27 July 2015

week in review {july 13-17}

when i let go of the pressure and responsibility to blog a few weeks ago, i also began to undo this pressure that had been developing like a tight vice around my closet.  i'd gotten so caught up and, frankly, annoyed and burnt out by the ever-present thoughts, rules, suggestions, ideas that are always being discussed or thrown around in the style blogging world.  does this match with that?  does this color go with that color?  is it the right season for this type of top or that type of pattern?  i should turn around my hangers so i don't repeat items too often.  i shouldn't wear that, i already wore it this month.  and on and on and on.

anyway, i let go of all of that and it's felt so freeing.  i rarely think about what i am going to wear the next day before i go to bed and i just wake up, walk in my closet, and pick out what i want to wear.  let's just all do that and forget about the rest!  otherwise, where is the fun in fashion?  those are the blogs that are most fun to read and the people you feel most connected to anyway, right?  so, if you don't mind i'm wearing the same merona ankle pants twice this week that i wore three times last week (that ugh, i do wish were a titch longer).  and i'll probably wear them at least once or twice next week, too.

thanks for visiting!

monday: merona printed crepe shell {exact} / old navy cardigan {similar} / merona classic ankle pants {exact} / merona emma flats {exact}

tuesday: merona scoop-neck chiffon blouse {similar} / ann taylor signature sateen pants {similar} / target necklace {similar} / merona meaghan flats {similar}

wednesday: old navy sleeveless sheath dress {exact} / old navy eyelet button-down {similar} / mossimo belt {similar} / old navy flats {similar} / charming charlie necklace {similar}

thursday: j crew factory linen lace the {exact} / merona classic ankle pants {exact} / merona bella flats {similar} / octavia bloom necklace {exact}

friday: j crew factory blouse {similar} / mossimo straight leg jeans {exact} / mossimo ona flats {exact}

14 July 2015

week in review {july 6-10}

it's a great feeling when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself.

i've always had an aversion to feet -  showing my toes, walking around barefoot, wearing sandals.  i don't know where this stemmed from but it's just always been one of those things.  when i received a bottle of bright pink nail polish in my most recent target beauty box i figured i might as well use it, so i painted my toenails.  afterwards i looked down and thought i was looking at someone else's feet.  i thought, "hey, i kind of like that."  maybe i could see myself walking around barefoot once in a while or, gasp, wearing sandals!

a few days later, i took a pair of sandals i spotted at target into the dressing room along with the pair of pants i'm wearing on wednesday (i'm wearing the same style in black on monday and thursday).  although the sandals weren't exactly what i may have been looking for, i liked the fact that i could squash a misconception i've had about myself for so, so many years.  and i can't wait to find out what i can learn about myself next.

monday: j crew factory linen-lace tee {exact} / merona classic ankle pants {exact} / mossimo ona flats {exact} / target cluster necklace {similar}

tuesday: thredupped* j crew factory pullover {similar} / old navy skinny boyfriend khakis {exact} / merona scarf {similar} / c label sherry flats {similar}

wednesday: j crew factory embroidered peasant blouse {similar} / merona classic ankle pants {exact} / merona emma flats {exact} / minicci (payless brand) necklace {similar}

thursday: old navy crepe blouse {similar} / merona classic ankle pants {exact} / cl by chinese laundry nima wedges {exact} / thrifted target stock necklace {similar}

friday:  j crew factory textured grid shirt {exact} / mossimo straight-leg jeans {exact} / j crew factory lightweight long scarf {similar} / mossimo ona flats {exact}

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06 July 2015

week in review {june 29-july 3}

last thursday, a guy with a camera and his producer popped into the nursing home where i work to interview staff about their decision to work with seniors or in long term care.  my supervisor and i both happened to be sitting at our desks in our office, and although they originally were only planning on interviewing her on camera, they caught us both on their terrifying camera {why is being filmed for something so awkward?!}.  i felt like i was in an interview and had to quickly articulate an intelligible statement about why i chose this line of work, how i ended up in long-term care, why it's my passion to work with seniors.

i grew up in georgia, but every summer my family would take a vacation to minnesota where my parents were born & raised and where my extended family lived.  we would all pile in our mini van and drive the 1,100 miles north.  when my sister and i got a bit older, we hopped on a plane by ourselves to spend a week with our grandparents alone before our parents followed.  we would play solitaire at the kitchen with our nana and eat popcorn for dinner and have parties in the garage (that's what people in minnesota do).  when we were old enough we would borrow our nana's car and make the trek to the mall of america or take our younger cousins out to lunch to mcdonalds.  we'd visit our great grandma at the senior building where she lived and volunteer with her in the thrift shop and look at the plaque on the wall that showed how many volunteer hours she had amassed.  it was from these experiences i had with my grandparents and great-grandma that i developed my serving heart and guided me toward a job with seniors that has turned into a meaningful career.

here's what i wore to work last week.  i hope everyone in the states had a long and enjoyable fourth of july weekend!

