I spent the last week wishing I could trade the snow covered streets of Seattle for Holiday Hogsmeade, but since that's outside the realm of possibility I'm getting my act together and sharing some of my favorite shots from my December trip to Universal!
This year my sorority little, Kiran turned 22 and is preparing to graduate from the University of Washington! She's one of my best friends, so I wanted to celebrate her birthday and gradation in a really special way - we had met after my big, Taylor recruited her to Sigma Kappa and quickly bonded over our love for Harry Potter so a weekend at Universal Studios felt like the perfect thing. We both donned our house scarves (she's a clear Slytherin, and I've always identified most with Ravenclaw) and drank butterbeer from morning to night. I'm so grateful for our time spent together, and the fact that we were able to travel together to a place we both love so much! The magic was so alive for the holidays ?
Now I just have to hope that Kiran doesn't leave me to move back to Washington DC anytime soon. These past 4 years we've had as Big and Little are everything I hope for when joining a sorority and I can't wait to share this friendship for the rest of our lives ?
You can shop my Hogwarts student-inspired look below, as well as some of the items I couldn't leave the parks without!
Items from the park aren't able to be linked via LTK, but can be shopped at the Universal site below:
PS. If you're interested in more HP pics, check out my previous post from Universal Orlando!
One of the best parts about planning a trip to Disney is picking what you're going to wear! Disneyland is a place where it feels easy to be yourself and wear something on the quirkier side, which is why I knew my December visit was the perfect opportunity to rock a vintage style dress covered in carnival food 🥨
I talk non stop about the snacks at Disney, from ice cream bars to those cheese sticks from Corndog Castle. I just had to share my love for all things fried and Mickey shaped! And then when I found these handmade ears from ShinySkyRainbows on insta I about died. They're inspired by the Mickey burger merch from Tokyo Disney, which I've been wanting to get my hands on forever, so not only were they a great compromise, but honestly the ideal way to complete my look. I lost count of how many compliments I received, and how many people asked where they could buy them. Unfortunately they're a little tricky, since the shop is restocked rarely and with limited quantities but if you love food ears as much as I do it's definitely worth trying! Fingers crossed that I can land a pair of the lollipop ears next time 🤞🏻
My next visit to Disney is in the end of March after my week at Alt Summit, and I'm overflowing with ideas for more #DisneyStyle so stay tuned ☺️
"What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year." - Leslie Knope
February is the month of love, and in my opinion there is nothing better than supportive female friendships! Galentine's Day is a celebration of that love and support and the perfect excuse to gather your girls for a day of pampering, a cute brunch, or a bff date night.
I wholeheartedly believe that behind every strong woman are strong women, and I'm so grateful for all my girls - especially my fellow Seattle bloggers. These 3 ladies (Lashonya, Amy, and Alex) are so lovely and make #communityovercompetition a reality! Setting up our Galentine's Day "Styled Shoot" made for such a fun day, from decorating the GRLS studio in Tacoma to getting to work with a professional photographer and florist for the first time (shout out to Vetiver Designs and Swolfe Photography ?)
We all have very different personal styles, so it was exciting to lay all our pieces out on the floor and choose our looks together. Normally I make a mess of my room trying to figure out what to wear, and resort to asking Tyler his opinion ? It was a nice change having my fashionable friends around to help with those decisions! Another plus is that Valentine's colors are 100% my personal aesthetic - there was no shortage of possible outfit combos in my closet.
We also made sure to cover a variety of occasions, with looks ranging from casual denim to dressy lace!
I'm still smiling looking at all the photos and thinking about how perfectly everything came together for this shoot! Everyone had a vision and they blended together for our dream Galentine's Day. A highlight for me were the gorgeous flower crowns by Vetiver Designs ?In my ideal world I would get to wear a flower crown everyday, but I'll settle for the fairy princess feeling I had during our shoot.
Whether you're planning a Galentine's Day event of your own, or are just looking for that perfect date night look I hope this post can help! I've linked our looks (and similar pieces for those that are sold out) below, along with some fun party decor:
Galentine's Day Decor!
A couple items we styled are still available online, but couldn't be linked by LIKEtoKNOW.it:
I just want to start by saying that not only is this one of my favorite Disney looks to date, but is also probably one of my favorite looks overall!
When I saw this coat at Target, I knew immediately I was in love (in the words of Marie Kondo - it sparked joy) and Tyler convinced me that I should definitely buy it. I'm so glad he encouraged me to go for it, because when it came time to pack for my December trip to Disney packing was so so easy! What better place to rock hot pink fur than the parks? A few years ago I don't think I would have had the confidence, but I couldn't stop smiling when I wore it!
Pink and yellow is the color combo I can never resist, and I often pair this dotted top with another bold shade. In fact I previously styled it here, with a white cardi in front of what I consider the best photo spot in Seattle! Plus the top is flowy and light, which ended up being a saving grace seeing as how I was wearing a giant fuzzy coat in 75 degree weather ?
As for shoes, I always recommend choosing comfort over style (to a degree at least) when you're visiting the parks. Converse are too flat for some people, but I'm usually lucky enough that they don't bother my feet too much. We were walking back and forth between DLR and DCA for a full 12 hours two days in a row, so naturally I was a bit sore but had I opted for a trendier pair of shoes like booties or my heeled sandals I would have been in much worse shape!
If you're interested in shopping this look, I've linked some of the pieces below! Luckily the fur coat is still in stock in most sizes, and also comes in a taupe shade as well. The yellow top is a couple years old, but I've linked a few alternatives:
I'm pretty sure I've been promising a San Diego travel guide for months (see as how I went back in September of last year..) so I've finally gathered my thoughts, and finished editing all of the photos. I took so many of each place we tried, so I narrowed it down to a select few little shops that I highly recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing afternoon in SoCal!
1. Sage Sisters -
One of our first stops in San Diego was North Park, where we walked around to find all the best shops (and a few places I had scouted on instagram beforehand). Sage Sisters was one that we stumbled upon out of luck, and I'm so glad that we did! Part florist, part gift shop, it was 100% adorable. I left with a handmade alpaca, and Brittany picked out some enamel pins.
2. Pigment -
Pigment on the other hand was definitely one of the locations I had been wanting to visit for awhile. One of my favorite bloggers, Taylor Sterling shares pics from the perfectly curated boutique pretty regularly, and I was over the moon to discover it was even more dreamy than I imagined. I really had to practice self control here, since everything was my aesthetic and I can only bring so much home on the plane. In hindsight I wish I bought one of the succulent arrangements, but again self control was essential and my little apartment (and boyfriend) would probably disagree about whether another plant is necessary.
3. Communal Coffee / Native Poppy -
The Coffee + Flowers sign is famous on instagram, so naturally I had to add it to our to-do list and see what the hype was all about. Brittany and I decided it was the perfect place for breakfast before our day at the zoo, and we were right. Combining a coffee shop with a florist makes for a great morning, especially when there's a plant shop right next door. My fruit and yogurt parfait was super delicious, and Brittany got a lox bagel that she enjoyed too! If I lived in San Diego I'd be stopping here for my coffee and flowers fix as often as possible.
4. Holy Matcha -
Holy Matcha was a highlight of our weekend to me, from the drinks to the yummy donuts, and the overall ~vibes~. I shared more photos in a previous post, which you can find here.
These are only a few of the places we visited during our trip, and weren't the only ones we fell in love with. San Diego is so full of fun things to do, and I can't wait to go back! Here's hoping it's sooner rather than later.
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