The Style Hive @ Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival

 Today I am so excited to be sharing a post with you that is  bit different than my usual - I'm talking to you about an upcoming event (and it's awesome fashion component). If you live in the Greater Vancouver area (or are planning a trip here), come check out the 5th Annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest

 This event is the biggest one-day food truck festival in Canada! It is happening Saturday July 29th from 4-10pm in the city of New Westminster and there will be over 150 vendors and food trucks. What a cool concept and a great way to spend a Saturday evening! This year, in addition to all the amazing Food Truck vendors (...Tacofino here I come) there will also be a Style Hive section where local New West boutiques will be out with their latest goodies so you can shop your heart out! I'll be in attendance as well, meeting people and helping them pick out great new items, so come say hi to me!!

New Westminster has a bunch of great boutiques. In preparing for this Style Hive event, I got to go check out a couple of the stores that will be present in the Style Hive; and man-oh-man were there some great finds! I wanted to give you guys the "inside scoop"; so I thought I would share  a sneak peek of some of my favorite things from these boutiques.

Mila and Paige is a fashion-forward boutique carrying brands such as Dex, Brunette the Label, Gentle Fawn and more. I love that in addition to a carefully curated selection from those great brands, Mila & Paige also carries accessories such as mugs and jewelry. If you caught my instastory last week, you'll know that I could not stop laughing over a giant black mug that just says "MAN TEARS" in bold white lettering. haha! Below are some of my favorite pieces in store right now! 

 The Vancouver Fashion Truck is your fashion boutique on wheels! Yep, you read that right - it is a traveling fashion boutique. How cool! As a bonus the owner, Megan, is the sweetest/cutest and she will definitely give you an awesome shopping experience!

The Vancouver Fashion Truck is a treasure trove for summer goodies; from the best selection of graphic tees and accessories (I got the cutest baseball cap that says "bad hair day") to chic dresses and summer staples. Below are three of my favorite finds:

For any readers who wear size 10- 32 clothing; this consignment boutique carries exclusively size 10 and up, and they will be at the Style Hive! They have a wide selection of gently used clothing; from suits, to ball gowns, to shoes & accessories. I was shocked at how good the deals were! Below are three items I saw that I loved. The striped dress in the middle is Calvin Klein, and it was on sale for only $38!
If you aren't sizes 10-32, still stop by this boutique in the Style Hive for their selection of jewelry & accessories. You may still find yourself a treasure despite not fitting their clothing; I did! I found a necklace & earring set (pictured below) as well as a pair of like-new Nine West flats.

I hope you liked this "sneak peek" and I hope to see some of you on July 29th. Come say hi; I'd love to meet you!

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Thank you so much to the Downtown New West BIA for sponsoring this post

Work Wear | NSale Purchases Review & Re-Stocked Items

Happy Monday! I am back from San Francisco and headed to work this morning. I had such a great couple of days meeting up with blogger friends (hey Kelsey heyyyy!) and catching up with my friend I was visiting. If you follow me on instagram, you know that I went to Nordstrom and bought a ton of work wear from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Today I wanted to share my fitting room photos with you and give you reviews of the pieces, so that you can shop the NSale before it ends next week!!  I'll also share at the bottom some of the most popular items from the NSale that have recently restocked some sizes. Hopefully some things you missed out on initially are available now!

First, the above look. This blouse was hands down my favorite item from the sale. The silk is so soft and it is clearly well made. I loved the french cuff sleeves and all the piping detail. I would size down in this though (I was a small when I am most commonly a medium). The pants I am wearing here were also a surprise find. I am always keeping my eyes open for good black work pants, since they really are surprisingly difficult to find. These are so comfortable, they are stretchy and knit fabric so they practically feel like pajamas. I highly recommend them!

Sleeveless Turtleneck // Pants

These are the first two items I have tried from the brand Emerson Rose. I definitely like the cut and quality - especially of the sleeveless turtleneck top. Both also fit true to size so this is a great brand to check out if you are looking for some new work wear.

These motto leggings were at the top of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale wishlist. Zella leggings are always a safe bet (they don't loose their stretch, they don't pill and they are incredibly comfortable) so when I saw these with the moto detailing I knew I wanted to check them out! The one thing I find with them is that they do fit a bit tight so your regular size should be fine but if you are a looking for added comfort consider going up a size. 

Blazer // Pencil Skirt

If you follow my instastories you'll likely have seen my (embarassing) happy dance over the fact that this pencil skirt has pockets. I want to stock up on printed pencil skirts (so this striped one is great) but the pockets are what really sold me. The blazer is also a great one- I love that it is a bit longer than a traditional blazer - I just always find that more flattering. The blazer also comes in other colors! I am considering getting the blush pink as well.

