Boohoo Haul – the review is in!

Hello friends!

It has been a crazy couple of weeks, with a big transition from winter to summer working hours and so much daylight! Solstice here isn’t until June 21st, but holy goodness, daylight until 8:30 takes some getting used to. It also means I’ve made it an entire year in Juneau!!

It’s been a crazy time here, but as you guys probably know, shopping in Juneau wears on you, with only a couple of stores available and really only straight sizes in those stores. It can get pretty frustrating sometimes, looking for new pieces and updating things. Especially with a limited budget, my main goal has become looking for great online shopping deals.

I came across this company Boohoo a couple of weeks ago and have been perusing their insane sales! They almost always have a sale going on, I picked up these items during a 50% off sale they had going and I was pretty excited! Everything seems really high quality for the price and I was exciting to add some new stuff to my summer wardrobe. Check them out below and check out Boohoo.com if you want to see cool stuff in a huge range of sizes!

This is a super simple cropped white tee with a little leopard print pocket, the material is so soft and wearable!! I picked this up in a US size 14
I did end up rolling the sleeves on this top, but this is a super cute and casual peplum with t-shirt material. Also incredible comfortable! This is a US size 14 as well.
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I really getting into these choker tops, they’re definitely universally flattering and give a really interesting vibe to a basic shirt. Also, millennial pink/blush forever, please and thank you. I grabbed this one in a US size 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did also end up picking up some fun accessories, including this adorable little candle holder and this really fun little headband. I don’t really plan on wearing it out in public, but how cute for keeping my hair out of my face while I put on makeup?

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Let’s be real, I was already a crazy cat lady

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was such a fun experiment for me, I can’t wait to find more from Boohoo! Find me on Instagram for more daily updates, its turned mostly into landscapes and pink things, @dressingoptimistically! Have an awesome day 😉

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Accessorize Yourself!

Hi Guys!

Again, it has been insane and awesome and crazy here in Alaska, and I have been having so much fun! I thought I would take a quick minute to share stuff I’ve been working on.

Basically, living in Juneau is amazing, but one thing I really miss is the mall. And Target. And also every other store that isn’t Fred Meyers. But don’t get me wrong, I love me some Fred Meyers, but sometimes you need to spruce up a drab transition wardrobe with some good accessories. The clothes options may be limited here, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer with the same outfit everyday! Below are some of my favorite pieces, enjoy!

Headband:

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This is my favorite headband of all time! It has wire on the inside and is super comfy to wear, it also stays on my head regardless of what my hair is doing. I bought this one at Target but you can find them at Forever 21 too! Also, follow me on Instagram for more silly stuff like this 🙂 @dressingoptimistically

Earrings:

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The owls are among us! I don’t wear dangly earrings very often, but when I do, I go crazy. These adorable earrings came to me from my amazing cousin who works at a super cute independent bookstore here in Juneau. You can find their website here, they have books, toys, jewelry and all the other random things you could need! Check them out, also yay local business!

 

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This earring combo is my usually, with small jems in my cartilege and these really cool studs I picked up at another local store called Kindred Post. If you can’t tell, the earring itself is a light blue stone with a gold cap on it. The store is in downtown Juneau and is a tiny post office with other cute stuff. It’s all very hipstery for Juneau, so naturally I love it.

 

Necklaces:

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Statement pieces are my life! I have become obsessed with necklaces that could possibly double as its own shirt. And this necklace might not be that big, but I love this thing! I also get an amazing amount of compliments on it, plus it makes quite a bit of noise when I move. I’m pretty sure I got this one at Forever 21. I’ve worn this thing a lot in the past year, here are some of my favorite outfits with it 🙂

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Exciting news! This necklace is from a super cool store called Boho Betty. They’re based in the UK but are starting to branch out to the states with cute stuff, and I’m obsessed! I also got a super cute bracelet that you can see below plus some cool earrings that were impossible to take a good picture of, click here to see more of their stuff! And even better, you can use the code “dressingoptimistically” for 20% off your whole order if you want. Go crazy!

 

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This piece has a great little story behind it. The pendant and chain are from my lovely Aunt, and the gold ring was a gift from my Grandma when I was like 4 years old and they went to Greece. It even used to fit my baby finger! In high school, I found them both and decided to put them together. It’s my go to dainty dangle necklace and it has such a great history. So cute right?

