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!

Outfit details

  • 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?

Outfit details

  • 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!

Outfit details

  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • Dress: LuLaRoe
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Weekend Trip to Portland, Maine

For Christmas last year, my husband and I decided that we wanted to gift each other with weekend trips. It was our way of trying to get away from some material things (given that more and more stuff seems to be finding its way into our house) and try to spend our money on “experiences” instead.

This weekend, we took our first trip—my gift to Bill—and we traveled to Portland, Maine. Portland is typically a summer spot, but I thought it might be nice (and less crazy!) to visit it in the winter.

We had two days to explore and we mostly ate, drank, shopped, and admired art. It was fantastic.

Here are a few photos!

Can’t wait for our next weekend trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire!

xo.

California Adventures

I love California. I can say it definitively now although I always had a hunch I would enjoy it and I’ve technically only seen a small part of it. But still.

I was lucky enough to travel to Bakersfield with my grandma to visit my parents. It’s the first time I’ve seen them both since July, which is the longest I’ve ever gone without visiting with them. I’ve missed them a lot, so this was a treat.

It may have only been a four-day trip, but we made the absolute most of it, thanks to my parents being the best tour guides. In all, we traveled more than 1,500 miles, and we…

  • Traveled to Redondo Beach, where I got to put my toes in the sand and wade into the Pacific Ocean for the first time
  • Visited Griffith Observatory at night, where I saw the Hollywood sign, took in the views of LA at night, and got to see a breathtaking view of the moon (the GODDAMN moon, guys!)
  • Hiked around Lake Ming. It’s located in my parents’ town and is a beautiful place where my dad takes two of their dogs, Reilly and Lexy, to burn off some of their energy. So, we took two trips and it was just my dad and his three girls: me, Reilly, and Lexy!
  • Saw peacocks at Hart Park in Bakersfield. How is it possible that peacocks just hang out in the park? There were also dozens of kitties who were friends with the peacocks, which was extra cute.
  • Went shopping at Ross. My mom is the best because she fully understands and appreciates my obsession with Ross, which we don’t have on the East Coast. So, she took us shopping and I got plenty of new things that I can’t wait to wear and post about!
  • Ate delicious food. We tried Creamistry (where they make ice cream with liquid nitrogen); Blaze Pizza (where you can order delicious personalized pizzas); and In N Out (a staple that I’d been dying to try for years); and some Krispy Kreme; but nothing compared to my mom and dad’s home cooking!
  • Traveled to Las Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys. What an amazing concert! I’ve loved the Backstreet Boys since I was a kid and I hope I do forever. To me, there is nothing like being in the audience, singing along to my favorite songs, dancing with girls like me who grew up on their music. Where else can I show off the fact that I still remember the choreography from “Everybody”? I had so much fun and I loved going with my grandma and my mom like when I was younger. I think they enjoyed themselves, too, especially my grandma, who was excited to see her love, Brian. (Shout out to my dad for doing that eight-hour drive to Vegas and not even attending the show.)
  • Took my parents’ RV—with all four dogs—up to Port San Luis Boat Yard and Avila Beach. It was chilly, but so much fun. We saw seals and sea otters (real ones! in nature!) and visited with my mom’s cousin, Debbie, and her husband, who drove out to see us. The girls (Reilly and Lexy) got to play on the beach with other dogs, and the humans got to enjoy some delicious smoked chicken made by my dad and some incredible rice made by my mom.
  • Drove up to Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery near Hearst Castle. It was amazing to see those seals up close and in their natural habitat. They were so cute! The drive up there was magnificent, too. We traveled through wine country and experienced views I couldn’t even dream up. It was the perfect way to end our trip.

Can’t wait to go back in May with my husband and do it all again!

xo.

 

Outfits of February 2017

I’m convinced that February is the worst month of the year.

But this February had some good parts: a wonderful Galentine’s Day celebration with friends; a perfect Valentine’s Day with my husband; a few adventures (to breweries, museums, restaurants); lots of shopping (some might argue too much…); and some unseasonably beautiful weather (thanks, climate change!).

Here’s what I wore.

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(Clearly still working on that not-blurry picture thing.)

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  • Dress: Forever 21
  • Scarf: A shop in Barcelona
  • Leggings: LulaRoe
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Shirt: Out of Print Clothing
  • Blazer: Target
  • Leggings: LulaRoe
  • Boots: DSW

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  • Dress: LulaRoe
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Boots: Payless

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  • Sweater: Marshall’s
  • Leggings: LulaRoe
  • Scarf: Newbury Comics
  • Boots: DSW

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  • Dress: Aphratti Company via Amazon
  • Tights: WeLoveColors
  • Boots: Payless

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This was my favorite outfit of the month. I’d been saving it for literal weeks until I could wear it without tights and the first 60-degree day of the year.

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Marshall’s
  • Dress: LulaRoe (my first Carly!)
  • Shoes: Marshall’s

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  • Top: Target
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

Here’s to SPRING and wearing dresses without tights/leggings!

xo.

Outfits of January 2017

Y’all, it’s been a month. This is me doing my best to keep living a good life despite being overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, and (quite frankly) scared at the America we’re living in right now.

But I digress.

In January, I read some books, saw some movies, shopped a lot, ate some delicious food, celebrated some friends at a baby shower, got back into cooking. I also set up a place to take better outfit photos. However, I haven’t used it yet because it’s in my sunroom and it’s cold in there. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This month, I also got into (and quickly became addicted to) LulaRoe. Like I needed another reason to spend money. But check out my first pair of leggings at the end of this post!

Here’s what I wore this month.

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  • Shirt: Target
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Scarf: Newbury Comics
  • Boots: DSW

A closer look at the scarf.

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  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Boots: Payless

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  • Shirt: Marshall’s
  • Pants: Marshall’s
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Dress: 25 Central (my new favorite store, located in Northampton, Mass.)
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

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  • Dress: Target
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Boots: Payless

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HOW CUTE IS THIS DRESS?! It’s an owl pattern and it has pockets!

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  • Dress: 25 Central
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

Here’s a close-up of the pattern.

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  • Dress: Amazon.com (so cute I got it in two colors)
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Boots: Payless

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  • Sweater: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: DSW

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  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Tights: We Love Colors (I have at least five pairs off these black tights)
  • Boots: Payless

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  • Shirt: Cracker Barrel (not joking)
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

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And here are my new LulaRoe leggings! They’re lipstick print and I love them.

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  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Leggings: LulaRoe (!!!)
  • Slippers: Payless

Here’s a close-up!

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And here’s a sassy selfie of me, just because.

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Hope you’re being kind to yourself in 2017. And dressing cute, too.

xo.