friday finds + favorites #5

happy friday!
here are some things I've loved around the internet. I hope you'll join me in sharing what you love.

I really love all white rooms but I have a dog and a life... and I just don't think it would work.
via design sponge

can we talk about how pantsuits actually look good sometimes? like this one. I kinda want to bite the bullet to get one, but I think the husband would not approve. via roots, wings and things
(also do any of you watch the bachelorette? can we have a discussion about the white pantsuit emily wore? I really liked it.)

this looks like something i need to make and eat. via stay in the lines

 ok. a llama photobombing in peru. this makes me laugh out loud... a lot. via the 15 greatest animal photobombs on twistedsifter

also, I made this recipe (but with beef not tofu) and it was the best thing of my life. 

also... if you're interested, I'm offering $50 shop credit over on Bubby & Bean. you may or may not want to check it out. 

in real life:
I kinda love that the husband and I are having a friend live with us for a month (and I'm so raiding her closet.) // I saw a dear friend for Vietnamese food. // I skyped with another friend for two hours of amazingingness (why do so many of my friends live thousands of miles away?!) //  I used a gift card to take a TOWN CAR home from work for free. It was pretty much the best thing ever and I felt like Rihanna or the Queen of England. // it was my dad's birthday Thursday and I won't divulge his age, but I will say that he is one of the steadiest, most supportive and all-around intelligent and loving people I know. I feel pretty dang lucky to be his daughter. 

how was your week? how are all you guys doing where it's so hot? Do you want to come visit? It was only 75 today and it might rain tomorrow. I'll take you to Pike Place or something. :)

xo, erika


link up! please link to your post, not your whole blog and link back to me because it's the nice thing to do. thanks much! :)

sometimes I just have to share

Thank goodness for Google.

What else could explain the email from a Huffington Post editor who asked if she could link to my post about rhubarb liqueur.  Undoubtedly, with the power of Google (or maybe Bing), she stumbled upon my post.

And now I'm featured in the Huffington Post:

Imagine me giving an Academy Award-type speech. "I'd like to thank my mom and dad. My mother-in-law for the copious amounts of rhubarb that I didn't know what to do with. My husband who puts up with me and my projects... and of course... Google."

Also thank you guys for reading and encouraging me to post here. This spot, more than any other place on the web, is the most important to me.

xo, erika


letting go


I am a perfectionist.
And I have it in my mind that I need to have everything together-- and for me, that's a lot. Succeeding at the day job, the blog, my etsy shop, in my relationship with God, my husband, my family, my friends... plus a clean house, healthy meals... it goes on.

And I know I'm not alone in this. And in no way would I ever judge anyone else for working really hard on their blog and not having time to do laundry or cook. Yet, I judge myself. I don't give myself the same freedom I extend to others.

But I'm deciding this summer is the time to let go in some areas. I do not need to be perfect. You do not need to be perfect. And that laundry can sit in the dryer for another week.

How do you let go?

xo, erika

i've learned

blazer: thrifted // top: gift // jeans: urban outfitters // shoes: seychelles (old)

I've learned a few things recently.

- no one looks graceful running to catch the bus. especially when that someone is wearing high heels and carrying too many bags
- a piece of a toilet seat cover actually works just as well as an oil blotting sheet. (weird, I know)
- ice cream, like chocolate, is good for the soul and sometimes a necessary part of the diet
- reality tv, sometimes, is also very necessary (especially after a long day.)
- white blazers (or any blazers for that matter) are a great thrift find
- and no matter how cute the shoe is, if it's painful to walk in, it's not worth it.

surprisingly the shoes I'm wearing here are rather comfortable (for 4-inch heels that is.)

xo, erika

p.s. anything weird you've learned lately?


mint green + orange

dress: fleet collection // shoes: urban outfitters

I bought this dress over Memorial Day and it was one of those things that I stalked online and when I saw the 15% off I had to get it even though I had told myself that I didn't need it.

It's hung in my closet until yesterday when I pulled it out for a wedding in central Washington. It was a great wedding, but what wasn't so great was us getting lost in the forest (literally) on our way there. I guess that's what you get when you try and fit in a side trip to the oldest bar in Washington before the ceremony. 

Don't worry-- no one really noticed me running across the field during the procession.

What did you do this weekend? Have you ever been late to a wedding? Or is that just me...

xo, erika


friday finds + favorites #4

what do you on thursday nights when you're supposed to be doing something else... you redo your blog layout, that's what. (to be fair, I did fold laundry first.)