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monday: j crew factory 3/4 blouse {exact} / j crew factory basketweave skirt in roz floral {exact} / adrienne vittadini 'kiley' flats {similar} / target round stone drops necklace {similar}
tuesday: old navy crochet lace tee {similar} / merona twill straight leg pants {similar} / jessica simpson 'oscar' heels {similar} / thrifted target stock necklace {similar}
wednesday: merona 3/4 sleeve tiered top {similar} / merona pleated collar tank {similar} / gap true straight piped pants {similar} / cl by chinese laundry 'nima' wedges {exact}
thursday: j crew factory floral eyelet top {similar} / old navy boyfriend skinny khakis {exact} / mossimo ona flats {exact} / octavia bloom 'bloom' necklace {exact}

29 June 2015

moving forward.

hi everyone!  i've been putting some thought into the future of this blog lately.  i haven't felt that i have had much to say in my words or in the reflection of the outfits i've been wearing... and when one reaches that point doesn't it make the most sense to close up shop because really, what is the point?  but that's a scary decision to make because it seems so final.  what if people immediately remove me from their blog readers or forget who i am if i continue to comment on their posts?  what if i feel i do have something to say one or three months down the line?  what if i want to show you guys the new haircut i'm getting next week?!

it's hard when blogs you follow reach the point where they need to step back too.  it's hard when your reader gets slimmer and slimmer and you lose that connection with people you became friends with or people whose outfits you were inspired by.  but i think it's a step i finally need to take - it's been a long time coming.  i just don't think i'm cut out for blogging.  sure, i have a nice DSLR camera but the quality of my pictures has never been all that great, i've never been able to stick to an editorial calendar or series of posts that make a comprehensive blog, and i don't think i have ever really found my "voice" on this blog.  what i feel my blog has had going for it is that what you see is what you get - what i post is absolutely what i wore to work that day, down to holes in tights and hideous blazers.

as i've been thinking about all of this i've been reflecting on the state of my closet too.  i've asked myself questions such as, do i truly shop for myself?  will i dress the same if i don't have a blog to "show off" that latest thrifted find or deal at j crew factory?  will it matter to me if i don't have an outlet to receive validation/compliments on what i'm wearing?  will i still maintain the same shopping patterns or will i see that decrease?  and i've decided that with the way i've answered these questions in my mind, i feel alright about stepping back from this blog.

it is an engrained habit to take pictures of what i wore to work when i get home and i'm proud that i've maintained that over the past 4 years, only missing maybe 3-4 days, in addition to a year before i started this blog to see if i could do it.  i've always felt that was a unique aspect to my blog as i haven't come across any others that maintain a similar log of what they wear every single day (if you're wondering, those links are underneath my header: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).  it will be hard to turn away from what's become a habit and routine so i'm going to try to keep up with that and at least just post once a week showing what i wore the previous week like i used to do in my week in review posts and we'll see from there how i feel about determining an "end date" for the blog. 

so here's what i wore last week!  thanks for reading (if you got through all that) and your support!

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monday: thrifted j crew watercolor skirt {similar} / j crew factory textured grid shirt {exact} / restricted 'slice it' wedges {similar} / groopdealz necklace {similar}
tuesday: j crew factory ruffle chiffon dot top {exact} / merona slacks {similar} / j crew factory scarf {similar} / fergalicious 'irene' pumps {similar}
wednesday: j crew factory scalloped lace top {similar} / ann taylor signature sateen pants {exact} / merona 'maye' pumps {similar} / thrifted necklace {similar}
thursday: j crew factory clare pullover {similar} / merona barely boot-cut pants {exact} / predictions 'karmen' heels {exact} / target necklace {similar}
friday: j crew factory blouse {exact on thredup} / mossimo straight-leg jeans {exact} / c label 'sherry' flats {similar}

have a great week!

24 June 2015

doing good.

j crew factory blouse {via thredup*}
gap straight piped pants
american eagle (payless brand) flats

{ similar blouse / similar slacks / similar belt / similar flats }

so many things at my workplace have been changing lately.  numerous staff retiring (hey potlucks) or quitting and going to work elsewhere.  it makes me wonder if new employees will make the building better or if it will lead to more growing pains before an eventual change. i crave change and new ideas and better protocols and improved communication but it feels like it takes so long to get there and it's always dependent on the attitude of the employees (old & new) and how much they buy into a culture shift.  i feel a bit stuck in the middle now and most days lately i've just been trying to stay above it all so i don't sink so low that i also start job searching.

i recently came across this verse from galatians 6:9: “and let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up” and found it was exactly what i needed to read and the exact message i needed to take to heart lately.  what's the environment like where you work?

