Tuesday Shoesday: Zara Quilted Ankle Boot

The best part about clothes and shoes is that you can take on different styles and personas depending on what you wear.  Something about these Zara Quilted Ankle Boots just scream sexy to me.  Paired with all black everything, I’d be happy to circulate these into my closet.


Zara Quilted Ankle Boot Set

Tuesday Shoesday: Nordstrom Sale Decisions

It’s hard to concentrate on fall fashion when it is still very much summer time, but every year when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts, we have no choice but to shift gears long enough to decide on what boots, sweaters, or jackets to grab before the price increases.  If you’re a Nordstrom cardholder, you gain early access to the sale online and in-stores, so S and I have been browsing for the past week.  I’m trying to decide between these black booties or the mixed material cardigan.  Both would be equally versatile this fall/winter, but which will I wear more?
Nordstrom Sale Decisions
Clarks Rosepoint Dew Booties-$90 sale/$140 after or Michael Kors Mixed Media Cardigan-$87 sale/$130 after
What do you guys think?

Tuesday Shoesday – Flats or Sandals?

Flats are storming spring and summer by rage this year and I have to say – I am loving this trend.  As the summer months get hotter, it may be tough motivation to slip your sweaty soles into a less than breezy flat.  No need to fuss though, Dolce Vita has compromised for you.

DV by Dolce Vita 'Zen' Sandal

DV by Dolce Vita ‘Zen’ Sandal can be found at Nordstrom.com – currently on sale for $52.89

The “Zen” sandal-flat will be super cute all summer long and will give your toes the fresh air they crave.  Available in Black, Cognac, Sea Blue and White.  I went for the Cognac to be sure they will go with almost anything, but I’m tempted to dive in with the Sea Blue as well…



Tuesday Shoesday: Festival Chic

As summer approaches we are in prime time for festivals.  With Coachella kicking off the 2013 season where I drool, gag, lust and horror over the celebrities outfits posted all over the internet and magazines.  Then after pouring over my instagram full of friends attending Stagecoach this past weekend, I couldn’t help my excitement for the upcoming summer of Sassquatch, Beer Fests, Tastes of and Bites of, Block Parties and Food Truck Meet-Ups.  Being who I am…I wonder…what shoes best fit these occasions, and how does one achieve “Festival Chic”?

I think being Festival Chic is about rocking the things you love that you can’t wear in the dreary winter months.  Bright colors, odd patterns, fringe – all at a fraction of the size that is normally acceptable in public?  I think it’s about feeling great in something you can wear the whole time.  I say this from the personal experience at The Gorge Amphitheater where the walk to and from camping is at least a mile.  Whatever festival you are attending this summer – here are my picks for shoes.

For the hippie-chic look. Planning on spending most time on flat ground and out of the grass. Perfectly paired with a maxi skirt or dress. -Steve Madden $110


For the rustic chic look with a few color options including yellow. Great with shorts and skinny jeans. – Anthropologie $89

Classic Toms with a Boho twist – Crochet. Perfect for shorts, skinnies, leggings, maxis, minis and anything in between. – Toms $58

Sure, Birkenstock doesn’t always get a lot of love, but honestly – How can you not love the new colors that come in this Earth Momma Chic shoe? Super comfortable – you could even wear them to The Gorge! -Birkenstock $120

Happy Festivalling!





Wonderful Gift Guide 2012

1000 Wonderful Things Gift Guide
1. Clover necklace for my sister-in-law who loves green and her Irish heritage.
2. Monogrammed red leather bag for Mom who totes reading material everywhere.
3. Rope towel rack for…me? ….
4. Festive air plants for my bffs, my co-workers, everyone in my family. Okay I’m slightly obsessed.
5. Cantaloupe vegatabowl for my future sister-in-law who loves to entertain, my sister who will be moving out on her own soon, or my mother-in-law who always has fresh fruit on her dining table.
6. Kaleidoscope kit for my adopted sister-in-law who is 8 and super creative.
7. Monogrammed log holder that can hold blankets, toys, games, or…logs.
8. Latitude/Longitude key chain for everyone in the family with our cabin’s coordinates.
Maybe I should have waited to post this until AFTER Christmas.

