Phillip Lim for Target Navy Outfit with Gardenia Black Tia Tights / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

Black & Navy // Link Love

22nd May 2015

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I’m so glad it’s Friday. And even better, the start to a long weekend! I figured I’d start off the weekend with an outfit, plus a little link love of what’s been going on all around the Internets this month.

Phillip Lim for Target Navy Outfit with Gardenia Black Tia Tights / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

What I’m Wearing
Top: Target x 3.1 Phillip Lim (similar)
Skirt: Target x 3.1 Phillip Lim (similar)
Blazer: LC Lauren Conrad Open Front Blazer, Kohl’s
Tights: Gardenia Black Tights, c/o Tia Tights
Heels: Corso Como Del Pump, Nordstrom (On sale and super comfy!)

Tia Tights UK Gardenia in Black with Navy Skirt Outfit / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

It’s finally heating up here so I’m thinking that means it may be finally the end of tights weather. But one last outfit with tights for the season! These tights are another pair from my friends at Tia Tights, and I can’t get enough of this gorgeous floral. I love the look of it going down the side of the leg for an unexpected surprise from the side! These are a lightweight and sheer tight, so these would totally be fine to wear in warmer weather. Well, probably not too warm, but you get what I mean.

Phillip Lim for Target Ruffle Top Outfit / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

And is it weird that I look forward to long weekends so I can actually read and comment on blog posts? And actually read all of the articles and posts I’ve been saving all week? I’m mostly just looking forward to this weekend to catch up. It will be nice to just have an extra day off.

Speaking of giving some blog love, how about a little Link Love for the week? I haven’t done this in a while, so I have some old and new posts and links to share with you!

Friday Link Love for May 22, 2015

– Have you checked ou the Nordstrom #NSale yet? I’m sure you have, and I’m being good and haven’t bought anything… but I do think I’ll pick up this fleece wrap cardigan for the plane next month. Plus, it’s less than $20!

– The latest viral fashion blogger isn’t who you’d expect. She’s a teenager with Down Syndrome, and she’s kicking stereotypes to the curb. Get it, girl!

– Have you heard about the next designer collab at Target? It’s with Eddie Borgo, a jewelry maker for luxury stores like Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. See a sneak peek at the line over at The Budget Babe.

– Now that it’s finally warm enough in Seattle, I’ve been dying to go barelegged. I haven’t braved it yet, but I think it’ll happen this weekend. Speaking of bare legs, that was the theme of Bri’s fashion link up this week, and I loved her outfit!

– If you remember my post on Lillian Eve and you were curious to try them but didn’t, now’s the time! They’ve started a Kickstarter to raise funds, and they need your help! I already backed them… their summer collection is beautiful, and their flat brushes are AMAZING.

– You need this: Rifle Paper Co x LeSportsac Makeup Bag. Okay, maybe you don’t, but I did, and plus you can use code WD15 for 15% off.

– If you’re a sunscreen lover like I am, you’re going to want to pick up this year’s eSephora Sun Safety Kit for $32. If you think it’s ridiculous, that’s okay, you can win one from me next month! ;)

– I’ve always wondered if lining your eye’s waterline is safe or not, and thanks to Christine at 15 Minute Beauty now I know the answer!

– Modern Mrs. Darcy shared her Summer Reading Guide for 2015. I can’t wait to add several of these to my list!

– I just signed up to swap books this summer at Life with Rosie, and I totally think you should join the fun too! I mean, who doesn’t need a new book?! Non-bloggers are welcome too!

– Flying soon? Nervous? Kristen at See You in a Porridge has you covered with her flight tips whether you’re anxious or not!

– Whole Foods is running a huge sale this weekend on meat, so if you’re heating up the grill, be sure to check it out.  From Friday, May 22 to Monday, May 25 you can save $10 for every $50 you spend in the meat department!

– This article on how to select the perfect wine with dinner is so helpful! I always struggle with picking something off an unfamiliar wine list.

– Did you know you should always optimize your images for the web before uploading them? Kristie at Blog Ambitions is breaking down how to do it using Photoshop or PicMonkey.

– I feel like I’ve seen a lot of fellow bloggers feeling burnt out lately (changing seasons maybe? Warm weather? Who knows!) so I loved reading this article from Blog Brighter on the topic!

– I’m looking for guest posters! I’m going to be out of the country next month and would love to have a few fill in for me while I’m gone! If you’re interested, shoot me an email.

