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Favorite Blogs + YouTube Channels

favorite blogs youtube channels(Me watching “Getting Doug with High” on YouTube…while probably high…and eating Oreos.)

After taking a long break from reading magazines and blogs, I got back into it this summer. Writing a blog makes it tough to read them sometimes. It’s that whole “knowing how the sausage is made” issue. Many blogs became a string of sponsored posts and advertisements, and I gave up on those. Others changed their content drastically after having kids, a topic I have no interest or relation to. I typically read my blogs through Bloglovin’, and after doing a “clean-out,” got rid of almost 2/3 of the blogs in my feed – and I don’t miss a single one.

I also got back into watching YouTube again, and found a few channels I really like. YouTube is another place where I kind of lost interest, but thankfully there are people out there putting out amazing new shit every day!

Here are just a few of the blogs and YouTube channels I’m digging lately. Enjoy!

Blogs I’m Loving Lately

Hello Glow

I am on a DIY-beauty kick lately, and Hello Glow has been a great resource for my newfound hobby! Stephanie has recipes for DIY sugar scrub, eye masks, rosewater, and much more. Her site also has great posts on essential oils, food recipes, and overall wellness. If you want to learn more about wellness, this is a great site to start with!

The Chalkboard Mag

If you want to dive a little deeper into the spiritual and wellness world, check out Pressed Juicery‘s blog, The Chalkboard Mag. I love reading the refrigerator tours of course – because #nutritiongoals. They also have articles like what the upcoming solar eclipse means for your wellness journey, the best organic bed sheets, and Nauli (the weirdest yoga move I’ve ever seen). The site is a little more hardcore than Hello Glow, but it has a ton of useful information!

Because Im Addicted

After Geri Hirsch left LEAFtv, she decided to revamp her blog – and I am all about it! She encourages her readers to try her Wellness Challenges, which are (usually) simple tasks aimed at making us happier and healthier. Her healthy recipes are another reason I keep coming back. They are all super healthy and easy to make! I can’t wait to see her blog grow over the coming months!

Man Repeller

Man Repeller is a blog I come back to from time to time when I need some fashun and snark in my life. They were the first to inform me that low-rise jeans are coming back (gross), and that I’m not the only one who thinks quinoa is a load of crap (also gross). I also recently read that yellow is now the new “Millennial Pink,” which is great because I might be one of the few people who can pull off bright yellow.

YouTube Channels I’m Loving Lately

The Sorry Girls

If you are a DIY fan like me, definitely check out The Sorry Girls, a Canadian duo that have some of the coolest tutorials out there. Everything they do is totally #pinterestgoals, from their midcentury plant stand to their amazing DIY Halloween costumes! I know Halloween is a couple months away, but if you’re like me and always wait until the last minute, their site is full of last-minute ideas!

The Lo Down

Yes, I used to watch Laguna Beach and The Hills obsessively when I was in college. It’s no surprise that when I heard Lo Bosworth started her own YouTube channel, called The Lo Down, I subscribed immediately. She has great videos on skincare, wellness, recipes (she went to culinary school, after all), and her battle with depression. If you’re looking for videos that sound more like you’re chatting with your best friend who has all the right answers, check her out!

Lisa Eldridge

If you don’t know how to do your makeup, or always wanted to learn how to master the illusive cat eye, go here. Seriously. She will change your whole life. I started watching her videos before my wedding 6 years ago, and I’m still watching. Lisa’s relaxing voice is mind-numbingly amazing, and her tutorials are totally do-able for most people. My makeup skills improved a ton after watching her videos – and yours will too!

LEAF

I wasn’t sure what would happen to this channel after its two founding members, Geri Hirsch and Erin Falconer, left the brand. It took them a while to find their footing, but the new LEAF channel (short for living, eating, and fashion) has become a new favorite. I’m enjoying their #WakeUpWith series, and the longer videos in general! I’m glad LEAF is living on with new creators and great new ideas!

