Things I Wore (and Did) in September 2017

September makes me think of new beginnings. For that reason, the month brings me comfort.

I kicked off this month with a visit from my mom, who was in from California. It was so nice to see her, though hard to say goodbye! With her and my grandma, Bill and I visited my little brother in Boston. We wanted to see his new place (beautiful) and also to see him because we don’t get to see him enough. It was a fun day in the city and he was an awesome host.

In September, I also spent time with friends eating good food and drinking wine (obviously), for which I was grateful. Bill and I visited the Big E—him for work, and me to watch him work. The Big E is a giant fair with tons of food and it’s essentially mandatory for everyone in the Connecticut/Western Massachusetts area to attend at least once every year. We did and, for the first time ever, we watched a burger-eating competition. The winner ate 52 burgers in 10 MINUTES. It was so gross and I don’t ever want to watch it again, but what an experience, right? (Fun fact: I was once in a buffalo wing eating competition for charity! Our team lost.)

And, of course, Bill and I visited DragCon NYC and spend the weekend in New York.

Here are some of the outfits I wore.

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The only appropriate thing to wear on Beyonce’s birthday is a #LEMONADE-inspired dress.

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  • Dress: Forever 21
  • Shoes: Payless

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I didn’t actually wear this dress yet, but COME ON. How great is it?! In October, Bill and I will be attending a spooky rendition of Sleepy Hollow and I’m hoping to wear this AMAZING Halloween dress.

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  • Dress: Amazon.com

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  • Blazer: Target
  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: DSW

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  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Shoes: A gift from my beautiful grandma

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Aside from my Converse shoes, I’ve never had a pair of sneakers I felt super cute in. This solved that! I splurged on some Nike Rosche Twos, which are stylish and comfortable. (The only problem is they got dirty quick. Wish me luck in trying to clean them!)

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  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Nike

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I love, love, love this RuPaul’s Drag Race dress from RedBubble. It was the perfect outfit for DragCon NYC, and the queens I met all seemed to love it.

Outfit details

  • Dress: RedBubble
  • Jacket: Marshall’s
  • Shoes: DSW

And, some things I did this month!

 

Thanks, September, for being good to me!

xo.

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Things I Wore (and Did) in August 2017

Sometimes life goes by faster than you realize and, before you know it, it’s mid-September and you haven’t posted your August outfits yet. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

In truth, August is not one of my favorite months, as by then, summer has gone on a touch too long for me. I get tired of the heat and find myself getting antsy for some cooler weather. Also, politically, life is a real shit show right now, so I’m just trying to make it through.

Work-wise, August was a busy month, a month in which I started to really sink my teeth in at my new job and lead my first big project. It was exciting, terrifying, stressful, and rewarding, and I’m glad to have done it.

Bill and I had a few adventures, too, the most notable being our wonderful weekend getaway with our dog, Obi! We also ate some delicious food (as we always do), celebrated our two year anniversary in our beautiful home, and made the most of the rest of our summer. Independently, I met up with my old colleagues and enjoyed the incredible solar eclipse that reminded me that it’s important to look around and appreciate the world around you every now and then.

Here are some of the things I wore and did, in photos!

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I became obsessed with these dresses in August, so much so that I ended up with three of them in different colors. This hot pink, Barbie-inspired dress is so flattering and easy to wear. I love it!

Outfit details

  • Dress: Amazon.com
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Top: Amazon.com
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Shoes: DSW
  • Cranky expression: Yours truly

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This dress is Barbie pink dress’s best friend! Isn’t it lovely in navy, too?

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  • Dress: Amazon.com
  • Shoes: Target
  • Necklace: Target

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Not quite a traditional outfit pic, but I do love this dress. It served me so well this summer.

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  • Dress: Target
  • Shoes (not pictured): Target

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  • Shirt: LuLaRoe Perfect T
  • Skirt: LuLaRoe Cassie
  • Shoes: DSW

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This is an Eeyore onesie because I deserve it.

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  • Eeyore Onesie: Target

And, some things I did (in photo form!).

xo.

It’s Not Personal—It’s Drag(Con NYC)

I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again: I. LOVE. RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE.

In April, I was lucky enough to attend my first-ever RuPaul’s DragCon, where I experienced the magic of drag in person and got to meet one of my favorite queens, Trixie Mattel.

