Linen Set x Paisley Noelle

This is the first of many posts to come from my recent trip to Europe. I thought about going in order and starting with our first stop in Paris, but I was too excited about this outfit post! Just before leaving to Europe, I designed and made this all white linen set to bring on my trip. I was inspired by a Faithful the Label linen set, however it was $300 and I couldn't reason spending that much on one outfit before a month in Europe. So instead, I visited a Jo-Ans Fabric store, got a few yards of white linen for $30, and went to work!

I have never made clothing before and this was my first time using a sewing machine. I didn't have a pattern so I looked up How to Draft a Basic Pant Pattern and used my own measurements to create a pant pattern on draft paper. I then traced the pattern out on the fabric, cut it out and sewed the edges together. The pants were a bit big in some places so I pinned them while they were on and re-sewed until I felt they fit right. Lastly, I inserted an invisible zipper on the left side. As for the top, I completely eye balled it. I cut out two squares and sewed an elastic band to the top of each. I then sewed the sides together and left the ends unfinished for a bohemian feel. This whole process took maybe 5 hours.

I am so impressed with how this set turned out and inspired to continue making my own clothes! The set was perfect worn around the resort we stayed in in Ischia, a small Italian island off of Naples. Here are some photos from our stay at Giardino Eden

Xx

Spring

I am so excited for Spring and all the new beginnings that are on their way! I have a big surprise for many of you and I seriously can't wait to share what I've been dreaming up these last few months! 

I recently shot with mega babe Mandee Rae, styling myself in two of my favorite items in my closet. Being bold and playful are two characteristics I love showing off through my style. If you don't have a crochet piece already in your spring wardrobe, I definitely recommend getting one! They're a timeless piece - and so versatile! 

P.S. Part of my surprise is I'll be gone for all of May, so if you'd like to collaborate or even just hang out before then, let me know! 

Xx

Wearing: Rat & Boa Dress / Zara Overall Dress (Similar Here) / Senso Booties

Photos By: Mandee Rae

At Sea

 
 

“I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea,

 

except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes,

and the light changes, and ships change,

 

it's because we all came from the sea.

 
 

And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears.

 
 
 

We are tied to the ocean.

 
 
 
 
 

And when we go back to the sea -

whether it is to sail or to watch it -

 
 
 
 

we are going back from whence we came."

 
 
 
 

Photographer: Talia Green // @greenteleaf

Wardrobe provided by @silvae.co

HMUA: Rachel Jordan // @racheljordanbeauty

Photo Assistant: Taylor Nelson // @broadz.biz 

Why I Will Never Shave Again...

Is there anything better than soft, smooth, clear skin?! Having healthy skin is so important to me; I don't let a day go by without moisturizing, or a week go by without exfoliating. When it comes to caring for my skin, my go to girl will forever be Dani Moe, owner of Cinnamon & Sugar Me Spa in Snohomish. At 23 years old, Dani is the epitome of a Girl Boss and is the most passionate and talented esthetician I have ever come across. Over the past year, she has even become a very close friend of mine and someone I admire greatly. I recently had my first full body sugaring appointment with her and ladies...my life has been transformed. 

If you don't know what sugaring is, it's a form of removing unwanted hair by applying an all natural sugar solution to the skin and then peeling it off together with the hair. Sugaring also clings to the dead skin cells so as your hair is removed, your skin is exfoliated. (Waxing on the other hand, clings to live skin cells as well - making sugaring a less painful option for hair removal). Now I might be sugar coating my legs, but let's not sugar coat the truth here: It can be painful. But it is definitely bearable!

Even though getting your hair ripped out of the most sensitive parts of your body is not an enjoyable thing, Dani some how made the whole experience so comfortable. She continued to check in to see how I was doing and payed close attention to how my skin was reacting throughout the process. Her attention to detail and genuine care for her clients is something rare to find. 