I switched from two columns to three. oh, yeah. (brushes shoulder off.)

And when I redid my social media buttons, I found this gem: pantone colored buttons! brilliant.

other good things on the internet:

 this bleach tutorial is helpful and hilarious.

I need to find some skinny little gold tubes to make these. via honestly wtf.

I love baby goats (well actually any baby animal) so I loved these photos on gentri lee's blog

i also liked this kitchen redo and this hilarious bachelorette recap and this post too. 

in real life:
sunshine! // a wedding this weekend // a lunchtime run by the water // this salad for lunch // golfing with the husband (first time golfing ever!) // bachelorette viewing parties w/ my friends // blueberries

link up! 
xo, erika


the thrifting olympics

I love the Olympics even though I am not particularly athletic-- growing up I was the hiking-running-dance-horseback riding girl and was probably less than average in each, so I never had a real dream of competing in the Olympics.

Well the real Olympics, that is.

I'd like to think that I'd do pretty well in another type of Olympics, with events like coffee drinking, twitter refreshing, alarm snoozing and thrifting. I'd like to think my latest thrift would have brought home the gold. If I was competing or anything. You know.

But it was honestly one of those days when (almost) everything fit and it was just win after win and I almost hugged the lady at the register in sheer glee. Not all days are thrifting gold; some days I don't get anything good, which is why when Olympics-worthy trips come along, it's worthy of a lengthy post in praise of the haul.

so bear with me as I boast.

why it's amazing: polka dots and stripes and it's Ann Taylor (from like 20 years ago)
cost: $4.99

why it's amazing: pleated mid-length skirts are my new thing (see me wear it here)

cost: $3.99

why it's amazing: so good over a swimsuit or with a knit maxi skirt

cost: $4.99

*not pictured: a white blazer and a pair of floral shorts that were 99 cents... and in need of a major refashion, (which may or may not work.)*

have you found anything good lately on the cheap?

xo, erika

p.s. link up your online (and real life) favorites tomorrow for friday finds and favorites!

but you don't like butterflies

top: banana republic outlet // belt + skirt: thrifted // shoes: macys

That's what my mom said when I bought this skirt.

"But you don't like butterflies," she said hesitantly. What she meant is that I don't like butterfly prints. I kind of OD'ed on them in junior high-- butterfly clips, glitter, sparkly tees with dragonflies... I'm sure some of you get what I'm talking about. 

However-- although this skirt is covered with butterflies-- the print is small and when I first grabbed it off the rack, I thought they were flowers. Cute little flowers. And the skirt is definitely not glittery.

Flowers or butterflies, I decided it didn't matter because for $3.99 the skirt was perfect. I honestly cannot get enough of mid-length pleated skirts-- especially when paired with heels. (perhaps I'm destined to be a librarian. A butterfly-loving librarian.) 

xo, erika

linking up with the pleated poppy + momma go round!


that's a maternity top

top: thrifted // jeans: Urban Outfitters // shoes: bc shoes

The cute polka dotted shirt was at Goodwill for under $5. I didn't really bother trying it on; Goodwill was closing soon, so I held it up to me. Looks good.

However, after it took a spin through the washer and I tried it on for the first time I realized the shirt was really long.

Really really long.

And when I peeked at the tag on the side, the shirt said maternity.


So, yes, I'm wearing a maternity top. And no, I'm not even close to being pregnant.

Oh, dear husband, don't worry-- this was an inadvertent purchase; I'm not trying to send you signals.

xo, erika
p.s.  i'm over here today and sharing a discount code to shop... may want to go check it out. :)


did you win?

happy monday!

I'm recovering from sunshine and too much good food (and drink) this weekend plus celebrating my wonderful father on Sunday. (if you follow me on instagram- @rougeandwhimsy- you may have seen a few of my photos.)
Lake Chelan in Eastern Washington-- one of my favorite vacation spots

what I did all Saturday. relax... 

but I thought I'd step in and briefly tell you who won $50 to shabby apple!

