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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!

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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.)

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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!

 

 

 

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!

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!

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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!

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:

 

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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!

 

three outfits i’d love to wear to the pumpkin patch

“most psychiatrists agree that sitting in a pumpkin patch is excellent therapy for a troubled mind.”–linus

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^^ how darling is ana luiza’s baby bump? ^^

**warning: photo-heavy post**

it’s that time! mid-october means autumn is in full swing—the leaves have changed colors, bakeries are stocked with pumpkin bread, and bloggers have flocked to the nearest pumpkin patch. of course, the girls and i had to follow suit.

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we greatly enjoy planning seasonally-timed road trips, and this month, we visited thomasson family farm. located in enumclaw, washington, thomasson offers you-pick pumpkins, a corn maze, wagon ride, petting farm, playground, cafe, and more! last year, we visited a pumpkin farm in snohomish county; this year, in an effort to try something different—and avoid crowds—we ventured south of the city. thomasson family farm is quaint, with ample parking and a variety of fun, festive activities. while it was a bit muddy (sorry, shoes), it provided the perfect backdrop for pumpkin-themed photos!

jenn, from hello rigby, and ana luiza, from northwest blonde, and i packed our bags and hit the road on a sunny sunday afternoon. we had three outfits (each) in tow and couldn’t wait to arrive! (if you’re planning to visit a pumpkin farm—or simply want to take a day trip in your city—i put previously shared this post on how to plan and what to pack.) thomasson family farm is approximately one hour outside of seattle, and the drive provided ample time for us girls to relax and catch up!

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seattle fashion blogger, diary of this girl megan, pumpkin farm

when planning our pumpkin farm adventure, the first thought that popped into my head? “what am i going to wear?” these six simple words are forever at the front of my mind. #neverenoughclothes

have you visited the pumpkin patch this year? if not, i’ve rounded up three potential outfits below!

1. the statement jacket

while i could have scavenged my closet for something to wear, i took the opportunity to browse the recent asos sale! i was in search of a fun, fall jacket—asos to the rescue! i purchased my orange wool coat for $35 +$8 for two-day shipping. it arrived just in time, and i couldn’t be happier with how it fit. i look forward to wearing this cozy jacket throughout the fall and winter months.

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2. the lbd

who said the little black dress (lbd) isn’t versatile?

i styled my jacket with a printed dress, opaque tights, black booties, and a tan beret. i picked both my dress and beret up at nordstrom rack earlier this season. while i may have looked a bit “extra” for the pumpkin patch, i love how the outfit came together! (jenn and ana luiza looked darling, too—they weren’t afraid to also dress up for photos at a muddy farm.)

had i not worn my dress and jacket combination, i likely would have worn something comparable to what ana luiza is wearing! i love her plaid jacket, lbd, and brown leather boots. an lbd is a wardrobe staple in any season. while pairing black and brown may feel like a fashion faux pas, i find it looks classy and chic! i also love jenn’s printed jacket. the faux fur on the collar and sleeves add an extra “pop”—and don’t worry, the faux fur feels just as soft as it looks.

3. plaid meets denim

alternatively, i love the look of plaid and denim. call me cliché, but a plaid button-down top is the perfect complement to any fall outfit—whether tucked into a skirt for a dressier look, or worn with denim and a sweater or wool coat. if you’re in the market for a plaid top, i love this blouse and this tunic from nordstrom. (i wore a casual jacket and denim to the pumpkin farm last year.)

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photos by jenn from hello rigby

jacket: asos, dress and beret: nordstrom rack, tights: fred meyer, booties: lucky brand

the girls and i had a wonderful time visiting thomasson family farm. while we missed popping into the cafe, we plan to include food (such as corn-on-the-cob, kettle corn, and pumpkin donuts) in next year’s adventure. have you visited a pumpkin farm this season? where is your favorite place to go?

 

 

 

 

 

the perfect DIY halloween costume (circa 1996)

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halloween is exactly two weeks away—may the costume shopping (or costume making) commence!

i have to admit, my costume plans are somewhat lacking this year. i typically spend a few days scavenging pinterest for inspiration before visiting my local thrift or consignment shop. once there, i browse both the costume and vintage sections before pulling together a look. (this year, i may or may not be most excited for the halloween treats!)

