Olde Stash Collaboration

 

A couple of months ago, I was approached to do a collaboration with a really cool brand called Olde Stash, out of my hometown in Kalispell, Montana.  And because I am such a huge fan of this brand, and wanted to have the opportunity to share Olde Stash with all of you, of course I said yes!  If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember me sharing a little teaser of my time in the studio partnering with the owner (and creative genius!) behind Olde Stash, to design my very own custom bag. And if you don’t remember, here’s a little refresher!

dsc_9964 dsc_9948 dsc_9921 dsc_9959And one of the coolest things about this brand is that not only is my bag one-of-a-kind because I had a hand in the design process, but every bag that Olde Stash creates is also one-of-a kind.  All materials are purchased in small batches, and each piece is not only made to order, but hand crafted in-house in Kalispell, Montana.  And in addition to being totally gorgeous and unique, these bags are created using top of the line materials, including 3mm wool from Germany (the colors are all so beautiful and vibrant), and world-famous Horween leather, that has been tanned in Chicago for over 100 years.

And I have to tell you guys, I used to be a handbag buyer and designer for Sundance Catalog, and have traveled both domestically and abroad sourcing product, and I have never seen anything else like these bags in the marketplace.  They are truly stunning and so unique.  Whenever I carry this bag, I literally have people stop me on the street, in the airport, at work, wherever I may be, to ask me where they can find one.  And so of course today, I couldn’t be more excited to share Olde Stash with you.

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Bag, Olde Stash c/o

Cardi | Tee | Denim | Sunnies | Booties

So be sure to stop by the Olde Stash website and take a look around.  And if you want to place an order in time for Christmas (any of their pieces would make amazing gifts!), all orders must be placed by the end of the week.  And please feel free to reach out if you need any more info or have any questions.  Enjoy!

xoxo,

Abby

 

 

Friday Flashback

I have had such a busy couple of weeks at work, that I keep finding myself daydreaming about our amazing trip to Montana. And I have to say, I think I’m ready for another vacation! But really, we had such an incredible time, I thought I would use my Friday post to share some of my favorite Instagram shots from our adventures with all of you!  Enjoy!

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Happy weekend!  Hope you all have something fun planned to take advantage of our dwindling days of summer!  Thanks again for the support and for stopping by!

P.S.  Don’t forget to stop by eBay to check out some of the handbags I am selling!  And if you have any questions, let me know!

Pedal to the Metal

When J and I spent a few days in Red Lodge, MT on our way home from his grandmother’s funeral last week, one of our very favorite things about it was that we could ride our bikes from our hotel to wherever we needed or wanted to go-from daytime adventures to dinner and drinks out on the town. And fortunately for me, I had thought to pack my go-to chambray sleeveless shirt, and Marc Jacobs hobo (that also doubles as a cross body bag)-both of which made for perfect riding attire!

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Chambray Shirt: Kohl’s, similar | Grey Tank: Arden B (old), similar | Black Skinnies: American Eagle | Necklaces: Tiffany and Co., My personal collection of charms | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Rayban | Bag: Marc Jacobs (old) | Sandals: Steve Madden (old), similar, similar

I can’t believe I am hitting the road again for work today.  Pretty sure I haven’t slept in my own bed for more than 4 nights in a row in the last month.  Or completely unpacked from any of my trips, if I’m really being honest.  🙂  Guess I know one thing I’ll be doing this weekend.

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

xx

Road Trip

Justin’s grandmother passed away a few days before the 4th of July. And since the service was in North Dakota and flights were ridiculously expensive, we decided to pack up our things (having just barely unpacked from our last adventure), and hit the road to tackle the 15 hour drive.

Outside of the service, we didn’t have a plan-just the bikes, our pups, and the open road. And so, we decided to create a little adventure out of the circumstances and enjoyed a few days in Justin’s home town with family before deciding to head to Red Lodge, Montana to do some epic biking and celebrate the 4th. We even took a little (ok, an unintentionally really LONG) detour through Yellowstone on our way back to the SLC. And while I couldn’t be happier to be home (or any more exhausted), I am so grateful that we were able to make the trip and celebrate the life of Justin’s Grandma Wood!

And so, I thought it only fitting to share some Instagram snaps with all of your to commemorate our completely unexpected and unplanned 8 day adventure…

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I hope you all had a wonderful, safe, and happy holiday weekend!  I’ll be back tomorrow with regular outfit posts.

xx

Hooray For Chambray!

