In Our Closet: Dressing Down a Jacquard Skirt

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dressing down a jacquard skirt

If you saw my post from last week about dressing down lace you’re probably noticing a theme here. I’ve been inspired by a lot of my more formal pieces lately and have been looking for ways to make them appropriate for more casual settings.

Cue this jacquard skirt. Jacquard is traditionally a very formal fabric, often featuring ornate and luxurious designs. Its shimmer and texture can be intimidating, but dressing down a jacquard skirt can get you a lot more miles out of the piece.

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In Our Closet: Dressing Down Lace

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I love taking fancy pieces and dressing them down. It allows you to get more use out of everything you own and results in combinations that would otherwise be inappropriate for more formal setting.

Enter the above lace skirt. I found it at Joe Fresh during a trip to Vancouver a few months ago. Lace can be a more formal fabric, but this skirt’s thick stitching makes it the perfect transition piece from day to night. So naturally, I had to have it.

Not sure how to go about dressing down lace? Click through to see how I would do it and read some tips for purchasing pieces that you can dress up or down.

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Celebrating Spring with Polka Dots

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Travis spring street style

It’s been getting warmer here in Seattle. To celebrate, we’ve been busting out the warmer weather wear, including colorful shorts and summer shoes.

One of our favorite patterns for this transitional season? Polka dots. They can add a subtle three dimensional component to an otherwise colorful palette and can play a subtly nautical role in any outfit.

To see where Travis got his mini polka dots, read more.

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Affordable Watercolor Art That Looks Expensive

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I stumbled across Michelle Morin’s artwork a couple years ago before I even knew her name.

I saw this image on Pinterest, but it was hosted on Tumblr with no source link. I kept coming back to it as I added more decor and furnishings to my new apartment, so I finally decided to do a reverse image search to figure out who the heck made it.

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A Finger-Licking, Slow Cooked Asian Short Ribs Recipe

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Slow cooked Asian short ribs recipe

I’m convinced short ribs are one of the best cuts of beef.

They are full of flavor; beefy to the point of almost being gamey. This recipe takes advantage of the short ribs’ full favor by searing them to form a brown crust and then cooking them slowly in a Crockpot to ensure the meat falls off the bone.

In addition to being full of flavor on their own, short ribs also pick up the flavors of Asian ingredients really well. Read on to try this super easy slow cooker short ribs recipe that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Adria’s Guide To Shopping in Nashville

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Nashville TN travel guide

I traveled to Nashville last week to visit a client and was excited for the opportunity to explore the local scene for good shopping and eats. However, since my trip ended up being a foodie’s disappointment, I’ll focus mostly on shopping in Nashville vs. eating out. Luckily, this guide will be continually updated as I visit this client again in the future — so stay tuned!

Read on for my guide to shopping in Nashville that includes bad ass vintage shops, a Google Map, and one awesome hipster coffee shop.

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These 3 Valentine’s Day Deals Prove Whole Foods Is Out Of Its Mind

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Whole Foods Valentine's Day deals

Whole Food’s on Roosevelt in the U-District invited me to a sneak peak of its upcoming Sweet and Spicy event last night to taste some wine and food pairings. The event staff let us in on some amazing Valentine’s Day deals that are making me seriously consider an indulgent (guilt-free) night in.

Check out photos from the event and get an insider look at the deals coming up next week to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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