OOTD: Let’s get down to business

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( Top: LOFT // Skirt: Banana Republic // Shoes: Marc Jacob // Bracelets: Alex and Ani )

It’s only been five months since I’ve done an outfit of the day post. I’d like to say that I have had some cute outfits since then, it was just that the fashion posts were getting a lot more traction than all my other posts and I really didn’t want this to be a fashion blog. Still, they are fun on occasion and I figured what better way to do a “my first week at work” update than with some business casual threads.

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OOTD: The Bloom Effect.

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( Top: LOFT // Skirt: Target // Shoes: Marc Jacob // Sunglasses: LOFT // Earrings: Silpada)

Yesterday was a good day that consisted of church, fresh hamburgers, a long walk in the park with a good friend, and cleaning out my dresser.

I have a fair amount of clothes, some are years old, others are new additions. I clean out my wardrobe enough that I don’t have anything in it that isn’t my style. I don’t have anything in it that I wouldn’t wear. Which is great, it’s what I’m supposed to have, but since I have failed at minimalism, sometimes I lose items in the back of the drawer and don’t wear them for an entire season. It’s not that I don’t like them it’s just I forget I own them.

I’ve figured out how to work around this when it comes to my hanging clothes (obviously not a problem here) and my t-shirts (I roll them instead of fold them), but I can’t figure out how to do it with sweaters. My drawer is deep so I can’t roll them because I’d have to double layer them which would lead to the same problem as now. Does anyone have any good advice? The seasons are changing, but next year I’d like to wear all my clothes!

February Sun Daze:

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(Button down: LOFT // Tank: Old Navy // Jeans: LOFT // Boots: Lucchese)

I told my mom I felt like I was dressed like a cowgirl from the 80’s. When I tied my top at my belt she couldn’t help but laugh. The skinny jeans were saving me, if I had been wearing mom jeans (which seem to be making a comeback?) it would have really thrown it over the edge. I wasn’t planning on my shirt matching my jeans as dead on as they did, but I rolled with it. I also decided to roll with the giant sunspot in the middle of these photos, because, why not?  Continue reading

OOTD: Before the Snow

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(Boots: Kenneth Cole // Jeans: LOFT // Sweater: Similar // Necklace: Similar)

I don’t know if you’ve seen the news, but my area of North Carolina has about nine inches of snow and ice. Luckily, this outfit was shot the day before yesterday when it was still warm enough to shimmy out of my coat for a second.

Speaking of the weather I want to take a moment to talk about snow in the south. We get a lot of shit from the northerners about how we handle it. In some ways I get it a hundred percent, we are babies about it, nobody hates it more than I do. However when it comes to driving in we’re in different situations than them. We don’t have the number of plows to clear the roads, we don’t have winter tires, my Jeep doesn’t even have 4-wheel drive, and the big one: in the south the weather is so warm that the snow melts some during the day, which means that when we drop back down for the night everything is covered in black ice. We’re driving on uncleared roads in bad cars and on black ice. Continue reading

OOTD: Otters and the Color Purple

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(Top: H&M // Jeans: American Eagle // Sandals: Target)

(Earrings: Target // Bracelets: Alex & Ani)

Hey y’all, I lied in that last post when I said I was almost better, because here we are two weeks later and I’m finally trying to say it again. Let’s hope it’s true this time- I’ve been fighting Lyme Disease for four months now. It’s a really really terrible illness, full of painful body and joint aches, high fevers, exhaust, dizzy spells, nausea, oh, yeah and those sinus infections I had. So, I’m really praying that we’re done with that now.

I figured I must feel better, because I took time to put makeup on today, which hasn’t happened all summer. And my mom has stopped asking me what I need every five minutes, which means she thinks I’m well enough to get it myself.

But anyways, more outfit details below, because you can’t see much of it from the overall shot!

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How to have a Minimalist Wardrobe without having to Commit to a Capsule Wardrobe:

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Remember this outfit of the day? It was a staple all last fall and I’m excited to wear it again. I’m trying to buy less this fall, and winter, and next spring. Why? Because I want a more minimal wardrobe.

I know capsule wardrobes are all the rage over the blogging world right now, but to be honest, I’m not that committed.  And when I see something I really really want, I don’t think I should have to throw out another shirt I also really want. I don’t think we can set limits on how many articles of clothing we should have, especially these extreme ones that say 10 items per season. They wouldn’t like my sweater drawer at all.

I understand the drive though, to live a simpler life, less materialistic drives, and have a more defined style. It makes sense, but there are ways you can do this without going to capsule wardrobe. Here are my tips to do just that: Continue reading

OOTD: The Dress of my Dreams

IMG_4802( Dress: Anthropologie // Sandals: Target // Earrings: Gift)

Do you ever find a item of clothing that you love with everything in you… but then you look at the price and are reminded why you never go into that store to begin with. It happens about every time I walk into Anthropologie. I love, love, love the store, but I can’t really afford it. But I go in anyways, and this time I was in luck, because I was armed with small gift card and graced with a sweet sales lady who let me use my birthday month discount even though it was the month after my birthday month.

It was still more than I should spent, and as I swiped my card I had second thoughts. Yet I brought it home and when I put it on for the first time I realized that I had a great piece that I probably would always be in love with. I wore it to a business meeting and I’ll wear it to go get dinner with the girls. So maybe I didn’t make such a bad choice after all. After all everyone’s all about the slow fashion movement now and making bigger purchases that will last. Maybe it’s time for me to completely get on board with that.

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