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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!

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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.

where to shop, eat, and explore in tacoma, washington

“traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”–ibn battuta

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disclosure: a special thank you to travel tacoma for sponsoring this post—they provided a complimentary boat ride, lunch, museum pass, and gift card to use during our visit. as per usual, all opinions are my own!

a few months ago, greg and i had the pleasure of visiting and spending the day in tacoma, washington! tacoma is approximately 30 miles south of seattle. (unfortunately, heavy traffic often makes it feel much farther.) we arrived mid-morning and enjoyed eating breakfast and lunch + cocktails, shopping, sightseeing, and popping into the chihuly musem of glass. despite living within driving distance of tacoma, i have to admit, i haven’t spent much time in the city!

travel tacoma hosted a one-day event during which influencers and media could explore tacoma. after scouring instagram for tips—colorful walls, tasty coffee houses, and vintage shopping destinations—i couldn’t wait to do and see as much as possible!

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where to shop:

if you know me, you know shopping is at the top of my to-do list when visiting a new destination! (this may or may not drive greg crazy.) tacoma is home to a variety of boutiques, vintage and consignment shops, and home-decor stores.

anagram press–located off north proctor street, anagram press is a darling brand of stationery, paper goods, fine art books, stamps, and more! looking to update your greeting card collection? pop in here!

bleach–modern (and affordable) clothing for men, women, and children, as well as accessories and skateboardsyes, please! located on pacific avenue, featured brands include 47 brand, paper diamonds company, stance, wildlife, and more!

satori–looking for a boutique shopping experience? stop in at satori, also located on pacific avenue. (satori was voted “best boutique of 2018” by south sound magazine.) satori carries numerous brands of clothing, shoes, and accessories. prices are reasonable, and pieces are of great quality! i purchased a striped blazer, graphic tee, and sweatshirt during my visit.

stocklist goods–situated on pacific avenue, stocklist goods sells tacoma-themed goodies, rifle paper company notebooks and cards, local jewelry designs, home decor, and more! travel tacoma graciously provided me a gift card to stocklist goods, and i had a wonderful time picking out items to bring home!

urbanxchange–a darling vintage shop? just where i belong! after lunch, greg and i met up with my friend and her boyfriend (fellow blogger, jenn from hello rigby). while the boys grabbed drinks, we shopped at “uxc.” jenn and i had a great time trying on vintage jackets, dresses, and shoes. if you live near or visit downtown tacoma, i highly recommend stopping in!

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where to eat:

this list is by no means exhaustive! we were limited to one day in tacoma. (one can only eat so much within an eight-hour span, but we were determined to stretch our waistlines.) i hope to come back and try additional restaurants in the near future!

7 seas brewing–7 seas brewing opened their newest location in tacomaa 10,000 square-foot taproomin august 2016. they have several beers on tap, a handful of seasonal flavors, and a “taproom reserve series.” (i sampled the local cider!) in addition to beer, 7 seas brewing is home to jamiekay & jason jones, providing sandwiches, salads, charcuterie, and artisan cheeses. guests are also invited to bring in food from home.

hello cupcake–located on pacific avenue, hello cupcake serves freshly-baked cupcakes, topped with delicious buttercream frosting! caramel apple is october’s featured flavor. hello cupcake is darling (both inside and out), and my outfit photos, featuring the bicycle, were taken here!

honey coffee + kitchen–upon arriving in tacoma, first on my to-do list? coffee! honey coffee + kitchen, also referred to as “alma mater tacoma” has delicious breakfast and lunch offerings. i enjoyed a cappuccino, cocotte eggs (baked eggs in brandy cream with ham), and a gluten-free muffin.

pacific grill–although we didn’t have the opportunity to dine here, pacific grill has stellar reviews online! their seafood cakes and scallops are on my “must try” list.

rhein haus–rhein haus now has locations in both seattle and tacoma. pop in for a pretzel, beer, and quick game of bocce!

waffle stop–”the waffle has suffered a great injustice. trapped in the world of breakfast food, this delicious and dynamic treat has not had the chance to […] soar to the culinary heights for which it was truly made.” (source)  although we didn’t have a chance to visit waffle stop, their menu is expansivethey serve both sweet and savory waffle options!

