As much as I love Vitamin D, I’m stoked for Fall! Honestly, I get a little uninspired in the Summer when it comes to fashion. I much prefer layering up and living in sweaters. In the Summer I would rather just wear a bikini for 3 months and put on a swimsuit cover when I’m not close to the water. But I heard somewhere that bikinis are not office appropriate, even with a cover.
But for one last outfit post of the Summer, I wanted to share my main “go-to” outfit. I lived in these shorts and my Adidas all Summer and this button down shirt is so light and perfect for warm weather. For accessories I tied a bandana around my neck and sported this hand woven basket bag, by Ellen and James. I love incorporating hand made pieces into my wardrobe and now this bag is my new favorite accessory.
I also wanted to feature some of my favorite jewelry in this post. I am very very picky with my jewelry! First of all, silver is my favorite. It goes with more of my style than gold does. And secondly, I like jewelry with stories. I love one of a kind pieces that remind me of a past moment in my life.
While visiting some family in Olympia, WA, my cousin and I headed to the harbor to get some pictures.
These are three rings that I wear all the time!
The on on the left is a strip of metal that wraps around my finger and engraved on it are the words “Mischief Managed.” One of my friends in college gave it to me because I was always know as the “Ron Weasley” of our group. I had the worst grades, it was usually my fault when we got into trouble, etc. It was a no brainer.
The middle one was made by a vendor in Pike Place Market, in Seattle, WA. Pike Place is one of my favorite places in the world! I actually bought this ring and then lost it a week later. I went back and found out they still sold the same ones. I still plan to go back to that vendor to buy some more.
The far right ring I bought from a vendor in another one of my favorite places: Camden Town, in London. I just wanted one souvenir from my trip there and I fell in love with this ring. It’s cheap metal but I love it all the same.
And then I have this cuff…
If you look closely, you can see it’s engraved with an elephant in a jungle, not pictured are two suns where the ends of the cuff meet. This was a present from my aunt. Growing up I always loved how her house was decorated with a jungle theme and she had a huge painting of an elephant behind her couch. I love having someone to share my love of elephants with and this bracelet always reminds me of how amazing they are.
And last, but not least, my locket. My favorite piece of jewelry.
Ever since I was little I have loved lockets. I love the idea of putting a picture of someone you love in a necklace to have it with me at all times.
My mom was actually the person who gave this to me, when I was twenty. We were standing outside of security at the Portland International Airport where I was getting ready to board my flight to Europe to study abroad. I was so proud of myself for saying goodbye to my family and not shedding a single tear. This would be my first time traveling outside of North America and my first time flying by myself. I had wanted this since I was little and had never felt more ready. I was about to kiss my mom goodbye when she said “I have something for you.” and she pulled out a small box and inside was this locket. I opened it up and found a note that said “I love you” and a picture of a five year old girl with dark brown hair, smiling at me. I looked at my mom and she said “That little girl would be proud of you today.” And, as you can imagine, the floodgates opened. It probably took me about ten more minutes to get a hold of myself to get in line in security.
This is one of my favorite memories and why this necklace is so special to me.
All photos in this post were taken by the talented, Nate Williams!