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 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.

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!

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.

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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.

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.

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.)

Outfit details

  • 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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Outfit details

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

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

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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  • 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.