This dress is a "meh" for me. I love the flutter sleeve detailing, but I didn't find the completely straight neckline to be flattering. This is one I don't think I'll be keeping. 

linking up with: #howisummer // mix it monday

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Shopping | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Top 15 Picks

I shared my wear-to-work picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last week, but since today is the first day of public access I thought I would share a quick post of my favorite things. Ie. Not just office wear, but my general favorite items from the Nordstrom Sale. I don't want to overwhelm you guys with Nordstorm sale content, so I've narrowed it down to my top 15 picks from this year's NSale. You can shop my 15 favorite items in the widget below (just click through!)

Some highlights I want to mention about my favorite items:

1) The La Mer Set: 
This is probably the #1 item from the NSale (in my mind) and definitely the thing I would most recommend if you are only going to get one thing from the Nordstrom sale. La Mer cream is hands down the best face cream out there. Just google it- the results and reviews are incredibly. It is however extremely expensive (at least for my tastes) so getting this set for $55 less than you would normally spend is awesome. I am buying two so that the cream lasts me for a while!

2) The Tory Burch Riding Boots:
Order these immediately as they sell out every year. I bought last year's TB riding boots in the cognac color, and am going to get this year's in black. They are, quite simply, the perfect fall boot. I wore mine literally 5x a week last fall/winter! 

3) The Zella Moto Leggings:
Zella leggings are considered by many people to be the best leggings out there as they are comfortable, stay in place, and hug in all the right places. I have their basic leggings (and agree with all of the above) but I love the idea of adding these moto detail ones to my wardrobe. Worn with boots and tunics these would be perfect all fall and winter long.

4) The Michael Kors Trench:
FINALLY. I have been looking for a cute rain coat with a hood for the past three years (...since i moved to Raincouver; I mean "Vancouver"). This is a classic cut trench in a classic color and actually has a hood. This is a must-have if you live in the Pacific North West! 

5) Good American High Waist Skinny Jeans:
I have been wanting to see what all the hype is about with Good American jeans for quite some time. (Do they really flatter every body type?!) The price tag has stopped me from pulling the trigger on these jeans, but with the NSale pricing they are definitely worth trying out! If you are interested in hearing more about how these jeans fit tune into my instagram today (See more below!)

As someone who does not have early access to the sale, today is my first day to shop! I will be heading to Nordstrom today to try on the items I didn't want to order without seeing how they fit first. I will be doing try-on sessions in my instagram stories, so be sure to follow along to get the inside scoop on how these items look in real life, as well as all the details about sizing and quality! I plan to start getting the instastories up around 11am PST (and of course they will stay up for 24 hours).

Happy Shopping!!!

Weekend Wear | Shirt Dress

Dress c/o // Wedges c/o // Choker Necklace c/o (20% off with code LEGALLEE) // Similar Handbags (1), (2)

This dress arrived from The Mint Julep Boutique last week and I couldn't wait to share it with you all. There is something so timeless about a shirt dress; I own at least four!  What really drew me to this one is the trapeze cut. Trapeze / flared dresses have been on repeat in my closet this summer. I love the loose fit and they are so flattering! This dress does run large, so size down! For reference, I am wearing a medium, but definitely should have gone with a small. 

I think what I love most about shirt dresses is that they have that perfect balance between business and casual. This is a dress I would feel comfortable wearing to basically any weekend event; from brunch, to meetings, to running errands. To make it even more summery and casual weekend ready I styled it with my favorite choker necklace and these gorgeous gold strappy wedges. I swear by wedges in the summertime (noone wants to be out and about in heels!) These gold ones are great because the gold basically acts as a summer time neutral, so you can wear them with almost anything! 

 I wore this exact outfit to meet friends for drinks on Friday night and it felt like the perfect outfit because I was comfortable all night long. I actually walked about 2 miles from where we were to where my condo is and my feet didn't hurt at all!! 

In other news, I am off to San Francisco / Palo Alto tomorrow!! I am so excited for a mini-vacation (I am going just for 4 days). A friend of mine moved there two years ago, so I am going to visit him and can't wait to check out the city! Be sure to follow along on instagram for stories and updates on my trip. If you have any last minute suggestions of things I need to see / places I need to go, let me know in the comments below! 

linking up with: midweek inspo // style me wednesday // oh hey girl  

Instagram Lately - July 2017

Hi all! It's been a while since i did an instagram roundup, so I figured it was time to do another one! Many of the items I shared in my photos have gone on sale since I shared them on instagram; so now is a great time to shop!

