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In Outfits on
May 23, 2017

Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Trends: Dress Edition

StyleWe floral dress

There are so many fun fashion trends this spring and summer season that it can get overwhelming. Which ones will look best on me? Which trends should I avoid? And then the age-old dilemma: What might look great on a size 0 model in magazines might not translate as well into our every day lives and onto our “real” bodies.

But no worries – I tested the top dress trends and am sharing my must-have dresses of this spring and summer season with you. All dresses in this series are approved for style and wearability – may it be a special occasion or just a trip to the grocery store. Looking trendy this season is a cinch with these gorgeous dresses.

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Spring/Summer Fashion Trend No. 1 : Ruffles and Flounces

This trend is hands down my favorite this fashion season as it allows us to be feminine and flirty at the same time. Everywhere you look you can find ruffles attached to almost any clothing item right now, ruffled tops, dresses, and even bottoms.

Ruffles and flounces are such a fun addition to your wardrobe because they add a touch of airiness and playfulness to any outfit, if used in moderation. However, it is easy to go overboard with this trend and ending up looking like a Flamenco dancer – not a good look unless you have the dance skills to back it. Hence, it is crucial to keep the rest of the outfit sleek and simple, and let the ruffled piece be the showstopper. Another fun way of wearing this trend is with menswear-inspired pieces, such as a pinstripe blazer. Mixing feminine style with a masculine touch creates an interesting balance for an outfit.

The dress I chose from StyleWe is a great example how a little flounce can go a long way. The double layered bell sleeves and the slightly ruffled hem add movement and just the right amount of femininity to the dress. I also enjoy the material as it is light enough to move with every step, which makes it oh so fun to wear and twirl in.

Spring/Summer Fashion Trend No. 2 : Florals from head to toe

Another spring trend is the dress pattern – florals for spring! Groundbreaking, I know. But why reinvent the wheel? Florals are a classic staple and the black background provides a sophisticated chicness to the otherwise playful pattern.

While the dress makes a statement, the accessories are kept to a minimum by adding open-toe booties and a glam pair of tassel earrings to the outfit.

I hope the ruffles and flounce trend will stick around for a while, as it is truly one of the most fun fashion trends to follow! And stay tuned for the next fashion trends coming up in a future post!

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A huge thank you to Shaun Turley Photography and Victoria West Photography.

DISCLOSURE:  This post was sponsored by StyleWe, but THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED HERE ARE MY OWN.

In Outfits on
April 19, 2017

How to Wear Non-Maternity Clothing when Pregnant

Maternity Fashion

As my previous posts suggest, I am quite the bargain shopper and hate spending money on clothing without versatility or multiple uses. Therefore, I remember cringingly buying maternity clothes when I was pregnant with my son seven years ago. Knowing that my investment will be short lived before I stash the outfits far, far away, I didn’t see the use in purchasing many maternity clothes.

Not much has changed the second time around. Except a couple of maternity jeans and TWO maternity tops, I managed to utilize my existing wardrobe for pregnancy outfits. I also purchased new items, but instead of shopping for maternity clothes, I stuck to items that I can wear throughout my pregnancy and afterwards, as well.

Partnering up with Seattle Goodwill, I want to show how you can avoid buying a whole new maternity wardrobe by staying in your regular clothing much longer than you would expect. If you ask me, it makes perfect sense to shop at a thrift/consignment shop, or even better at Goodwill, for maternity clothing. Since the items are almost brand new because they were worn for only a few months, expecting moms can take advantage of the low prices and save their money for the many baby expenses.

Here are some tips on how to turn your wardrobe into pregnancy-friendly outfits by stretching it through nine pregnancy months:

  1.  Make stretchy fabrics your best friend! It may seem counterintuitive, but dressing your preggo body in close-fitting clothes is actually flattering. Don’t make the mistake of buying clothes two sizes up because the rest of your body stays (mostly) the same after giving birth and your arms won’t grow, I promise. Instead stick with bodycon and knit dresses that show off your baby bump in all its glory and give you room to grow. There will come a point during every pregnancy when it becomes impossible to camouflage it anyway, so why not make it the focal point?
  2. Get yourself a pant extender! It’s a couple of bucks well spent, when you can literally stretch your favorite jeans and pants; at least for a few months. The only thing to consider is to wear long, preferably flowy tops to make sure you don’t flash anyone due to the open zipper.
  3. Speaking of flowy tops…and long sweaters and tunics. Buy them, wear them, cherish them! They will become your go-to pieces to change up your maternity style from casual to dressy and everything in between.
  4. Accessorize your outfits! Who said pregnant women can’t have fun with fashion trends? I am totally obsessed with the current velvet trend and hunted a pair of merlot velvet booties down that are not only fashionable, but also comfortable. Mamas, we can have it all! Just make sure your booties or shoes have a stacked, lower heel for comfort and no trend is safe!
  5. Throw on a leather jacket, faux or genuine, to pull your outfit together and give it more edge. Don’t mind the fact that you can’t zip it up. Jackets have become purely decorative at this point. Long vests are a chic alternative to leather jackets, and can be even more flattering for pregnant curves.

