Friday, May 31, 2013

friday's fancies - winning in white

This week's Friday's Fancies theme with Long Distance Loving is winning in white. I love a great pair of white jeans - it creates the perfect canvas for bright, summer colors! The blue in the bracelet helps bring out the pale mint in the tank, and the red hair bow adds some more color. And how cute are the sailboat shoes?
xo-ally

Thursday, May 30, 2013

I'm going to the other Washington for a bit


Hello all! Tomorrow I'm leaving bright and early to start a summer job in Washington DC! I'll be working with an organization where I lead groups of students during conferences. If that makes sense. Haha. I'm really excited to be there till mid-July. My work days are all day - think 8am - 11pm - so I'll blog as much as I can when I find the time! I'm working on scheduling some posts now so the blog doesn't go silent :) though follow me on Twitter and (my new! finally!) Instagram in the meantime!

Also, if you have any tips about DC or places I should go on my days off I'd love to hear them. I've never been there so I'd love to hear about it from someone who lives or has been there!

xo-ally

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

mixing prints

aaaand the .gif is awkward, as usual :P
Rebecca Taylor top | Articles of Society jeans | Sperry shoes | Nordstrom blazer (similar style) | Michael Kors watch | Swank bracelets | Nordstrom earrings

This outfit is all about mixing prints. I've usually kept it pretty simple with my polka dot jeans - adding some color or texture for sure, but staying away from crazy prints. However, pretty much any print would work paired with these jeans, seeing as they are neutral and the polka dots are subtle. A structured blazer helped pull the look together, and I wore my favorite pair of Sperry boat shoes and simple accessories to complete the look.

xo-ally

Monday, May 27, 2013

happy memorial day

Hope you all enjoy the day off and spend it with people you love!

xo-ally

Sunday, May 26, 2013

neon pink

H&M dress (similar) | Chanel sunglasses (similar) | Nordstrom cardigan | New Look shoes | Swank necklace | Swank bracelets | Kate Spade bag (similar)

It has been great to break out the brights lately, and I couldn't resist my neon high low dress! You may remember it from last summer when I wore a similar ensemble. This time I paired it with a cardigan (still a little chilly for May), new accessories, and flat espadrilles.

xo-ally

Saturday, May 25, 2013

tumblr saturday #53

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.

TB sandals in fun spring colors!

Gorgeous outdoor seating.

Ah, to travel...

"FOUR for Glen Coco!" Never gets old
Been reblogging everything Gatsby


Be nice to people! You never know who's having a rough day and how a simple smile can make someone's day better :)

xo-ally

ps - image credits may be found on my tumblr

Friday, May 24, 2013

friday's fancies - memorial day weekend

This week's Friday's Fancies theme with Long Distance Loving is Memorial Day Weekend. I featured many true-blue pieces in this all-American outfit, with red and neutral accents. And I'm loving those glam Ray-Ban sunnies! I so wish I could wear something like this to kick off summer this weekend, but unfortunately, it will be raining in Seattle (what else is new?) I'll have to save it for sunnier days!

xo-ally

Thursday, May 23, 2013

spring trend: mirrored sunglasses

As you've probably noticed, I've been LOVING my blue mirrored Ray-Bans (which can be seen in these outfits here, here, and here). To mark my one month-a-versary of having these sunglasses, I thought I'd do a quick post about the trend that's becoming more and more popular as we head deeper into spring.

Great photos I found on Pinterest styling mirrored sunglasses fabulously:

Here are some styles to shop:



Personally, I absolutely love this trend right now. At first, I was a little wary - I hadn't seen anyone in person wearing sunglasses like these, and I knew I'd look crazy! But I went with it anyways and thought, "who cares!" The only downside is that when taking photos you can definitely see the photographer in the reflection, haha.

There are plenty of styles and colors to choose from, from aviators or wayfarers to shades of purple, green, blue...so many ways to add a fun pop of color to an outfit.

What do you think about the mirrored sunglasses trend?

xo-ally

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

currently...

With the end of the school year, moving out of my apartment, and so many other things going on, I haven't had time to blog regularly! Right now I'm back in Seattle to figure things out and do lots of job searching. I've had a few offers, but am waiting to find the right fit instead of taking the first thing that comes my way.

Currently I've....

Driven back to Seattle. There's a "scenic view" stop on 90 on the Columbia River. It is gorgeous!
My outfit that day
instagram
Looking at cars. I'm getting a car for a graduation present :)

Researching for jobs. Applying for jobs. Sending out resumes and cover letters. Tailoring all my resumes and cover letters. Preparing for some interviews I have coming up!

