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NORDSTROM + BAUBLEBAR

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

nordstrom and baublebar

The latest collaboration makes my heart skip a beat!  Nordstrom and BAUBLEBAR make a dream team.  While some collaborations are outside my price point, this one is right on the money.  Starting at $24-you can buy baubles to your heart’s content.  I love the pieces that would be easy, everyday accessories.  Notice anything?  Yep, my affection for gold does not seem to be waning.  {Wow!  It’s becoming a problem.}

Pop on over and check out the entire Nordstrom + BAUBLEBAR line.

Which bauble strikes your fancy??

Layered Pendant Necklaces//Peacock Fan Studs//Karat Bar Studs//Phillips Skinny Cuff

 

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SPRUNG FOR SPRING

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

sprung for spring

Oh, man.  It’s time!  Time to forget about all the black and grey, put away the boots, and shed our winter coat.  Springing forward is always an awesome shock to the system.  We instantly earn an extra hour of daylight at the end of our day and suddenly everyone feels lighter.  It also helps that the buckets and buckets of rain seem to be on pause for a bit here in Seattle.  We actually are catching glimpses of beautiful sunny, spring days.  Doesn’t it make you want to add something “springy” to your arsenal?  This girl is sprung for spring!

A few spring items that make me smile:

bkr glass water bottle in dive//DV by Dolce Vita ‘Cho’ Wedge sandals {ON SALE!}//Ban.do Ear buddies in Perfect Pink/Canteloupe//Gap Fluid tank in New Dark Orange//Ban.do Rain or Shine umbrella in Dottie//

 

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GIMME THOSE MITTENS

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Slovakia Mittens

I was watching the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and instantly became obsessed with Team Slovakia’s mittens!  As my husband and kids continued to watch the Parade of Nations- betting on who had the largest delegation- I jumped online to search for those mittens!  It wasn’t easy, but I found a few shots of the white graphic mittens with the fantastic red heart!  The scarves and hats were pretty great too!  I vote Slovakia Best Dressed.  The ladies’ mittens were equally as awesome in red with a white heart {Sorry. No picture.}

Gimme those mittens!

So far no one is selling Team Slovakia’s mittens, so I was driven to do a quick round-up of heart inspired mittens.  I kind of love the options.  Warm weather gear that also warms the heart.  Awww.

round up of heart mittens

Mittens {clock wise from top left}  1//2//3//4

xoxoxo

 

 

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CHANGE YOUR {FRAME} OF MIND

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

5 looks with Warby Parker | Where is June?

Modern girls {or women, if you prefer} are busier than ever.  Our days might include a day at the office, school runs, volunteer hours, an endless number of errands, driving kids to practice, and an evening meeting.  Occasionally we may sneak in coffee with girlfriends or a date night with our favorite guy.  Wow!  We are amazing, aren’t we?

And hey, even us girls of a certain age want to look our very best while out and about.  I talked my gorgeous sister-in-law, Piper, into helping me with a post that shows by simply changing up your hair and adding accessories -you can change your look entirely.  Since she wears glasses, we also took advantage of the Warby Parker free Home Try-On program.  Warby Parker is an on-line eyewear boutique. Their glasses start at just $95.  At that price you can have more than one pair.  Change your frames.  Change your frame of mind.

Five different frames.  Five different looks.  Look what we put together:

 1.  A School Run

make a school run.  Warby Parker- Baxter | Where is June

Let’s be honest.  When you are running the kids to school, you don’t want to take more than a few minutes, if that, to get yourself ready.  Low maintenance is key.  Throw on a cozy zip-up and a cute striped beanie- you are out the door .  {Love the beanie for hiding morning, bed head!}  Piper is wearing  BAXTER  in Catalina Blue.

2.  Coffee with Girlfriends

coffe with girlfriends and mallory

It is such a treat to have time with girlfriends.  Nothing fancy, just relaxed fun.  These tortoise frames are awesome all by themselves!  Wow!  Add a color block sweater and big gold hoops and it’s time to catch up with your best girls.  Piper is wearing MALLORY in Gimlet Tortoise.

3.  Charity Board Meeting

attend a charity board meeting.  Warby Parker-Zag | Where is June?

Sometimes we need to look sharp and on point.  {Those of you who work outside the home do this everyday.}  The color blocking on these frames is unique but the shape keeps the look professional.  I love the crisp white shirt with a geometric print tank. Completely modern.  Finish the look with smooth straight hair, simple studs, and a bold necklace.  You are ready to kick butt and take names.  Piper is wearing ZAGG in Tennessee Whiskey

4.  Date Night

date night. Warby Parker-Linwood | Where is June?

