Summer Style Inspo for Tank Top Haters

I have a confession; I hate tank tops. So much. There, I said it…
The freakin’ closet staple of summer makes me cringe.
I hate tank tops for two reasons;

  1. I have terrible skin. Acne, scars, easy bruising, eczema…. I don’t feel like showing that off (yes I know a lot of people have flaws like these, and I should just get over it and feel comfortable in my own sh*t skin, but I’m not there yet, okay?)
  2. Armpits… I don’t like armpits. I don’t want them just, out, you know? Free to the world, free for everyone to judge if I lift my arms and my deodorant decided to ball up or I forgot to shave my spider legs. I don’t neeeeed that in my liiiiife.

So summer is a struggle for me. In the style department, that is. Short sleeves are as close as I get, and I honestly don’t even love those. I rounded up some of my summer outfits that aren’t tank top based, and I think you’ll enjoy them even if you are one of those freaks that bears their shoulders.

L O N G  S L E E V E  &  J E A N  S H O R T S

 

C R E W N E C K   &  H I G H  W A I S T E D  J E A N S

 

T E E  S H I R T  D R E S S  &  A C C E S S O R I E S

 

J U M P S U I T S  &  F L O P P Y  H A T S

 

P A T T E R N E D  J O G G E R S  &  B O Y F R I E N D   T E E S

 

C L O S E T   S T A P L E S

Summer Closet Staples

I really like neutrals and simple staple pieces. Camel, black, white, olive & denim pretty much consume my closet.

I’m honestly really simple (and pretty dang lazy) when it comes to style, if I’m being honest. Throw on a wide brimmed hat or a trendy head scarf when you’re on day 5 of dry shampoo. Rock oversized sunnies all day when you don’t feel like putting mascara or brows on. Hide beneath a frumpy tshirt dress and a cross body bag when you’re too lazy to plan out a multiple piece outfit. Buy staple items that you know you’ll love to wear all the time – it makes life a lot easier.

There are tons of ways to avoid wearing tank tops, trust me. So if you’re anything like me, I hope these suggestions helped you a little bit. And just keep in mind, there’s only a month and a half until Fall. (;

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Merchandising, My New Love!

I was recently promoted to “Head of Merchandising and Inventory” at The Montana Scene.
I have been “head of inventory” for quite a while (making sure all the stores get the product they need on a regular basis), but with my new job I get to spend a lot of time reaching out to all 5 Montana Scene locations, making sure their stores and windows look top notch. It’s been a blast so far, and it’s really sparked in me a love and passion for Visual Merchandising!

For the past few years, I have been casually working on displays and prettying up the Flathead Valley stores each time I worked at them. But now it’s my DUTY to make sure each store looks good. And while I’m really loving it, it has made me realize that I have a lot of learning and growing to do when it comes to my Merchandising skills.  I can’t wait to keep learning and growing and getting better.

Here are a few shots of the Kalispell store merchandising that I’ve done so far!

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Another aspect of my ‘new job’ that I’m absolutely loving is getting the opportunity to style and direct photo shoots once a month. It’s literally like, a dream come true. This is another thing that’s fairly new to me, but styling outfits is already my thing, so the styling aspect of the shoot is a breeze! It’s the directing that’s hard;  Getting models into different outfits, different poses, and ensuring that you can see the logo on each product in every shot, all at the same time, can be pretty stressful! Especially when it’s 17 fricking degrees. 

It’s such a fun thing to do though, and the creative aspect of it really and truly fulfills me. I get to work with the amazing J. Vigil Photography (Jaci, mah girrrlll) once a month, and she’s the absolute shit, guys.

It’s such a blast, too. Not only is Jaci amazing, but the models have all been fun to work with.. And when I’m directing shoots I feel like I can be my true, weird self.
I’ve kind of become “known” for the erratic noises I make in order to get models to laugh, so you can always count on me to do something weird as hell to get the perfect shot.

(all of the following photos were taken by J. Vigil Photography unless otherwise noted.)