And here are a few wardrobe staples that you simply must get from the maternity department. For an inexpensive alternative, check out Goodwill’s maternity section for some amazing finds:

– black tights/pantyhose are lifesavers for hiding all those pesky spider and varicose veins pregnant women are “blessed” with

– one or two great pair of jeans that you will live in. Now is the time to splurge, if you feel like it! You can’t put a value on a great fitting pair of maternity pants that don’t slide off, don’t cut your belly off, and look amazing on you. It might take some time to find the perfect pair, but when you do, life will become much better.

– maternity leggings to wear with your plethora of non-maternity long tops and sweaters

Enjoy this special time, ladies, and have fun dressing your baby bumps!!!

 

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||Black knit dress: Calvin Klein c/o Seattle Goodwill | Tan peplum faux leather jacket: similar  | Burgundy velvet booties: Steve Madden Cynthia Velvet Booties |  Yellow cross-body bag: c/o Coach 1941 Dinky Crossbody in Glovetanned Leather | Black tights: H&M Mama 2-Pack Tights 40 Denier | Blue velvet dress: c/o Seattle Goodwill | Silver neck collar: c\o Seattle Goodwill | Plaid blouse: Plaid Pintuck Long Sleeve Shirt | Black moto faux leather jacket: similar | Black booties: H&M Ankle Boots ||

Thank you to  VICTORIA WEST PHOTOGRAPHY and SHAUN TURLEY PHOTOGRAPHY FOR CAPTURING THESE PHOTOGRAPHS.

DISCLOSURE:  This post was sponsored by Seattle Goodwill, but THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED HERE ARE MY OWN.

 

 

In Outfits on
April 19, 2017

Laura Britt Shoes

Every once in a while you find a clothing item that is flawless. I am talking about the perfect combination of looks and comfort that you will be wearing until it is old and torn. You know instantaneously that it will be your favorite item in your closet and your ride or die through the season.

Of course, such an anomaly doesn’t come along very often, but I found it in a pair of Laura Britt shoes. Not only are these lace-ups – the Midcentury Atomic, to be exact – super cute, but I can also wear them with a variety of outfits. From a casual t-shirt and jeans look to a girly sundress (as in this video here), the possibilities are endless.  And let’s not forget the affordable price of $39.99!

Now, let me tell you a bit about the comfort: Before I tried this pair of Laura Britt shoes, I was convinced that every pair of lace-up sneakers feels about the same on your feet. I was so wrong! As soon as you slide your foot into the shoe, you notice the padded foot liner, and even tongue and collar. Comfort was so integral in the making of this shoe that elastic side bands were added for more slip-on ease, so you don’t have to untie the shoes every time.

Every pair of Laura Britt shoes was carefully crafted with the wearer’s comfort and style in mind.  This is not where my love for this local Seattle company stops, however, as there is even more goodness! By buying a pair of Laura Britt shoes the net profits are donated to Young Life Ministry, as well as to Cleveland Clinic for vascular research.

The owner, Helen Little, went through a life-changing battle with a rare disease that inspired her to create Laura Britt and give back to the community that means so much to her. I have had the opportunity of meeting this amazing woman behind the shoe brand and hear her motivation and joy for what she does. Please read Helen’s inspiring story here to find out for yourself!

Take a look at the fabulous collection below, which has something for every taste. And with the football season around the corner, why not snag a pair of the Seahawks – blue and green colored espadrilles? I know I will.

Make sure to also check out the fun commercial I collaborated with your favorite Seattle fashion bloggers 🙂  Watch the commercials here and here!

It is time to invest in lives … step by step!

xoxo,

 

Olga

 

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Vintage Susan

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Malibu Hadley

Thank you to the amazing talent of Erin from Lyrel Productions!

