Thursday, July 31, 2014

Patriotic

Nautical Week is fast becoming Red, White, and Blue Week for me. Perhaps I'm living in the 4th of July past? Haha! It seems that everything I have that's nautical is also red, white, and blue.

As I type this, I'm simultaneously watching the finale of the Bachelorette and feeling kind of annoyed with myself. This show is total crap! I could be doing a million other things. So, I blog to make myself feel less lame more productive.

Alright, alright. Here's my nautically delicious outfit for the day:


I feel like my hair was a major win today


Necklace from NYC on the road trip!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

3 Years

Today, Jason and I celebrate 3 years of being married (to each other, for clarification). For the occasion, I had to be thoughtful about how Nautical Week was going to fit into Anniversary Day. I came up with the perfect solution: My Savannah pants. Named as such because I bought them in Savannah, Georgia on our 8-week road trip last summer. Jason pushed me to get them and I'm really glad he did because I would have seriously, sadly regretted it if I hadn't bought them. They are wonderful, fun, printed, relaxed pants without a care in the world. If I were an item of clothing, I'd probably be my Savannah pants. They are cool, confident, and hassle-free. Just throw on a cute crop top with a quick top knot and you're ready to go!

Aren't they the best?


Proof of Nautical Week in the lobes

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sailboats

You know something? I love a challenge. Especially when it comes to clothes. I really enjoy finding a crazy vintage piece or a wacky blouse that seems too old to ever be new again or a weird pair of pants on clearance at Target and completely transforming them into something modern. It's creativity at it's finest for me.

Take this skirt, for example. This skirt was in the Goodwill pile of my former roommate. (She had a habit of buying super cheap items from Ebay and then discarding them almost immediately when she discovered they weren't exactly what she wanted. Though, I think she bought this skirt at a consignment store.) It was ankle length (ewwwww) and, frankly, it was UGLY. But, seeing as I am an innovative thinker and I can often realize the value in a long-forgotten piece of clothing (which is why I love thrift shopping so much), I snatched up this skirt and decided to cut it right at the knee. I had a vision. And I just knew it would come out looking adorable.

Welp, I was right. Per usual. Adorable! Granted, when I first tried it on after the cut, Jason said I looked like a preschool teacher, but luckily, I ignored him and now I think this is one of the cutest vintage looks that I own. Eat your heart out, Jason!

POCKETS!

So All-American, amiright?




Fits right in with Nautical Week!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Nautical Week!

This week is devoted to dressing as though one owns the wardrobe of a sailor. (Or the likes.) A nautical themed week! What could be better? (Well, maybe a week devoted to glitter could be better...or one dedicated to doughnuts...okay, let's be for real, there are many things better than a nautical theme. But that's beside the point!) ONWARD!


Little tiny seahorses on my dress!




Friday, July 25, 2014

A Long Sigh

The end of the week!

Finally.

The week actually went quite fast for me, but probably because it was a blurred time between restless sleeping and semi-wakefulness during which I wasn't entirely lucid. There were many times I started to daydream and then had no idea what I was doing when I snapped back to reality. Talk about foggy!

But each day gets better. As you might expect with a 10-hour time change.

This is also the end of Miscellaneous Week. Original, I know.

For the last day, I chose quite a refined top:

Oh yeah. You know it.

Still recovering

Nordstrom Fashion Show

Last night, my mother-in-law (an avid Nordstrom shopper and all-around classy lady) invited me to my very first live fashion show. In a collaboration between Nordstrom and Vogue (with all donations going to Seattle Art Museum), the show featured the new fall collections from many of the top designers in the industry: Gucci, Valentino, Prada, Nina Ricci, Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabana, Lanvin, etc.

I had a ball! Although I tend to buy second hand clothes, my love for the art of fashion runs deep and I loved every minute of my night with Marilyn and the fashion greats of Seattle.

Here are some (somewhat blurry iPhone) photos from the night:

My Jimmy Choos make their 2014 debut (don't tell Jason)

Lots of wine - only white to protect the clothes!

A beautiful Nina Ricci coat that I wanted to take home

My favorite Valentino dress - a steal at only $5595

One of my favorite pieces

The show went too fast - we couldn't tell who the designers were!

Love the monochromatic look for fall

...and the plaid. I'm a sucker for plaid! 

So flirty and girly and pretty!  

What I wore today wasn't nearly as exciting as the pieces in the show, but here it is anyways. I'm entirely uninspired this week! You know what that means? A little closet overhaul, perhaps over the weekend.

Love the color combo. And the ruffle! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lions and Tigers and Bears

Another teaser:

Isn't he beautiful? I was, like, 5 feet away from him in this photo

I'm deliriously tired right now. My body has been pretty good to me through this jet lag, but admittedly (3 days later), I'm starting to crash.

Here's what I wore today for Miscellaneous Week:

It was pouring this morn, so something comfy was in order

This is not my most favorite hairstyle, but I was too tired to shower

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Welcome Archer John!