Here are some shots from the few photo shoots I’ve directed and styled over the past few months!

Montana 1889 Retro Raglans from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | J. Vigil Photography

MONTANA ALL DAY Tee Collection from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | J. Vigil Photography

Life is Better in Glacier Mug from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | J. Vigil Photography

Life is Better in Montana Flowy Tee from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | J. Vigil Photography

Home is where the Mountains Are Flowy Tee from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | J. Vigil Photography

Montana Vibes Unisex T from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | J. Vigil Photography

Life is Better on the Trail Knit Cowl from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | Eric Matt Photography
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MT Scene Logo V Neck from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | Eric Matt Photography
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Car Hang in Montana Scene Apparel | Montana Laura Blog | J. Vigil Photography

Montana 1889 Retro Raglan from The Montana Scene | Montana Laura Blog | J. Vigil Photography

You guys recognize those floppy hats & shades? Ehh?

Aren’t those great? The clothes, the photography, the styling.. It’s all amazing, if I do say so myself!

I love making things look pretty ; and I get to make stores & photo shoots look pretty all the time now!

And if you’re interested in modeling for The Montana Scene, email us with 3 pics of yourself and explain WHY you want to!  >  hello@themontanascene.com

What’s your creative outlet? Do you ever get to use your creativity at work? Let me know in the comments!

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Styling Adventure Themed Graphic Tees

We all love a good Graphic Tee, right? How about adventure / outdoor themed ones? Now, graphic tees aren’t necessarily my go-to. I’m pretty “plain” when it comes to my style choices; no neon’s, no bold patterns – mostly earth tones, black and denim.
But when it comes to adventure tees, no one does it like The Montana Scene (and I’m not just saying that because I work there).

I also know what some of you may be thinking “I’m just NOT a t-shirt type of person in general”, well FEAR NOT! I’m not either!
But that’s what’s great about The Montana Scene, it’s so much more than just t shirts.

Adorable feminine long sleeves, long and roomy tunics, trendy pullovers, adorable flowy tees, & good old fashioned super soft fleeces – you name it, they’ve got it… And you bet your sweet ass it’s got something cute printed on it.

So while “Graphic T’s” may not be everyone’s thing, it’s SO EASY to dress them up, accessorize them, and really just bring them from “t-shirt and jeans” to the employee at Chik-fil-A telling you how trendy you look! So here I am, eagerly waiting to show you how!

OFFICIAL HIPSTER UNIFORM – FLANNEL & A BEANIE :fe27fe401f2f1005c1118b95b17e0651

|  Beanie, Flannel & Jeans – Target |  Flowy T – The Montana Scene  |

A classic go-to. Any shirt can be adorably accessorized with a trendy flannel & a matching beanie. Bonus points if your nails match your outfit! Not a hipster? Not so into flannels? No worries, we’ve got other options.

MILITARY JACKET FOR THE WIN :IMG_2834 (2)

|  Jeans – Target  | Military Jacket – TJ Maxx (similar)Pullover – The Montana Scene  |

A classic and trendy MUST HAVE piece, the military jacket! I love this item so much. It’s a great closet staple that can be dressed up or down super easily. Layer it over this presh pullover, go get yourself a damn latte, & then explore! Don’t forget the aviators!

RIPPED JEANS & TUNICS & FLOPPY HATS – OH MY! :rsz_first_coffee_long_sleeve_tunic_1_of_1

|  Jeans & Floppy Hat – Target  |  Coffee & Explore Tunic – The Montana Scene |

My personal uniform ^. Ripped jeans haven’t gone out of style yet, so here I am – making one golden-ager at a time tell me “you need to buy some new pants”! (; I love tunics because they are so flowy and can be worn with jeans OR leggings. (I own this ^ one in pink & cement). And of course, the floppy hat, can’t live without it!

POCKET TEES & BOYFRIEND JEANS :113CROP

|  Boyfriend Jeans – Target  | Pocket T – The Montana Scene  |

One of my favorite twists on “jeans and a t-shirt” is swapping out plain ol’ jeans for a pair of boyfriend jeans. Throw on this adorable pocket tee & a pair of strappy sandals and you have yourself a beachy-casual outfit that’s not only comfy, but stylish too.

