the ideal internship wardrobe

Hey y’all!

I’ve officially had a week of summer already! I went home for the week and it was nice to be able to be a potato for the week and do nothing. Although, knowing me, I did attempt to be productive by doing a lot of planning, setting goals for myself, and making a list of things I want to accomplish this summer. I’ve finished a few books already too and finally completed all the seasons of Parks and Recreation (I’m going to miss those characters so much!!).

Since my internship orientation starts tomorrow (!!) I was getting ready to plan my outfits for the summer. Most Seattle firms aren’t as formal as you might think – no jeans, but not business professional either. My real struggle is the heat getting to and from work and trying to stay sweat-less, but also battling the air conditioning of the office space 😂 BUT I think from my browsing the J.Crew site, I’ve found some basic pieces that I’m drawing inspiration from. I’ve also been loving Fran’s outfits – she’s also interning this summer and her ‘fits are killer!

I’m not able to purchase all of these pieces, but I do own some similar-looking pieces that will do the trick. I think I definitely need to find myself a pair of black mules though because they are all the rage and they look so cute and comfortable.

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the short sleeve button-up // the long-sleeve button-up // the classic oxford // the ruffle-sleeve wrap // the wide-leg khakis // the pant suit // the triple-bow pencil skirt // the striped dress // the classic bow dress // the simple flats // the textured mini-skirt // the leather mules // the cognac block sandals // the wide-leg tie pants

I’ve been toying around with the idea of starting the capsule wardrobe lifestyle (if you’re not sure what a “capsule” wardrobe is, Caroline from Un-Fancy is the ultimate queen), so I’ll keep y’all posted.

Wish me luck on my first day of my internship tomorrow!! Thanks for reading!

Jen x

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spring style

Hello!

It’s crazy to me that it snowed in Seattle all last week – I was definitely one of those people who refused to believe that it would snow in February. I’m so ready for spring weather! One of my midterms got postponed because the professor couldn’t make it in time. Needless to say, I was one of nine other students who asked to take it before the weekend started because I was really prepared to take it and get it over with.

I haven’t talked about style in awhile (since December, in fact), due to the lack of nice weather and availability to do photoshoots. However, I did want to share five spring transitional pieces from J.Crew that I’ve been eyeing and need in my closet ASAP.

Spring 2018 JCrew

1. Scalloped sidewalk skirt

If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for anything that has a scallop trim. This beautiful green is perfect for spring – I can already see myself pairing it with my go-to lace-up flats.

2. Piped loafer mules in calf hair

Who doesn’t love mules?! These mules seem so convenient since they’re simple slip-ons, but they still look professional. I’m a huge fan of cheetah print and my current flats aren’t going to last me much longer.

3. Ruffle neck pullover sweater

Another style I love? Ruffles. This darling pink sweater has the most adorable detailing in the collar; springs in Seattle are definitely still chilly enough to wear light sweaters like this one.

4. Chambray ruffle tie-sleeve dress

Chambray always screams spring/summer to me, and this dress is something I’d love to wear on weekends shopping around Pike Place with a bouquet of tulips in hand or while getting brunch with friends. Yet another detail I love? Bows on the sleeves… I’m obsessed.

5. Bow-neck sweater

Lastly, another sweater! I think y’all get the gist by now: scallops, ruffles, bows, simple as that! This one’s a neutral color and I’d love to wear it with white jeans and maybe some booties.

What do y’all think? Are you guys craving for spring weather like I am?

Thanks for reading,

Jen

navy in the pearl

Hello hello!

For all my readers who celebrate, I hope y’all had a wonderful Christmas yesterday. I myself spent my Christmas Eve sleeping in until noon and finishing my favorite book of all time, Anna and the French Kiss. My older sister came home for Christmas so we were all able to open presents together and watch Christmas movies – it was a lovely time.

Last week, my good friend Maggie from my sorority and I spent a fun day together in the Pearl District of Portland. A year ago, we went to Tea Bar, so we vowed to do the same again this holiday break. Funnily enough, you can read my post from exactly one year ago here.

