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Hey guys! Sorry for not posting yesterday – I left my camera in my friend’s car and on top of that, my iPhoto was on the fritz (thank goodness, it seems like it’s back to normal now), so I was worried about not being able to post, but I finally gathered all my photos together from this past weekend and am so excited to share them with you.

But first, let’s discuss my dress. (Excuse the raindrops all over us- it was drippy and wet all weekend.) I was a bridesmaid in a wedding on Saturday and got to spend the past couple days with some of my closest friends from college. The bride (my dear friend Julia) decided to have us wear dresses from a company called Little Borrowed Dress where you can either rent or buy your dress. I decided to buy mine because I loved the style and color so much. If you are looking for bridesmaids dresses that are beautiful, practical (the fabric doesn’t wrinkle!) and affordable, I would definitely recommend this company. They have a showroom in New York or you can just check out their dresses online.

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Lacy, Nicole and me. I’ve known these girls over ten years!

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Thanks to Lacy and Nate for taking these photos! 

Outfit Details:

Necklace: Nordstrom (Love this one too, which Nicole who is in the middle, is wearing.) / Dress: Little Borrowed Dress (in Slate) / Scarf: Street Vendor (in Soho) / Shoes: / Lipstick: Milani in Best Red / Nails: OPI in Thrill of Brazil 

See more photos from the weekend by clicking below!

(Photos are a mix from my iPhone and Nikon)

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This weekend I experienced my very first NFL game by going to a Browns home game in Cleveland. Truth be told, I grew up in a more baseball-centric household, so football was never really on my radar. But recently, I started paying attention to the Seahawks as my Seattle friends got me involved in watching the games while I was home, and then of course when we won the Superbowl, that sure helped a lot. :) But I don’t pretend to be a diehard football fan for the Seahawks or any other team since I am so new to it and don’t want to seem like a fair weather fan.

That said, Casey IS a diehard Browns fan and hasn’t missed a home opener game in over twelve years. So we decided to turn the weekend into a mini road trip and drive from New York to Ohio. (Thanks for loaning us a car, Ford!) We borrowed a cute little white Ford Fusion Hybrid and left bright and early on Saturday morning. It took us about 8 hours with only one or two stops along the way and luckily we didn’t hit any traffic or road work. We listened to music, talked, caught up on our week and laughed a lot. I love road trips.

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Sunday morning we tailgated for three hours (I opted for tea :) then headed to the stadium at 1PM. If any of you guys are Browns fans or heard about their win, the touchdown happened in the last few minutes and was pretty incredible. I think Casey is still in shock that the Browns actually won a game.

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The crowded walk to the stadium.

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All is all, it was a great weekend.

Today we are back on the road again to start heading home to New York, but first plan on swinging through either Pittsburg or Columbus to break up the drive a bit. If any of you are from either area, I would love suggestions on what to do, where to eat/stay. Thanks! Hope your weekend was nice and relaxing. xo

P.S. Are you guys football fans? If so, who do you root for?

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This is the only photo I could find from early September 2004. A group of us had decided to take a girls trip to Vegas for Labor Day as sort of a last summer hurrah. I still had one quarter left to graduate and needed an internship to finish my degree. I had decided that I wanted to complete it in New York and had to actually schedule the phone interview with Lifetime Television while I was in Vegas. I ended up taking the call in the hallway of the hotel and a few hours later found out that I had gotten the job. The back of this photo says 9/6/04, which means this was taken just days before I flew from Seattle on a one-day ticket to New York with my parents, two suitcases and my determination…the rest is history.

We arrived at JFK around dusk, found our hotel, which was a Holiday Inn down on the cusp of Soho and Chinatown, and ventured out for dinner. Not knowing where to go, we ended up getting a recommendation to eat at a place in Little Italy called Positano. Afterward, we made our way down to the Ground Zero to pay our respects to those who suffered because of this tragedy. At that point, it had only been three years since it had happened and the site was still very raw. It was my first time being down there since 1994 and it was incredibly emotional. Missing persons fliers were posted on the fences, candles were lit, people were crying. I cried. I will never forget that day and try and make my way down there every year, to reflect and remember.

The next four days were a blur as we raced around the city looking at apartments, not knowing what neighborhoods were ideal to live in or what rent was reasonable to pay to sublet a room in a stranger’s apartment. I ended up spending my first month on the Upper West Side on 82nd between Columbus and Central Park West with four other random tenants. 

Over the next few days my parents got me all set up with a blow up mattress, bedding, and a laptop, and before I knew it, it was Monday. I made my way to Midtown and began my first day on the job as an intern first at Lifetime Television. My first night alone in the city, I stopped into a bodega after work and bought myself a turkey sandwich, chips and a diet coke before settling into my new room. I remember sitting on my air mattress, watching  “You’ve Got Mail” on my laptop, eating my sandwich and slowly realizing the move I had just made and the reality of my situation. But I didn’t panic, instead I felt happy, excited and content that I was finally in New York City. I felt I belonged and was on my way. 

I had no idea what would come next, what the next week would bring, let alone the next year, or ten years, but from that point on, the ride has been unforgettable. I have made incredible friends and had many hilarious and memorable nights running around the city. I finally found a great apartment, had a slew of very interesting internships and jobs, survived the recession, started my own business, and have worked with and continue to work with amazing brands and people. I feel so incredibly blessed to have experienced such an amazing first ten years in New York (am I finally considered a New Yorker?!?!) and look forward to the next ten being even bigger and better.

