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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.

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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

Making a Statement with Ruffles...

I admit it. I love any type of feminine fashion; lace, floral prints, pastels, satin, ribbons, bows, sparkles, and yes, ruffles. I never would have thought mixing a very ruffly top with an equally ruffly pair of pants would not be completely overkill, but this look works. The striped pattern of the top and the plain solid white of the pants with silver accessories definitely goes together beautifully. The top can also be worn more casually with a pair of beat-up vintage jeans and casual slides. The pants can be paired with a patterned blouse or slogan tee. Of course I had to add my favorite spring boots to the mix from topshop along with my vintage silver clutch. For similar styles, please visit my Witlee page. xo Kelsey

Floral Kimono; A Closet Staple...

I admit it. I own about 5 kimonos, most of them in floral patterns. I've been collecting them for the last few years and they are one of my favorite closet staples that never seems to go out of style. The lovely thing about kimonos is you can wear them all year long. For warmer months I pair them with shorts, jeans and sandals or slides. In the colder months I wear them with a ribbed turtleneck sweater, skinny jeans and boots. It's great to mix up the look with a fun belt such as this vintage leather obi-wrap style, or a belt in the same shade as your shoes and bag to balance out your look. You can also wear kimonos open with a chic camisole or tank. This gorgeous kimono is from etsy (of course because I LOVE etsy!). I'm just over the moon with the blue hydrangea flower print! The silver boots are from Topshop and will go with many spring outfits (I'll also rock these in the fall and winter, because they are amazing and make me seriously happy) The high-waisted, cropped skinny jeans are Citizens of Humanity. I love this brand because it fits a more...ahem, "ample behind" than most other brands. I finished off this look with silver jewelry, including earrings I designed, and my white Saint Laurent "Blogger bag." Gotta love that name! xo Kelsey
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Transitioning into Spring with beige, the color that works all year long...

I really love beige! I know it can seem a bit boring, but this neutral goes with so many colors; from brights, to pastels, to other neutrals. This is why it works so well for year round style! For this outfit I paired this adorable beige coat with another favorite color of mine (white). Different tones of beige also work well together so it is always ok to pair a dark beige with a light beige, just as long and you don't mix in too many colors. Stick with one color such as white, light blue or pink, or even a neon color works beautifully with beige. Just avoid jewel tones...best to stick with black and metallics when playing with jewel tones as they can wash out beige and make it look dull. With this look I paired a white ruffled blouse with the long beige coat. I added on some adorable white and gold enamel floral brooches I found on etsy (I'm obsessed with etsy because I love unique and handmade) that I strategically pinned onto the wide lapel. The jeans I wore are high waisted, cropped, light wash from Citizen's of Humanity that I recently purchased at Nordstrom. I love how cropped jeans can go with boots OR sandals. My beige Gucci belt helped to balance the frilly white blouse with the denim. I'm really happy I invested in this belt because, well...it's beige and goes with SO MANY outfits, including jumpers and dresses. You will be seeing this belt on heavy rotation in my outfit posts going forward. Finally I dusted off my Loeffler Randall tassel strappy heels from last summer and grabbed my Gucci Dionysus to complete this look. XO Kelsey
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Do It Yourself Bomber Jacket with Vintage Brooches...

Strolling through Nordstrom one rainy Seattle day, I came across the most gorgeous Marc Jacobs coat from his Fall/Winter 2016 collection. The coat was a varsity bomber jacket complete with adorable little charms sewn on the front. I knew the jacket would be waaaaaaay out of my price range, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and do it myself! You can do it too!...1.) Purchase a low-cost bomber jacket from your favorite retailer. I found this burgundy satin bomber jacket for sale on necessaryclothing.com. 2.) Go on etsy.com and do a search for "vintage brooch lot." A bunch of fantastic choices of vintage brooches in various styles will come up in your search. I searched specifically for "gold brooch lot," but you can choose any type of brooches you like. I ordered two brooch lots along with some brooches that I purchased separately on etsy.com. 3.) Once the all brooches and jacket arrived, I laid the bomber jacket flat and placed the brooches on the jacket in a style to my liking, and then pinned away (as in pinning a brooch to my jacket, not pinning on Pintrest ;). Voila! An adorable Marc Jacobs knock-off bomber jacket, complete with vintage brooches that won't break the bank. I estimated I paid just under $100 for the jacket and all the brooches. Well worth the fun and compliments I've gotten from this DIY bomber jacket.