Yessss.  A night out!  Time to loosen things up a bit.  Tousle your hair and think sexy. {Isn’t she a knock out?} Dress up a silk blouse with a large, statement necklace and go with a bolder lip.  Baby, you are hot to trot.  Piper is wearing LINWOOD in Revolver Black.

5.  Farmers’ Market

visit the farmer's market.  Warby Parker-Miles | Where is June?

Time to be the casual hipster! A colorful {edgy} scarf and loose curls under a fedora is nothing but happy and carefree. Don’t you wish everyday was market day?  Piper is wearing MILES in Revolver Black.

Now, your turn.  Time to go to your closet.  Choose your go-to outfit of the moment.  Pull out all of your accessories. {All of them.}  I bet, if you are creative, you can change up that outfit at least three ways with accessories you already own.   Let me know what you come up with!

All images by Elise Marie Photography for Where is June?

Hair by Kelley Henry

 

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A CLOSET TO LOVE

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A closet to love | Where is June

Back in October, I decided to give my closet a major overhaul.  It was in desperate need of some TLC.  You need to know that my closet is a standard sized bedroom closet with dual sliding doors.  A powdered-coated, metal shelving/hanging unit was installed by a previous owner of our home.  Sadly, it also has florescent lighting.  This was not going to be a remodel.  I had to work within the space I was given.  When I set out to create a closet to love, I set my priorities for the project.

In the end, I hoped for:

*bright, open and inspiring

*a place for my accessories

*space to hang a few pieces of art

a closet to love - before | Where is June

While it is quite embarrassing to show the before pictures, it is important to show its original sad, drab state.  Yep, it was that bad.  Crowded, cluttered, and certainly uninspiring.  The closet wasn’t getting any larger and it wasn’t going to magically become a walk-in overnight.  To reach my goal of creating an open space, I was going to have to be fearless in making some tough decisions.  I needed to edit my wardrobe!   I spent a long afternoon, pulling things from my closet.  The result was a very large bag which I took to my favorite consignment shop.  The rest went to a charitable thrift shop.  There was space to work with!!

a closet to love-process

The work began in four main areas:

Clothing Storage:  I pulled my spring/summer wardrobe off hangars and put it in storage.   I certainly don’t need shorts and breezy little tops in the dead of Seattle’s winter.  I also put my flip flops, wedges, and sandals in individual plastic shoe boxes.

Painting:  The walls need some major help.  They were actually dirty {gross that I didn’t notice that when I moved in} and the paint was drab.  I chose Benjamin Moore Ribbon Pink.  It took over 3 weeks to finally decide on the shade of pink.  My ideal color would be a bit paler than Ribbon Pink, but once the clothes were back it wasn’t a huge issue for me.  The hardest part of the painting was the shelving/hanging unit.  It is barely hanging on, so if I had taken it down there is a pretty good chance it wouldn’t have gone back up.  Instead, I taped around it using painter’s tape and my level.  It took forever.  For a fun effect I taped color blocks!  The finished product makes me smile because of the awesome white borders throughout the whole closet.

Accessory Storage:  I had to use some creativity for hanging and storing my accessories.  A shelf liner gave me a solid surface to build on.  I had been dying for a reason to buy this gorgeous gold stag! I finally had it.  Using the antlers and a handful of brass nails I had plenty of storage for my necklaces.  Along with jewelry trays, vintage tea cups and collected glassware I had a place for almost all of my accessories.  An acrylic shelf helped give one more surface for all the treasures.  All of my hats, scarves, and belts are now housed in two colorful canvas baskets I found on clearance at Target.

Art:  With a little help from all of you {here and here} I chose two pieces of art.  The fashion illustration by Anum Tariq is so beautiful.  I wish you could see it person.  A LOVE print, one of my very favorite photos, and a few Instagram snapshots finished off the space perfectly.

a closet to love-space 1

a closet to love - space 2

a closet to love- space 3

a closet to love-detailsa closet to love-more details

I apologize for such a lengthy post, but I can’t help but be overly excited about this outcome!  It makes me so, so HAPPY to open my closet each day.  Many of my most treasured items {like my grandmother’s gloves I wore on my wedding day} now have a place in my everyday.   While not large or ornate, I now have a closet to love.

{If you see a detail that I didn’t explain or discuss, please leave a comment below.  I am happy to answer any questions!}

 

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YELLOW + GOLD

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

yellow + gold

Last weekend my girlfriend invited me over for a glass of wine and a sneak peek at all of her newest Stella and Dot baubles.  Comfy in my sweats and my hair pulled into a top knot, I played dress up- trying on samples from the Spring 2014 Collection.  These new arrivals make me long for warmer weather and lighter clothing!

