Mel’s Birthday Dinner

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Our dear friend, Melissa, turned 24 last week. She’s always so busy planning for other’s birthdays that we wanted to do something special and thoughtful for her. Since Mel knew we were planning a small get together, she insisted we keep it casual and simple so we tried our best.  Mel loves potatoes and everything that is made of them so what better way to celebrate her than throwing her a potato party! Inviting 20 of her closest friends for her birthday dinner this past Sunday, each person was charged with making a potato dish to share. Most of our decorations were things we already owned, were easily handmade, or easily attained.

Janice made  a large card out of poster board for everyone to sign and also served as another sign. We rearranged some furniture in their house and created an open space for everyone to be able to hand out in. The banner Janice bought is also a chalkboard banner so it can be reused over and over again. We stopped by QFC and picked up some flowers because who doesn’t love flowers? And we borrowed the Mr. Potato Heads from a family with young children for our potato themed meal!

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All the food that was brought was absolutely delicious and I was quite impressed with potato dishes people came up with. The classics, of course, were there such as mashed potatoes, french fries, and potato salad. But there were also dishes like Shepherd’s Pie, Tater teens (super yummy btw), and a potato bake. What is a “tater teen” you might ask? Well,  it’s like an adolescent version of a tater tot and quite possibly even more delicious! And while the food theme was potatoes, we still needed some protein and greens so there was also some mouthwatering smoked pulled pork + coleslaw, a strawberry/mango/mandarin spinach/spring mix salad, as well as a pesto pasta salad (one of my favorite dishes of the evening). Janice and I used these chalkboard coasters she bought from Target as food signs, aren’t they adorable?  We didn’t think they were very practical as coasters since they felt like cardboard and would probably fall apart if they got wet but they worked perfectly for food labels.

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One of my favorite food presentations was the curly fries buckets. Janice has these cute metal pails, again from Target’s dollar section, which are really versatile in what they can be used for. As you can see in the earlier photo with the card and a banner, a pail was used to hold the pens needed to sign the card.  I ate at a restaurant last week where they used a fancy metal cylindrical container to hold their fries which inspired me to do the same with these curly fries! Lining the pails with parchment paper, we loaded them up with curly fries. This is a super easy way and cost effective way to present your food so next time you’re scrambling to find plates or bowls, think of any other container you can use as well! Just line it with some parchment paper and ta-da!DSCF0592

See some more close ups of the food below:

 

Janice did most of the work on the cake and even though she kept calling it a disaster, we all thought it turned out lovely especially since she hasn’t made a cake in years and feels out of practice. The cake itself is a simple vanilla cake with a chocolate pudding + krackle chocolate filling iced with simple buttercream. It was pretty warm on Sunday so we kept running into challenges of the buttercream melting or being too runny but I think the cake turned out pretty nicely!

DSC_0377wI’d say the party was success and was a low-key as we could have made it. Everyone was comfortable and relaxed, especially Melissa. We spent the rest of the evening after dinner playing group games and just enjoying spending time with each other. I realized we forgot to get a group picture with everyone but here’s one of just the girls!

DSCF0630eAnd last but definitely not least, some OOTD for you all! It seemed like the theme for the party was also maxi dresses! Mel and Jess actually unintentionally matched perfectly in their black maxis and salmon-colored cardigans. Mel’s dress from Nordstrom and Jess’ from Loft.  Janice wore a pretty printed maxi which I really wish I had gotten a good photo of  and I wore a blue and white knit striped maxi from Gap. Maxi dresses are something I could wear forever, they’re just so comfy and versatile. I didn’t have a chance to take a lot of photos but here are just two:

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(Thanks Sean for many of the photos in this post!)

 

Boyfriend Jeans

DSC_0412wBoyfriend jeans are in, in, in and I’m not complaining! I’ve seen boyfriend jeans all over the  place and have been coveting a pair until I found these at Gap. Being quite petite, I worried about the loose fitted jeans making me appear even more stout but took a chance and bought them anyways. After trying them on at home again and wearing them out today, I’ve decided to keep them because they are so incredibly comfortable. For a person who hates wearing pants normally, I can see myself wearing these a lot this summer. This pair of boyfriend jeans are perfect for me because I found a pair in the “short” length, meaning I don’t have to roll the cuffs up a million times before they’re at the right length. Also, they’re distressed but not actually ripped unlike a pair I tried on at AE so I won’t accidentally make the rips larger.
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Paired with the perfect pair of sandal wedges and a tote (some of you may have seen these on my Instagram already) from Francesca’s that I’m currently obsessing over, this boyfriend jeans look was completed along with a belt. I’ve been studying a lot lately as well so I decided to forego the contact lenses today and sport my Furla brand specs. I recommend wearing shirts that are a bit shorter or cut off at your waist to avoid making your jeans look overly slouchy or your overall outfit too loose.

