21 July 2014

the law of jante

There is an interesting social code in the Scandinavian countries called the Law of Jante that essentially states that no one is to think they are special or better than anyone else. Jante manifests itself in many aspects of society, promoting the collective "we" over the individual "I." One aspect that I find it most fascinating is in fashion. From my perspective, it seems jante deemphasizes personal style to a certain level, and emphasizes a certain uniform that many Scandi men and women live by. This includes lots of black and white and grays and other neutral tones. Think tons and tons of basics, with a few investment pieces to round out an outfit. And they also really love their local designers, like Fjällräven and H&M. 

In my opinion, while jante fashion may help people fit in, when done right it also helps people stand out. Sometimes, simple really is more, and this is the core of jante. When you have a good top or the right pair of shoes, taking a simple approach can be the best approach. For this casual Friday look last week, I paired my simple-yet-not-simple textured white blouse with basic blue denim and then dressed up the look slightly with a black wedge sandal. The result is perfectly jante and also perfectly pulled together.

Shirt: H&M (old) | Denim: Gap | Wedges: Old Navy | Bag: Ellington Handbags (old) | Earrings: Forever 21 (old) | Chevron ring: betsy & iya

18 July 2014

get lost: calgary

TGIF! I've only been back from vacation for 3 days, and I'm already ready for the weekend! Traveling will do that to me--I feel like I need a vacation following my vacation! While I have over 1000 photos to process from our trip, I thought I would start off with sharing a few photos from our time in Calgary prior to flying international.

We ended up flying out of Edmonton, because believe it or not it was cheaper (and more direct) than flying out of Montana. Plus, we thought it would be fun to add on another leg and check out our neighbor to the north, Calgary. We were only there for one night, but after doing a little bit of research, we decided to check out a few places downtown: The National Beer Hall for drinks and Briggs Kitchen + Bar for dinner. Both were super awesome and satisfied our big city appetites that are constantly oppressed living in Montana. We stayed at the Fairmount Palliser, a lovely historic boutique hotel in the downtown core. The following day, we got a bite to eat at Without Papers Pizza in the Inglewood neighborhood, a cosy pizza joint easily missed on the street but certainly not to be missed otherwise! We got a pizza with wild boar sausage (Drew's request), and enjoyed our final meal before the dreaded airline food that we would eat for the next 13 hours.

Here are a few pics from Calgary, with more to come from Denmark and Sweden in the coming weeks!

Outfit Details - Sweater, pants: H&M (old) | Sandals: Report via TJ Maxx (in store) | Clutch: ASOS (old) | Earrings: betsy & iya | Ring: Tiffany Kunz

17 July 2014



Hello there blogosphere! After 18 days of vacation, I am finally back with a new outfit post! If you were following along on Instagram, you probably saw that my husband and I took a lovely trip to Denmark and Sweden for a wedding celebration and some much-needed time off! It was very special time, and we had an amazing experience exploring Copenhagen, the Danish countryside, and Stockholm. Needless to say, it has been hard to transition back to normal working life--283 emails were waiting for me when I returned to work yesterday! I also have over 1,000 photos to wade through from our travels, so stay tuned for upcoming posts featuring some of the highlights!

For my first day back in the office, I kept it ultra comfortable but still chic. This shirt was one of my purchases in Stockholm, from the store Weekday. I love the soft blue (remember this post or this post?), and the boxy shape is unexpected but fun. I sized up to give it the ultimate slouchy feel. I have been wearing it non-stop since I got it, twice in Europe and my first day back in the office. For me, the shirt is proof that one doesn't need tight clothing to feel confident or put together. In fact, I often feel more confident in looser clothes, because I like the mystery and ease of looser pieces without the added pressure of making sure everything is in the right place. Of course, proportions are still key, and you have to be mindful of this with looser clothing. At any rate, for a 90 degree day, who wants to be restricted by their outfit?!

Shirt: Weekday (in store) | Skirt: Zara (sold out) | Sandals: Report via TJ Maxx (found online here) | Bag: Urban Outfitters (old) | Necklace: RogueBeet Jewelry | Earrings: betsy & iya | Bronze ring: Tiffany Kunz | Silver ring: betsy & iya | Sunglasses: 7 For All Mankind (via TJ Maxx) | Lips: Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Rhubarb