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where to explore:

browns point lighthouse park–looking for the perfect picnic spot? browns point lighthouse park has you covered. enjoy gorgeous waterfront views, fishing, a sandy beach, and more!

museum of glass–visiting the iconic chihuly museum? before heading inside, take a stroll around the museumthe bridge and surrounding area showcase his work! once indoors, you can enjoy more of chihuly’s work and that of visiting artists.

point defiance park–when planning our visit, one of the places i was most excited to see was point defiance park. the park is expansive and home to numerous gardens, trails, ponds, a zoo and aquarium, and the fort nisqually living history museum. we spent two hours exploring, and i feel like we hardly scratched the surface in terms of what the park has to offer. i look forward to visiting again! (if you’re on the hunt for beautiful backdrops for instagram photos, don’t miss the rose garden.)

ruston way–ruston way waterfront park offers a two-mile walk with sweeping views of tacoma. enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, rollerblading, and more! sandwiched between the lobster shop and duke’s chowder house, enjoy a tasty meal post walk.

w.w. seymour botanical conservatory–with its’ exotic plants, seasonal flowers, and iconic twelve-sided dome, the botanical conservatory is a must-see when visiting tacoma! in addition to the gorgeous botanical garden, the conservatory also offers a childrens’ story hour, poetry readings, and small concerts.

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photos by jenn from hello rigby

dress: zara, purse: forever 21, sandals: franco sarto, necklace: lace & pearls jewelry

other must-see places? the tacoma farmers market, metronome coffee, and evolve home.

have you visited tacoma? we greatly enjoyed our time, and i cannot wait to explore again soon. a special thank you to travel tacoma for helping coordinate many of the activities during our trip!

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. =)

planning a day trip in your city

happy thursday, everyone! summertime has seemingly proven to be a whirlwind of barbecues, outdoor brunches and happy hours, and weekend adventures. work and other responsibilities are sprinkled in there (#adulting), but let’s be honest—we live for day trips and fun in the sun!

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seattle fashion blogger, sequim lavender festival

“i haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”–susan sontag

a few weekends ago, the girls and i planned a day trip to sequim, washington. (sequim is a 2–3 hour drive from downtown seattle, located in clallam county.) we packed snacks, accessories, and outfits galore, loaded up on coffee, and escaped the city!

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despite the relatively short drive from seattle, i have never visited sequim. the girls and i planned to stop by a lavender farm—our visit coincided with the lavender festival—and then pop over to gig harbor or tacoma for dinner and additional outfit photos. unfortunately, traffic was worse than anticipated, but we had a wonderful time exploring the lavender farms and surrounding area. i look forward to visiting next year, too!

there are numerous farms located throughout sequim—i’ve scouted out several online that i hope to visit. (also on my to-do list for a future day trip: the new dungeness lighthouse, sequim bay state park, and lavish day spa.) have you been to sequim? if you have any dining or venue recommendations, send them my way!

there is a decent amount of planning that goes into taking a day trip. of course, the logistics, such as the destination, who’s driving, stops along the way, a general itinerary etc. need to be considered. the girls and i usually select our destination and communicate via group text—we message back and forth to brainstorm ideas and formalize plans. (we have taken several trips over the last few years, and it is always a lot of fun.)

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in addition to preparing for said day trip, it is equally important to be flexible and spontaneous. during this trip, for example, we drove by an adorable bed and breakfast. instead of continuing on to gig harbor, we chose to stop for photos. sure, this may have detoured from our original plan, but it provided a great photo opportunity and subsequent memory!

need help selecting a destination? think like a visitor! go wine tasting; get lost in a museum; try a new restaurant; the options are seemingly endless when you’re open to trying something new. still stuck? utilize online resources, such as tripadvisor, for unique ideas and recommendations. (if you’re local to seattle, i also recommend visitseattle—stay apprised of local happenings, festivals, and more!) i find day trips to be highly undervalued. there are seemingly endless adventures (waiting to be had) not far from home. one final tip? leave early. this will help maximize your time away while potentially cutting down on traffic. during two of my most recent trips, i only wish i had more time to explore!

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photos by jenn from hello rigby

dress: asos (borrowed from ana luiza), hat: pacsun, purse: forever 21, sunglasses: nordstrom, sandals: zara

do you enjoy planning day trips? where are some of your favorite destinations? if you live in (or near) seattle and are looking for potential excursions, check out this article, published on narcity. you may or may not see a familiar face, too! =)

30 Spontaneous Day Trips, Seattle travel blogger

 

caring for a senior dog :: my top five tips

“blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.”–sydney jeanne seward

owning and caring for a senior pet is far different from the early years! this stage of life requires health-conscious food and pet supplies, as well as a great deal of love, patience, and dedicated care.

