Things I Wore (and Did) in November 2017

I don’t have the perfect life—and some months are harder to get through than others. November was a tough one: my mental health is suffering; my job is, at times, challenging; and the month ended with some particularly disheartening and upsetting family drama.

I think, too often, we all get caught up in depicting a picture-perfect life with beautifully curated photos (that we’re reluctant to admit are only a few among dozens we took before we got the right one to post and share) and cherry-picked anecdotes (that leave out all of the messy, unflattering things that happen in between). We only show parts of our lives, partly because it’s completely unrealistic to share everything and partly because who wants to admit they’re struggling?

But we’re all struggling, at least in some way, and we’ve all got things going on in our lives at any given moment that may be vexing us, hurting us, or challenging us.

I try my best to keep this in mind as I scroll through my social media feeds day after day, seeing only the highlights from the lives of friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances, high school classmates, and celebrities, but sometimes it’s can be tough to keep that in perspective.

So, this is me, reminding myself that it’s all right if everything isn’t all right.

And also reminding myself that there’s nothing wrong with having a highlight reel if for no one but ourselves so that we can look back on the time (which goes by too quickly!) and appreciate the things we have. As someone who struggles with mental illness in the form of anxiety and depression, I often have trouble keeping things in perspective, of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and sometimes of just making it through the day. But I know that these monthly check-ins, where I look back on the month I’ve just experienced, are providing me with the ability to feel grateful for what I have even on days that feel dark.

With that said, there were many beacons of light that I experienced in November, which I’ve got to remind myself of: a perfect trip to Portsmouth with Bill; the satisfaction of a job well done on a massive project I worked on at work; beautiful sunsets; a rainbow; a book of poems I devoured; warm hot chocolate; a glowing Christmas tree in my wonderful home; a new therapist; a drag show featuring a few of my favorite RuPaul’s Drag Race queens; hundreds of happy moments with Bill; lots of dog kisses from Obi; making new friends at work; thoughtful daily texts from my Grandma; meme-sharing with my wonderful brother; laughter with friends, both online and off.

Amid all of that, here are some of the outfits I wore.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure (has anyone else felt like their style has completely changed recently?)
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Boots: Rainbow

This is of my fave classic winter looks.

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  • Sweater: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

This dress is so creamy soft!

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  • Dress: Ann Taylor via 20 Below Boutique in Portsmouth
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Boots: Payless

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  • Shirt: Target
  • Scarf: Unsure!
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

Cozy, winter sweaters were what I lived in this month. I’m not a huge fan of the look of this one, but this is the same exact sweater (except for color) as the photo at the end of this post. In that photo, I think the sweater looks great. What gives?

Outfit details

  • Sweater: Old Navy
  • Leggings: Kohl’s
  • Boots: DSW

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  • Sweater: Forever 21
  • Leggings: Kohl’s
  • Boots: DSW

Bill called this my “Lorelai Gilmore” look, which delighted me.

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  • Sweater: Forever 21
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

Not really an outside-of-the-house outfit, but still! Festive!

Outfit details

  • Sweater: Walmart
  • Leggings: Walmart
  • Sweater boots: Payless

This is one of my new favorite shirts! I added a Hocus Pocus patch, which I nabbed in Portsmouth (the patch itself is made by Laser Brain Patch Co.) to a cheap, black crewneck sweatshirt I grabbed on Amazon for $8. I got a ton of compliments on it and feel super proud even though all I did was iron the patch on.

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  • Sweater: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

And, here are some of the things I did.

xo.

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Things I Wore (and Did) in October 2017

What a great (but busy!) month. In October, I…

  • Decorated pumpkins with friends
  • Decorated pumpkins with Bill
  • Visited my brother in Boston and spent the day at New England Aquarium
  • Spent time with friends
  • Celebrated Bill’s 29th birthday (I outdid myself this year with the gift, which was entirely Star Wars themed and included a weekend of watching all of the Star Wars films—in machete order—and tickets to the midnight showing of the newest movie, out in December)
  • Went to a show featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race queens
  • Celebrated Halloween

It was a good month.

Here are some of the outfits I wore.

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Outfit details

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

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(Photobombed by my furry child, Obi.)

Outfit details

  • Sweater: Forever 21
  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Pants: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Tieks

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  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Tieks

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  • Shirt: H&M
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Tieks

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Doing my best impression of the 90s with this one.

