Friday, February 5

Layers & Lockets

| sweater: Old Navy | button-up: American Eagle | locket: super old H&M | jeans: 7 For All Mankind (gift from Carina) | socks: Target | booties: Target | watch: c/o JORD |

*photos by Adriane Smith Creative

Guys- my current set-up with my co-worker/photographer (read the full story here) is pretty sa-weet. I mean, have you ever had someone say to YOU "Hey, you look cute! Are we taking some pics today?" If you're anything like me (formerly), you were begging anyone- your neighbor, your mailman, your dog, to take pictures for your blog. Now I'm trying to keep up with blogging sets of photos :D which never happens! 

This outfit is a pin for the win from this pin. I loved the way this layering looked- and realized I could pull it off with my own closet! How'd I do? Check out my outfits to try board and my pin for the win board, if you like! If you have anything similar going with your closet/Pinterest, share with me! 

I don't think I could ever have enough neutral colored sweaters. At most recent count, I have like six! They are the most perfect layering piece. I had looked for a really oversized one for a while (criteria --> one that follows the leggings as pants rule) and found this one at Old Navy on clearance. It's a size large, which is really the key here! I never know how to order things online to fit over-sized, picking them up in the store is really the way to go! 

My only regret with these photos? I didn't open my locket to show you what's inside- the best picture of me, Jenae, and Jacqui wearing fake mustaches/beards Sophomore year of high school. You know, just some timeless, classy stuff! 

Though I'm not wearing this exact outfit today, I am wearing the sweater + locket combo. You know what happens when you move, you just keep wearing the same three things even when your sweater has a stain on it.

Happy weekend, everyone! I'm headed to Asheville, NC for a quick getaway; pumped as always to see a new city, explore, and forget about unpacking the rest of my new house! Talk to you soon. 

Thursday, February 4

Weekend Update: Denver & Rachel

*photos edited with VSCOCam*

Hi! I spent the best last weekend in Denver, CO (and the surrounding areas) just hanging with my friend Rachel, and seeing her whole world for the past year & a half. I'd been meaning to go out there for a while and finally made it happen, and I am truly so so glad I did. 

As I was telling Hunter on the way to the airport, Rachel and I were definitely friends throughout high school, (we had overlapping friend groups, some classes together, were football statisticians together, etc.) but it was really only after high school that we became close. I vaguely remember coming home for the first time after college, and somehow connecting and hanging out, which we proceeded to do every time we were home. You all know how this is- you leave your hometown and really have to pick and choose who you stay in touch with. Rachel has been one of those people for me, and boy am I glad!

There are many, many things I appreciate about her as a friend, these are not limited to: she's studying excuse me, getting her Masters in Psych, so FREE therapeutic conversations that are backed by science and excellent listening skills; she is the easiest person to get along with, ever; and she has the goofiest sense of humor that is merely accelerated when it's 1am and you're playing cards. 

Though we saw and did quite a bit (Red Rocks! the Coors Brewery! Golden! Wash Park! Downtown! South of Broadway! Greeley!) we also spent a lot of time just hanging, which I was so happy to do. I hadn't seen Rachel in two years or something, and we definitely had the conversation to make up for it! 

And Rachel has found herself a total gem, Ray! He manages a dairy farm (yes, seriously). That's where we spent Saturday and I loved every second of it; milking and arming a cow, seeing baby calves that were hours old, and learning so many things I didn't even know I wanted to know about dairy cows. Ray works his butt off and still manages to have boundless energy and enthusiasm for everything. Color me impressed, nice find Rachel! 

That night, we experienced the full gamut of Denver weather (every resident was tickled to tell me about this), when it snowed two inches after being 65 during the day. This crazy weather continued into Sunday, when my flight got cancelled, and Monday, when I swear I was on the last flight out of the city that morning. After a Voodoo donut because #priorities (also- #donutfriend.) I also have to mention that I got to see my friend John, who was one of my best friends in high school, that I hadn't seen in MAYBE three years. Such a warm fuzzy! 

OH- and guess who else I met up with?? Lauren from Exploring My Style
Guys if you ever get a chance to meet a blogger friend- DO IT! Every blogger I have ever met irl has gone out of their way to be so accommodating. I imagined Lauren to be a bit more reserved, for some reason? But she was so super friendly, and we clicked right away as we discussed the Bay Area (where we both grew up), the perils of blogging, clothing, etc. We met up with some of her friends, and I was so jazzed to drop the bomb that Lauren was my internet friend, and we were meeting for the first time. But I MAINTAIN that I swear I know more about some of my blogger friends than I do my real friends. I'm certainly familiar with what they look like ;) 

Since I got back on Monday afternoon...I've been moving. Remind me to never ever do that again. My roommate & I are completely in our new place as of this afternoon, but no I don't know where anything is. 

