Better than a Robe

If I was Oprah and people cared as much about my favorite things as they do hers, what I’m about to share here would fly off the shelves.

My good friend has designed and produced a robe/sweatshirt hybrid that is truly genius. Not only is this lounger as comfy as your favorite beat up sweats, it is also stylish enough to wear out of the house.

This cozy piece has ribbed sleeves with thumb holes, an interior cinching system so it’s super flattering and comes in a few great color combos including my favorite, obviously, gray.

Did I mention the Rhody Lane loungers are designed and manufactured locally in Seattle? I love supporting my friend who is supporting our local economy and crushing it as far as style goes.

I should mention that I purchased (was not gifted) my robe at the Rhody Lane launch party and this plug is purely because I love it so much.

You should check it out for yourself at Rhody Lane

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Sorry, girls :(

Nothing better than a great shoe find! I made a quick trip to Nordstrom Rack in search of tees and tanks for my girls yesterday.

Sadly, they still have nothing to wear in this record heat we are experiencing in Seattle right now but I found some great shoes for myself!

I just happened to glance down the shoe aisle on the way to the kid’s section and these practically jumped out at me!


Camo, Stuart Weitzman, half price. Need I say more?

I can always shop for the girls tomorrow…

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To have, or not to have…

Are there certain things in your closet that you cannot live without?   I know I have my go to clothes (grey, anyone?). Seriously though, I think we all have some items that are our go to, and we would be lost without them.   This week’s list from the Monday Listicles is 10 must haves in your wardrobe.   I could easily come up with 10 items on my own, but I decided to share this list with my sister.

My list:

  1. Hunter Rain Boots – I live in Vancouver – need I say more ?
  2. Rag & Bone jeans – so comfortable and so worth the investment
  3. Lululemon running pants – if only they would help me run faster and longer
  4. White t-shirts – I believe you can never have too many in your closet
  5. Grey cardigan – it just goes with everything

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My sister’s list:

  1. North Face long grey raincoat – living in Seattle, need I say more?
  2. Asics Gel Kayano running shoes – so at least my feet are comfortable while I run
  3. Lululemon Wunder Under Crop pants – just because
  4. AG skinny jeans – everyone needs skinny jeans that make you feel great
  5. Assorted long tank tops in grey, white, black and natural – they go with everything

 

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The 10 things we listed are basics to living where we live.  Can you imagine our must have wardrobe list if we lived in Hawaii, Greece or Icleand?  Hmm….

 

 

Blue Skies Ahead

This no grey challenge is particularly hard for me this year.  I can’t explain why, but it just is.  Most of my shirts and tees are grey and the weather here is still quite cool, so I don’t feel like the summer t-shirts are ready to come out of storage.

Here is a typical outfit of the past few weeks:

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Grey cargo pants, grey shirt, black and white cardigan, boots and a scarf.  It looks good together, but it’s 50 many shades of grey.

That said, there was a little brightness over the weekend.  A quick overnight trip to the Seattle area got me this t-shirt:

 

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Isn’t that a pretty green-blue colour?  It’s by Maison Jules and apparently a store favourite.

The kitchen also got a pick me up with this tea towel from Target:

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Isn’t it fun?   It was only $2 and such a nice pop of colour for the kitchen.

Back to the no grey challenge and I would have to say that my progress to date has been sad.  Not quite a failure, but no passing grade.  At least two days per week, I am not wearing grey and I feel pretty put together.  But the rest of the week…blah, blah, blah.

Oh well, not to worry.  I feel that blue skies are definitely coming my way.

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Super Bowl and What I Wore

A week ago tonight I was wrapping up an 18-hour travel day thanks to the snow storm that hit New York City just hours after the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl.

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Future Hub and I spent three days in the city before I got to enjoy my first ever NFL game which just happened to be the Mac Daddy of all NFL games.
Weeks before the game all anyone could talk about was how the weather was going to affect the first Super Bowl to be held in an outdoor stadium. Just how cold was it going to be? Reports had temps dipping into the 20s. That had me dipping into a panic as to how I would stay warm and not look like a Sasquatch.
Enter my sister solving my quest for the perfect coat! TNA at Aritzia, she says. And the next morning I ran in and snagged the last mid-thigh length quilted, insulated coat…in gray.

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See how those tags are still on it? It turned out to be so warm that I didn’t need it and was able to wear my backup which was a tan North Face puffy jacket that covered my butt and still gave me room to move.
Almost more important than a coat was footwear. I didn’t own any cute boots that would be suitable for those possible temps and/or the snow that could accompany them. Nordstrom, REI, The North Face, Amazon, Zappos aaaaand back to Nordstrom. I fell in love and was thankfully rewarded (thanks to $20 extra for expedited shipping) with these North Face beauties:

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Not only were they warm and not only did they look cute with leggings and skinny jeans but they were soooo comfortable! F-Hub and I wandered the city from Midtown to Downtown to Little Italy and back and my feet were warm and comfortable the whole day.
Finally, a cute, stylish hat wasn’t going to fit the bill last weekend. In fact, most of what I packed stayed in the suitcase. We both ended up cycling and recycling through our Seahawk shirts to proudly support our team and fit in with the rest of the thousands of fans wandering the city. Every ten feet I was high-fiving total strangers and yelling “Go Hawks!” because we identified each other through the gear we wore. For me, it was this:

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Oh, I have to mention that I saw Holly Robinson Peete wearing a long fur coat (white, I think). I tried to snap a pic but she caught me looking. I also saw Steven Tyler wearing a long leather coat and weaving through the crowd towards a hotdog stand.

I never saw myself as a football fan before I met F-Hub but after a weekend in NYC and the Super Bowl this might not be too bad!

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City Top 10

This week on the Monday Listicles, Stasha has suggested we list our top 10 favourite things about our homes or our cities. Since my sister and I share this blog, we thought we would each do our City Top 10.

So, without further ado, and counting down in no particular order, here are my sister’s Seattle Top 10:

1. Fantastic restaurants – something for every palette and budget
2. Space Needle
3. View of Mt. Rainier on a clear day
4. Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish, Lake Union – all within 20 minutes of each other
5. Close proximity to Vancouver, B.C. where my family lives
6. Unlimited access to and choice of amazing Washington wines
7. Friendly people
8. Beautiful hiking trails a short drive away
9. Seattle legalized gay marriage
10. Hometown of Nordstrom
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My Vancouver Top 10 are:
1. Close to the ocean and beaches – only 10 minutes away!
2. Only 1.5 hours to Whistler, door to door
3. Dog friendly city (well, most places)
4. So many restaurants, so little time – we have great choices at great prices
5. Only 45 minutes to the US border enroute to visit my sister, and shop (of course)
6. The weather – we actually have 4 seasons (albeit a couple of them are pretty rainy)
7. The year round Farmers Markets – the Winter Market is just blocks from my house!
8. Easy access to our community centres for swimming, skating and other fun activities
9. The Vancouver Aquarium – it is probably the place my kids ask to go the most
10. The Canucks – love ’em or hate ’em, but they are our home team!
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