Things I Bought That I Love: Beyoncé Pin

There are few things I love more than Beyoncé.

And, there are few things I love more than The Office.

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So I honestly couldn’t resist adding this pin to my collection.

The pin is from Heartificial on Etsy and featured adorable packaging, including a personalized note on the envelope that read, “Thank you Crystal. I hope you wake up every day feeling like Beyoncé. Have the best day ever! I believe in you!” (Totally made my day.) I’m already coveting this Pawnee Goddesses pin and this Luke’s Diner pin.

Get yours here.

xo.

 

Celebrating One Year of Marriage

When I was a teenager, I honestly wasn’t sure I’d ever be in a relationship. I didn’t think I was lovable. I never believed someone would be able to see me—to look at me, flaws and all, and tell me they loved me.

And yet, here I am. Ten years with an incredible man, one year married. I’d consider myself pretty lucky.

Bill and I decided to celebrate our anniversary at the same beach where we got married last year. It was a perfectly blissful three days full of sandy beaches and adventures and sunshine and delicious seafood and ice cream, OBVIOUSLY.

We visited Hole in the Wall Beach; Rocky Neck State Park; McCook’s Point; antique shops; Old Mysticke Village; Gillette Castle. We tried lobster for the first time. We had fun doing whatever we wanted and relaxing (even though we missed our dog, Obi, who joined us at Wickham Park in Manchester, Conn., after we picked him up from Grandma’s).

And, now I’m plotting ways to spend every day at the beach. Let me know if you have any suggestions for how to make that happen.

xo.

Outfits of the… Month?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted what I wore. Not for any reason other than I wasn’t loving having to post repeat outfits. (Seriously.)

Here are some of the things I wore in May and June.

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Shoes: Payless

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How cool is this dress? Forever obsessed with CowCow.

Outfit details

  • Dress: CowCow via Amazon
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Dress: CowCow via Amazon
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Target (clearance, for only $10!!!)
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Tights: WeLoveColors
  • Shoes: Not pictured, but surprise! They were those same ones from Payless.

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: DSW — they’re different shoes, guys!

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  • Dress: Ross
  • Sunglasses: Zenni Optical

Hope you like! xo.

Outfits of the Week: May 15, 2016

A good week, in which I wore many pants, which is not super common for me. Also: my birthday!

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Outfit details

  • Sweater: Old Navy
  • Pants: Rainbow
  • Shoes: Payless

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I needed to look a little professional on Tuesday for an important meeting. The meeting was a bust, but at least I looked cute!

Outfit details

  • Blazer: Target
  • V-neck: Old Navy
  • Pants: Rainbow
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless (they’re different than the shoes I normally wear, and yet you can barely see them in this photo)

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Thursday was our employee appreciation picnic, so I got to wear jeans (yay!). The best part? I GOT TO PET A DOG.

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His name is Stanley and I love him.

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Sweater: Forever 21
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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This is almost 100% Old Navy approved.

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: DSW

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On Saturday, I went to my best friend’s baby shower. It was so wonderful to spend time with her and to celebrate her little guy, Liam, who surprised us all by coming early!

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

P.S. Her dress is from Macy’s.

Hope you had a fashionable week.😉

Outfits of the Week: May 8, 2016

The sun was back, so it was a good week! At work, we were preparing for commencement, and I’m into my second week of the social media course I’m taking. PLUS, I can’t stop buying new clothes, somebody please send help!

Here’s what I wore this week.

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I’m so pumped to have rediscovered this sweater. Polka dots are my favorite, and this tan color is fab.

Outfit details

  • Sweater: Old Navy (like, three years ago, sorry!)
  • Pants: Walmart
  • Shoes: Payless

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The eyeglasses dress made its triumphant return this week. While I wore it, I also met a stormtrooper.

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And he now lives in my house.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Forever 21
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors

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I’m not convinced this cardigan (a peach color) worked well with the dress (which is a bit more pink), but ah well.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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I got a few compliments on this ampersand tank top today. It was the perfect, casual outfit to chaperone a senior picnic!

Outfit details

  • Tank top: Old Navy
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy

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Casual Friday.

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

Have a great weekend!

Outfits of the Week: May 2, 2016

How is it May already? And why is it so cold even though it’s May? Like, it’s so uncharacteristically chilly and gray and rainy and sad that I’m starting to feel like I may never see the sun again. Sun, where are you? I miss you. Come home soon.

Here’s what I wore this week.

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This polka-dotted dress kicked off the week. Seeing it in this photo, I’m not sure I love it.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Modcloth
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Modcloth
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: I’m not wearing any in this pic, but big shock, the ones I wore are from Payless.😉

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Forever obsessed with these pastel pants. I needed them to brighten up the rainy week.

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Tank top: Old Navy
  • Pants: Rainbow
  • Shoes: Payless

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How cute is this sweater?! I found it while “shopping” in my own closet and digging through old clothes.

I felt cute enough in it to take a few selfies.

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Outfit details

  • Sweater: Old Navy (like a zillion years ago)
  • Pants: Rainbow
  • Shoes: Payless

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I also re-discovered this shirt, WHICH I ALSO NOW LOVE. Guys, shopping in your old, packed away clothes is the best. Everything is new again and you don’t have to spend any money!

