I don’t know about you but I am dying for Spring! The sun started coming out in Seattle today and it is absolutely gorgeous. It’s making me so excited for spring and summer. I’m crossing my fingers that by March we have more sunny and warmer days – we’ll see!
As we start to get those warmer days (I’m talking 50-60 degree days!), it can be hard to figure out what to wear. Below, I’ve listed 3 tips for you to transition your outfits from winter to spring:
- Your Hair. I don’t know about you, but I always love going lighter in the spring. You can tell in this pic that I actually went blonde! Like, whoa. I honestly was so scared as I was sitting in my hair stylists chair telling her I wanted more blonde. eek! It’s so edgy and different and just not my norm. But I have to say, I’m loving it. AND it’s going to be perfect for Spring. If you’re toying with the idea of going more blonde, do it!! It brightens up your face and will go perfect with tan skin!
- Short Sleeves For the Win. For me, I struggle with tops on those days where it’s not hot but not cold and the sun is shining. So what’s worked for me is to wear short sleeve tops – like the one I’m wearing above – and pair it with a light jacket. That way, if you are cold, you can throw your coat on, but if you get too hot, you can be comfortable in your short sleeve number.
- Pumps, Pumps, Pumps. My absolutely favorite shoe are pumps! I could wear them everyday (I pretty much do!). In the winter, my feet get too cold in pumps so I don’t get to put them on as much. However, on these transition days, they are so perfect. They can dress up your outfit and be comfortable on days that aren’t too cold. Wear them all day, girl!
What tips do you have for transitioning from Winter to Spring?
^^ This is the trapeze dress! The first design from Yves Saint Laurent.
^^This is MY FAVORITE piece from Saint Laurent. I literally stood in front of it for 15 minutes, just staring! If I could buy it, I would!
^^ This was my favorite dress that Saint Laurent designed. It has a velvet dress with a satin pink roaching in the front and this gorgeous big bow in the back. Last Saturday, I had the privilege of exploring the Seattle Art Museum exhibit based on the iconic fashion designer – Yves Saint Laurent. It was THE best exhibit I’ve been to at the SAM. It helps that I’m into fashion and all, but the way they set up the exhibit was intriguing and kept my attention. I captured a few photos and had to share my experience with you all. And if you haven’t seen it, I got you covered because I will walk you through his fashion journey. Unfortunately, it ended last Sunday, so I can’t tell you to go, but I can share the YSL book that they sold – check it out here.
‘I am not interested in beauty. I am only interested in shock and seduction.’ -Yves Saint Laurent
As I read about Yves Saint Laurent, I was so inspired by his personality. He wasn’t just in the market to enhance the fashion world, he was in the market to shock and seduce. This has stuck with me the past few days and as I walked through the exhibit, I could see this throughout his art.
In 1955, Saint Laurent was introduced to Dior, who fell in love with his sketches and hired him on the spot to be his assistant in the House of Dior. Could you imagine? Working for The Dior! Mind-blown.
His first design was the trapeze dress (see above). The trapeze line was launched in the 1960’s and was intended to liberate women’s bodies and showcase their waist. Always pushing the limits of society. As we walked into the exhibit, it was the first dress you saw.
‘My weapon is the perspective in which I see my society.’ – Yves Saint Laurent
On each wall of the exhibit, were rows of sketches (see captured above) starting from 1962 through to the year 2000. It’s amazing how the designs changed over the years and the evolution of the sketches advanced.
In 1966, Saint Laurent designed the first pant suit for women. At the time, women were not allowed to wear pants – only dresses! As much as that sounds amazing, it is definitely not functional and I’m so inspired by YSL, who challenged this societal standard. Once women began to wear pant suits, they had to check their pants in with their coat, so they essentially looked like they were wearing a mini-skirt.
What I love about him is he pushed provocation. He pushed it into even more complex and subtly paradoxical territories through impossible pairings and unnatural associations. He said, ‘What I want to do is shock people, force them to think.’ Gosh, I feel like we need this right now. One provocative design that left the Americans with a bad taste was the ‘see through dress’ of 1968. It was the first dress where a woman’s breasts were exposed in public. He didn’t just design that dress to shock and awe, but he did it because he demanded perfection in all of his designs and this piece had that.
‘I don’t like too much fashion, I like clothes.’ – Yves Saint Lauren
His style represented the perfect alchemy of form and color. The choice of fabric, the color, the cut, and the assembly were treated with equal importance. And he didn’t have the tailoring skills of Coco Chanel or Madeleine Vionnet, but he had impeccable drawing skills. His sketches perfectly captured his vision, his colors, his cut, and his fabric in one place.
‘I would have liked to be so many different things.’ – Yves Saint Laurent
In an interview, he said, I would have liked to be a writer. ‘At one time, I wrote a lot. And then I stopped because it was impossible to do both, to write and to move forward in this frightening profession that paralyzes me for most of the year. My mind is cluttered with dresses.’ He wrote his first poems at the age of 12 and his first drawings were book illustrations. Along with the desire to write, he developed a passion for theater and film. Over the course of forty years, all of Saint Laurent’s dreams – everything Saint Laurent would have liked to be – did, in fact, come true, either indirectly, through his diverse sources of inspiration, or directly, through his contributions to the theater, ballet, and film.