Fall Fashion Trends: Love/Hate

I’m sure I’ve said it a million times this month, but fall is coming. Today, I thought I’d round up my favorite fall trends for this year. While doing this, I also found a few trends I think we should all pass on this year. So for your amusement or inspiration, here are some trends I loved and hated for this fall.

fall fashion trends love hate

Sources: Photo 1 / Photo 2 / Photo 3 / Photo 4 / Photo 5

Trends I Love:

Navy-inspired Overcoats

Every French woman out there is probably groaning right now because they’ve known that Navy-inspired coats have been cool forever. So get out your old navy peacoat and freshen it up with some gold buttons. That’s what I’m doing, if I ever get around to it!

Pumpkin-spice Orange

Orange is always a big fall color. This year is no exception. Get out your pumpkin-hued clothes and pair them up with any of the other 4 trends here, or go monochromatic for a glamorous effect.

Tartan Plaids

Plaid is also a traditional fall staple, but this year think outside the flannel shirt too. Tartan plaids were huge this year at all the fashion weeks, from coats to skirts to dresses. You can still rock the flannel shirts too…but maybe grab a midi skirt for days when you want to look more fashion than basic bitch.

Turtlenecks Under Dresses

Leandra Medine has been telling us for years to wear turtlenecks under our dresses – and we’re finally listening. It’s a great way to transition your summer dresses to fall. I like the look of a turtleneck that matches the dress, but hey, the whole point of this is you can mix it up however you want. Turtlenecks are cheap as shit (try Uniqlo), which means you can find one to go with every dress you own.

Leopard Print

I’m not sure leopard print ever went away. Whatever, it’s back and ready for fall. Don’t be afraid to mix it with other prints (like the photo above) or treat it like the neutral it is (thanks Jenna Lyons).

Okay…on to the things we should leave to a Kardashian or tweenster…. fall fashion trends love hate

Sources: Photo 1 / Photo 2 / Photo 3 / Photo 4 / Photo 5

Trends I Hate:

Tailored Sportswear

I’m not a fan of the whole “sportswear as fashion” thing, mostly because it can fail so easily. This look seems perfect if you’re 16 and rocking abs – not so much if you’re over 30. Too much shiny fabric and puffy coats just remind me of Ali G, and if you go the other direction, you just look like you’re trying to rock your gym clothes in the real world. Not into it.

The 80s

I can’t. I just can’t. Leave the gold lame and power shoulders in the 1980s where they belong.

Chokers

This trend pisses me off because it hits too close to my childhood, and that means I’m old. Chokers were all the rage when I was in high school, and I’m not ready for them to come back. That, and were chokers ever comfortable? Nope.

Renaissance/Romantic

Thanks to Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, and pick your Tudor-era television shows, this look is a thing now. I’ve never understood the Ren-Faire look outside of, well, a Renaissance Faire. I get that this trend showed up at more couture shows than ready-to-wear, so it’s not supposed to be realistic (though this photo did come from a RTW line…which is…odd). Either way, I’m not liking this one. Unless you’re into LARP-ing, then dive right in.

Dusty Pink & Yellow

I’m convinced this “trendy” color combo happened because designers got their Fall and Spring lines mixed up. Who the hell wants to wear their Easter best in October? I’d be fine if this was mustard yellow and a deep-red wine color combo, but nope – it’s not. I don’t like the combination even for spring, so it’s a no for me.

Well there you go – my yearly assessment of what I’ll be wearing, buying, and ignoring for fall 2016!

Spring 2016 Fashion Trends

Spring 2016 Fashion Trends

Spring is finally here, which means it’s time to pack up the bulky fisherman knits (okay, maybe leave out a couple) and bring in some freshness to our closets! For some reason, this spring I’m more inspired to update my wardrobe – probably because spring and summer here kind of blend together, so I’m killing two birds with one shopping trip!

Anyway, here are some spring fashion trends that I’m looking forward to adding into my closet this season, and some styling ideas thanks to my Pinterest feed!

Spring 2016 Fashion Trends

Trend #1: Marled Knit Sweaters

I have a ton of lightweight sweaters, but I’d love to add a cozier one to the mix for chilly spring days and summer nights. Marled knit sweaters are so soft and cozy, which makes them perfect to throw on with jeans and nice flats in the spring, and toss on with shorts and sandals in the summer.