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DSC_0423wsTribal Tank: Nordstrom
Salmon-colored Cardigan: H&M (Men’s section)
Boyfriend Jeans: Gap
Harper Tote & Sandal Wedges: Francesca’s

A few of my favorite boyfriend outfits below:

 

 

 

A little bit of edge: the Look

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We’ll keep this post short and sweet.

I thrifted this fake leather skirt from Crossroads a few weeks ago and have been dying for a chance to wear it. I’d been looking for a leather skirt for awhile but nothing affordable ever fit right and even though this skirt isn’t real leather, it fits perfectly and isn’t too heavy. For a darker, edgier vibe, I paired the skirt with a dark grey print top from Urban Outfitters I found on sale earlier this year for 5 dollars and a necklace from Buffalo Exchange that gave just enough to the look. It’s one of my favorite new finds from the last few weeks and I’m excited to use it to accessorize more outfits. I absolutely love these darker pieces fitted together.

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DSC_0070wCrossroads Trading Co: Skirt (Forever 12)
Buffalo Exchange: Necklace
Urban Outfitters: Printed top
Charlotte Russe: Ankle boots

Next time, I’m definitely going to throw in some dark lipstick to complete the look!

Patterned Pants

Patterned pants can be found everywhere you look  this year. I’ve never been bold enough to wear them but I’ve admired my friends who have been confident in theirs. I found a pair a little bit ago that I really liked so I bought them, hoping to work up the courage to wear them someday and that day was today! (Well yesterday, since this is being posted a day late).

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Forever 21: Shirt
Nordstrom: Pants
Old Navy: Sandals
Necklace: from my mother’s college wardrobe

Not only do I love the pattern on these pants but also the style of these pants. They’re incredibly comfy and cute at the same time. It’s been a long few weeks for me so I was ready to wear something relaxing. The weather was cloudy most of the day but relatively warm. These pants allowed for a breeze and comfortable temperature. Pair patterned pants with other simple and solid pieces so there isn’t too much going on. The tricky part about this pants though, is my height. I’m quite petite, being only 5’1″ so I have to take note that the pants don’t make me look stout. But after such a comfortable day filled with compliments in these pants, I’m in love. Now I want to buy more pairs of these pants, patterned or solid!

The best things about these pants is you can dress them up or down! Check out some of my favorite looks below:

And as an added bonus, check out my friend’s fashion blog and her unique sense of style. Her confidence in her patterned pants inspired me to get a pair of my own!

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Fremont Exploration {Seattle, WA}

Having no classes Friday afternoons this quarter has been so great because I’ve had the chance to start exploring different neighborhoods of Seattle.  My friend Sarah and I decided to take a look at the Fremont area because it’s a very easy and short  bus ride from campus. I’ve been around Seattle for 5 years now and on campus for almost two but hadn’t ever actually explored Fremont.

Fremont is adorable, filled with small (and really expensive) boutiques and doesn’t lack places to eat either. The shop owners were all friendly and helpful, creating a comfortable environment to shop it. We spent so much time wandering through each one, wanting everything in the stores.

Here’s a peek at some of the cutest boutiques, go check them out for yourself when you get a chance!

{Dream Boutique}
Adorable store with clothing, shoes, candles, cards, gifts, acccessories, etc.
Visit their website

{Lamb Ear + Thistle}
Rustic shoe boutique with a simple and modern layout
Visit their website

{Burnt Sugar}
Paper goods, accessories, handbags, home ware, and a little bit of everything else!
Visit their website

{Gold Dogs Vintage}
Vintage, reworked, & new
Visit their website

And of course, I have to share the OOTD. A humid but warm Friday needed something comfortable and cute fitted for exploring shops.

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Forever 21: Blue sleeveless top, Triangular Aztec necklace
H&M: Black skater skirt
Crossroads Trading Co: Aldo Booties, black handbag
Crocheted cardigan- a gem found in my mother’s closet 

DSC_0509e3wIf you love what my pretty friend Sarah is wearing, you’ll love Free People!

Free People: Blue dress, bralette
Madewell: Brown strappy sandals
Purse- bought in London

If you want to know what we had for lunch, visit  my post on Homegrown Sandwiches!