Hockey Rink Weekend and A $500 Nordstrom Giveaway

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I spent this Saturday watching Jeff play in 3 (full) hockey games. Sometime during the third game I realized that I will be watching games for the next 8ish months of my life. So yes, I definitely questioned my sanity and decision to spend the entire day inside a cold rink.


Jacket: Halogen (similar) | Shirt: Old Navy (similar) | Jeans: J. Crew – on sale | Shoes: Nike | Bag: Louis Vuitton | Necklace: Gorjana (similar)

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Jacket: Halogen (similar) | Shirt: Old Navy (similar) | Jeans: J. Crew – on sale| Shoes: Nike | Bag: Louis Vuitton | Necklace: Gorjana (similar)

It was fairly challenging getting dressed for such an occasion. I am not exaggerating when I say it was 100 degrees outside, and it felt like 50 in the rink (I get cold very easily). I opted for light layers on top, my J. Crew jeans which are a thinner material, and to keep things casual I wore my new Nike sneakers. Even though I was covered up, I was actually comfortable in both the heat and cold.

It was so hot this weekend that during the first game I ran to Starbuck’s for my go-to Carmel Macchiato, and was handed an iced version. When I had to clarify I wanted a hot beverage, I was met with some interesting looks. I had to explain I would be sitting in an ice rink all day shivering my butt off. They still did not understand, but did hand over my drink.

As always, I love watching Jeff play, and it made me so much more excited for the upcoming season. Is it crazy that it still hasn’t hit me that we’re moving yet? We’re getting Gia’s paperwork in order today… maybe that will help.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, I totally convinced Jeff to take photos of me in between games next to the rink. Do I get the best wife award or what?

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Green & Cream & Happiness Boutique

I love challenging myself to different types of clothing I normally wouldn’t wear – and these James Perse olive drawstring pants fits right in that category. I purchased these pants pre-loved on Poshmark, and truthfully I thought the fit would be a little more snug. The casual-baggy look grew on me, and they are definitely a fun addition to my wardrobe.


Top: H&M (on sale) | Pants: James Perse (similar & similar)) | Shoes: BCBGeneration (similar & similar) | Necklace: Happiness Boutique c/o | Bag: Louis Vuitton


I kept the overall look fairly simple with a cream blouse, brown accents, and a pretty statement necklace from Happiness Boutique. While I don’t often consider myself a statement necklace person, I love how simple and elegant this one is. It makes a statement without being too loud. Happiness boutique ships to the United States for free, and also has a customer rewards program if you are a frequent shopper. I was pretty excited to discover that they are located in Berlin, Germany – meaning I will have access to reasonably priced items while in Regensburg. High five to that!

Otherwise I feel like I’ve been super busy this week, and the days are flying by. Jeff came back from Alaska Monday with a ton of salmon, and we’ve been scurrying around getting ready for the move in less than 2 weeks (!!). I’ve also been doing some work on Jeff’s website and his Facebook page. I’m really good at distracting myself from the things I actually have to do like beginning packing…

How to you concentrate on must-do tasks? Please share your advice or come out to Washington and help me (please)!


Transitional Booties for Every Season

It is no secret that I’m in love with booties. They are my favorite type of shoe, and you will most definitely find me wearing them wear round. With autumn approaching (way too rapidly, I may add), I thought I’d put together a list of transitional booties that you can wear both now and into the cooler seasons.

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When I say booties are my fave, I’m not lying. I wear them with skinnes, shorts, dresses, and well… if it were acceptable to wear bathrobes in public, I’d def pair them with booties. Personally, I find the most versatile variety to be the low heel suede styles ( like #’s 2, 3, 5), but I can’t resist their slightly dressier leather counterparts (#’s 1, 4, 6).

The finge-y Sam Edelman’s are a nice, understand way to rock the fringe trend, and the gray tone keeps them from being too boho, while the H by Hudson pair is a gorgeous, steel toned classic that would look amazing with just about everything in your closet. And of course, I just had to include the strappy Steve Madden’s which remind me so much of my favorite everyday Dolce Vita bootie.

The studded Chloe-like detail and the mink strap on the black Rebecca Minkoff’s are the perfect update to an everyday bootie, and I love the western details on both the Sam Edelman’s and Splendid’s. Seriously though – how hot are these gray Sam Edelman’s? They would look amazing with a pair of cutoffs or destroyed skinnies.

Basically what I’m saying is I want them all.

Do any of these booties make your wishlist? Are you as addicted to booties as I am?


Currently – 9 Things

With so many things on my mind lately, it was difficult to make a list of my top 9, but here they are. A little bit of this and a little bit of that.