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Met my fave queen, Trixie Mattel

It was also my first real convention experience, so it was overwhelming in all its beauty and excitement and taught Bill and I a lot about what to expect for DragCon NYC.

We splurged on the VIP option and honey, ohhh honey, it was worth it.

But I’m getting ahead of myself because we kicked off the weekend with another drag-related event: the Hater’s Roast!

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Haters Roast took place at the Beacon Theater on Friday Night. The event featured queens as they shaded, insulted, and joked about one another. (Think Comedy Central roast.) The event featured Jinkx Monsoon, Trixie Mattel, Thorgy Thor, Kim Chi, Phi Phi O’Hara, Darienne Lake, and Ginger Minj as host. Latrice Royale, who was supposed to be there, was unfortunately stuck, but safe, in Florida due to Hurricane Irma (but she Facetimed in during the show to say hello!).

We’d been to one other Murray & Peter show before, War on the Catwalk, and we loved it. Haters Roast was amazing, too! We loved seeing the queens say horrible things about one another. The RuPaul’s Drag Race episodes that feature roasts, as well as the show’s Reading is Fundamental challenge, are some of my favorites, so this was an event made for me.

I was expecting solid performances from most of these queens, and they all delivered—but Thorgy Thor stole the show! It was her first time performing in this type of format with the other queens and she was going on 40 hours of being awake, but she killed it. I could not stop laughing at her very clever jokes.

Other fun things about the show:

  • It was great hearing Trixie’s scream-laugh in person.
  • Latrice Royale missed the show but was able to FaceTime in, which I loved.
  • Several queens who were going to attend DragCon were at the show in the audience, including Ivy Winters, Jiggly Caliente (who was invited up on stage to sit in Latrice’s empty seat), Mrs. Kasha Davis, and Naomi Smalls.
  • I stood RIGHT NEXT TO Naomi Smalls in the lobby, but I drank too much and got too scared to go up and say hello so tripped my way back to my seat.

It was the perfect way to kick off the weekend.

DragCon NYC: Day 1

There’s nothing better than being VIP at DragCon. Nothing! Although VIP at the NYC con was quite a bit more expensive than VIP in LA (which we did not get), it did include several additional perks, including a tote bag with a sweatshirt, enamel pin, button, patch, VIP lanyard, and a surprise that I didn’t even realize was part of it until I got home… scroll down for details.

As VIP, you’re allowed into the con 30 minutes before everyone else. If you use your 30 minutes wisely, this can easily be the best part of your day!

But before we were let in, we waited in line and anxiously watched queens as they arrived: Ongina, Acid Betty, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, India Ferrah, Mariah Balenciaga. They all looked stunning and each queen I saw made me more nervous and excited to get on that pink carpet.

Then they let us in. The thing about being VIP is you’re there so early that lines to meet the queens don’t really exist yet. Which means you can just walk up to a queen’s booth and meet them—incredible and terrifying!

We walked right by a few booths to sort out our nerves before finding Bob the Drag Queen’s booth and hopping in line. While most queens required a purchase in order for you to meet them, Bob didn’t require anything for VIPs; you could just get in line and meet him.

But with Bob’s assistant, Luis, in charge of the merch table, how could you not buy something?! My husband and I ended up with two Bob pins; a Bob shirt; and a Luis print. Luis was so, so sweet and graciously signed a print for me and the shirt for my husband. I wish we’d thought to ask for a photo, but we didn’t. Instead, we got in line to meet Bob and about 10 minutes later IT WAS OUR TURN.

Meeting Bob the Drag Queen was magical. First, her outfit was on point, and she was serving beautiful, mesmerizing clown realness. Second, she was hilarious and amazing and stunning and I’m gushing and I don’t care.

Bob called me beautiful and said the dress I was wearing was fierce and asked me what it said. I told her it was a dress from RedBubble that depicted the iconic Aja/Valentina fight on Untucked. (“You’re perfect, you’re beautiful, you’re a model…”) and she laughed and said she loved it.

I told her I loved her nails and she said, “Do you want to hear a story about these nails?” And then told me the nails were the ones Alexis Michelle wore in her promo video for season 9. Bob asked to borrow them and never gave them back, to which I said of course because they really were dope nails. I asked her to sign a photo for me and she did, then apologized for her writing looking like a serial killer’s. I love Bob.

It was my husband’s turn to meet her next and she greeted him by saying, “Hey, I heard you were Crystal’s husband?” which made me die a thousand times because BOB KNEW MY NAME.