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diary of this girl, halloween costume, harriet the spy

while babysitting earlier this month, my three-year-old friend informed me that “time is running out.” thus, my costume perusing began! i did a quick google search for “easy halloween costume” + “diy at-home costume.” my searches didn’t yield great results, but i felt my creative juices start flowing.

i popped over to pinterest (send help) and found 219,376 new images to pin (just kidding), but still wasn’t certain about a costume. suddenly, a movie character from my childhood came to mind—harriet the spy, a film based on the novel by louise fitzhugh. it seemed perfect! if you haven’t seen the 1996 movie, starring michelle trachtenberg, here’s a quick refresher: quirky tween living on manhattan’s upper east side with socialite parents; has a live-in nanny; carries a notebook (labeled “private”) everywhere in which she writes her deepest thoughts; determined to be a spy when she’s older; takes on the world one spy mission at a time!

“i want to learn everything i can, and write down everything i see. golly [harriet’s nanny] says if i want to be a writer someday, i better start now, and that is why i am a spy.”–harriet m. welsch (source)

the movie, featuring a young, fun female protagonist, is one i often watched at elementary school sleepovers! i recall being drawn to harriet’s engaging personality, elaborate “spy missions,” and iconic yellow trench coat.

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diary of this girl megan, halloween costume, harriet the spy
costume preparation:

planning my look-alike costume was easier than i imagined. in fact, you can also dress up as harriet the spy with these simple steps:

first, locate your most comfortable (i.e. baggiest) jeans. during spy missions, it is essential harriet possesses freedom of movement—she can’t be constrained by dresses and/or skinny jeans! #aintgottimeforthat

next, pick up a black and white composition notebook at your local office supply or drugstore. adhere a large, capitalized note to the front, reading “private.”

third, dig out your favorite yellow raincoat. harriet the spy is often depicted on book and movie covers in her yellow trench. don’t have a yellow option in your closet? this adorable trench is less than $30!

last, round up your spy essentials, including (but not limited to) binoculars, a flashlight, practical sneakers, and of course, snacks to enjoy on-the-go!

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photos by karya schanilec photography

sweatshirt: nordstrom (old), jacket: hunter x target, jeans: zara, sneakers: vans

“life is a struggle, and a good spy goes in there and fights.”–harriet m. welsch (source)

when putting together my harriet the spy costume, the only item i needed to purchase was a pair of red sneakers. to be honest, i could have worn something i already own, but i was desperate for an excuse to bring home red vans.

do you have plans for halloween? this is the first year i don’t have anything lined up, but i think i’ll debut my harriet the spy costume at my office (along with an extra large bag of chocolate). happy halloween!

p.s. i couldn’t help but dig through diary of this girl’s archives. here is last year’s costume. i also found this gem and this festive event recap—oh my!

boutique love :: rollick

happy thursday, everyone! august seemingly flew by, and i am racing around—getting organized after a work trip to vancouver, washington—knocking items off my end-of-summer to do list. before i resume working on my chore list, i wanted to share one of my favorite local boutiques, rollick!

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i enjoy shopping in big department stores just as much as the next girl—the perfectly steamed clothes, colorful handbags and accessories, pristine dressing rooms (well, most of the time). it can be a positively fabulous shopping experience, until it isn’t. or until you’re wearing the same outfit as every other girl on the street. a handful of my clothes, shoes, and accessories were purchased in a department store, but my favorite and most loved pieces were likely purchased elsewhere.

i greatly enjoy finding local boutiques to support. (this tee and this outfit shared on my blog are two examples.) boutiques are hidden gems. whether you find them online, via social media, or when exploring a new neighborhood, the potential? oh my! one of the boutiques i discovered—and immediately fell in love with—is rollick.

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rollick’s store founder and owner, kelly, is an absolute doll. she is hard-working, kind, (sassy), and has an acute eye for fashion! kelly opened rollick as a form of self-expression and means for connecting with her female peers. rollick, defined as, a way “to move or behave in a carefree, joyous manner,” offers fashions for women of all ages and aesthetics. (casual basics, layering pieces, and vibrant prints can be found online, and items are very reasonably priced.) kelly shops for and manages rollick in addition to working a full-time job. can you say #girlboss?