Overall, the exhibit was exquisite and the best form of art I’ve ever been honored to see. If you are interested in learning more about YSL, please order the book I’ve linked above. It does a great job of walking you through his fashion journey.
‘I am no longer concerned with sensation and innovation, but with the perfection of my style.’ – Yves Saint Laurent
Shoes: Jimmy Choo • Skirt: Chic Wish • Top: Ann Taylor (currently 50% off!) • Bracelet: Stella and Dot (old! but I’ve linked a similar look) • Earrings: Stella and Dot • Watch: Michele • Ring: David Yurman • Lip Liner: Vino by MAC • Lipstick: YSL #1 • Nail Polish: OPI Big Apple Red
Shoes: DSW (Similar style here) • Denim: Nordstrom (currently 15% off!) • Sweater: Amazon (out of stock! Similar style here) • Purse: J.Crew (old! Similar style here) • Watch: Daniel Wellington • Earrings: old! Similar style here
I can’t believe Christmas is only 4 days away! Where did the time go? I felt like I started getting on the Christmas train back in November (even earlier, but I’m embarrassed to say when!) and I still feel like it came up SO fast. All of the sudden we’re 4 days away. What the heck!
The past 2 weeks have been a bit insane, which could be why the time has flown by. I had a stomach bug for….8 days! I’m not even kidding. Not fun (except I did lost some weight! Always gotta look on the bright side ;)) On top of that, work has been crazy busy trying to close the quarter up early since I’m taking time off for Christmas, so throw that in with being sick and life just sucks for a minute there. Plus, this past weekend we had my girlfriend’s little girls 1st birthday that I was looking forward to and didn’t wanna be sick for AND my bestie’s baby shower that I was hosting with my girls so I was determined NOT to be sick. I was praying every hour on the hour for the Lord to heal my body because I wanted to be well over the weekend. Good news! He made it happen (like always!). I woke up Saturday and Sunday morning feeling so much better (thank you, Jesus!!) and was able to enjoy every minute of the birthday and shower!
This week, I’ve taken time off from work to relax, recharge, and get ready for Christmas with family and friends. On Monday, I literally cleaned the house, filled my fridge and pantry with food (we had nothing…like no food at all!), and did all of our laundry so I could enjoy every other day leading up to Christmas. Yesterday, I relaxed, blogged a bit, and relaxed some more. Today, my bestie and I are baking cookies and watching Christmas movies! I can’t wait. I have been craving sweets the last few days so I’m ready to indulge in some yummy cookies.
The rest of the week is filled with Christmas dinners, a movie/dinner date night, and then CHRISTMAS! Ah! Did I mention, Christmas came up WAY too fast this year. I don’t know what your plans are for Christmas Eve but I know some friends who go to Church and then a family dinner, a Christmas party, or just spend the evening at a family members house for din din. Whatever your plans are, I have two fun outfits ideas for you that you could wear to any Christmas Eve occasion you have.
Below, I’ll provide some detail into why these outfits are perfect for your Christmas Eve:
- Sequins & Lace Outfit. The first outfit is a dressier look for those of you who may have church and/or a Christmas party to go to. When I dress up for a holiday party, I want to be fancy but comfortable. This outfit is SUPER comfy. The skirt is stretchy at the top (no need to suck in wearing this number!) and the top is a crop top that is lined so the sequins don’t itch you. Lastly, throw on a statement bracelet and earrings and call it a night.
- Semi-Ugly Christmas Sweater. The second outfit is intended to be somewhat of an ugly Christmas sweater (I mean, it’s actually pretty cute, but I wouldn’t wear it unless it was Christmas time). Every Christmas Eve we go to Chuck’s dad’s house and he requests an ugly Christmas sweater. This year, I snagged this one off of Amazon for $20 a few months back and I have to say, it’s comfy and cute. I’ve paired these obnoxious Santa Claus earrings with it so we can consider it an ugly sweater look! I’ve also paired this outfit with my red suede pumps and a green purse. This look is easy to put together, easy to wear, and something comfortable for a more casual Christmas Eve.
I hope these two looks help you decide what to wear for your Christmas Eve plans.
Christmas is only weeks away! AH! I can’t hold in my excitement. If you haven’t notice, I’m a bit obsessed with Christmas – everything that has to do with Christmas – celebrating Jesus’ birth, being with family and friends, baking cookies, and engaging in the spirit of this beautiful season. From donating more to your church or favorite charity to thoughtfully picking out the perfect presents for your loved ones to spending quality time with family – I embrace every aspect of this season and am so beyond excited to continue celebrating in the next few weeks.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to overbook Chuck and I throughout the holidays. We’d have something going on every night leading up to Christmas and last year, I remember being like, ‘We’re never doing this again!’ haha so this year, I’m being super conscious of all the festivities we have planned. And I have to say, we’re doing pretty good with it. The weekend of December 10th, we only have something on that Friday evening but that’s it! and I’m planning on keeping it that way. We want to be able to be at our house more, watch Christmas movies, and eat chocolate chip cookies 🙂
Since we are trying to lighten the Christmas activity load, we decided to celebrate my mom’s birthday in November. Her real birthday is December 15th. And I always feel so bad that it’s so close to the holidays because she doesn’t get a chance to enjoy a birthday dedicated to her with all the hustle and bustle of Christmas. So this year, Chuck and I decided to combine her Birthday and Christmas gift into a Nordstrom Shopping Spree!! Woohoo!