Bob and Bill talked about signing merch and how it’s weird that some fans ask queens to sign merch that actually represents other queens. Bill was equally thrilled by his interaction with one of his favorite queens.

Meeting Bob left us both flying high and we took a few minutes to recover before wandering over to Cynthia “Cucu” Lee Fontaine‘s booth. Given that it was still within the VIP-only window, her line was relatively short. We bought a bracelet and a drink koozie, which Cynthia branded as a #cucuzie (amazing). 

When it was my turn to meet Cynthia, I told her she was beautiful and I loved her and she gave me a hug. She thanked me for coming and also told me she loved my dress (!!) and pointed at it and said, “Ooh, I see Valentina!” and I showed her Aja and said, “Yes, it’s from their fight!” and she was so so sweet. She gave me another hug and then we posed for a photo and she asked if I was going to be back the next day because she was really, really excited about her outfit. I said yes, that I couldn’t wait to see it, and thanked her for being such an incredible, supportive queen. She hugged me again and said it was her pleasure, proving that Cynthia is the most deserving Miss Congeniality of all time.

When it was my husband’s turn to meet Cucu, she grabbed his chest (!!) and said, “I just love touching…” and then posed with him like they were at prom. IT WAS AMAZING.

We were both reeling from the excitement of meeting two queens we loved, so we spent the rest of the con walking around, buying merch, ogling over queens, and checking out the runway. We stopped by Ru’s booth (but the line was so, so long) and admired all of her beautiful gowns on display and her Emmy, which I took a photo with.

We also saw the entrance show by the winning queens (and as they left the stage, a ton of queens walked right by us, including the nearly-nude Violet Chachki) and we caught Joanne the Scammer‘s show on the runway, which was honestly truly ICONIC.

No panels for us, but we did do a few things after leaving the con:

  • We visited Wrecking Club, a demolition room which allows you to smash glasses and break things FOR FUN while your favorite music is playing. We loved it and smashed a bunch of things while listening to Frank Ocean.
  • We trekked along the High Line, a “linear park” that takes you above the city and lets you see it from a new angle. Beautiful views and it was nice to check this one off our bucket list!
  • Ate dinner at Shake Shack because of course.

DragCon NYC: Day 2

I MET PEPPERMINT, Y’ALL.

She is just as stunning and perfect in real life as you’d imagine.

Her booth was lovely and candy-inspired and her staff were honestly really funny and energetic and fun. But it was all about Pep. We hopped into her line first thing (although I wandered around while my husband graciously waited in line and met a few other queens, which I’ll get back to in a minute) and her team told us she’d be there at 10, which was “a drag queen’s 10:30.” She ended up arriving closer to 11 but IT DID NOT MATTER BECAUSE PEP IS PERFECT.

Watching her walk in was like what I imagine it’s like watching an angel descend from the heavens, except Pep’s hair is bigger and her outfits are more fierce. Obviously.

I was third in line to meet her and she was SO sweet and warm and welcoming and gave me a big hug, called me beautiful (this is all going to go straight to my head), and I told HER she was beautiful. She gave me a hug (!) and then we posed, dahling, while the wind whipped in our hair. As you can see from the photo below, my hair was not loving the wind but not a strand in Peppermint’s is out of place because she’s fucking Peppermint. I thanked her so, so much and THEN SHE GAVE ME AN AIR KISS.

The best part was probably Pep’s interaction with my husband. We bought her album earlier and he got her to sign it to “Bubby”, a nickname we both call one another, so that was very sweet. But Bill was respectful and didn’t want to touch queens without asking, so would stand away and take a photo next to them. Pep laughed and told him to get closer and then put her arms around him! The smile in his photo is everything. (Our professional photos will be available soon, too.)

As I mentioned, while we were waiting for Pep, I slipped out of line and met with two other queens. First was Jaymes Mansfield, who was adorable. When I told her she looked beautiful she said, “Thank you, but I know.” Perfect.

Then I visited Mimi Imfurst‘s booth. I was obsessed with her outfit! She was dressed as a handmaid from The Handmaid’s Tale. I told her her look was one of my favorites of the weekend and she laughed and told me she could hardly see a thing—then let me try on her hat!!! It was so surreal. Mimi was very sweet and down-to-earth and I honestly loved chatting with her. After I purchased a poster from her, she even through in a personalized signed a photo for me and wrote “Peace be with you” (a phrase from the book). It was great!

