use quality skincare products, and still battle stress-induced and hormonal breakouts.

over the past several months, i’ve modified my skincare routine and swapped out different products. while it’s not a perfect method, i enjoy caring for my skin. i think my change in attitude (i.e. wanting to love and care for my skin) has helped both my self-confidence and overall feelings toward my skin. in addition to reducing oil and targeting breakouts, i also strive to find beauty and makeup products that target signs of aging.

today, i’d like to share my skincare routine, as well as skin and makeup products i currently use.

morning skincare routine:

i prefer to shower in the morning, and while in the shower, i use my clarisonic cleansing brush and a creamy cleanser. i then pat my face dry and apply witch hazel toner with a cotton pad. lastly, i put on a matte face lotion with spf (to keep oil at bay).

evening skincare routine:

i first use a makeup-removing wipe. (i love these wipes—they’re great for sensitive skin.) i then use a cleansing balm, and it can be applied to wet or dry skin. (the balm removes any residual makeup but doesn’t strip my skin of natural oils and hydration.) i again apply the witch hazel toner and recently also implemented a hydration spray. i then massage my face with an anti-aging serum and night cream. lastly, i apply eye cream and drugstore acne medication to any blemishes.

thrice weekly, i also enjoy applying face masks. whether jar or sheet masks, i find this practice enhances my skin’s clarity and hydration levels immensely! it’s also a therapeutic, end-of-day routine.

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shop my skincare favorites:

 

shop my makeup favorites (great for sensitive skin):

 

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photos by sarah wolfe photography

a few other quick skincare tips? wear sunscreen and drink eight+ ounces of water daily. don’t sleep in your makeup. strive to eat well, as this can greatly support your skin’s health. lastly, care for and cherish your skin. our skin is our largest organ, and as such, it deserves a great deal of love!

do you have any skincare or makeup recommendations? if so, please send them my way!

five holiday traditions i can’t wait to partake in

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disclosure: a special thank you to sas shoes for providing the boots worn in today’s post. as per usual, all opinions are my own!

and just like that, the holiday season is upon us! i can’t believe how seemingly quickly it arrived. (wasn’t the fourth of july just last week?) despite how hastily november came (and went), i am eager to partake in several fun, festive activities!

my family and i plan to stay local for christmas. (i look forward to visiting with extended family in issaquah and seattle.) this allows more time to participate in the festivities around us! i have several items filling up my calendar—it feels very full—and look forward to experiencing a few new happenings, too.

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seattle fashion blogger, diary of this girl, holiday list

to complement our holiday spirt, i’ve rounded up my top five traditions—including a holiday outfit—for you:

one (1): enjoy a hot coco date

nothing says “holiday” quite like a hot coco date, right? for my local readers, i love popping into dilletante mocha café to enjoy a tasty treat. you are encouraged to select your cacao percentage from five chocolate varieties. (i love the dark hot chocolate or mocha with 63% cacao.) and what pairs well with hot coco? a homemade brownie or coconut macaroon, of course!

two (2): decorate the christmas tree

at the end of november, my family and i typically visit a local tree farm and look for a noble fir to bring home! (noble firs have ample space for those extra large—and extra long—dachshund ornaments.)  after stringing lights, my mom and i enjoy adorning the tree with festive ornaments and decor. we play christmas music, wear christmas pajamas, and strive to create a beautiful space in which to celebrate the holiday season.

several of our ornaments are from my childhood. we have a few that were made by my brother and me in our preschool and elementary-school years. they’re fun to bring out and reminisce over!

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seattle fashion blogger, diary of this girl, holiday list, sas shoes
three (3): put together a holiday-inspired outfit

velvet, sequins, sparkle—all styles that embody the holiday season! i enjoy planning outfits for parties and gatherings; i love any excuse to dress up this time of year.

during the month of december, i will attend several parties and events. while i would love to purchase a new outfit for each occasion, (unfortunately) my budget won’t allow this. instead, i plan to mix and match pieces in my closet to create seemingly unique looks. i have a pleated metallic skirt and black velvet dress that will act as my seasonal “staples.” i can add a sequin bag, printed scarf, or lace blouse to elevate my look.

additionally, i plan to style my “simi” ankle boots, courtesy of sas shoes, with several holiday outfits. (i’m wearing the color “mirage wine” in a size 8, and they fit true-to-size.) today, i paired my ankle boots with a vintage floral dress. i think these boots will look equally cute with a velvet dress or a pair of black culottes!

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four (4): bake something delicious

who doesn’t love holiday cookies? whether you prefer sugar cookies, pie, or homemade fudge, the seasonally-timed recipes are endless!

my mom and i enjoy browsing pinterest for gluten-free options. she baked a flourless chocolate cheesecake for thanksgiving. i won’t tell you how many pieces i consumed—it was so tasty—i couldn’t help myself. i am itching to bake this triple-chocolate brownie mousse stack and these mississippi mud medallions. (all the chocolate dessert, please!)