Spring 2016 Fashion Trends

Trend #2: Orange

Sure, we all wear a ton of orange in the fall (due to Pumpkin Spice Fever, I assume). However, orange is such a universally flattering color that we really can rock it all year! To keep it more spring/summer ready than fall, keep the orange bright and cheery! I love that it works well with denim and other neutrals, and bright orange accessories add a nice pop to any outfit. I don’t look good wearing yellow unless I have a serious tan, but I can pull off orange any day!

Spring 2016 Fashion Trends

Trend #3: Soft Pinks

Soft pinks are clearly a nod to one of the Pantone colors of the year, but I have to say they should be a staple in our wardrobes for years to come. I’m not usually a fan of pink, but I love the subtly feminine twist this can have on both casual and work outfits. It’s a great change-up from the white tee, and matches damn near anything in your closet. Consider it your new neutral!

Spring 2016 Fashion Trends

Trend #4: White Shirt (with a twist)

White blouses have existed since the beginning of time – and this year is no exception. Spring is calling for crisp, white shirts with unique details. I have a feeling the basic white tee is going to fall out of fashion if this trend catches on. I love seeing white blouses with unique details that flatter almost any body type. As a woman who struggles to fit into blouses (thanks to my button-popping DD boobs), I love that this look is structured but not tight-fitted. For the first time in years, I might actually find a white shirt to keep for years to come!

Spring 2016 Fashion Trends

Trend #5: Flats

Flats are making a major comeback this year, in new colors, fabrics, patterns, and designs. I blame (and praise) Olivia Palermo for inspiring us all to leave the heels for date night, and elevate our everyday outfits with some seriously amazing flats. Your feet will thank you!

For more spring fashion inspiration, head on over to my Pinterest page to see more!

Spring Thrift Shop Haul

spring thrift shop haul
It’s strange to think that spring is coming soon – it’s felt somewhere between fall and spring for the past several months. I don’t think the temperatures are going to change much, but I still wanted to update my wardrobe to reflect the changing season. One afternoon, I headed out to my favorite thrift store haunts to add some much-needed color to my closet.

On my first trip, I was looking for a handbag that I could adjust from a shoulder to a cross-body bag. In true thrifting form, I came home with 3 – all of which will be perfect for the spring/summer months! I also found a few scarves that I can’t wait to find a good use for. I’m thinking about framing and hanging the red one, but we’ll see – finding frames is next on my list….

About a week later, I ended up at another store to find they were having a 50% off sale on all of their long-sleeved tops, and I went a little nuts. With the exception of the short-sleeved top, all of them were around $3-4 each! After a winter of wearing mostly black and navy, I can’t wait to add some softer pastels and ivory into my wardrobe.

Now, if only it would warm up a little around here, I’d be all set!

Featured on IFB!

Featured on IFB!

Yay!!

I was featured in the Independent Fashion Blogger’s “Links a la Mode” post from last week! If you’re looking for some amazing inspiration for your winter or holiday wardrobe, check out some of the links below!

Links à la Mode, December 10

SPONSOR: Shopbop Holiday Gift Guide, MM6, Madewell Dresses, Veronica Beard Jackets, MDS Stripes, SAME SWIM, Emerson Road, Infinity Scarves, Vests, Men’s Accessories

Winter Style Inspiration

Even though winter doesn’t technically start for a few more weeks, I’m already looking for inspiration for my wardrobe this winter. While I wear jeans and sweaters almost year-round, I want my winter wardrobe to have its own look.

So thanks to Pinterest, here is some winter style inspiration I’m looking to add to my collection!
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Cable-knit Sweaters

I love big, cozy sweaters in the winter. While I have a few already, there’s always room for more in my closet. This year, I’d like to find a nice white or ivory one, and maybe one or two in fun colors, like green or dark plum.

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Puffy Vests

I already own a black puffy vest, which I wore almost every day last winter because it never got that cold here. My coat collection is large enough, so I want to add some vests to my collection to add more color and interest. They look amazing with flannel shirts, bulky sweaters, or a long-sleeved tee on warmer days!