After meeting Pep, my husband wanted to go grab something to drink, so I got in line to meet Kimora Blac. Kimora is fucking stunning in person and she told me she loved my dress! She said she loved the material it was made out of it and I told her it was from Amazon.com and she high-fived me and called me Prime Fish, which is my new favorite thing. She was very personable and gave compliments freely!

Lastly, we checked out autograph alley, where I met none other than Britney Spears Derrick Barry. Derrick changed my life forever by telling me that when people ask how to spell my name, I should just say, “Crystal—like Swarovski.”

I had SO MUCH FUN at DragCon and I really, really hope Ru continues to bring it to NYC. I loved being a VIP so much and would absolutely do it again next year, especially because I went through the swag bag when I got home and discovered AN AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO FROM MAMA RU HERSELF. I can’t wait to hang this up in the house!

I love you, RuPaul’s Drag Race. Thanks for loving me back!

xo.

Weekend Getaway to the Connecticut Shoreline with Our Dog

Summertime gives me a serious case of FOMO. I scroll through everyone’s lavish photos from their elaborate vacations and I want to be there, too. That feeling has been elevated lately with the current political climate keeping my husband and me at our wit’s end, and with new jobs for the two of us (AKA no time off in the foreseeable future). We found ourselves both almost surprise-booking a weekend getaway on the same day. So we decided we needed to just do it and try for something low-key. One caveat: we wanted to take our dog with us.

We managed to cobble together a dog-friendly weekend on the Connecticut shoreline, which made for our dog’s first vacation ever (!).

I think the weekend was exactly what we needed. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect (despite the forecast in the early week calling for thunderstorms all weekend) and we got to try a few new things, too.

On Saturday, we left the house early and went straight to New London, where we caught a ferry to Fisher’s Island (part of New York). I’d never heard of it before, but it was recommended on BringFido.com as very dog-friendly, with shops, places to eat, and beaches to walk along, so we figured: why not?

The ferry ride over offered some beautiful views, as did the island. But Fisher’s Island is a very small town… which unfortunately means there’s hardly anything to do. The walk to “downtown” took about 20 minutes and, when we got there, there was only one place to eat (a market and not a restaurant), a couple of shops with knick knacks in it, and an ice cream shop. It was super residential and not so tourist-friendly. Overall, the island is very pretty, but doesn’t offer much substance.

Once we were back in Connecticut, we drove to Mystic, where we stopped at the Jealous Monk for dinner and drinks. We take our annual anniversary trip down to the Niantic/Mystic area and we’d been waiting for this place to open for two years, so it was exciting to finally go! Their beer garden was awesome, the food was delicious, and they even offered a make-your-own s’mores option for dessert (which is always a resounding HELL YES in my book). Then we settled into the hotel and called it a night.

We started the next day with some breakfast at Muddy Waters Cafe, where we got breakfast sandwiches, a bagel and lox, and a cinnamon bun because it was vacation and we deserved it. The views of the glittering ocean from the patio of the cafe did not hurt one bit.

After breakfast, we went to Harkness Memorial Park, which is easily becoming one of my favorite places to visit. It’s part park, part conservatory, part beach, and it offers views of beautiful gardens, too. When the weather is good and there’s a beautiful breeze (like it was today), it’s everything. Doesn’t really get much better than being with the person and dog you love looking out at the ocean.

We wrapped the afternoon with a picnic lunch at Jonathan Edwards Winery. Then we went home, I took a long nap, and now we’re binge-watching “Insecure.” I’m about it.

Here are some photos from this weekend.

xo.

Things I Wore (and Did) in July 2017

One of my favorite parts about looking back on the month’s outfits is that it gives me a good sense of all of the things I’ve done recently.

I sometimes find myself feeling like I don’t “do” anything, like I spend far too much time on Twitter retweeting jokes or on the couch rewatching “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

But Bill and I have some pretty awesome adventures, which can be easy to forget when I’m lazing about the house. This is such a nice way for me to be reminded of all of the little and big moments I have with him and that I have with myself.

