When: Friday // Weather: mid 80s // Real life: North Carolina aquarium
This is one of those outfits I hope looks better in action than it does in photos. But even if it doesn’t look that great…what do I care? It’s a beach outfit. At the beach, my standards are decidedly relaxed. A fancier blogger would make more of an effort, but this is pretty much the most effort I make at the beach. I mean, I’m wearing a dress, shoes, and lipstick. What more do you want from me? I left my tiara at home.
You might have noticed by my bright red ankles, but I got a wee bit of a sunburn on Thursday. I’m like microwave popcorn…you might think you have everything under control, but leave me in the heat for 2 seconds too long and I’m burnt to a crisp and stinking up the whole house. That metaphor got a little out of control, but you get the point. So when the rest of my family was up for going to the aquarium on Friday, I was 100% on board. I hadn’t been there since I was a kid, so it was basically brand new to me. To distract you from my mediocre outfit, here are some photos of the animals I saw:
There were, of course, lots of fish, but it’s hard to get good photos of them in an aquarium. So instead, here’s a photo of the cool fish sculpture outside:
Sadly, vacation comes to an end today, and it’s back to the real world. But on the bright side, I’m going home to cooler temperatures that will be perfect for hiding my burnt popcorn thighs.
See more details of my vacation on Instagram (or just wait for the inevitable Insta-roundup).
*Shoes and ring purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.
When: Tuesday // Weather: beachy // Real life: vacation
In case you hadn’t heard, the autumnal equinox just happened. I was worried that while I was at the beach, fall would start without me back home in Indiana. Luckily, from what my Weather Kitty app tells me, it’s been even hotter in Indianapolis than it has in the Outer Banks. GOOD. I don’t want anyone getting a head start on sweater weather while I’m still baring some midriff.
Speaking of weather, we had a few cloudy days at the beginning of the week, but my sensitive skin is a fan of that (also makes for better photos)! My sensitive skin reminded me today just how sensitive it is today. Every year I say I’m not going to get burnt and every year I end up make an emergency aloe vera run. Before you ask, I wore SPF 30 and I reapplied 3 times. Keeping my skin protected at the beach is like walking up a down escalator…with one leg…and the escalator keeps speeding up. Eventually you just have to give up, fall down, and have a margarita. That’s good general life advice, actually.
When: Sunday // Weather: beachy // Real life: brunch, driving, and (duh) the beach
Ah, the Outer Banks. Where a glass of wine counts as an accessory. (It’s Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc, if you’re wondering.)
This is the most dressed up you’ll see me at the beach, but we spent the first part of the morning at brunch and hanging at my parents’ house before hitting the road. I decided this dress was perfect because it would be comfortable in the car for 3 hours, and it has a nice, sunny, “I’m at the beach and I’m not mad about it” vibe. The fact that the salty wind and humidity turned my hair into a 60s housewife flip within 10 minutes was just a bonus.
*Shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.
When: last Saturday // Weather: warm // Real life: friend’s birthday party
Back in Hoosier land, this was a perfectly appropriate mid-September outfit. But as I sit here in my oceanfront beach house for the week (go ahead, be jealous), I feel like I look oddly overdressed in these photos.
Over the next few days on the blog, you can expect to see a mix of me looking very clean and put together (outfits I wore back home, pre-vacation) and me looking sweaty and sunburned but happy (outfits I’m wearing at the beach). If you want more vacation details, you can follow me on Instagram!
Am I excited for fall? Totally. But will I take full advantage of this last morsel of summer? You bet your watermelon cocktail I will.
What the fashion world calls “pre-fall” I call Augustember. They might have more money and access to fancy crap, but I…well, I have some stuff too, and Augustember is a cooler word to describe that end-of-summer, not-quite-fall time of year. On that note, here are some more of my recent outfits to show you just what Augustember is all about…
Fall colors, short sleeves. That’s what I’m talking about.
OK, this isn’t really season-specific, but I did stock up on more activewear recently! I’m a fan of Forever 21’s gear, believe it or not. Their leggings aren’t too thin, and they hold up through the wash (on delicate cycle, air dry). The sports bras have just a touch of shaped padding, which is nice for preventing that uni-boob look. And even if you get a dud that falls apart, everything’s so cheap it doesn’t matter.
A Labor Day weekend errand-running, thrown together outfit that just happened to end up kinda cute.
Light tweed and distressed denim? More Augustember magicness. This one was a casual Friday look.
In case you’re not catching on, the keys to Augustember style are: tweed, bright colors, and leopard print.
But the best part about Augustember is: you can switch back to summer style whenever you want.
Just one more work outfit from earlier this week, and then…
GUESS WHAT?! Starting tomorrow I’m officially on vacation. I’m heading to the North Carolina Outer Banks where my outfits will be a little more low maintenance. I’ll still have to lug my laptop along and answer emails, but emailing on the beach still involves being on a beach. If you’re in need of a vicarious getaway, feel free to stalk me on Instagram.
When: Sunday // Weather: gorgeous and almost fall-like // Real life: delayed wedding reception
I’m 3 days away from vacation and I have the to-do list that doesn’t end. I will make it, but in the meantime, I’m a little short on spare thoughts to share. So I’ll just let these photos speak for themselves, and you can try to draw some deep meaning from the juxtaposition of an old limestone church, a shiny modern skyscraper, and me in a breezy floral dress.