My skin was slightly sore the following day, and I was told not to apply moisturizers and avoid excessive sweating, as to avoid clogging the opened pores. It's been about a week since the appointment now and I am beyond thrilled with the results! I typically shave every other day, simply because I can't stand the least bit of pokey-ness anywhere. I haven't touched a razor in a week and my skin is smoother than it has ever been, EVER. Now that I know how smooth my skin can be, I honestly can never imagine shaving again. I am a fan for life and can't wait for my next appointment with Dani!  

She fills up weeks and months in advance so make sure to book an appointment ASAP! 

Sundays in Jag Jeans

Hello my people! It's been about awhile since my last post and I can't even begin to fill you in with all the newness in my life. Actually there's not a lot new... but I did recently get a job! Yesterday was my first day in 2 months that I had the opportunity to break away from nonstop chaos and finally get caught up on doing what I love: chatting with you all! 

So now that I am getting back into the swing of blogging, I wanted to kick it off by talking about something we all love: Jeans! Give a woman the right pair of jeans and she can conquer the world. Am I right? Denim is a staple in my life and finding a pair that are comfortable, high quality, and don't make my wallet cry is something few and far between for me. I recently got in touch with Jag Jeans, who make quality jeans for a killer deal, and couldn't wait to share them with you all! 

"Jag Jeans contour to their waist, flatter the hips and thighs, and provide ample coverage in the back. At Jag, they remain committed to the highest quality standards in fabric, workmanship, and long wearing comfort."

You may recognize the name through big retailers like Nordstrom and Amazon. I received a package from them a few weeks back and was so impressed with how soft their material felt. When I slip these babies on, I feel comfortable and confident, and what more could you ask for. The quality and comfort reminds me of my favorite Madewell Jeans, and at half the retail price as Madewell, they may even be my new go to. Being from Seattle, you also can't go wrong with their selection of cute flannel tunics!

You can check out their website HERE, and be sure to let me know which styles are your favorite! I'm trying to decide which ones I should try next :). Xx

Wearing: Jag Jeans Top & Jeans

Photos By: Lexy Bach

Life of the (Holiday) Party

'Tis the season to string some lights, spike the eggnog, and bring on the celebrations! With my 23rd birthday and Christmas right around the corner, these next two weeks are about to LIT! (Jk I don't actually talk like that. Who have I become...lol). I'm really just looking forward to spending my favorite time of the year celebrating with my favorite people.

With holiday parties in mind, my girlfriend, Allison (check out her blog, she's the coolest!), and I put together some fun looks from Pipe + Row. If you're shopping for the perfect outfit to wear for this season's festivities, be sure to stop by their boutique in Fremont! Also shout out to Nellie for being the greatest!

The Journey of the Self (A Yoga Look)

"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self." -The Bhagavad Gita

The above quote is one that's written on the toilet door stall in my yoga studio. Every time I read it I think about how true and relevant it is to me. I've come to a realization that a few things in my life have been preventing me from developing my individuality (a personal struggle I may share with you at some point in the future) but yoga has opened a door for me to nurture my own self growth. I'm so in love with this form of self discovery. 

I've practiced yoga on and off for the last 4 years, but it wasn't until about 9 months ago that I fully committed to my practice. Yoga has transformed me in many ways but most recently I've noticed a tremendous difference in my mind-body awareness. I'm so much more in tune with how my body feels and I'm learning to truly listen to it for the first time. Ive been extra aware of my feelings and getting down to the root of those feelings. I'm more conscious of the food that I need to eat and I'm finally figuring out how to recognize my gut instinct. It's really quite bizarre, and remarkable.

During a fun shoot with my lovely friends, Allison and Nellie, we shot some fun (and painful) yoga poses on a rooftop in Seattle. Both Allison and my looks are from one of my favorite yoga brands, Alo, conveniently sold at Pipe + Row in Fremont! I seriously adore this boutique. I believe shopping local and supporting small businesses in your area is so important. More looks from them coming soon! Xx

Wearing: Alo Leggings and Bra Top from Pipe + Row

Photos By: Sincerely Nellie Photography