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Long Weekend Layers

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long weekend layers

Some people put up their Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving, but I was in New Jersey, so the closest I came was breaking out the plaid. Actually, I’m lying. I started wearing the plaid a few weeks ago. I can’t help it — I wear Hawaiian print in the summer, plaid in the winter, and stripes and leopard print all year round.

There was a time in my life that I used to leave the house in one shirt. And I’m not sure what prompted me to start layering two and three of them on top of each other every day — maybe I was just dying to do three times as much laundry. But I must admit that creatively mixing and matching my wardrobe makes my outfits a feel little more original. Although, many of these outfits were inspired by last winter’s Chicago trip, so maybe not that original.

Anyway, in case you’re wondering, plans for this week include washing all these clothes, putting up my Christmas tree, and working a full 40 hours (which I haven’t done since September). =)

30 for 30 Flashback

By fall, fashion statements, outfits, ruling at life, style, you might learn something 2 Comments

Right around two years ago today, I was in the in the middle of Kendi’s 30 for 30 challenge. Maybe you remember the rules? Take 30 pieces from your closet (including shoes, but not including outerwear and accessories) and remix them into 30 different outfits over 30 days. I had lots of fun doing this, and as it turned out, I was able to turn 30 pieces into not just 30, but 50 outfits. Whenever I feel the urge to shop too much or buy something I don’t absolutely love, I try to keep in mind the lessons I learned about my closet over the course of this challenge and that since I still own most of these pieces, I have plenty to wear.

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If you want, you can read a little more about the 30 for 30 here.

One Last Beach Day

By fall, life's a beach, lifestyle, outfits, style, summer, virginia beach, weather 2 Comments

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It was bright, sunny and 82 degrees this afternoon, so J and I rode our bikes to the beach. I wasn’t expecting the water to be warm enough for swimming, but it was perfect. Not to be deterred by lack of a swimsuit and a towel, I waded out into the salty Atlantic in my dress. I thought it was a novel idea at first — the kind of thing you only see in movies or magazine photo shoots. But after awhile, I realized it was the rare sort of day where you find lots of people in the ocean with their clothes on. It was as if we all flocked to the beach a few hours ahead of the cold front, expecting the water to be freezing. The realization we were wrong, coupled with the fact that the temperature is going to take a 20-degree tumble overnight, made taking one last dip somewhat irresistible…dresses, shorts, jeans or otherwise.

I’ll still be holding out for a few more warm days, but if today truly was the last beach day of 2012, I’m glad I managed to spend an hour walking along the water’s edge enjoying it. =)

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to autumn taking the reins, so I can wear boots and plaid flannel, cook chili with J, and not have to worry about mosquitoes outside. =)

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Summertime Blues

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{Lilly Pulitzer shirt, bracelet and sandals / Gap pants / Tommy Bahama hat / Ray-Ban shades}

Whenever I have a rough day, I try to remember that for the most part, my life is pretty great. Bright summer days that fade into sweet summer nights (like this one on the dock) abound, and good times far outweigh the bad.

If that doesn’t work, I call to mind a few important things:

1. I live at the beach.
2. I have a pretty good job.
3. I have a nice boyfriend, a bunch of cool friends, and a fun family.
4. I have a cute puppy and two entertaining cats, one of which is an skilled predator that kills bugs.
5. I have a lot of shoes.

If that doesn’t work, I put on an outfit comprised of brightly colored Lilly Pulitzer items. How can I be sad in a tropical shirt like this one?

If that doesn’t work, I scroll through my Instagram feed to remember how much cool stuff I’ve done over the last few weeks.

If that doesn’t work, I go eat Thai fried rice with chicken. That always works.

I hope you had a fabulous 4th of July and a better 5th of July than I did. =)

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Pineapples, Palm Trees, Pants

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 {Lilly Pulitzer pants/J.Crew and Diesel tank tops/LOFT jacket/Mossimo sandals, Ray-Ban shades}

At the beginning of the spring, I justified splurging on a few Lilly Pulitzer items by swearing up and down that I was going to “live in them all summer.” And so it begins. =)

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