Monday, December 31, 2012

The Best of 2012

January - I traveled to Las Vegas to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday.

February - I got introduced to a new form of exercise - Yoga.

March - My boyfriend and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary :)

April - I learned how to hula dance and performed at Hawaii Club's Lu'au!

May - I ran my first 5K run! The Color Run - Photo credit to my friend, Misa

June - I graduated from the University of Washington. Go Huskies!
Photo credit to my friend, Lauren

July - I went to the happiest place on earth - Disneyland/California Adventure!

August - I started my first full time job.

September - I celebrated my birthday with my family and close family friends.

October - I started my blog, Stylish in Seattle :)

November - I drove up to Vancouver, Canada with my sister - Sister Weekend.

  December - My extended family celebrated Christmas in the sand in Hawaii.

2012 was an amazing year! I hit a few milestones in my life: graduating from college and starting my first full time job. I'm proud to say that I tried some new things along the way too. From learning how to hula dance to starting my blog, I am so thankful for everyone who has supported me. I am so blessed.

Happy New Years! I'm looking forward to 2013 :)

The World is My Oyster

To finish off my December travels, my final trip of the year was to Bainbridge Island. I took a ferry across the Puget Sound and met with an amazing group of people from my church for the weekend. Normally, we travel to Central Washington with fresh snow however I didn't mind the change of scenery this year. The beach was our backyard!

All in all, I am grateful that I could travel to 3 different places this month. Now that I have some time to reflect on my travels, there are so many beautiful places on Earth! Louis Armstrong could not have said it any better "and I think to myself... what a wonderful world!"

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas in the Sand

This Christmas, I traveled to Hawaii with my family. This trip was my first vacation from work and I enjoyed every minute of it! Everywhere I went, I always wanted to stay as long as possible so I could admire Hawaii's beauty. One morning, I hiked up Kaiwa Ridge at sunrise with some of my friends. The view was amazing! It was definitely worth waking up early for. Not only was I able to enjoy Hawaiian scenery from the hike, but I was also able to see it 3,000 feet above land in a helicopter! I felt like I was on a date on the Bachelor! What a lovely 10 days... Mahalo Hawaii for such a warm and wonderful vacation.

Friday, December 28, 2012

After Christmas Sales!

Christmas is over and sales are everywhere!
Where might you ask? Check 'em out :)

Aeropostale - Up to 70% off through Monday, 12/31

Anthropologie - 30% off all sale items with code WOW30

Asos - Up to 50% off further reductions & new lines added

Banana Republic - 30% off already reduced items with code BRSALE30. Ends Wednesday, 1/2!

DSW - 50% off and it's going fast off of select boots, heels, flats, galore!

Express - End of the season is here! Save up to 60% off & 20% off of sale items

Forever 21 - 50% off sale items with code HOLIDAY50. Ends Monday, 12/31

Gap - 25% off all regular price items with code GAP2012. Ends TOMORROW, 12/29!

H&M - Great finds from $3 skirts & beanies to $5 scarves to $10 cardigans. IN STORE only

JcPenney30% - 50% off thousands of items

J.Crew - Free shipping on all order with code FREESHIP. Ends Sunday, 12/30

Kate Spade - Enjoy 25% off all sale items with code 25SALE

Loft - 50% off everything! New arrivals not included. Shop with code SAVE50!

Macy's - After Christmas Sale extra 15% off until TOMORROW, 12/19

Madewell - 30% off sale styles with code BYEBYE

Nike25% off all clearance items with code COMPETE through Wednesday, 1/2

Nordstrom - The Half Yearly Sale for Men is here! Men, time to stock up on some more ties :)

Old Navy - Up to 75% off in stores & up to 50% off online

Sunglass Hut - Buy one get one free offer on all sale items with code NEWU13 through Wednesday, 1/2

Target - 50% off the Target + Neiman Marcus collection

Urban Outfitters - Get What You Really Wanted sale with items up to 60% off

Vera Bradley - 40% off the following colors until 1/8: Very Berry Paisley, Mocha Rouge, Floral Nightingale, Rhythm & Blues, and Rosy Poises

Happy shopping everyone!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Starlight Weekend


Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas :)

This month has been crazy to say the least. I traveled to a few of my favorite places and spent time with some special people. A few weeks ago, I flew down to California to visit my boyfriend. I was beyond excited to see him again. One of the highlights of my trip was going to see the Festival of Lights and walk around the Grove. Everything was beautiful! I felt like a little girl again. I was so happy and in total awe of the pretty lights and displays. It was a great way to begin the holiday season!

Check back soon to hear more about the rest of my December travels!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Work Wednesday: Express Yourself

"Dress for the job you want, not the job you have."

When I started my marketing job, I quickly learned about our company dress code. Not because I was told what to wear, but because I learned it for myself. Everyday, I was very observant. I took mental notes of what people were wearing. After seeing my co-workers five times a week, I noticed a few things about their style. Everyday, my co-workers wore black pants and black shoes. The only thing that would consistently change was their shirt. As the new girl who was trying to figure out everything, I wore black pants everyday too. 

But after a couple weeks, I got bored. After wearing black pants to work everyday, it was only a matter of time that I would get tired of them and want to dress differently. This was when I realized that I don't need to wear my new Anorak jacket or trendy colored jeans to be stylish. I could be stylish in a more professional way. I wasn't confined to wearing black pants like I thought I was. There are a million different ways of dressing for work and I'm ready to find out!

As you can tell, I have a strong interest in fashion and I like to express myself through what I wear. So I'll leave you with this: whatever you wear, wear it proud and don't forget to express yourself. :)

Top: Gap
Coat: H&M - similar
Skirt: H&M - similar
Heels: Target - similar
Tights: Nordstrom
Belt: Forever 21 - similar
Earrings: Nordstrom - similar

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Work Wednesday: Early Bird

I've been working for 4 months now and this night owl is a night owl no more! Instead of pulling all nighters during my college days, this girl needs her beauty sleep. By 11 pm, I'm in bed and asleep. I wake up at 6:45 am and I'm out the door by 7:15 am. Yes, you read correctly... I have gotten my morning routine down to 30 minutes. It may not seem fast to you but I am proud of it!

Who would've thought that I would be an early bird...
(well for the weekdays at least!)

Top: Nordstrom - similar
Pants: Gap - similar
Coat: Zara
Heels: Target

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Fresh Flannel

As I was driving home the other day, I decided to take a nature walk. Even though I had so many things to do, I felt the urge to turn around and stop. It was the best decision I made that day. Oh how I love to smell fresh air! After a long week of work, I felt so refreshed. It was just what I needed.

So as we approach this busy time of year, in the words of Jack Johnson 
"Slow down everyone you're moving too fast..."

Top: Roxy - similar
Jeans: Old Navy
Scarf: Nordstrom - similar
Boots: JCPenney - similar