Oh how I love me some denim. Whether it’s a great pair of jeans, a denim jacket, a go-to pair of shorts, or a chambray shirt, I am a fan of it all. Maybe it’s my Montana roots, or maybe it’s just because denim is something everyone can wear. Either way, if you haven’t added a chambray shirt to your wardrobe yet this season, then it’s high time you took the plunge.

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Chambray Shirt: Guess | Skinnies: American Eagle | Necklace: Tiffany and Co. | Bracelets: Juicy Couture, Tiffany and Co. | Watch: Michael Kors | Belt: American Eagle (old), similar | Bag: Michael Kors | Pumps: Aldo (old), similar

Now the key to wearing denim well is to select ONE piece of denim for your ensemble.  Unless of course they are contrasting shades of denim, and then it’s ok to do some layering. But I definitely prefer to pair mine back to black, white, or bright colors.

Don’t forget to enter the JCrew gift card giveaway and stop by Groop Dealz to see all of their darling daily deals!

Thanks for reading!

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Back in the Saddle

I am finally back from vacation, and boy was it an amazing one. J and I headed up to my hometown in Montana to spend a week-a tradition we have kept since we first started dating 7 years ago. We so look forward to it every summer and this year definitely did not disappoint. We spent the week biking and boating and floating and fishing and laughing with family and friends. In fact, it seems like it all went by in the blink of an eye and I hate that it’s over.  So to drown my sorrows, today I will share a glimpse of one of our vacation days.

One of our favorite things to do every year when we go back to Montana is to spend time in Whitefish. It’s a cute little resort town at the base of Big Mountain and the head of Whitefish Lake. Not only is it quaint and loaded with good restaurants, bars, and shops, but it’s where we got married and will always hold a special place in our hearts (plus it’s always just plain fun). So on the only day of our vacation where it was too cool to be out on the water, J and I decided to go on a lunch date in Whitefish and walk around the cute downtown. And what better outfit to put together than my favorite JCrew shorts and new JCrew mini gingham button down-a preppy look that was just summery enough, while keeping me warm and colorful on a cool summer day…

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Hot Pink Mini Gingham:  JCrew Factory (recent)

Purple Shorts:  JCrew Factory

Neon Belt:  Macy’s

Yellow Bubble Necklace:  JCrew via eBay (be careful buying these on eBay!!!)

Earrings:  The Icing

Neon Bag:  Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac

Sunglasses:  Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom Rack

Gold Watch:  Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack

Gold Bracelets:  Oia Jules via Etsy

Silver Bracelets:  Tiffany and Co.

Gold Flats:  Target (old)

With so  many trends to love this summer, one in particular that I have been really drawn to lately is tying my shirts.  While I always love a tunic, tying a shirt gives you another way to wear the items in your closet and is a great way to change up your look.   And since this was a daytime outfit, I did layer a tank under my button down so that I wasn’t showing any skin.  For an evening look however, I would definitely tie my shirt without a layer underneath so that I am showing just a sliver of skin.  But the good news is, either way of wearing this trend is perfectly acceptable.  So if you haven’t tried trying one of your shirts yet, think about testing it out this week.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Hope you are all having a wonderful week!!

xx

 

Casual Glam

For those of you that aren’t familiar, I mentioned in an earlier post that Park City is a pretty casual yet glamorous mountain town-a fabulous hybrid that makes it very easy to navigate wardrobe wise (minus a fluctuating temperature). Really, pretty much anything goes from a one shoulder dress, to a little lace skirt, to a hoodie and jeans. In PC, the choice is all yours. And because let’s face it, most of what we dress for in life is often times more casual than not, (even though we sometimes wish we could be more glamorous), I have a favorite item that I am always on the hunt for that foots the bill for both.