April G. congrats! Shoot me an email girl!

what did you guys do this weekend?

xo, erika


friday finds + favorites #4

another round of what i love online + in the real world! hope you're playing too :)

  popsicles. 'nuff said.

what you didn't graduate this year? don't matter- get inspired with these speeches

a plea to cat lady bloggers. this made me giggle. (prob because I could be considered a dog lady blogger) 

okay- I couldn't blog about this earlier because my mama reads my blog (hi mom!), but I bought a wool felted custom pet from good natured by dani for my mom's birthday and when I got it, I was blown away by its adorableness. Honestly it looks exactly like my mom's little corgi--the details are incredible. I have to order another one from Dana asap. She's a doll and SO talented! Get thee to her etsy shop pronto!

I want to tackle sewing with patterns. these look like a good place start. (right now i just make my own patterns.) 

I eat chips + salsa daily. so this recipe for mango salsa is a must!

these earrings! I wear earrings every day and feel naked without 'em, and these color blocked ones from Acute Designs are ridiculously cute.

in the real world...

- I got the best clothes at my local thrift shop the over day. it was like the thrifting olympics and I won the gold. That good. Once they're out of the washer, they'll be making their appearance. :)

- going to Eastern Washington this weekend (read: desert-y, hot side of the state) for a bachelorette getaway. Pool + magazines + girl time. I need it.

- I made the best salad the other day. I can't take credit for it-- you all should make it though. nom.

have a lovely weekend-- whatever you end up doing!

xo, erika

that one time I drove to portland and back

it was somewhere along I-5 past midnight when I questioned my sanity.
Down and back to Portland in a day, no less a span of less than 10 hours?

Insane may be the word for it.

But I deemed it worth it-- especially if it meant no hotel and saving a buck or two.

So I left work a little early, hopped in the trusty Ford Focus and bombed down the freeway the 100+ miles and 3 hours to Seattle's neighbor to the south. All for a few beers and meet and greet time with people I've only "met" online.

Crazy, right? But c'mon-- wouldn't you do it too if it meant you got to hang with Chelsey, Mandy, Heather, Carina and Moorea in person?

Yeah, thought so.

PNW blogger meet-up in Portlandia. Hipsters galore, delish beer and lots of ladies.

So many ladies, in fact, this guy stepped in and told us he could hear us gabbing from blocks away. Naturally he took a photo with us. #thatshowweroll

Chatter, advice from Heather, giggles and the best swag bag ever (no lie) and I was back on the road, questioning my sanity just a little bit as I swigged from my diet coke. (I only drink that stuff on rare occasions.)

1:30 a.m. I rolled into the driveway. Slept in until 9.

Totally worth it.

xo, erika


it's hard to jump in a pencil skirt

 denim shirt: thrifted (similar) // belt: old from the gap // pencil skirt: h&m // boots: macys

When I graduated college I had this idea that I was going to be wearing blazers, dress pants and pencil skirts in my high-fangled job in downtown Seattle.

(oh how I love pencil skirts.)

so shortly before graduation, I sidled on down to H&M and picked up a classic black one.

A classic black one that I rarely wear because I live in Seattle and both of my day jobs after graduation have required anything more formal than jeans.

There are guys at my current job that wear hooded sweatshirts with jeans and flip flops.

Some of them wear slippers or go in their socks around the office.

What I'm saying is that I don't get the opportunity to wear my classic black pencil skirt.

But I decided that I was going to make that opportunity. You hear about people dressing something up -- this is me, dressing something down.

Casual jeans on top, dressy skirt on the bottom. I think it works.

Except for jumping photos. Pencil skirts are not useful for jumping photos. Remember that.

happy thursday, friends.

xo, erika

p.s. don't forget to enter the shabby apple giveaway and to link up tomorrow for friday finds + favorites!


Me (and the dog) hope ...

 top: target from who knows when // pants: anthro // bracelet: junghwa // shoes: urban outfitters

 When I started doing outfit photos, I worried because there's something about it that can feel self-serving.

But to be honest, I love doing this; I love reading other blogs with outfits posts and it's become a fun challenge to figure out new looks from my closet as well as put together something that makes me feel good.

And I hope that you get something out of it too.

I hope that when you see what I wore, it inspires you to put together something new from your closet.

I hope that you decide to take a risk and decide to wear something because it makes you feel good about yourself.

I hope you see what you wear less about being "in-style" but more about expressing yourself and loving yourself.

And I hope, more than anything, that my crazy little dog, who insists on being in every photo, makes you smile.

xo, erika
p.s. i bought these shoes on sale at urban outfitters because online they said coral. they're definitely orange. but I'm ok with that.

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