Wrist Accessories:

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I’m obsessed with watches right now. They look so grownup and I am actually learning how to tell time quickly. Plus, so cute right? This one was also about 12 dollars at Walmart and water resistant.

 

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This is another piece from Boho Betty! Their main products are these wrap bracelets, and I went with a more delicate looking one to go with my favorite watches. I don’t think I’m converted to full out bracelet wearing yet, but this one is pretty cute and I’m getting more excited about it.

 

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I was pleasantly surprised by this bracelet especially because I thought it was cute online but was a little worried about the fit. Turns out, it’s even cuter in person! I’m pretty excited about them, and if you like the look, you can get a good deal on them! The code “dressingoptimistically” will get you 20% off any order, check them out HERE!

 

Is that the end?

Alright you guys, that ends my list of favorite accessories right now, what did you think? I could definitely add more with categories like scarves, rings, literally any other piece of jewelry I own, if that’s something you’d be interested in. Let me know in the comments below! Probably one other accessory I’ll mention RN is my nails, which I normally paint myself and am a little obsessive compulsive about, but always make me feel put together and adult-like. They go with everything!

But that’s it for today, thank you for reading all the way to the bottom, let me know what you think and have an awesome day today!

 

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*disclaimer, this post includes an affiliate link

The Haste Effect

So exciting news from me, I moved and got a new job! Seasonal work here in Juneau is always so weird to the outside world, but as my little shop downtown winds down, I’m going to be heading up the mountain to our ski area to do some awesome marketing stuff and basically play in the snow. It’s going to be amazing. But of course, all of this plus moving has happened all within about a week. And as someone who believes in tight turn arounds and continuous upheaval of your life (cause isn’t that just fun,) I thought I would bring some thoughts to you about how I’m doing, what’s new, and a ridiculous phenomena I have observed in the last week. I have dubbed it “The Haste Effect.”

Now let me explain in the form of a story. A couple of days ago, I was rushing around trying to get inside the car with my breakfast, all my stuff and without losing my socks down my shoes. And honestly, it just didn’t work out. I finally got out the door, into the car and managed to not forget anything inside. Feeling frazzled, I head off to work. Of course, I need to rush inside the building cause I’m still frazzled and running late, and I try to grab all my stuff. While doing so, my purse strap decides to wrap around the errant cd cases I have on the seat and hold on for dear life. I pulled my purse out of the car, all of the cd cases crashing to the ground around my feet. I have never been able to carry so many cd cases at once, especially with my purse strap.

That one instance made me want to rip my hair out, but it got me thinking. How on earth would something like that even happen? And why does it only happen when I’m in a hurry!! I DO NOT UNDERSTAND!!! And not just once. I have noticed things like this happening to me in some variation for weeks. Why on earth would my cup only spill when I’m racing down the stairs and the toaster take six million years to toast my toast to the perfect level of toastiness. Therefore, the formation of my theory the “haste effect.”

Basically, it boils down to two thoughts. When you are in a hurry or are feeling frantic, everything you are trying to hold on to, collect, or use will inevitably slip through your fingers or just get lost. On the flip side, all the stuff you don’t need will stick to you and cause problems by knocking things over, breaking or collecting in the most useless way possible. And it drives me absolutely insane!!!

As my grandma has actually said to me in real life, “haste makes waste,” and after this week, I have to agree. The haste to waste ratio grows exponentially in a way you only notice when you want to rip your hair out.

But wait you say, that doesn’t always happen! Let me give you more examples. How many times have you been in a hurry and could not find your keys/phone/shoes. When you’re trying to get ready and cannot get your eyebrow/eyeliner/mascara right? When you literally watch your pot of water boil because it can’t go fast enough? Counting down microwave minutes? Levels of toastiness? Get it?? ANYONE???

I guess it’s okay if it’s just me, I’m just saying, if super powers were real, mine would be the most inconvenient. But I’d be awesome at carrying cd cases and having mismatched wing eyeliner every day of my life.

On a lighter note, here’s something new!

