What is Green and Cozy?

I have a confession to make… I’m a big nerd. More often than not, I’d much rather be at home with my nose in a book (or playing the new Skyrim, to be completely honest. Yes, that’s right) than going out and being social. As much as I love my friends and having fun, I identify as an introvert. What does this have to do with an outfit post? It is days and outfits like this that exacerbate my desire to be anti-social and cozy up at home doing something by myself. This sweater is the epitome of comfort for me; it is warm and a great green color, and is perfect for cuddling up on the couch with a blanket. Is it weird that I kind of like it when it rains because it’s reading weather? Must be a side effect of growing up here in Washington. Not only is this sweater awesome, but these boots are my new favorite item for fall and winter. They are so easy and simple and can be worn with practically anything-I think I will wear them with a dress next! Bonus: they are under $100!

What are your favorite things to do in rainy weather?

Sweater: Forever 21
Jeggings: Ann Taylor
Boots: Zara
Backpack: Rebecca Minkoff

Photography by Tim Schlect

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Nostalgia and Some Thoughts

Sometimes I get caught up in the fact that life isn’t perfect, or doesn’t seem as fun or as perfect as someone else’s life- particularly when it comes to the blogosphere. We are constantly inundated with blog and Instagram posts of women with the perfect makeup, body, hair, car, or whatever it may be. I even try to make my blog posts as great as possible. However, I am here to tell you that that isn’t what is real. Life is messy, and hard, and not flawlessly curated. Some days all I wear is jeans and a sweatshirt. Sometimes I immediately take my heels off after doing a photoshoot- usually to go get a burger. I don’t always go to the gym every day or eat all the right things. I spill on my clothes- A LOT.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in a world of desire: thinking that if we just had this, or looked more like that, that life would be easier or we would be happier. We are what make our lives happy. Someone having something you don’t does not diminish your value or your life. Second guessing ourselves, especially from comparing ourselves to others, will not bring us happiness. Everyone around us is fighting a battle we cannot see, and the best thing we can do is not compare ourselves to this perceived notion of “perfection”. No one and nothing is perfect. As mentioned before, life is messy, and we don’t always get things the way we want them- but that doesn’t mean we can’t be happy.

I am imperfect, I have flaws, and so does every one else. Although I try to make my Style Vice world as ideal as possible- it isn’t my whole life. Life is what exists in our hearts, our relationships, and our emotions.

I came across some old pictures while going through boxes at my parent’s house, and I wanted to share them- so don’t laugh! And for the record, I still love Rugrats.

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These pictures help remind me of who I am and where I come from. They show some of my closest relationships to this day, and that’s who I am. I am not the outfit I wear in my latest post. I am not my Instagram profile. Please remember this the next time you compare yourself to who someone else is or what you think you see, especially online or on social media. I encourage you to focus on building the best possible life for yourself; this can be in the form of cultivating great relationships with people you aren’t very close with, telling your family and loved ones you love them more, asking forgiveness of someone you have hurt or wronged, taking a class on something you’ve always wanted to try but don’t have the courage to, or even just traveling somewhere new and exciting. Do not let someone else dictate your happiness, because that is ultimately up to you.

What are your thoughts on this?

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A New Shopping Experience with Le Tote

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If you haven’t heard of Le Tote yet, you need to check it out! They are changing the way I shop. The concept is simple:

  • Pick The Items You Want To Try
  • Wear The Items As Long As You Want
  • Keep Anything You Want To Buy
  • Return The Rest And Receive A New Tote!

This idea is great because you get to try the items before you buy and you have more than a couple of days to wear it (unlike some similar sites). They have mid-level brands so you’re not breaking the bank, and you’re also not paying for low quality. Bonus: free shipping both ways! There are even three different packages at different price points to fit your life and budget.

I received this shirt, skirt, clutch, and earrings all from my first box and I am extremely happy with the experience! The shirt wasn’t the best quality, but I have no complaints with the rest of the items.

Want to try? Click here to try your first Le Tote box FREE!

Shirt, Skirt, Clutch, Earrings: Le Tote
Vest: White House Black Market

Heels: Chinese Laundry via Nordstrom

Photography by Tim Schlecht

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Fall With A Feminine Edge

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This dress was such a good find! It is the perfect mix of feminine and sophisticated. I don’t like things that are TOO sweet e.g. hot pink, big bows, poofy dresses, etc. so I was excited to find something that met my criteria! I had to add the leather jacket to complete the look and add a little edge. Plus, now it’s getting cold here in Seattle; time to dig out all the fun fall clothes!
I got this fun bag from JustFab.com- it is the perfect size and stands out just enough. Their products are stylish and affordable! Check out their site and place your first order here!

What’s your favorite fall outfit?

Dress: Forever 21
Jacket: H&M
Bag: JustFab
Heels: Forever 21

Photography by Tim Schlecht

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As Good As Gold: Bohemian Vibe

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I love when you walk into a store simply for fun, not expecting to buy anything, and then find something you absolutely love. That’s what happened with this dress. OK and the gold necklace. And the shoes! I have been traveling a lot and keep finding great items! I got this dress whilst visiting a girlfriend in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho and the sandals in Salt Lake City while helping a friend shop for his grown up lawyer job. The sandals have fun gold studs on them, and we loved the way the golden light at the end of the day played with the gold tones in the dress, necklace, and shoes. Normally I don’t buy clothes that are orange, or anything bohemian for that matter, but that’s the fun side of fashion: getting to explore new styles and colors!

What’s something you never thought you’d wear but ended up loving?

Dress and Ring: Purchased at Tiffany Blue II Boutique
(See me on their instagram @tblueboutique)
Necklace: Nordstrom
Sandals: Steve Madden

Photography by Russell Matteson

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