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Fashion Bug (again, like, a zillion years ago)
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

Hope you had a good week!

xo.

Outfits of the Week: April 24, 2016

I was annoyed for most of this week without much reason. I didn’t feel very cute, either. Meh.

I did have a wonderful weekend this weekend and last, though. Here’s what I wore.

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: Payless

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Cold, rainy day.😦 Had to break out my boots again!

Outfit details

  • Leopard Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardi: Forever 21
  • Tights: Target
  • Boots: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: Payless

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My favorite look of the week.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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I liked this look but I couldn’t get it to photograph very well.

Outfit details

  • Blazer: Target
  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy (rockstar cut!)
  • Shoes: Payless

Bonus look: Saturday, April 23, 2016

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Just wanted to show off the cute shirt. It’s from Kohl’s!

On Sunday, my husband and I had brunch at the Alvah Stone.

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Then we visited Smith College to check out their botanical garden and art museum.

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And then we went to Florence Pie Bar to get (what else?) pie! Yum!

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xo.

 

Outfits of the Week: April 17, 2016

Work was crazy this week, but there were definitely some shining moments. LIKE THAT TIME I HUNG OUT WITH A CROCODILE. For real. Pics below.

Here’s what I wore! (P.S. Notice the better lighting? I switched my closet to the other room, which offers more light. Yay! Photo quality is still just okay, but I may switch to a better camera soon. No promises.)

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Do I look like spring? That was my goal.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless, but I’m not wearing them in the photo. Sue me.

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The sudoku dress made its triumphant return. For the longest time, it was a smidge too small, but it fits perfectly now so I want to wear it all the time. Plus, it’s hard to resist a dress with pockets!

Also, this was the day I held a crocodile named Darth Vader. No bigs.

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It was an important week at the college where I work and, as part of that, they brought in a bunch of animals for the students to meet. Thankfully, I was able to get in on that and made friends with a lynx, lemur, ferret, skunk, and a crocodile (among other animals). Greatest day ever?

Outfit details

  • Dress: Modcloth
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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It was a little chilly this day, so I needed tights. Sigh.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Forever 21
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: Payless

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I’ve been dying to wear this new cardi/dress combo! The cardigan—loose, dolman shape—matches this white and mustard striped dress perfectly. It’s been sitting in my closet for weeks because I refused to wear this dress with black leggings or tights. So happy to wear it, and I got a lot of compliments on it!

Outfit details

  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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I felt like I had nothing to wear on Friday. It was one of those mornings spent trying tons of things on and getting mad at everything I tried on. I finally settled on this floral dress, which was okay, but not quite what I wanted to wear. You know? Clothes are complicated.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardigan: Forever 21
  • Shoes: Payless

My favorite outfit was Wednesday’s yellow frock. I loved that it was monochromatic.

Here’s to a fashionable next week.

xo.

Outfits of the Week: April 10, 2016

Is it spring yet? I’m over this cold weather, so I’m praying for warmer days. I’m really tired of wearing leggings/tights with my dresses.

At home, we’re changing our second bedroom into a workout room and moving all of our clothes into the bedroom, so fingers crossed that helps with lighting for outfit photos!

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I love this ampersand tank, which I got it for only $5!

Outfit details

  • Tank top: Old Navy
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Pants: TJ Maxx
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Sweater: Old Navy
  • Leggings: Walgreens
  • Boots: Rainbow

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: Payless

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I can’t stop buying dresses from CowCow! Ahhhh. This one is my latest.

Outfit details

  • Dress: CowCow
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: Payless

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Finally got to wear my R2D2 dress to work! I was hoping to wear it without leggings. It was still too cold, unfortunately.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Disney’s Hollywood Studios (also available from Her Universe)
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

Favorite thing I wore this week: my R2D2 dress, followed closely by the geometric dress from CowCow.

xo.

Things I Bought That I Love: Disney and Universal Studios Edition

I had an amazing time in Orlando, Fla., last week at Disney and Universal Studios. Here are some of the great things I bought, starting with the incredible Mickey Mouse tiara (above).

We also nabbed this amazing-and-totally-impractical, Han-Solo-in-carbonite popcorn holder.

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And I got these earrings!

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Some items from Universal (more specifically, Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter):

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BUTTERBEER MUG (the second in my collection because I’m spoiled)!

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Pins that say “head girl” and “Ravenclaw.” 

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All of these goodies, including:

  • A love potion from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
  • A Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes T-shirt
  • A pygmy puff keychain (I already own a pink pygmy puff named Sparkles)
  • Triwizard keychain
  • 9 3/4 button

I got a few other Disney items, too, including:

  • Black and white Mickey and Minnie Mouse plush toys (which are now displayed on our mantel)
  • Mickey Mouse bracelet
  • Minnie Mouse button

And, the BEST OF ALL…

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THIS COMPLETELY INCREDIBLE R2D2 DRESS.

GUYS.

GUYS.

I gasped out loud and snatched this thing off the rack so goddamn fast. I didn’t care the cost. I had to have it. It is truly one of the best items I own. You can find most of these items here and here.

xo.