Whew, lots of posts to share this time around! I’d love to read even more, so if you’d read or written something great recently, leave it in the comments below! Self-promotion is totally acceptable in this case. ;) Have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

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Fringe Cardigan on Petite Outfit / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

Fringe Cardigan Outfit

19th May 2015

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You may recognize this cardigan already if you keep up with my Stitch Fix adventures, as it was a keep from my last Fix. These cardigan outfit photos are actually a little bit old… it’s kind of nice to have “back ups” for a rainy day. Even if today wasn’t really a rainy day at all, I just figured I’d better post this outfit before it gets too warm for this to look completely ridiculous. Granted it rarely is that warm in Seattle, but still.

Fringe Cardigan on Petite Outfit / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

What I’m Wearing
Cardigan: Stitch Fix (exact)
Top: Nordstrom Rack (similar)
Jeans: Madewell Skinny Skinny in Madewell Rinse
Sandals: Mossimo Rylee Caged Heel in Cognac
Necklace: Forever 21, old (similar)
Photos by Hilary Joyner

Fringe Cardigan, Skinny Jeans, and Caged Heels Outfit / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

I wore this cardigan outfit last month to the SoFabU on the Road event that hit Seattle. My friend and fellow blogger, Hilary, and I carpooled into town and took in the event. I can’t say it was the most amazing conference in the world, or that it changed my blogging in any obvious ways. However, it was great to network, to hear from other like-minded people and to bounce some ideas off of one another. Now if only there were more hours in a day to actually execute those ideas…

Stitch Fix Sweet Rainn Fringe Cardigan / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

I paired my cardigan with these newer Rylee Caged Sandals that I picked up at Target. I absolutely love them, and they are so comfortable… but I would not recommend walking in these a ton the very first time you wear them. Case in point: me walking down to the Seattle waterfront and back… ouch. I am now left with a few really nice dark spots on my legs from where I had some angry blisters from the rubbing. What do they say about fashion and pain again? ;)

What’s your favorite way to style fringe? Or maybe you have some shoe breaking in tips? I’d seriously love to hear those! ;)

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My Beauty Story: Pretty is as Pretty Does / hellorigby seattle beauty blog

My #BeautyStory: Pretty is as Pretty Does

18th May 2015

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Growing up, my mom always told me, “Pretty is as pretty does.” You can be the most beautiful person on the outside, but if you’re ugly inside, you’re not beautiful.  It was a life lesson passed down to her by her grandmother. She always stressed how it was important to work on you as a person first, rather than be caught up in the beauty comparison game.

My Beauty Story: Pretty is as Pretty Does / hellorigby seattle beauty blog

A few months ago, I would have been ashamed to show you what I looked like without makeup. My skin decided to have a meltdown, and I too with it. I was getting a new crop of zits nearly every day. And not just a little zit, these were cystic acne that were deep and painful.

I was embarrassed. Humiliated with how I looked. I looked in the mirror at my jawline and neck and wanted to cry with what I saw there. I guess you could say I was lucky that the place where it showed up was generally covered by hair or by scarves, but it didn’t feel like luck. I even had a facial around Christmas time and saw someone different, and she suggested that I wasn’t washing my face enough. Seriously? I was probably doing the exact opposite. When I took my Bahamas cruise in January, even the masseuse took notice of my skin. She sent me away with samples of some “magic” rose capsules that she claimed would heal my problem skin… for the low, low price of $80 for a 30 day supply. Oh, okay.

So what did I do? I started reading. I read about diets and green juice and candida. I considered throwing out all my skin care and starting over. I thought about never eating cheese again. I considered throwing away all of my beloved dark chocolate because for sure those things (that I loved) was what was making my skin explode.

But you know what it was? It was me. I was so busy focused on the negative and looking perfect that I forgot to go easy on myself. To forgive myself (or, in this case, my skin) for having a moment. And the more pressure I was putting on myself and the more harsh skin care I was throwing on it was only making it worse.

What’s worse was I wasn’t pretty on the inside during this time. I was snappy, I felt ugly. I acted ugly. All because my skin was freaking out, which was probably exacerbated by my stress levels.

Dove Beauty Story No Makeup Look / hellorigby seattle beauty blog

So I stopped. I took a breath, stopped checking the mirror every chance I got, stopped touching my face, and I focused on me. And when I stopped being so upset about how pretty I didn’t look, my skin calmed down.  And today? Those struggles are just dark spots and hyperpigmentation, and some are not even there. Yes, there are scars, but they will fade. And the best part? If I don’t feel like seeing them, I can cover them up with a little makeup. Those cystic pimples? Yeah, not so much.

I guess what I’m getting at here is that what matters most during the struggles is to be pretty on the inside. To focus on treating yourself in a kind way, and to treat others that way too. And when all hell breaks loose on your face? Be kind to it. Go back to the basics, whether it’s your plain old water, a Dove Beauty Bar, a fancy face scrub, or something else.