I quickly compiled a wish list in my head.  Upon review they all had a common theme: yellow + gold.  It is official.  I am gold crazy {more gold postings here, here and here}!  The yellow is what is surprising!  I don’t own anything yellow.  Come to think of it, I am not really sure if I look good in yellow.  All rational thinking went out the window when I laid eyes on those gorgeous chandelier earrings.  I mean really!  Love at first glance.

Bright and Bold.  {Possibly my spring mantra?}

My Yellow + Gold collection:

1/Norah Chandelier 2/ Double Clutch-Citrine Perf 3/Cleopatra Studs 4/Jackie Link Bracelet 5/Somervell Necklace-Peach

Take a peek around at the rest of the Spring Collection.  The Norah Chandeliers are my favorite.  What is yours?

More fun with accessories.

 

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STELLA & DOT GIVEAWAY

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

dramatic layers

Accessories are the easiest way to be creative when getting dressed.   Since September I have been wearing my Mae, Somervell, Christina necklace trio constantly.  All three equals a dramatic punch of glam.  Wearing one or two gives some pop to a casual outfit.  I can’t get enough of these gorgeous beauties.  Since I know you will love them too, I have partnered with my favorite Stella & Dot stylist, Regan McCrary, to give away the Mae Necklace to one of my readers.

You can mix and match these pieces countless ways. Why not experiment a little?  {Grown-ups can have fun too!} How about a casual flannel with a little bit of sparkle?

casual layers

 

Or, add a hair tie to the double clasps of the Somerville and wear it in your hair.  Yes, it’s that easy!

somervell hairband

mae giveaway

To enter this giveaway, visit Regan’s Stella & Dot page and leave a comment here telling me which item(s) you would put on your wish list.  {There are so many to choose from.}  Entries must be posted by Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 9am PST, and one winner will be chosen at random.

** The giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations Randi S!  I hope you love this necklace as much as I do.

{Limited to U.S. readers.  $49 USD total value.  The winner will be announced on the Where is June? Facebook page and by email.}

 

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FINISHING TOUCHES

Friday, November 15th, 2013

closet TLC

I am down to the finishing touches on my closet TLC project.  I want to choose one of these prints to accompany the other items I have gathered to make my closet the girliest place in my home.  Obviously, the message is the same, so it comes down to a matter of design.  Help me decide. I am so close to finishing and I can’t wait to share the results with all of you.

Which one do you like best?

Prints found @ Made by Girl

(See all of my closet inspiration on a closet to love Pinterest board.}

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{JUNE LOVES} RANK AND STYLE

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Rank and Style roundup

 

You know that moment when your girlfriend walks into the party and she is wearing the most stunning earrings?  What is the first thing you ask her?  Where did you get those?  You know what they say- knowledge is power!  The hard part is we don’t all have time {or the energy} to be in the know.  Fret no more!  Rank & Style has you covered.  Seriously, it is kind of brilliant.

Rank & Style creates Top Ten lists using an algorithm {yes, I needed help spelling that} that researches and aggregates data from the department stores, boutiques, fashion blogs and style magazines you trust.  There is a new list each day and you can search all the past lists on their site.  They rank items in clothing, beauty, shoes, and accessories.  Looking for calf hair pumps?  They have a top ten list.  Need the best hair dryer?  There is a top ten list for that.  Awesome, right?

I really do love this site!  It is new {still in beta}, so check it out.  I really think they are on to something.

TOP TEN  1//statement earrings 2//full skirts 3// lip stains 4//black ankle boots 5//trendy watches

 

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DRESS UP THE WALLS

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

I recently decided to give my very small closet a major over hall.  I plan to share the before, inspiration, and afters very soon.  I am just working on the finishing touches.  The closet itself is quite basic and the storage system inside is less than aesthetically pleasing.  Since I am not making any major changes [structurally], I made some tough decisions to create a bit of space for art work.  It is actually quite exciting because this can be art just for me.  The more girly the better!  I am surrounded by boys and boy stuff all the time, so this down right AWESOME!

OK. Here’s the deal.  I can’t decide.  I should be able to hang two pieces [one larger piece and a smaller one], possibly three if they are all smaller in scale.

Here are a few of the frontrunners.  Many I found on Etsy and each shop had many wonderful pieces.  Which one{s} do you like best?

artwork for closetartwork for closet 2

I can’t wait to hear what you think!  I will post the finished product – when I have everything just so.

{Since I do not want price to sway your decisions, you can find the links to the original art pinned on my a closet to love board.}

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