Monday, December 31, 2012

scarf + stripes

Scarf Nordstrom Tank F21 (old) Jeans DL 1961 Shoes Sperry Earrings Tory Burch Nail Polish O.P.I. "Quarter of a Cent-Cherry" Coat H&M

Quick outfit post today - wanted to do a closeup of the earrings! I made a striped yellow top that's more suited for summer work for winter by pairing it with a scarf, a navy parka, and brown wax-coated skinnies. It's crazy to think this is my last outfit post of 2012!

xo-ally

2012 faves: outfits

I can't believe this is the last day of 2012! This year really flew by. Over the year, I have transitioned my outfit posts from inside my apartment (like this outfit or this outfit) to outside. I like outdoor backdrops better than my fluorescent-lit hallway...haha.
Here are 10 of my favorite outfits from earlier this year!


Thank you all for stopping by this blog, whether it is just one time or every day! (Also a big thank you to my friends who take these outfit photos for me! You guys are the best.) Love you all.

Here's to 2013! Have a fun day and stay safe tonight!

xo-ally

Sunday, December 30, 2012

new lululemon clothes :)


I went to Lululemon today with the intention of exchanging leggings for the blue pair in the photo above....and walked out with a tank and jacket! #Typical

I was so excited with my purchases that I just had to share them on the blog! The blue crop leggings are the Run: Inspire Crop IIs and will be perfect for running. I have a pair of the Wunder Under crops and these are tighter and lighter, but still just as comfortable. They also make my legs slightly resemble an avatar :) haha.

The No Limits tank has an attached sports bra so it's basically two-in-one! The tank is made of a mesh, sweat-wicking material and the bra is basically like the Free to Be sports bras they have. This will be perfect to wear when I teach Zumba classes - doesn't show sweat, looks cute, and is super comfy! I also love how the sides dip low so it shows off the sports bra.

Andddd finally, the neon pink Forme Jacket. I usually either wear my Nike dance team jacket, my North Face fleece, or a crew neck sweatshirt as my "outerwear" for the gym. (Usually I need to wear a combo of the three in the winter - it gets cold in Spokane!) Now I have the perfect jacket! I like starting my cardio with a light jacket on anyways and this bright pink one will make my workouts all the more fun.

What do you wear when you work out? Are you a Lululemon fan too?

xo-ally

tiny polka dots


 Shirt J. Crew Jeans Nordstrom Silver Bracelet Tiffany & Co. Chevron Bracelet Nordstrom (similar) Flats Report (similar) Earrings Nordstrom Belt Nordstrom (similar) Necklace Muses & Rebels Nail Polish OPI "Quarter of a Cent-Cherry"

I just got my nails done today! I even had little rhinestones put on the ring finger nails. :) Love me some sparkle in any way possible. My toes are purple sparkles too but you can't see them because it's winter and I'm wearing flats. I'm so sick of winter. I'm also sick of these jeans - have you noticed I've been rocking this pair quite a lot lately? Wellllll, it's the only pair of jeans I brought home. (Besides my brown skinnies, which, don't go with everything). The more I wear these jeans, the more I question why I only brought one skirt so I don't have to wear jeans, then question if I should wear a dress, then end up deciding to wear these jeans. 

It's basically a whole lot of indecision going on inside my head.

2 1/2 more weeks, then I'll be back at school with my full closet.

xo-ally

PS - here's a closeup of my nails:

A dose of sparkle is never too much!


Saturday, December 29, 2012

tumblr saturday #32

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.
I like this quote.
Obsessing over this outfit! Love the pink coat  (J. Crew I believe?) with the scarf.
aw, looks a lot like my old house :)
Beautiful painting. This looks a lot like my old house when I lived in NC!
A well-dressed man with a dog, now that's what I like to see! Haha :)
Magic mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?
Awww!!! I squealed of laughter when I saw this. So adorable!

xo-ally

PS - image credits may be found on my tumblr

Friday, December 28, 2012

friday's fancies - new year's finest

This week's Friday's Fancies theme with long distance loving is New Year's Finest. I can't believe it's almost 2013!!! When I think of New Year's attire, the typical black or gold sequined body-con dress with a fur vest comes to mind. Here's a fun, totally glam outfit to wear while ringing in the new year that stands out from the black-and-gold crowd:
xo-ally

Thursday, December 27, 2012

elephant scarf

Scarf Stella & Dot Jacket Nordstrom Sweater J. Crew Jeans Nordstrom Watch Michael Kors Bracelet J. Crew (sold out) (similar one by Juicy - and the same price!) Boots Corso Como Earrings Tory Burch

I got this scarf for Christmas and was so excited to wear it! It matches my purple sweater perfectly. I added a link bracelet, tweed jacket, skinny jeans, and brown riding boots to complete the look. I'm also wearing the Tory Burch stud earrings I got for Christmas, but you can't really see them (forgot to do a close-up photo! Will try to remember next time).