It took some setup, thank you momsicle and the rest of the fambam and roomies for coming together to get me settled, potatoing has never been this comfortable! So have an awesome week, think optimistically and try to not let my super power take over your day. 🙂 Check back soon for some new outfits and fun adventures!

 

10 Things Only (Real) Alaskans Will Tell You

Hey Peeps!

For some odd reason, I searched for Alaska on Pinterest to see what would pop up, and along with the standard amazing scenery pictures, there were so many blogs and pictures about how to “do” Alaska, from the cruising wardrobe to the best eats and how to actually see a bear, and they all crack me up. Alaska is such a weird place and I’m totally on the bandwagon of telling you people in the lower 48 the real deets.

And before you start saying, wait, I thought you were a washingtonian through and through, let me give you a little back story. Being the youngest of three and the product of a true Alaskan marriage, (the law in this state is everyone can marry one person legally, cause you know, gold rush and no women and no pastors to marry people back in the day,) has given me some Alaskan perspective. After my family moving around a little bit, I was born at Fort Wainwright, right outside of North Pole Alaska. Which sounds super cool unless you’ve actually been to North Pole, then you just feel kinda sad about it.

After graduating from high school, I headed back to Alaska to get my associates from University of Alaska, Anchorage and actually having some run in with moose. And if you follow me at all, you know that right now I’m located in Juneau, working my fourth season at the best place ever, Alaska Zipline Adventures. So though I might not be a TRUE Alaskan, I think I’m close enough to add my two cents. So get ready for a list that will blow your mind about this great state.

1. We do not ride polar bears to work.

However, I’m sure everyone has at least thought about training a moose for a quicker commute. Also, the bears are more like huge raccoons, eagles are everywhere and ravens are super smart and scary. Also huge.

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Just look at this thing. Terrifying right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Free shipping is AMAZING!!!

Especially in Southeast Alaska, everything has to be brought in by boat or plane, which makes waiting for packages super freaking long and really expensive. So if you don’t want to buy everything at Fred’s, you find those free shipping deals. It is so worth it.

3. Alaskans are worse coffee snobs than washingtonians.

We don’t really have starbucks, but darn it if there isn’t a coffee hut on every corner. In every city. Because that stuff is the elixir of life, especially if you’re only getting three hours of sunlight a day

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Local coffee shops are lyfe.

4. The shopping here can be so cool.

Again, if you follow me at all you know that I’m spending my summer hanging in Downtown Juneau at Treetop Tees. (Find the website here) Because of the rain, snow, sunshine and literally everything in between, including the unofficial state bird (Mosquitos are no joke here,) you definitely need to be prepared for the worst of the worst weather wise. Why not do it in a cute sweatshirt or tee?

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I mean, come one! SO cute right?

5. The scenery here never gets old.

 

Just yesterday while driving back into town, I had a small freak out about the clouds overhead. I’m telling you, they didn’t even look real. They looked like those painted ones in Mulan, and they were so pretty with the sunshine filtering through. And oh yeah, there are mountains everywhere. Not just one (I’m looking at you Mt. Ranier) but hundreds. With snow, without snow, green, rocky, you name it.

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6. The tourist season in Southeast is no joke.

With boats in every day and literally thousands of people walking along, locals will tell you straight up they avoid downtown at all costs during the summer. It’s like a completely different world and can be so much fun and also so crazy (find more summer shenaningans at the zipline blog, here) Just do me a favor, and when you go completely in shock by the mountains and loose all sense of self, just use the crosswalks so we don’t worry about running you over. Please and thank you.

 

7. The eats here will actually blow your mind.

It is completely normal here to have a fisherman friend who catches fish and sends it your way. It is also super normal to have moose on the menu, or my personal favorite, reindeer sausage (which you can buy at Costco.) We also have amazing pizza in each city, surprisingly delicious mexican food and at least one spicy Indian restaurant. If you need food recommendations, do not hesitate asking someone wearing xtra-tuffs, they’ll take care of you.

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Eat the crab!

8. The fashion here will probably kill you.

Speaking of XtraTuffs, I know the fashion kills me sometimes, especially while running this little platform. But I’m telling you, as ridiculous as some people might think XtraTuffs are, they will save your feet while walking through the muskeg or on a boat. Also, all the floral is always available. And shipping can be expensive so sometimes you have to take what you can get, suck it up and get yourself to Fred Meyers.