Friday, January 29

Heart on my...Hosiery

| sweater: Urban Outfitters | dress: ASOS | belt: vintage from Finland | tights: Old Navy | socks: knit by my great Aunt Maila :) | booties: Target |

Guys, I have some GREAT news!

But first, a little backstory. 

For my day job in operations/talent at an email marketing company, one (of many) things I do is manage our event space (p.s. if you're in Nashville or otherwise and interested in booking, email me! Might be able to give you the blogger discount :) 

Recently I got an email from a co-worker who was interested in booking the space for a portrait session. I immediately messaged her and said "You're a photographer?! I'm a blogger!" 

let's get together, yeah yeah yeah 

Adriane is a darling who I've worked with for a couple years, and chatted with in passing; but our friendship really hit it off when I really hit her off the sidewalk at our holiday party. Ridiculous heels + imbibery + you fill in the blanks. Besides that, our party went off without a hitch, by the way. 

She is seriously the most creative person; besides photography, she makes jewelry and all sorts of crafty goodies! Adriane has a new lens she'd been wanting to try out, and I happily obliged. We've been doing super quick shoots outside the office, and so far, it's worked out perfectly!

So HOORAY for wonderful photos, with a lovely & talented photographer, in the daylight, on the day I'm actually wearing an outfit! When I told Hunter he may never have to take photos for me again :) he said, "oh good, now we can spend more quality time together." Ha. 

I picked up these tights for super cheap at Old Navy recently, and can't help but be in a good mood when I wear them. The nice thing is, though they're printed, they're neutral, so I don't look completely "Candyland character" when I wear them. Not that I'm opposed to that. I actually think Queen Frostine or Lolly would make excellent Halloween costumes! 

I have to tell you really quick that my mom's aunt Maila, who knit these socks and gave them to me when we were in Finland, is 80 years old, with a sparkling personality, and quick as a whip. My mom & I walked to her apartment from my grandparent's house, in that precarious slot of the day after coffee time and before dinner. Maila set out a beautiful fruit tart she had made, my mom whispered "Don't stuff yourself with cake before dinner!" and Maila retorted (in Finnish) "Don't listen to your mom, eat as much cake as you want!" My. Kinda. Woman! Oh, here she is:
Mom, Maila, Vieno, Jaana, Leena

So I'm actually in Denver right now, spending the weekend with my friend Rachel (I know, this post is even more all over the place than normal!) Have a wonderful weekend, be back Tuesday! 

Wednesday, January 27


| blouse: H&M | necklace: J.Crew (gift) | jeans: Old Navy | heels: J.Crew via Carina | lipstick: Pacifica in "Tender Heart"
*photos edited with VSCOCam*

I'm so passionate about my favorite color (guess. Purple!) that I refer to it as a "lifestyle." But recently I've decided I have a strong runner-up: chartreuse. 

This is a good time for me to break the news that my favorite coat has completely disappeared. Like...I'm almost more upset that I don't know what happened to it, instead of being upset because it's gone. Thank you, favorite coat. You were a bold choice that never let me down, and always kept me warm. Sorry I am such a dork about the sentimental value of apparel (like these shoes or these boots.) 

The point of all of this being- this coat is where my love affair with chartreuse began. It's a statement color that's somewhere between yellow and green, but not entirely either. 

I picked up this blouse at H&M in Helsinki over the holidays, on super sale. I've been pretending that this is the Banana Republic one I've had my eyes on for SO long (at a fraction of the price.) I thought it begged to be paired with a punchy statement necklace and leopard print!

Oh- and the story behind this "up-do"? I use those big claw clips in my hair, daily, (mostly while I'm brushing my teeth/doing my make-up), and somedays, they stay in my hair for work! This ended up looking like a chignon in the front, just don't look at the back ;) I was pretty pleased with it and it was SO nice having my hair out of my face for work!

So this is my second outfit post of the year? I'm feeling pretty good getting dressed these days. I'm constantly editing my closet (Poshmark is helping with that SO much!), I'm using a garment rack (I need to write a whole blog post about that, seriously) and when I get stumped, I'm turning to my "outfits to try" board on Pinterest. 

Where do you turn for easy inspo when you're feeling stumped with your closet? 

