Shop Spotlight: Roolee Boutique

As you may know, I love online boutiques. Online shopping is so convenient to shop from your own home and I’ve enjoyed finding boutiques via social media. Today, I’m spotlighting Roolee Boutique, which actually has a brick and mortar store in Northern Utah in addition to their large online presence. I look for shops that have items that fit my style, has modest options, and affordable. Here are a few of my favorite items:

Blush sweater and mustard skirt $40

Denim dress $58

Embroidered dress $71

Fringe bag $45

Pompeii maxi dress $50

Relaxed coal dress $43

Embroidered dress $60

Summer Sunglasses

One thing I rarely ever splurge on are sunglasses. I feel like while there are classic, timeless styles, there are trends every year that I like. Luckily, there are places that make super affordable pairs. The sunglasses may not last more than a few years, but I don’t mind since that style or trend may not be very popular the next year anyway. I currently have like 5 pairs of sunglasses none of which were over $15. I also like having multiple pairs in case we take Dave’s car somewhere I know I’ll have a pair in his car.

I like classic brown tortoise shell glasses, the trendy polarized look, aviators, leopard print and gold frames. I love my most recent pair with pink lens. You can save 10% on any Poppy Apparel item with the code ‘jen10’ (their sunglasses are in the $10-$30 range).

summer sunglasses poppy apparel

summer sunglasses poppy apparel

 

Bright White Memorial Day

I’m thankful today to celebrate and remember those who have died to allow use to enjoy the amazing freedoms of this country. We have many freedoms and rights that citizens of other countries do not have. Sometimes I feel that politics (especially in a two party dominant country) can be divisive so I’m extra grateful we have days like today to remind us that we are all Americans.

Today is celebrated in lots of different ways – the beach, vacations, family time, etc. We don’t have anything special planned today as Dave is going out of town tonight for work in Phoenix. Something I always love about Memorial Day (and the other American holidays) are the flag decorations that dot the neighborhoods and businesses. The Red represents ‘valor’, the White ‘innocence’ and the Blue ‘vigilance, perseverance and justice’.

There’s an old saying that you can’t wear white until after Memorial Day – not sure where this originated or if it’s truly observed! I tend to wear more black and gray but also love white. For a lot of people, Memorial Day also signals the beginning of summer and summer colors. Here are some of my white picks:

WHITE WEAR MEMORIAL DAY

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WHITE WEAR MEMORIAL DAY SMILE BRILLIANT TEETH WHITENING

dress/Birkenstocks/Converse/nail polish/pineapple top

 

 

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Shop Spotlight: Soel Boutique

I’ve been following Soel Boutique for a while on Instagram and I love their selection of timeless and trendy pieces. I love finding boutiques and shops that feel like my exact style, like a place where you feel like you wish you could buy every single item they sell! In addition to women’s apparel, they sell shoes, bags, jewelry, gifts, children and home items. They have a brick and mortar shop in Provo and I’m bummed I didn’t have a chance to go when we lived in Utah. Here are some of my favorite items:

Orchard Street Dress ^ (this looks SO perfect for the summer!)

Marketa Blouse ^

Tanya Top ^

Kalyn Top ^ (I especially love the tie on the sleeves!)

Lianna top ^

Vintage American Fashion

This dress is a true vintage piece, it was my mom’s dress when she was younger! I loved that she saved it so I could wear it. It’s polyester and a unique color for my wardrobe. I tend to gravitate towards black, white and grays. I like the fit and rust color of this dress.

Tessa’s dress is also second hand and I loved the navy and rust color combination we happened to be wearing this past Sunday, It reminded me on an old American flag 😉

vintage american fashion rust dress jen holtkamp

vintage american fashion rust dress jen holtkamp

vintage american fashion rust dress jen holtkamp

vintage american fashion rust dress jen holtkamp

Take me out to the ballgame

Some of my favorite childhood memories came at the ballpark. Growing up a Padres fan wasn’t anything glorious since they’re not a super wealthy or winning team ha, ha but it was always very fun to go as a family, eat a hot dog, learn about the game, and watch talented players come (and go).