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22 June 2015

feeling feminine.

old navy sleeveless fleece dress
j crew cardigan {thrifted}
croft & barrow necklace
merona belt   ·   cl by laundry nima wedges

{ similar dress / similar cardigan / similar necklace / exact belt / exact wedges }

i felt so feminine and classy in this outfit all day, i think it had to do with the lighter gray and lighter purple/pink that seemed to really complement one another and of course the pearls!  this dress got me through the winter with its thicker fleece knit but i'm glad i can find ways to wear it during other times of the year as well.  

this dress also happened to be a great backdrop to feature two new cd's i purchased last week on instagram - i can't remember the last time i bought an actual cd in the store, not to mention two in one day!  and the day after this, i bought another cd (nate reuss's new solo cd)!  i've been so eager for new music and so far have been pretty impressed with these albums!  what is the last cd you bought (either in a store or downloaded online)?

18 June 2015

thredup + target

merona cardigan & meghan flats

loft blouse {thrifted}   ·   j crew factory skirt {via thredup*}

{ similar blouse / similar cardigan / this season's skirt / similar flats }

have you guys heard about thredup's new collaboration with target?  i was browsing the clearance racks at target over the weekend hoping to use the 20% clearance clothing cartwheel (now expired) and saw a girl wearing a thredup t-shirt holding an ipad.  curious, i hovered until she was done speaking to a couple other people, then she turned to me and asked if she could speak to me while i was browsing.  i was pretty excited to tell her i already know all about thredup and shop there frequently (the skirt i'm wearing today is one of my favorite finds there).

turns out, thredup and target have teamed together to allow you to fill up a clean out bag, drop it off at guest services at target, and receive your credit in the form of a target gift card instead of thredup credit.  i was able to sign up and receive a thredup bag in store but right now it only seems to be offered at select minnesota stores (target is headquartered here).  i like receiving credit at thredup that i can then use there, but i think i this something i will definitely try at least once with the bag i received.  i have a clean out bag that has been filled for the longest time that i just haven't brought over to a fedex store to be shipped, but i visit my local target at least once a week!

do you think this is something you would take advantage of if it expands into your area?

*join thredup through my referral link and you'll get $10 to spend; i receive a $10 credit once you've made your first purchase!

17 June 2015


j crew gingham shirt {thrifted}
calvin klein skirt {thrifted}
american eagle (payless brand) heels
target belt   ·   wifeysinger earrings

{ similar button down / similar skirt / similar heels / similar belt / similar earrings }

this look was based around the earrings i'm wearing but it feels silly to point that out as my earrings are so hard to see around my hair!  there is a detail shot in this post.  i love the combination of the navy, mint, and dark red beads that comprise my earrings and found similar colored items in my closet to wear.  this classic navy skirt pulls through for me time and time again; it almost feels magical because it always fits despite any weight fluctuations that cause me to shift other skirts to the back of my closet for being ill fitting.  isn't that the best feeling?  i pair just about every color with navy (even black!) but especially liked it with this burnt orange color.

i mentioned in a "20 things" video i posted many months back (i shudder to link to it as i don't know that i want anyone watching it again!) that i didn't really have any favorite etsy shops, but i've realized that is totally incorrect!  i forgot about wifeysinger's shop where i ordered these earrings - she has adorable beaded hoop earrings and a tassel necklace i have my eye on.  plus another new favorite, octavia bloom, who i referenced yesterday.  a friend purchased earrings for me from sweet & simple a couple birthday's ago so i try to remember to visit her shop once in a while as she's a local designer.

i never really think to go to etsy because it can feel overwhelming to browse, but i also never really remember to check out these shops that i've purchased from before.  i wish there were an easier way to keep up to date on favorite etsy shops - does anyone know if there is?

thanks for visiting!

16 June 2015

the wedding dress.


j crew factory basketweave dress
merona cardigan {thrifted target stock}
merona flats   middot;   forever 21 belt
octavia bloom necklace

{ similar dress / similar cardigan / similar belt / similar flats / exact necklace }

i bought this dress s couple months ago with the intention of wearing it to a friend's november wedding as i mentioned here, but i don't want it to be a dress i only wear to special occasions as those occur pretty infrequently in my life.  i figured it would work for work despite my super casual office.  somehow layering on a cardigan helped me feel more comfortable in it even though its short sleeves lended themselves perfectly to today's 90* high temperature.  my only gripe is the neckline appears to bow out in the front and back and i couldn't get it to lay flat against my clavicle. not sure what that's about (my posture?) but my necklace kept dipping below the neckline!

speaking of this necklace, a couple weekends ago my sister, a friend, and i made our way to not one but two art fairs!  i stumbled upon the designer octavia bloom's booth at one of them and had to go back three times because i kept thinking about this necklace!  the $50 price tag was way beyond what i would ever pay for jewelry, but upon closer examination i realized just how intricate her designs are and how much i appreciated her craft.  plus, it has to be hard being an independent designer traveling around to art and craft shows and manning your booth for 8+ hours, so i felt good about supporting her as well as adding this gorgeous necklace to my collection!

is it fair & festival season where you live?  do you use those events to add something special to your wardrobe or home even if the price tags are usually a bit on the higher end?