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diary of this girl megan, seattle fashion blogger, sas shoes, holiday fun
five (5): create a holiday-themed calendar

one of the families i nanny for puts together a holiday calendar for the month of december. each day has a recommended activity. (for example: watch a holiday movie together; build your own hot coco bar (with several toppings); volunteer at a local soup kitchen; go for a walk in your neighborhood to look at lights) i absolutely love this idea! while i don’t think you necessarily need an elaborate—or costly—activity outlined each day, simple gestures and outings can help foster holiday spirit.

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photos by chelsea macor photography

dress: vintage, jacket: zara (old), boots: c/o sas shoes (exact here), clutch: nordstrom

what are your favorite traditions? do you have a holiday outfit in mind? and coming soon—i want to compile a list of seattle activities you simply can’t miss during the holiday season. happy end-of-november, everyone!

three black friday sales i can’t wait to shop

“it’s an add-to-cart kind of day.” happy black friday, everyone!

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disclosure: this post contains affiliate links. if you choose to shop items shared in this post, i may earn a small commission. as per usual, all opinions are my own!

’tis the season for gift guides, shopping, and sales galore. in years past, i have stayed up until 11:00pm, midnight, and—dare i admit this—1:00am to fight crowds for black-friday deals! (i once skipped thanksgiving dessert to stand in line at target, eek.) online sales are prevalent, many of which are available before the thanksgiving holiday, so shopping sans crowds and chaos is easier than ever.

today, i’ve rounded up three black friday sales—including items on my wish list—that you won’t want to miss! #shopaholic

abercrombie & fitch:

abercrombie is offering 50% off most items (in-store and online). i recently purchased a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans, turtle-neck sweater, and down-filled parka that i wore on repeat during our recent trip to nebraska. below are a few other goodies i am lusting after.

j.crew factory:

j.crew factory has 50% off select styles. you can also shop clearance (some items are 80% off) with code “add2cart” at checkout. they have some darling dresses, sweaters, and cold-weather accessories on serious sale!

 

loft:

enjoy 50% off your purchase in-store and online. don’t forget to use code “friyay” at checkout. (this promotion is only valid on black friday.)

 

old navy, american eagle, urban outfitters, and asos also offer incredible black friday savings—you won’t deplete your budget. i plan to pop into zara on friday during my lunch break. (yes, i have to work friday—insert crying emoji.)

what are your favorite black friday sales? do you have any black-friday shopping horror stories?

little letters :: thanksgiving edition

**little letters inspired by this post.

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happy thanksgiving, everyone! for me, today is about coming together with loved ones to express gratitude for the blessings in my life. i hope the holiday brings you similar happiness, as we celebrate this joyous time of year!

my family and i will head to my aunt and uncle’s house for thanksgiving dinner. (this is after we enjoy a breakfast feast at home—my mom makes the most delicious pumpkin chocolate-chip muffins.) we will be joined by my boyfriend greg, two of my cousins, grandma, and a close family friend. unfortunately, my brother has to work, so we will celebrate with him later this weekend.

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seattle fashion blogger, thanksgiving, diary of this girl megan

and now, a few things i am thankful for this year in the form of little letters!

dear thanksgiving, while you’re often overlooked (or hurried through) in anticipation of christmas, you’re truly a special day. i look forward to spending time with family and friends as we reflect on the numerous blessings in our lives.

dear pumpkin spice creamer, why, oh why must you be so delicious? though i suppose you save me a few calories—compared to a pumpkin-spice latte—so i won’t feel too guilty for my indulgence.

seattle fashion blogger, thanksgiving, diary of this girl megan

seattle fashion blogger, thanksgiving, diary of this girl megan

dear final days of fall, you’re beautiful. though it sure feels like winter!

dear 80s music station on spotify, we were made for each other. (and thank you to my coworker and dear friend, alexis, for introducing us.) pat benatar, fleetwood mac, orleans, and ac/dc are among my favorites.

dear abercrombie & fitch parka, thank you for keeping me warm this fall and winter. (i bought this down-filled jacket, now on sale for 50% off.)

dear bailey (our dachshund), your 16 years with us have truly been a blessing. we love and thank you for hanging in there. i know your leg and hips bother you, and i hope you’re not in too much pain. extra snuggles (and treats) for you today!

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dear midi dresses, i can’t stop buying you. you’re perfect for work, a night out, brunch, and seemingly every other occasion i can fathom.

dear family, thank you for your love, kindness, and support this year (and every year). i love you and can’t wait to celebrate the upcoming holiday season!

dear all of you, thank you, thank you for reading and supporting this blog. whether you’re a new or long-time follower, i appreciate you taking time out of your day to enjoy my creative outlet. blessings to you and yours this holiday season!

seattle fashion blogger, thanksgiving, diary of this girl megan

seattle fashion blogger, thanksgiving, diary of this girl megan

photos by sarah wolfe photography

dress: wild fox boutique, heels and purse: forever 21, necklace: lace & pearls jewelry

you can read past publications of little letters here and here. thank you again for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

oh, hello there–it’s me, bailey

**inspired by this post.

“everyone thinks they have the best dog. and none of them are wrong.”–w.r. purche

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woof!

hello there~ it’s me, bailey. (also called “bean,” “pooch,” “poochie,” and “sweetheart”—these are terms of endearment, you know.) what can i say, my family loves me!

i grew up north of seattle amid a family of four. i am their first—and therefore favorite—dog. and while they may not admit this, i am essentially the star of the show. i mean, if you walk into our house, you won’t believe all the dachshund paraphernalia! from pillows and blankets, to plates and statues, we have it all. i like it that way, too.