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my family’s miniature dachshund, bailey, turns 16 in august. we brought her home when i was in high school, and she has been the star of the show since her arrival. =) to say she is spoiled is a vast understatement. she’s the cutest pup around (in our opinion), and we simply can’t help but dote on her.

bailey has ample toys, sweaters, and blankets. however, she most enjoys naps in the sun and car rides—while she will tolerate the occasional fair-weather stroller ride, she knows this ultimately means: a bathroom break and short walk home (sans stroller). if you force her to walk too far, she will stop, sit, and look up at you until you carry her the remainder of the walk. #spoileddog

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below are the top five lessons we have learned when it comes to caring for a senior dog:

one: food and treats. while we always had good intentions in terms of the food and treat brands we purchase for bailey, when she turned ten, we made a conscious effort to feed her better. what does “better” mean? she eats a natural, grain-free diet that promotes digestive health. in the morning, bailey enjoys wet food, purchased at our local veterinary clinic. in the evening (or afternoon and evening—again, she’s spoiled), we feed her wellness complete health small breed kibble. this particular recipe is geared towards senior dogs. while she would much prefer to eat cheese and bacon all day, we strive to limit people food. her treats typically include joint rescue (meat-free) and the occasional container of unsweetened applesauce.

two: exercise. bailey is notoriously stubborn. she has never been a fan of walking—though in her younger years, she participated in and ran several 5k’s. as she’s aged, she has become even less interested in walks and trips outside. we take her outside every two–three hours for a bathroom break, and if it isn’t too wet or cold, we go for a “stroll” around the block. she hates this but will partake if you promise extra treats upon your return home.

last summer, i convinced my mom to purchase a dog stroller. we bought this one, and it’s great for neighborhood walks! while it took some getting used to, i think bailey genuinely enjoys riding along—a cool breeze flapping her ears back and forth.

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three: regular checkups. we proactively take our girl to the veterinarian each year, and i cannot emphasize how important this is. our vet has helped us through a few health scares, and we are grateful for her knowledge and support.

four: ask for help. it isn’t fair to leave animals alone for extended periods of time. my parents and i are busy, so a few years ago, we did our research and hired a dog walker. she visits bailey twice daily during the workweek. (she is available for extra help if needed, too.) when friends and family aren’t available to pop in and let bailey out, our dog walker is happy to assist! we found her via word-of-mouth, but i encourage you to chat with neighbors, visit your neighborhood facebook page, or check out rover.

five: care for their teeth. regular dental care is important throughout your pet’s life, but particularly during their senior years. if their teeth are neglected, it can lead to serious health problems. our girl had fifteen teeth pulled last summer (despite brushing them somewhat frequently). tartar buildup can cause gingivitis, allowing bacteria to get into your pet’s bloodstream. this can potentially damage their organs. brush your pet’s teeth regularly and have them checked and cleaned by your veterinarian!

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dachshund, diary of this girl megan

photos by sarah wolfe photography

blouse: loft, jeans: american eagle, sandals: roxy, purse: irene’s story

we feel incredibly blessed to have bailey in our family. despite her 16 years, she is in good health! i cannot imagine life without her, and i am grateful my dear friend, and talented photographer, sarah, was willing and able to capture these beautiful photos. i may or may not have printed several of them to frame. as i said, #spoileddog.

FAQs :: blogger edition

happy monday, everyone! last week and this past weekend seemingly flew by. i was on vacation most of the week prior, and returning to “real life” (aka work life) has kept me busy. but now, can i return to vacation mode?

if you follow along on social media, you know several friends and i visited lake chelan for the fourth of july. we typically coordinate several rooms at grandview on the lake. this year, however, we opted to all stay together (in one large room), and it was a blast! we couldn’t have asked for better weather. (it was in the mid 80s all week.) i enjoyed sitting lakeside in the sun, sipping lemonade, and reading “the handmaids tale” by margaret atwood. we also visited several local wineries, restaurants, and coffee shops. overall, despite our large group, it was a low-key vacation!

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as a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blogger, i often receive questions via email or social media messaging on a variety of blog-related topics. i thought it would be fun to compile a few of the most asked questions into a blog post (or perhaps, a blog series) and share my answers with you! (and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out—i am happy to share my experience.)

when and how did you get started blogging? i began diary of this girl in 2011 on blogspot, a free platform. i have a background in english, but grew up with a passion for writing and fashion. a blog seemed like a fun and productive creative outlet. my fellow bloggers know this, but blogging has changed a great deal over the years. (instagram and other social media platforms didn’t exist; it was purely website-based content.) i continue to enjoy creating content for diary of this girl. thank you for following along!

where do you most often shop for clothes? believe it or not, a large portion of my clothes (including shoes and accessories) were purchased second hand. i love the thrill-of-the-thrift! my favorite thrift stores include seattle goodwill, buffalo exchange, and crossroads trading co. when shopping new, i enjoy visiting zara, nordstrom, and urban outfitters. i also shop online at asos.