Apres Ski

Yesterday I shared my ski picks, so today I’m sharing my apres ski picks. Post ski-day, it’s all about comfort and warmth while layering. My picks include the Icebreaker base layer, a J.Crew flannel, Columbia vest that has removal fur/hood, a Discrete beanie that can be worn slouchy style or not, Zella leggings, and Smartwool socks.And most importantly – Sorel boots. My go-to for any winter day, they’ll keep your feet dry and warm.

I would top the look with my favorite Pur Cashmere tissutissu scarf.

Apres Ski
If you’re looking for a new awesome game apres ski, check out Cards Against Humanity.
But, don’t expect to play it with your grandparents, it can be a little inappropriate.

And of course, my favorite post ski day drink (besides Champagne) is the Hot Apple Pie.
Here is my recipe, which cuts a few calories off the original:

Warm your mug with a little hot water and then:
– 1.5 oz Tuaca
– 1/2 packet of sugar free apple cider mix and top with hot water
– dallop whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg


Hannah’s Ski Picks 2012/2013

Yay ski clothes!

If you haven’t checked out Columbia’s new omni technology, give it a look. The technology heats your body when you’re cold and cools you when you’re sweating, virtually keeping you the perfect temperature all the time. They have really been stepping up their game in terms of style as well.  I love the light blue color of the Parallel Peak Jacket, and the 20k rated fabric means that here in the Pacific Northwest if the resort says it’s “snowing,” but it looks more like rain, you’ll stay dry.

I’m a Smith girl for helmets and goggles because that means no gaper gap, which also prevents brain freeze. Plus, the I/O’s are super easy to change out lenses.

For skis and boots, I love my Salomon boots. Remember, new boots are always horrible to break in, so don’t plan on too many runs your first few days getting used to how tight they are. The Rossignol S7 is a great all around ski and has been winning awards since it first came out a couple of years ago. Rocker technology makes them easy to turn in the tough stuff, and they’ll float in the deep stuff. Anything that makes skiing easier is good in my book!

For layers, I prefer Nike sports bras to hold the girls, and Icebreaker base layers because the natural wool is wicking, and they are super soft. On the bottoms, I don’t like my long-uns to go under my socks because that creates bunching, and leads to sore shins. So, I prefer the cropped kind. I pull my Smartwool socks up to prevent leg-gappage.

I LOVE Hestra mittens, because my hands never get cold wearing them, plus the cuffs of my jacket can go over the top, to prevent wrist gappage. Are you seeing a common theme here? I hate gappage.

Lastly, I’m obsessed with my Surface rainbow poles, because, who doesn’t like rainbows?

Ski Picks 2013

Now, let’s just pray Ullr gives us a great snow year!



Shoesday: Gwyneth Inspired

Ever since I saw this photo of Gwyneth Paltrow rocking relaxed jeans, a grey sweater, and red booties I’ve been obsessed with tracking down a pair of my own and copying her outfit. Here is what I found – don’t be surprised if next time you see me, I’m wearing those little red boots.

Gwyneth Inspired

Zara sweater

Ecote bootie boots

Tuesday Shoesday: Smoking Slippers

Everywhere we look right now, booties are getting credit for being this fall’s shoe of choice. We’ve already discussed those, so I think today we’ll let the smoking slipper shine today. Perfect for the transition of fall to summer, I mean who are we kidding it seems like it’s hot through September these days. Here are the ones I’m deciding between.

Steve Madden ‘Chaufur’ – $89

Vince Camuto ‘Lilliana 2’ – $97

BCBGeneration ‘Dashi’ – $88

I’m digging the prints, sparkles and studs for this style to add a little pop to your outfit.



Tuesday Shoesday: Ode to the Boat Shoe

The Sperry Top-Sider is said to have been invented after Paul Sperry wanted to create a shoe that mimicked the pads of his dog, who was adept at walking on wet surfaces without slipping. Now, although I don’t spend much time sailing myself, I can’t help but find myself slipping into my own pair of Topsider’s throughout the spring, summer, and fall when I want something that is a little more casual then the ballet flat and offers the comfort of a tennis shoe.  This navy/plaid version is prepster, which I find myself embracing for my work look this summer.

Photo: Nordstrom

The bonus of being on sale due to Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is tempting me even more.  Are you wearing boat shoes this summer?