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Zara Got Me Like...

No really. I have the Zara bug and it's got me hard. I admit that I tried to stay away from Zara and the concept of "fast fashion," because honestly I not much into cheap quality, throw away, over-by-next-month trend clothing. I see it as frivolous and wasteful, and I'd much rather spend my hard earned money on something of better quality. I resisted Zara for a few years after it's ubiquitous arrival in the Pacific Northwest. Not surprisingly, the PNW seemed like the last place for Zara's arrival. The Spanish retailer obviously had been doing well around the world, so it was only a matter of time before it made it's way to our rainy city. The first Zara store in the Seattle area opened in downtown Seattle. Not exactly the place I go to shop. I prefer free parking or sitting on my butt in sweatpants on my computer, clicking my mouse and waiting a few days for the package to arrive. Even though I love fashion, shopping on foot, especially in a noisy, wet city, really isn't my thing. But when Zara opened in Bellevue where the old J.C. Penny used to be, and my friend drug me in there, I was immediately sold. I guess I was expecting another H&M, but in Zara I found more fashion forward finds, as opposed to watered down versions of the latest runway fashions. I could tell that Zara designers don't copy other designers, but they do take the trends and make them their own and unique. I admire that about Zara. This outfit is made almost entirely of Zara finds, with the exceptions of the shoes, bag, jewelry, and beret. The beret I scored on Asos.com, one of my other favorite fashion forward websites that doesn't break the bank and always has unique items. This entire outfit minus the non-Zara items cost less than $250. I love the simple plaid pants with the high-waist (a favorite pant style of mine). The sparkling "Femme" shirt goes perfect with all the feminist motif fashions out there at the moment. And the jacket...THIS jacket! It's one of my favorite pieces I've bought this year. Not only is it stylish, it's also incredibly warm, which always comes in handy during these next few dark, wet, and cold months here in Seattle. I'm going to do my best to stay out of Zara because it's one of those stores that sucks you in and leaves you with some gorgeous new clothing you (probably) don't need. Zara...I'll see you this spring for a revisit to see what you have for the new season. For now, I'll do my best to stay away from you and keep my wallet hidden from your temping clothes. Xo -Kelsey

All items by Zara except...
Beret by Asos
Bag by Saint Laurent
Shoes by Topshop

The Perfect Floral Blouse for Fall...

Many stylish people have a specific go-to print of choice that might include plaid, polka-dots (another one of my favorites), or cheetah/leopard print. Mine is floral prints. "Hi I'm Kelsey, and I'm a floral-print addict." I can't even keep them clear of my closet in the fall or winter! You can take all the solid-colors, plaids, leopard, or whatever your favorite print or non print of choice might be, but please don't deprive me of my florals! I will find a way to incorporate floral prints into my fall/winter wardrobe, and this blouse just makes it all too easy. The blouse by Australian label Spell & The Gypsy Collective, caught my eye immediately, as it is splashed with a beautiful floral print in shades of yellow and orange that more resemble the changing fall leaves, as opposed to the typical floral garment that is normally adorned in pastels and bright colors. With this blouse I can still get away with wearing floral print, while sporting a classic fall color pallet. The finishing touch includes these awesome side-ruffle jeans by Citizen's of Humanity, my classic gucci GG belt, and my Gucci Marmont bag and fringe slides. It's still not cold enough to pack away mules and slides, so I'll hang onto them until my it's strictly time for closed toe shoes. Once that happens I would pair this outfit with nude boots and add a faux fur cream vest. The blouse also won't be packed away with much of my fall/winter wardrobe come spring, as it will work beautifully with white pants or shorts for warmer weather seasons. Xo Kelsey

Transitioning Summer's Lace Tops, into Autumn...

So white lace tops have pretty much been dominating the style set for the last few seasons. This year showed no slowing down in this flattering trend that is now at classic status. Now that we are finally having a cool down in the weather and fall is in the air, it feels right to pack away summer's white lace tops. But you don't have to do it! Your white lace tops can still be worn for fall and winter and this includes long or short sleeves, and even sleeveless styles. You can layer them over a black or white matching turtleneck (as long as the lace top isn't too fitted), or incorporate them into your layering routine which is always a great option for the colder months ahead. Even though I don't show you how to layer my sleeveless white top below, it's easy to add a black leather jacket or sweater (or both) into this look. Click here for another way I've styled a lace top. The white lace top can also be fancied-up with a pleated skirt in satin or velvet, or dressed down with jeans and boots. I like to incorporate whimsical touches to my outfits, like this adorable Gucci inspired bow-brooch with white flower I found from a fantastic independent designer on etsy. She makes them in other colors too! I'm still seeing white lace blouses in style for spring of 2018 so it's never a waste to purchase a few in different styles and sleeve lengths, because this popular garment definitely has strong staying power for many seasons ahead! xo, Kelsey

Blouse by Chicwish
Brooch by Olga Re on Etsy
Bag by Saint Laurent
Pants by Asos
Shoes by Tory Burch
Bracelets by Hermes and J.Crew

Jean Jacket with Pearl Embellishments...