So that’s part of my #BeautyStory, and now it’s your turn to share yours, like this 4 generation family of women who have what beauty truly means figured out. Watch their story and shares yours on social media with #BeautyStory, or in the comments below!

Do you have someone in your life that has inspired your #BeautyStory? What life lessons and traditions did they pass on to you?

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What I Read in April & Semi Charmed Summer Book Challenge / hellorigby seattle book blog

What I Read in April & Semi-Charmed Summer Challenge

15th May 2015

I’m a little behind on getting my book post up for April, but I’ve still been reading lots! I read some winners this month, as well as a few duds. It happens and seems to, unfortunately, be happening a lot more recently. But in between the duds were a few gems, so read on to find out what they were! :)

What I Read in April & Semi Charmed Summer Book Challenge / hellorigby seattle book blog

What I Read: April 2015

I Am Having So Much Fun Without You by Courtney Maum – ★★ – This was just not enjoyable. A man has an affair and is whining about the loss of her… until he suddenly realizes how much he misses his wife. This happens just in time for her to figure out his affair, and so he tries to win her back. I did not enjoy the narrator and could not get into this book.

Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ★★★★ – I absolutely loved this. It was terribly tragic, but overall a beautiful story of love and loss. Elsie and Ben are newlyweds, married only a short time, when Ben sets off to the drugstore to buy a box of cereal one fateful night and never returns home. Elsie feels something is terribly wrong and discovers a horrifying scene. I know it sounds like I’m spoiling this book, but I’m not as this all happens in the first chapter. It’s definitely worth the read.

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes – ★★★★ – At first I was a little bored by this one, not going to lie. But then the storyline began to unfold, and I started to get attached to the characters – an overworked mom, a bullied teenager, a genius, geeky math wiz. This family’s life is a car wreck, almost literally, as they try to get their family to the Math Olympiad in another country. I ended up enjoying this one.

Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace – ★★★★★ – Dave and I were listening to this for a few months in the car (yes months, it’s a fairly long audiobook!) This is probably my favorite non-fiction audiobook we’ve ever listened to. The narrator, Peter Altschuler, was amazing. He really was able to capture the feelings and emotions of the people he was describing. If you’re at all interested in Pixar or technology in general, I’d highly recommend this one.

Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson – ★★★ – A Hollywood star lands in Little, CA where Carter lives. When Adam Jakes comes to town, his crew sets out to hire a “girlfriend” for him to improve his bad boy image. Carter’s family is in the need of the money, so she agrees. As you can imagine, they magically fall for each other and drama ensues. Fairly predictable, but still a fun YA read.

Pieces of Georgia by Jennifer Fisher Bryant – ★★★ – This was listed as a YA but I felt this was mislabeled. I think it was a little immature for a YA (as the protagonist is 13, but seems much younger.) I’d say it’s more in the middle-grade category, and with that in mind, I think it was a good book and a very quick and easy read.

The Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg – ★★★ – This was my book club book for March, and I was bad and didn’t actually finish it in time. I don’t know, this book has an interesting concept, but I’m really not a big fan of historical fiction generally. This is set in 1920s Singapore, and 17-year-old Agnes is struggling to keep her family afloat while their palace is trying to be taken from them.

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern – ★★★ – I have mixed feelings about this one. Overall, I thought this was a good book, but I did find the main character, Amy, a teen with Cerebral Palsy, a bit insufferable. Anyways, she meets Matthew, with struggles of his own with OCD, and he becomes her caretaker. When they begin to realize their similar battles, they begin to have feelings for each other. While I liked the relationship, the way she treats Matthew and some of her other teen peers (who just seem uncomfortable with her disability, not cruel as she sees it) in a less than stellar way. Maybe I read it wrong, but it left me feeling a little :/.

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins – ★★★★ – A book that merges three storylines? Yes please. Love these kinds of books, so long as they’re done well. I actually randomly picked this one at the library without knowing a thing about it, and I’m so glad I did. A teen who’s just discovered she’s pregnant, a boy who loves another boy who is HIV+, and a teen girl who’s perfectionist life is catching up with her take the stage in this book. Definitely recommend this to YA fans.

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom – ★★★ – This reminded me a bit of a combination of older movies… I was thinking a lot of Some Like it Hot while reading this. Overall, an interesting book with a lot of scandal and an interesting storyline for a book set in the 1940s, but I can’t say I was super captivated by it. (Think women’s and LGBTQ rights.)