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Bright Scarves

My winter coats are either black or navy, so when it does get cold enough to wear them, I like to add a fun scarf to mix things up. Adding a bit of color to such a dark coat also keeps me from looking like a pasty vampire, which is always a good thing!

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Black Turtleneck + Big Skirt

I love that a black turtleneck can make any outfit seem instantly cooler and more chic. It can also add a bit of casual flair to a more formal outfit, and makes for a great backdrop for some serious statement necklaces. For holiday parties, I love the combination of a black turtleneck, long and full skirt, heels, and tons of sparkle! While I don’t have anywhere to wear an outfit like this, I still need a turtleneck to class up my usual jeans/sweater/sneakers combo!

Friday Favorites: Links Aplenty!

Friday Favorites Links Aplenty

Happy Friday!

This week has been busy, cold, but very pretty outside! I’ve enjoyed getting out for hikes in the fog, taking a zillion photos, and trying to soak in the warm sun as much as possible.

Yesterday, Independent Fashion Bloggers featured one of my recent posts on their weekly round-up of some of the best style blog posts on the web! To continue sharing the love, I wanted to share the list with all of you too! I’m always looking for new inspiration on the fashion front, and this is a great place to start!

So here you go! Enjoy this week’s list of amazing fashionistas, and their (much better than mine) style. Oh, and have a great weekend!

Links à la Mode, November 12

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Recent Thrift Store Buys

Recent Thrift Store Buys

Thrift shopping has become a very enjoyable habit lately, though I haven’t actually bought much since my Halloween costume trip. I’ve been focused on getting things ready for the holidays, and spending more time outdoors hiking than out shopping.

I did, however, score a few great finds for home this past week – and at insane prices! Goodwill has weekly tag sales, which means I scored the duck bookends, brass bowl, and fish mirror for only $1.79 each! The flower hanging I think was only $3, which is still pretty good! The ducks are solid wood, and are helping prop up my heavy cookbooks. The mirror I plan on repainting in a fun color (like deep purple or blue), and the flower hanging is going in our bedroom after I figure out where to put it. As for the brass bowl, I thought it would be a great place to put holiday candy.

Recent Thrift Store Buys

While I haven’t bought clothes much lately, I did grab a couple sweaters. The one on the left is originally from Target, and is so comfortable. I’ve worn it several times already, and will probably wear it out this winter. The one on the right is from Dress Barn, oddly enough, and is also insanely comfy! I think I finally have a decent winter wardrobe to keep me warm and happy this year – and I got it all with a tiny budget.

Well, I’m off now to grab a cup of tea and a book…and yes, probably while wearing one of those comfy sweaters!

Style Confession: I’m Basic

Style Confession: I'm Basic

(All photos taken from my Pinterst “Style” page as proof I gravitate to this shit.)

I have a confession to make – one that might not be cool to admit as a blogger:

I have the world’s most basic style. Painfully, painfully basic bitch. It’s okay, though, really.

In my younger years, I always thought that I’d grow up into a more style-savvy adult. My teenage and young adult years were spent pouring over fashion magazines, and waiting impatiently for the days when I could wear high heels, silk blouses, pencil skirts, red lipstick, leather handbag, and perfectly coiffed hair. I always saw my adult self as a corporate piranha with a feminine twist…or a bit of an edge, depending on the year.

That never happened.

There is one defining moment, though, that I think led me down this path of basic, simple, boring style:

I became an educator.

Instead of living my dream of being a business woman with a wardrobe that meant business, I ended up in one of the most conservative careers. Add living in the ultra-conservative, Bible belt that is the Midwest, and that pretty much killed any chance of having a style evolution.

There is an unspoken rule that, as a woman in education, we are required to erase any semblance of femininity or sexuality. This means no accidental peek of cleavage, nothing even remotely form-fitting, nothing trendy, no shoes with more than a kitten heel, and leave the lipstick at home. My work wardrobe was (and still is) overly baggy, mostly black basics, high-necked sweaters, and flat shoes. It’s why, when I moved to Seattle, I got rid of almost all of my work clothes. None of it fit properly, and I felt like a nun wearing it.