Monday, January 25

Current State of the Union, 1.25.15

HI. I'm starting a new series today! Though I dropped my monthly resolutions and ipsy vs. Birchbox reviews, I wanted a spot where I could keep up with that kinda stuff; along with bite-size bits of things I'm into but never blog about. Sometimes I feel like between outfit posts, I miss other little things, and skip over what's actually happening now. The beauty in this series is that it could go in literally any direction (like maybe someday I'll craft or cook, but don't hold your breath :) 
Shelby Bottoms Park, Nashville, TN / 1.22.16
Currently / life:
+ Last week was rough. On Monday I found out I have to move out of my apartment, (long story...) amidst emotional upheaval (more like --> which resulted in emotional upheaval.) Finally on Friday the snowstorm arrived, and Nashville got the most snow its' gotten since 1966. Pretty sure my neighborhood got close to nine inches. I spent three days watching 80's movies and eating carbs. As of today, the snow has melted, and I get the keys to my new place tomorrow. It's ALL good.
+ I'm also getting ready to leave for Denver on Thursday afternoon, to spend a long weekend with Rachel. New city, old friend, I am so pumped!

Currently / pop culture: Ok, surprise! I'm actually really into music though I never mention it. P.S. Follow me on Spotify!
Rainy Girl- Andrew McMahon, my favorite artist since 7th Grade. On his recent tour he opened with this track, a lullaby to his unborn daughter. It's now my favorite track on his new album. I'll keep going to see him, as long as he's performing.
+ Green & Gold- Lianne La Havas is really freaking talented, and has the coolest sound. I whole-heartedly recommend her entire album, Blood, but this is my favorite track.
+ E*MO*TION- Carly Rae Jepsen, who you may know from Call Me Maybe. I wasn't necessarily even a fan of hers, until this album changed the game. 15 tracks of pure, pop goodness, sometimes you will think you hear a saxophone. Don't roll your eyes until you listen to it. Also I'm going to her show in March !!!
Two- Liza Anne is a Nashville artist, who I first heard on our alt radio station, then learned we have several mutual friends (#Nashville.) I can't say enough about this album. It was perfect for Fall, it's perfect in the Winter, it's just kinda perfect.
+ The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates- Daryl Hall & John Oates, who everybody loves anyway, but did you know every track on this album is actually fantastic? I've been spinning Wait For Me and Kiss on my List at least once/day.
+ Making a Murderer- like you, I spent about two days of my life binge-watching this show. The whole thing made me sad, all the characters made me insane (minus Allan Avery), and I don't know what to think. I feel a little ick laughing at the expense of the situation, but this Making a Murderer Hairstyles tumblr is just too good.
+ RuPaul's Drag Race- I watched this show all weekend long. No tea, no shade, no pink lemonade, it is a feast for your senses.
+ John Mulaney The Comeback Kid- Hunter is obsessed with stand-up comedy, and this might be my favorite comedy special I have ever seen (definitely the one that made me laugh the hardest.) John Mulaney is just my PERSON.
Currently / beauty:
+ My girl Andrea gifted me one of these lip treatments last Christmas, I think? I leave lip stuff everywhere, then forget about them, then re-find them, and this stuff is theee best. It's more like a balm, with a tint of color (I have Sheer Dawn, a barely there pink) and the pretty paper tube makes me happy every time I see it.
+ I'll never tire of a colored lip, but recently I've gotten into various "neutral" lip colors (" " because, you be the judge.) The red-brown shade of this Pacifica lipstick (LOVE this brand!) feels very 90's to me, but I've been enjoying it!
+ I work with some pretty fab beauty junkies, so among other things at my job, I've learned much about make-up! I saved up my Birchbox points for a long time to buy the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. I'm still a total newb so I can't post any tips yet, but I'll say- I'm not getting any worse! Here's a post where I used this palette and did a decent job, imo.
+ The mascara I'm using right now is Smashbox Full Exposure (via ipsy.) It has a lustrous inky black color, and the cone-shaped brush makes for some awesome volume.
+ In November, I got two matte red lip crayons (one from ipsy, one from Birchbox.) Well, the LOC Matte Lipstick via Birchbox wins by default because the Trestique one broke in the tube. I love the bright blue-toned red, and the easy application. Fantastic option for a red lip! Wearing it here.

*If you are interested in signing up for ipsy OR Birchbox for $10/month, you can find my referral links here: ipsy // Birchbox. Loads more ipsy/Birchbox product reviews here. *

Currently / on the nightstand:
All The Light We Cannot See- Anthony Doerr. I've heard so many rave about this one, and finally checked it as an ebook. Per my 2016 intention, I've been in the middle of it since, slowly but surely reading almost every night. I normally love historical fiction, but admittedly, when it's a bit fluffier. 
Currently / wish-listing:
+ These sparkly Keds! Of course the gold & rose gold are sold out (via Here & Now.)
+ This scalloped blouse has been on my list for a while. I bought something similar and I've been pretending it's the real one...
+ My big purchase this year is going to be some nicer black skinny jeans. Possibly some J Brands?
+ My favorite coat went missing, and though I'm trying to wear some of my older ones, I LOVE this J.Crew one that I see everywhere. It's a classic wool coat with a fur collar, completely luxe!
+ My faithful black booties have just about had it. Honestly this little pair from Target has exactly what I'm looking for, black on black, leather-y, nice heel (plus my boss has them so I know they look great.) And of course they're sold out.