Sweater // Ripped Cuffed Denim // Heels (valentino dupes!)

Can we all just agree this is the greatest sweater of all time? Yes? Good. It also happens to be the softest thing I have ever worn. *swoon* It is on sale right now, so get it ASAP!

I found this hat a few weeks ago and it has become a summer staple. I want to wear this every time I'm at the beach or pool (...I mean, I would also like to wear it at work... but that may not go over so well ha!)

Sunglasses c/o // Dress (sold out in the pattern I'm wearing, but still available - and on sale - in other colors)
I shared this photo with Diff Eyewear last week. I only just learned about Diff and am obsessed. If you've been following me for a while (especially on twitter and on IG where I talk about it more) I am really passionate about companies that do good in the world. Fashion & charity can go hand in hand and I love companies that embody that. For every pair of Diff glasses sold, a pair of reading glasses is donated to someone in need. Cool eh?

This lace off the shoulder top is perfect for a summer weekend. I wore this on Saturday to run errands (like picking up the prettiest bouquet) and while hanging out with friends at the beach. I love off the shoulder when I'm out in the summer so that I can actually get a tan! 

 Dress // Heels (Valentino dupes!)

I had to snap a selfie of this gorgeous dress I found a couple of weeks ago. It can be to challenge to find wear-to-work dresses that are trendy but still office appropriate. This dress is perfect for a summer  day at the office. Bonus? It's under $60!!

This top is a favorite for creating a trendy work look. I've worn it on the blog before here, and earlier this month I wore it to the office with the navy skinny pants and heels pictured above. Right now this shirt is 25% off! 

One of my favorite cafes in Vancouver - Olive & Ruby - has the coolest hanging chair. Grabbing a cup of coffee and swinging in this chair has got to be one of the most relaxing things! Sadly the top I am wearing here is sold out, but keep your eye on it for a re-stock!

Just cruising around in one of my best summer 'steal' purchases to date. This top is a dupe of the JCrew version and is under $15! 

This is actually a throwback Thursday photo from my trip to New Orleans in March (see my blog post on the trip). My friend Maddie and I were walking down the street having had a few too many hurricanes when she spotted this nook in the wall. She decided that I just HAD to climb up in it so she  could take a photo haha. I am glad she did as I love this shot! Let me tell you though, getting down from this was not so graceful! 

That's it! Hope you liked the roundup! And be sure to follow along on instagram for more. XO 

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Work Wear | Ruffle Sleeved Blazer

photos by austin mollins photography

White blazers have been everywhere this season; and it is easy to see why. A white blazer is a great way to make a corporate outfit feel more summer ready and fresh. I have been eyeing a number of white blazers all summer, but when I saw this one I knew immediately this was the one I needed to buy.

The ruffle trim on the sleeves of this blazer adds a fun, trendy element that is perfect for a summer day at the office. The structured shape of the blazer still makes it feel corporate while those ruffle sleeves add in that on-trend style. 

I decided to keep today's work outfit classic by pairing the white blazer with a white tank top and my all time favorite pants (... you know I can't get enough of these black skinny pants) My tank top is unfortunately sold out, but I did link up a similar one below. 

This is definitely one of my favorite wear to work looks this summer because it feels classic but trendy at the same time. Adding trends and fun styles into work wear can be a challenge, so I love when I can find an outfit that does just that.

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Shopping | The BEST Work Wear from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The biggest sale of the year is finally here!!!!! I know every blogger swoons over this sale (and you may be wondering whether you want to read another Nordstrom Anniversary Sale post) but this post is a MUST READ if you are a working woman. Below I've rounded up my top picks for wear-to-work items from the #NSale.
top work wear from the Nordstrom anniversary sale

Why is this important? Well, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has over FIVE THOUSAND items. I know you don't have time to go through all that! Consider me your personal filter haha. I've rounded up my work wear picks from the Nordstrom sale, so that you can save time but still get some amazing fall on-trend items to wear to the office. 

In addition to my wear to work picks from the sale, I will be sharing reviews of the items I buy over the next two weeks. I will do two blog posts reviewing items! Be sure to follow me on instagram for even more on the sale (I will do my best to share more in my stories!) You can also see my post on my top 15 items from the NSale!

Last thing - if you do not have early access to the sale (I don't!) make sure you still click through and save these items that you want. Keep a list of what your top picks are so that you can be sure to add those to your cart the first day of public access. For more on strategies for shopping the sale (and how to shop the sale if you are Canadian) see this post.

Without any further ado, here are my top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks for corporate / wear-to-work items:



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