I want to thank my Mom and Dad for their continuous love, support and belief in me, I couldn’t have done it without you guys. And thank you to all of you out there (you know who you are) for shaping and continuing to shape my time in this glorious city. I am one lucky, lucky, lucky girl. xo

*Today is a very bittersweet day. It has been thirteen years since the 9/11 attacks. It’s also my friend Rachel’s Birthday and my ten-year and Casey’s two-year anniversary of living in New York. September 11th is a day, that although it may represent something different to each of us, it will be remembered by all of us. xo

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So last night, I had a crazy realization. I was up late working, creating a post to celebrate what I thought was the blog’s 5th anniversary…but when I looked up my very first post, which was written on September 4th 2008, I was shocked to realize that I have in fact been blogging for SIX years today, not five.

What in the heck? Where did year number five go? I feel like they have all just flown by at record speed. I have no idea. But what I do know, is that I started this site simply to create a personal, creative outlet to express my thoughts and opinions on fashion and design, and since then have had the continuous and immense privilege to work with incredible brands, meet amazing people and receive the love, support and dedication from you, my lovely readers. How lucky am I? I mean, really. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there these past six years.

Now that September is here, I always find it a great time to feel inspired, start fresh and throw caution to the wind, diving head first into my deepest passions and reaching for my biggest dreams. So here’s to a great rest of the year. Cheers my loves! xo

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P.S. My Style Pill’s very first post, which was written on September 4th 2008. 

P.P.S. The post celebrating My Style Pill’s  first BirthdayHow different do I look in this photo?! 

xo

 

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Last Friday, Casey and I ventured over to Captiol Hill where we had lunch at Barrio, then drove over to Madison Park so I could show him Lake Washington. We spent time walking along the water and snapped a few pictures before heading back over to South Lake Union to meet friends for dinner. It was such a beautiful day and Seattle felt pretty magical. Summer here is just my favorite.

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I had to drop him off at the airport tonight (there may have been some tears) but I think the city stole his heart just as I was hoping it would. The trip was a great success and we had a blast. I will be in town for another week so stay tuned for more Seattle-centric photos! xo

Hat: Panama Hat (I found mine in a shop in Spain but this version by Anine Bing is pretty spot on) / Sunglasses: Karen Walker / Necklace: Forever 21 / Shirt: Zara / Skirt: Michael Kors (I found mine at a consignment shop, but I love this one by Current/Elliott) / Shoes: UGG (old) / Bag: YSL (on loan from Bella Bag)

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This past weekend I played tour guide with Casey and took him all around Seattle. It was his first time visiting so, of course, we checked out all the classic sites such as the Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and Alki Beach to just name a few. Tonight we are going to a Mariners’ game with my family and tomorrow, which is his last day, we’re going kayaking on Lake Union then having dinner at The Pink Door before I have to take him to the airport so he can catch his red eye flight back to New York. I will be staying here a bit longer since I have a bachelorette party in Whistler this coming weekend, but am hoping to have some more great photos to share for the next “Over the Weekend” post!

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Seattle in the summer never fails to dazzle me and this trip has been no different. If you ever have a chance to visit, I highly recommend it! xo

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Just a little hello from my backyard in Seattle. My Dad snapped these photos of me and Barney last night while we enjoyed the warm weather and some appetizers before dinner. Being here feels so good and spending time with this handsome guy is just the best. He loves to be touched, so whether it’s your feet resting on his back, a big neck hug or him backing up into and leaning his 145-pound body against your legs, it doesn’t matter, if he is being touched in some capacity, he’s all about it. My little cuddle bug, I love him so much. Anyway, I hope you all had a productive Monday and here’s to a great rest of the week! xo

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Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Wayfarer / Shirt: J.Crew (majorly on sale) / Jeans: Lucky Brand in “Olivia Skinny” (gift) / Shoes: Birkenstocks

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P.S. I thought it would be funny to share what he is doing right this minute. He actually just shifted his body to get even close to me. What a sweet boy.

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This past Sunday, we took a little day trip to Tarifa, to celebrate our friend Jami’s Birthday. It was about a two hour drive from Malaga, so we got up bright and early to beat the crowds and spent some quiet time on one of the nearby beaches. We soaked up the sun, applied massive amounts of sunscreen, ate more tapas and sipped cold beers. After a few hours, we drove back into the old part of town, which was just beautiful. The streets are narrow and winding and the views surrounding the town are incredible. It’s one of the ports where you can catch a ferry to Africa, which is also pretty neat.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…

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The keyhole-shaped entrance to the old and original part of town, which was settled in 1292!

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This whole trip, I let my hair air-dry, constantly wore my sunglasses (but that’s nothing new) and wore no makeup, except for the occasional swipe of mascara and a peachy lip color. I lived in my bathing suit and constantly had sand in my hair, but it felt pretty great to just be au natural and not worry about anything else. Sunday was no different for the most part, but I knew Tarifa was a special place and we were celebrating so I felt like slipping on something a little more dressy than just my usual shorts and tee. I had packed this dress hoping to wear it at least once, and it turned out to be the perfect piece to slip on to enjoy the second half of our day. I definitely had beach hair, which was still drying in these photos, so I wore my new favorite Panama hat and a bright lip for a pop of color.

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Fresh nuts and coconut slices!

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Africa!

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Thanks for following along over the past week and a half while I’ve been away in Spain – it’s been so fun to share these photos with you on the blog as well as Instagram. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have! xo