Jean jackets are such a huge style maker for 2017 and they are so easy to layer, dress up, or wear casually all year long. As opposed to years past, this year's popular style of jean jackets have included fun design elements including embellishments like pearls, embroidery, and patches. Back in June I posted my other adorable jean jacket that features embroidered rose patches. I didn't stop there with that jacket, and found myself drooling yet again over this pearl embellished style. It features a longer bodice that my other jean jacket with a more deconstructed fabrication, which toughens up the feminine pearls and rhinestones.

Every time I've worn this jean jacket out on the town I get stopped and asked, "OMG! Is that THE jean jacket from Pinterest?!" No, that one is high-end designer, probably Givenchy or Balmain, or something that costs waaaaaay too much to even consider. Lucky for me, I was able to snag this knock-off version on Asos for less than $200. Of course it sold out the day after I bought it. Popular items can go very fast on Asos, something I've learned quickly. That is why, a few times each week, I check the Asos app for their newest arrivals. In my last blog post I wore a Missguided lace kimono that also sold out in a day. Sadly, this jacket had the same fate. Hopefully the designer River Island will produce a some more of these so people can get their hands on this gorgeous jacket. For now, I'll just feel lucky that I have it in my collection. It's going to be a great layering item to wear all year long. Another reason why I didn't hesitate to click and buy as soon as I laid my eyes on it. xo -Kelsey

Jacket by River Island on Asos
Jeans by GAP
White peplum top by Lulu's
Shoes by Steve Madden
Vintage silver clutch

Birthday Style...

Another year older, another year wiser is what they say! I'd say I've become more wise in my fashion choices, and as I age my style has become more mature and refined, but I still love something on-trend regardless of my age. Gone are the days of low rise jeans and belly-baring crop tops, which was the outfit of choice in the 2000s when I was in my 20s. My style was on point for that time as I got my looks from the influences of "it" girls such as Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Although crop tops are back, we now see them worn with a high waist, which covers most of the belly. This is SO MUCH MORE acceptable for someone like me that is in the dawn of their 30s. Thank God for trends that are age inclusive!

But strange insecurities about what I should be wearing are starting to sneak in. I'm even having thoughts of..."Maybe I'm too old to be wearing shorts" and "Can I pull off a bodysuit at my age?" My choices are more strategic than they used to be, but I'm in a weird place of growing more mature with my style choices, while also throwing caution to the wind and just wearing what I love despite my age (and 15lbs-plus I've added onto my physique since my 20s). For this outfit I style a crop top, high-waisted shorts (yes shorts!), and a beautiful lace kimono that covers up most of my insecure bits. I don't feel like I need to run and change because I might be showing some cellulite or a bit of waist chub. Kimonos can hid these things! Yeay! The lace is a bit more revealing, but distracts enough so that you won't see the parts I'd rather not show to the world. This outfit makes me feel beautiful, wise, and young! I might be almost 40 but I can still wear shorts and a crop top if I'm smart about how I style it. The kimono is a life saver and game changer for women of all ages! I now have 5 of them in various styles and lengths that I take with me on my travels and will be layering with sweaters and boots for fall. With kimonos, you just can't go wrong at any age or shape! xo Kelsey

Kimono by Missguided, shorts by Zara, Crop top by Asos, Shoes by Loeffler Randall, Bag by Gucci, Bracelets by Hermes and J.Crew

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

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Ted Baker Kimono

We all have that item in our closet that stand out above the rest. For me it's my collection of floral kimonos. I recently added another one to my collection from Ted Baker that also doubles as a scarf. While shopping with my boyfriend in Honolulu, we stopped into the Ted Baker store at Ala Moana Center to look at some warm weather shirts for him. Of course I strayed over to the women's section and spotted this gorgeous scarf kimono. It was the print that drew me in...butterflies, birds, and flowers in gorgeous blues, and purples. Yes please! Although I walked away from it initially, I couldn't stop thinking about it, so I came back and bought it. Now it is proudly displayed in my closet, hanging were I can see it every day. The mirrored print is so beautiful it's like a work of art! For kimonos I like to pair them with comfortable jeans like these vintage wide legs, and a simple white cotton tank for comfort. I added some abalone jewelry from House of Harlow and my fabulous Loeffler Randall slides, which are getting a lot more wear now that the sun is out. See my other kimono blog post here. xo Kelsey

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Ruffles for Days...