Below includes how I planned her birthday/Christmas surprise along with tips for you:
- Block her Calendar. I told her I wanted to block her calendar for a day as a surprise. My mom isn’t the best at letting things be, so of course she asked me 1000 questions about the day, trying to pry it out of me. But I didn’t give in. Once we blocked a date, I was able to plan.
- Nordstrom Personal Stylist. Since we knew we were going to take her on a shopping spree, I decided to book a personal stylist at Nordstrom. For one, they’re FREE! I went to www.nordstrom.com and picked a personal stylist that I felt would be best. Her name is Jackie Byrd. And ya’ll, she is AMAZING! Prior to our appointment, Jackie sent me a list of questions that would help describe my mom’s clothing wants/needs and brands she loves. When we arrived into the dressing room, my mom literally loved every single piece of clothing Jackie picked. We felt like we hit the jackpot and my mom was so excited! It made the experience so awesome. Now, all of mom’s clothes she got from her shopping spree, are all wrapped and nestled safely under our tree for Birthday/Christmas. Operation Mom’s Birthday/Christmas gifts complete!
- Surprise Lunch. After our personal stylist appointment, I told my mom I had made an appointment at the Nordstrom Grill (her fave!) for the two of us. She was stoked! Upon arrival, we were greeted with a handful of my mom’s beautiful friends. She was so surprised, she cried (which truthfully, doesn’t take much!). Mom and I are cryers for sure! We had a fantastic lunch with everyone, she opened presents, and we all caught up.
If you’re still trying to figure out the best gift for that special mama or sister in your life, try giving a day of fun to them. Between the experience and the fun items she was able to purchase, she thoroughly enjoyed her gift.
What will you get your mama for Christmas?
In my spare time, I love looking at beautiful closets that are the size of a room and drool over all the amazing details. Do you ever do that? Well, Chuck and I don’t have a room that we can dedicate to a closet, so we needed to manage the space we have. Which is perfectly fine, btw. We have a walk-in closet that fits the majority of Chuck’s clothes and all of mine. After living in our house for 2 years, I was realizing that our closet just wasn’t functional. My shoes were all over the floor (the pic above is an organized view) and I was always having to step over them to get to my jeans. And then my jeans would hit another hanger and my jeans would fall to the ground and I would get super frustrated! Then, my clutches would lean against the wall and if they weren’t placed just right, they’d fall down and knock down others. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but when you’re dealing with this multiple times a day and can’t keep your items on their shelves, it’s gets annoying!
Chuck recognized I was getting frustrated and mentioned that we should take a step back and completely redo the closet. He had some great ideas that I hadn’t even thought about so…..the project began!
Outfit Details | Shoes: Valentinos • Jeans: Rag and Bone (Lighter color on sale for $150!) • Sweater: Target (Only $24.99!) • Watch: Michele • Earrings: Stella and Dot • Ring: David Yurman • Bracelet: Stella and Dot • Lip Liner: Vino by MAC • Lipstick: Rebel by MAC
Once Chuck and I started planning our closet, we focused primarily on our shoe/purse wall because we knew if we enhanced it, we would be able to move my shoes to the wall and clear floor space. If you are experiencing the same situation we were, I’ve outlined the steps we took to remodel our closet without breaking the bank.
- The Shoe Wall. We both need to share the shoe wall but clearly not all of my shoes made it up there in the ‘Before’ picture. So we determined how many shoes we had between the both of us, how much space each pair took, and then mapped out how many shelves we need. And I have to say, I’m so blessed because my dad and Chuck love working with their hands and built this shelf unit, custom, for our closet!
- Handbags are #1 Priority. Now, Chuck knows my affinity for handbags and knew that we needed to make space for them on our shoe wall. So he measured my largest purse and mapped out a wider shelf in between our shoes. We also found out about GLAMBoxes. I was struggling to organize my clutches (I love clutches! all shapes and sizes) so when I saw one of my favorite bloggers – Katey McFarlan – with a few of the GLAMBoxes for her makeup and clutches, I had to check them out. I found THE perfect clutch organizer and its made my days. Seeing my clutches all organized in my closet makes my heart happy!
- Lighting, Lighting, Lighting. One thing Chuck has taught me is that lighting is key to enhancing a space. Whether it’s a smaller space like a closet or a larger one like your kitchen, it’s important to have lots of lighting. Before we built the shoe shelf, we decided to add 4 additional can lights into our closet, which made a HUGE difference. Then, Chuck ordered light tape to put in each shelf so it’s easy to see what’s on each shelf. I have to say, I love it! It is amazing and makes the closet feel bigger and better!
Interested in Remodeling your Closet? And got questions? Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’m happy to help you brainstorm in any way.