Now that I’m not teaching anymore, I’m working on finding my own style again – and it’s tough. I’m trying to erase decades of fashion programming, from the preppy look I rocked in high school, hoodies and jeans of my college years, and buttoned-up schoolmarm style in recent years. Pinterest helps a lot because it gives me a chance to see a big picture version of what I like. Apparently I like dressing like I spend all my free time in a Starbucks, sipping on my PSL, then frolicking in the fall leaves, and Instagramming every minute of it.

As it turns out, I do have a bit of a style “wish list,” based on things I seem to find in most of the photos I pinned:

  1. I live in skinny jeans, and apparently my future stylish self will too. None of mine currently fit properly – some are too tight, some too loose. I need to find a pair that fit, and buy a dozen of them in many, many colors.
  2. I still want the leather handbag, but larger and not necessarily black. I have an orangey-brown leather tote bag that I love, and hope to keep for the rest of my life – so I’m well on my way!
  3. I need to accept that I like simple, preppy things like flannel shirts, fisherman knit sweaters, plaid scarves, and tweed blazers. My high school years left an impression on me, I guess, and I should just learn to live with it. I like Starbucks, too, and that’s okay.
  4. Accessories are a trouble area for me. I like the idea of wearing more jewelry, but I never do. I’m lucky if I remember to put my wedding ring on before leaving the house (sorry honey). I’m not sure I even own a bracelet….
  5. When I head back to work (hopefully sooner than later), I need to figure out how to ramp up my professional wardrobe. I hated dressing like a teacher when I was one, and don’t want to continue on that path in the future!

Overall, I think I’m getting closer to finding a style that suits me. As I get older, I’ve come to accept that my body isn’t the prototype for clothes, and I have to work with what I have at the time instead of waiting for it to change. I’m getting better at knowing what I like, and avoiding things I don’t like just because they fit my body or budget.

Maybe someday I’ll rock the killer heels and red lipstick at work, but for now I’m happy with a good loafer and cable knit sweater, like I walked out of an LL Bean ad. 

Thrifty Fall Updates

Thrifty Fall Updates

I’ve been a thrifty woman for a very, very long time. I used to love going thrift store shopping as a teenager, where I could update my wardrobe with pieces that were both current and vintage. This love followed me into adulthood, where I have found some of my favorite home decor pieces.

In Seattle, thrift stores can be a bit of a hit or miss. Many of the thrift shops around here have amazing finds, but the prices are way too high. I’ve had to leave several amazing things (including two brass crickets) because they were just too pricey for a thrift shop. Other shops in the area have better prices, but you have to do a lot more work to find great things. I clearly favor the latter, and love finding great pieces at amazing prices!

Thrifty Fall UpdatesAfter ditching almost 80% of my wardrobe before last year’s move, my small wardrobe has been doing a lot of heavy lifting over the past year. While I love most of the pieces I have, they’re showing their age and heavy use – especially jeans. So I headed out to a few thrift shops in the area to see if I could find some new jeans for fall…and of course, I got more than I originally planned on!

Clothes were something I struggled to find in Ohio, but in Seattle I’ve been impressed with what’s available. I managed to get 4 pairs of jeans for what I’d usually pay for 1 in a store – and most of them were brand new with tags still on them. In Ohio, this would have been impossible to do!

I wasn’t planning on picking anything up for the home, but the pieces I came home with were just too pretty to pass up. The carved wood box and flower-print container are going to add some much-needed color to my jewelry storage. The candle holder now houses a large white candle in the bathroom, and looks amazing with the other vintage pieces I have in there. The scarves were a bit of an impulse buy, but I have some ideas for what I want to do with those too.

My thrifting adventures haven’t been totally successful, though. I still struggle to find sweaters and tops, and I’ve never been a fan of buying shoes from thrift shops. Lately, we’ve been working on a decor project for the living room that requires lots of photo frames…but good luck finding any! Many of the places here sell the frames with art in them as a (very highly priced) packaged deal. Not very thrifty, to be honest.

So far, I’m really digging the Seattle thrifting scene, and can’t wait to see what more I can find!