I'm an auntie today!

Sweet Archer John: All 8 pounds, 9 ounces of him!

Looks just like my brother when he was born

And for what I wore:



This hair is a failed attempt at an old-school chignon

Africa stories start tomorrow: I promise!

Monday, July 21, 2014

I'm BACK!

An African teaser:

Marula the elephant: I was thisclose to her in this photo, no lie

Today was my first day back to work after our 17-day vacation. We traveled for a total of 31 hours over the weekend from Benguerra Island in Mozambique to Seattle, Washington. We took a helicopter over the Indian Ocean and then a small plane to Johannesburg and then a huge plane to Atlanta (a whopping16-hour flight which is currently the longest flight time in the whole world) and then another huge plane to Seattle. It's a 10-hour difference from the island, so I've been sort of a zombie face the last few days. Forgetful, foggy, detached, unaware. You get the picture.

Our trip was truly, truly incredible. I feel changed by Africa; it's a mysterious and intoxicating place. Full of emotion and contrast. Safari was wonderful. Our accommodations were luxurious. The food was delicious and ever-present. But (above and away) the best, most extraordinary part of our journey were the kind and selfless and humble people that we met along the way. It is an understatement to say that I have been moved by the people of Africa. My perspective has shifted. I realize that I have only interacted with an extremely small percentage of the people who live in each country that we visited, but my state of mind and my being have been altered by their stories and their situations.

Over the next few days (and, perhaps, weeks) I will share about our trip! It's much too lengthy to detail in one post, so I'll spread it out with pictures and stories and fun little tidbits.

In terms of my outfits: This week's theme is whatever Kelly is awake enough to throw on (aka Miscellaneous Week). Realistically, I have been waking at 4am, so I shouldn't have too much trouble putting things together, but I must be granted some sort of flexibility seeing that I did just shift 10 hours (which is almost half a day).

Today, I wore an oversized chartreuse sweater tee that I recently picked up at a garage sale in Green Bay. I liked the contrast of the bright greenish yellow with the black and white skirt. I chose nude heels to modernize the look. (In my opinion, black heels would be too "safe" and also sort of wintery. Nude heels scream summer.) My hair was a complete frizz-tastic ball of curls when I woke up this morning, so I chose to knot it around my head, almost like a French braid, but with 2 strands instead of 3. I pulled out some side curls to soften the look.




Hope everyone is having a fabulous summer so far. See you tomorrow! Which reminds me: I'm pretty certain that my new, sweet little nephew will be joining the world tomorrow! My brother's wife is being induced tonight (!!) at 39 weeks pregnant, so I'm hoping to have some good news to share when I post tomorrow evening. :)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Zebras on My Shirt

Dumela! That's hello in Tswana which is the official language in Botswana.

Tomorrow we fly out to Johannesburg via Atlanta and then embark on this journey:

2 nights in Johannesburg, South Africa (adjustment time) 
6 nights at various camps in Botswana (safari and animals!)
2 nights in Livingstone, Zambia (home of Victoria Falls!)
1 night in Johannesburg, South Africa (little layover stop)
3 nights on Azura Benguerra Island, Mozambique (beaches!)

I cannot even believe I'm going. It's completely surreal.

To celebrate my first trip to Africa, it was animal print week. Here's my last outfit:

So fitting, right?


I can't get over that the sleeves are the zebra necks!

See ya on the flip side!

For those of you staying stateside, have a Happy Independence Day and a beautiful weekend!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

No Tigers in Africa

The countdown is waning - tomorrow will mark only one day until we leave for Africa. (a;ldkfja;sfkj;ak!! I have so much to do!!) Beyond my work load, I have tons of things to pack and prepare at home. While we're in the southern hemisphere (it's winter there, btw), I'll try my darnest to blog (and email and Instagram and Facebook), but it sounds like internet connections are never guaranteed. We're gonna be out in the Bush, fer goodness sakes! I know you guys are gonna be dying to see a crazy ass picture of a lion or giraffe or leopard. (!!)

As a side note, I learned today that we will not be seeing tigers on safari. Please see my shirt below as a reference. 

I love how the leather shoulder details balance out my shape.


Playing with some filters

The print is so fun! Thrift shop. You know it.

 A selfie for good measure.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer in the City

It was so hot today. Seattle hit 90 degrees. The air conditioning went out at work. It was brutal. I am certainly not complaining about the weather (I went swimming tonight, after all!), but if I had to pick, I do like a little consistency.

I really wanted to wear a breathable outfit today, so I had to be a bit creative with animal print. It seems as though most of my prints are better suited for the winter (sweaters, long sleeve blouses, etc), so I had to pull out the embellishments.

Skirt is thrifted. Can you even believe it? Good find.

Still can't see the animal print?

There it is! Surprise!

I was so proud of this braid, I had to selfie the back of my head.

The pool we swam in tonight deserved a photo, too.