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Best Laid Plans

By back to renting, fashion statements, outfits, style, summer No Comments

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Lucy Love dress (2002), Forever 21 top, Aldo wedges, vintage Coach bag, Tory Burch sunglasses, Ann Taylor ring
I can’t believe September is just 10 days away (and I’m still posting photos from July…oops). My summer turned out nothing like I expected. I planned on lazy beach days, lots of parties and nights out with friends, and a few months of serious relaxation before August and September had me cranking out proposals at work. Things started off perfectly, but by mid-July, my summer veered a little off course. 
It feels like things have changed so much over the last six weeks, but even though I’ve been a little stressed, I think it’s for the better. The good news is I’m moving even closer to the beach! I’ve spent the last several weeks viewing every place for rent in my price range, and I finally found something and signed a lease with my roommate this weekend. I’ll be within walking distance of my boyfriend (and the new puppy!), the beach, and some of my favorite friends.
Things are about to get a little hectic at work (end of the government fiscal year), but October 1 marks my move date and the beginning of a (fingers crossed) relaxing fall season full of afternoons reading on my new patio, beach days here and there, bike rides, football, chili, and fun. 
There is one plan I stuck to — I wore every Hawaiian print article of clothing hanging in my closet at least once (if not twice) this summer. Just like I said I would. =)

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Aloha

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Old Navy shirt (super old), Bp. skirt, Style & Co. belt, Tory Burch shades, H&M hair bow, vintage jewelry, Target sandals

As much as I’d like to tell you that I took an unanticipated break from blogging because I’ve been too busy hanging out on docks in Hawaiian shirts…that’s not quite the case. A few things arose that I had to attend to, plus this is right about the time that work gets a little hectic, what with the end of the government fiscal year approaching and all. But, I did squeeze in some fun since I last posted — I swear. I took a five-day trip to New Jersey and a few beach days. I’ve even got the day off today (but only because I worked on a proposal until 2 am last Tuesday). It was a decent trade-off though — the weather’s gorgeous today, but it was about 102 last week. =)

I’ve got another long weekend trip planned for Thursday through Sunday, but my goal for this month is to settle back into my regular posting routine. I’ve got tons of photos and stories saved up for both my blogs, so I hope you’ll stop by again soon!

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Summer Layers

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F21 trench, Target shirt, LOFT tank, J.Crew skirt, Seychelles wedges, A&F belt, Modalu bag, Oakley sunglasses

A week or so ago, we were lucky enough to experience some absolutely gorgeous days in the upper 70s/low 80s, which is practically unheard of around here in the summer. I’d been trying to for weeks to figure out a flattering way to wear this sleeveless trench, and finally settled on a layered look with a lightweight ditsy floral shirt and an easygoing chambray skirt. It was the perfect outfit for the perfect day — I wasn’t too hot, and this outfit carried me easily from day to evening when the temperatures dropped into the low 70s.

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Thanks to Pippa

By conversations, e-mails, employment, fashion statements, hazards to my well-being, life-changing purchases, ruling at life, the coastal chicster, you might learn something No Comments

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{click here to read about my new purse. or stay here to find out how it contributed to my productivity at work today}

I’ve got a folder set up in Outlook at work where hundreds of purchase orders have been piling up that I need to redact before sending them on to someone else. It’s a temporary situation that I volunteered for so that I could double-check the accuracy of the documents before I forward them on, and I was keeping my fingers crossed that a cluster of them this large wouldn’t come along quite so soon (as in, not until I can pass this task off to its rightful owner). Unfortunately, I wasn’t that lucky.

Anyway, redacting PDFs isn’t so bad…if you have Acrobat Professional, which features a redaction tool. If you don’t have Acrobat Pro (which I don’t have on my work computer), then you need to get creative. You can’t just draw a text box over proprietary info (contrary to popular belief) because people can still highlight the text beneath, copy it, and paste it somewhere they can read it. What you need to do is place a text box (or multiple text boxes); then save the PDF; then examine it for hidden objects; then remove hidden objects; then save it again. It takes about four minutes per PDF, give or take depending on how many text boxes you need to draw. Pretty much the most inefficient thing ever, since a redaction tool does, in fact, exist in Acrobat Pro.

At four minutes per file with 128 files in my Inbox, I was looking at a little over eight hours of work…redacting PDFs.

I asked our IT department if we had any spare licenses for Acrobat Pro, but no such luck. I reluctantly began dragging the 128 files from my e-mail to a folder on the server. Then I sighed as a started renaming them. Then it dawned on me.

1. I’m not renaming 128 files. I’m combining them into one PDF.

2. I might have Acrobat Pro on my netbook.

3. My netbook is in my purse.

I ripped that netbook out of its case, turned it on, and sure enough, there was Acrobat Pro! Yesssss! I love having a computer genius for a boyfriend.

It took me about 25 minutes to redact the files and move on with my life.

“Did you already redact all those files?” someone asked.

“Yup.”

“Are you serious? How long did it take you?”

“Well, thanks to Pippa Middleton, it only took me about 25 minutes. I seriously thought it was going to take eight hours. Don’t tell anyone,” I stated.

“Pippa Middleton?”

“Mmmhmm. You see, if it weren’t for Pippa Middleton, I wouldn’t have discovered this purse. And if I didn’t have this purse, I wouldn’t be carrying this netbook around. And if I didn’t have this netbook, I wouldn’t have access to a redaction tool. And without that, this redundant task would have taken for. ev. er. So yeah. Thank Pippa,” I said.

“Well, okay then.”

This crazy trip has got me feelin’:  productive
And I’m singin’ along to: Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco

Southern Belle

By fashion statements, norfolk, outfits, style, summer No Comments

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H&M shirt, Urban Outfitters skirt (2004), Seychelles wedges, Betmar hat, Tory Burch sunglasses, Michael Kors bag

Do you like my floppy beach hat?

These photos are from a day my mom, J and I spent at the Norfolk Botanical Garden over Memorial Day weekend. I’ve been in Virginia Beach for almost seven years, and there’s still so many places around here I haven’t visited — this being one of them. I’m not normally much of a flower person, but the gardens were gorgeous, and I got some great photos.

I would totally post those photos, except I’ve been so busy out enjoying the summer festivities around here that I haven’t really felt like spending time inside on the computer… =)

I’m actually the furthest thing imaginable from a southern belle, but I kind of felt like one walking around the botanical garden in the sweltering heat in this girly outfit and huge hat.
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