Since then, Dave and I have loved going to baseball games together. We made a goal to see a game at every MLB ballpark. So far we’ve been to 19 out of 30 ballparks! Luckily we were able to see a lot when we drove to the east coast in 2009 and again in 2010. When we lived in DC in 2009, we adopted the Washington Nationals as our team together. They were a fairly new team to the area (having moved and re-branded from Montreal in 2005). This was before they had many big name players so tickets were pretty cheap and we were able to see a lot of games.

We haven’t been to a new ballpark basically since that time but we have plans to go to Seattle and see a Mariners’ game this summer for our 11th anniversary!

Dave found the website where I got this shirt (below) and I love it because it’s soft cotton, has Bryce Harper on it, and isn’t super girly. I kind of hate sports team apparel that is pink or glittery just because it’s marketed towards women. Many times I’d much rather have the same design as a men’s store just in a women’s size and fit!

take me out to the ballgame outfit

take me out to the ballgame outfit

shirt from Level500 / Old Navy flannel / Converse a million years old 😉

 

Fiesta Friday: links I love and things to celebrate

things to celebrate happy weekend links

I usually struggle finding pants, skirts and dresses that are a good length for me (short girl problems ha, ha) I enjoyed this post about how to style a long coat for shorter females

A comprehensive list of ethical shops online

How gorgeous is this black dress?! I love the details on the sleeves.

blackdress bell sleeves

Today is my parents’ 38th anniversary! Here’s to many more to my amazing mom and dad 🙂

Create

The main reason I started making jewelry a few years ago (before I started my Etsy shop) was because I could picture the jewelry I wanted that was my style but couldn’t find it in physical shops or online. I experimented with several different methods, designs, materials, suppliers, etc and through lots of trial and error and google, was able to design and create the pieces I was looking for. While my work needs a lot of practice and work, it makes me happy to be able to turn my vision into an actual product.

Here are a few new earrings I’ve been experimenting with – my first experiment with wire hoop earrings. The top pair has details of tiny gold geometric seed beads. The bottom pictures are similar design with a leftover herkimer diamond (from a necklace I made) paired with the same gold seed beads as the top pair of earrings. I’m pleasantly surprised with how they turned out and that all my tinkering and manipulating the wire turned out ok 😉

gold hoop earrings

gold hoop earrings

gold seed bead wire hoop earrings

gold hoop earrings

gold hoop earrings

gold seed bead wire hoop earrings herkimer diamond

 

Spring TLC

It’s started to feel like Spring this last week (even though it’s been our most mild winter in 10 years ha!) and it’s especially nice because my skin is less dry. I received these Farmhouse Fresh masks for my birthday and they are so awesome. The green is avocado butter (a super hydrator), the white is tapioca (to improve texture) and the orange is pumpkin (to boost radiance) and smells exactly like a delicious pumpkin pie! All three of them smell so good and feel very gentle on your skin.

farmhouse fresh mask sampler

farmhouse fresh mask sampler

I also got this avocado cuticle oil from a local beauty supply store and I feel like it’s definitely helped soften and moisturize my cuticles. I was hesitant at first because I wasn’t sure how oily it would be or how well it would absorb. Luckily, it absorbs well and doesn’t leave your nails or fingers feeling oily. I was going to post the Amazon link but it was $8 — I found it locally for $1.95! So if you’re looking for it, hopefully you can find it for cheaper. While I was out, I also found this pineapple hand cream at Bath and Body Works ($3) which is my favorite flavor!

pineapple hand cream avocado cuticle oil

And…a Spring haircut! I normally prefer my hair long but every few years get in the mood to cut it shoulder length. The first cut it always scary and I feel like it’s always shorter than I imagine but luckily hair grows back 🙂 One of the challenges with moving so much is not having a regular hair stylist. You have to find the right people to get recommendations from, finding a good price, and salon aesthetic that suits you. I found this stylist off Yelp recommendations based on the fact that I wanted someone right in Chino Hills as opposed to driving downtown or to Orange County. The layers were a bit too choppy for my style, but it’s nice to have a fresh, light cut. spring haircut freebird collection dress

spring haircut freebird collection dress

dress from Freebird Collection // gold sandals from Target