July 2017 was a big month for me. I wrapped up my time working at a job I mostly enjoyed, and that was tough. I had to say goodbye to colleagues I really cared about and respected and friends I admired and loved. I said goodbye to a 10-minute commute and super short work days. I said goodbye to my first-ever office. I said goodbye to the job that helped my husband and I realize that western Massachusetts was the right place for the two of us to settle down. But I needed to go. So I left because I was treated very, very unfairly by my boss and I knew I deserved better, and because the light on my future there was slowly dimming. It was not an easy decision.

And I started a new job, one I was very excited about, a brand new role as Diversity Communications Manager that would combine my love for communications and writing with my passion for social justice. It’s the first job where I can be my whole self, where I won’t have to shield parts of me. I can bring the social justice knowledge I seek outside of work into my actual job. It feels liberating. I’ll admit it was scary—absolutely terrifying—to make the leap from a job where I felt comfortable to a job that would make me begin anew. But sometimes the scary thing is absolutely the right thing to do, even if it’s hard. My first three weeks have been incredible; they’ve pushed me to exercise skills I haven’t used in years and I feel like I’m really valued and heard and respected. I’m so happy I made the leap, and I hope it only gets better from here.

As for the rest of July, I took some trips to the beach. I found myself enthralled by poetry. I read a bunch. I spent time outside in the sun. Bill and I went to a drag show, we traveled to the Berkshires, we were inspired by art, we explored western Mass a little.

All in all, life is good.

And here’s what I wore.

My last day of work. Sadly, this also means it’s the last photo EVER with that polka-dotted wall. I shall miss it!

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  • Dress: Marshall’s
  • Shoes: DSW
  • Necklace: Target
  • NEW GLASSES: Zenni Optical

I feel so beautiful in this dress. It reminds me of the flamenco dancers we saw when we were in Barcelona. (I literally cannot believe that I got to type that sentence. Who even am I?)

Despite feeling beautiful in this dress, it’s not exactly practical. But what better event to wear it to than a drag show?

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  • Dress: Marshall’s
  • Shoes: Target

First day on the new job! I had been stressing about what to wear. I wanted something professional, but not too formal… and I also wanted something that wouldn’t make me too hot. It is the dead of summer, after all. I settled on this beautiful dress, WHICH HAS POCKETS! And shoutout to my first selfie at my new job.

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  • Dress: Amazon.com (which I am realizing is pretty awesome for cute, affordable dresses)
  • Shoes: Target

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  • Shirt: LuLaRoe Perfect T
  • Skirt: Charlotte Russe
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Dress: LuLaRoe Amelia—still can’t tell if these dresses look flattering on me or not, but they do have POCKETS!
  • Shoes: DSW

A scorching hot day made for the perfect opportunity to wear this new Marshall’s score—only $15! The pattern is little ships in boats. Very summery.

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  • Dress: Marshall’s

I bought two of these wrap dresses from Forever 21 about a year ago, but they really hold up.

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  • Dress: Forever 21
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Dress: LuLaRoe Julia
  • Shrug: Marshall’s
  • Shoes: Payless

And here’s a peek at what I did in July.

Anyone else excited for fall, the best season of the year?

xo.

Outfits of June 2017

June is one of my favorite months. It’s still the not-quite-too-hot part before summer starts, but there are plenty of warm days that are perfect for lounging around outside or going to the beach.

Plus, my anniversary is in June. On June 17, my husband and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary and our eleventh year being together. I did a lot of other things in June, too, some lovely (met a friend’s new baby; got an exciting new job (details soon!); accomplished a huge writing goal) and not-so-lovely (said farewell to my family’s first dog, Tiny).

Here is a glimpse into what I wore.

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The most important thing to know about this outfit is that this skirt has pockets—and I can fit tons of things in them, like staplers and notebooks and tumblers. (Pockets get me so excited I spent the whole day in the office showing them off.)

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  • Shirt: Old Navy (looove the low back on this; will take pics next time!)
  • Skirt: Ross
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Shirt: Marshall’s
  • Skirt: LuLaRoe Maxi
  • SHoes: DSW

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  • Dress: 25 Central
  • Shoes: DSW

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  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Skirt: LuLaRoe Cassie
  • Shoes: DSW

Also, peep the way my toenails and nails match my skirt and shirt.

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  • Dress: Amazon.com
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Shirt: LuLaRoe Perfect T
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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This is tied for my favorite outfit of the month. I felt so confident in this look!