 

MORE MONTANA SCENE #OOTD’S :

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S H O P  T H E S E  L O O K S  :
Montana Vibes Long Sleeve Ladies Tunic in Grey  |
Let Adventure Fill Your Soul Fleece Pullover in Green  |
Montana Where The Buffalo Roam Tank in Black  |
First Coffee & Then We Explore Tunic in Cement  |

As you can tell (and as I’m sure you already know if you know me well) I am a huge fan of floppy hats.. Wide brimmed fedoras. Adventure hats.. Whatever you want to call them.
There’s only a few days out of the week you’ll catch me without one (day 1 & 2 after washing my hair – duh!)

Try out any of these styles next time you throw on a graphic tee! You won’t regret it. And if anyone ever tells you that you can’t style the hell out of a graphic tee, or a Montana T shirt, or anything for that matter – you show them otherwise! 

Whether you’re rocking that athleisure wear, or getting glam, a Montana Scene shirt can absolutely be included. Not to toot my own horn, but come on, look how cute literally all of that stuff was.

H A P P Y   S H O P P I N G ! 

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Pluviophiles & Petrichor

Say It Dont Spray It

Don’t you find it odd that some people view rain as dreary and depressing, while others are completely enamored by it?

Nothing brings me more bliss than gazing out the window on a rainy day, listening to The Postal Service Radio on Pandora, and sipping on coffee or tea.
Cliche, I know… It’s just the place I’m most content.
Also, side note – Pluviophile is not a dictionary word, so don’t judge me..

While I’d love to lay around and stare out windows all day, I must be a productive member of society, meaning: pants.
Well, other clothes too. Cute ones! I think anyway..

While I would love to be an Urban Outfitters, Anthropology, Bloomingdale’s kind of girl… I am stuck being a TJ Maxx and Target girl for now.
Which, honestly, I’m not horribly upset about… Neither is my bank account.

Jeans: Target, HUNTER boots: Amazon, Cream ELEMENT Long Sleeve: TJ Maxx, Flowy Cardigan: Target, Hat: Target

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I had to add a photo of my hot ass photographer, sorry babe.

Also, you know that intoxicating smell that fills the air when it’s raining? That’s called petrichor.
Some scientists believe that people inherited their affection for the scent of rain from ancestors who relied on rainy weather for their survival.
But mostly it’s a certain chemical that plants release when it rains, and a bacteria the ground produces when it gets wet. SCIENCE!

Anyway, while I didn’t get to spend my day vegging out and watching it drizzle, I did enjoy my short time spent time outside, taking pictures and laughing.

I hope you all had a really, really good 4/20.

And to all of you pluviophiles and petrichor lovers; keep praying for rain.
We need it & we love it.

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First Coffee

One of my favorite things on this planet is coffee.
I know a lot of you can get on board with that.

It gets you through your mornings, soothes your soul, and fuels your adventures.
It’s delightful, world-renowned, and can be contrived in hundreds, possibly thousands of different ways. What’s not to love?
I would go as far as to say that I am passionate about coffee.

So when the amazing company I work for decided to do a new coffee themed shirt, I was like yaaaaaaas. I was super fortunate to get to come up with the concept for this design, then the wonderful Amanda from Wheelie Creative brought my idea to life, and voila!

Here it is, the magical-ness of coffee and adventure all in one beautifully comfortable cream sweater:

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Coffee & Explore Pullover

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Side note: See that precious Latte Pin? Cutest thing you’ve ever seen, huh? I got it at The Red Caboose in Whitefish.

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To Go Mug: Hobby Lobby, Olive Army Jacket: TJ Maxx, Jeans: Target, Shades: Ray Ban

I can’t wait to do tons of coffee drinking and some serious exploring in this bad boy.
Also, where are your favorite places to get coffee in the Flathead Valley?

First Coffee, and then we
EXPLORE.

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