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For those who don’t know, Tea Bar is a wonderfully delicious tea place, serving yummy pastries and bubble tea. My go-to is the Lavender Bubble Milk Tea and the rose croissant. It’s not cheap though, be warned! Definitely a splurge treat.

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Maggie and I weren’t the only ones having a photoshoot inside Tea Bar: practically every customer who came in had a DSLR strapped around their neck. It’s a pretty aesthetic place, I have to admit. I always joke that Tea Bar doesn’t need a social media marketing team, because their customers do the job.

After, Maggie and I walked around Portland to shoot some outfit pictures! The Pearl District is really beautiful and clean. It was freezing, but bloggers gotta blog.

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I am positively obsessed with this ruffle-sleeve top. It’s from Banana Republic, and I just feel super cheery when I put it on. I had to pair it with my white jeans because regular jeans or black ones would be way too dark. And of course, a pair of slate grey booties!

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After walking around the district, we decided to try going on a rooftop for a different perspective. We found a parking garage and went to the very top. The view was gorgeous!

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And that’s a wrap! Have you been to Tea Bar? What pieces have you been donning this holiday break?

Thanks for reading, y’all. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for my 2017 wrap up!

Jen xx

inspiration from unexpected places

Hello everyone!

I had to take a mini-break because this week was incredibly hectic. I had my tax midterm (that really didn’t go as well as I thought it would, but I’m fine, this is fine), and big/little week. I was in a crazy good mood the entire week, which felt amazing. It all started with getting up at 5:40am to register for my classes and then watching the sunrise (it was absolutely gorgeous!!). I felt like I was thriving all week long.

This upcoming week, I’ll be going to Los Angeles! More on the reason why in a later blog post, but basically, there will be business networking involved. I’ve been planning what to pack and I actually remembered a really beautiful outfit — wait for it — a recruiter wore once that I absolutely loved. I wanted to recreate it for my networking outfit that I’ll be in for LA. Sometimes, you get inspired from the most unexpected places.

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Cardigan (similar) // Skirt (similar and similar) // Nude heels // Necklace (similar)

All of my pieces in this outfit are pretty old, but that’s the best part: styling old pieces to form a new outfit! The key here is to find a form-fitting cardigan that can be buttoned all the way up and tucked into a skirt. I’ve never thought to wear a cardigan buttoned all the way because it looks very conservative. But tucked in, it looks very put-together and neat. Ann Taylor always has a great selection of cardigans.

My skirt is one that I hold near and dear to my heart, because I traveled with it for all three months this summer in Europe. It’s elegant, light, and formal.

My nude pumps are a favorite of mine – Nine West does an amazing job designing classic, professional shoes.

What do y’all think? I think this outfit is still professional but definitely more on the “smart casual” side. I’m so excited to wear it this week!

Thanks for reading,

Jen x

 

founder’s day outfit

Happy Saturday!

I hope everyone’s had a wonderful week and start to the weekend. The temperature weirdly dropped all of a sudden in Seattle, and it actually snowed a ton yesterday. Let me tell ya, fall leaves and snow are not a great mix.

This weekend, I’m stuck at the library studying for my tax midterm. I was able to take a little breather yesterday though at my sorority’s Founder’s Day banquet. I always love getting more dressed up than usual! Here’s what I wore:

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Dress // Flats // Pearl Necklace (similar)

It’s pretty traditional to wear pastel colors for sorority events: they’re delicate and quiet which brings a lot of class to any occasion. So many girls in my sorority have shopped at Tobi before and now I can see why! I’m obsessed with the scallop cut on the sleeves and trim of the dress. I’m so sad I couldn’t find a pair of similar flats though since I got them at Nordstrom Rack just last month! They’re Nine West, which is a trusty brand for sure. They have the slightest heel, and I love the clicking sound it makes when I walk places.

I’ve forgotten how fun it is writing about style posts – it’s hard to find photographers, time to meet up, and a nice day in Seattle now that winter is coming, but I’m definitely going to make an effort to write more of these because they’re so fun. I hope you enjoy them just as much as I do!

Thanks for reading!

Jen x

 

**Thanks Tobi for sending me the dress in exchange for an honest opinion!