There you have it! Would love to hear what you're currently into in life, pop culture, beauty, books, wish-lists, or otherwise. Thanks for reading! 

Thursday, January 14

Scandinavian Layers

| coat: Old Navy | sweater: Gap | blouse: secondhand H&M | necklace: gift from Jacqui | belt: Gap | jeans: gifted (7 For All Mankind) | booties: Sam Edelman | 

Welcome to my first outfit post of 2016! This is a great representation of what I wore the entire time I was in Finland over the holidays. I didn't take any other outfit pictures while I was there...but if I had, they would have all looked pretty similar.

I did a pretty good job at packing minimally (side note- anyone interested in a packing post? I don't have one planned for now, but could definitely pull it together if there is interest. Let me know!) and subsequently lived in this jacket, this sweater, and these booties. If you're wondering if I was cold in this (and the entire time I was there) the answer is yes. I was very cold the whole time.

As a Californian/Nashvillian, I have no idea how to dress for cold weather. This is my warmest coat, for sure, and was a real MVP on my trip. I've given it a break since I wore it every single day for almost two weeks, but usually it's the coat I reach for the most during the Winter. 

I've been contemplating a post about what I would consider my top 10 wardrobe essentials, and a neutral cardigan is definitely on top of the list. It is the perfect layering piece, and goes with everything- especially when you're traveling with a limited wardrobe. 

And finally, here's the debut of my Sam Edelman booties! If I'm being totally honest, I prefer booties with more of a heel. But these are undoubtedly excellent quality, color, and go with everything! 

To see alternate outfits with each of these pieces, just click the labels on this post! 

Happy little Friday guys. Have I mentioned lately how much I love January? I'm gearing up for the second weekend in a row with no plans, and I'm not mad about that one bit.  

Tuesday, January 12


Seeing as we're just about adjusted back to normal life, it's the perfect time for me to remember my holidays, right? Right. 

I spent Christmas and New Years in Finland this year for a few firsts- my first white Christmas, my first Christmas spent with my mom's family (or, any extended family, really), and my first New Years Eve in a completely different timezone than anyone else (no idea what it's called.) 

Putting this post together, I realize I took so many less photos than last Christmas- which I'm totally ok with. We spent the first half of the trip in North Karelia, in the small town of Nurmes, where my mother was born and raised. That's where the top snowy photos were taken; it was gorgeous and so peaceful. A note on getting to Nurmes from Nashville: I flew to Charlotte, and then New York, and then Helsinki, and then Joensuu, and then drove three hours with a cousin to arrive in Nurmes. So yeah, the journey there was a saga within itself, but I can't complain. And though I was delirious when I arrived, I can't help but think that it's kinda cool that it takes that long to get to where my Mom calls home. 

This is where we spent Christmas, with a lot of family time, including loads of extended family that I rarely get to see. It's fascinating to be able to see where these people, and the town of Nurmes, fit into my Mom's life. Spending Christmas with my Mummo and Ukki (my mom's parents) was, for the lack of a better description, something special that I'll never forget. 

Unplugging and spending time with family, even if we were sitting around doing nothing- was so perfect. And exactly what I was looking forward to after the go-go-go of how crazy last Fall turned out to be. 

We spent the second half of the trip in Helsinki with my uncle and his family. This part was a lot more active- we biked, ice skated, cross-country skied, went to a hockey game, and this culminated in: my cousin Otto taking us to his friend's DJ Khaled themed NYE party (SERIOUSLY.) What a hilarious, unique way to ring in the New Year. I wore sequin pants that I was SO excited about, and was comically overdressed. I'll let you fill in the blanks about how I felt on our trip back to the states on the first, the morning after NYE...

I think that's about it. It's always daunting to try and sum up a trip like this...but overall, it was so good to travel, wonderful and cozy spending time with family (immediate and extended) and really neat to celebrate the holidays in a different country. Finland has some pretty great Christmas traditions going on. In fact, the Helsinki airport is branded as "the official gateway of Santa Claus" - believe it! 

You can find some supplementary material for this post under #PappuJoulu2015- our official hashtag for the trip (Joulu being the Finnish word for Christmas. We kept saying "JOU-LU!" [in the spirit of YOLO], which my cousin Otto did not find amusing.)