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.

Outfit details

  • 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.

Outfit details

  • 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 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.”

Outfit details

  • 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?!

Outfit details

  • 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.

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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Outfit details

  • 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 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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Outfit details

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

A closer look at the scarf.

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Outfit details

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

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Outfit details

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

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Outfit details

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

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Outfit details

  • 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!

Outfit details

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

Here’s a close-up of the pattern.

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Outfit details

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

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Outfit details

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

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Outfit details

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

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Outfit details

  • 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.

Outfit details

  • 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.

Outfits of December

Sadly, I didn’t take many outfit photos throughout December. After a rough few weeks at work, I wasn’t up to dressing very cute and opted instead for dressing simply. In the new year, hopefully that changes! Here are a few things I did wear.

What I wore while in New York City…

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This has quickly become one of my staple outfits. It’s simple but cute and very easy to wear.

While in New York, my grandma, husband, and cousin had a traditional tourist day, spending time in Times Square, stopping by the Disney and Hershey stores, and visiting Rockefeller Center to see the tree.

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What I wore while having drinks with friends…

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I wore this outfit not once but twice to meet up with friends and drink.

From event one:

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And event two:

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Aren’t we cute? I love these ladies!

I also wore my Forever 21 red wrap dress to meet up with my bestie, Steph, but I forgot to snap a photo. 😦 Here we are being adorable with Santa, though.

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What I wore to my office holiday party…

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Outfit details

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

What I wore to celebrate Christmas…

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It’s my first-ever ugly sweater!

Outfit details

  • Ugly sweater: Walmart
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

In case you were wondering what my Christmas tree looked like this year.

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And, my incredible gifts from my incredible husband. (Not pictured: a trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, coming in spring, and a bracelet!)

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HOW AMAZING IS THAT GILMORE GIRLS SHIRT?

What I wore while admiring art at the Clark Institute…

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Outfit details

  • T-shirt: Urban Tee Farm
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

Hope your December was fab and fashionable.

xo.

Outfits of November

November was a trying month. It started with the election of Donald Trump, which I am still stunned by, and it ended with some messy, difficult work stuff that really impacted my morale.

But there were some bright spots: a friend who made me a gift to cheer me up; a fun Thanksgiving featuring Cards Against Humanity; the return of “Gilmore Girls”; good friends and coworkers and family; a perfect dog and husband; an invitation back to my alma mater to speak to a class about journalism; the Christmas season.

Here’s what I wore (clearly jeans + boots were my thang).

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Outfit details

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

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Target
  • Necklace: Hello Gorgeous Boutique (post coming soon with further details!)
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Boots: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Tank: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

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Outfit details

  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Polka dot tank: Target
  • Tank: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

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Outfit details

  • Black shirt: Target
  • Scarf: Unknown shop in Rome, Italy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW


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Outfit details

  • Tan shirt: Amazon
  • Tank: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Marshall’s
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Sweater: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Marshall’s
  • Boots: DSW

Things I Did

xo.

 

Outfits of October

Last October was excellent, but this has been the best October ever. Not only did I get to honeymoon with my husband, we also got to celebrate Halloween with an incredible weekend at the historic Deerfield Inn for dinner and a spooky ghost tour around Northampton, Mass. October is the best month of the year, guys.

Here’s what I wore!

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All black everything.

Outfit details

  • Black boat neck top: Target
  • Tank top: Target
  • Blazer: Target
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Forever 21 (LOVE THIS DRESS SO MUCH)
  • Shoes (not pictured): Payless
Me and my "I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M IN ROME" face in the Farnese Gardens
Me and my “I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M IN ROME” face in the Farnese Gardens

Outfit details

  • Dress: Forever 21
  • Scarf: Little shop in Barcelona, Spain
  • Shoes: Payless (super comfy)

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Scarf: Shop in Marseille, France
  • Shoes: Payless

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Your eyes do not deceive you. These are pizza pajamas.

Outfit details

  • Pizza pajamas more appropriate for a toddler than an adult: Target
  • Dope Halloween nail decals: Homegoods

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Outfit details

  • Scarf: Amazon.com
  • Cardigan: Target
  • Tank top: Old Navy
  • Pants: Marshall’s
  • Boots: Rainbow

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  • Shirt: Target
  • Tank top: Target
  • Jeans: Old Navy (Rockstar, highly recommend!)
  • Boots: DSW

On this day, I also made my first-ever pernil (in a crock pot no less) and it came out amazing.

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I can adult.

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Outfit details

  • Sweater: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Tank top: Old Navy
  • Shoes: DSW
  • Coat: Hand-me-down from my mom

On this night, we enjoyed Deerfield and Northampton, where we got a little ice cream and got spooked by some ghost stories.

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And then, for my Halloween outfit…

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I’m the galaxy! Or, a galaxy princess!

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Amazon.com
  • Shoes: Payless
  • Crown: Crafted with some Christmas tinsel
  • Earrings: Etsy
  • Necklace: Etsy
  • Glasses: Glassesshop.com
  • Star stickers: Amazon.com
  • Shiny ring: Norwegian Cruise Line

Happy Halloween!

xo.

Outfits of September

Hello from Ireland! I’m writing in Dublin Airport on a layover to Rome. My husband and I will finally be taking our honeymoon (and dream vacation). Ahhhhh!

More on that later. For now, a few things I wore in September.

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Outfit details

  • Chambray button-up: TJ Maxx
  • Black jeans: TJ Maxx
  • Lightwash denim flats: Marshall’s

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  • Dress: Old Navy (super comfy!)
  • Shoes: Payless (also very comfy)

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Oh, you know, just hanging out with Shaquille O’Neal…

I had the luxury of covering an event at my job—and Shaq was the keynote speaker. It was incredible. He’s very down-to-earth, supremely funny, and very tall.

Outfit details

  • Red wrap dress: Forever 21
  • Shoes (not pictured): Payless

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  • Navy blue heart dress: Forever 21 (TBH, I don’t love it, but it’s cute enough)
  • Shoes: Payless

The back of the dress is pretty cute:

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  • Black dress: Old Navy—is this too casual to be a LBD?
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Shirt: Out of Print
  • Blazer: Target
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Hoodie: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

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  • Donut costume: Target (Sadly, I did not buy this)
  • Jeans: TJ Maxx
  • Shoes: Payless

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  • Plaid button-up: Old Navy
  • Polka dot undershirt: Target (I think?)
  • Jeans: TJ Maxx
  • Boots: DSW

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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. 😉