Another year older, another year wiser is what they say! I’d say I’ve become more wise in my fashion choices, and as I age my style has become more mature and refined, but I still love something on-trend regardless of my age. Gone are the days of low rise jeans and belly-baring crop tops, which was the outfit of choice in the 2000s when I was in my 20s. My style was on point for that time as I got my looks from the influences of “it” girls such as Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Although crop tops are back, we now see them worn with a high waist, which covers most of the belly. This is SO MUCH MORE acceptable for someone like me that is in the dawn of their 30s. Thank God for trends that are age inclusive!

But strange insecurities about what I should be wearing are starting to sneak in. I’m even having thoughts of…”Maybe I’m too old to be wearing shorts” and “Can I pull off a bodysuit at my age?” My choices are more strategic than they used to be, but I’m in a weird place of growing more mature with my style choices, while also throwing caution to the wind and just wearing what I love despite my age (and 15lbs-plus I’ve added onto my physique since my 20s). For this outfit I style a crop top, high-waisted shorts (yes shorts!), and a beautiful lace kimono that covers up most of my insecure bits. I don’t feel like I need to run and change because I might be showing some cellulite or a bit of waist chub. Kimonos can hid these things! Yeay! The lace is a bit more revealing, but distracts enough so that you won’t see the parts I’d rather not show to the world.

This outfit makes me feel beautiful, wise, and young! I might be almost 40 but I can still wear shorts and a crop top if I’m smart about how I style it. The kimono is a life saver and game changer for women of all ages! I now have 5 of them in various styles and lengths that I take with me on my travels and will be layering with sweaters and boots for fall. With kimonos, you just can’t go wrong at any age or shape! xo Kelsey


Kimono by Missguided, shorts by Zara, Crop top by Asos, Shoes by Loeffler Randall, Bag by Gucci, Bracelets by Hermes and J.Crew

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Well, it’s summer and life is busy and everything is in bloom, including this adorable jean jacket with rose embroidery! I’ll get back the jean jacket soon, but first I need to explain my long absence from blogging. Not only have I been terribly busy traveling and working, I’ve also been planning on switching over my blogging platform to a self-hosted wordpress.org blog. It’s a big project and I have not had the time to put in the work because of traveling, working, boating, and (insert excuses of the century here), just plain procrastination. I’m not super excited to trouble shoot a new blog platform all day when the weather is immaculate and the option of boating to the San Juans, or lounging by the pool is on the table. Hence, the lack of blog posts on NWBD. So please stay tuned for a new and improved blog coming (hopefully) the end of the summer or beginning of fall. It will feature more than just cute outfits I’m wearing, and will include travel and personal stuff too. Can’t wait to expand my blog and really get it going! Now back to outfit talk…

The great thing about summer in the Pacific Northwest is that there is always a need for a light jacket, and layering still is a thing. The jacket goes perfect with a simple jeans and white tank or tee, or can be dressed up with an LBD or white sundress. I paired mine with the top I made a few months ago, comfortable high-waist, cropped jeans, and a fancy bag and slides…of course, by my favorite high-end brand, Gucci. For fall I would add a black or white sweater and skinny jeans with boots. Patches and pins are still a trend that is going strong into the Fall/Winter 2017/18 season, especially rose embroidery and patches. My guess is this trend has some staying power because it is fun and whimsical and you can go subtle or fully-on board with embroidery, patches, and pins. It just depends on your personal comfort level as far as style is concerned. For similar styles, please see my the links below my outfit posts.


Similar styles for the Rose Jean Jacket…
Urban Outfitters
Nasty Gal
Asos
Revolve
Bloomingdale’s
6pm.com
Shoptiques.com

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Tis the season for marital bliss! And awesome wedding guest outfits. June is wedding month, although for those of us that reside in the Pacific Northwest, June is a mixed bag as far as the weather is concerned. Ever hear of “June Gloom?” Well it’s a thing here and is as real as it gets. So June usually isn’t the top month of choice for local weddings. However, my friends took a chance against the normally dismal June weather, and had a lovely farm/barn wedding up in Whidbey Island on June 10th. I took the opportunity to plan for an appropriate outfit, but I’m tired of wearing the same old stand-by to my friend’s weddings…the floral dress. Don’t get me wrong, I love floral dresses, and dresses, and florals, but I wanted to mix it up and do something different for a change.

Instead of buying a new outfit, I shopped my own closet (for once). I pulled out my fun ruffled white pants, and paired it with a nude off-shoulder top. I took some of my etsy-found enamel brooches and placed them on my blouse. Because the weather is so unpredictable in June in Seattle (hello 80 degrees and sunny one day, and 55 degrees and rain the next), I brought along my beige shawl coat that I had previously decorated with the floral brooches. I brought out my beloved Gucci Marmont bag, and added gold chunky heels and gold jewelry. Luckily for the bride and groom, the wedding and the weather turned out to be blissful. Xo Kelsey


Cheers to the Bride and Groom Kristi and Ehren!
For similar styles, please visit my Witlee page.

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When you think of summer fashion, gingham usually isn’t too far down the list. I mean who wouldn’t want to look like a picnic table cloth or a bunch on printed paper plates? Ok, I get it. Gingham is most often associated with picnics ONLY, NOT fashion. But I think it’s transition into stylish spring/summer collections over the last few years has finally reached staying power. It is fun, and festive and fits right in with the mood of this time of year, regardless if you are wearing it or dining on it. This top is especially on-trend with the flower and parrot sequin embellishments along with the fluttery sleeves and billow-y silhouette. I just couldn’t pass up this adorable blouse at Zara a few weeks ago while in Honolulu. I paired it with a pair of patchwork jeans (another summer trend gaining steam), and adorable matching floral cage heels, also from Zara. This is a great get up to wear to an outdoor BBQ or dinner party…or even a picnic! Just loose the heals if you will be walking around in the grass…Heals and grass don’t mix unless you are fine with your heels sinking into the ground! xo Kelsey


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We all have that item in our closet that stand out above the rest. For me it’s my collection of floral kimonos. I recently added another one to my collection from Ted Baker that also doubles as a scarf. While shopping with my boyfriend in Honolulu, we stopped into the Ted Baker store at Ala Moana Center to look at some warm weather shirts for him. Of course I strayed over to the women’s section and spotted this gorgeous scarf kimono. It was the print that drew me in…butterflies, birds, and flowers in gorgeous blues, and purples. Yes please! Although I walked away from it initially, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I came back and bought it. Now it is proudly displayed in my closet, hanging were I can see it every day. The mirrored print is so beautiful it’s like a work of art! For kimonos I like to pair them with comfortable jeans like these vintage wide legs, and a simple white cotton tank for comfort. I added some abalone jewelry from House of Harlow and my fabulous Loeffler Randall slides, which are getting a lot more wear now that the sun is out. See my other kimono blog post here. xo Kelsey


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