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a few weekends ago, i had the pleasure of modeling rollick’s summer pieces. (we took photos with karya schanilec on a rooftop in pioneer square—it was such a fun and unique shoot location, and i look forward to visiting again!) kelly carries a wide variety of styles, and—confession—i wanted to bring everything home with me! i especially loved both jumpsuits and the blue and white striped tunic. rollick’s denim is incredibly soft, stretchy, and comfortable. if you’re looking to add a pair of jeans to your fall wardrobe, i highly recommend shopping online at rollick. if you’re on a budget (i am, i am), these darling jeans won’t break the bank!

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diary of this girl, seattle blogger, rollick^^^ chic got real tie waist top; white in the jeans distressed skinnies ^^^

photos by karya schanilec photography

if you’re looking to stock up on summer essentials and/or fall pieces, be sure to pop over to rollick’s website. many items are on sale, and new pieces are added bi-weekly. i am lusting after several tops, sweaters, and denim!

thank you, kelly, for inviting me to be a part of rollick’s recent shoot! you may or may not see these photos on rollick’s website and social media. =)

saving money while adding new styles to your closet

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as an aspiring fashion blogger, having new outfits (and subsequently, new content) can be costly. i simply can’t afford to purchase a new #ootd to share on my blog and social media. re-wearing outfits, however, isn’t fun either—you can only wear that floral midi dress so many times before you’re deemed a “repeat offender.”

while i enjoy shopping (zara, nordstrom, and urban outfitters are a few of my favorite retailers), thrift and consignment shopping has allowed me to expand my wardrobe without depleting my bank account. a large portion of my closet was purchased secondhand, and i love the thrill-of-the-thrift! (speaking of thrifting, today is national thrift shop day.) thrifting requires patience and time, so when you have a last-minute event or are seemingly desperate for something to wear to the office, thrift shopping may not be the answer.

a few weeks ago, my dear friend and fellow blogger, jenn from hello rigby told me a secret: her dress was rented. (insert: jaw-dropping expression.) jenn recently began utilizing gwynnie bee’s rental subscription box service!

 

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services start at $49 per month, but if you’d like to “try it before you buy it,” you are invited to sign up for gwynnie bee’s 30-day free trial. i am at the tail end of my trial and plan to sign up come september. with my current membership, i receive two items per shipment and find i can open, wear, and return items within one week.

new and noteworthy about this subscription rental service:

items are sent via usps®, and each package includes a free return label. if you wear and “return notify” via the gwynnie bee app, your next package will be sent within three–four business days. talk about cost savings!

i am notorious for purchasing an entirely new outfit to wear to parties, events, etc. despite the monthly fee, the subscription cost is far less than a new weekly outfit. gwynnie bee offers several membership packages at varying prices. (if you’d prefer to rent three, four, or five items, you can!) they carry seasonally relevant (and darling) fashions in sizes 0–32, and their mission is “to create an exciting new service that helps women discover, experience, and enjoy great clothing without limitations.”–source 

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fall in love with a rental item? no problem! you can purchase the top, dress, or pants at a discounted rate. your first purchase includes a $20-off coupon, too! alternatively, if you dislike an item, you can return (via your prepaid envelope) to gwynnie bee, and a new item will be shipped.

another great feature? no need to dry clean or wash items prior to returning. gwynnie bee takes care of laundering for you! #aintgottimeforthat

when creating your profile, gwynnie bee will save your size information (from different brands, as sizing may vary) and style preferences. for example, do you strongly dislike animal print? or do you prefer tops or pants to fit a particular way? your shipment will take these preferences into account. additionally, you can “closet” items you love! the closet options are seemingly endless, and you are encouraged to save 10+ items in your virtual closet. this ensures you will receive items you genuinely like.

now, you can also prioritize items in your closet. you are guaranteed to receive one priority item per shipment. if you have an event on your calendar and find that perfect little black dress (lbd), prioritize the dress—this membership is ideal for wedding season!

photos by jenn from hello rigby

dress: tolani (via gwynnie bee), purse: thrifted (via seattle goodwill), heels: c/o justfab

in my first gwynnie bee box, i received this darling tolani off-the-shoulder dress. it fit well and was perfect for summertime fun at the local carnival. since beginning my free 30-day trial, i have also received a striped lucky brand blouse, navy floral dress, and red midi dress. i was able to wear these “new” items to work and various events, without depleting my shopping budget!

are you familiar with gwynnie bee? if you’d like to try this subscription rental service, take the style quiz here!