When: Wednesday // Weather: warm // Real life: work
Here’s how a recent conversation went in Ann Taylor:
Me: “I can pull off a neck scarf, right?”
K: “Can I pull off a neck scarf?”
Me: “Be serious. Can I wear this?”
K: “Why is it called a neck scarf? Don’t all scarves go around your neck?”
Suffice it to say I never got a straight answer on whether I looked cool with a piece of silk tied around my neck. So naturally I bought it and wore it and here we are. What’s the verdict? (This is mostly a rhetorical question because I’ve already decided I look awesome.)
*Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.
Meijer supplied me with several complimentary products to facilitate this post, but I am only featuring the ones I have tried and liked!
Nothing like a new season to make you want to chop off your hair, throw out all your clothes, and get a couple tattoos, amiright? Slow your roll, girl. I know the feeling, but let’s not do anything drastic. I’m pretty good about trying new trends and switching up my hair style every once in awhile, but I have to push myself to get out of beauty/skincare ruts. When I want to experiment with new products, I say the good ol’ grocery store brands are the way to go. They’re way cheaper, and I like to tell myself the lack of sampling ability just makes it exciting.
I got to try out a bunch of new products this month thanks to Meijer, and these are my new favorites (just to take some of the guess work out for you). First, a look at the products doing the “behind the scenes” work:
I’ve been using Aveeno Absolutely Ageless restorative night cream mainly because it smells nice. I’m not that picky about by night creams because – let’s be honest – none of them are magically going to erase wrinkles so why bother? I also received the Aveeno day cream, but it’s a little too greasy for me. I’m greasy enough on my own, so I like a daytime moisturizer that just sinks right in – the Neutrogena Hydro Boost is right up my alley. And speaking of my greasy nature, I was pretty pumped to get this L’Oreal clay mask (here’s me wearing it while drinking wine like a boss).
OK, makeup time! I must admit this Cover Girl Tru Blend foundation really truly does blend well. And it’s more matte than the fancy Clinique stuff I’ve been using for the past couple years. (Back in May, I actually bought the Tru Blend concealer out of necessity when I ran out of my $25 Bobbi Brown concealer while traveling, but I ended up liking it just as much. Well done, CG.)
My blush shade is another thing that I haven’t changed in a couple years. I’m not ready to give up my standby altogether, but I can appreciate this L’Oreal palette. According to the directions, you’re supposed to put it along the bridge of your nose and on your forehead, but it’s very shimmery, and I’m no longer a pre-teen at a dance recital. Instead, I mix the 2 darker colors on the edge of my blush brush and apply just under my cheeks, like so:
Then I mix the 2 lighter colors and apply those to the apples of my cheeks. Fancy, huh?
Wait, didn’t someone mention tattoos earlier?! It’s happening! I know what you’re thinking: “Color Tattoo” definitely sounds like something that should be left for that aforementioned pre-teen dance recital. You’re probably right. It’s super highly pigmented, but I decided to use it like an eyeliner along with a neutral shadow. The finished product looks something like this:
It’s actually kinda nice, isn’t it? I like the dark purple because it’s a little softer than solid black, so the thick line doesn’t look quite so heavy on what I like to imagine is my Cate Blanchett-like complexion.
That just leaves brows and lips! My favorite things about this Neutrogena MoistureSmooth color stick are that it smells good (strange but true) and that it glides on really nice and soft. My only complaint is that also glides off pretty easily.
So there ya go – I’m officially out of my beauty rut! All of the products featured in this post are available at Meijer, but if you don’t live near a Meijer, you can also find them at most major drug stores and grocery stores and on the interwebs. If you do live near a Meijer, their fall Beauty Week promotion is from September 15 – 21!
This post was sponsored by Meijer Beauty.
When: Labor Day // Weather: hot // Real life: work, then walking and dining on the downtown canal
Most people don’t like to work on holidays, but I wish I could work only on holidays. I went in to the office on Monday because I’m taking a whole week off later this month and I have lots to do to clear off my desk. Plus I’m an overachiever.
Anyway, it was lovely. I could wear whatever I wanted (which ended up being this comfy t-shirt dress), there was no traffic, no line at Starbucks. And best of all: the office was so quiet. The only person I saw all day was the security guard. Bill is a delight and he doesn’t ask me when I’m going to have anything done. Bill can stay.
But you know what they say about all work and no play, so to celebrate my laboring on Labor Day, I went for a walk along the canal and had a gourmet veggie burger and wine on a patio. It was a great way to finish out a weekend of rainmaking…but without any actual rain, which was a nice bonus.
When: Thursday // Weather: warm and sunny // Real life: work, then a dinner date
I can’t decide if I want to be that girl who follows the weather and the official season and sticks with “summer” style for the next couple weeks, or if I want to be that girl who immediately switches into fall mode just because it’s after Labor Day. So I’m going to be both. And you’re going to support me wholeheartedly as always. (Right?) Yesterday it was all of the bright colors and florals, and today it’s solid black and burgundy. Tomorrow – who knows? Maybe a fur vest. OK, no, it’s not going to be a fur vest, because that’s still in a tub in my basement. The point is: you love my unpredictable nature, and you can’t wait to see my next move.