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  • Dress: LuLaRoe Julia
  • Kimono: Amazon.com
  • Shoes: Payless

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Also tied for favorite outfit of the month, and another I felt beautiful wearing. I wasn’t a big fan of the cold shoulder look, but this dress is so beautiful I got it in two colors (this dusty rose and a cream color; I also dyed a third version of this dress red, not kidding).

Outfit details

  • Dress: Target
  • Shoes (not pictured): Target

Here are some photos from my life in June, too.

xo.

Outfits of May 2017

May was full of incredible adventures and, looking back, I still can’t believe how much I managed to pack in there.

My husband and I took a trip to California and the moment we got back, I attended a baby shower for one of my good friends (and the shower my lady girl gang from work!). I got my hair cut (!), worked a graduation, turned 29, and celebrated my birthday with family, friends, and my husband, who had a thrilling weekend planned for me.

Here’s what I wore. I originally wanted a Minnie Mouse-inspired dress to wear to Disneyland, but the one I ordered (sadly) didn’t fit. So I had to improvise. I wanted something cute and feminine, but I still wanted to be comfortable. This worked out well!

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Skirt: Forever 21
  • Shoes: DSW (Converse)
  • Minnie Mouse ears: Disney World

You can’t see this outfit up close, but I love these photos, so I had to include them! My husband, my parents, and I traveled on a deserted road to get to Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, so we stopped to snap some photos.

Outfit details

  • Dress: LuLaRoe Nicole
  • Shoes: Payless

This outfit served me well at Hearst Castle and at Montano de Oro beach. I DIE for this shirt, which is a reference to both the Coolio song and one of my favorite movies, “Clueless.”

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  • Shirt: Ross (I’m OBSESSED. Why don’t we have any in Massachusetts?!)
  • Dress: Forever 21
  • Shoes: DSW

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Shirt: Old Navy

Skirt: Forever 21

Shoes: DSW


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  • Shirt: H&M (my new fave shirt)
  • Jeans: Marshall’s
  • Shoes: Payless

How beautiful are the women in my lady girl gang?!

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  • Dress: LuLaRoe Nicole
  • Shoes: Payless

This was the last photo of me with my long hair!

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Leggings: LuLaRoe
  • Cardigan: Forever 21
  • Shoes: Payless

New hair! It was a bit shorter than I asked for (I asked for my hair to stay below my shoulders), but I’m getting used to it.

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Marshall’s
  • Skirt: Forever 21
  • Tights: WeLoveColors.com
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Skirt: Ross
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Dress: LuLaRoe Amelia (my first!)
  • Cardigan: Gift from my mom
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Jacket: TJ Maxx
  • Shoes: Payless

And here’s a peek at my incredible birthday weekend (and the days leading up to it). My husband planned a surprise weekend, which he revealed to me through a series of riddles given to me each day leading up to it. It was so incredibly creative and romantic and it got me even more pumped for a wonderful weekend. We visited an arcade; went out to dinner; stopped by a brewery; I got my nails done; we went to a vineyard; visited Mystic; and ate all kinds of delicious foods. My friends and family were wonderful to me, too. I’m so lucky.

xo.

A Perfect Week in California

I’m so fortunate to be able to travel as much as I have, especially recently. My husband and I recently took a trip to California—the first for him, and the second for me—so we could spend time with my parents.

OK, fine: and also attend RuPaul’s Dragcon.

We started our trip in LA, where we had lots of fun but also realized we’ll never move there (that! traffic!). We visited The Broad, watched the sun set at Griffith Observatory (where we saw the freaking moon through a telescope), explored Sunset Boulevard, spent time in the Arts District, and had a weekend filled with DRAG QUEENS.

YOU GUYS. I still can’t believe how much fun I had. This past winter, my husband and I started watching RuPaul’s Drag Race and immediately became obsessed. We flew through seasons 4-8 (we are catching up on seasons 1-3 currently) and that’s pretty much all I think about now.

So, we were excited to have the opportunity to attend RuPaul’s DragCon in LA. Although we weren’t able to attend many panels (the most sought-after panels required VIP tickets), we saw some of our favorite queens, including Trixie Mattel (who we met and who is so, so, so sweet), Katya, Alaska 5000, Jinkx Monsoon, Bob the Drag Queen, Violet Chachki, Alyssa Edwards, Peppermint, Adore Delano, Ginger Minj, Courtney Act, and many more. Peppermint almost bumped into me, y’all. (And I made a surprise appearance in the Rupaul DragCon round-up videos.) I’m chomping at the bit to snatch up some NYC DragCon tickets. My husband and I also managed to score tickets to Katya’s Birthday Funeral Bash, which was held at PEG the Store on Sunday night. It was incredible to see these queens I admired do their thing and perform live. Ah!

