Friday Faves

Hello, Friday!! I had a whirlwind of a week, and am heading into what promises to be a whirlwind of a weekend….can all of you West Coasters believe this weather we’ve been having? It’s almost too good to be true – and makes being at work such a challenge. June is the month I really wish I had looked more into teaching. Some highlights from the past seven days, despite being chained to my desk for the majority of that time:

I’ve been really into my summer brights and neons lately. This J.Crew clutch was a bday gift from my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law last year, mani is JulepAvery.” Some other summer clutches I love:

  • Invitation clutch in cork from J. Crew – so beachy and fun
  • Milly for Banana Republic – I actually love this whole Milly line – although I don’t love that my 40% off coupons don’t work for her stuff.
  • Grayson by Linea Pelle – I adore the bright orange, and the studs.

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Remember my goal of accessorizing more? It’s a lot easier now that the J. Crew Factory store is online. (I know it has been for awhile now, but in case anyone is way behind). Similar necklace here, tons more fun jewelry here.

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I discovered this moisturizer/sunscreen/foundation in my mom’s bathroom, of all places. I usually need a heavier foundation due to my melasma, but somehow this product provides plenty of coverage while staying light and non-greasy….plus everyone tells me I look tan. When I went to buy my own, the woman at the Chanel counter seemed confused, and told me its typically for older women, due to the “firming” and “smoothing” features – but hello, who can’t use a little help even at 29? (wink).  And it’s a built-in sunscreen – win win! The coordinating eye cream is also worth the investment.  Chanel counter = dangerous.

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My new cocktail for the summer: Skinny Girl Cucumber Vodka, soda, lime juice, muddled cucumber and mint. Garnish with cucumber slices, mint leaves, lime wedges, and/or fun pink striped straws.  Delicious, refreshing, and low cal!

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I had a few girlfriends over on Tuesday night to say goodbye to my friend Wendy, who is moving to San Diego at the end of the month (sob!). She picked the worst time of year to leave Seattle – it’s been gorgeous every day this week, and we were able to sit out on the deck until 10 pm. I was so excited to be able to serve bubbles from my new West Elm gold-rimmed champagne flutes, and on a fun gold-rimmed pink tray I picked up in Kona (please note the coordinating napkins).

TGIF, friends!! I hope everyone’s weekend includes lots of sunshine, sunscreen, cocktails and neon! XOXO

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Friday Faves

I don’t know about you, but this girl is definitely ready for the weekend. I’m heading to the beach for what Bridget Jones would call a “mini-break,” and I cannot wait to get on the road. What is it they say about the sea air restoring your soul? I can’t really remember, but I’m excited to curl up with a blanket and a bottle of wine and relax after a crazy busy week. That’s still a few hours away though, so in the meantime – a few highlights from the past seven days:

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View from Section 331

Every year my friend Katie’s parents buy a huge block of tickets for the Mariners’ home opener. It’s become such a fun tradition, even though Safeco can be kind of a zoo on Opening Day. This year was actually warmer than past years, there was amazing people watching in the beer garden, I ran into so many friends, and the M’s even got a win! (Let’s not talk about anything that’s happened since then).

Peonies at the market – makes it seem like spring even when it’s gray and rainy!

It’s pretty much impossible to get out of my grandparents’ house without my grandma trying to “gift” you something – whether it be food, an old cardigan, or a family heirloom. Lately she’s been trying to give away some of her really nice things, such as this china teacup. She insisted that I take it home this past weekend, asking only that I try to find it “online” (not sure she really understands the concept) to find out what it’s worth. So that’s on my to-do list, but in the meantime I’m just appreciating it for its intricate design and delicate beauty (hand-painted gold!). I have an extensive teacup collection thanks to my godmother, so now all I need is a huge dining room with a china hutch. Maybe someday…..

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I’m obsessed with my new cucumber candle from West Elm (on clearance!).

I’ve been loving my new ballet flats from Sperry – I love their boat shoes but these just seem to work better with my wardrobe. I’m obsessed with this pair but not sure if I would wear them enough to rationalize the purchase (my sister bought them and returned them for the same reason). Although, now that I look them up online I see that they’re actually Milly for Sperry, which means I probably should go back and buy them immediately. Who doesn’t need a pair of hot pink boat shoes for spring? Now I just need more friends with boats!

A couple other pairs of fun spring shoes I love:

Colorful flats: here and here

Kate Spade pumps: here and here

I always need cute new running shoes: Nike Frees in pastel stripes

And just to torture ourselves: Manolo Sandals

Happy Friday!! I hope everyone has fabulous plans for the weekend, and that 5 o’clock (or 2 o’clock, in my case) comes quickly! XOXO