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Everything's Coming Up Roses...

Well, it's summer and life is busy and everything is in bloom, including this adorable jean jacket with rose embroidery! I'll get back the jean jacket soon, but first I need to explain my long absence from blogging. Not only have I been terribly busy traveling and working, I've also been planning on switching over my blogging platform to a self-hosted wordpress.org blog. It's a big project and I have not had the time to put in the work because of traveling, working, boating, and (insert excuses of the century here), just plain procrastination. I'm not super excited to trouble shoot a new blog platform all day when the weather is immaculate and the option of boating to the San Juans, or lounging by the pool is on the table. Hence, the lack of blog posts on NWBD. So please stay tuned for a new and improved blog coming (hopefully) the end of the summer or beginning of fall. It will feature more than just cute outfits I'm wearing, and will include travel and personal stuff too. Can't wait to expand my blog and really get it going! Now back to outfit talk...

The great thing about summer in the Pacific Northwest is that there is always a need for a light jacket, and layering still is a thing. The jacket goes perfect with a simple jeans and white tank or tee, or can be dressed up with an LBD or white sundress. I paired mine with the top I made a few months ago, comfortable high-waist, cropped jeans, and a fancy bag and slides...of course, by my favorite high-end brand, Gucci. For fall I would add a black or white sweater and skinny jeans with boots. Patches and pins are still a trend that is going strong into the Fall/Winter 2017/18 season, especially rose embroidery and patches. My guess is this trend has some staying power because it is fun and whimsical and you can go subtle or fully-on board with embroidery, patches, and pins. It just depends on your personal comfort level as far as style is concerned. For similar styles, please see my the links below my outfit posts.

Similar styles for the Rose Jean Jacket...
Urban Outfitters
Nasty Gal

Wedding Season Style...

Tis the season for marital bliss! And awesome wedding guest outfits. June is wedding month, although for those of us that reside in the Pacific Northwest, June is a mixed bag as far as the weather is concerned. Ever hear of "June Gloom?" Well it's a thing here and is as real as it gets. So June usually isn't the top month of choice for local weddings. However, my friends took a chance against the normally dismal June weather, and had a lovely farm/barn wedding up in Whidbey Island on June 10th. I took the opportunity to plan for an appropriate outfit, but I'm tired of wearing the same old stand-by to my friend's weddings...the floral dress. Don't get me wrong, I love floral dresses, and dresses, and florals, but I wanted to mix it up and do something different for a change. Instead of buying a new outfit, I shopped my own closet (for once). I pulled out my fun ruffled white pants, and paired it with a nude off-shoulder top. I took some of my etsy-found enamel brooches and placed them on my blouse. Because the weather is so unpredictable in June in Seattle (hello 80 degrees and sunny one day, and 55 degrees and rain the next), I brought along my beige shawl coat that I had previously decorated with the floral brooches. I brought out my beloved Gucci Marmont bag, and added gold chunky heels and gold jewelry. Luckily for the bride and groom, the wedding and the weather turned out to be blissful. Xo Kelsey

Cheers to the Bride and Groom Kristi and Ehren!
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Gingham. Not Just for Picnics...

When you think of summer fashion, gingham usually isn't too far down the list. I mean who wouldn't want to look like a picnic table cloth or a bunch on printed paper plates? Ok, I get it. Gingham is most often associated with picnics ONLY, NOT fashion. But I think it's transition into stylish spring/summer collections over the last few years has finally reached staying power. It is fun, and festive and fits right in with the mood of this time of year, regardless if you are wearing it or dining on it. This top is especially on-trend with the flower and parrot sequin embellishments along with the fluttery sleeves and billow-y silhouette. I just couldn't pass up this adorable blouse at Zara a few weeks ago while in Honolulu. I paired it with a pair of patchwork jeans (another summer trend gaining steam), and adorable matching floral cage heels, also from Zara. This is a great get up to wear to an outdoor BBQ or dinner party...or even a picnic! Just loose the heals if you will be walking around in the grass...Heals and grass don't mix unless you are fine with your heels sinking into the ground! xo Kelsey

For similar styles, please visit my Witlee page