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The Midi

Warmer days are ahead of us which can make dressing for work, interviews, and business meetings difficult. It's time to trade your slacks in for a midi skirt, long sleeve button ups for a black cutoff top, and get ready to rock dressy-casual like no one has seen before.

I fell in love with the midi skirt last December and my collection has been growing ever since. The three that I have were all found in Zara's sale section- I just can't get enough! This look started out with the basics: top, skirt, and shoes. Belts and hats are my go to accessories and I used both to give this look a little something extra. Nothing big or flashy, just some simple accessories with gold accents to give the look a little spice.

Like the look but not a fan of the ensemble? Ditch the belt or switch up the hat- just have fun with it!

About the look:

Top, Hat, Belt: Forever21

Skirt: Zara

Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Photograher: Megan Holloway/ MUA: Sable Desiree

In Bloom

I haven’t lived in Seattle for long, but since moving here I have felt so blessed to live in such a beautiful state. Every year in Skagit Valley, WA they grow row upon row of the prettiest tulips and daffodils you’ve ever seen, thus marking the beginning of the Tulip Festival. Last year I missed the glorious sight by a week as the flowers bloomed and were cut down earlier than usual. I didn't make that mistake this year and it was just as beautiful as I had imagined it would be. It's about an hour drive from downtown Seattle and lasts until April 30th. If you have the time I'd highly suggest making the trip. Wear a pretty dress, dance through the flowers and have someone take photos of you to remember the moment; I promise it'll be worth your while.

Lookbook

I have found a real appreciation for local businesses thanks to my time living in Seattle. My fashion roots started in Ohio where supporting local business isn't as big of a deal as it is in the Pacific North West. Since my move I have found a new respect for those who've created a brand and make clothes by hand. I recently had the opportunity to meet Victoria, the woman behind Kheops.

Her story is a little different from most I've met; she recently moved to Seattle from Europe in hopes of making a name for herself and her clothing line. Back home her brand is well known and has sold hundreds of pieces, so you might be asking yourself why she chose to move to Seattle. Not knowing much English, she decided to move to an area where she already had a network of friends and family who could help her make this the perfect starting point.

40 plus looks; 3 models in 8 hours! It was humbling to be a part of something so fabulous. You can only see five looks here but you still see just how versatile she is. Something fun, sophisticated, short, long, fitted, and loose- she has made all of this and even more! I love how unique the clothes are, not like anything you may see on the runway. A one stop clothing shop with various kinds of fabrics, all sorts of colors and various styles of clothing. Kheops is set to launch their website at the beginning of May but for now you can follow all of her adventures and new designs on Instagram and Facebook!

Photographer: Tereza Janakova / Makeup: Taylour Chanel

Rooftop Chillin

About a year ago I did a shoot on a rooftop for the first time. Since then, I’ve fallen in love with this kind of location shoot. I would say about half of my personal styled shoots have taken place on top of Seattle's many parking garages. It was only fitting that my second time working with Miranda Todd would include an adventure to one of my favorite spots in downtown Seattle.

I love styling outfits with a lot of black, so its no wonder why this skirt from Chen Burkett stole my heart. Not only is it my favorite color but it also has pockets, a stylish and functional piece. Spring fashion is in the air so I decided to warm the look up with some nude tones and a pop of color. You can keep an outfit simple while still having some fun with it. Simple doesn't have to mean boring :)

Look details:

Top- BeBe

Skirt- Chen Burkett

Clutch- Forever21

Shoes- BCBG

Photographer: Miranda Todd MUA: Sable Desiree

New Year

They say that you can't move forward without first taking a look back. It's a new year and my first post is from my last collaboration in 2015.

When I first started blogging, I didn't have a blog- I was just a girl with an Instagram. Eight months ago after a few failed attempts at making a website and starting a blog I finally did it! The "it" meaning writing my first actual post. It hasn't been easy but boy has it been worth it.

I was scrolling through my Instagram feed when I came across a giveaway for a skirt by Chen Burkett. It was the first time I had ever come across her clothes and I loved everything about them. The various prints used, color, the style and fit- so then I started following the brand on Instagram. A few weeks ago I saw that Chen Burkett was following me on Instagram, and I fangirled SO hard. The following week I received a message from her asking if I would be interested in being one of her brand ambassadors, and of course I said yes.

I never felt as though my work was paying off more than I did in that moment. This all started out as a hobby in my backyard when I would ask my sister to take photos of me on my phone. 3 years later I am working with a designer states away in New York. What a way to end 2015. You'll be seeing a lot of these designs on my blog, but for now take a look at how I styled some of Chen's pieces.

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Photographer: Steve Korn/ Designs: Chen Burkett/ Makeup: Kayla Beltran/ Hair: Mackezine Valerio