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i may be old(er), with white hair to prove it—i turned 16 in august—but i am spry and young at heart. i still enjoy treats, cuddles, and the occasional ear scratch. i also love to sleep. onlookers may consider me “spoiled.” i have an epic dog bed; it’s a really nice bed. it’s plush, warm, and covered in dachshund-printed blankets. my bed is conveniently located in our kitchen. that way, even if i’m resting, i know when my family is cooking or eating. (i like to stay near the food.)

i spend a good chunk of my time resting. after all, my 16 years of life have kept me busy! believe it or not, these short dog legs have traveled—i’ve visited canada, idaho, oregon, and various parts of washington.

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dachshund, dog diary, diary of this girl megan

and what is up with this weather? i swear, just yesterday my mom and sister (megan) were letting me out on the patio to enjoy naps in the sun.

also, have you seen my stroller? if you ask me, it’s a bit silly, but it allows me to accompany mom and megan on their ridiculous walks. i say “ridiculous” because we live at the bottom of a large hill, and there is absolutely no way you will ever see me walking up that hill.

alas, the cold weather in the pacific northwest has returned. cooler temperatures mean one thing—my family will inevitably dress me up. i have a handful of these fleece sweaters. they’re absurd, i know. how many sweaters does one dog need? while i don’t love wearing them, they keep me warm, especially during my leisurely afternoon naps.

diary of this girl megan, seattle fashion blogger

shoe shot, diary of this girl megan, seattle fashion blogger

i can’t tell you how much i love my family, but don’t tell them—i don’t want it to go to their heads. however, if there’s anything you should tell them, it’s to give me an extra helping of food and/or treats. bacon is my favorite snack. if not bacon, my peanut butter treats will suffice. my sister calls them “hip medicine,” but i have no idea what she’s talking about.

as a 16-year-old girl, i realize i’m not getting any younger. my back left leg and hips are giving me trouble. i also struggle to see and sometimes have accidents in the house. i know this drives mom and dad crazy (and megan, too), but i promise it’s not on purpose.

photos by jenn from hello rigby

sadly, dogs can’t live forever. when my time comes, i hope my family finds peace in knowing they gave me a truly wonderful life. and in the meantime, i’ll be here resting nicely in my bed and sneaking as many treats as i can (while wearing a chic dog sweater, of course).

p.s. megan wanted to include her outfit details, though we both know my sweater is better. =)

on megan—sweater and dress: zara, purse: thrifted, heels: marc fisher, headband: nordstrom rack

xoxo, bailey.

 

 

fall fashion favorites to add to your closet

“it’s an ‘add to cart’ kind of day.” anyone else? cool, rainy weather means ample of time for online shopping!

winter wardrobe staples, diary of this girl megan

disclosure: this post contains affiliate links. if you choose to shop items shared in this post, i may earn a small commission. as per usual, all opinions are my own!

fall is in full swing in the pacific northwest, and to be honest—when walking to the bus at 6:05am—some mornings, it feels like winter! cold-weather clothing is front of mind, so today, i’ve rounded up my fall/pre-winter wardrobe staples. (all items are priced under $100 for my budget-friendly fashionistas.)

sweaters, sweatshirts, scarves, jackets, and boots are at the top of my list. is there anything else i missed? my favorite retailers to shop affordable styles include nordstrom rack, old navy, j.crew factory, and asos. (of course, i also love to visit my local goodwill for second-hand goodies.) you can shop items on my wish list below!

shop tops/sweaters:
shop vests/jackets:
shop hats/accessories:

 

shop boots/shoes:

 

diary of this girl megan, winter wardrobe

diary of this girl megan, winter wardrobe, shopping list

diary of this girl megan, seattle fashion, winter wardrobe

photos by karya schanilec photography

t-shirt: j.crew (exact here), sweatshirt: c/o evy’s tree, jeans: zara

when getting dressed—both during the week and on weekends—i crave practicality. i look for options that are warm and on trend. some days, it can feel like a (near impossible) balancing act. however, i am determined to shop my closet and style my sweaters and other cold-weather accessories in new ways!

looking for additional outfit inspiration? i recently shared four ways to style a graphic t-shirt and three outfits to wear to the pumpkin patch. while i am a summer girl at heart, i have **slightly** warmed up to incorporating hats, sweaters, and boots into my daily looks. and, happy shopping!

 

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