 

 

my favorite ways to style a graphic t-shirt

a good graphic t-shirt is a wardrobe staple! whether you prefer a catchy slogan, band paraphernalia, or a scenic image on your tee (a beach, cactus, etc.), the style possibilities are seemingly endless!

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over the last few years, i have enjoyed adding new (and gently-used) tees to my collection. i find them online, at local boutiques, and in thrift and consignment shops. i also enjoy picking up a t-shirt when traveling. while graphic tees are traditionally deemed casual attire (i.e. not office appropriate), i challenge you to dress up your favorite tee: tuck it into your skirt or wear it under your blazer—i promise you will look polished and chic!

one of my favorite ways to style a graphic t-shirt is with a jacket + denim. bomber jackets have become my jacket of choice—a fun printed bomber jacket? even better! second to bomber jackets? my leather coat. the t-shirt + leather coat combination transforms your style—goodbye casual and hello edgy.

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“quote shirts” are my favorite to collect. a nod to coffee, tacos, or ice cream? yes, please! female empowerment? even better! next on my wish list? a tee that alludes to the importance of naps!

during college and my early post-grad days, i lived in graphic t-shirts. (a tee + sweatshirt + ripped jeans was my uniform.) upon entering the corporate workforce, i purged much of my casual attire—the tees and sweatshirts were worn out. however, i have enjoyed rebuilding my collection and like challenging myself to style casual items in an unexpected way.

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diary of this girl, seattle fashion blogger, fashion bloggermy girl gang tee—worn in today’s photos—is from boho chic boutique, located at the seattle premium outlets. it’s slightly cropped, making it the perfect accompaniment to high-waisted jeans. i picked up this tropical bomber jacket on a recent thrift excursion, and i love how lightweight it is. i can easily throw it on over a summer dress, and i may or may not have worn it with dress pants to the office. #casualchic

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photos by sarah wolfe photography

t-shirt: c/o boho chic boutique, jeans: american eagle, bomber jacket: asos (thrifted via seattle goodwill), purse: nordstrom, oxfords: thredup

are you nostalgic about current (or previously owned) t-shirts in your closet? where do you typically shop for them? let me know in the comments!

little letters :: fourth of july edition

**little letters inspired by this post.

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june, where did you go? hello, july! a group of friends and i are heading to lake chelan this week, and i could not be more excited.

when packing for our trip, i made sure to include festive fourth of july attire. and no, i don’t mean a flag t-shirt—though i may or may not own one. instead, i picked out several red, white, and blue pieces to style! i love this patriotic combination and cannot wait to wear my blue and white romper (with red accessories) on the fourth.

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dear zara sale, why oh why must you always taunt me? there are so many dresses, bags, and shoes i need in my closet.

dear fourth of july, you continue to be one of my favorite holidays! any excuse to barbecue, enjoy sunshine, and wear patriotic-themed attire—yes, please!

dear iced coffee, i need you in my life. especially after a long, busy weekend.

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dear white sandals, i am desperate to get a hold of you. this girl is embracing 70s-inspired fashion, and white sandals are an integral component. if you have any recommendations as to where i can find white sandals for summer, please send them my way!

dear lake chelan, i can’t tell you how excited i am to visit. i look forward to basking in the sun, reading lakeside, and of course, trying out a few of the local wineries. the weather forecast looks great, too!

dear pink sprinkle doughnut (from top pot doughnuts), why oh why must you be so delicious? i miss eating you, and you are the perfect breakfast accompaniment (with coffee, of course) on any and all holidays!

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photos by karya schanilec photography

tank: loft (exact here), gingham shorts: zara, denim jacket: loft, sandals: fred meyer, purse: target

do you have plans for the fourth? how do you typically celebrate? and of course, i have to ask, what do you wear? i packed this tank and short combination for lake chelan, as well as a navy blouse with stars. i hope you have a wonderful holiday!

you can read past little letters here and here.

 

 

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