Hope you're having a wonderful day!

xo-ally

2012 faves: posts

I cannot believe 2012 is almost over. Throughout the year, I've always been like, "I can't believe it's already May!" or "I can't believe it's already October!" Now it is literally just days into the new year and I've been looking back through my posts from 2012. A separate post is coming soon on my favorite outfit posts, but here is a list of my favorite non-outfit posts from 2012!

fashion




fitness


so yesterday I worked out instead of studying for finals <some great YouTube exercise videos in this post!

reflection/other

TWENTY-ONEEEE <my 21st birthday!

when I was 17 <seriously so much fun to look through old high school pictures!


xo-ally

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

perfect pairs: arm candy

I love a good watch + bracelet combo, and right now arm candy is super trendy. I wear my tortoise and gold Michael Kors watch almost daily, either solo or paired with a bangle or two. Here are four trendy watches paired with bracelets:






How do you style your arm candy? Tweet me a picture of your arm candy (@allyarcher) and I'll add it to this post. :)

xo-ally

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

and to all a good night

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I received some lovely gifts under the tree this morning :)
Nike shorts, Tory Burch earrings, a scarf, Gossip Girl season 5, some jewelry, and a Starbucks card were among the gifts! (And a pretty monogram necklace is on its way. I'm so excited!)
I also got a lovely Vera Bradley duffle bag and a sleeve for my Kindle. Yay!


I spotted these funny public restroom signs... #awkwardholidaydecor

My dad cooked a delicious dinner and we played board games and watched a movie afterward. What a fun day enjoying the season with family. Christmas is definitely my favorite holiday!

Enjoy the last few hours of Christmas :)

xo-ally

Monday, December 24, 2012

christmas plans


What we did tonight:
Family dinner
Played the board game Sequence (so fun)
Watched Home Alone 2 (still get emotional at the same parts every year!)

Tomorrow morning:
Open gifts
Christmas brunch
Going to the movie theater to see Les Miserables
Calling extended family to catch up and send Christmas wishes

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Eve and enjoy the Christmas day!

xo-ally


^^^it doesn't get old    [image]

Sunday, December 23, 2012

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas...


....inside the house at least. (It's raining in Seattle. Snow is not in the forecast, as per usual. I've never had a "White Christmas," actually.) 
However, we've got gifts all nestled under the tree and decorations up too. :)
Are you getting excited for Christmas?

xo-ally

Saturday, December 22, 2012

off to the nutcracker

Tank James Perse Skirt Nordstrom (similar) Necklace Kate Spade (new color) Tights Nordstrom Flats Tory Burch Watch Michael Kors Nail Polish OPI "No Room For The Blues" and OPI Extra-va-ganza (the glitter on my party nails)

I've been looking for a versatile skirt lately, and I was happy to find one a few days ago! The subtle stripes make it easy to mix prints, like I did with the purple dotted tights. To add more color, I wore my coral-red colored Kate Spade necklace. Now I'm off to see The Nutcracker! I saw the professional one in Seattle earlier this week and now I'm going to see one with the girls I used to babysit. Two Nutcrackers in one holiday season = a happy Ally. :)

xo-ally

tumblr saturday #31

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my Christmas-themed faves floating around Tumblr this week. :)

xo-ally

PS - image credits may be found on my tumblr

Friday, December 21, 2012

friday's fancies - holiday best

I can't believe it's already Friday! This week really flew by. Being on break from school really threw me off my routine.

This week's theme with long distance loving is holiday best. I chose a jewel dress from Kate Spade that I just adore with red tights, classic black heels, and a simple, sparkly necklace. Here's my outfit:

xo-ally

Anddddd the world didn't end today.
dun dun DUN.
I feel like everyone jumped on the bandwagon a few years ago. Then realized it wouldn't actually happen.
We're alive! YAY.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

polar bears!

Shirt Nordstrom Scarf Nordstrom Watch Michael Kors Jeans Nordstrom Shoes Sperry

Stayed pretty casual today, but posted this because the polar bears are just so cute! And I got a new scarf :)

xo-ally