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  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Tieks

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  • Dress: 25 Central
  • Leggings: Kohl’s (They’re by Lauren Conrad who, as you know, I love!)
  • Boots: DSW

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Sometimes you gotta do a joint outfit pic. We took this pic on the way to dinner for Bill’s birthday! (Photobombed by Obi again, too.)

Outfit details (for me)

  • Dress: Amazon.com
  • Shoes: Tieks

Outfit details (for him)

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

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And one more double outfit photo. For a friend’s Halloween party, we went as “casual Princess Leia and Han Solo”!

Outfit details (for me)

  • Dress: Amazon.com
  • Belt: Forever 21
  • Shoes: Payless

Outfit details (for him)

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Vest: Amazon.com
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Boots: Target

And, some things I did this month!

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 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 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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Outfit details

  • 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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Outfit details

  • 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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Outfit details

  • 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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Outfit details

  • 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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Outfit details

  • 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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Outfit details

  • 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. 😉

Outfits of the Week: May 8, 2016

The sun was back, so it was a good week! At work, we were preparing for commencement, and I’m into my second week of the social media course I’m taking. PLUS, I can’t stop buying new clothes, somebody please send help!

Here’s what I wore this week.

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I’m so pumped to have rediscovered this sweater. Polka dots are my favorite, and this tan color is fab.

Outfit details

  • Sweater: Old Navy (like, three years ago, sorry!)
  • Pants: Walmart
  • Shoes: Payless

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The eyeglasses dress made its triumphant return this week. While I wore it, I also met a stormtrooper.

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And he now lives in my house.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Forever 21
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors

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I’m not convinced this cardigan (a peach color) worked well with the dress (which is a bit more pink), but ah well.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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I got a few compliments on this ampersand tank top today. It was the perfect, casual outfit to chaperone a senior picnic!

Outfit details

  • Tank top: Old Navy
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy

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Casual Friday.

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

Have a great weekend!

Outfits of the Week: May 2, 2016

How is it May already? And why is it so cold even though it’s May? Like, it’s so uncharacteristically chilly and gray and rainy and sad that I’m starting to feel like I may never see the sun again. Sun, where are you? I miss you. Come home soon.

Here’s what I wore this week.

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This polka-dotted dress kicked off the week. Seeing it in this photo, I’m not sure I love it.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Modcloth
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Modcloth
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: I’m not wearing any in this pic, but big shock, the ones I wore are from Payless. 😉

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Forever obsessed with these pastel pants. I needed them to brighten up the rainy week.

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Tank top: Old Navy
  • Pants: Rainbow
  • Shoes: Payless

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How cute is this sweater?! I found it while “shopping” in my own closet and digging through old clothes.

I felt cute enough in it to take a few selfies.

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Outfit details

  • Sweater: Old Navy (like a zillion years ago)
  • Pants: Rainbow
  • Shoes: Payless

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I also re-discovered this shirt, WHICH I ALSO NOW LOVE. Guys, shopping in your old, packed away clothes is the best. Everything is new again and you don’t have to spend any money!

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Fashion Bug (again, like, a zillion years ago)
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

Hope you had a good week!

xo.

Things I Bought That I Love: Disney and Universal Studios Edition

I had an amazing time in Orlando, Fla., last week at Disney and Universal Studios. Here are some of the great things I bought, starting with the incredible Mickey Mouse tiara (above).

We also nabbed this amazing-and-totally-impractical, Han-Solo-in-carbonite popcorn holder.

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And I got these earrings!

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Some items from Universal (more specifically, Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter):

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BUTTERBEER MUG (the second in my collection because I’m spoiled)!

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Pins that say “head girl” and “Ravenclaw.” 

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All of these goodies, including:

  • A love potion from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
  • A Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes T-shirt
  • A pygmy puff keychain (I already own a pink pygmy puff named Sparkles)
  • Triwizard keychain
  • 9 3/4 button

I got a few other Disney items, too, including:

  • Black and white Mickey and Minnie Mouse plush toys (which are now displayed on our mantel)
  • Mickey Mouse bracelet
  • Minnie Mouse button

And, the BEST OF ALL…

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THIS COMPLETELY INCREDIBLE R2D2 DRESS.

GUYS.

GUYS.

I gasped out loud and snatched this thing off the rack so goddamn fast. I didn’t care the cost. I had to have it. It is truly one of the best items I own. You can find most of these items here and here.

xo.