So, what it is?! It is a flowy racerback tank with a shirttail hem-my perfect go to top for a casual or glamorous look. Now don’t get me wrong, I love flowy tops just as much as the next person, but let’s face it, they are hard to wear and often times terribly unflattering. However a racerback brings it all in at the top and defines your shoulders and waist before falling to its widest part. And to further create a more flattering look, I especially love a racerback in tandem with a shirttail hem, eliminating the box cut which gives the top (and you!) a little more shape and flare. Plus the combo looks great back to skinnies or shorts making it an incredibly universal piece-which is of course why I love it so much. And with that said, here are a few things I look for when on the prowl for one of these shirts:

1. A Fun Color-something that is bright and interesting on its own, say back to a pair of cut offs, but something that would also look great with a pair of skinnies and heels and some fun jewelry

2. A Dressier Fabric-in today’s post, the silhouette of my top is incredibly casual, but it is made from a rich silky fabric that makes it feel perfect for evening with the right accessories

3. Length-I like these tops to be a little long, but not tunic length. They need to be just long enough that they work with skinnies, but short enough to wear with shorts

4. Strap Width-this summer I have been into skinnier racer back straps. They still aren’t the norm so it makes this simple top feel a little more special and differentiated-even if you are only wearing it with flip flops and jeans

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Tank:  Forever21

Skinny Jeans:  Gap (check in store-they are legging jeans)

Flower Necklace:  TJMaxx (recent)

Chain Necklace:  Macy’s (recent)

Bracelets:  Oia Jules, Tiffany and Co., Thailand

Watch:  Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack

Orange Lipstick:  MAC Morange

Shoes:  Chinese Laundry (oldies but goodies)

I feel like I have been all over the place (literally) during the month of July.  Summer is flying by and I feel like I’ve barely had time to take it in and enjoy.  But the good news is, J and I are heading off on vacation tomorrow and traveling back to Montana for bike races and to see family and get some serious time in on the water.  It’s a summer tradition and I couldn’t be more excited!!!  Now I just need to get myself home from Idaho tonight to do some serious unpacking, laundry, and then pack myself up again.  I’m not especially looking forward to that part, but what’s on the horizon will definitely make it worth my while!

Hope you are all having a fabulous week!

xx

RATPOD

My apologies for missing Favorite Product Friday las week-I promise I will make up for it this coming Friday. But in my defense, I had an absolutely crazy few days.  I spent the week in Montana for work, flew back to the SLC late Thursday evening, and then turned around and drove back to Montana (different part of the state) Friday morning to participate in a 130 mile road bike ride called RATPOD.

So I’m guessing at this point you are probably wondering, what the heck is RATPOD?  RATPOD is an acronym that stands for Ride Around the Pioneers in One Day and is a charity road bike ride that supports Camp Mak-A-Dream:

“a medically supervised, cost-free Montana experience, in an intimate community setting for children, young adults and families affected by cancer. A week at camp offers these kids and young adults the chance to be “normal”, to conquer challenges, gain independence and self-esteem, make new friends and face their fears alongside others who understand what it’s like to have cancer.”

Pretty incredible, right??  My husband’s family has participated in and supported the event for the last several years, and I was finally able to join in the festivities last year completing my first RATPOD ride (in the past I have typically had work conflicts).  So to have the chance to participate for a second time this year was a pretty special treat. Here are some highlights from our weekend…

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Our attempt at a family photo on the drive down.  Fail.  Lol.

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Angry skies in Dillon-perhaps a little foreshadowing of the winds to come…

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Enjoying the street dance after the pre-ride spaghetti feed

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Me and my mother-in-law.  We sure had fun together!

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Heading out at 6am…

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One of my favorite spots on the ride…

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Minus the 30-40mph winds, it was a pretty spectacular day.

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Happy to be done and out of the wind.

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Free Big Sky Beers for all riders!  NICE!

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And even better than free beer?  Free ice cream!!! 🙂

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Enjoying more live music and a festive dinner for riders.

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And even though I was there to ride, I still had to add some fashion elements to the weekend!  In fact, my mother-in-law asked me if I wanted some more stream lined glasses to ride in and I had to tell her that I had purposefully selected the biggest cycling glasses I could find at the bike shop.  Guess I’m not the most typical cyclist, but I love it just the same.  😉

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And of course, our favorite sign on the drive back to the SLC.  Montana pride runs deep in my veins.  Always.

Hands down, RATPOD is an amazing event and this year did not disappoint.  How incredible that we were not only able to spend a weekend with family we don’t get to see nearly enough, but also support such an incredible cause that touches the lives of so many. And as an added bonus, it’s also a pretty rewarding athletic accomplishment and one of the highlights of our summer!  In fact, I’m already looking forward to next year.

Back with regular outfit posts tomorrow.

xx