 

DISCLOSURE:  Laura Britt Shoes GRACIOUSLY PROVIDED ME WITH PRODUCT FOR REVIEW. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED HERE ARE MY OWN.

 

In My Stella & Dot, Outfits on
April 19, 2017

Delicate Statement Necklaces

One question that I always hear as a Stella & Dot stylist is about my own favorite jewelry pieces. So today I want to show you some of my all time favorite accessories that I can’t live without.

I love big statement necklaces and the way they can transform even the most bland outfits. However, as they can be cumbersome to wear all day, I usually prefer delicate jewelry on the daily. Cue, my favorite delicate statement necklaces!
Just as big statement necklaces, their smaller cousins pack a big punch, but are much smaller and easier to wear. Another advantage of delicate necklaces is that they don’t overpower petite ladies, and still have a great impact on the outfit.

Here I am sharing my two favorite delicate necklaces that I simply don’t want to take off:

The gold plated Stone Tile Necklace with hand-set lapis stones is a stunner dressed up or down. Wear it with a neutral colored shirt for a casual look, or pair it with a royal blue lace top as I did for the biggest impact.

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I adore how the different shades of blue complement each other, while the sparkle adds just the right amount of glam to this beauty. But my favorite part about this micro-mosaic necklace is its 2-in-1 versatility: By detaching the bottom pendant it converts into a more subtle arc necklace, and gives you even more ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe.

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|| Gold Ring: Turquoise Stacked Ring | Ear Studs: Deja Vu Stone Studs in turquoise | Gold Cuffs: Turquoise Stone Cuff and Diamante Cuff ||

The second delicate statement necklace is a silver-plated collar necklace, with the perfectly fitting name “Swag”. The modern and sleek style can match a variety of  outfits, while always adding an understated elegance. A semi-precious howlite triangle shaped drop makes this show-stopper even more special.

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Since these necklaces are so delicate, there is little risk of “overdoing” it with accessories. Thus, I like to finish my jewelry look with silver hoop earrings and a bracelet stack, as I am sporting the “Swag” collar.

When wearing the Stone Tile necklace, I love picking up the turquoise color and match with the same color ring and studs. But, of course, it is always a chic choice to let the necklace speak on its own.

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 ||Silver Hoop Earrings: Stella & Dot  Isadora Hoops | Silver Ring: Pave Chevron Ring | Silver Bracelets: Arrison Stretch Bracelet and Inspiration Bangle – Blessed | Leather Wrap: Sierra Double Wrap Bracelet | Cross-Body Bag/ Clutch: Waverly Petite in black ||

All jewelry pieces and the cross body bag can be found in my Stella & Dot online shop right here and under the provided links.

For my local readers, I also offer complimentary style sessions, during which you get to try on all the goodies yourself, and even invite your girlfriends! Contact me to set up a style session in the Seattle/Tacoma/Puget Sound area.

For more styles and updates on flash sales etc., like my Facebook page www.facebook.com/stelladotolgaevans

 

BIG THANK YOU TO SHAUN TURLEY PHOTOGRAPHY!

 

In Outfits on
April 19, 2017

Let it Snow-Boots!

Northside Kathmandu snow boots

Northside Kathmandu snow boots||Poncho: Forever 21 Stripe Fringe Poncho  (on SALE now!) | Leggings: Salar Legging in black | Pom-Pom beanie: similar and similar | Snow Boots: c\o Northside Kathmandu Snow Boots | Rose-gold Necklace: Stella&Dot Tiered Lariat Necklace ||

I am so excited about all the snow we are getting in the mountains here in Washington! A couple of weekends ago we made a short trip up to Stevens Pass and had the best time playing in the snow! We brought along a sled for the little one and just had a blast!

I adore the snow, but the inevitable cold that comes with it, I can do without. Nobody enjoys frozen toes and red cherry noses are cute on Santa only .

Lucky for me, I was wearing my Northside Kathmandu Snow Boots and did not have to worry about the freezing temperatures. Throughout the whole day my feet stayed nice and toasty, even when we were stomping through knee high snow at one point. The waterproof suede and fluffy fur lining kept me warm in frigid Cascade weather (rated to a scary -25 degrees F; not that I ever want to experience those kind of temperatures)!

The best part about the Northside Kathmandu Snow Boots is that my feet felt comfortable all day long, which is not a small deal when it comes to boots.  Heavy duty snow boots usually trade in comfort for functionality and durability. Fortunately, that is not the case with my Northside Kathmandu Snow Boots! Also, I did not even have to break them in because they are comfy from day 1.