After our drag queen-filled weekend, we visited Disneyland for the first time (a treat because Disney is our happy place) and then we traveled to Bakersfield, where we spent the rest of the week with my parents. It had only been two months since I’d seen them but it felt like forever, so I was grateful to visit with them again. They are the most incredible hosts, the kind that really make you feel at home, and they made sure we had an adventure-filled vacation, doing all the major planning and driving. I can’t thank them enough for the incredible time we had.

Together, the four of us revisited places like Lake Ming and Ross (my favorite store), and explored a few new places (as least new to me and Bill!) including Lake Isabella, Hearst Castle, Montaña de Oro, Antelope Valley, and Sequoia National Park. California is such a magical, breathtaking place, and I hope I can go back soon.

xo.

Outfits of April 2017

Warmer weather is here! Finally! Here were a few of my outfits in April.

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  • Skirt: Forever 21 (I love this skirt so much I bought one in mint, peach, and a second one in black)
  • Sweater: Old Navy
  • Tights: WeLoveColors.com
  • Boots: Payless

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  • Dress: Marshall’s
  • Necklace: Jane.com
  • Tights: WeLoveColors.com
  • Boots: Payless

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  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Converse

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  • Dress: Fashion to Figure, via my mama! (Thanks, Mom!)
  • Shirt: Marshall’s
  • Shoes: Payless

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This is OFFICIALLY my favorite LuLaRoe Nicole dress. The pattern is SO GOOD.

Outfit details

  • Dress: LuLaRoe
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Skirt: Forever 21
  • Tights: WeLoveColors.com
  • Shoes: Payless

Shout out to my dog for his cameo.

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Outfit details

  • Dress: LuLaRoe (another Nicole)
  • Shoes: Payless

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Not a traditional outfit, but I love this filter! Look at my fake eyelashes!  I wore this to see a comedy show by drag queen Bianca del Rio. (Dress: Amazon.com; coat: Forever 21)

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Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Scarf: A little shop in Barcelona, Spain
  • Skirt: LuLaRoe (my first Cassie!)
  • Shoes: Payless

xo!

Outfits of March 2017

It was a busy month that absolutely flew right by. It started with one of my most favorite events at my job—Giving Day, where we collect donations for scholarships over 24 hours—and a fun visit to see my parents with California. It ended with a trip to Maine. So, not a bad month. 😉

And here’s what I wore.

I was super excited about this new skirt and I was rocking my Giving Day 2017 shirt!

Outfit details

  • Skirt: Forever 21
  • Shirt: Springfield College exclusive 🙂
  • Boots: Payless
  • Tights: WeLoveColors

I decided to wear my Wednesday Addams dress to see the Backstreet Boys in Vegas!

Outfit details

  • Dress: Amazon.com
  • Shoes (not pictured): Payless

Loved this sweater from my mom! She gave me a bunch of cute clothes while I was visiting and this is one of my favorites.

Outfit details

  • Sweater: Old Navy
  • Pants: TJ Maxx
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Shirt: Target
  • Pants: TJ Maxx
  • Shoes: Payless
  • Necklace: Charming Charlie

One of my favorite (if not my most favorite) LulaRoe purchases is this Nicole dress!

Outfit details

  • Dress: LulaRoe (Nicole)
  • Tights: WeLoveColors
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Shirt: Ross
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

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This month, I tried my first-ever LulaRoe Julia. I wasn’t sure I could pull it off and, quite frankly, I felt a little self-conscious wearing it without a shrug. But I think it looked cute with the black cardigan! I used a hair tie to make the dress shorter and a bit more flattering, and I think it worked.

Outfit details

  • Dress: LulaRoe (Julia)
  • Cardigan: Ross
  • Tights; WeLoveColors
  • Boots: Payless

I’m totally cheesy and I love buying clothes that brandish the name of the place I’ve just visited. So, I couldn’t pass up this adorable sweater, which has “Maine” sprawled across it in rope.

Outfit details

  • Sweater: Shop in Portland, ME
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

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  • Shirt: LulaRoe (Classic)
  • Cardigan: Ross
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

Ready for you, April.

xo.