This shirt is totally out of my comfort zone, but I kind of love it. I’ve always been a little wary of anything that draws too much attention to the upper part of my body because of my fuller bust, so I had a major eye roll moment when I saw that one of this year’s biggest trends was voluminous tops… But honestly, they’re really starting to grow on me. After all, fashion should be, above all else, fun. And sometimes it’s a good idea to forget all the rules you think you know about what’s flattering on your body and just embrace whatever your drawn to. And for whatever reason, I was totally drawn to this crazy shirt.
_______________ OUTFIT DETAILS gifted Shein top (sold out – similar styles here) | Gap jeans (old, similar here) | Steve Madden shoes (also obsessed with these) | River Island handbag (and similar style here) | Etsy necklace | gifted Monica Vinader ring
The exact top I’m wearing here is unfortunately sold out at the moment, but SheIn has about a million other adorable statement tops (all under $20!) on their website. Their site is perfect for trendy items because everything is literally so cheap! And the quality is surprisingly good for the price, although I do recommend reading the reviews on each item to learn more about the fit before ordering. I’ve linked to some of my favorite statement tops from SheIn on the widget at the bottom of this post.
_______________ STATEMENT TOPS (Click on any of the images below to shop the item.)
Shopbop – my go-to retailer for quality trend pieces and designer fashion – just kicked off a MAJOR site-wide sale!
Take 20% off your entire order (OR 25% off orders of $500 or more) with code EVENT17 now through Friday, April 14th.
This is a great time to stock up on staples (like denim!) or fun spring and summer pieces! I’ve already placed an order for these, these and this. Check out my other recommendations below or start shopping the sale here.
(Prices shown before the discount – so take 20-25% off the listed prices. Click on any of the products below to shop.)
SPRING SHOES + ACCESSORIES
There are a myriad of reasons why Shopbop is tied with Nordstrom as my favorite retailer right now. If you’re looking for something well-made and stylish, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find it at Shopbop. Free and fast shipping (and free returns), styling suggestions at the bottom of every product page, and their well-curated selection of affordable fashion and designer options are just a few of the many reasons Shopbop is killing it right now.
Unfortunately, all the things I just mentioned are poorly kept secrets. So whenever Shopbop runs a site-wide sale like this, the good stuff tends to sell out fast! So if you see something you can’t live without, be sure to jump on it asap!
The midi dress + leather jacket combination is one I always seem to fall back on. Anything that is easy, comfortable and makes me feel pulled-together with little-to-no effort is a winner in my book.
Of course, stripes never went out of style – but I’m loving all the fun (not nautical or preppy) options there are this year! It’s certainly one of my favorite spring trends and obviously super easy to wear. My dress has long sold out (from an Australian boutique) but I’ve linked to a few other great stripe options in the outfit details section below!
Aside from a casual double date on Friday night (that I wore this outfit to), I spent most of the weekend relaxing. Carter and I stayed home and watched the Duck game at our place Saturday night. Ugh. Such a sad loss! I’m not even a sports fan but it still tugged at my heart strings to see my alma mater make history this year, then lose in such a close game!
This coming Thursday I’m heading to Whistler for my friend Emily’s Bachelorette Party! It should be a blast – I’m throwing it so I should know :) Feel free to follow along on Instagram and Instagram stories to see what we’re up to while we’re there.
Have a great week!
_______________ OUTFIT DETAILS old Esther Boutique dress (sold out – other striped styles I love: here, here, here and here) | old Zara jacket (identical here or in faux-leather here) | old Gucci bag (discontinued style – buy it pre-owned here and here) | addidas Stan Smith ‘mid top’ shoes (also love the low-top version) | David Yurman ring
In case you blinked and you missed it, I did a short segment for KATU Channel 2 last week. I had the pleasure of sharing some of my favorite skincare and makeup tips with Tra’Renee on Afternoon Live. I go into some detail about my somewhat unusual method of cleansing and the three key steps I recommend for your skincare routine. Then I talk about the “no makeup makeup look” and make a few product suggestions for how to achieve it.
You can watch the segment and shop the products I talk about below.
Everybody at the station was so welcoming and lovely to work with (and helped ease my initial jitters about speaking on TV).
It was a brief (7-minute) segment, so on I had to gloss over a few things that I didn’t have time to expand on, and I’d like to clear those up.
About physical exfoliation… Watching this back, I realized that I imply in this segment that I don’t think physical exfoliation is good for you. That wasn’t really what I meant, but I realize that’s what it sounds like. So to clarify – I don’t think all physical exfoliation is bad (and in fact I actually do a lot of it myself), but I do have some reservations about exfoliating scrubs. There is a common misconception that the harder you scrub your face, the cleaner it gets – which is not true! In fact, aggressive scrubbing can leave your face irritated, or expose raw tissue to bacteria and infection. Not to mention the whole microbeads issue…
So if you do use a scrub, make sure you’re using one that is gentle, biodegradable or dissolves in water. And for the love of god, don’t scrub hard!
Microdermabrasion, which does happen to be a type of physical exfoliation, is actually my personal favorite method of exfoliation and it’s something I’ve been getting done regularly by a professional for years now. I’ll talk in more detail about that in future post though, because I’m actually in the midst of working on a project with my esthetician for this blog.
I hope you enjoyed my segment, and I hope this long-winded explanation at the end cleared a few things up!