These are some things I really like:
Bright coats. Plaid. Over-the-knee boots. Puffer vests. Burgundy. Felt hats. Leather jackets.
“Really like” means they rank above “like” but below “love.” So for comparison’s sake, I like The Office, but I love Parks and Rec. I like salsa, but I love guacamole. I like bunnies, but I love cats. I like brunch, but I love boozy brunch. Just kidding, I love all brunch. But you get the idea.
Just to prove how much I really like that list of things up there, here’s how I’ve been wearing all of them over the past couple weeks! (Shop the goods in the widgets below.)
When: a couple weeks ago // Weather: mild // Real life: work
Looking for styling tips on over-the-knee boots? Gotcha covered right here.
I’m low key obsessed with my own tiny ponytail. I’m so glad I cut my hair. I always imagined my pony looked like this before, but it really wasn’t that cute. Thank goodness my life is finally on track, right? I’m also obsessed with these earrings because they manage to be minimalistic but make a statement at the same time. They’re basically the jewelry version of a tiny ponytail. OK, that’s actually a pretty bad analogy, but I’m having writer’s block at the end of a busy but awesome and productive weekend. Point is: I’m showing you something I wore and making lame jokes, and that’s why you all come here every day.
When: October 30 // Weather: Octoberish // Real life: awards ceremony
Do you ever like to get really dressed up and go out on a Monday night for no reason? Yeah, me neither. I require a good reason to not wear sweatpants on a Monday night. BUT last Monday I had one, because I attended a local community theater awards event, where I got to see my lovely talented wife and a bunch of her lovely talented friends win a gazillion awards for their work on Dreamgirls this past spring. It was basically like Hamilton at the Tony’s, but on a much much much much much much smaller scale (that’s still not enough muches). All I did to help with the production was deliver snacks, but they don’t give awards to Best Stage Wife. Sigh.
Anyway, I’m very proud of all of them because it was an amazing show! And speaking of amazing shows, if you live in the Indianapolis area, you can come see me perform in Cultivate, a modern dance showcase, this Friday and Saturday (tickets here). If you don’t live around here, I still encourage you to go out and find some art in your neighborhood this weekend. There are a lot of people out there working hard for little (or no) money, trying to make the world a more beautiful place. Please support them!
When: October // Weather: chilly // Real life: work
‘Tis the season! No, not Christmas. Please…it’s barely November. I mean ’tis the season for sweaters and tights. I’m not one for “uniforms,” but there’s a pretty big percentage of the next few months when you’ll see me in a dress, cardigan, tights, and boots. I just keep mixing and matching until I’m out of new combinations, and then I go shopping. It’s a pretty good system, if your definition of “good” is “ridiculous and fiscally irresponsible.”
*Boots purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.
Happy Fri-DAYYYY! On Thursday night I started to watch Scandal, then realized I missed last week’s episode. And then I realized I missed the week before that! Man, October was busy (but great). So I had to change the channel. Then I remembered I also have all these daily outfit photos I’ve posted on Instagram but not on the blog. Again…I’m busy. Anyway, I decided to devote this week’s Scandal-watching energy to blogging, and maybe this weekend I’ll watch 3 episodes in a row. I just stocked up on red wine, so I’m all set.
When: Sunday before last // Weather: cool and sunny // Real life: brunch with law school friends
In case you weren’t aware, it’s fall. I’m here under this golden tree wearing a plaid scarf to confirm the season for you. You’re welcome. It’s November 1st, and that means you have one day to snag discounted Halloween candy before it all gets replaced with Christmas decorations. Hope you enjoyed fall, because it’s almost over!
When: October 19 // Weather: mild // Real life: work, then film festival event
OK, be honest. Did you spend all weekend on the couch binge watching Stranger Things? We managed to limit ourselves to 5 episodes, so I saved time for non-couch activities like going to Pilates and making healthy matcha muffins. Buuuuut yeah, then I watched a bunch of TV and had cookies and wine. It’s called life balance, people.
I liked (but didn’t love) the first season of Stranger Things, but I must admit the second season is starting to pull me in. I do have a couple thoughts, though (no spoilers). First, why is the upside down full of giant dandruff? Ew. Second, that squirrel in ep. 2 is clearly not an Indiana squirrel. An Indiana squirrel would eat that tiny little gray thing for breakfast. Other than that, you have my attention, ST. Let’s see what you’ve got.
When: Saturday before last // Weather: warm // Real life: date night – pizza and Whitney Houston night at the symphony
Yes, this is two posts in a row featuring a velvet something-or-other. And I did actually wear them back-to-back in real life. I might not get on board with every trend (ain’t nobody over 25 got time for that), but when I really like one, I’m all in. I feel like this combination of shapes and fabrics is equal parts frumpy and chic, which pretty much sums me up.
When: October 13 // Weather: mild and lovely // Real life: work (with different pants), then party at my boss’ house
Man, I really hit my style stride in the fall. I mean there are plenty of spring and summer prints and colors and fabrics I love, but I just feel the most like me when it comes time for cardigans and boots and plaid. So I’m going to soak up the next few weeks, until we get to the point where dressing becomes more functional than fashionable. (This is the Midwest, and frostbite is not cute.)
Have a great week, everyone!
*Boots purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.
When: last Monday (I think) // Weather: chilly and drizzly (hence the hair) // Real life: work
Have you guys been to Target lately? If you have, you’ve probably noticed all the cute new fall clothes, and you’ve probably noticed those cute new fall clothes are branded with possibly the weirdest logo ever. (See for yourself.) I have an advanced degree, and I still spent a solid 30 seconds going “and…ea…wy?” I mean, it’s not just me, right? It’s bad. And how many people in Target’s marketing department had to look at this and say “Yes, this is definitely the best way to display the words ‘a new day.’ Everyone will love it”? I just don’t get it.
But you know what I do get? Cute sweaters. And Target is definitely still good at that!