Things I Wore (and Did) in August 2018

Things have been interesting — a mix of good, bad, and stuff in between. At work, August was one of the busiest months I’ve had as it led right up to move-in weekend (arguably the most hectic weekend of the year for marketers in higher ed!). At home, Bill and I have done a little bit of travel, but we’ve been working really hard to get our finances in order — and KNOCK ON WOOD it’s working. Yay!

In August, in between all of the work (and there was a lot), I had lots of fun. Bill and I went to see Queen Bey and Jay’s On the Run II show, which was incredible. We’ll ignore the fact that we were stuck in traffic to and from the venue and that we missed our beloved Chloe x Halle’s performance because of it, but the show itself was everything. Obviously. It’s Beyoncé! (And Jay Z.)

We also visited Cape Cod for the first time, spending a weekend in Provincetown and Wellfleet, both of which we loved. Originally, we booked the trip because we had tickets to see our favorite drag queen, Trixie Mattel, perform her stand-up show. Unfortunately, Trixie cancelled on a few shows, including ours. We’d already booked the hotel, though, so we just enjoyed ourselves in the Cape. It was so much fun! It was raining when we arrived but held off for the rest of the weekend so we could explore the area. We especially loved the Cape Cod National Seashore (the views were beautiful) and everything about P-Town. We’d love to go back.

The next weekend, my cousin, Adam, got married and we had so much fun at the wedding. It was great for Bill and I to spend time with my close family and let loose. I also think Bill liked watching me get super drunk and dance terribly and now he has video evidence which he can blackmail me with until the end of time! Also in August, Bill and I visited the Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival, a staple of our respective childhoods (we both grew up in the same time) but an event we hadn’t been to in years. It was a blast and great to be back in our old stomping grounds.

Here’s a look at some of the outfits I wore throughout the month!

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Forever 21
  • Shoes: Payless

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My Beyoncé outfit! It was 90 degrees out in the evening and I wanted to look cute without dying from the heat.

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Outfit details

  • Body suit: Rainbow
  • Shorts: Rainbow
  • Shoes: Amazon
  • Earrings: BrunoMars.com (not a joke!)

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Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Shorts: Rainbow
  • Shoes: Converse

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure (when it was still really good!)
  • Shoes: Payless
  • Giant-ass ring: Norwegian Cruise Line

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Faces
  • Shoes: Amazon

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Outfit details

  • Dress: LuLaRoe
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Shirt: 25 Central
  • Skirt: Forever 21
  • Shoes: Payless

Here’s what I did through photos.

 

All in all, a good month and now I’m OVER-THE-MOON that it’s September. Fall is my time, y’all. Bring on the pumpkin spice!

 

Friday Favorites #14

Here are a few things I’m loving this week.

Puppies

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Specifically, one puppy who is not such a puppy anymore. This week, my dog, Obi, turned four years old. (I’ll be sharing the recipe for the “cupcake” AKA meatball that we made for him on this blog next week!)

Social Media

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I work in social media, which I feel grateful for because I love it so much. So I was really excited to be able to attend the HighEdWeb New England conference today and learn even more about it! I really loved all of the social media-focused sessions, including one by Dave Tyler on Twitter chats (which I tweeted through!), who encouraged us to “Be not afraid. Prepare. Have fun.”

One of my favorite takeaways (from a different session byLori Packer/@LoriPA) was this quote.

Social media is not a driver of traffic. It’s a destination in its own right. 

I want to frame it and hang it right in my office as a reminder.

#ShareHuman

Got this 100% Human button after the keynote address!
Got this 100% Human button after the keynote address!

And, speaking of that HighEdWeb conference, I keep thinking about the talk from keynote speaker Dave Cameron, who told us all to #sharehuman. There were many excellent points in his talk, but he kept reiterating that we should shake the notion of being authentic and instead strive to be human. And not just human, but HUMAN—Honest, Unafraid, Mindful, Active, and Nice. I was inspired by the way he essentially encouraged everyone to create, give, and above all, share. #ShareHuman, in fact. I’ve been trying to do that myself, through this blog, through the previous blogs I’ve run (like this one and this one), through Twitter, through Instagram, and even through personal, creative endeavors that I haven’t shared. I love the idea of sharing—your ideas, your thoughts, yourself.

What are some of your favorites this week?

xo.