what motivates you to write your blog? i have an immense passion for writing. i graduated with a minor in english from gonzaga university and recently completed my editing certificate at the university of washington. (i also enjoy editing the words of my fellow writers.) styling outfits and taking photos are fun, but my favorite part of the blogging experience is creating written content for diary of this girl. instagram and other social media platforms are great to peruse, but i most enjoy sitting at my computer (cup of coffee in hand) with a “new post” window open. while you may not have asked this, my least favorite part? putting away outfits post photo shoot. #toomanythings

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how do you learn about collaborations? i am fortunate to have worked with a variety of brands and organizations throughout my blogging career. while some posts and/or content is sponsored, much of my content is organic. (you can tell if a post is sponsored if i include a “disclosure message” at the top of my blog post. additionally, you can read my full disclosure here.) typically, when a post is collaborative, a brand has reached out to me via email. i am grateful to have an ongoing relationship with several brands and look forward to future collaborations!

do sponsored posts include honest reviews? and do you write about products you genuinely like and/or use? this is a “hot topic” of conversation in the blogging community. while it may or may not be relevant for non-bloggers (and i don’t mean to offend anyone by saying that), accepting any and all sponsorships is simply not best practice.

i am fortunate to receive requests via email for collaborative posts or sponsorships. the requests range in scope, but typically include fashion, beauty, food, and/or other lifestyle content to be shared in a blog post and on social media. while i read through most requests, there are times i say no because the sponsorship (or item) referenced does not align with my brand. while i am open to trying new products, if the request feels completely aberrant, i will politely decline the collaboration.

how long does it take you to write a post? a blog post can take anywhere from an hour to several hours to write. however, that does not include the time spent styling the outfit(s), taking photos, editing photos, and cross-promoting the post on social media. all in all, blogging is a fun, yet time-consuming hobby!

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photos by karya schanilec photography

dress: zara (old), vest: c/o pink sheep heiress (exact here), shoes: thredup, purse: thrifted (via seattle goodwill)

i reached out to family members and a few friends to compile this first list of questions. if you have other questions you’d like answered (blog-related or not), please don’t hesitate to email or direct message me on social media. i enjoy sharing my experience with you!

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.

diary of this girl, seattle fashion blogger, fourth of july

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!

diary of this girl, seattle fashion blogger, fourth of july

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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.

 

 

my morning beauty routine with dove

disclosure: a special thank you to kroger and dime media for sponsoring this post. they graciously provided me some of the hair and beauty products below. as per usual, all opinions are my own.

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my morning routine:

5:05 :: alarm goes off

5:10 :: shower

5:20 :: towel dry body and hair; apply body and face lotion, deodorant, and perfume

5:30 :: locate clothes for work (ideally chosen the night prior—who can make outfit choices at this early hour?)

5:40 :: dry hair (one–two minutes)

5:45 :: leave home

6:40 :: arrive downtown (via bus); walk to work

6:45 :: hastily apply makeup; brush hair and spray into place with hairspray

7:00 :: sit down at desk; drink all the coffee

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my morning routine has two themes: ease and efficiency. with such an early wakeup, i have little desire to fuss with my hair and makeup; however, i still want to look feminine and polished. (many of the women in my office feel similarly.) i currently have eyelash extensions and therefore only wear foundation and blush. this greatly shortens my makeup application time! i wash my hair each morning, as i have fine hair that gets greasy quickly. dove’s dry shampoo keeps the grease away, while the hairspray keeps my flyaway hairs in check!

i began using dove products in early middle school. growing up, dove’s bar soap was a staple in our household, followed by the gentle (and softly scented) deodorant. i now utilize many other dove hair and body products. they’re nourishing and easily accessible (not to mention affordable, too).


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another weekday time-saving tip? i set out my outfit for work the night before. while this may only save a few minutes, that’s a seemingly precious minute that could be spent sleeping or waiting in line for coffee. #amiright

while i tend to swap out most hair and makeup products, dove’s intensive repair shampoo and conditioner, as well as the dry shampoo and hairspray, have become beauty staples. i am grateful to have found products that enhance my weekday beauty regimen. with color-treated hair, i am always looking for products that help maintain my color in-between appointments, while also helping it look and feel healthy.

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photos by karya schanilec photography

my five kroger beauty favorites: dove intensive repair conditioner,  dove extra hold hairspray, dove advanced care clear finish deodorant, makeup removing cleansing cloths, 100% cotton quilted strength rounds (used to apply facial toner)

to find a kroger location near you, or to learn about other beauty products sold in store, definitely pop over to their instagram, facebook, and/or twitter profiles.

the products i use are available at most qfc and fred meyer locations (where kroger products are sold). what are some of your favorite beauty products? are there any you can’t live without?

 

 

 

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