1. Regensburg, Germany – The cat is officially out of the bag. We’re moving to Regensburg. I’ve been doing a lot of research of the town, and it looks incredible. It wasn’t destroyed in WWII like many German cities, so it’s just beautiful. It’s big enough that there will be plenty to do, and it’s close to Munich and Nuremburg. Everything I’ve read says that Bavaria is hands down the best place to be in Germany, and Jeff and I are beyond excited. The rink also looks awesome so I’m looking forward to watching EV Regensburg play there.

2. Gal Meets Glam in France – Do any of you follow Julia from Gal Meets Glam? I just can’t get enough of her blog. Her style is definitely way more feminine than mine, but she looks amazing in everything and is always in some crazy magazine-worthy location. Major blogger envy.

3. Nike Internationlist Sneaks – Way back when we were in Denmark, I just did not understand the need for sneakers all the time. I even mentioned it in a post. After walking around in my heeled booties on the uneven, centuries-old cobblestone, I was begging for a pair of sneakers. I’m surprised I didn’t break an ankle. I just bought this pair in black from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. I am kind of temped to get both the red and platinum pair too. Because I’m crazy. It’s worth nothing that all of my Euro style inspiration is from Scandinavia, and I know when I get to Germany they will all look at me like I’m nuts. Just like when I see people with rhinestone pocket jeans.

4. Marley Coffee – I bought this bag of coffee as a joke. I thought “Yes, I would like caffeine in the morning, in a calm, reggae-inspired way.” It is so good, I’m now on my third bag. My favorite is “Get Up, Stand Up,” the light blend. I’m sure you can find it at your local grocery store, or you can just order it online.

5. Why You Should Travel Young – It’s kind of weird, but I occasionally go on my Mom’s Facebook page and read her old posts. I love it because I can always hear her voice when I do, and it makes it seem like she is sill around – if just for a few moments. I came across this article which I had posted a few years ago, and she had reposted. It’s worth a read, but the general gist is that you should travel while you’re young, while you can, and enjoy life. I know my mom would be pumped for Jeff and I heading to Germany, and would probably be in the process of sewing me a traditional German outfit (she loved to sew).

6. Snapchat – Follow me on Snapchat @ AnnessaSays. I like to think my snaps are occasionally funny and interesting, but I don’t have a second opinion on that.

7. Mindy’s Book – I just finished reading Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling, and it was so good I’m looking forward to reading her other books. It’s super embarrassing, but I’ve only finished two books this year, this one and Bringing up Bebe. I find that 90% of the books I read are based on real things. The other 10% is Harry Potter. Harry is real though, right?

8. Sonic Decanter – I was at a wine tasting this weekend where the Sonic Decanter was being demonstrated, and I immediately brushed it off as a (fancy-looking) gimmick. The sales team gestured us over and had us try Apothic Red from the bottle, and Apothic Red that had been decanted using the Sonic Decanter. They didn’t tell us which was which. After picking my favorite, they revealed it was the decanted wine. It was way smoother, and the wine seemed more open to all of my senses. It does this with ultrasonic waves. Yes, it sounds cheesy. Yes, it works, and I want to buy it. I also appreciate that it looks really cool and not like a big oafy kitchen gadget. I would keep this on my counter, which is more than I can say for most kitchen things.

9. MØ – One of my favorite songs is “Dear Boy” by Avicii. I was obsessed with the woman’s vocals and had to find out who it was. It was MØ. I’ve been listening to her on repeat. Like, everyday. I also recently heard her on the radio, so I guess she’s doing big things already. On top of how much I love her music, she’s from Odense, Denmark. While I’ve never been, I have eaten their dark chocolate which is to die for. Their motto should be: Odense: amazing chocolate, amazing MØusic. Get it?! I’m lame. Check her out on Spotify and have your world rocked.

What have you been loving lately? Tell me in the comments!



Killer Shades & Canadian Tuxedo Days

I admit I fell victim to the old air conditioning trick – I was freezing and assumed fall had come early until I stepped outside in the ridiculous heat to find myself melting. We were running behind schedule, so I sucked it up. Note to self: check weather app before heading outside.


Top: J. Crew (similar) | Jeans: Current/Elliott (old, this year’s)  | Necklace: Ellandemm | Bag: Vintage Coach | Shoes: DV Dolce Vita | Sunnies: Prada via Ditto Endless Eyewear (use code “sunshine” for your first month free)


Admittedly I found the denim-on-denim trend a little odd at first, but with both items in my closet I gave it a try. I actually liked the monochrome, and the blues were different enough that it didn’t give off the Canadian tuxedo vibe I had always feared. I loved the sass that these fun sunglasses added to the overall look. I don’t have nearly enough fun pieces in my wardrobe. Maybe it’s time to start.