Day to Night with 7 Charming Sisters

Even though Valentine’s Day has come and gone, that doesn’t need you need to pack away your red hues and date night outfits quite yet! There’s still time to celebrate the love you have with your significant other, family, friends or even your favorite critter. After all, shouldn’t we be celebrating the special moments in our lives every day?

With love in mind, I couldn’t think of a better piece than a slinky velvet midi dress to create the foundation for a night out on the town. Of course, if you’re like me, you probably wouldn’t wear an outfit quite like this to work, so I’ve dressed it down a bit so that you can easily swap out a few key pieces to make your outfit go from day to night in just a few minutes.

Day to Night Outfits // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog
Disclosure: Thank you so much to 7 Charming Sisters for partnering with me on this post! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The first thing I did was grab a few pieces of jewelry I know would easily transition from day to night. I discovered this pretty Free Hearted Black Lace Choker and Semisweet Ring from 7 Charming Sisters, the cutest online jewelry boutique created by seven “work sisters” who have been colleagues for more than ten years. The sisters are: Paula, the elegant Classy Chick, Kim, the vivacious Life of the Party, Jennifer, the dedicated Fashionista, Donalda, the flirtatious Social Butterfly, Jessica, the Smart and Sexy Nerd, Kimberly, the cute Girl Next Door and Melissa, the sporty Super Mom.

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How to Make New Gal Pals in Adulthood

With today being Galentine’s Day, I thought it only made sense to share some thoughts on friendship. In my post-college years, I realized how difficult it was to make friends as an adult. The opportunities to reach out and find new female and male friends is just not there quite as often. You get up, go to work, come home, and repeat. Unless you happen to make friends at the office, at your local lunch spot, or during your everyday errands along the way, it can be a challenge.

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After hosting a Galentine’s Brunch event with Bissinger’s Chocolatier at Bottlehouse in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood this weekend, I came to realize how fortunate I am to have made so many new friends during this stage of life. It’s not easy to put yourself out there, and it can be hard for an introvert like me to feel comfortable introducing myself to strangers. Joining friends over a glass of bubbly and chocolate (may I add, the new Bissinger’s Chocolate Covered Bing Cherries are probably the best thing I’ve discovered in awhile? Seriously, in love!) was the perfect way to celebrate Galentine’s Day, a day for celebrating the special gal pals in your life.

If you’re not quite yet feeling like you have as many gal pals in your life as you’d like, I totally get it. I felt the same way a few years ago. Fortunately through blogging and exploring my adult interests, I have been able to cultivate a small but amazing group of people I can call close friends. It wasn’t without a few stumbles though, so if you want to know a few surefire ways to make new friends, today I’m sharing my suggestions and road-tested ways of finding them!

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Laundry Hacks to Make Clothes Last Forever

If I had a dollar for every time one of my garments got ruined because of a laundry mishap, well, I’d have quite a few dollars. Honestly, I’ve learned a lot over the years from some major laundry accidents. Living with roommates who just threw it all into one load and then piled everything in the dryer was an eye opener. I’ve come to realize that if you want your clothes to last forever, or close to it anyway, you have to be an advocate for them. Yes, I know this sounds a bit crazy, but I have clothes that have lasted me for the majority of my adult life which means only one thing: take care of them, and they will last.

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When it comes to caring for your clothes, you have to have the right tools for the job. My arsenal of laundry supplies has waxed and waned over the years, but the tried and trued stick with me. For me, that means a high-quality laundry soap, dryer sheets, hangers, a lot of lint rollers (dog mom problems!), and a sweater stone for those once a year sweater trims.

I discovered Persil ProClean Laundry Detergent while shopping at Walmart this year, and the brand new Pro10 formula is impressive. I know this because, just yesterday morning, we had a little accident involving a dog, a broken planter, and a mess of dirt all over my white fur “blogger” rug that I took these photos on. I’ve tried to clean it before to no avail with other detergents, but Persil ProClean Pro 10 cleaned it right up. I don’t know how it did it, but it must have been those 10 Dimensions of Clean. All the heart eyes emojis for that save!

Laundry Hacks to Make Clothes Last Forever

Other than the tools for the job, I’ve learned a few laundry hacks that I hope will help you avoid some of my past mistakes. Learning the hard way is never fun, but I’m willing to take one for the team if that means passing on my wisdom. With that said, here are my favorite laundry hacks to make your clothes last forever! (Or as long as possible, anyway.)

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Outfit Ideas for Galentine’s Day

You know what my favorite weekend activity is? Brunching. It made the top of my Valentine’s Date idea list and when it came to planning a celebration of all things Galentine’s Day, my friend Megan and I knew brunch it was! We set off to meet our friend Julia at Pomegranate Bistro in Redmond for a little blogger catch up and girl time.

It was a gross day; gray and rainy, but we braved the storm because when you wear a cute outfit, it must be documented! Fortunately, Seattle bloggers are used to the rain and are willing to do almost anything to get the shot. We didn’t come prepared with the right outfits exactly, but we made it work. Anything for the blog. Almost.

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Galentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

So what goes into the makings of the perfect Galentine’s Day outfit with your gal pals!? For me, there are a couple of staples plus a few wild cards that went into this outfit. I thought I’d share with you today a cute and comfortable outfit that’s perfect for a date with your girls for Galentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas + What to Wear for Couples

Figuring out something to do for Valentine’s Day is always a challenge. If the holiday falls on a weekday, it’s hard to feel motivated to want to do something special with your significant other. If it falls on a weekend, getting reservations at your favorite restaurant can be a straight up nightmare.

The thing is, though, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a cause of stress or cost an enormous amount of money to celebrate. In fact, while it’s a holiday to enjoy, it ranks low on the list of things I worry about. Why? Because to me, Valentine’s Day is more about celebrating the company you keep (whether that’s your significant other, or if you’re single, your gal pals for Galentine’s Day) then it is about making a big gesture or doing something incredibly romantic.

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15 Fun Valentines Day Date Ideas for Couples

For us, Valentine’s Day ends up being a fairly casual holiday. We typically don’t get too dressed up (mostly because my birthday is right around the same time, so we’ve recently done a fancier dinner and date night out). When I was brainstorming ideas for Valentines Day posts, I knew I wanted to challenge myself to style both Dave and I. After popping over to our local Fred Meyer; I had several outfit selections for Dave to approve or reject. Both entire outfits came to about $150 each (that includes shoes also!). Once we were in our new Valentines Day outfits, it was just time to figure out what exactly we were going to be doing in them!

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