Not that I have to mention it, but I am anyway:  they look flipping adorable!!! I see myself wearing them to all outdoor events this season, from the New Year’s Eve fireworks show to weekend trips to the mountains.

Based in Marysville, Washington, Northside is an independent, family owned and operated business with a mission to create product that allows us to get outside and enjoy all nature has to offer.  Northside footwear offers the features and quality of higher-priced brands, without the high price tag.

Saving on money without giving up quality? Sign me up. My son and husband are up next for some snow boots and I am so happy that Northside offers amazing footwear not only for women, but for the whole family.

My Northside Kathmandu Snow Boots are available at Fred Meyer Stores and many other retailers in our neighborhood, and also on Amazon !!!

I saved the best for last: Northside is generously offering a pair of Northside Kathmandu Snow Boots to one of my followers!

Find out all the details about this awesome giveaway on my Instagram page! Make sure to enter and you might be the next lucky lady with cozy toes 😉 The giveaway is closed. Thank you to everyone participating!

Stay warm, friends!

 

xoxo,

 

Olga

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A huge thank you to Shaun Turley Photography and Victoria West Photography without who this trip wouldn’t have been half as fun and beautiful!!!

 

 

In Outfits on
April 19, 2017

Rainy Day Outfit

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The rain is an inevitable part of spring time here in the Pacific Northwest.  I, and most Seattleites, have a love hate relationship with rain: I enjoy grey, gloomy days spent cuddled up at home, but quickly grow tired of my entire life being limited to inside activities. This is the conundrum we face every year. Do I go outside and be miserable in the rain or do I lock myself in the house? I believe, there is a 3rd, better option!

I partnered up with Fred Meyer to show you a Rainy Day Outfit that can withstand even the Pacific Northwest dreariness.

Enjoying a day in the rain, your outfit needs to be comfortable, and nothing says comfort to me than a great pair of jeans. The Levi’s jeans I picked up at Freddy’s are perfect, from the comfortable mid rise to just the right amount of stretch. I owned a pair of Levi’s 501s back in middle school that I absolutely adored, and I still feel the same about my new pair of Levi’s. Quality truly never goes out of style, and under $40 it is the best deal I have seen in ages!

I paired my new jeans with a cozy long sleeve shirt in my favorite color, green. But if green is not your thing, no worries because Fred Meyer offers similar shirts in every color imaginable. I knew Freddy’s was a great place to get groceries, but I was amazed at all the clothing I was able to find at my local store as well.

The most crucial part of a rainy day outfit has to be a good pair of rain boots, or galoshes, if you prefer. I was immediately head over heels for this cheery pair of Western Chief rain boots, as soon as I saw them on the shelf. Frankly, it was not easy to pick a favorite pair of boots because of the huge selection my Fred Meyer store offers. But in the end, the fun blossoms on the rubber boots won me over.

I realize that locals are turning up their noses at my umbrella right at this moment.  That is because “real” Seattleites don’t own such preposterous knickknacks. I get it, but let’s be real… everybody needs a good umbrella, and this one has a fun bubble shape. I don’t use an umbrella on a daily basis, but sometimes you just want to avoid dealing with the frizz your hair turns into under a hoodie, ya know?

I can see myself wearing this outfit to many occasions in the near future, from Easter egg hunts and farm visits to the upcoming Skagit Tulip Festival. And a little drizzle is definitely not going to ruin the fun this time.

Stay dry, loves!

 

|| Jeans: Levi’s Women’s Mid Rise Skinny Jeans | Umbrella: ShedRain® Bubble Auto Open and Close Stick Umbrella | Necklace: Stella&Dot New Moon Necklace | Charm Necklace: Stella&Dot Soho Charm Horseshoe CharmDelicate Chain | Gold Pave Cuff: Stella&Dot Diamante Cuff | Leather Wrap Bracelet: Stella&Dot Sierra Double Wrap Bracelet | Signet Ring: Stella&Dot Signature Engravable Signet Ring ||

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Disclosure:  Fred Meyer graciously provided me with product to try and review and the opinions expressed here are my own. 

Huge thank you to Shaun Turley Photography!

 

In Outfits on
April 19, 2017

ThredUp Spring Dress

Having the Gracious’ Spring Fling Soiree (find all the details about the Spring Fling here) coming up, I needed a classy, but fun dress to wear. I have heard so many good things about ThredUp, so this was the perfect opportunity to shop the online consignment shop.

