Spring Digs & Duds, Beauty Boxes, + Giveaway

Affiliate Links // Some items were sent to me as samples, but it was up to me to share them or not. All opinions are my own.

Oh, hi, remember me? I used to blog here. Then life happened, and I had to take an unexpected hiatus from blog life. I don’t think I’ve ever disappeared for that long, but honestly, it had to happen.

I might as well tell you now what’s been going on. We’ve been moving. Early in May, I thought we should look into selling the condo. The condo market has finally rebounded in Seattle (unlike the housing market, which has been booming for awhile, and now with the housing shortage, there’s a market for smaller properties again.) We interviewed several real estate agents, hired one, and moved forward. There were a lot of things that went wrong. Epically wrong. Hence why I had to give up blogging (mostly) for about two weeks. I had posts planned, but when your house looks like a construction zone, it’s kind of hard to take photos or get any work done.

Anyway, I won’t bore you too much with details here because the point of today’s post is to be fun. With this week marking the first week of summer,  I thought it was the perfect time to recap some of my favorite spring discoveries, and what I received in my beauty boxes the last month and a half or so. Plus, I collected some goodies from my arsenal to share with you, so be sure to enter that giveaway below!

End of Spring Digs

Spring Beauty Favorites: Viktor + Rolf Precious Oil, Adia Kibur Stella Tassel Earrings, and Inglot Eyeshadow // Hello Rigby Seattle Style & Beauty Blog

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Marigold ($25)

This was one of two lip colors I packed on my Vegas trip, and I absolutely fell in love with this pretty red-orange color. It’s so summery and fun, and the formula is creamy and leaves my lips feeling comfortable and hydrating. It’s not particularly long-wearing. However, I didn’t have to reapply it that often and fortunately it’s not they type to end up on my teeth either.
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Iced Coffee + Icebreakers

DisclosureStarbucks kindly provided iced coffee + items from their summer collection to me, but all opinions about their yummy iced coffee are my own!

If you know anything about Seattle, then you probably know that we love our coffee. We love it a lot, in fact. So much so, that many mornings the first words out of my mouth have to do with begging for coffee. Maybe a slight exaggeration, but I really can’t function in the morning without coffee. The addiction is real.

90s Denim Jacket with Pins + Striped Summer Outfit // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog Photos by Angie of Chasing My Halo + Hilary of The Cutie Life (who are also featured below!) 

When the weather starts getting warmer, I start craving the iced varietal. The stronger, the better, so I was super stoked to find out that Starbucks had released their iced coffee formula at the grocery store in both a fridge size, perfect for many, many glasses full and in the convenient single serving size too, which is perfect to grab on the go. The thing I love about coffee is that it often brings people together. Something about gathering over a cup of coffee feels familiar and so much less scary.

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Black + White Summer Travel Outfit

Affiliate Links // Some of the items in this outfit were provided c/o and are labeled as such.

As spring comes to a close and we start seeing signs of summer (oh, you know, like multiple days of 80+ degree weather!) I find myself feeling the urge to  get out and about and explore the city. This year, we have a few extra things on our plate (more on this later, promise!) so we’re not doing any big summer vacations. While I’m not entirely thrilled about that, there’s no reason we can’t do smaller weekend jaunts, which is why I’m really excited to do some staycations here locally, and head up north to Canada for a little Vancouver, B.C. adventure. As the weather heats up, I’ve been inspired to dress in this vacation-ready summer travel outfit.

Is it nerdy of me that one of the things I look forward to most when traveling is outfit planning? I always like to pick items that I think reflect the area I’m visiting best. When we went to Florida last year, I was sure to pack my tropical off the shoulder dress and my Mara Hoffman Sarong that’s full of bright colors. When we went to Paris last summer, I was sure to pack all of the stripes. ;)

Summer Travel Outfit: Levi's Trucker Jacket with Dress // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog

What I’m Wearing

Dress: BB Dakota c/o Schoola
Jacket: Levi’s Trucker Jacket c/o Fred Meyer
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff Regan Crossbody in Poppy
Necklace: Purre Boutique (similar)
Rings: Pearl Ring, Chevron Stacking Rings
Shoes: Adam Lippes for Target (similar)
Hat: c/o Fred Meyer
Sunglasses: Betsey Johnson c/o Fred Meyer

Hair & Makeup by Sharell Katelynn
Photography by Jenna Lynn Photography
Photo Styling by SuzeAnne Steben

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We’re All a Little Mad Here

This post was sponsored by HSN through the CJ Affiliate VIP Content Service. As always, all opinions are my own!

Growing up, fairy tales always fascinated me. It’s no wonder; with monsters that transformed into humans, anthropomorphic creatures, and mystical storylines, they really can captivate an audience from young to old. It’s what makes Disney movies some of my all-time favorites still to this day, and why I almost always advocate for seeing a “kids” movie when we go out versus the latest action thriller. Young at heart? Maybe, but mostly, I love getting lost in the story.

HSN Alice Through the Looking Glass Disney Inspired Outfit // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog

Alice in Wonderland is a great example of a storyline that for me, has improved with age. The unique set of characters, the bizarre world we’re transported to, and those costumes! The costumes are probably my favorite part. It’s no wonder that I was beyond excited to have the opportunity to pick a look from HSN’s recent collection inspired by Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass.

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5 Ways to Grow Your Blogging Community

There were many reasons I started blogging: I wanted to share my opinions about products I was trying, outfits I was loving, and adventures in being a first-time dog owner. I also wanted to meet other like-minded women and men who shared my passion and interests. However, since blogging takes place online, I thought it would always be from a distance. What I didn’t realize, and what I’m so happy to have found, is both an online community through blogging as well as an in-person one.

Jenn Haskins of Hello Rigby at Westfield Southcenter Style Boss Event // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog Photo by Vivian Hsu Photography

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet so many talented and wonderful women and men through blogging. It’s also been incredible to be connected with local businesses who understand what blogging is and trust us, as bloggers, to share our opinions to a whole new audience. Recently I was invited to speak on a panel of style bloggers at the #StyleBoss Event at Westfield Southcenter Mall. We pulled street style looks for a mini runway fashion show and talked all about summer trends and how to look put together and on-trend without breaking the bank. I recently guest posted on the Westfield Style Blog about five summer trends that I think every girl can rock, too.

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