Ladies in Navy

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sunset Glow

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Summer beauty to me is bare-faced. That elusive no-make-up make-up look that leaves you looking sun-kissed and not overdone. On the perfect summer day, you don't have time to reapply heavy coats of foundation in favor of reapplying sunscreen and dashing from park to park and outdoor activity to open-air restaurant. This weekend in Denver, we spent so much time on the go, in the warm and dry Colorado sunshine, that I just stowed some summer makeup staples in my bag and used them quickly while on the go - reapplying this Revlon lip stain in car mirrors and in reflective store windows and touching up my nails with a simple, professional nude Essie polish when they chipped terribly after a bought on some playground swings.

My no-make-up make-up look above seemed to match the setting sun over the Rockies that we've been fortunate enough to watch from our hotel balcony. Basking in such a warm glow each night, temps in the high seventies or eighties by the time the sun sets, has been nothing short of magic. But that being said, I am so happy to be returning to Portland tomorrow to a place where my lip stain doesn't evaporate within minutes in the 100 degrees and my eyeliner doesn't drip off my face every time I go from AC to unregulated outdoor temps. More to come of these simple makeup looks as the summer wanes - there's little better than a low maintenance look (from Walgreens no less) for a busy busy summer.

P.S. Snag a free gift (make-up brush set) with your purchase of $20 or more at Walgreens this summer through 8/30

Monday, July 21, 2014

Coral Sunsets

Photography: Leah Hope Photography

Top: Gap; Skirt: Ann Taylor; Heels: Michael Kors; Necklace: Stella and Dot (on sale!)

This outfit is one of my summer work style looks - a nude-ish heel, bright red polish on my fingers and toes, an eyelet skirt to keep cool in the bright sun, and a pop of coral. I think it is hard to break out of my navy and black and white routine, but when I do add a color into my wardrobe, I find myself so happy when I'm wearing it. The color seems to radiate off of my clothes and into my spirit. It also doesn't hurt that having some shoulders exposed and some blooming freckles feels more casual and less buttoned up than winter work attire.

When I went out to take some photos with the darling Leah, she commented on how fun it was to photograph vibrant color - the green in Portland's parks and forests, the bright of a summer top, the blue in someone's eyes. I have to agree with her. The beauty of flowers and freshly watered grass is something to be loved and cherished. Here in Denver, the homes are bright and colorful, giant roses and sunflowers dotting lawns, big purple flowers blooming on street corners. I can't help but see color everywhere we go this summer. Bring it on, world!

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Top: c/o Chicwish; Jeans: Gap; Heels: Asos

It's my 25th birthday today! Last year I spent it in Hawaii going on a french picnic in the mountains with my family. This year? I'm in Denver with my good friends (and bridesmaid) for a work trip turned extended weekend vacation! I certainly miss my cat, but it's really nice to be back in Denver during this warm weather and exploring with our friends. So far, we ate Mexican food, did a bunch of beer tastings downtown, bought some new books, grilled, swam in their pool, went out to a Creole cafe for brunch, and are headed out to do a french picnic redux in Denver today. We hope to catch some jazz in the park and maybe see a good thunderstorm roll through on this warm day.

I have been dying to post these photos of a new outfit (this Chicwish top is flattering and is only $19 and these boyfriend jeans from Gap are also on sale) and some gorgeous photos that Leah of Leah Hope Photography took of me early last week. She is a lovely lady that is visiting PDX this summer but normally works as a portrait, engagement, and maternity photographer in Phoenix, Arizona. If you're looking for someone to work with for some photos, definitely check out her out! I had such an awesome time partnering with her and hope to do a couples session with her later this month!

Have a great July 20th, all!