After browsing on the website, I decided on this gorgeous Betsey Johnson silk dress that was 80% off retail, bringing the price to under $35! Besides scoring an amazing deal, I also carried the vintage theme on by wearing a thrifted dress to a vintage furnishings store event. Perfect!

I love the classic A-line silhouette of this dress and its sweetheart neckline.  The cute pink and green floral pattern truly pops on the black silk, as it strikes the perfect balance between sweet and daring.  I wore this dress with a black faux leather jacket (not pictured) and pink suede lace-up sandals, which picked up the pink from the dress pattern.

A soiree is not the only event I can see myself wearing this Betsey Johnson dress to, as I would wear this dress to a summer wedding with some sparkly jewelry, or a jeans jacket for a casual dinner date. In the cooler months, I would pair the silk  dress with black tights and a wool cardigan to transition it into my fall and winter wardrobe. The possibilities seem endless and I am excited to incorporate this gem of a dress into my outfit rotation.

ThredUP is the largest online consignment and thrift store and makes it incredibly easy to refresh your wardrobe on a budget. The way it works is you browse their huge inventory of brand name clothing, and accessories, which are up to 90% off the original price. Once you picked your items online, ThredUp sends them to your doorstep in the cutest dotted packaging.

And if you think we are talking about moth-eaten, out-of-date silk blouses with shoulder pads, think again! Each item is hand inspected and certified for quality, which assures that only the best clothing items are offered to you, meaning if an item doesn’t meet the highest quality standards, ThredUp won’t accept it. All items are “Practically New,” which means that they are free of ANY defect and function just as they did when they were originally purchased. And since ThredUp wants you to love your purchase, it even offers a return policy, in case your clothing does not fit perfectly. Try to return something to your local thrift store, I dare you!

Besides the great value and excellent customer service, what I appreciate the most about ThredUp is their commitment to sustainability. Buying and reselling used high-quality clothing relieves that recycling guilt we all have by lightening our family’s carbon-footprint. Moreover, ThredUp encourages us to live in a more collective, sharing economy and become a more conscious consumer one order at a time.

Happy online thrifting!!

xoxo,

Olga

 

Thank you to my doll, Victoria West Photography, for capturing these photographs.

Disclosure:  ThredUp graciously provided me with product credit for review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

 

In Outfits on
April 19, 2017

Cocoon Coat – the Fall Must-Have

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||Cocoon Coat: Topshop Amelia Slouch Coat | Shirt: Emerald Cuff (sold out) | Jeggings: Black High Waisted Distressed Knee Jean Leggings | Shoes: Loslandifen Shoes | Necklace: Stella&Dot Aria Pendant Necklace ||

Every woman has those few staples in her wardrobe that make her feel warm and cozy: The perfect knit sweater, a big fluffy scarf to hide in on those dreary February days, or a great pair of riding boots.

In my case, I need a coat that I can rely on to wear anytime, anywhere and with everything. I have owned many coats in my life time, from classic wool coats to double breasted trench coats. So this season, I chose a slouchy cocoon coat from Topshop as my ride and die for the winter months.

The name of the cocoon coat alone emanates a feeling of protection and comfort, something that I ultimately seek for when the days are getting colder. And this coat definitely lives up to its name. With its relaxed fit and oversized collar, it is the perfect addition to any winter outfit.

Although, the cocoon coat is universally flattering, I would like to share a few tricks how to look your best in it:

  1. Wear sleek bottoms – Balance the coat’s slouchy fit with a pair of jeggings or your favorite pencil skirt
  2. Wear high heels – Elongate your legs by wearing high heels, unless you have modelesque long legs, of course
  3. Wear layered tops – Take advantage of the extra room underneath your cocoon coat and layer shirts, blouses, and sweaters to your heart’s content

And most importantly, cuddle up in your warm new coat with a cup of hot coffee, while braving the cold outside!

 

xo,

Olga

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Here are a few more cocoon coats that I am currently obsessed with!

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A big Thank you to Victoria West Photography and Shaun Turley Photography!!!

 

In Outfits on
April 19, 2017

Fringe Leather Skirt

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and we have a bazillion of family gatherings, work parties, and Holiday gatherings to attend. Unless it is an Ugly sweater party, the outfit choices are vast. This is one of the few times where sparkles and sequins during daytime are not frowned upon. As much fun as a glam look can be, I want to show a comfy and versatile alternative to all the red, green, and gold combos.