Ok I know. I have a bit of an obsession with everything remotely feminine. I. Love. Ruffles. Can't get enough of them! So when I saw this blouse on a fellow fashion blogger, I hunted it down and bought it pronto! This top is not for the faint of heart for many reasons...it takes a bit of skill with an iron or steamer, and it doesn't pair with a jacket. So I saved it for the warmth of spring and summer months. It can easily be dressed down with denim, but I opted for these very comfortable gold lame pants from Anthropologie. These pants are going to be perfect for traveling because they are comfortable, light, and packable. No worries on wrinkling, these pants keep their shape! To dress down the pants I will most likely pair them with a white crop top and low heels or flats. The pants will also be a perfect transition into fall fashion and can be worn with a chunky cream sweater. I'll leave the crazy ruffle top at home for my trip to Germany & Prague this summer, but the pants are coming with me! xo Kelsey

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D.I.Y. Pearl Trackpants & Rose Applique Blouse...

When you can't find something you want (or can't afford it), why not just make it yourself? I few months back I came across a gorgeous fashion editorial of Jennifer Aniston wearing a pair of track pants that had pearls down the stripe of the pants. Genius! Now where can I buy those? Knowing that the pants probably were out of my budget (they were), I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a similar pair myself. It's not at all hard to sew on a bunch of pearls to pants, so I found a cheap pair of track pants at Forever21 and hunted down the perfect pearl beads on Etsy. Once the beads arrived, I strategically placed each bead about 4 inches apart and hand-sewed them onto the stripe of the pants. The whole project probably took me about a 1/2 hour. For the blouse I found an adorable off-shoulder blouse online and also searched Etsy for the perfect rose embroidery patches. A lot of these are the type of patches can be ironed onto cotton fabric, but I opted to hand sew these roses on myself. The blouse did take a bit more time because I had to pin down the roses to keep them secure while I sewed. During this sewing project I binged-watched Stranger Things, so I recommend some form of entertainment while you sew because it can be time consuming, but also very therapeutic. I didn't plan for the pants and blouse to go together, but magically they do and I love this outfit! I added my Saint Laurent heart bag and spiked Louboutins for the finishing touch! xo Kelsey

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Channeling the Early 70s with Bell Bottom Jeans...

Everyone has a favorite decade of the past for different nostalgic reasons, but I have many favorite decades of the past century in relation to fashion, one of them being the 1970s! The early 1970s started with a strong influence from the Hippie culture. And LOTS. OF. BROWN. (and orange...ick!) Let's just leave the orange and brown in the 70s where it belongs! As most people are aware, the bell bottom is the quintessential iconic clothing item from the 1970s. It faded out in the early 80s (hello mom jeans and peg legs!), but found it's way back in the alternative culture of the 1990s, only to fade out once again in the mid 2000s (insert skinny jeans here). In the last few seasons we have been seeing a return to the wide-leg, bell bottom style, although with a higher rise which gives it a much more 1970s authenticity than the comeback of the 90s which included a much lower rise...butt cracks and thongs were seen everywhere! I have a vivid early 2000s memory of girls sitting in the living room of my sorority and seeing a litany of ass-cracks. With denim and pant trends literally on the rise (as in a higher rise THANK GOD), I am finding it less difficult to track down high-rise bell bottoms that are more flattering for us gals with shapely bums. I paired the bell bottoms from Showmeyourmumu.com with a frilly crop top from Asos.com. For accessories I added my Jimmy Choo round sunglasses, my Gucci Marmont beige belt, and my Gucci Dionysus chain bag. But no bell bottoms would be complete without platform shoes! The shoes are strappy espadrille wedges from Splendid and are very comfortable and walk-able. I love shoes with a wide base of support because you can actually walk in them! Hope you enjoyed my blast from the past style updated for 2017. To find similar styles, please visit my Witlee page. xo Kelsey