minty fresh: the summer blazer.

mint blazer with a striped shirt

Blazer: JCrew Factory. Shirt: JCrew Factory. Jeans: Nordstrom. Shoes: JCrew Factory. Bag: Rebecca Minkoff. (similar here and here on sale!) Sunglasses: Kate Spade. Necklace: similar here.

Last Sunday, after church we went on a long family bike ride, our first of the season.  I say first, but the truth is my bike’s had a flat tire for over a year, so it’s been awhile since I last mounted my little yellow steed.

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a very tropical jumpsuit.

culotte jumpsuit 1

Jumpsuit: Ann Taylor. (sold out.  similar here and here.) Jacket: Nordstrom. (similar here and here.) Clutch: Nordstrom. Shoes: ASOS.

This culotte jumpsuit sold out in record  time and it’s no wonder why…

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everyday, madewell: a perfect peasant top.

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Top: Madewell.(on sale!) jeans: Madewell. Wedges: Steve Madden. Bag: Michael Kors. (similar here.) Sunglasses:Kate Spade. (on sale.)

On Saturday we went over to Shilshole bay and spent time on the marina.  Craig is getting ready to start sailing lessons in a few weeks and he needed to pick up his class materials, so we decided to make a day of it.  We couldn’t have planned more gorgeous weather if we wanted to.  The Sound was literally dancing in the sunlight and all the boats looked so gorgeous in the blue water.  Afterwards we walked over to Golden Gardens beach park and (attempted) to fly our kite, play in the sand and stop for a little treat at the end.  Perfect Saturday.

I don’t think I’ve talked much here about my deep and abiding love for Madewell.  This peasant top stole my heart last week, and it was perfect for our Saturday outing.  Also, their denim is literally magic.  I swear you can wear their skinny jeans day after day and they never stretch out.  Never!  Plus, they’re nice and fitted but somehow still magically the most comfortable jeans I’ve ever worn.  This is my second pair of Madewell skinnies and I am addicted.

Let’s circle back on this top, shall we?  Because someone finally made a peasant top with flattering sleeves and I feel like that deserves a paragraph all to itself.  I loved this top the second I spotted it, but I kind of figured it wouldn’t be very flattering– this style rarely is on me–and then low and behold, it was!  It’s a new favorite, that much is sure.  My mom has a real thing for blue onion, so of course I’ve always loved anything even remotely resembling that print. And this top just sings blue onion…

Mom would be so proud…

perfect spring outfit

to a tee: an easy way to style a t-shirt dress.

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Dress: Old Navy. (I went up one size for a looser fit.  also similar here for a better price.) Bag: Michael Kors. (love this color.) Hat: Target. (in store, similar here and  here.) Shoes: Nordstrom. Jacket: Old Navy. (similar here and here.) Lips: MAC. (Please Me)

I always come up blank when the weather goes from cold to warm suddenly, as it often does during spring in the Pacific Northwest.  Last week it was cold and rainy half the time and today, we’re forecasted in the mid-80’s with lots of sunshine.  I’m not a huge fan of shorts, so I usually turn to dresses when this weather pops up, and I love a good comfy knit t-shirt dress for a busy week day, because it’s casual and keeps me cool, but I still feel put together.  When it’s warm out, how to style a t-shirt dress can be a tricky business because the last thing I feel like doing is adding layers.

I usually fall back on my second favorite thing (after layers) for putting an outfit together: accessories.  In the summer, that usually involves cute sandals, sneakers or espadrilles, big sunglasses (Kate Spade are my favorites), a light jacket tied around the waist (for when it gets cooler in the evening) and a hat (I’m completely obsessed with boater hats right now…)

I hope you have a lovely Monday!  Ava and I are playing hooky for a few hours and heading to the beach for a picnic with friends… make sure and follow along on snapchat. (I’m dresscorilynn over there. ;-)

Nothing like a sunny day in Seattle…

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