Black and white is a timeless classic,  but the fringe leather skirt really mixes things up. I am utterly obsessed with anything fringe right now, so this mini skirt is right up my alley! As you can see, I had a blast just twirling around in it (like a goof) and can even imagine hitting the dance floor in it.  I paired the faux leather skirt with a white oversize sweater and some black booties to make the outfit more casual and also warm, to be honest.  Of course, you could wear this skirt with a cute sparkly top or a blouse and add some high heels to make this look more evening appropriate. That is why I love this skirt so much – it is so versatile and fun!

Now, here is my favorite part: This whole outfit is under $100!!! And you can mix and match the items with everything else in your wardrobe. Looks like a win win in my book!

Enjoy the holiday season in style, dear friends!

 

Olga

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||Sweater: Express London Tunic Sweater (on SALE right now!)|  Leather Skirt: H&M Skirt with Fringe | Booties: H&M Ankle Boots | Necklace: Stella&Dot Aria Pendant Necklace | Bracelet: Stella&Dot Jacinthe Bracelet (sold out)||

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|| Plaid Shirt Dress: Emerald Cuff Kensington Collection | Boots: Sam Edelman Penny Boot | Similar Jacket: Zara Biker Jacket | Similar Booties: H&M Ankle Boots | Silver Ring: Stella&Dot Rebel Ring | Silver Earrings: Emerald Cuff Kensington Collection ||

It is Wednesday morning and my alarm rings. As I am sluggishly making my way out of bed, reality sets in. Get my son out of bed, prepare breakfast, get him dressed, remind my husband where his car keys are, remember to bring this week’s “show and tell”, brush my son’s teeth…did I even brush mine this morning? Shoot, it’s already past 8?!?! And out the door we tumble.

I’m sure many of you can relate to the daily morning chaos, being a mom or not. Having 527 thoughts race through your mind at once doesn’t leave much room for dressing myself as fashionable as I would like, and I end up sporting the usual mom uniform, yoga pants and an over-sized sweater. This is where Emerald Cuff saves the day. Being busy Seattle moms themselves, the ladies behind Emerald Cuff understand the struggle. Therefore, they created an online boutique with one single mission – to make it simple for incredibly busy moms and women to look and feel their best.

Instead of walking up and down crowded malls, or browsing endless online shops, Emerald Cuff does the leg work for us. The founders, Erin D., Maria, and Erin O. hand-pick fashion collections that are released monthly in limited numbers and always have the modern on-the-go woman in mind. Each collection includes an outfit item paired with an exclusive handcrafted jewelry item and a bonus style piece as a gift. All we have to do is pick a collection and it will be delivered to our front door. Can’t get much easier than that!

Part of the Kensington Collection is this beautiful plaid shirt dress, which I paired with my favorite pair of boots and some knee-high socks for warmth. I felt comfortable and stylish at the same time, and plan on wearing this exact outfit to many occasions, from shopping trips to parent-teacher conferences. Also, let’s take a minute to acknowledge how “Seattle” this outfit is…I can’t think of any more appropriate outfit to sip your coffee in!

In order to take this dress up a notch for date night or cocktails with your gals, I added a faux leather jacket and black booties. I think it looks cute and a little bit of sexy, which is a great mix, if you ask me. This shirt dress is so incredibly versatile that I see myself wearing it on repeat this season, paired with a sweater, or even my fave staple, black leggings.

The jewelry item included in the Kensington Collection was this gorgeous pair of sterling silver earrings, and I am so smitten with them! Their beauty is obvious, but they are also feather light that I don’t even notice them throughout the day. My favorite part, however, is that they were handcrafted with labradorites by Sara Preston, a jewelry designer working exclusively with Emerald Cuff. Every item in the jewelry collections is meticulously crafted with artisan materials such as real stone and gems, from her Boulder Co workshop.

I have to mention the high quality of the clothes and jewelry I noticed, and am looking forward to wearing these pieces for a long time.

If you are a busy, stylish woman and love supporting women entrepreneurs as much as I do, give Emerald Cuff a try with this 15% discount exclusively for my readers: BLISS  The discount is valid on everything site-wide through November 23rd!

Keep calm and shop on, ladies!

xoxo,

Olga

Photo credit goes to Victoria West Photography – Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Outfit was sponsored, but opinions are 100% my own. Thank you!