two UK brands i discovered and love

Happy Monday!

As I spent my past week in the UK, I’ve been doing a lot of wandering around into shops that look interesting to me. I discovered two brands that I am absolutely in love with, and if it weren’t for my limited luggage space, I probably would have bought everything in these two stores. These two companies’ products embody my brand and style pretty well, so I thought I’d share them with you so you can look out for them the next time you’re in the UK ūüėČ

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First up is¬†Cath Kidston! This brand started in West London in 1993 and they consider themselves the “home of modern vintage”. I can’t agree more! Their products have the loveliest prints on them that honestly brighten my day every time I browse through their products. I’m saddened by the fact that they have 0 stores in the U.S. but have quite a few shops all over the world otherwise. I’ve picked out a few of my favorite items (but honestly I want it all) to share with y’all!

1 // Short Sleeved Dress¬†–¬†2 // Floral Raincoat –¬†3 // iPhone 7 Case –¬†4 // Crepe Flippy Skirt

5 // London Mug –¬†6 // Windflower Backpack

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Next up is¬†Joules! Their window display actually caught my attention first because of the adorable raincoats. When I actually walked into the store, my jaw literally dropped at how cute everything was. Y’all, the amount of STRIPES and FLORALS was like they knew exactly what I wanted. It’s a great blend of preppy and feminine, which is just what I love. Their floral prints aren’t generic either – there’s something about their prints that are unique and bold.

Joules was founded in the fields of Great Britain in 1989, where they sold clothes at country fairs and equestrian events (explains the preppy style, no?). I love their focus on the hidden details, quality, and fun.

Unfortunately, Joules stores are only in the UK, but they do have a lot of them so I’m thinking I’ll see a lot more stores in the next couple of weeks. My favorite pieces:

1 // Print Jersey Top Р2 // Jersey T-Shirt Dress Р3 // Silk Scarf Р4 // Chelsea Boots

5 // Waterproof Jacket

So what do you all think? Aren’t these pieces from Cath Kidston and Joules absolutely adorable?

 

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just a little color

Hello hello!

As you’re reading this, I am most likely DONE with my finals for the quarter! Bless. Up. This quarter was legitimately so rough: sophomore slump + spring quarter = no motivation. I’d say that in comparison to the majority of the population my motivation for doing well in my classes was still relatively high, but compared to my usual standards, it was pretty low. But y’all, I’m heading to GREECE in just a few days!! I can’t wait!

In the meantime, you guys can bet I’m packing this dress into my luggage for the summer. It’s colorful, light, and perfect for strolling around cities in.

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Dress (on sale for under $20!!) // Sandals // Bag (similar)

Definitely keep your eyes peeled for my travel posts (and possible vlogs!) in the coming months!

Talk soon,

Jen

skirts & sun

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful long weekend and Memorial Day. For me, these past two weeks in Seattle with the sun shining everyday¬†has left me in the¬†best mood, and not even studying for finals has me complaining! It’s the last official week of spring quarter classes – I can’t believe my sophomore year is pretty much over!

I mentioned last week that I shot some outfits with my friend, so here they are! This is probably one of my favorite outfits/photoshoots I’ve ever done. The lighting, the location, the outfit, it was all perfect! This is also probably what I’ll be wearing to Europe this summer (more on that later!).

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I love wearing skirts – long, short, middie – you name it! I’m all for the feminine feel of a twirly skirt. Not going to lie, this outfit was highly inspired by Julia from Gal Meets Glam‘s style!

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The ruffles on the sleeves, y’all, the ruffles! A super airy shirt, perfect for high-temperature days. This top is from Uniqlo, and I am pleasantly surprised by how much I love this top and the quality. This is my first purchase from them and I’ll be returning shortly!

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Can we talk about this pleated skirt for a second? When I was browsing through Target, this skirt immediately caught my eye because of its vibrant colors and perfect length.

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This is probably my go-to necklace; since it’s such a pale pink, it goes with a lot of neutral clothes, or even a colorful skirt, without being too loud

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Y’all know my obsession with lace-up, pointy flats!

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I bought this pair of sunglasses from Nordstrom BP in preparation for the sun in Rome later in June, but I couldn’t wait to wear them! I immediately pulled them out for the sun in Seattle these past couple of weeks. I love the rose-gold colors and the shape of the lens! I’ll definitely be picking up more pairs from BP before I leave the states.

White Top (similar) // Pleated Skirt // Lace-up flats (similar) // Watch (similar) // Sunglasses // Necklace (old)

 

What do you all think?

spring green

Happy March!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend – I was studying hard for my two finals that I have on Saturday (eek!), but was able to take a few study breaks in between by grabbing some Molly Moon’s ice cream (helloooo Meyer Lemon!), catching up on Riverdale (obsessed, much?), and re-watching La La Land.

In last week’s post, I mentioned that I did a photoshoot with Alyssa – so here it is! I haven’t done a good ol’ fashion post in awhile, mostly because I haven’t been able to find photographer with a solid DSLR camera. Needless to say, I’m so happy to have found someone in my sorority who also blogs! I’m incredibly grateful for the short time I’ll get to spend with Alyssa before she graduates.

Back to the post: Seattle weather wasn’t really cooperating when we did the shoot, but we made it work. There was a light drizzle (and if you look closely on my outfit, you can definitely see the droplets!), but I think the photos still turned out gorgeous.

For today’s look, I have a casual business casual – that’s the best name I could come up for it, honestly. I love the classic colors: white, a deep navy, and a bright emerald green (St. Patrick’s Day, anyone?).¬†This outfit wouldn’t work for business casual events, but honestly, casual business casual is my daily uniform, so I wanted to share what that looks like for me. You’re put together but still comfortable for sure.

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Green top | Banana Republic (old) | similar | similar
Navy puffer vest | American Eagle (old) | similar
White denim | Banana Republic (old) | similar
Booties | BP | similar
Tote bag | Longchamp

Thanks to Alyssa for the beautiful photos!

Enjoy your week, everyone!

Jen

winter wishlist | 2017

Hello!

Whew – I made it through my first week back at school and let me tell y’all, I am already loaded with assignments and projects. College is crazy! And even though¬†Christmas and the gift-giving season was last month and I’m focusing on school now, it doesn’t mean there are things I’m eyeing in stores!

My family¬†celebrates Christmas (we put decorations up, and the tree), but over the years, we’ve stopped gift-giving. I think we’ve just kind of celebrated family time instead of buying and receiving gifts. I do a lot of my shopping throughout the year so I might actually make these seasonal wish lists a recurring post on the blog; it’s just a fun lil wish list!

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J.Crew: Tippi Tie-neck Sweater // Bow-shoulder top // Jackie tie-neck cardigan sweater in stripes // Excursion quilted down vest // Saint James Amos nautical turtleneck sweater // Lena leather pumps with patent cap toe // Gemma cap-toe flats

Nordstrom: Sam Edelman ‘Felicia’ flats¬†// Steve Madden ‘Carrson’ sandal¬†// Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ sandal¬†// S’well White Marble Water Bottle¬†// Longchamp ‘Large Le Pliage’ tote

Paper Source: Rose Notes Lines Notepad // Blush Marble Filefolders // Blush Marble Spiral Notebook

Anything on my wish list that caught your eye?

Jen