Exercising. After sitting around on my laptop doing job stuff all day, it is so nice to do something active. I haven't had much of a chance to run outside (don't enjoy running in the rain. And this time in Seattle it's always raining), but have been going to the gym or doing blogilates videos. This one is one of my favorites:

xo-ally

Sunday, May 19, 2013

orange lace shorts

 
Swank shorts | American Eagle shirt | Nordstrom tank | Sperry boat shoes | Michael Kors watch | Swank bracelets | Ray-Ban sunglasses

I'm currently in Seattle, where it has been cloudy and chilly every day, but that wouldn't stop me from wearing shorts! I probably looked ridiculous walking around, but I couldn't resist the orange lace shorts. Probably best to wear them before my tan fades, which, looking at the forecast, won't be long. I paired the orange and cream colored shorts with a ton of other blue pieces and metallic accessories. Summer clothes are my favorite!

Happy Sunday!

xo-ally

Saturday, May 18, 2013

tumblr saturday #52

Happy weekend! Today marks one whole YEAR of "Tumblr Saturday!" Wow, crazy how fast a year goes by!

Be lovely!

LOVED seeing The Great Gatsby last week. Going to see it again tonight, in 3D this time :)

The purple flowers remind me of the Amalfi Coast in Italy!

Loving the peplum top with the pink skirt, very classic and feminine.

Favorite flowers :)

xo-ally

ps - image credits may be found on my tumblr

Friday, May 17, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

the past few days... [graduation/weekend]

These past few days were a blur. Graduation weekend went by so quickly. I felt like I was just going through the motions, with random bursts of emotion and then trying to "turn off" being sad at different points. But I'm very sad that college is over. College has been the best four years of my life (so far). 

Here is a photo one of the professional photographers took when I wasn't looking! Aw :(
The ceremony was pretty long but not bad. Walking across the stage to get my diploma was really quick and came up fast in the ceremony since my name is close to the beginning alphabetically. I had lunch reservations with my family after the ceremony and because it was so crowded when we all got out, didn't get as much time after to take photos. That is one thing I really wished I had, was more photos. (And sunglasses!! I forgot to bring them, and it was a weird cloudy-but-bright day so I was squinting in a lot of the photos.)
The latest move-out date for my apartment was Monday at 1pm, so Sunday night and Monday was crazy with balancing time with friends but also time for packing. With the help of a few friends (thank goodness) I had everything cleaned and packed from my room right at 12:59. Locking my apartment door for the last time felt so surreal. I'm staying near campus for a few days with some friends in houses (so jealous their leases aren't up till June!) so I have a little time to breathe.

Saturday night instead of packing we just went to grad parties, told old stories, and played flip cup :)
Sunday night we went to Jack & Dan's to celebrate graduation, here's a pic:
Here's our apartment pre-packed! I miss it this way:
And my room after everything was moved out. So sad and empty :(
On another note, today we went to see The Great Gatsby. In my opinion, it was amazing. So incredible. I loved it. And the party scenes were so cool and over the top and just perfect. It feels like I've been waiting forever for it to come out in theaters so I was so excited and pleased with the result!

Tomorrow we'll have to figure out some things to keep us busy and not dwell on the fact that school is over forever and that we're all going separate ways soon. These past few days have definitely been "post grad depression" and there is just a certain gloomy mood over everything. Blahhh don't make me leave college. Ever.

xo-ally

PS - posting might not be as regular as usual for the next couple days since I moved out of my apartment and have little access to wifi for a few more days. I'll be back up to speed soon though!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

graduation day

I cannot believe this day has come. My college graduation had always seemed so far away. In third grade, my teacher told the class that we would graduate from high school in 2009, and college in 2013. It seemed ages away back then, being only 8 years old in 1999. And now it's here. WOW!

Move-in day was in late August, on my 18th birthday. Little did I know that I would meet five of my best friends that day.
September 2009. We look like babies

A few weeks later, I tried out for the Gonzaga Dance Team. Four years on dance team was so much fun and I feel blessed to have gotten to know all of the girls throughout the years.
It hits me at random moments - when I look at the calendar and see what date it is and how close it is to graduation, when I write cover letters to employers saying "I will graduate this spring" and have to change it to "I will graduate next week," and packing up my room. My room! I've lived in the same apartment for two years and it definitely feels like my home. I'm not ready to leave my home or the amazing people here. At least I still get to hang out here till next week!

xo-ally

Saturday, May 11, 2013

tumblr saturday #51

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.
Love, love, LOVE this bracelet stack.
Summer decor for the home :)
Pleaseeee
Cute for entertaining, love the straws
I miss croquet! When I was little we used to always play croquet on Easter

xo-ally

PS - image credits may be found on my tumblr