When: pre-vacation // Weather: warm // Real life: work
Mustard yellow and burgundy: two of my favorite colors this time of year. Oh, who am I kidding? Two of my favorite colors any damn time. Plus, stripes and polka dots might be my favorite mixed print combo. Basically, there are a lot of favorite things happening in this outfit. If I had more spare time, I would write my own version of the song “My Favorite Things.” I would be just like Julie Andrews, except with no musical talent whatsoever, and you’d be better off having a parrot take care of your children.
When: first week of September // Weather: 70s // Real life: work
At the risk of sounding like every other fashion blogger who talks about “transitional” wear this time of year, I have to say… I’m pretty proud of this transitional wear. THERE. I said it. Bringing in the cranberry and plumb colors but still rocking the espadrille wedges? I’m giving myself a big ol’ September pat on the back for this one.
My very reliable app where cats give me the weather report says that it’s still going to be in the 80s in Indianapolis for the foreseeable future, so I’ll have to channel these mad transitional wear skills when I go back to work next week. This might be my only good idea, though. Time will tell.
When: a Friday in mid-August // Weather: probably warm // Real life: work, then date night
I was worried my leftover August outfits wouldn’t feel relevant to post now, but I’m currently staring out at the ocean on a sunny, 90-degree day, so this looks like too much clothing, if anything. My stripe/gingham top probably won’t get worn again until next spring, but the pink suede flats will definitely reappear a few times until we get to the point where even the tiniest amount of exposed skin will result in my entire foot going numb from the cold.
Well, this really took a turn, didn’t it? I mean that really escalated quickly. Let’s go back to the part where I’m doing yoga on the beach and not think about winter quite yet.
When: August 19 // Weather: warm // Real life: Indy Fringe theater festival
I’m tragically behind on blogging…this outfit is from nearly a month ago. But I’m on vacation this week (greetings from the Outer Banks), so that means I get to play catch up! Once upon a time, blogging was in fact a hobby that I did for fun, and not just something I tried to squeeze in on days I wasn’t working until 8pm. Not that I’m complaining. My job is fantastic and I love it and all my bosses are smart and wonderful and completely flawless and some of them read this blog from time to time.
Moving on. The point is, this summer has been incredibly busy — with work and play, including taking in a couple shows at Indy Fringe, when I wore this outfit. One of the shows we saw was Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play about the life of Josephine Baker. I don’t usually feel feelings at live theater (or just ever, really), but this one was very powerful. The show is touring around different fringe festivals, so I definitely recommend it if you can catch it!
I know Labor Day is over, but I still have a vacation coming up, so I’m not quite ready to call it fall. BUT, YES, I already saw pumpkins in the grocery store, so I guess I should make sure summer is properly wrapped up here on the ol’ blog. These are some of the outfits I’ve worn lately, so get your fix of florals and yellows while you can!
When: last Friday of August // Weather: warm and sunny // Real life: work, then Michael Jackson cover band concert
I got this skirt because (1) I love yellow, (2) I love midi skirts, and (3) Nicole from Writes Like a Girl has this skirt and she’s a great style role model if there ever was one! I will probably never be as outgoing and genuinely positive as Nicole, but I can at least dress like her. She’s probably the kind of person that when you go shopping with her, she picks out all kinds of cool things for you to try on, and then she tells you enthusiastically how amazing you look. On the other hand, when you go shopping with me, I say “meh” to the first 5 things you pick out, get bored, then wander off to do my own thing. I’ll meet you at Starbucks in 45 minutes. (But Nicole, if we ever get to meet in person and go shopping, I promise I won’t abandon you.)
When: August 16 // Weather: hot // Real life: Indiana State Fair
Have you ever wondered what those angsty bands you listed to in high school and college are up to now? The answer is: they’re playing at Midwestern state fairs.
And have you ever wondered who goes to see, say, Dashboard Confessional and the All American Rejects at, say, the Indiana State Fair? The answer is ME, and a few hundred other 20- and 30-somethings who want to relive the early 2000s. And to celebrate the good old days when I was too young to have cellulite, I wore short shorts
I realized once I got there that I really don’t know that many Dashboard or All American Rejects songs, but I sure did scream along to the ones I knew. I’ve been working a lot and being oh-so-adult lately (hence the sporadic blogging), so an outdoor concert to remind me of my more youthful days was definitely a great way to soak in the last full month of summer.
When: a recent Friday // Weather: warm and cloudy // Real life: work
My first international trip obviously wouldn’t have been complete without grabbing a souvenir or two. So what did I get to commemorate my trip to Canada? A jug of maple syrup? No. A hockey jersey? No. A tank top with a beaver on it? N…oh wait, yes, I did actually get that. But my favorite souvenir from my Toronto trip was this pair of Ray Ban Clubmaster sunglasses. I’ve been wanting a pair for awhile now, so I decided to take advantage of the exchange rate. 😉
Plus, something about being in a cool city in another country just made me feel fancy so I wanted fancy sunglasses. I let all my new Canadian friends try them on, and they looked good on everyone. So go get yo’self a pair! (Crossing a border to get them is not required, but is also fun.)
When: late July // Weather: really freaking lovely // Real life: work, then traveling to Toronto
Do I give off the sophisticated, worldly air of an international jetsetter? Well I’ve been fooling you all. Until a couple weeks ago. Now that jetsetting je ne sais quoi I’m giving off is real. Because now I’ve been to Canada.
I had to go to Toronto for work, but I turned it into a “work-cation” because I did get to enjoy some of the city along the way. I didn’t get to have a drink and a cuddle with Justin Trudeau (sorey), but I did get to eat some great food, do some shopping, and see the city from 63 floors up. I also practiced saying “aboot.” Like, a lot.
It was a great first international trip – next stop, Paris! 😉
When: last Sunday // Weather: 80s and sunny // Real life: my twenty-twelfth birthday
HAPPY SUNDAY, everyone! In case you hadn’t heard, Sundays Fundays are pretty much my favorite. Last Sunday was my birthday, so everyone had to subscribe to my idea of a Sunday Funday, whether they liked it or not (but I think they did). We had a boozy brunch, then ran around the zoo for a couple hours. I put sunscreen on everyone because this birthday queen wants everyone to stay pale and melanoma-free.
The combo of alcohol and sun wiped me out, so I went home and took a nap. (This is life at 32, apparently.) I woke up and decided I wanted pizza but didn’t want to get out of bed. So we ordered in and I ate my pesto pie in bed while watching Netflix. It was absolutely perfect. Not that I’m in a rush to turn another year older, but it wasn’t so bad doing exactly what I wanted for a whole day.
*Shoes and bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.