9. It’s a small world out here.

All of the cities and towns in Alaska are different mind you. Southeast Alaska is a rain forest, Fairbanks is super cold and also a desert. But, if you’ve ever lived anywhere in Alaska, chances are you while find them somewhere else later on. Whether that be somewhere on the east coast or one town over, someone will probably recognize you, be surprised at how old you’ve gotten and will inevitably ask about all your family members.

10. You’ll have to see it for yourself to believe it.

I could tell you stories till I’m blue in the face and show you all my pictures, but unless you get your butt up here and see it for yourself, you’ll never truly know!

 

Alright, that’s my list! As this summer comes to a close and we start looking forward to snow and shorter days, I hope this inspires at least one person to love Alaska a little bit more. Let me know if you agree or have things to add! Find me on Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr for more fun stuff and let me know when you’re headed my way here in Juneau! I’d love to see you 😉

From the Desk of the Creative Mind: Get You a Girl Who Can Do Both

Hello my lovelies!!

It has been so long since I have written anything, I wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve completely forgotten how! But really, it has been too long, so I thought I would bring some random thoughts into the world. And this random thought starts out with a trend on Instagram and Twitter for the last couple of weeks titled: get you a girl who can do both

Now, if you troll the internet in any capacity, you will have seen at least some of these posts, mainly on tumblr, pinterest and twitter. Here are some examples:

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I mean, that’s how it all started, but of course, it got weird. There are so many funny variations of this meme, I just really want to share.

We have the selfies:

The celebrity edition:

 

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And for some reason, a ridiculous amount of memes about Kate McKinnon:

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It just gets more and more ridiculous the further you go, as you can see from this buzzfeed article:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/genamourbarrett/pictures-that-prove-the-man-that-can-do-both-meme-is-out?utm_term=.qcx8ylmk2#.dfrLaRpO6

So, the question that I ask is, WHY IS THIS A THING!?!? And in asking this question, I have created a pros and cons list, as the expert that I am in these internet things.

PROS:

  1. This meme proves that women are magical unicorns capable of the greatest transformations ever and the world should fear our power
  2. Too many people have way too much time on their hands (ME) to find, analyze and create these things
  3. Proof that women do not have natural golden eyelids or permanent mascara and can still look bomb af
  4. A real use of all of those funny/crazy/scary selfies you either accidentally took or only send to your BFF’s

CONS:

  1. THE EXPECTATIONS! If you’re only comfortable with one style, this whole idea of “doing both” can be way too high. And I’m speaking for everyone, not just girls. Do you only own two pairs of jeans? Me too! Do your eyelids always glitter?!? May the force be with you!
  2. Feminism, probably. Now, before everyone gets all up in arms, calm down, I’m agreeing with you. Women (and men) have the right to look however they want. If you want to wear slouchy sweatpants and those weird adidas sandals with tube socks, you do you! (notice how that was gender neutral?) And in the name of feminism, being expected to have 2 sides or “doing both” can be demeaning. You do you though, that’s all I’m gonna say

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

If you’re just scrolling through for fun pictures, then don’t even worry. But really, this meme can mean anything. If you have no sense of humor, then be offended by it. If you have a sense of humor and the heart of a troll like me, then do what these lovely ladies have and take control of the meme. Post your amazing triple chin selfies and your snatched outfits because this is the real world and you can!

You DO YOU!

Be someone who can do both. Or to really mess with people, find like 12 other things and be all of those too. Because you are awesome the way you are and you don’t actually have to prove it to anyone. And that’s what is so great about finding a person who can do both, because it is both awesome and completely made up. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have my own meme to create 😉

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Don’t forget to follow me on tumblr for more funny insights into the internet world, and on instagram for behind the scenes of my weird life here in juneau. I mostly take selfies, but who can blame me, they’re so much fun. And here are some of the runner ups for my favorite meme right now:

http://www.teen.com/2016/05/29/im-bored/get-you-a-girl-who-can-do-both-memes-find-yourself-a-woman-funny-pictures/

Happy Wednesday from me to you, have an Optimistic week!