Goodnight June by Sarah Jio – ★★★★ – For those that enjoyed The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (which if you haven’t read yet, I highly recommend!), you will love this. June’s great aunt has passed away and has left her the estate, which includes a beloved bookstore. All is lost with the store, debts and double mortgages, until she discovers communications between her late Aunt and Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon, a beloved children’s story. I couldn’t put this one down!

Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu – ★★★ – In concept, I thought this book sounded super interesting. Life by Committee is a secret society where you tell a secret, and you receive an assignment. For your secret to be safe, you then must complete the assignment. Sounds like the makings of an interesting storyline, right? Overall, I was just disappointed as I didn’t find that to be true. Oh well.

The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne – ★★★ – Honestly, this was not a book I enjoyed, however I did think the storyline was creative and the overall writing wasn’t bad. It’s basically a dystopian novel set in Mumbai about a woman who sets off on a journey, and another woman from a different time period who does the same. Not what I was expecting, but it may be of interest to those who like futuristic dystopian novels set in foreign lands.

Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff – ★★ – I just couldn’t with this one. I didn’t make it too far before homophobic language was used (referring to something as “that’s so gay”) as well as just a deplorable writing style. It reminds me of how kids used to talk… in the late 90s and early 00s when they didn’t know any better. Considering this was written by a grown man fairly recently, I just had no interest in continuing to read it.

Semi Charmed Summer 2015 Book Challenge / hellorigby seattle book blog

Semi-Charmed Summer Reading Challenge

I’ve also decided to jump back into one of Megan’s challenges… which I’ve never completed. Oops. Fingers crossed this time I finish! ;)

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (440 pages)

10 points: 
Read a book you have never heard of before. (Just go to a shelf and pick a book based on the cover, the title, whatever you want!)
Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer (384 pages)

10 points: Read a book that has been on your TBR list for at least two years. (If you’ve had a Goodreads account for 2+ years, this will be easy to figure out. If you don’t, do your best to pick a book you’re pretty sure you’ve been wanting to read for years.)
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (400 pages)

10 points: Read a book that won a Goodreads “Best Book” award in 2014.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso (256 pages)

15 points: Read a book by an author who is completely new to you.
The Martian by Andy Weir (384 pages)

15 points: 
Read a book by an author you have read before. (No re-reads for this one.)
Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes (392 pages)

15 points: Read a book with “light” or “dark” in the title. (Or “lightness” or “darkness.”)
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (531 pages)

20 points: Read a book with the name of a city, state or country in the title.
Paris was the Place by Susan Conley (368 pages)

20 points: Read a book with an animal on the cover.
Dewey the Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter (277 pages)

25 points: Read a book that is part of a series with at least four books.
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad Series) by Tana French (429 pages)

25 points: Read a book that is longer than 500 pages long. — Submitted by winter finisher Kristen from See You in a Porridge.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth (525 pages)

30 points: Read a book with an alliterative title. (All words in the title must begin with the same letter; no exceptions for articles or prepositions. Examples: Gone Girl or Nicholas Nickleby. Yes, this is tough, which is why it’s worth the most points!)
Model Misfit by Holly Smale (356 pages)

My Reading Challenge Updates

Total Books this month: 14
Total Books read this year: 52 / 150
Total Books Read for the Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge: 5 / 12
Total Books Read for the e-Reader Challenge: 2 / 10 | (Points: 8)
Total Books Read for the Semi-Charmed Summer Challenge: 0 / 12
Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy and Semi-Charmed Kind of Life

What have you been reading lately? Anything you recommend or don’t recommend? I’d love to hear about it!

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White on White Outfit: Levi's White Boyfriend Jeans, James Perse Sheer Slub Panel Shirt, SJP Lady Pumps / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

White on White

13th May 2015

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This is the first year in my lifetime that I’m not going to be home for the most patriotic holiday there is (at least to me)… the 4th of July. We’re going to be in Paris this year for the 4th. While I couldn’t be more excited to be traveling in Europe, it does make me a bit sad to miss a holiday I always celebrate with my family.

White on White Outfit: Levi's White Boyfriend Jeans, James Perse Sheer Slub Panel Shirt, SJP Lady Pumps / hellorigby seattle fashion blog

What I’m Wearing
Top: James Perse Sheer Slub Panel Shirt, thrifted
Jeans: Levi’s 501 CT in Cottontail
Shoes: SJP Lady Pumps in Geranium
Necklace: BaubleBar x Anthropologie (similar colors)

I began to realize this week that we’re going to have to make the most of Memorial Day this year in terms of getting our patriotism on. Even though that’s not until the end of the month, this holiday is one that always sneaks up on me.

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