Sunday, September 18, 2016

Marigold, Denim and Clogs

Photos by Ale Veyna

Outfit Details:



Madewell 9" Rise Denim (Available in Davis Wash)




Marigold is one of my favorite colors to wear, yet I don't seem to have enough of it in my wardrobe. There's just something about the color that immediately brightens up my mood and makes me feel confident. That is why I knew I had to have this marigold swing tank when I was out shopping for business casual attire a few weeks back. While the color makes this a very fun piece to wear, the warm shade and the print of this top are still subdued enough for the office. 

As you can see, what makes this piece so great is that it's also perfect for everyday wear. I was going for a 70s vibe with this outfit I wore for a day of running around LA with my sister Ale, so I paired this top with high rise jeans and wooden clogs. To keep true to the retro feel of this look, I chose to wear the bow tied lower and near the neckline, instead of how it's styled on the model. I would also recommend wearing it this way if you're looking for a more "modest" look since it can be a bit revealing otherwise. 

Before I go, it rained a bit in Portland this weekend, so I'll have to warn you that you may soon start seeing me in more transitional outfits on the blog. I feel confident that I'll do a much better job at packing on the layers this fall and winter seasons since I already have one year of experience of dressing for PNW weather under my belt, but I'll let you be the judge of that!

xoxo,

Helen 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Palermo, Buenos Aires

Photos by Atsuko and Me

Outfit Details:
Denim Jacket 
Madewell 9" Rise Jeans (Available in Davis Wash)


Today I'm sharing a few photos from my trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina. While I was there for the purpose of taking a class to learn more about business in Argentina and Chile (I'll upload photos from that trip later), I did make an effort to do some exploring here and there whenever I had both the time and energy to do so. On my last day in Buenos Aires, my friend Atsuko (pictured above wearing a beanie) and I made a quick trip to  Palermo, a colorful neighborhood filled with cute shops and restaurants. 

Although we got to Palermo pretty early in the day and most of the shops were closed, visiting this part of town was still very worthwhile. Palermo has a very cool bohemian vibe to it, and I enjoyed simply wandering around and looking at all the colorful buildings and beautiful street art. And while I did not get to do much shopping, which was probably for the better, it was fun checking out all the store windows and taking in some style inspiration while I was there. I think checking out local fashion trends is always a fun thing to do whenever visiting a new place. Don't you agree? 

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One challenge in packing for this trip was trying to figure out what to wear since it's currently late winter in Chile and Buenos Aires. Luckily, as I was trying to figure out my wardrobe, Shea sent me a beautiful hand knit wrap from her Etsy shop Knit by Design that served as the perfect accessory during the two weeks I was in South America. Although Shea has many gorgeous options to choose from, I picked the wrap in "chain mail" because the neutral color makes it easy for me to combine with almost everything in my closet. Just to attest as to how versatile this piece is, I recently wore it as a shawl draped over a navy sundress on a cool summer night, and it made me look just a little bit more put together than if I had just worn a cardigan. 

In terms of the quality of the wrap itself, I absolutely love how soft the material is and that it drapes so nicely. This is definitely the type of piece that makes me look forward to the changing of the seasons just so that I can wear it more often. And that's saying a lot coming from me!

In my opinion, this is a piece worth investing in if you're on the market for a cute and versatile wrap to wear this upcoming fall and winter seasons. And if you are considering investing in a hand knit wrap, you have an added incentive since Shea has been kind enough to offer readers of this blog 20% off any Knit by Design purchase with the code: SWEETHELENGRACE. 

As always, thanks for reading! 

xoxo,

Helen

P.S. I'll be uploading more photos from my trip in later posts, but you can check out little snipets of what I've been up to on my Instagram

Monday, September 5, 2016

Santa Monica, CA

Photos by Ale Veyna

Outfit Details
Round Sunglasses
Top Shop High Waist Bottoms (Similar here and here)


Going to the beach has always been one of my favorite summer activities, but I haven't been able to enjoy many beach days this summer since it's quite challenging getting to the coast without a car. Luckily for me, the new Expo line takes you all the way to Santa Monica so I was able to spend some time at the beach while visiting family in LA. Ale and I got up bright and early on Saturday morning to make the two-hour trek from Pasadena to Santa Monica, which actually goes by pretty quickly if you have a set of headphones and a good playlist.

The train drops you off right in Downtown Santa Monica, so Ale and I made a pitstop at Demitasse for coffee and pastries and walked past the Santa Monica Farmer's Market before making it to the beach. Since the beach near Santa Monica Pier can get very crowded on summer days, Ale and I decided to pick a spot that was a bit further away. I would definitely recommend doing that if you're seeking a much more relaxed and quiet day at the beach.

Now let's talk about my bathing suit! I've had to improvise with swimsuit tops in previous summers since it can be hard to find one that fits me well, and this year was no exception. I was looking for something cute that would provide enough support, and this strappy sports bra from Forever 21 fit just the criteria. These high waist bottoms from Topshop that I purchased two years ago are still going strong since they are comfortable, provide a good amount of coverage and can be combined with pretty much any top. I'm always a fan of pieces that are versatile and stand the test of time.

As always, thank you for stopping by my blog! 

xoxo,

Helen

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