Tangerine Top

Tangerine Top

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This past weekend was special as we were able to spend Father’s Day with both sides of our family. My husband’s parents as well as my parents live on parts of Puget Sound so we were lucky enough to spend the weekend at the beach.

It’s still relatively cool around the Seattle area, especially near the water, so I opted for longer sleeves and jeans to stay warm and keep it casual for the weekend. I’m hoping we get some warmer weather here soon!

In the meantime, I’m enjoying this bright colored shirt. It’s from Aritzia which is one of my favorite stores. I just happened to walk into an Aritzia once in Whistler, Canada several years back and loved everything in the store. Unfortunately, back then there wasn’t an Aritzia in Seattle but in the past few years several have opened up in the Seattle area and I have been shopping there ever since. I like that they carry some unique brands that I haven’t been able to find in other US stores.

This top is on sale right now which doesn’t happen very often! The brand of the shirt is TNA and it’s one of my favorites. It definitely offers an edgier version of athleisure.  I have several of these shirts in different colors and they are very soft and work well for layering.

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Top: Aritzia | Jeans: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Shoes: Rainbows

xo

Hillary

 

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Weekend Getaway

Weekend Getaway

Last weekend my husband and I took a little weekend trip out to the peninsula. Our jobs have been really stressful lately and we wanted a nice weekend away to just relax. From Seattle it only takes about three hours to get out to the coast and to the Pacific Ocean. We had been talking about staying at Lake Quinault Lodge for a while now and I’m glad that we did. Our room was recently renovated which was really nice and we had a nice view of the lake. The lodge itself is very cozy with a huge wood burning fireplace and lots of large leather couches that other guests were reading and playing card games on.

We really lucked out on the weather. It definitely was very chilly but no rain or wind and the sun was out the whole weekend. Before we checked in at the lodge, we drove an extra 45 minutes out to Ruby Beach. We did a little hike down to the beach and explored around the various rock formations and caves. I definitely recommend the extra drive to check the beach out.

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By the time we made it to the lodge and checked in we were ready for dinner. I had read some reviews online about the restaurant at the lodge and they weren’t that great. And there really was only one other restaurant option in the area which is one mile up the lake, Salmon House Restaurant, and it was delicious! They were very accommodating about my gluten restrictions and you can’t beat the view. Nathan I both had different salmon dishes and were both very pleased with our meals.

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On Sunday morning we went for a 2.5 mile hike on one of the many trails in the Olympic National Park. The trail started just across the street from where we were staying. It was freezing and there was frost everywhere, but it was still very beautiful and nice to be out in nature. There was even a really nice waterfall on our hike, which was definitely an added bonus. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway in the Pacific Northwest, I would definitely recommend driving out to the peninsula and visiting all the places that we did, you won’t regret it!

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XOXO

Hillary

OOTD: Minted Skort

OOTD: Minted Skort

Yes a skort. I know, I know I’m sure you’re thinking that’s so nineties. However, I saw Giuliana Rancic wear one that was almost identical to it on E! News earlier this summer so I figured it couldn’t be out of style, right?

To be honest, I wasn’t really a big fan of skorts back in the nineties, but with the cute asymmetrical front panels on this skort it made it so fun I just couldn’t resist. This would also be a really easy outfit to dress up with a nice pair of wedges or heels.

I wore this over the weekend for my niece’s second birthday as it’s still been really hot here in the Pacific Northwest. No complaints here! I hope we get a few more hot days before the weather turns chilly again.

On a side note, the bracelet I’m wearing is my absolute favorite. My husband gave it to me for Christmas as he knows that I love sparkly things! It a great piece that works well dressed up or down. I hope you have a happy Wednesday!

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2014-09-07 12.59.24Top: Francesca’s | Skort: Talula | Sunglasses: Kate Spade (similar) | Bracelet: Nordstrom

Sandals: BC Footwear (similar) | Nail Polish: Sonia Kasiuk